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QB Colin Kaepernick - San Francisco 49ers

6-4, 233Born: 10-3-1987College: NevadaDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 24): Kaepernick was in a prime spot for a good streaming start with his starting running back out and the matchup of the Bucs secondary, but he failed to make the kinds of plays that fantasy dreams are made of. He couldn't stretch the field against their weak secondary, and even 84 rushing yards wasn't enough to elevate him out of the bottom fantasy tier. In any given week going forward, he could be replaced by Christian Ponder.

General News (Wed Oct 26): will remain the team's starter in Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints, according to head coach Chip Kelly. The team is off this week.

Week 8: bye week

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Recent Stats and Projections

6 at BUF 61 13 29 187 1 0 8 66 0 0 18.95
7 vs TB 70 16 34 143 1 1 9 84 0 1 16.55

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 7 vs TB (16 / 34 / 143 / 1 / 1 pass, 9 / 84 / 0 rush)

If you've seen one Kaepernick performance since his halcyon days of 2012-2013, you've seen them all. The good is making correct decisions in the read-option running game, showing an uncanny physical ability to extend pass plays via evading rushers, and gaining more yards than the typical quarterback when he scrambles. The bad is that every pass play seems to follow a decision tree consisting of only three questions. Is my first read open? If yes, throw it. If no, consider taking off running. Is my safety valve open? If yes, throw it. If no, consider taking off running even more. As I start to take off running, did a receiver break open? If yes, throw it. If no, most definitely take off running. Good quarterbacks have a decision tree far more sophisticated than that. As this game -- along with the vast majority of his games since 2013 -- showed, Kaepernick isn't a good quarterback. Because if we can figure him out from our armchairs, how easy must it be for NFL coaches to figure him out?

2016 Week 6 vs BUF (13 / 29 / 187 / 1 / 0 pass, 8 / 66 / 0 rush)

This wasn't as poor of a performance as Kaepernick's stat line suggests. He hadn't played a meaningful snap in a year, and even those snaps came in an entirely different offense, so one has to adjust for rust. One also has to adjust for how much the wind was wreasking havoc on his passes. Whereas Tyrod Taylor is experienced navigating his throws in Buffalo's blustery conditions, Kaepernick struggled to compensate for -- literally -- which way the wind was blowing. A couple of throws to Torrey Smith illustrate the point. With San Francisco driving into the wind in the first quarter, Smith soundly beat his man on a deep post, but Kaepernick somehow overthrew him. With the wind at San Francisco's back in the second quarter, Buffalo blew their coverage, leaving Smith even more wide open downfield. This time, however, Kaepernick actually manged to underthrew him by several yards. It resulted in his lone touchdown pass of the day, but only because there wasn't a defender within 10 yards of Smith, who practically had to field the ball like a punt. Other than his wind-addled accuracy, Kaepernick resembled the same quarterback he's always been. On run plays, he excelled at the read-option. On pass plays, however, he usually needed the play design to produce an open receiver immediately, or else he tucked it and ran. That sounds a lot like what Blaine Gabbert was up to the previous weeks, but there was one distinct difference Kaepernick (unsurprisingly) displayed when facing pressure: On a few occasions, his athleticism allowed him to keep plays alive that otherwise would have died a sack-riddled death. Most spectacularly, he used strength and body control to miraculously avoided a sure safety early in the third quarter; turning it into a 10-yard scramble for a first down and getting San Francisco out of the shadow of their own goal line.


Latest News

49ers | Colin Kaepernick to start after bye (Wed Oct 26, 02:10 AM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick will remain the team's starter in Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints, according to head coach Chip Kelly. The team is off this week.

Our View: Kaepernick is the starter for now, but he's got to show more on the field if he wants to keep his job.
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49ers | So-so game for Colin Kaepernick (Mon Oct 24, 12:58 AM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick completed 16 of his 34 pass attempts for 143 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 7 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He rushed nine times for a team-high 84 yards.

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49ers | Colin Kaepernick still starter (Mon Oct 17, 03:32 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick will remain the starting quarterback in Week 7 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to head coach Chip Kelly.

Our View: After one game, it is not time to pull Kaepernick. We saw his ability to run the ball come through and he didn't have a good connection with Jeremy Kerley. The 49ers should work on his timing/chemistry with receivers during the week of practice.
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49ers | Colin Kaepernick has decent outing (Sun Oct 16, 04:18 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick went 13-for-29 for 187 yards and one touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in Week 6. He also rushed for 66 yards on eight carries during the game.

Our View: Kaepernick missed an open Torrey Smith deep early in the game or he could have had a very good fantasy game. He'll be a boom/bust streamer play against the Bucs next week. Kaepernick was able to hold his own as a runner after a long layoff.
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