• Michael Crabtree signs…and I don’t care [Fantasy Impact]

    by  • October 8, 2009 • News • 3 Comments

    Michael Crabtree, who majored in diva-ology at Texas Tech, has finally signed with the San Francisco 49ers as of yesterday. Apparently, that whole “we can win without you” message got into his head, but he’ll certainly be upset that his own signing was upstaged by the Braylon Edwards trade, relegating Crabtree to just a footnote.

    After weeks of speculation about why he was holding out and accusations that the New York Jets were tampering, which will still be investigated despite Crabtree’s signing, the wait is over.

    Full of rookie potential and college hype, scouts expect Crabtree to become one of the truly dominating receivers in the NFL, a weapon that the 49ers could really use to make their offense more dynamic–or as dynamic as an offense can be with Shaun Hill at quarterback.

    But don’t expect Crabtree to immediately jump into the 49ers offense and start diva-fying everything. The 49ers have no room for divas. They run the ball, and I don’t expect that to change just because Crabtree is now a member of the NFL club. He’s likely to spend most of the coming weeks learning the offense.

    When the 49ers activate him, he could still be just the second option behind Josh Morgan, who hasn’t been terrible, or even the third option behind both Morgan and a surprisingly productive Vernon Davis.

    I don’t hate Shaun Hill as a quarterback; in fact, I view him as a fairly decent QB2 option most weeks. But Hill’s been far more likely to throw to Davis and hand the ball off to Frank Gore or Glen Coffee in these early weeks of the season than he has to try something deep to Morgan or Isaac Bruce. I don’t think Crabtree will change that.

    So if Crabtree is floating on your waiver wire, and you have the roster spot on your bench to spare, feel free to go out there and get him, but make sure you view it as an investment for the end of the season.

    In redraft leagues, Crabtree may be nothing but a blip on the fantasy radar as a situational receiver for the 49ers down the stretch, but at least you’ll be first in line to benefit when he sees the field.

    If you, like many owners, need that bench spot to survive the upcoming bye weeks, I think it’s safe to wait on the diva. He will mind, but I don’t care.

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    • Forrest

      Michael Crabtree has a huge head, and I think that through his late signing and subsequent learning of the 49ers playbook, he should be knocked down to earth a bit. While he was among the elite at the college level, he is going to need to work hard if he wants to avoid busting in the NFL. I agree that Crabtree won't make much of an immediate impact, but he does have nice long-term potential.

    • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com Jacob

      Most definitely, Forrest. In keeper leagues, Crabtree's a hot ticket to have right now, especially if he comes close to hitting the superstar clauses of his contract that unlock the real money of the deal.

    • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com Jacob

      Most definitely, Forrest. In keeper leagues, Crabtree's a hot ticket to have right now, especially if he comes close to hitting the superstar clauses of his contract that unlock the real money of the deal.