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The Raiders have released WR James Jones.  The 31-year-old led the team in targets (111), catches (73) and TDs (6) last year.  But he averaged an ugly 9.1 yards per catch.  With the additions of WRs Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, Jones would have been no better than 3rd on the 2015 depth chart.  His release saves the Raiders $3.4 million against the cap.  Rod Streater is the favorite to serve as the #3 WR this season, with Andre Holmes also in the mix.

WR Michael Crabtree is set to sign with the Raiders, according to insiders Bill Williamson and Adam Caplan.  Crabtree was met with an extremely soft market, drawing no known interest until over a week into free agency.  It's a sign that the league as a whole is down on him.  Crabtree is still only 27, but there have been whispers that his lower-leg injuries have sapped his explosion.  He averaged an ugly 10.3 yards per catch last year. Crabtree also dropped 12.8% of his targets, per Pro Football Focus, which was 4th worst among 50 qualifying WRs.  As Oakland's depth chart currently stands, Crabtree will join James Jones in the starting lineup.  But the Raiders should still be looking to add talent to the position, potentially with the 4th overall pick of this month's draft.

The Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins were willing to pay free-agent WR Michael Crabtree nearly $3 million for 2015 but that Crabtree passed on the offer. Given the still-early timing, it's certainly understandable for each side to feel no urgency in this case. Crabtree has met with a quiet market, and Miami's in decent shape at WR with a strong rookie class still to come in the draft. If the Dolphins did make this offer, however, it shows that they'd like to add another starting-type wideout to the corps now led by Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills. We'll be quite interested to see who winds up joining those WRs and new TE Jordan Cameron.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (knee) is active for today’s game against the Cardinals. He’s a low-upside WR3.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (knee) put in a full week of practice and is probable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.  He was limited to 15 snaps last week, but it looks like he's ready to resume a full-time role in the finale.  Crabtree hasn't scored or topped 58 yards since Week 11, though.  He's a low-upside WR3.

A knee injury sidelined WR Michael Crabtree for most of Saturday night's game against the Chargers.  He wasn't targeted at all in regulation, only making a catch in OT after injuries to WRs Brandon Lloyd and Bruce Ellington forced him to re-enter. “(He) tried to go on it and wasn’t playing early in the game and then Brandon Lloyd went down and so did Bruce Ellington, so he came back in the game," HC Jim Harbaugh confirmed afterward.  Crabtree's Week 17 status is unclear, but he won't be a reliable fantasy option.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree injured his foot in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the 49ers.  He's considered questionable to return.  Stevie Johnson figures to step in as San Francisco's #2 WR if Crabtree remains out.

UPDATE: Crabtree returned to the game early in the 2nd quarter.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that it's "doubtful" 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) plays against the Cardinals today.  Davis is listed as questionable but didn't practice all week and was on crutches until Thursday.  With TE Vance McDonald (knee) also unlikely to play, Derek Carrier will serve as San Francisco's primary pass-catching TE.  He's just a desperation fantasy play.  Davis' absence figures to mean a few extra targets for WRs Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (calf) put in a full practice on Wednesday.  He didn't practice last Wednesday, was limited on Thursday and Friday and clearly wasn't at 100% against the Cowboys on Sunday.  He played just 63.8% of the snaps and saw only 2 targets.  Wednesday's full practice suggests Crabtree is at or close to 100%.  Keep him in fantasy lineups against the Bears in Week 2.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (calf) is active for today's game against the Cowboys.  The calf issue adds some risk, but the matchup gives Crabtree massive upside.  

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (calf) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Cowboys. After sitting out Wednesday, he practiced on Thursday and Friday. “I'd list him as ‘absolute,’” insider Matt Barrows tweeted. “He'd have to be missing a leg to not play Sunday in his home town.” Crabtree’s calf issue adds risk to his Week 1 fantasy profile, but the matchup against Dallas makes his upside worth getting into fantasy lineups.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen hears that 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (calf) is a "legitimate game-time decision" for Sunday's opener against the Cowboys.  That's a much more pessimistic report than we got from beat writer Matt Barrows earlier today.  Crabtree reportedly only worked off to the side of practice on Thursday.  We should have a better idea of his Week 1 status after Friday's practice.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree will practice Thursday and "plans to play" against the Cowboys this weekend, according to insider Matt Barrows.  If Crab makes it through practice today and tomorrow, he'll be safe to get into fantasy lineups in a tasty matchup.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree missed Wednesday's practice with what insider Matt Maiocco calls a "nagging calf."  Crabtree's status for Sunday's season opener is "not known," per Maiocco.  We'll see if he's able to get back on the practice field on Thursday.  Crabtree has a juicy Week 1 matchup against the Cowboys.

49ers insider Matt Maiocco expects WR Anquan Boldin to "put up comparable numbers" to WR Michael Crabtree this season.  "They are clearly the 49ers' Nos. 1 and 1A receivers," Maiocco adds.  We're expecting the younger, more explosive Crabtree to finish safely ahead of Boldin in fantasy points, but the veteran might end up as the better value in drafts.  While Crabtree is going in the 4th round, Boldin is lasting until the 11th.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree has worked off to the side of practice with trainers the past 2 days.  He'd been sidelined about a week-and-a-half with what's believed to be a hamstring injury.  Crabtree isn't at 100% yet, but he's clearly making progress.  As long as he avoids a setback, his fantasy stock will be unaffected. 

49ers HC Jim Harbaugh says WR Michael Crabtree will miss “a week or two” with an undisclosed injury. At this time, all Harbaugh conceded was that the injury isn’t to Crabtree’s Achilles or foot. That sounds like a small victory, as Crab missed 11 games with an Achilles injury in 2013. We’re not bumping him down our WR rankings, but we’ll keep a close eye on his play upon returning. Youngsters Bruce Ellington and Quinton Patton should benefit from the extra snaps with Crabtree sidelined.

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick says WR Michael Crabtree looks "a step or 2 quicker" this year than he did last.  “He has a burst out of his routes," Kaepernick added.  "He has burst when he catches the ball. (He) looks really good out there.” Crabtree returned for the final 8 games of last season (playoffs included) but was still only 8 months removed from his torn Achilles when San Francisco's season ended in the NFC Championship.  That's an injury that usually takes at least a full year to fully recover from, so it's no surprise that Crabtree is looking better this offseason.  At 100%, Crabtree is a WR2 with upside.  

49ers WR Michael Crabtree returned from his torn Achilles for the final 5 games of the regular season (plus 3 playoff games) last year.  He hauled in 34 balls for 487 yards -- 61 yards per game and 14.3 yards per catch.  But the 49ers don't believe Crabtree was ever at 100% last year.  He is now.  “He's a lot more explosive," WR Anquan Boldin said.  “He has a lot more burst to him now. Looks really good," QB Colin Kaepernick added.  We're expecting Crabtree to re-emerge as San Francisco's #1 WR this season.  With a contract year as added motivation, Crab could be in for a career season.

49ers insider Matt Maiocco says it'd be a "major surprise" if the 49ers signed WR Michael Crabtree to an extension this year.  Crab is in the final year of his rookie deal.  We like this news for his short- and long-term fantasy outlooks.  He'll have some extra motivation this season as he plays for what will likely be his biggest NFL contract.  And getting out of San Francisco's run-heavy offense beyond 2014 might be a good thing for Crabtree's dynasty value.  If he re-signs a big deal with the Niners, it might force the team to chuck it a bit more.

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