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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 5): Kaepernick has had exactly one good fantasy game and it came completely in garbage time. He's only a desperation start going forward.

Week 5: at New York Giants

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs MIN 73 17 26 165 0 0 7 41 0 0 12.35
2 at PIT 90 33 46 335 2 0 9 51 0 1 27.85
3 at ARI 51 9 19 67 0 4 7 46 1 0 9.95
4 vs GB 50 13 25 160 0 1 10 57 0 0 11.7
5 at NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 19 30 * * * 8 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs GB (13 / 25 / 160 / 0 / 1 pass, 10 / 57 / 0 rush)

Kaepernick is nothing if not consistent. This week's performance was more of the same: Scrambling too early and too often, taking sacks unnecessarily, relying almost entirely on short passes, and not delivering the ball accurately. On San Francisco's first drive, three of these four deficiencies were on display. Down 7-0, the coaches called a rare first-down pass play. On the seventh step of his drop, with zero pass pressure, Kaepernick took off running. In the box score, that was a 12-yard gain; on tape, it's the sign of a quarterback who doesn't throw with anticipation. On the next play, again with zero pressure, Kaepernick one-hopped a five-yard pass. Finally, on 3rd-and-7 situation, and again with zero presure, Kaepernick quickly threw a three-yard pass to Reggie Bush on a tightly-covered angle route. Result: punt. If he had let the other routes develop, he would have seen Torrey Smith open on a 15-yard out. Instead, he threw it to Bush before Smith got out of his break. Also worth noting is that 40 of Kaepernick's 125 passing yards came on a glorified jet sweep: Quinton Patton motioned inside presnap as per usual, but he received the ball on a shovel pass rather than the traditional handoff (or pitch).

2015 Week 3 vs ARI (9 / 19 / 67 / 0 / 4 pass, 7 / 46 / 1 rush)

Two of Kaepernick's first four passes were intercepted and returned for touchdowns. Both were due to a combination of poor decision-making and poor mechanics. On the first, he stared down Vernon Davis the entire time, but (for whatever reason) chose not to throw the ball when Davis broke his route to the outside. That fraction of a second allowed Arizona's pass rush to reach him, altering both his arm angle and his ability to drive through the throw with his legs, resulting in a fluttering pass that had no chance to reach its target. The second pick-six was a carbon copy of the first except that Boldin wasn't Kaepernick's initial read. Just the same, however, he held on to the ball too long, allowing the pass rush to reach him, and ended up throwing a sidearm pass off of his back foot. From there, and this is not a typo, Kaepernick didn't throw another pass until over a quarter later (9:14 left in the first to 5:39 left in the second). In addition to these two lowlights, it's also remarkable that the 49ers' pass offense could muster only 9 completions for only 67 yards despite being down at least three scores for the final 44 minutes of game time. If you can't produce respectable fantasy stats against a bend-but-don't-break defense protecting an insurmountable lead, when can you?

2015 Week 2 vs PIT (33 / 46 / 335 / 2 / 0 pass, 9 / 51 / 0 rush)

How one interprets Kaepernick's performance in this game from a fantasy perspective depends on how often one thinks San Francisco is going to face such a large deficit so early in a game. If one thinks that's going to happen frequently going forward, then it's a positive sign that Kaepernick has a 335-2-0-0 game in him. If not, then Sunday's performance was a red herring. When the 49ers were within two scores in the first half, Kaepernick's performance was typical of his track record. Behind an offensive line that's good at run-blocking but awful at pass-protecting, he threw short, took three sacks, scrambled twice for 22 yards, and handed the ball off a lot. Going into San Francisco's final four drives, Kaepernick had only thrown for 74 yards, with no touchdowns. In other words, nearly all of his stats came in the final 24 minutes of the game with his team down four or more scores. From a scouting perspective, there were both positives and negatives. On the positive side, his accuracy issues on out-breaking routes over the past month seem to have been resolved, and didn't throw a pass that even came close to being intercepted. On the negative side, Kaepernick seemed to fall into his old habit of either crumpling into the fetal position or running for his life when faced with pressure. He also seemed reluctant to pull the trigger on throws downfield and looked indecisive in his reads.

2015 Week 1 vs MIN (17 / 26 / 165 / 0 / 0 pass, 7 / 41 / 0 rush)

True to form, Kaepernick impressed with his legs, had red-hot stretches of passing efficiency between ice-cold stretches of inefficiency, and spent most of his time handing the ball off to a running back. The 49ers' first drive was a microcosm of same. Five of the first six plays were handoffs. He sprinkled in two completions in two attempts to get the team down to Minnesota's 13-yard line. After a penalty, he scrambled for 8 yards when no one was open. Then the drive stalled with two incompletions, one of which involved missing Vernon Davis open in the end zone. And so it continued. The second drive included two handoffs, two scrambles, a short completion, and another overthrown pass in Davis' direction. It wasn't until midway through the second quarter that things started to click: From 5:45 until halftime until there was 9:44 left in the fourthquarter, Kaepernick completed 13 of 16 passes for 109 yards and scrambled twice for 24 yards, leading the offense to 17 points in that span. Perhaps most noteworthy for projecting Kaepernick's fantasy value going forward is that the 49ers' offensive line, which looked out of their depth during the preseason, protected him shockingly well, allowing only one sack and one quarterback hit. Kapernick was hurried 15 times, but -- also unexpectedly -- he tended to remain in the pocket, keeping his eyes downfield, rather than running for his life by default. Given what we've learned about Kaepernick's skill set over the past few seasons, his performance against Minnesota exceeded expectations on the whole.


Latest News

49ers | Colin Kaepernick still growing (Tue Oct 6, 12:10 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is still growing into the quarterback position as a pocket passer, according to former QB Kurt Warner, who mentored the Niners quarterback in the offseason. 'I think the unfortunate thing for Kap is he's continuing to try to learn how to play the quarterback position,' Warner said of Kaepernick. Kaepernick's total QBR is at a career-low 38.6 after four games with two passing touchdowns and a running TD, but all three of his scores have come with San Fran trailing by at least 25 points. He has five interceptions, no touchdowns and just six completions of passes more than five yards down the field in the last two games.

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49ers | Colin Kaepernick struggles in Week 4 (Mon Oct 5, 12:49 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was 13-for-25 for just 160 yards and an interception in the Week 4 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He also ran for 57 yards on 10 carries.

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49ers | Colin Kaepernick could bounce back (Fri Oct 2, 09:17 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is at home against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5, and the Chiefs have allowed two or more touchdowns in three of their last four road games and have allowed a league-high 10 touchdowns in 2015.

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49ers | Colin Kaepernick backed by HC (Tue Sep 29, 02:13 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick still has the support of head coach Jim Tomsula. Tomsula said he believes in Kaepernick and that Kaepernick has the tools to be a good quarterback in the NFL. Tomsula added that he hasn't thought of Kaepernick as not being their starting quarterback.

Our View: Isn't that a double-negative? Anyway, here we go with the dreaded vote of confidence for Kaepernick. They're unlikely to bench him even if his poor play continues as nobody is saying "let's see what Blaine Gabbert can do!" Fantasy owners should find better options on the waiver wire like Marcus Mariota or Tyrod Taylor.
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49ers | Colin Kaepernick has nightmare game (Mon Sep 28, 01:53 AM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick completed just nine of his 19 pass attempts for 67 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions in the Week 3 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Two of the interceptions were returned for touchdowns early in the first quarter. He was able to run for a score and he finished with 46 rushing yards.

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