The Cardinals have reached a 1-year deal with QB Blaine Gabbert. That should set up a competition with Drew Stanton to back up Carson Palmer, who turned 37 in December. There's not much fantasy intrigue to either backup, but Gabbert would at least bring more rushing upside than Stanton, should Palmer go down.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, 49ers HC Chip Kelly announced Saturday that QB Blaine Gabbert will start the team's regular-season opener. Gabbert has held the edge since spring practice, when Colin Kaepernick sat out following multiple offseason surgeries. Gabbert's mobile enough to be an interesting DFS and 2-QB league consideration simply because of Kelly's history with QB fantasy production in Philly. But no one should be getting excited about Gabbert and (arguably?) the league's worst WR corps. Kelly added that Kaepernick with be the backup, making Christian Ponder the 3rd QB.
49ers QB Blaine Gabbert will start the team's preseason opener on Sunday night, per insider John McClain. QB Colin Kaepernick is dealing with what HC Chip Kelly deemed "arm fatigue" but is still expected to play this weekend. As we've been hearing all offseason, Gabbert appears to be in the lead in this QB derby. We'll see what preseason action brings.
NFL Network's Michael Silver believes Blaine Gabbert is the "heavy favorite" to win the 49ers' starting QB job. "He's loved in this locker room," Silver added. "He did a lot of good things last year and I'd be shocked if he's not the starter in the opener." Gabbert set career highs in completion rate (63.1%) and yards per attempt (7.2) in 2015, while tossing 10 TDs vs. 7 INTs. He's been soaking up 1st-team reps this spring while QB Colin Kaepernick rehabs from multiple surgeries. The winner of San Francisco's QB battle could have spot-start appeal in HC Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense.
It sounds like 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert is taking advantage of Colin Kaepernick's absence from the practice field so far this spring. “Whoever’s at quarterback needs to take control and be our leader out there. And he’s definitely doing that," TE Garrett Celek told CSN Bayarea's Matt Maiocco last week. "He’s making good decisions on the field. I think he’s definitely developing more and more as the days go on." Kaepernick's getting over offseason surgeries to his left shoulder, right thumb and left knee. He has reportedly started throwing some and is expected to be cleared to return to practice by early June. Gabbert, meanwhile, is getting a headstart in learning the new offense. We'll see how much of an advantage that proves to be this summer. Those drafting in best-ball formats right now would do well to avoid the San Francisco QB situation altogether.