by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
If you want to select the 49ers Michael Crabtree it is going to cost you around a fifth round, given his current average ADP of 47.4. Is a player who only played 5 games a year ago really worth that type of commitment?
The quick answer is yes, but let’s look at why.
As we have said before, when Crabtree and Colin Kaepernick are on the field together they simply have the potential to be electric. We particularly saw it over the final eight games of 2012, when Crabtree posted 46 receptions for 665 yards and 6 TD. Even in his limited time last season he managed 14.9 yards per catch.
Just for comparison, in the first eight games of 2012 Crabtree averaged 11.3 yards per reception. In 2011 he was at 12.1.
The two simply can make plays, and with Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson and Vernon Davis helping to distract opposing defenses they aren’t going to be able to focus on Crabtree. You could argue that they will also take opportunities away from him, but that’s unlikely. While the other three deserve attention from opponents, they aren’t in the same class as Crabtree at this stage of their careers. He’s the playmaker. He’s the man whose hands you want the ball in.
In 2012 he had 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and 9 TD, despite having Alex Smith under center for a portion of the season. We would anticipate that being his floor this season, assuming he and Kaepernick can both stay healthy.
That’s the type of upside potential he has, so if you can get him as a WR2 (and the 18th wide receiver coming off the board), don’t think twice about it.
Sources – ESPN, Fantasy Pros
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