Tom Crabtree: Buying or Selling Packers TE as Viable Fantasy Option in Week 6

Nick KostoraContributor IIIOctober 11, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 13: Tom Crabtree #83 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown after a 27-yard reception on a fake field goal during first half play against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on September 13, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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One remarkable touchdown on a fake field goal attempt does not make someone a viable fantasy option, but there is more to Green Bay Packers tight end Tom Crabtree than one play.

Yes, he is best—and probably only—known for scoring against the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football, but with Jermichael Finley injured, his fantasy value is clearly on the rise.

However, is he a viable option in Week 6?

Probably not. 

The Packers have the unfortunate task of facing the fourth-ranked Houston Texans pass defense on the road. With running back Cedric Benson also out due to injury, Aaron Rodgers and the passing game will have to play to their strengths in order to compete with the undefeated Texans.

Those strengths likely do not include Crabtree. The former Miami (Ohio) Redhawk has just 12 career receptions and is not a usual target of Rodgers. Green Bay will undoubtedly be pass happy this week, but even when Finley was healthy, the TE was only an average part of the Packers attack.

He dropped balls consistently and found the end zone only once in five games. Crabtree is going to come in for his first start of the season against a defense that is allowing only 190 yards through the air.

There may be a fair argument in the theory that Houston's pass rush will increase the need for Rodgers to check the ball down. J.J. Watt is as fierce a pass rusher as the NFL can provide right now, and Green Bay demonstrated on Monday Night Football that sacks will be allowed. The Seattle Seahawks found Rodgers eight times in the first half alone that night.

However, is Crabtree really the option that Rodgers will turn to in moments of desperation and need? That seems unlikely, especially with the plethora of playmakers the Packers have at wide receiver. Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb are all capable of catching a short route and taking it the distance, and each of them have more yards receiving this year than Finley did before injury.

Crabtree is a weak fantasy option to begin with, and against the Texans he might as well be dead in the water. Avoid this Green Bay spot starter if you can.

Crabtree is a definite sell in Week 6.