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 24): If this is as good as it is going to get for Kaepernick, it is time to load up another starting fantasy QB. Perhaps Week 14 against Oakland will be worth a shot, but Weeks 13 and 15 bring Seattle and Kaepernick on your bench. Week 16 against San Diego will also be a tough sell.
General News (Wed Nov 26): is still commanding the offense extremely well, according to offensive coordinator Greg Roman. "At times, he's playing better than he's ever played, there's no question."
Week 13: vs Seattle Seahawks
Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Seattle and San Francisco are knotted up at 7-4 behind divisional leader Arizona (9-2) - this is the first of two scheduled clashes between these divisional rivals (with profound playoff implications for both), which will go down in Levi's Stadium on Thanksgiving night. Colin Kaepernick had a solid (but not spectacular) game passing the football against the Washington defense - 20/29 for 256 yards, one TD and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -10 yards - adding 9/14/0 rushing to the team effort. It was the fifth straight game in which he's thrown one TD and also the fifth straight game in which he's rushed for less than 25 yards. This year, games like this are what we've come to expect out of Kaepernick. Respectable, but not spectacular. He is back to relying on Anquan Boldin (12 targets for 9/137/1 receiving this week; 32 targets for 20/285/2 receiving over the past three games) and Michael Crabtree (seven targets for 5/58/0 receiving last week; 23 for 11/205/1 over the past three contests) as his top receivers - the dalliance with Brandon Lloyd and Steve Johnson fantasy owners saw earlier in the year is mostly a thing of the past. Boldin is the best option for fantasy owners entering Week 13. Vernon Davis has seen 15 targets over the last three games, but has only converted 5/37/0 and has faded from relevance as a fantasy tight end. The Seahawks' pass D ate up the Larry-Fitzgerald-less Cardinals on Sunday, holding Arizona to 14/26 for 140 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -9 yards. Alex Smith only attempted 16 passes two weeks ago (11/16 for 108 net yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions, with zero sacks taken) - lately, the Seahawks' pass D is back to their shut-down ways of 2013. They rank third in the NFL averaging 208.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with 15 passing scores given up vs. seven interceptions (23rd in the NFL) and 16 sacks (29th) generated this season. Kaepernick and company have some tough customers arriving at Levi's Stadium on Thanksgiving night. Advantage, Seattle.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
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.
2014 Week 12 vs WAS (20 / 29 / 256 / 1 / 1 pass, 9 / 14 / 0 rush)
A couple of poor decisions soiled an otherwise efficient day for Kaepernick against Washington. He was extremely effective throwing the ball to Anquan Boldin, and that started early. Kaepernick's first completion went to Boldin on a short in route, for a gain of 18 yards on 3rd and 3. Two plays later he hit Boldin deep down right side. Boldin had three steps on his man and Kaepernick put the ball right on the money for a 30 yard touchdown. Kaepernick also had a 7 yard scramble on that drive that turned out to be 50% of his rushing production for the day. The 49ers offense sputtered for most of the rest of the half before Kaepernick led them 70 yards for a field goal to close out the half. Kaepernick was 5/6 for 67 yards on the drive including a great throw down the right sideline to Michael Crabtree for 25 yards to set up the field goal. The third quarter was rocky for Kaepernick. His first pass of the half was a bomb to Steve Johnson that would have been picked off had Johnson not stripped the ball from the corner. On the team's next drive, Kaepernick overthrew Anquan Boldin deep for an easy interception. Kaepernick took over from his own 25, down 4 with 7:36 to go and put together a game winning drive. He completed three passes on the drive to Boldin that were all well placed. The best throw was a laser down the seam into a small window that Boldin hauled in for a 29 yard gain. He also connected with him on an out route that was thrown in the perfect location. Kaepernick was 2-3 plays away from an outstanding day but still did enough to lead his team to victory.
Latest News49ers | Colin Kaepernick praised by OC (Tue Nov 25, 06:43 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is still commanding the offense extremely well, according to offensive coordinator Greg Roman. 'At times, he's playing better than he's ever played, there's no question.' Our View: While that may be true, there's also plenty of times where Kaepernick is struggling to be below average. Kaepernick is still a 'pure sight' thrower, and he plays with little anticipation when reading defensive coverages. He's still crazy athletic, but Kaepernick hasn't rushed for over 30 yards in a game since Week 6. Fantasy owners should have found a better option by this time of the season.
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