Kaepernick has gone 0-2 since taking over for Blaine Gabbert, but San Francisco's shortcomings stretch far beyond the quarterback position. While Kaepernick failed to complete 18 of his 34 passing attempts and committed two turnovers Sunday against the Buccaneers, he also gained 84 yards on the ground. That running ability has pleased Kelly since Kaepernick became the starter, and he's expected to retain the position once the 49ers reconvene after this week's bye.
Kaepernick completed just 16 of 34 passes for 143 yards with a touchdown, interception and fumble in Sunday's 34-17 loss to Tampa Bay. He did manage nine carries for 84 yards as a runner.
Making his first home start of the season, Kaepernick helped fantasy owners on the ground, but really struggled as a passer. A week after utilizing speedster Torrey Smith, the duo hooked up just one time for 17 yards. He had a shot at a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, but Garrett Celek could not come down with the ball at the edge of the goal line. The 49ers will be on their bye next week, before a fantasy-friendly matchup with the Saints in Week 9.
Kaepernick made his first start of the season in Sunday's loss to the Bills, completing 13 of 29 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown. He also ran eight times for 66 yards, but led San Francisco's offense to just 16 points. However, without a more attractive alternative considering Blaine Gabbert's struggles before him, Kaepernick will maintain the 49ers' starting gig versus Tampa Bay this Sunday, when he'll hope another week at the helm results in an improved performance.
Kaepernick got the start under center against the Bills on Sunday, completing 13 of 29 pass attempts for 187 yards and a touchdown. He added 66 yards on eight rush attempts in the 45-16 loss.
Offseason trade rumors, health concerns, contract reconstruction and a preseason social protest made Kaepernick one of the most talked about quarterbacks this season despite not throwing a regular season pass. All of that is in the past now that he has officially made his first start of the 2016 campaign. The results weren't pretty, as Kaepernick was just as ineffective as Blaine Gabbert running the San Francisco offense. He did show some early promise, dialing up Torrey Smith for a 51-yard touchdown in the first half and exhibiting his athleticism on several designed and improvised scrambles. But when the 49ers' porous defense began giving up chunks of points in the second half, he wasn't able to make the necessary throws to keep his team in the game. From a fantasy perspective, Kaepernick will have value due to his ability to run the ball effectively, but his ceiling won't be very high if he is completing less than 50 percent of his passes.
The development comes on the heels of head coach Chip Kelly naming Kaepernick as the 49ers' starting quarterback moving forward. Although the final four years of his original deal have been wiped away, Kaepernick now has a player option for the 2017 season that allows him to void the contract before the league year begins in March and become an unrestricted free agent. In the interim, he'll attempt to channel the success he found under Jim Harbaugh, but Kaepernick's preseason returns under Kelly equated to 13 of 24 passing for 117 yards and eight rushes for 56 yards.
|Bye: Week 8|
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|12||11/27/16||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ ATL||4:05 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||5||3||60.0||35||7.00||19||0||0||0/0||0||0||81.3|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||13||7||218||136||62.4||1814||8.32||57||10||3||16/112||32||4||98.3|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||416||243||58.4||3197||7.69||64||21||8||39/231||46||10||91.6|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||478||289||60.5||3369||7.05||80||19||10||52/344||48||5||86.4|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||9||8||244||144||59.0||1615||6.62||76||6||5||28/166||19||7||78.5|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||3||2||63||29||46.0||330||5.24||53||2||1||7/50||2||1||66.2|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||2||-2||-1.0||-1||0||0||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||13||7||63||415||6.6||50||5||3||18|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||92||524||5.7||28||4||4||28|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||104||639||6.1||90||1||7||28|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||9||8||45||256||5.7||15||1||0||13|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||3||2||17||150||8.8||29||0||1||10|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||13||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||9||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2011||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||13||9||2||0||2||0||0||2||0|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||6||4||0||2||0||0||2||0|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||8||5||0||3||0||0||3||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||9||5||1||0||2||0||0||2||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||3||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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