QB Colin Kaepernick - San Francisco 49ers
|6-4, 233||Born: 10-3-1987||College: Nevada||Drafted: Round 2|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): It has been a while since Kaepernick had a good fantasy day, and only Michael Crabtree's surprising speed gave him a passable day at New York. Still, with Washington and Oakland up two of the next three weeks, Kaepernick is a viable streaming option.
Week 12: vs Washington Redskins
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Colin Kaepernick has been less-than-stellar as a passer in recent weeks, with 15/29 for 193 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions vs. the Giants last week, and 14/32 for 210 yards, one TD and zero interceptions at New Orleans two weeks ago. Though he's getting 'W's in the real NFL, he's not helping fantasy owners very much at this rate. Two receivers have seen over 10 targets over the past two games: Anquan Boldin (20 targets for 11/148/1 receiving) and Michael Crabtree (16 for 6/147/1) - Vernon Davis has seen nine but only managed 2/15/0 as he's sunk into fantasy irrelevance as the season has gone along. The Washington pass D is ranked tenth in the NFL in terms of average net passing yards allowed per game (228.7), but they've allowed a whopping 20 passing scores through 10 games vs. a mere three interceptions generated (tied for dead last in the NFL) and have 25 sacks to their credit (tied for 11th in the NFL). It's not too hard to score on these guys, just ask Josh McCown (15/23 for 281 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions last week, with two sacks taken for -7 yards) and Mike Evans (nine targets for 7/209/2 receiving last week at Washington). This looks like a good matchup for the 49ers' pass attack, even if they have been stuck in the slow lane for several weeks.
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Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 9 vs STL (22 / 33 / 237 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 14 / 0 rush)
Kaepernick had a miserable day trying to escape the Rams relentless pressure. Things started out okay, with Kaepernick connecting on his first two passes, including a rocket over the middle to Michael Crabtree for 15 yards. His next pass was on a slant route that the corner jumped, but dropped the interception. Kaepernick then ended the first drive by overthrowing Michael Crabtree in the end zone. Kaepernick was sacked or chased from the pocket on four of his next six drop backs and the biggest surprise may have been that St. Louis was able to get a good rush and control him when he scrambled. Kaepernick's first and only touchdown came on the next drive. He rolled right off play action and found Anquan Boldin wide open over the middle of the field for an easy 27 yard score. Kaepernick lost his first fumble of the game on his 5th sack of the first half and ended the half by going down for a 6th time. The 49ers focused on getting the ball out quicker in the third quarter and Kaepernick seemed to find a better rhythm. He was 11/15 in the second half but every drive seemed to end with either a sack or a run of penalties. The 49ers got the ball with 3:11 left and Kaepernick led them 87 yards down to the Rams 1 yard line with a chance to win. A pass to Michael Crabtree nearly scored the game winning touchdown but he was ruled to have dove back out of the end zone and marked down at the ½ yard line. Kaepernick tried a QB sneak on the final play of the game and originally it looked like he got it. Unfortunately the Rams came away with the ball and there wasn't a good enough angle on review to determine if he crossed the goal line before losing the ball. Kaepernick was good when given time, but that was rare.
2014 Week 10 vs NO (14 / 32 / 210 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 24 / 0 rush)
Kaepernick was buoyed by a strong run game and defensive effort early. He wasn't asked to do very much in this one until late and then he was plagued by drops from his normally reliable target Anquan Boldin. His first completion was a rocket to Boldin for a 13 yard gain on 2nd and 10. Three plays later he stepped out of an ankle tackle and sprinted down the left sideline for a 19 yard gain. That was Kaepernick's only real success on the ground. Kaepernick's second drive of the second quarter was by far his best. He fired a laser beam into Boldin for a 23 yard gain and two plays later dropped a perfect pass in for a touchdown. It was first down from the 15 yard line and Booldin ran a fade route and Kaepernick dropped the football right in the perfect place for the 49ers only passing touchdown of the day. Kaepernick started the next drive with another beautifully throw on a fade to Boldin for 25 yards, but things went downhill from there. Poor ball security resulted in a fumble on the 49ers final play of the first half, and the second half wasn't much better. In the first 28 ½ minutes of the second half Kaepernick was 5/13 for 30 yards and a dropped interception. Several of his incompletions were in the direction of Anquan Boldin and were dropped. With 1:34 left in the game Kaepernick faced 4th and 10 form his own 22, down 3 points. He rolled right and kept the play alive for as long as he could then unleashed a 50 yard bomb to an open Michael Crabtree to set up the game tying field goal. In overtime Kaepernick threw only one pass, but a solid running game and a Saints miscue were enough to give his team the win. Kaepernick wasn't as inaccurate as his completion percentage suggests, drops played a huge part in this game.
2014 Week 11 vs NYG (15 / 29 / 193 / 1 / 0 pass, 8 / 24 / 0 rush)
Kaepernick struggled with his accuracy, but his running game and defense made it to where he didn't need to do too much to win. On the opening drive, Kaepernick used a crafty pump fake to open up the middle for a 16 yard scramble. That would be his longest run of the day and his only real success on the ground. On the next drive the 49ers tried a zone read that had worked so well for Seattle a week ago and Kaepernick was tossed to the ground for a seven yard loss. Early in the second quarter, Kaepernick made one of his best throws of the game, hitting Michael Crabtree with a bullet on a deep in for a 12 yard gain on 3rd and 8. Kaepernick also made a precise throw on a post to Crabtree for a 25 yard gain. That same post play would result in a 48 yard touchdown early in the 3rd quarter. Kaepernick made a good throw on the play, but it was Crabtee who broke a tackle and outran the secondary into the end zone for the score. Kaepernick only completed 5/9 passes the rest of the way and didn't throw the ball down the field as the 49ers played it close to the vest and protected their lead. The game script and Kaepernick's inaccuracy greatly limited his production this week.
Latest News49ers | Colin Kaepernick hurt by drops (Mon Nov 10, 01:02 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick only completed 43.8 percent of his passes in the team's Week 10 in part because the team dropped six passes during the game, which is most by any team this season. Our View: Yes, drops are contributing to Kaepernick's bad completion percentage. However, he's not the most accurate passer to begin with. He's what we call a 'pure sight thrower' and rarely throws with touch or anticipation. Kaepernick is a dangerous quarterback because of his rushing ability, but he could be even deadlier if he could consistently make plays as a passer.
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