Fantasy Football 2013: Michael Crabtree's Season In Jeopardy

By Adam Pfeifer
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn’t “Kaepernicking” right now.

Instead, he is most likely face-palming.

His favorite target has become a target himself, this time, to the injury bug. It was announced earlier this afternoon that wideout Michael Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles during OTAs on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the 25-year old underwent surgery to repair the injury. Many believe that Crabtree could very well miss the entire 2013 season, but head coach Jim Harbaugh believes it is not season-ending. Well, that still remains to be seen, but on thing is evident;

Crabtree is undraftable in Fantasy Football leagues this season.

Achilles injuries are so difficult for wide receivers. They have to accelerate, run crisp routes and then be able to stop on a dime, all of which is a tall task with an Achilles that is less than 100 percent. From the fantasy universe, this is a very upsetting and unfortunate injury. Crabtree is coming off of a breakout 2012 campaign, in which he caught 85 balls for 1,105 yards and nine scores. Of course, it’s no secret that he and Kaepernick developed a boatload of chemistry since obtaining the starting job in Week 11 of last year. 68.5 percent of passes Kaepernick threw to Crabtree were completed and he never threw an interception when throwing his way. From Week 10 and beyond, Crabtree averaged 12.5 fantasy points per game. Prior to Week 10, he averaged just 7.4. Clearly, Crabtree and Kaepernick were like two peas in a pod when on the field together.

Before this news broke, I had Kaepernick as my number seven fantasy quarterback. I’m not that afraid of the loss of Crabtree, and Kaepernick is still in my top-10 at the position. But still, it’s very disappointing to see this happen to a guy who appeared to have been beginning to turn the corner and emerge into one of the better wideouts in the game.

Well, I guess that Anquan Boldin trade is looking pretty darn good right now, right?

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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