Quote: Michael Crabtree, SF, WR (Noise Week 4 WR Rank: 19, 36-percent started)
Matchup: at Atl
Mariah, Aretha and a whole lot of Whitney rolled into one, the San Francisco diva may finally belt out a chart-topping tune. Jimmy Raye’s dismissal should remove the padlock from the Niners playbook. Alex Smith, who historically has operated more effectively out of the gun, will likely get an opportunity to play his style of game. Despite ongoing communication problems between Smith and Crabtree the pair should be able to reconnect the severed line. Similar to last season, the Falcons have struggled in pass coverage. At least one receiver has surpassed 80 receiving yards against them in each of their first three games. No. 1 targets have also performed 14.6 percent above the league average versus Dunta Robinson(notes). The second-year wideout has averaged an appalling two receptions and 27 yards per game thus far. However, with the Niners already in desperation mode and Josh Morgan(notes) ailing, he will be more than just a cameo in Week 4. Plant the Crabtree in your starting lineup.
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