2009 Fantasy Football rookie scouting report on Michael Crabtree – WR – San Francisco 49ers. Includes player profile, fantasy football outlook, keeper league incentives, draft rankings, and 2009 expectations and stat projections.
Player Profile – Michael Crabtree:
Born: September 14, 1987
Draft: 2009 – 1st Round (10th pick) San Francisco 49ers
Position: Wide Receiver
Fantasy Football Outlook:
After being passed over by the Oakland Raiders as the #1 WR taken in the 2009 NFL Draft, Michael Crabtree shouldn’t be passed over by fantasy football teams as the #1 rookie WR drafted in 2009. Michael Crabtree has all the arsenal needed to be a #1 fantasy football wide receiver during the prime of his career, and he could very well be a solid #3 WR on fantasy football teams in his rookie year in 2009. With just two years of playing in college and totaling just 21 games played, Michael Crabtree amassed an astonishing 231 receptions, 3,127 receiving yards, and 41 touchdowns.
Entering the 2009 NFL season, Michael Crabtree will have an opportunity to claim a starting WR job for the 49ers to begin week 1. The only real concern surrounding Crabtree’s stat production in 2009, is caused by the 49ers lack of QB play. However if either Shaun Hill or Alex Smith can step up and be a serviceable NFL QB in 2009, Michael Crabtree could have a better rookie season than most will have predicted. At 6-2, Michael Crabtree has all the makings of being a perennial Pro-Bowl wide receiver who could tally seasons of 1,300 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.
Keeper League Incentive:
In fantasy football keeper leagues, Michael Crabtree is the near no doubt #1 rookie WR in the 2009 NFL Draft Class. With talent resembling the likes of Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Crabtree could easily force his way into the top 10 WR keeper league rankings to begin the 2010 season.
With Isaac Bruce being the only proven NFL capable WR on the 49ers team to begin the 2009 season, Michael Crabtree will likely be handed a starting WR spot from day one as a rookie in 2009. With a 6-2 frame and huge playmaking ability, Michael Crabtree has the potential to be a solid possession type receiver who can out jump smaller DB’s for the ball, as well as being a touchdown threat every time he touches the ball. Assuming Michael Crabtree claims a starting WR job for the 2009 season, he has the potential to post at least 600 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, with a max output of around 900 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns.
2009 Stat Projections:
Low End: 50-60 receptions, 500-700 receiving yards, 2-4 touchdowns
High End: 70-80 receptions, 800-1,000 receiving yards, 4-6 touchdowns
2009 Fantasy Football Draft Ranking:
Entering the 2009 season, Michael Crabtree is worthy of being ranked as a top 40 overall fantasy football wide receiver in traditional one year re-draft leagues.
In fantasy football keeper leagues, Michael Crabtree can be ranked as high as a top 20 overall fantasy football wide receiver.