John Brown and Willie Snead are the two other WRs who pose a threat to Crabtree getting the largest target share, but you have to be hopeful to think that either of those two will emerge as the WR to own in Baltimore. Brown has shown some real talent at times, but hasn’t been able to stay healthy over the past few seasons. Joe Flacco does have a good deep ball, so Brown has a shot to catch some long ones if he can stay on the field. Snead has a shot to be relevant in PPR if Flacco continues to target the middle of the field like he’s been doing a lot of lately, but that could be a product of his lack of weapons on the outside.
Crabtree had more of Derek Carr’s confidence over Amari Cooper, out-targeted him in each of the last two years, so I don’t know if Snead or Brown will have Flacco more confident throwing in their directions.mCrabtree held his own last season, but he struggled against top corners at times. I would expect low-end WR2 numbers for Crabtree when it’s all said and done, but Flacco can make him a legit WR2 – Flacco hasn’t had a legit WR since Steve Smith. Mike Wallace was fantasy relevant in 2016, but he’s not a guy who can get up and grab those jump balls like Crabtree has shown he can over the last couple of seasons, so I do think Crabtree has a much better outlook than Wallace’s production that season.
We have to be aware of the risk of a possible QB change in the middle of the season, which can destroy Crabtree’s value if Lamar Jackson can’t keep him fantasy relevant. Either way, what do you expect from Crabtree this season? Can he be a reliable fantasy asset for you? What do you think of his 6th-7th round ADP? Do you even think he gets the lion’s share of targets? Let me know!