Report: Michael Crabtree has torn Achilles tendon
Crabtree, the team's first-round pick in 2009, had a breakout season last year as he finished with career highs across the board: 85 receptions, 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns.
In the second half of the season with Kaepernick under center, Crabtree had 46 receptions for 665 yards and six touchdowns in the final eight regular-season games. Only six players had more receiving yards during that span. In three playoff games, he had another 20 receptions for 285 yards and three touchdowns.
The loss of Crabtree (most likely) for the season is obviously a huge blow for the 49ers. While the 49ers are the preseason favorites to win the Super Bowl, the Seahawks are the team with the second-lowest odds within the NFC.
From a fantasy impact, Kaepernick's fantasy value takes a bit of a hit. On the other hand, Vernon Davis (and Anquan Boldin, to a lesser extent) should see a larger share of targets. Perhaps the injury opens the door for A.J. Jenkins, but I'm a bit skeptical after his irrelevance last year. In fact, I would prefer Quinton Patton, their fourth-round pick this year, over Jenkins as a potential sleeper.