Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers

Position ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
QB 134.67 SF Injured Reserve 4 years 28 6'4 230 @Kaepernick7

2015 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)

Last updated on Nov-17-2015 by Shawn Childs


UPDATE (11/17): Kaepernick has been awful this season and lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert. That's like a running back losing his job to Trent Richardson. In nine games he threw just six TD passes and had a QBR of 47.1. If he regains his starting job it will be because Gabbert is so awful, not because Kaepernick deserves it.

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Kaepernick has 25-14 career record with 50 passing touchdowns and 21 interceptions across three seasons. His yards-per-attempt average has taken a nose dive in the past two years (8.3 in 2012; 7.7 in 2013; 7.0 in 2014). Fifty-two sacks last season contributed to that number. However, even with poor play from the offensive line, that average still seemed high based on Colin's value as a runner. In 2014, he had a career-high 104 rushes for 639 yards with only one rushing TD. In his career, Kaepernick has 10 rushing TDs. He finished the year as the No. 16 QB in Fantasy Football World Championship scoring. He ended only two games with 30 or more Fantasy points. Colin had only one game with more than 270 yards passing. He recorded fewer than 200 yards in five of his last seven starts. He was held to one score or less in 11 contests and threw three TDs just once. His upside as a passer is really limited by his lack of attempts; he averaged a hair less than 30 throws per game in 2014. During the offseason, Kaepernick has been working with Kurt Warner to develop his pocket presence and focus on becoming a pass-first player. In addition, Colin has spent time trying to improve his release and foot work. The reports have been positive in both areas. The coaching staff changes are expected to give him more freedom to run. His offensive line has less talent than in 2014 with Davis retiring and Iupati signing with the Cardinals. Overall, the 49ers don't have elite options in the passing game. They did add a deep threat in Torrey Smith and a pass-catching RB in Reggie Bush. With a bounce-back year from tight end Vernon Davis, Kaepernick has enough talent to throw for 3,500-plus yards. When his rushing yards are added in, Colin could earn close to 250 Fantasy points through yards alone in FFWC scoring (175 passing and 75 rushing). The key to his value in 2015 will be scoring more touchdowns. If he can record five rushing TDs and 23 passing TDs, Kaepernick would score 370-plus Fantasy points. Those numbers point to a solid top-10 opportunity, but that's a big 'if.' Colin is an upside gamble as a QB2 with possible starter talent.

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

11/22 - The 49ers are exploring trades for QB Colin Kaepernick
11/21 - 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick placed on season-ending injured reserve Injury
11/7 - 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick takes issue with coaches comments
11/7 - 49ers OC Geep Chryst sees a lot of Alex Smith in QB Blaine Gabbert
11/6 - 49ers WR Anquan Boldin doubtful for Week 9 Injury
11/2 - 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has been benched

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
10.05 #28 World Ranked - I probably should have waited longer at QB, but I like Kaepernick's improved weapons to go along with his very productive legs. He's likely to punch in some rushing TD's as well.
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