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According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, 49ers WR Michael Crabtree is experiencing soreness in his left foot. It’s the same foot that Crab underwent surgery on to repair a stress fracture prior to the 2009 draft. There’s plenty of time before the season gets underway, but Crabtree’s history of foot problems makes this a story to follow. He remains a high risk, high reward fantasy prospect.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree has decided to join his teammates for workouts in the Bay Area.  He skipped the first week, opting instead to workout on his own in Dallas.  He'll be a lot more productive in San Fran though, learning HC Jim Harbaugh's offense and working on his chemistry with QB Alex Smith.  Crabtree definitely has the talent to breakout in his 3rd NFL season.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree has been notably absent from workouts organized by QB Alex Smith this week. It'd be nice to see him there, especially since the guys are working on learning new HC Jim Harbaugh's offense. But as beat writer Matt Barrows puts it, Crabtree has "chemistry issues with Smith that are well-documented."  This is definitely something to keep an eye on considering Smith is the favorite to open the season as San Fran's starting QB.

The 49ers have agreed to a 5-year, $25 million deal with HC Jim Harbaugh.  Despite a spotty track record of college coaches making the leap to the NFL, Harbaugh was the hottest coaching candidate this offseason.  He's known as an offensive mind, so the hiring should be good news for RB Frank Gore, WR Michael Crabtree, and TE Vernon Davis.

The 49ers have named QB Alex Smith their starter for Week 14.  QB Troy Smith was impressive in his season debut, but he's struggled to move the offense since.  Alex isn't a fantasy option, but we do think this move is good news for WR Michael Crabtree and TE Vernon Davis.

49ers HC Mike Singletary has decided to stick with Alex Smith as his starting QB.  It's good news for the San Fran offense.  QB David Carr would be a disaster, and Smith's numbers were solid against the Eagles Sunday night.  He's starting to get into a rhythm with WR Michael Crabtree and TE Vernon Davis.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree will suit up and play in the team’s 3rd preseason game against the Raiders on Saturday. It’ll be his first preseason appearance ever after his lengthy holdout in 2009, and his recent bout with a cranky neck strain. If he makes it to Week 1 healthy, he’ll be among the top breakout WR candidates in the league. He’s a strong WR2 with upside.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (neck) returned to a full practice on Tuesday.  He'll likely play in the team's 3rd preseason game and will be 100% for Week 1.

49ers beat writer Phil Barber confirms that 49ers WR Michael Crabtree is only "day-to-day" after suffering a strained neck yesterday.  Crab will likely miss the team's first preseason game on Sunday, but he's expected to return to practice next week.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree took a spill in practice on Wednesday and did not return to the field.  For now, the team is calling his injury a "neck strain."  We should find out more tomorrow, but this doesn't seem overly serious.

The ‘Niners shook things up in OTAs, moving WR Michael Crabtree to the slot in three-wide receiver sets while shifting Ted Ginn to the split end position. San Fran doesn’t run many three-wide receiver sets, so seeing this will be a rarity once the season gets underway. But with getting the ball into Crabtree’s hands a priority, quick slot receptions are the way to go. Crab will be jockeying with Vernon Davis for the team lead in catches all year.

49ers HC Mike Singletary said that his team will use a 3-WR rotation on Sunday against the Texans.  "When you look at Isaac Bruce, Josh (Morgan) and (Michael) Crabtree, they're all going to play about the same. It just depends on how the game goes and the flow of the game," Singletary said.  None of these guys are recommended fantasy plays, but Crabtree has the most upside because of his talent level.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree was originally slated to make his NFL debut as the team's #3 WR.  But he had an impressive week of work and there's now "a strong possibility" that he'll start in place of Josh Morgan against the Texans this coming week, according to HC Mike Singletary.  Crabtree is worth an immediate pick-up in medium to deep leagues, while Morgan can be dropped in all but the deepest of formats. 

ESPN's Calvin Watkins reports 1st round holdout Michael Crabtree has agreed to reopen contract talks with the 49ers.  Wow.  Crabtree seemed poised to sit out the entire season as he was unsatisfied with the team's contract offer.  Now, there's at least some hope that he'll sign a deal before the November 17th deadline.  We'll continue to monitor this situation as it unfolds. 

The Niners finally inked WR Michael Crabtree to a 6-year deal early this morning.  What are his fantasy football prospects for this year?  Our guess is not a whole lot -- having missed all of training camp and the first 4 games of the season.  There is a chance he could get some production after spending time in the offense -- maybe around Thanksgiving.  Also bear in mind that he's an injury risk, having been away from the game for so long.   

The 49ers plan on WR Michael Crabtree making his pro debut in 2 weeks.  But when he does so, he won't move immediately into the starting lineup.  "I think it will be easier if he had a concentrated package," OC Jimmy Raye said. "And right now, in my mind, that would be the third-down package."  Crabtree is by far the most talented WR on San Fran's roster, but that means squat if he's not working hard and learning the playbook.  Still, Crabtree has a chance to be starting by the time fantasy football playoffs roll around.

The 49ers are off this week, but WR Michael Crabtree is working overtime.  He's being forced to stay in town and work with the coaching staff this week.  "He’s already had his bye week," Singletary said. "He’s had a long bye week."  San Francisco desperately needs Crabtree's play-making ability on the outside.  He's expected to be active for the team's Week 7 game against the Texans.

A source close to Michael Crabtree tells Yahoo Sports that, “the kid is weird enough (to sit out the entire season) that he just might do it.” Crabtree really seems content on missing his 1st NFL season. This could go down as one of the worst moves we’ve seen an athlete make in professional sports if he decides to skip the ‘09 season. He’s no lock to crack the top-10 in next year’s draft. There are a few other stud WRs in the class — namely Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant and Illinois’ Arrelious Benn.

According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, a source close to the situation does not believe 49ers WR Michael Crabtree will sign before September.  "The source said that Crabtree almost certainly will sign, unless he’s crazy enough to start skipping game-checks, which he probably isn’t, but that it won’t be until in the weeks or days before the 49ers’ Sept. 13 regular-season opener," Kawakami reports.  We wouldn't touch Crabtree unless he fell past the 12th round.

It’s looking more and more like 49ers WR Michael Crabtree will be a holdout when the team starts training camp on Tuesday. The 2 sides are nowhere near an agreement because Crabtree thinks he’s a better player than his draft spot (10th overall) would pay him. Any missed time would severely hurt Crabtree’s chances of starting in Week 1. He was limited during OTAs because of his foot surgery and has to beat out WRs Isaac Bruce, Brandon Jones, and Jason Hill for playing time. Bruce and Josh Morgan will open training camp as the starters.

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