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Colin Kaepernick | Quarterback | #7

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 230
College: Nevada
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (36) / SF
Contract: view contract details

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Colin Kaepernick will be the 49ers' Week 14 starter at quarterback.
The 49ers benched Kaepernick in the midst of a ludicrously bad Week 13 performance in the snow, but are wisely giving him another shot against the Jets. Kap's play had been on an upward trajectory before last week's catastrophic setback, and though it can sound like damning with faint praise, Kap has been a clear improvement on Blaine Gabbert. Regardless, the fantasy calculus has changed. Kap should now be considered at risk of in-game benchings, rendering him a risk/reward QB2 instead of the low-end QB1 he had been performing as. Dec 6 - 1:21 PM

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Colin Kaepernick was benched in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to Chicago.

Kaepernick had just five attempts before getting taken out for Blaine Gabbert. He didn't complete his only pass until late in the second quarter. The 49ers didn't show any confidence in Kaepernick with bad conditions at Soldier Field. It's a huge step back after Kaepernick had a 5:1 TD/INT ratio over his last two games. Coach Chip Kelly said after the game there had not been "any discussions about" who will start moving forward.
Dec 4 - 4:52 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Colin Kaepernick will void his contract after the season to become a free agent.

Rapoport added voiding the deal would not "rule out a return" to the 49ers next season. Kaepernick is set to make $14.5 million in base salary if he sticks around in San Francisco next season, and even after a strong finish, it is unlikely he would get much more than the $7.5 million per year Robert Griffin III landed from the Browns on the open market. Perhaps he is so ready to get away from the 49ers he will take his chances, but this is more likely a negotiating ploy.
Dec 4 - 8:28 AM

Colin Kaepernick completed 29-of-46 passes for 296 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the 49ers' 31-24, Week 12 loss to the Dolphins, adding 10 carries for 113 additional yards.

The 49ers trailed all afternoon, but this wasn't really a garbage time situation. It was Kap keeping his team in a winnable game on the road. The game nearly went to overtime, but Kap got stopped at the two-yard line as time expired. Kap and the Niners really burned the Dolphins with the read option. The 113 rushing yards were the fourth most of Kap's career (including the playoffs), and give him 373 on the year. Kap has been toeing the line between "fantasy good" and actually good. At the very least, he's been a monumental improvement on Blaine Gabbert. He'll be set up for another nice day in Week 13 against the Bears.
Nov 27 - 5:05 PM

Colin Kaepernick completed 16-of-30 passes for 206 yards with two touchdowns and rushed four times for 32 yards Sunday in the 49ers' Week 11 loss to the Patriots.

He was sacked five times for a loss of 29 yards. Kaepernick capped an eight-play 92-yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown to Vance McDonald with 4:56 remaining in the second quarter. That pulled the Niners to within three, though that was as close as the game would get. Kaepernick’s accuracy abandoned him in the second half as he completed just eight-of-21 passes after halftime. At one point he endured a streak of eight straight incompletions. Kaepernick delivered a few nice runs but also took several bad sacks and fumbled the ball twice (he recovered both times). At least he finished on a high note by hooking up with Shaun Draughn for a 13-yard score on the Niners’ final drive. Kaepernick won’t be an appealing streamer next week against the Dolphins.
Nov 20 - 9:15 PM

Colin Kaepernick completed 17-of-30 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown in the 49ers' 23-20, Week 10 loss to the Cardinals.

He also rushed for 55 yards and another touchdown on 10 attempts. Kaepernick's touchdown pass was a strike in the back of the end zone to a wide-open Jeremy Kerley. His touchdown run was on a bootleg to the right late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 20-20 before the Cardinals kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired. Kaepernick seems to be getting better as the weeks go by, and he'd make for a serviceable two-quarterback league play next week at home against the Patriots. New England hasn't played much defense this season.
Nov 13 - 7:47 PM

Colin Kaepernick completed 24-of-39 passes for 398 yards with two touchdowns and one interception and rushed five times for 23 yards with one lost fumble Sunday in the 49ers' Week 9 loss to the Saints.

He was sacked once for a five-yard loss. To give this some context, it's important to know that Kaepernick had thrown for 330 yards all SEASON prior to Sunday’s outburst. Kaepernick could do no wrong in the first half, shredding the Saints for 286 yards on 14-of-18 passing. Unfortunately Kap cooled off when New Orleans dialed up the blitz in the second half. In the fourth quarter, he lost a fumble on fourth down at the Saints’ 10-yard line, though a bad snap was to blame. Kaepernick made his living off long passes, delivering touchdown throws of 47 and 65 yards in the second quarter. Teams have been gashing New Orleans through the air all season so it’s no surprise that Kaepernick had his best game against them. He’ll face a much tougher challenge next week against the Cardinals.
Nov 6 - 8:21 PM

49ers coach Chip Kelly said he "would think" Colin Kaepernick will remain the starter after the bye.

Kaepernick has not been good, but the other options are going back to Blaine Gabbert or starting Christian Ponder. The 49ers are not going anywhere no matter who is at quarterback, so they might as well sit in neutral with Kaepernick running the show with the hope he magically figures it out.
Oct 24 - 11:26 AM

Colin Kaepernick completed 16-of-34 passes for 143 yards, one touchdown, and one interception and rushed nine times for 84 yards in the 49ers' Week 7 loss to the Buccaneers.

He also fumbled twice -- losing one -- and took four sacks. Kap's rushing stats give him fantasy value, but he is one of the worst passers in the league and is essentially a chicken with his head cut off running around the field. He has also torpedoed the fantasy value of Jeremy Kerley. The 49ers go on their bye in Week 8. Kaepernick can be dropped in leagues where he was streamed.
Oct 23 - 7:47 PM

Colin Kaepernick's restructured contract includes a team-purchased $7.5 million injury insurance policy for 2017.

Kaepernick's original $14.5 million salary for 2017 was guaranteed for injury only, giving the 49ers strong disincentive to play him and risk injury. The compromise allows him to play while also guarding against something like a torn ACL or Achilles' tendon. This is widely expected to be Kap's final year in San Francisco.
Oct 18 - 4:21 PM

Colin Kaepernick will remain the 49ers' starting quarterback for Week 7.

"Good" is too strong of a word for Kaepernick's Week 6 performance, but "better than Blaine Gabbert" certainly applies. Kap has a less daunting Week 7 opponent in the Bucs, but still can't be considered more than a low-end QB2. Kap's passing mechanics and time management remain a mess. The key to any fantasy value will be his usage on the ground. He ran the rock eight times for 66 yards against the Bills.
Oct 17 - 3:08 PM

Colin Kaepernick completed 13-of-29 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' 45-16, Week 6 loss to the Bills, adding eight rushes for 66 yards on the ground.

Kap got off to a shaky start, overthrowing Torrey Smith on a would-be 59-yard touchdown on San Francisco's opening drive. He atoned for it two series later, finding Smith for a 53-yard score. Never known for his touch, Kap actually tried to use it on his TD, but underthrew Smith. Smith made a great adjustment and cutback to house the pass. All in all, it was the same Kap we got used to the past few years. He had to burn two timeouts because of time management issues, and wasn't exactly crisp with the ball. He was also a solid runner, however, knowing when to take off and slide. He'll definitely keep the starting job going forward. He'll be on the streaming radar against the Bucs' soft pass defense in Week 7.
Oct 16 - 4:25 PM

Colin Kaepernick has agreed to a restructured contract.

The contract has been rumored for days but didn't become official until Wednesday. His base salary for 2017 will be $14.5 million, though none of the money is guaranteed. Kaepernick can also void the deal after this season and become an unrestricted free agent. Now that he's been installed as the starter, Kaepernick will use the rest of this year as an audition for interested teams in 2017.
Oct 12 - 6:40 PM

USA Today reports Colin Kaepernick's restructured contract is expected to make him a free agent in March.

Coach Chip Kelly claimed Tuesday that Kap's elevation to starting status was purely football related, but the simple truth is it wouldn't have happened without a restructured deal. It's seemingly yet to be finalized, but will be happening. The 49ers will move out from under any 2017 guarantees — for injury or otherwise — while Kap gets some extra money tossed his way this season in the form of guaranteed bonuses. It's a win for both sides. Daily Slant: One big difference in the 49ers approach since Kap's last run is that they are now playing at a faster pace - they lead the league in pace, running a play every 24.5 seconds. Considering he's still priced near the bottom of the salary pool, Kaepernick is well worth a look as a high-upside GPP target.
Source: USA Today
Oct 11 - 3:47 PM

The 49ers have formally announced Colin Kaepernick as their Week 6 starter at quarterback.

Coach Chip Kelly only had one choice, and he made it. Kaepernick's play went off the rails before he was placed on injured reserve last season, but he's at least had success on an NFL field. The same cannot be said for Blaine Gabbert, who has been embarrassingly bad under center, offering zero threat as a passer and fancying himself a poor man's Alex Smith as a runner. In theory, Kap is a great fit for Kelly's offense, which was most successful in college employing dual-threat quarterbacks. Kelly has gotten away from his principles, however, and seemed increasingly overmatched as an NFL coach. Kap could fail just as badly as Gabbert, but the 49ers need to take the chance. Kap will be on the QB2 borderline for this week's visit to Buffalo to face the resurgent Bills.
Oct 11 - 1:33 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Colin Kaepernick
2Blaine Gabbert
3Christian Ponder
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3Mike Davis
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
WR11Torrey Smith
2Aaron Burbridge
WR21Quinton Patton
2Jeremy Kerley
3Rod Streater
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Vance McDonald
2Garrett Celek
3Blake Bell
4Je'Ron Hamm
LT1Joe Staley
LG1Zane Beadles
2Josh Garnett
C1Daniel Kilgore
RG1Andrew Tiller
2Marcus Martin
RT1Trent Brown
2John Theus
K1Phil Dawson