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Superbowl XLVII Rankings

Friday, February 1, 2013

Wide Receiver

1. Michael Crabtree (SF)
Projection: 9 targets, 6 receptions, 76 yards, 0.6 TD

Crabtree saw seven targets against Atlanta in the NFC Championship, his lowest total since Week 12. In the six games between, he enjoyed 63 targets and was never below nine in a single game. Crabtree lines up in the slot on 28 percent of his snaps. He’s wide right 39 percent and wide to the left 31 percent. He’s targeted 24 percent of the time when in the slot, which has resulted in 40 receptions and five touchdowns on 51 targets. Interestingly, his average depth of target is higher in the slot (7.8) than it is when he’s on the outside (7.6). Five of Crabtree’s 25 receptions while lined up wide to the left have resulted in a touchdown. Considering how he moves around the formation, Crabtree is sure to see each of the Baltimore defenders. Corey Graham is the Ravens’ primary slot man, working inside on 60 percent of his snaps. Expect the two to face off all day long. Red-hot Crabtree has a major advantage on the struggling Graham.

2. Anquan Boldin (BAL)
Projection: 8 targets, 5 receptions, 69 yards, 0.3 TD

Boldin is Baltimore’s primary slot man, working inside on 57 percent of his snaps. He’s to Flacco’s right 44 percent of the time (19 percent wide), and to his left 54 percent of the time (23 percent wide). Like Crabtree, Boldin moves around a lot, so he’ll see plenty of the 49ers’ top-three corners. Carlos Rogers works the left side in base, but is in the slot on 53 percent of his snaps. Interestingly, there is nearly a 50:50 split on the location of Boldin’s targets. He’s seen 67 while in the slot, compared to 66 while out wide. Five of his seven touchdowns have come while in the slot, including four in the right slot. The left/right distribution is a bit interesting. Despite usually lining up to Flacco’s left, 61 percent of his targets have come when lined up on the right side. He’s targeted on 18 percent of his snaps when lined up to the right, compared to just 10 percent went on the left. Boldin has seen 26 targets during the team’s three playoff games, including at least seven in each.

3. Torrey Smith (BAL)
Projection: 7 targets, 4 receptions, 63 yards, 0.5 TD

Smith only lines up in the slot five percent of the time, but his snaps are split fairly evenly between the left and right side of the field. He’s wide to the left on 48 percent of his snaps, and wide to the right on 46 percent. Interestingly, 65 (53 percent) of his targets have come when wide to the right. That’s compared to 47 (38 percent) when wide left. Check out the splits:


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Like Boldin, Smith has been much more effective when lined up to the right of Flacco. In case you’re wondering if this is fluky or not, I compared his splits to 2011. Although Smith was more effective when on the left side on a per-target basis, 68 percent of his targets came when lined up to the right, compared to just 26 percent on the left. It’s safe to say this is where Flacco is most comfortable getting his receivers the ball – not a shocker considering he’s a right-handed quarterback. Chris Culliver is San Francisco’s primary corner on Flacco’s preferred side, seeing 96 percent of his snaps at left corner. Tarell Brown plays right corner 90 percent of the time.

4. Randy Moss (SF)
Projection: 4 targets, 2 receptions, 41 yards, 0.2 TD

Moss spends most of his time on the outside, lining up in the slot on only 12 percent of his snaps this season. He’s wide to Kaepernick’s left 58 percent of the time (plus another seven percent in the left slot). All three of Moss’ touchdowns this season have come when lined up on the left side of the formation. It’s on the left side that he’ll see quite a bit of underwhelming Cary Williams, who lines up at right corner on 87 percent of his snaps. Moss is currently going through a pretty bizarre target streak. He’s seen exactly four targets in six of his last seven games, including both playoff contests.

5. Jacoby Jones (BAL)
Projection: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 26 yards, 0.1 TD

Jones plays primarily out wide, kicking Boldin inside in three-wide sets. In fact, only five percent of his snaps (and nine percent of his targets) have come while in the slot this season. Jones lines up to Flacco’s right 58 percent of the time, including 55 percent wide right. In what shouldn’t be a surprise based on earlier revelations, Flacco looks Jones’ way a lot more often when he’s lined up on the right. He’s seen 44 of his 57 targets when on the right side. He has a higher catch rate, yards-per-reception, average depth of target, and YAC mark when to the right. In fact, both of his touchdowns have come when on Flacco’s right, including the can of corn against Denver two weeks back. Jones has totaled seven targets during the team’s three playoff games.

6. Ted Ginn (SF)
Projection: 1 target, 1 reception, 9 yards

He only plays a dozen or so snaps a game, but Ginn is working as the team’s No. 3 wide receiver, ahead of both Chad Hall and A.J. Jenkins. Ginn lines up in the slot just 16 percent of the time. He’s wide to the right of Kaepernick on 43 percent of his snaps. When in the game in three-wide sets, he’ll usually see Chykie Brown or Jimmy Smith in coverage. Ginn has seen four targets on the year. Only one came when he was on the left side of the formation. It was a 34-yard deep ball that fell incomplete. His other three targets were quick screens to the right. He caught all three, but netted only four yards. The 49ers call run 59 percent of the time when Ginn is on the field.

7. Tandon Doss (BAL)
Projection: 1 target, 1 reception, 7 yards, 0.1 TD

Doss works as Baltimore’s No. 4 wideout and handles a few extra snaps in the red zone. He’s seen only one target over the team’s last two games after handling three in the wild card round. He’s lined up to Flacco’s left 56 percent of the time. He works the slot on 21 percent of his snaps. Despite a manageable 12.0 average depth of target on the year, Doss has hauled in only seven of his 18 targets for a dismal catch rate of 39 percent. Baltimore passes the ball 76 percent of the time when Doss is on the field.

8. Chad Hall (SF)
Projection: 1 target, 1 reception, 2 yards

Hall has played one snap for the 49ers this season. It came last week in the win over Atlanta. He was targeted on the play five yards down field to Kaepernick’s right, but was unable to corral the pass. He figures to work ahead of Jenkins as the team’s sparingly-used No. 4 wideout this week.

Tight End

1. Vernon Davis (SF)
Projection: 5 targets, 4 receptions, 53 yards, 0.4 TD

After combining for 11 targets during a six-game stretch spanning from Week 12-to-17, Davis has totaled 11 targets in a pair of playoff games. He is lined up in the slot 18 percent of the time, and is out wide on seven percent of his snaps. Of his 67 targets this season, 45 (67 percent) have come when positioned as an in-line tight end. Davis was in-line when scoring all six of his touchdowns this season.

2. Dennis Pitta (BAL)
Projection: 6 targets, 4 receptions, 46 yards, 0.4 TD

Pitta works as the Ravens’ primary receiving tight end, lining up in the slot on 44 percent of his snaps. He’s in the backfield on five percent, out wide three percent, and locked in as an in-line tight end on 48 percent. Interestingly, he’s seen 68 of his 104 targets (65 percent) while in the slot. That’s compared to just 18 while in-line, and a combined 18 when in the backfield or out wide. Pitta’s target/snap numbers are very telling. He’s targeted on just five percent of his snaps when in-line, but that figure jumps to 31 percent when in the backfield, 33 percent when out wide, and a noteworthy 21 percent when in the slot. If you see Pitta lined up anywhere but with his hand in the dirt, keep an eye on him. There’s a better than one-in-five chance the ball is going his way. All but one of Pitta’s eight touchdowns on the year came when he was in the slot. He lines up to Flacco’s right 49 percent of the time, and 49 percent of his targets come on the right side. The 49ers weren’t afraid to put slot corner Carlos Rogers on Tony Gonzalez last week, so it’s fair to expect Pitta to see some of Rogers in the Superbowl.

3. Delanie Walker (SF)
Projection: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 27 yards, 0.2 TD

Walker is the definition of move tight end, working in the backfield (13 percent of snaps), out wide (13 percent), in the slot (18 percent), and in-line (57 percent). Of Walker’s 44 targets on the year, 16 (36 percent) have come while in-line to the right. This is also where he lined up when hauling in each of his three touchdowns. Walker has 11 drops this season. His drop rate of 25 percent is worst in the NFL at all positions.

4. Ed Dickson (BAL)
Projection: 2 targets, 1 receptions, 15 yards, 0.1 TD

Dickson was relegated to second on the tight end depth chart this season, but he still played 49 percent of the offensive snaps. Used primarily as a blocker, Dickson blocked on 64 percent of his snaps, which is well above Pitta’s 37 percent mark. The Ravens call a run 54 percent of the time when Dickson is in the lineup. Dickson lined up in the slot just 14 percent of the time, spending 84 percent of his snaps in-line. He lined up to Flacco’s right 53 percent of the time, catching an impressive 16-of-19 targets for 223 yards. When to the left, he caught 7-of-13 targets for 59 yards.


1. Justin Tucker (BAL)
2. David Akers (SF)

Tucker and Akers were very close in fantasy scoring during the regular season, but Tucker made 91 percent of his field goals, compared to 69 percent mark from the struggling Akers. Lean towards the up-and-coming rookie over the declining veteran.

Team Defense

1. San Francisco 49ers
2. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens defense is playing very well, but I give a slight edge to the Niners here. The 49ers had more sacks and interceptions during the regular season, and allowed 71 fewer points. Also, I’m picking the 49ers to win this game, so, to put it plainly, I’m going with the defense I expect to give up fewer points.

Mike Clay is a football writer for Rotoworld.com and the Founder/Managing Editor of Pro Football Focus Fantasy. He can be found on Twitter @MikeClayNFL.
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