August 24, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Glenn Winston (31) is tackled by San Diego Chargers players during the fourth quarter at Levi

NFL Preseason: San Francisco 49ers vs San Diego Chargers

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We’ve made it!  Football is back, and with that comes the over analyzing  of the preseason, trying to find any advantage we can for our upcoming drafts.  Many fantasy champions are  made in the preseason. From analyzing rookies to scoping out all of the off-season moves, I will try to help you prepare as well.   This series has to do with fantasy trends from this weeks bevy of preseason games.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my rundowns of the preseason games!  Stayed tuned for breakdowns of every preseason game here.

Colin Kaepernick has taken a pounding this preseason with Alex Boone holding out. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers vs San Diego Chargers

  1. Colin Kaepernick has looked as average as a starting NFL quarterback can look all preseason.  This trend has continued into week 3, where he went 6 of 12 for 59 yards. Kaepernick was hit and hit often as he posted another negative performance in this preseason game.  With Alex Boone still holding out for a bigger contract, Kaepernick’s fantasy potential drops due to the current struggles of the offensive line.  This should be a message to the 49ers front office that they need Boone on the field to protect their investment in Kaepernick.
  2. Aside from Kaepernick, most of the starters were limited and did not do much of anything. Carlos Hyde was a bright spot, and is a real handcuff option for Frank Gore.  Hyde ran for 38 yards on six carries.  Had Hyde gone to a different team needing a running back, he would have been the rookie to own this season.
  3. Antonio Gates showed last night that he can still bring it.  Gates caught three balls for 28 yards and a touchdown.  Gates can be a viable option if you want to wait on a tight end.  He will likely be touchdown dependent, but he won’t be the worst option out there after the top tier is gone at tight end.

 

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