There's a lot going on with Colin Kaepernick heading into this season. He might be playing for a different team if the 49ers want to cut ties and another team covets him, and he also has to overcome three surgeries since November for his left shoulder, thumb and knee. Along with that, he has to prove he's the right fit for new coach Chip Kelly if he remains in San Francisco. If that happens then Kaepernick could be a sneaky Fantasy option this season, but we might not fully know his status until training camp based on his location and health. If he does start for the 49ers then we hope Kelly lets him run because that's when his Fantasy value as it at it's highest, especially with a limited receiving corps. Most likely, Kaepernick will be a low-end No. 2 Fantasy quarterback at best, and he's not worth drafting in the majority of leagues. He could develop into a streaming option, but then you can just add him off waivers.
Kaepernick's teammate, Blaine Gabbert, is the early front-runner for the starting quarterback job heading into training camp, CSN Bay Area. This shouldn't come as a big surprise as Gabbert has been healthy during the team's OTAs and minicamp, as opposed to Kaepernick, who has been rehabbing his surgically-repaired shoulder. Kaepernick still has a good shot to win the job if he enters training camp healthy and performs well during the preseason. This will be the position battle to watch leading up to the season as it will have the biggest fantasy impact.
Kaepernick (shoulder) returned to practice for the first time this offseason, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Initial reports stated that Kaepernick would be limited to individual drills during the 49ers' three-day minicamp, but he ended up participating in the team's seven-on-seven sessions as well. He wasn't going at 100-percent, but he was seen firing the ball close to 50 yards down the field. Kaepernick was also noticeably slimmer, but that was to be expected after not being able to work out during his shoulder rehab. His health, weight and adaptation to Chip Kelly's offense will all be things to monitor this offseason to determine whether Kaepernick can bounce back in 2016.
Kaepernick (shoulder/knee/thumb) is not yet medically cleared to participate in football activities and he'll miss this week's minicamp, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. Kaepernick's next opportunity to return to the practice field won't come until training camp in late-July, as he'll miss the 49ers' mandatory minicamp this Tuesday through Thursday. At this point Blaine Gabbert appears to have the advantage in the team's battle for starting quarterback due to Kaepernick's plethora of injuries.
Kaepernick (shoulder/knee/thumb) has yet to be cleared for football activity, CSN Bay Area reports. That said, the QB has attended every session of the 49ers' voluntary workouts since they began on April 4, with Kaepernick having been able to work on his footwork and take "mental reps" in the process. At this stage, Kaepernick may not be medically cleared in time for the team's mandatory minicamp, which runs June 7-9, thus it's possible that the 49ers may not fully turn him loose until the start of training camp. Once his health is reestablished, Kaepernick is slated to compete with Blaine Gabbert for the 49ers' starting QB job.
When asked about the quarterback controversy in San Francisco, head coach Chip Kelly said he has "no idea" who will start this season, The Mercury News reports. That is actually a fair response from Kelly, because Kaepernick is still rehabbing from thumb, shoulder and knee injuries and he hasn't had a chance to see what both quarterbacks can offer at full strength. Kelly also mentioned that Kaepernick has been at every meeting and practice "doing what he can." From the sounds of it, Kaepernick may be finally over the whole offseason fiasco that almost had him playing for a different team leading up to the draft. For now, it seems as though he will still call San Francisco home. Once he is fully healed from his injuries (target is still early-June), we will be able to see a true quarterback competition between he and Blaine Gabbert.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||Los Angeles Rams||10||18.56|
|7||10/23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||25||22.06|
|9||11/06||New Orleans Saints||33||29.31|
|11||11/20||New England Patriots||16||19.78|
|14||12/11||New York Jets||11||18.75|
|16||12/24||@Los Angeles Rams||10||18.56|
|3 Year Avg||59.4||2727||15||8||473||2||250|