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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 Sep 26): Blaine Gabbert is clearly not getting it done. While we can't hold it against him too harshly because he was playing at Carolina and Seattle, Chip Kelly has to be thinking about what Colin Kaepernick can do piloting his offense. Kelly has also said Kaepernick is the #2 because of his health, which clearly opens the door to him starting as soon as he is ready. The good news is that Kelly is continuing to push during garbage time and Kaepernick could easily put up good fantasy games against soft second half defenses that are protecting huge leads rung up against a tired 49ers defense. Kaepernick has sneaky speculative value over the remainder of the season.

General News (Tue Sep 27): may reclaim his starting job once he's back to full health, according to head coach Chip Kelly.

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

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1 vs LA 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

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 | Colin Kaepernick could start soon (Mon Sep 26, 03:16 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) may reclaim his starting job once he's back to full health, according to head coach Chip Kelly.

Our View: This should come as no surprise. Blaine Gabbert has struggled as the team's starter, and (on paper at least) Kaepernick seems like a good fit for the Kelly system. We could see a change at QB for the 49ers in the near future.
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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