49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was able to play last season after tearing an Achilles tendon in May, but he wasn't himself. His teammates will tell you that. Crabtree played in five regular-season games and caught 19 passes for 284 yards. Now, he's back to being the Michael Crabtree who had a breakout season in 2012.
"At the end of last year he still wasn't 100 percent," quarterback Colin Kaepernick said of Crabtree earlier this week. "He has a lot more burst to him now. Looks really good."
Fellow wideout Anquan Boldin agrees. "He's a lot more explosive. I just see him being back to his old self."
Health is no longer an issue for Crabtree. Now, it's his own team. At least, it could be a problem for fantasy purposes. The 49ers are stocked an impressive ensemble of receiving targets. Crabtree is probably San Fran's No. 1 wideout by name, but in an offense with Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson , and Vernon Davis -- and one that is still structured around its running attack -- inconsistent stats will probably be the norm for Crabtree this season. His current average draft position is as the No. 17 WR. I think that's too high.