Michael Crabtree Fantasy News

Raiders Beat: Latavius Murray the lead back

Monday, August 10, 2015, 12:46pm

ibabuzz.com - [Full Article]

Some Raiders notes from beat writer Jerry McDonald:

• Once the preseason begins, it should be one series and out for Derek Carr.

The Raiders simply can’t afford a third quarterback flip-flop in three years, and the only way this happens is if Carr gets hurt. It’s impossible to know how good Carr will be, but he’s light years ahead of Christian Ponder and Matt McGloin, who look to be in a dead-heat to be the backup.

Latavius Murray is the lead back. Trent Richardson could get the treatment Tyrone Wheatley got in 1999 _ lots of preseason work to determine what he’s got in the tank.

Roy Helu Jr., although injured, appears to have a role. Undrafted free agent Michael Dyer was making things interesting before he started missing practice with an injury.

Really interested to see Taiwan Jones in a game situation. Back at running back, he’s had some sensational moments in camp. But beware - speed backs can dominate in non-tackling situations (see Darren McFadden, any year).

Michael Crabtree has caught everything in sight and seems to have an immediate connection with Carr. Amari Cooper, despite the odd snaps when he looks like a rookie, is even-money to be a legit playmaker in his first season.

After that, it’s a jumble. Rod Streater is out with an illness the club has yet to diagnose. Andre Holmes has had his moments, but so has 6-foot-5 Kris Durham, third-year player Brice Butler and Kenbrell Thompkins. Plus anyone who can excel on special teams.

Fantasy Impact:

Many felt it was a good bet Murray would be the lead back and it doesn't seem like Richardson, or anyone else, will pass him. Helu appears like he'll get his normal third-down role like he had with the Redskins. Crabtree has had a good camp to this point and looks like a nice signing. Meanwhile Cooper seems to be up and down.

Michael Crabtree standing out in Raiders camp

Monday, August 3, 2015, 9:48am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree has gone from “third option” to potential superstar.

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that the former 49er has been the early “star” of camp for the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story pointed out, and as we've said in a lot of fantasy impacts over the last week or so, there’s a long way to go until Crabtree becomes a star during games that count. Drops and limited opportunities punctuated his last season in San Francisco, which ended with 68 catches for 698 yards. Crabtree is just 66th on our WR list and is only getting late-round flier action in 12-team leagues in early drafts.

49ers: Colin Kaepernick didn't regress in 2014

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 11:00am

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Any success the 49ers have in 2015 will be due in large part to Colin Kaepernick.

It's a lot to put on the fifth-year quarterback who has struggled with consistency for much of his career, especially when he'll be without coach Jim Harbaugh, and teammates Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, Mike Iupati, Patrick Willis, Chris Borland and Justin Smith, who are either playing elsewhere or retired.

A season ago, when the 49ers finished 8-8, Kaepernick had career bests in attempts (478), passing yards (3,369) and rushing yards (639), but he also threw more interceptions, took more sacks and lost more fumbles than at any time during his four years in the league.

But according to offensive coordinator Geep Chryst, Kaepernick didn't take a step backwards in 2014.

"And then last year, you're playing with some different sets of challenges," Chryst said, via the MercuryNews.com. There was more change within the offensive line than he had experienced the last couple of years. How does that affect your production as a quarterback? You're behind more often in games. How does that affect your production as a quarterback? I cite the fact that we had six touchdowns nullified by penalty. You plug that back into his formula, he really wasn't ... he didn't regress off his line as much as perceived."

Fantasy Impact:

First-year coach Jim Tomsula said in March that Kaepernick not only didn't regress in '14, but he had his best season as a professional, according to the story. The piece added that Kaepernick ranked eighth in QB efficiency in 2013 and 13th the season before that, but none of that matters now because this 49ers team barely resembles the ones that had so much success under Harbaugh. Kaepernick ranks just 14th among QBs on our list. He could turn out to be a nice late-round QB2 who ends up having a bounce-back year, especially if the offense moves to more of a read-option.

49ers Beat: WR Torrey Smith 'far more than a one-trick pony'

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 9:46pm

49ers.com - [Full Article]

49ers.com writer Joe Fann calls Torrey Smith the team's best free agent addition:

The 49ers needed a compliment to Anquan Boldin, and they found the perfect man for the job. Smith is far more than a one-trick pony. Yes, he excels at stretching the field and getting behind defensive backs, but he’s already shown the ability to catch balls in traffic on short and intermediate routes as well. On two specific minicamp plays, Smith caught the ball on a stopping route, then spun away from his defender and accelerated away from everyone in pursuit. I’m not sure I saw him drop a ball this offseason.

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 joins a 49ers receiving corps that has lost 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 has not been one of Kaepernick's strengths, though he has been working on his passing technique his offseason.

49ers Beat: 'Budding chemistry' developing between Colin Kaepernick and Torrey Smith

Monday, June 15, 2015, 2:26pm

49ers.com - [Full Article]

49ers WR Torrey Smith has indeed added a new dimension to San Francisco's pass game. With Smith in the fold, the 49ers were able to attack all levels of the defense. Smith's home-run ability was most evident when he hooked up with Colin Kaepernick on a 40-yard jump ball down the left side line at the expense of second-year cornerback Dontae Johnson. Kaepernick and Smith routinely connected in the minicamp, but on the final day, the deep throw showcased the budding chemistry between the two. Johnson had great coverage on the play, but Kaepernick was able to put the ball up with enough loft for the fifth-year veteran receiver to go up and get the ball. Smith caught slants and intermediate routes for most of the camp, but it's hard not to overlook his ability to stretch the defense and compete for the football at its highest point. Smith's speed and leaping ability was on display throughout the camp. The 49ers will surely tap into those talents come training camp.

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 joins a 49ers receiving corps that has lost Michael Crabtree and has a still-effective Anquan Boldin as a possession receiver. Smith will serve as a deep threat for 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 has not been one of Kaepernick's strengths, though he has been working on his passing technique this offseason.

Raiders Beat: WR Michael Crabtree 'expected to start'

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1:31pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Raiders signed veteran Michael Crabtree from San Francisco on April 13 and then used the No. 4 overall pick on Alabama receiver Amari Cooper in the first round of the draft last Thursday night. Cooper and Crabtree are both expected to start.

Fantasy Impact:

Crabtree hasn't been himself since his Achilles injury, but there is opportunity in the Raider receiving corps. The problem is that he's not markedly better than Andre Holmes or Rod Streater, so Crabtree could end up anywhere from second to fourth in the pecking order by the time preseason rolls around.

Raiders release WR James Jones

Monday, May 4, 2015, 9:38am

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Veteran receiver James Jones is being released by the Raiders.

The team selected Alabama receiver Amari Cooper with the No. 4 overall draft pick in last week’s draft.

The Raiders also signed veteran receiver Michael Crabtree late in free agency and, with Rod Streater back healthy and Cooper in the fold, Jones became an odd man out.

Fantasy Impact:

The article didn't mention Andre Holmes, but he's also in the mix for snaps. Jones led the team in receptions and touchdowns, and was second to Holmes in receiving yards. The only receiver we would trust in Oakland is Cooper, since he's likely to be immediately thrust into a starting role. Crabtree, Streater and Holmes will battle for playing time.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree with 'a lot to prove' and 'nothing to lose'

Friday, April 24, 2015, 12:47pm

SF Chronicle - [Full Article]

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree admitted he has a chip on his shoulder after a frustrating free-agency experience left him with a one-year, prove-it deal that guarantees him only $1.3 million. (He can make another $400,000 for 70 catches or 900 yards, $1.4 million for 100 catches for 1,400 yards and $400,000 for being named to the Pro Bowl.)

“I have a lot to prove,” Crabtree said. “A lot to prove. Ain’t got nothing to lose and have a lot to prove.”

“I would say the year prior to last year was me recovering, trying to get back right,” Crabtree said. “This year I don’t feel a thing. Just go out there and play.”

Fantasy Impact:

After a disappointing free agency experience, Crabtree will be motivated, but his role in Oakland is unclear. The team already has James Jones, Rod Streater and Andre Holmes, and it's not clear just how many snaps Crabtree will earn as he joins that group.

Raiders sign WR Michael Crabtree

Monday, April 13, 2015, 11:11pm

Michael Crabtree, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Michael Crabtree announced on Twitter that he has signed with the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact:

Crabtree hasn't been himself since his Achilles injury, but there is opportunity in the Raider receiving corps. The problem is -- he's not markedly better than James Jones, Andre Holmes or Rod Streater, so Crabtree could end up anywhere from first to fourth in the pecking order by the time preseason rolls around.

Monday, April 6, 2015, 10:22am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

It’s evident that the Ravens do have a lot of confidence in the development of young receivers like Marlon Brown, Michael Campanaro, Kamar Aiken and Jeremy Butler.

The Ravens still will likely draft a wide receiver pretty early and they still are monitoring the markets of veteran free agents like Greg Jennings and Michael Crabtree. But by now, it’s pretty clear that they want to give every opportunity for their own young receivers to step into bigger roles.

Fantasy Impact:

With the departure of Torrey Smith to San Francisco, and Steve L. Smith another year older, a few of the young WRs mentioned above look like they will get a chance at more snaps in 2015. Still, the Ravens remain a run-first team, so in terms of fantasy value, a lot remains to be seen concerning these guys heading into fantasy draft season.

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.

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.

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