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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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Week 4: vs Dallas Cowboys

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The word out of San Francisco on Tuesday, September 27 is that Blaine Gabbert will remain the starting quarterback, in part, because he's better in practice than Colin Kaepernick. However, if the pass offense continues to struggle in the games (because those are what count), then Kaepernick might wiggle his way past Gabbert on the depth chart and become the starter again - stay tuned to see how Gabbert responds to this challenge. Gabbert didn't help his cause with 14/25 for 119 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown at Seattle this past weekend (an 18-37 loss despite the Seahawks losing starting quarterback Russell Wilson to a sprained MCL in his knee). Torrey Smith (four targets for 3/35/0 receiving) was the top wide receiver for San Francisco last weekend. There wasn't much to write home about in fantasy terms on this unit last weekend. The Dallas pass D gave up for 30/49 for 317 net passing yards, two TDs and zero interceptions with zero sacks of Brian Hoyer last Sunday. So far this year Dallas is 23rd in the NFL averaging 290.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with six passing scores given out vs. two interceptions and four sacks generated. This is not a feared secondary, friends - they have averaged 22.7 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (10th-most in the NFL); and 22.4 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (13th-least); with 14.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (third-most) over the first three weeks of the season. Gabbert comes into this game cold, but should have a 50-50 shot at a bounce-back game against the mediocre Cowboys' secondary.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 vs LA 78 22 35 170 1 0 9 43 0 0 15.2
2 at CAR 65 17 36 243 2 2 3 10 1 0 25.15
3 at SEA 57 14 25 119 0 1 5 22 0 0 7.15
4 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 20 34 * * * 4 * * * *
4 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 19 33 * * * 4 * * * *
4 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom * 16 33 * * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs SEA (14 / 25 / 119 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 22 / 0 rush)

Gabbert's performance was foreshadowed by the first play of the game. After a full week of preparation, San Francisco lined up with an empty backfield, and Gabbert ran a read-option. Read that again. He ran a read-option without a running back...on the first play of the game! Perhaps charitably, Cian Fahey surmised Gabbert may have forgotten to signal for a presnap shift to get someone into the backfield. Whatever the cause of this mishap, it wasn't a good look. For the ensuing 55 plays, Gabbert was even more inaccurate with his passes than usual. At least three times, his erratic arm forced a receiver with open spaces in front of him on a crossing route make an unnecessarily difficult catch, which negated said yards-after-catch possibility. One of these, a third quarter pass to Quinton Patton, resulted in an interception. Another -- for the second straight week -- exposed Garrett Celek to a vicious hit to his back.

2016 Week 2 vs CAR (17 / 36 / 243 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 10 / 1 rush)

Another week, another game with Gabbert's erratic accuracy on full display. He once again went -- almost at random -- from throwing perfectly placed downfield passes one drive, to wildly missing open receiver after open receiver on the next drive. A perfect example of this was a seven-play stretch while the 49ers were trying to mount a late comeback. First, Gabbert threaded a 15-yard pass between two defenders, hitting Vance McDonald in stride for what would become a 75-yard touchdown. On the first play of San Francisco's next drive, Gabbert beautifully lofted the ball over two defenders 25 yards down the middle of the field for what would have been another 75-yard touchdown had McDonald not dropped it. On the very next play, Gabbert threw into double coverage for an interception. After three incompletions to start their next drive (two bad passes and one drop), Gabbert threw behind Torrey Smith 15 yards downfield, which resulted in another interception.

2016 Week 1 vs LA (22 / 35 / 170 / 1 / 0 pass, 9 / 43 / 0 rush)

The box score might say he ended up with a respectable 63 percent completion percentage, but Gabbert's throws were erratic for the entire game, wildly alternating between perfectly placed threaded needles and missing the broad side of a barn. In the first quarter alone, he skipped his first pass and then badly overthrew Jeremy Kerley on a wide-option would be touchdown. He also threw at least three passes that should have been picked off. The reason Gabbert's completion percentage was respectable despite constant misfires is because he spent the whole game dinking and dunking: According to Pro Football Focus, Gabbert's average pass traveled only 5.7 yards in the air, which ranked 28th this week. As a runner, Gabbert mainly took what the defense gave him, scrambling five times in the first half because Rams linebackers completely vacated the middle of the field. Once the defense adjusted, Gabbert stayed put. On designed read-option runs, he gained only 6 yards on 3 carries.

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Latest News

49ers | Blaine Gabbert remains the starter (Tue Sep 27, 09:39 AM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert will remain the starting quarterback, in part, because he's better in practice than QB Colin Kaepernick.

Our View: For now. Gabbert is better in practice, but he may not be better in games. There are other QBs in NFL history that struggled in practice (Chad Pennington, Tim Tebow) but found ways to make plays in games. Kaepernick could be fantasy relevant as (on paper) he looks like a good fit for the Chip Kelly system. A running QB like Kaepernick could easily be a starter for fantasy owners -- especially as we work through the bye-week gauntlet. Stay tuned.
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49ers | Blaine Gabbert struggles in Week 3 (Mon Sep 26, 07:41 AM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert threw an interception and finished with 119 yards passing Sunday, Sept. 25, in a 37-18 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

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49ers | Blaine Gabbert totals three TDs (Mon Sep 19, 01:21 AM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert completed 17 of his 36 pass attempts for 243 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers. He also rushed three times for 10 yards and a score.

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Schedule

4vs Dallas Cowboys
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6@ Buffalo Bills
7vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9vs New Orleans Saints
10@ Arizona Cardinals
11vs New England Patriots
12@ Miami Dolphins
13@ Chicago Bears
14vs New York Jets
15@ Atlanta Falcons
16@ Los Angeles Rams
17vs Seattle Seahawks