Michael Crabtree Has Positive Game: Fantasy Implications

Aug 18, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) prepares for a game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Michael Crabtree was the only receiver to get more than one target from Alex Smith. We break down the fantasy implications.

Michael Crabtree saw three of Alex Smith's seven targets to finish with three catches for 21 yards.

Analysis: This isn't going to get fantasy owners to move Crabtree up their draft boards, but the peripheral info could be a factor. The 49ers were seventh in the NFL in sacks allowed even though they led the NFC in rushing attempts. In other words, it's going to be tough for Alex Smith to get the ball down the field to Randy Moss and Mario Manningham. Crabtree has to be a little tougher in going over the middle, but all signs show that he'd be the leader in targets among the receivers. Speaking of those other receivers, Randy Moss only saw one target and wasn't able to bring it down. While he might be the best option on the team, the Texas Tech product doesn't have much upside and you might be in trouble if he's one of your starters.

For more on the 49ers, check out Niners Nation.

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