Arizona released Crabtree on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Crabtree appeared in two games for the Cardinals, amassing four catches on five targets for 22 yards over 32 snaps on offense. It seemed the veteran was entrenched in the team's depth chart behind Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and Damiere Byrd, leaving him little with which to produce fantasy value. Crabtree will now have to find another opportunity elsewhere.
Crabtree started but played just 19 of 60 offensive snaps in Sunday's 23-17 defeat at Baltimore. The Cardinals trotted out four wide receivers in the starting lineup, but Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and Damiere Byrd all saw at least 93 percent of the offensive snaps while Crabtree and rookie KeeSean Johnson were relegated to 32 percent apiece. The sparse usage resulted in just two receptions (on three targets) for 13 yards for Crabtree, who was making his debut with the team. Perhaps his workload will increase as he becomes more familiar with coach Kliff Kingsbury's scheme, but the top wideout trio seems entrenched at the moment, hurting Crabtree's fantasy viability.
Crabtree is active for Sunday's contest at Baltimore, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. As expected, Crabtree will take the field Week 2 after being a healthy scratch in the regular-season opener. It's unclear if Crabtree will supplant KeeSean Johnson or Damiere Byrd in the wide receiver pecking order, but the veteran appears poised to be the third or fourth option behind Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk.
Crabtree is expected to play Week 2 in Baltimore, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Crabtree signed with the Cardinals on Aug. 21 and landed on the inactive list for Sunday's 27-27 tie with the Lions. Coach Kliff Kingsbury expects the veteran wideout to suit up for the second game of the regular season, facing the team he played for last year. The Cardinals mostly used four-wide sets in their opener, relying on KeeSean Johnson and Damiere Byrd behind top options Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. It isn't clear if Crabtree will directly replace one of those players or merely be another body in the rotation.
Crabtree (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Lions, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Although Crabtree joined the Cardinals late in the preseason, he opened the season as the No. 3 WR on the team's unofficial depth chart. With such a listing, he was expected to be a starting wide receiver in Kliff Kingsbury's pro version of the Air Raid, but apparently he doesn't deem the veteran ready for Week 1. With Crabtree out of the lineup, Kyler Murray will target wideouts Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Trent Sherfield, KeeSean Johnson, Damiere Byrd and Andy Isabella.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||@Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
|5||10/10||San Francisco 49ers||15||21.50|
|8||10/28||Green Bay Packers||6||19.56|
|9||11/07||@San Francisco 49ers||15||21.50|
|14||12/13||Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
|3 Year Avg||69||39||416||4||23||10.67||67|