Underrated PPR receivers

Michael Crabtree among fantasy PPR receivers being drafted too low

Originally Published: August 30, 2012
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
Michael CrabtreeJason O. Watson/US PresswireMichael Crabtree should see increased targets this season in San Francisco.

Football coaches often view the passing game as the great equalizer. Teams that might not win the talent battle but are adept at aerial attacks often can overcome physical deficiencies to post victories.

The world of fantasy football has a similar element in PPR (points per reception) leagues. Teams that might otherwise have depth issues during the season because of a variety of circumstances can conquer that deficit by stocking up on relatively high-volume wideouts.

Even with that clear benefit, there are at least five wide receivers whose situations indicate they have a lot of PPR value but who are not being selected for fantasy rosters nearly as often as they should be.

Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Average draft position (ADP): 107.1

Whenever someone would question former Raiders owner Al Davis about acquiring a former first-round draft pick whom other people had given up on, he often would respond by reminding the questioner that first-round grades aren't given out lightly and that the player had once qualified for one of those.

That train of thought also should apply to those who aren't sold on Crabtree's fantasy prospects this season.


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