No camp battle offers as much confusion, or as many names to know, as the on-going battle for receiver reps in San Francisco. Fantasy owners have every flavor to choose from, but no easy decision in front of them.
Last year's 49er passing squad proved to be one of the NFL's most efficient, ranking 18th in attempts, but 13th in both yards and touchdown passes. For a team operating below .500 in the standings those are encouraging numbers. Of course, what hasn't been encouraging is the revolving door the team has installed at quarterback. If the 49ers fail to find the right man to line up under center, all of the team's receivers will offer only limited value to fantasy owners.
If the stars do align, however, any one of the three men vying for time opposite
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It's a familiar story: Some guys can be good, some can be great, and a select few can be special. Crabtree showed in the Big 12 that he is already special, and few doubt that he can make a smooth transition to the pro game. Yeah, his agent threatened to have his client sit out the 2009 season and go back into the draft, and yes Crabtree may be a bit flat if/when he does arrive in camp. But those issues always appear with high-profile rookies, and things always seem to get back on track.
What fantasy owners need to ask themselves is this: Who can help my team? In most leagues, Morgan and Jones have enough potential to make a roster, while Crabtree has more than enough potential to make a difference.