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JUN 22, 4:52a ET | Sportsnaut
Rotowire: Aug 15 / 5:08p ET
News: Crabtree caught 2-of-3 passes for 15 yards in Friday's preseason opener against the Rams.
Impact: Crabtree caught passes from Derek Carr on consecutive plays, first shaking off a tackler to gain 15 yards, then picking up a 15-yard face mask penalty on a reception that was stopped for no gain. Although there was some early thought that Rod Streater (undisclosed) could compete for a starting job, it now seems all but certain that Crabtree and Amari Cooper will dominate the snaps in two-wide sets.
Rotowire: Jul 30 / 9:39a ET
News: Crabtree is viewed as the favorite to start in the Raiders' two-receiver sets opposite rookie Amari Cooper, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Crabtree, who recorded 68 caches for 698 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games with the 49ers last year, is further removed a torn right Achilles tendon that he suffered back in May of 2013, and as long as he holds off the challenge of returnee Rod Streater, he's on track to start for the Raiders, an assignment that could revive Crabtree's fantasy prospects if he is able to develop good chemistry with second-year signal-caller Derek Carr.