Crabtree’s release by the Raiders in March was probably a blessing for his fantasy value, as receiver-starved Baltimore was nearly a perfect landing spot. The Ravens let free-agent WRs Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin walk in the offseason, so Crabtree instantly becomes Joe Flacco’s top target. A dependable possession receiver, Crabtree ranked 19th among wideouts in fantasy scoring in 2015 and 11th in 2016. He slipped to 28th last year, in part because he missed two games (one with a chest injury, one for a suspension after a brawl with Aqib Talib). But despite the slight decline in overall production, Crabtree still had eight TD catches, making it three straight years that he’s scored eight or more touchdowns. Crabtree is one of the better route runners in the league, and in Oakland he had more fantasy points than Amari Cooper in each of the last three years.
Crabtree has averaged just 10.8 yards per catch over the last four years and doesn’t have the speed to break many big plays. The Ravens’ popgun passing attack ranked 29th in the league in yardage last season, averaged a league-worst 5.7 yards per pass attempt and tied for last in the league with 13 TD passes.
Crabtree’s fantasy outlook brightened with the move from Oakland to Baltimore, where his target volume is probably going to increase. If he slips in drafts due to last year’s underwhelming numbers, grab him.