49ers free agent Wide Receiver removed the 49ers from his Twitter biography. (Source: Niners Nation)
Fantasy Impact: While this doesn't necessarily portend the end of Crabtree in red and gold, the writing has been on the wall for a while and this could be the nail in the coffin. If Crabtree is done with the 49ers, he enters free agency on the heels of his worst full season in the NFL: 68 receptions and 4 touchdowns while averaging nearly 20 few yards per game as he did in his breakout 2012 campaign. Depending on where he goes, Crabtree offers nice bounce back value as he moves on from the 49ers' run-first scheme, but given the extreme number of highly attractive options at the top of the WR class, Crabtree will be a back-end #2 WR at best in 2015.
When asked about his connection with Colin Kaepernick possibly regressing after a disappointing 2014, Michael Crabtree simply responded. "I don't know man, like I said, I just play receiver, man. Whatever." (Source: NinersNation.com)
Fantasy Impact: While he may have dissapointed with his 68-698-4 final line, Crabtree at least gets the award for most Lebowskiesque quote on the year. With his contract up and his dominant 2012 fading further and further into the distance, the 2015 off-season looks murky for the 6th year WR.
Crabtree secured 4 catches for 41 yards in the final game of the season.
Fantasy Impact: This may be Crabtree's last game as a 49er, he'll be a free agent in 2015. Crabtree seemed to have lost a step this year, after coming back from an achilles injury. If Crabtree is not with the 49ers next year, he will probably want to go to a passing first offense. If that's the case, he'll be a weekly WR2.
Michael Crabtree was benched most of the game, playing only 15 snaps. He had 1 reception for 5 yards. (Source: CBSSports.com)
Fantasy Impact: Like most of the 49ers offense, this has been an extremely disappointing season for Crabtree. He's a free agent and with the 49ers' roster crunch and a need to revamp the offense, it's extremely unlikely that Crabtree is in red and gold next season.
Michael Crabtree caught all three balls thrown his way, but only did so to the tune of 19 yards. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Crabtree had a good first down grab but was mostly covered all night. He's grabbed almost everything thrown his way the last couple of weeks, but that hasn't been much. He's a WR3 option in PPR leagues on Saturday vs. San Diego. It's been a disappointing contract season for Crabtree.
Crabtree caught 3 passes for 85 yards with a touchdown against the Giants.
Fantasy Impact: Michael Crabtree led the 49ers in receiving on Sunday. I guess him complaining last week, paid off. He got 8 targets and took one of his catches 48 yards for a touchdown. Next week Crabtree takes on the Washington Redskins, who just got smoked by Mike Evans. I expect Crabtree to keep this momentum going against them and have a good Week 12.
When asked is Michael Crabtree was unhappy with the 49ers, head coach Jim Harbaugh stated “I don’t think so. He seems to be doing a fantastic job. Getting the ball a lot.” When asked the same thing, Colin Kaepernick stated “You’d have to ask [Crabtree].” (Source: sfgate.com)
Fantasy Impact: Crabtree is averaging a healthy 7.56 targets per game, but his comments describing himself as "just a third-down receiver" after Week 10's big win over New Orleans show that he could be dissatisfied with his current usage. Crabtree has been dealing with lingering injury issues, but is still being used enough to be fantasy relevant as a WR2/WR3.
Michael Crabtree finshed the week with 3 catches on 8 targets for 62 yards and 0 touchdowns.
Fantasy Impact: Crabtree was looking at a 2 catch 11 yard day before breaking open for a 51 yard catch that set up the game tying field goal. Crabtree has been looked at quite frequently in 2014, dipping under seven targets on only two occasions, but just hasn't been able to put together a breakthrough game. Crabtree is a strong hold, his time will come.
Crabtree told reporters the other day, that "There's nothing wrong with me," in regards to his injured foot. Crabtree was only able to catch 1 pass for 16 yards against the Chiefs, making some think that he has a foot injury that is hindering his performance. (Source: CSN Bay Area)
Fantasy Impact: Crabtree can't seem to keep his legs/feet healthy for an extended period of time, and it's starting to show on the field. I can't trust Crabtree as more than a WR3 with upside, until he shows us he's back to full health.
Michael Crabtree caught 10 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Fantasy Impact: What achilles injury? Once again, Crabtree was the number one pass catcher on the 49ers and seems to be the only one that Kaepernick throws to. He is a borderline WR1 and needs to be in your lineup every week.
Michael Crabtree and Colin Kaepernick hooked up for seven catches, 82 yards and a touchdown on Sunday night. It was a good statistical night for Crabtree and hopefully a sign of things to come this season.
Fantasy Impact: Crabtree is obviously the apple of Colin's eye and is getting the majority of targets. No matter the matchup, Crabtree is a high end WR2.
Michael Crabtree says he's fine and will be in the starting lineup on Sunday. (Source: Cam Inman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: There is no better news than hearing that the 49ers #1 wideout is feeling good and saying he'll be on the field Sunday. Keep Crabtree in your lineups as normal, the game against the Cowboys projects to be a high scoring one. Crab should have a great day for fantasy.
A day after Michael Crabtree missed practice due to a sore calf, he "plans to practice today" and his injury is "minor." (Source: Eric Branch - Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: As fantasy owners breath a sigh of relief that Michael Crabtree's injury is minor, they should also be licking their chops at his juicy match-up against Dallas this weekend. Crabtree is FantasyPros' consensus WR15 this week and has a projected stat line of: 5.1 receptions, 72.8 yards, and 0.7 touchdowns. As long as there aren't any speed-bumps before Sunday, Crabtree should be started with confidence in all league formats.
Michael Crabtree did not participate in 49ers' practice today (9/3) due to a calf injury. As of right now, Crabtree's availability for the regular-season opener on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys is not known. (Source: Matt Maiocco - CSN Bay Area)
Fantasy Impact: Crabtree missed 16 days in camp with a hamstring strain and now has an apparent calf injury that caused him to miss practice today. The 49ers play the Cowboys at 4:25 EST, so hopefully fantasy owners will have some clarity of his official status before Sunday morning. In the meantime, Crabtree's matchup is very appetizing; the Cowboys pass defense ranked 30th overall last year, and there is no reason to believe the Dallas D will be any better this season. Because of Dallas' porous defense, Michael Crabtree is currently FantasyPros' consensus ranked WR13 for Week 1's match-ups. This is a situation to monitor closely.
Fantasy Impact: It was reported that Michael Crabtree could miss up to two weeks with what's being called "soreness" in his hamstring. With good health, Crabtree could be in line for a career best season in the 49ers offense that may throw the ball a bit more. When he returned last year, Michael Crabtree saw a healthy 25% of targets from QB Colin Kaepernick. He is currently being drafted in the early-5th round and is ranked as FantasyPros consensus WR18.
News out Niners camp today reveals that WR Michael Crabtree will be out anywhere from 1-2 weeks. Coach Harbaugh would not disclose what the injury was, but a source close to Crabtree tells NFL Insider Ian Rapoport that Crabtree is nursing a sore hamstring. Crabtree missed most of 2013 following surgery for a torn achilles. (Source: ProFootballTalk)
Fantasy Impact: The injury is certainly worth following as Crabtree missed all but the last couple weeks of the 2013 season, during which he showed flashes of brilliance upon return. He has had a strong training camp thus far, and could shine as a high upside WR2 if he stays healthy. As long as he is able to return to practice in a timely manner, Crabtree should still be considered a good value around rounds 4-6 in standard 10-12 team leagues and worth aa earlier look in deeper formats.
Reports out of 49ers camp say WR Michael Crabtree has his natural burst back and is showing no signs of wear or injury. He is exploding on plays and participating at full force in practice. Crabtree underwent surgery for a torn Achillies in May of 2013 and did not return to the field until December. The Niners had used Crabtree sparingly in offseason workouts, but seem to have no major concerns about his health at this time. (Source: 49ers.com)
Fantasy Impact: Despite missing the entire offseason and a majority of the regular season, Crabtree returned in December to put up respectable fantasy numbers through the last few games of last season (284 yards and 1 TD through 5 games), as well as some flashes of brilliance in the postseason . If he continues to remain healthy through 2014, we expect numbers similar or better than his 2012 season (85/1,105/9), making him a mid WR2 value with high upside.