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QB Blaine Gabbert - San Francisco 49ers

6-4, 234Born: 10-15-1989College: MissouriDrafted: Round 1, pick 10

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Gabbert looked like the prospect with exciting natural arm strength and accuracy and the ability to keep the whole field in play for the first time in his career. Seattle is no pushover, but Gabbert was able to move the offense, and that's with his top running back out and his top tight end traded away. The 49ers might be onto something here, and Gabbert might have fantasy value if this keeps up.

Week 12: vs Arizona Cardinals

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The last time these teams met (Week 3) Colin Kaepernick and company got stomped 7-47. Kaepernick has since been placed on IR due to a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, so nowadays it is Blaine Gabbert's second NFL opportunity with his second NFL Franchise, and it is going about as well as his old Jaguars 'fans' expected. After upsetting the Falcons two games ago, Gabbert was blown out 13-29 at Seattle last week, though he did do a credible job passing the football on the stat sheet (22/34 for 264 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown) the 49ers were never in contention last week. Vance McDonald (four targets for 4/65/1 receiving) is making some noise now that ex-49er Vernon Davis is out of his way on the depth chart - and Anquan Boldin got within spitting distance of 100 yards last week with seven targets for 5/93/0 receiving. There may be some hope for fantasy owners invested in the 49ers' passing attack as the team is almost certain to play from behind this week. The Cardinals' pass D is ranked eighth in the NFL averaging 228.7 net yards allowed per game, with 16 passing scores handed out vs. 14 interceptions (tied for second in the NFL) and 19 sacks (tied for 23rd) generated to date. Over the past four weeks (three games), this team has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (23.8 on average); 13th in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (9.9); and is in the middle of the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (20.7,18th). Last week, Cincinnati managed 22/39 for 278 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown with four sacks taken for -37 yards. Two games ago, Russell Wilson was held to 13/32 for 228 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown. This looks like a tough matchup for Gabbert, but it is not an impossible scenario for him.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at STL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 vs ATL 65 15 25 185 2 2 8 32 0 0 18.45
11 at SEA 53 22 34 264 1 0 4 22 0 0 19.4
12 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds * 20 30 * * * 5 * * * *
12 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 19 30 * * * 6 * * * *
12 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom * 18 34 * * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs SEA (22 / 34 / 264 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 22 / 0 rush)

On the heels of what Arizona did to Seattle's pass defense last week, Gabbert's performance -- at least in terms of yardage -- is more further indication that the Seahawks are in a funk than it is an indication that going to Gabbert was the correct decision by San Francisco's coaches. That said, Gabbert did aa least four things better than the Colin Kaepernick of recent vintage. First, despite being the victim of relentless pressure from Seattle's pass rush, Gabbert only took two sacks and turned disasters into big gains on several occassions. Second, and somewhat relatedly, although Gabbert's deep accuracy was comically bad at times, he showed a willingness to push the ball downfield when the opportunity arose. Indeed, 97 of his 264 passing yards came on throws that traveled at least 15 yards in the air, including San Francisco's two longest gains of the game. Third, on a 36-yard completion to Vance McDonald in the third quarter, part of the reason why McDonald was so wide open down the left sideline was because Gabbert held the safety by initially fixing his gaze to the right side. Finally, and most importantly going forward, Gabbert showed that his 49ers offense won't become completely non-functional if the team gets down big early.

2015 Week 9 vs ATL (15 / 25 / 185 / 2 / 2 pass, 8 / 32 / 0 rush)

Regarding Gabbert's performance, a certain off-color line from a certain car-cleaning scene in a certain Tarantino movie comes to mind. Did he do his job effectively? Yes. Should we be overly congratulatory? Based on the favorable game script and Atlanta's toothless pass rush, the answer is no. There was nothing that Gabbert did that Colin Kaepernick couldn't have done -- and hasn't already previously done -- in the same circumstance, right down to the scrambling; well, except for one thing. There were several plays, including his 11-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Celek, in which Gabbert made an anticipatory throw that Kaepernick likely wouldn't have made. In short, there were several instances where Gabbert did a much better job of trusting the play and trusting his receivers than the 2015 version of Kaepernick exhibited. Still, it's no secret that Gabbert's weakness has always been epic failure under pocket pressure. In this game, he faced hardly any of it. The true test of any Gabbert-rises-from-the-ashes mythos will come when he faces stronger pass-rushing opponents in the future (e.g., at Seattle after the bye).


Latest News

49ers | Blaine Gabbert has speed (Tue Nov 24, 06:31 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert has recorded three of the top four ball-carrier speeds by a quarterback in the last three weeks. He raced to 20.33 mph on a 10-yard scramble last weekend.

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49ers | Blaine Gabbert solid in loss (Sun Nov 22, 11:29 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert completed 22 of his 34 pass attempts for 264 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Week 11 game against the Seattle Seahawks. He also ran four times for 22 yards.

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