Week 15 Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: WR Michael Crabtree
Before the 2013 fantasy football season even kicked off, the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers suffered a serious setback. WR Michael Crabtree ruptured his Achilles tendon during a May practice and the injury caused the wideout to go completely undrafted in most fantasy football formats.
In his first game back in action in Week 13, Crabtree caught two balls for 68 yards, including a 60-yard bomb. Crabtree saw an increase in his workload in his Week 14 performance, as the wideout saw eight targets last week. He finished with just 40 yards, but it was still a positive step for the wideout to be on the field for almost every snap.
QB Colin Kaepernick is over his early-season slump, so the quarterback will be playing with more confidence over the final weeks of the season. Kaepernick will get Crabtree much more involved in the team’s game plan this Sunday now that he is 100% healthy and the wideout should see at least six targets.
Crabtree also has a somewhat favorable matchup this week. San Fran plays the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and considering that CB Darelle Revis will be all over WR Anquan Boldin, Crabtree should be very active on the other side of the field.
Crabtree will be a great second or third wideout to plug in for the second round of the fantasy playoffs. If you have been holding onto the wideout for weeks, make sure to get him active for Week 15.