2013 Outlook: When Colin Kaepernick took over under center for the 49ers, Crabtree blossomed. From Week 10 forward, he averaged 12.5 fantasy points per game, after averaging 7.4 in the season's first half. Then during San Francisco's playoff run, Crabtree pitched in another 20 grabs for 285 yards and three TDs. The biggest area of improvement in his game is open-field running: He may be a possession receiver without elite speed, but in the second half of '12 he was the league's No. 3 WR in rumbling, stumbling average yards after the catch. The acquisition of Anquan Boldin seems vaguely redundant, as the Niners do still lack a proven deep threat. But the Kaepernick/Crabtree connection has more bright days ahead.
2013 Outlook: During the '12 season, Boldin put up stats you'd expect from a receiver on his career's downside. Then he posted one of the best WR postseasons in history (22 catches, 380 yards, four TDs), convincing the casual fan he's still in his prime. Now Boldin lands in San Francisco, where Jim Harbaugh has raved about him. But this is a player who had seven combined TDs the past two years while failing to eclipse 1,000 yards, joining an offense that already has a dynamic possession WR in Michael Crabtree. We're not optimistic a sudden production jump is in the offing for Boldin.
2013 Outlook: Patton was ultra-productive at Louisiana Tech against inferior competition, but his skills should translate to the NFL. A fluid athlete and pro-level route runner, he also has nice hands and good enough power and speed to turn into a legit outside NFL receiver. In his rookie campaign, he'll be a candidate to return punts and kicks, but he'll also threaten A.J. Jenkins to become the 49ers' No. 3 wideout. We actually like Patton to win that battle. Jenkins may be faster in a straight-ahead footrace, but Patton is the natural receiver, drawing pre-draft comparisons to Reggie Wayne.