Michael Crabtree had a career revival with the Raiders in 2015, and he will look to stay hot heading into this season. In his first year with Oakland, Crabtree had 85 catches for 922 yards and nine touchdowns on 146 targets. The catches and touchdowns tied a career high from 2012, and his receiving yards were the most since that season with the 49ers. It looked like Crabtree was done once he ruptured his Achilles in 2013, but the short move from San Francisco to Oakland has turned him into a viable Fantasy option again. He is worth consideration as a low-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver, and he should be drafted with a mid-round pick in the majority of leagues.
Crabtree caught three of his seven targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Crabtree capped off a spectacular bounce-back season on Sunday with his ninth touchdown, which matched his previous career high from 2012 when he was playing for the 49ers. The 28-year old also matched his career-high in receptions with 85, a number that he also achieved back in 2012. The Raiders took a flyer on the free agent after he seemed to be on a steady decline following a season-ending knee injury in 2013, and it certainly paid off. Crabtree will continue to be one of the top-two offensive options heading into next year, as he and Amari Cooper figure to give opposing defenses fits in the secondary. He's under contract for the next three years at a minimum, so things are looking up for the Raiders.
Crabtree caught six of his team-high eight targets for 39 yards and a touchdown Thursday against the Chargers. It was a somewhat productive night for Crabtree, although one would have hoped he could crack 40 yards receiving with Amari Cooper (foot) limited for much of the game. The Raiders passing attack was underwhelming in general, and they will not have any easier of a time next week in Kansas City. Crabtree could be Derek Carr's top target again in Week 17 if Cooper continues to be limited by his ailing foot.
Crabtree secured six of 11 targets for 70 yards in Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Packers. Crabtree continues to be David Carr's most targeted wideout on most weeks, now having tallied double-digit looks in three of his last five games. Notably, the veteran receiver saw some depth on his receptions against the Packers, getting his yards-per-catch average into the double digits for the first time since Week 10 against the Vikings. Consequently, his 70 yards also represented his best total in that category since his last 100-yard game, which came in Week 9 versus the Steelers. The business relationship between Crabtree and the Raiders has certainly been mutually beneficial, with David Carr taking a significant step forward as a result of Crabtree's contributions, and the veteran receiver retaining an outside chance of surpassing his career-high 85 receptions if he can haul in 10 passes over the final two games.
Crabtree was removed from Sunday's contest against the Packers to be evaluated for a concussion. Prior to his departure, Crabtree corralled three receptions for 34 yards. With Seth Roberts tending to an abdominal injury and Rod Streater (non-injury) inactive, the Raiders's WR corps could be whittled down to Amari Cooper (foot), Andre Holmes, and Jeremy Ross for the rest of the second half.
Crabtree caught four of five targets for just 19 yards in Sunday's 15-12 comeback win at Denver. Crabtree wasn't much of a factor, but Derek Carr struggled outside of a pair of second half touchdowns. The veteran wideout had scored in each of the last two games, but hasn't made many big plays or been as involved since posting consecutive 100-yard games at the beginning of November. He'll try to get back on track from a production standpoint next week against Green Bay.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|5||10/09||San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|6||10/16||Kansas City Chiefs||21||23.44|
|8||10/30||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|14||12/09||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||23.44|
|15||12/18||@San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|3 Year Avg||96||57||635||5||31||11.14||93|