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Crabtree (knee) had one catch for five yards in Saturday's overtime loss to the Chargers.

Crabtree, who came into this game listed as questionable with a knee injury, may have aggravated the injury early on because he hardly played in this contest. He spent much of the game on the sideline with a baseball cap on and only entered the game in overtime after the 49ers lost a couple of other receivers to injury. Given his recent level of output, you're probably better off looking elsewhere for WR help in Week 17.

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Crabtree (knee) is active for Saturday's game against San Diego.

Crabtree's knee issue is significant enough that it kept him out of Wednesday's practice while limiting him Thursday and Friday. Between his own struggles, his knee ailment and the struggles of the 49ers offense as a whole, it's hard to get excited about Crabtree's fantasy prospects for Saturday.

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Crabtree (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against San Diego.

Crabtree logged limited practices Thursday and Friday, so he seems to have a decent chance at suiting up. With the 49ers offense in complete disarray at this point, Crabtree doesn't have much obvious fantasy appeal either way, however.

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Crabtree (knee) was a limited practice participant Thursday, the 49ers' official site reports.

Crabtree bumped up from no activity Wednesday, placing him on a path to active status Saturday versus the Chargers. While he has averaged only 9.9 YPC over the last five contests, San Diego's defense can be exploited, after giving up five touchdown catches to wide receivers in the past four games.

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Crabtree (knee) didn't take part in practice Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Crabtree has been a victim of Colin Kaepernick failing to surpass 200 yards passing in four of the last five games, as the wideout has accrued 23 receptions for 228 yards and one touchdown during that stretch. In addition to occasional incompetence on offense, Crabtree has been dealing with a knee injury suffered in Week 13 against the Seahawks, but of course, he's played through the ailment. Barring a setback, expect him to do the same Saturday against the Chargers.

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Crabtree had three catches (on three targets) for 19 yards in Sunday's loss at Seattle.

A week after being useful in PPR leagues, Crabtree continued his disappointing season. We'd like to give him somewhat of a pass, given the quality of the opponent, but the veteran WR completely disappeared in two games versus Seattle this year, catching a total of six passes for 29 yards. He'll look to bounce back Saturday against the Chargers.

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Crabtree (knee) grabbed nine passes on 14 targets for 56 yards in Sunday's loss at Oakland.

Crabtree's nine receptions were his second most in a game this season, although he still doesn't have a 100-yard receiving game. Anquan Boldin had just four receptions for 54 yards Sunday, but he's severely outproduced the younger Crabtree this year. He'll have a tough time producing next week, facing the Seahawks on the road.

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Crabtree (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Oakland's secondary is not good, but the 49ers may not need to go to the air very frequently if they are shredding the Raiders' equally vulnerable run defense. Crabtree's knee will not be an issue Sunday, but he's he's been an inconsistent fantasy producer all season.

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Crabtree (knee) is probable for Sunday's game against Oakland.

Crabtree's knee appears close to a non-issue at this point, as he practiced all week, including a full practice Friday. Despite the encouraging matchup, it's hard to be confidently optimistic about Crabtree's fantasy prospects at this point, as he has just 51 catches for 577 yards and four touchdowns on 86 targets so far this year. Still, there are probably worse gambles to make in the WR3 category.

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Crabtree (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice, the 49ers' official site reports.

Crabtree sustained a knee injury immediately after kickoff last Thursday versus the Seahawks but brushed it off, recording three catches (on as many targets) for 10 yards. With a showing in practice behind him, he's seemingly on track to active status in Week 14. However, Friday's injury report of the week will likely have the final word in his availability for Sunday's Bay Area battle in Oakland.