Michael Crabtree Fantasy News

Torrey Smith officially agrees to terms with the 49ers

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 8:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Free-agent wide receiver Torrey Smith has reached agreement on a five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan.

The deal is worth $40 million, including $22 million guaranteed, sources said.

Fantasy Impact:

Smith got off to a slow start in 2014, posting just six catches for 85 yards in the first three games. Over the final 13 games of the season, he averaged 3.3 receptions for 52 yards and 0.85 touchdowns, which equates to #20 WR-type numbers in PPR formats. As it stands, he finished as the #29 WR in PPR and #19 in standard formats (thanks to the high touchdown rate), which is the fourth time he has finished in the top 23 (in standard formats) in his four-year career. He'll join a 49ers receiving corps that is likely losing Michael Crabtree and has a still-effective Anquan Boldin as a possession receiver. Smith will serve as a deep threat for QB Colin Kaepernick, though this move has to be considered a downgrade from an offensive/quarterback standpoint since the 49ers are typically run-heavy and Joe Flacco is pretty adept at putting touch on the deep ball. Throwing with touch is not one of Kaepernick's strengths.

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Torrey Smith to 49ers a 'done deal'

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 9:37pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Torrey Smith is poised to leave the Ravens as a free agent, according to multiple NFL sources, and the San Francisco 49ers are the front-runners to land the former Maryland standout.

For Smith to have remained with the Ravens, which several league sources reiterated has been an extremely unlikely scenario for weeks, he would have had to leave several million dollars on the table.

Although no deal has been finalized, sources indicated there's strong mutual interest between the former second-round draft pick and San Francisco. One source characterized the Smith situation as a "done deal with the 49ers," barring any unforeseen snags. Deals cannot become official until Tuesday at 4 p.m., when the league year and free agency signing period begins.

Smith acknowledged his pending departure Sunday night with a blog in which he thanked the Ravens for his four years in Baltimore.

Update: Smith signed a five-year, $40 million deal that includes $22 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Smith got off to a slow start in 2014, posting just six catches for 85 yards in the first three games. Over the final 13 games of the season, he averaged 3.3 receptions for 52 yards and 0.85 touchdowns, which equates to #20 WR-type numbers in PPR formats. As it stands, he finished as the #29 WR in PPR and #19 in standard formats (thanks to the high touchdown rate), which is the fourth time he has finished in the top 23 (in standard formats) in his four-year career. He'll join a 49ers receiving corps that is likely losing Michael Crabtree and has a still-effective Anquan Boldin as a possession receiver. Smith will serve as a deep threat for QB Colin Kaepernick, though this move has to be considered a downgrade from an offensive/quarterback standpoint since the 49ers are typically run-heavy and Joe Flacco is pretty adept at putting touch on the deep ball. Throwing with touch is not one of Kaepernick's strengths.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Crabtree should play, though he’s not trustworthy after only playing 21% of the snaps in Week 16.

Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree active for 49ers

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:11pm

49ers Inactives
Tramaine Brock CB
Ahmad Brooks OLB
Carlos Hyde RB
Josh Johnson QB
Steve Johnson WR
Joe Looney G
Andrew Tiller G

Fantasy Impact:

Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree are active as expected. Gore should see a good workload with Carlos Hyde out.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 16. Crabtree should be fine to play in a nice matchup against San Diego. He has averaged 5.0-60-.20 in the five non-Seattle games since his Week 8 bye, averaging 9.2 targets in that span.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

49ers WR Stevie Johnson (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. This gives a slight bump to Anquan Bodlin and Michael Crabtree.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (knee) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Crabtree should be fine to play in a nice matchup against San Diego.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 14.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Crabtree should be fine to face the Raiders. He had three straight games of 58-plus yards prior to last week’s meeting with Seattle.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Crabtree should be fine to face the Raiders. He had three straight games of 58-plus yards prior to last week’s meeting with Seattle.

49ers Beat: WR Michael Crabtree 'bemoaning' his role in the offense

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 3:01am

Inside Bay Area - [Full Article]

49ers WR Michael Crabtree wasn't celebrating after Sunday's win but rather bemoaning a decreased role in the offense, describing his altered status as that of a "third-down receiver." Asked Wednesday to clarify if he's disgruntled, Crabtree said: "Call it how you see it, bro."

Crabtree, who is in the final year of his contract, acknowledged last Thursday his production this season "ain't where I want it to be."

Fantasy Impact:

Crabtree is seeing 7.6 targets per game this season, which is more than he saw in his abbreviated 2013 season (6.6 T/G) and close to his 2012 numbers (7.9 T/G). His role hasn't changed all that much, but his reception percentage has dropped significantly, from 67.5% in 2012 to 58.8% this season. Drops have been a big problem for the 49er receivers, especially Crabtree. Looking ahead to his schedule down the stretch, he does have a couple of dates with the Seahawks, which doesn't bode well for his chances of turning his disappointing season around.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (foot, probable) took full practice reps again Thursday and is probable for Week 5. Crabtree will be fine for a good matchup with the Chiefs.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (foot) practiced fully Wednesday. Crabtree should be fine for a pretty good matchup with the Chiefs. He may see extra work with TE Vernon Davis bothered by back spasms.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (quadricep, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 4. Crabtree has a nice matchup with the Eagles, so we’re expecting good production, especially with Vernon Davis iffy.

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1:35pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

In desperate need of good news, here's some for the Giants and WR Victor Cruz. The Giants top wide receiver appears likely to avoid what some consider the NFL's top cornerback.

Arizona's Patrick Peterson is a Pro Bowl and All-Pro player. And while he has in the past slipped inside to guard receivers in the slot -- where Cruz resides on a regular basis -- he's unlikely to do it on Sunday when the Giants welcome the Arizona Cardinals in their home opener.

When asked about it this week, Peterson told Cardinals reporters that Cruz was "an inside guy." He then went on to explain that he didn't expect to move around until Arizona plays the 49ers and top wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

"Now next week when we play San Francisco, not to jump ahead, when we get to those guys, that's when you'll start to see a little matching up, here and there," Peterson said.

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants had trouble getting Cruz the ball in the opener. He had two receptions 24 yards on Monday night in Detroit, and expressed a need the following day to get the ball earlier and more often, even if he did drop a pair of passes. Both he and Rueben Randle didn't appear on the same page as Eli Manning several times when Manning changed the play. The bad news is Peterson will be on someone, perhaps Randle, on Sunday afternoon.