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Kelly already sees Kaepernick improvement

Kelly already sees Kaepernick improvement

SANTA CLARA – In his second week handling the bulk of the team’s first-team practice snaps, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has shown noticeable improvements, according to his coach.

“Yeah, you can see that,” 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Thursday. “I think he played three snaps in the first game, but his last extensive playing time was in the San Diego game, which was our last preseason game, which was over six weeks ago. What you’re trying to do is get him into a rhythm.”

Kaepernick replaced Blaine Gabbert as the 49ers’ starting quarterback a week ago. He will make his second start of the season on Sunday when the 49ers face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium.

“I think for any quarterback you’re just looking for consistency,” Kelly said. “The chemistry or the relationship that’s where the receivers are, knowing where, as they come out of their break, where they’re going to be. Is one guy a little bit sharper out of his cut? Is one guy a little bit deeper out of his cut?

“Obviously reading the defense as you go, but just getting a little bit more consistent, a little bit more familiar because he is getting more snaps. Sometimes when you’re the two that’s difficult because you’re not getting as many snaps.”

Kaepernick completed 13 of 29 pass attempts for 187 yards with one touchdown and no interception in the 49eres’ 45-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The game was played in 22 mph wind.

In speaking about Kaepernick’s attributes, Kelly said he believes his quarterback has the necessary throwing touch and anticipation.

“I think he does have anticipation. He does have the ability to throw guys open,” Kelly said. “There’s certain balls you have to put some touch on to throw and I’ve seen that displayed in practice. I think one of the things that’s difficult in terms of grading Colin just from the first game that he played in Buffalo is I don’t think anybody was really accurate. But a lot of that had to do with the weather.

“So, hopefully, back here in the friendly confines of Levi’s, we’ll be in a little bit better situation, a little bit better weather in terms of us throwing the football.”
 

Source: 49ers to promote running back Matthew Dayes from practice squad

Source: 49ers to promote running back Matthew Dayes from practice squad

The 49ers plan to promote running back Matthew Dayes from the practice squad to be available to play Monday night against the New York Giants at Levi’s Stadium.

A source confirmed that Dayes will serve as the team’s No. 3 running back behind Matt Breida and Alfred Morris. ESPN first reported Dayes’ promotion. Rookie Jeff Wilson was the other candidate to be activated from the practice squad.

The 49ers are not expected to waive veteran quarterback Tom Savage, whom the 49er cut two times previously to activate players at another position for recent games. The 49ers have until 1 p.m. to submit a roster move before Monday's game.

Dayes, 24, appeared in 16 games with the Cleveland Browns last season. Dayes (5-foot-9, 205 pounds) carried five times for 13 yards and caught four passes for 29 yards last season.

Dayes was a seventh-round draft pick of the Browns last year from North Carolina State, where he rushed for 1,166 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.

Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Bears' Anthony Miller in Week 11

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Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Bears' Anthony Miller in Week 11

It's the make-or-break point of your fantasy-football season. Once Week 11 concludes, chances are you'll have only two weeks to seal your spot in the playoffs. 

There are slim pickings on the waiver wire this late in the season, but it's still possible to find some value to get you over the hump. With that in mind, here are four players to target on the waiver wire in Week 11, each of whom is owned in fewer than 55 percent of ESPN and Yahoo leagues. 

Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans RB (Owned in 52.3 percent of ESPN leagues, 48 percent in Yahoo leagues)

Welcome to fantasy relevance, Mr. Henry. The Alabama product found the end zone for the third straight week, scoring two touchdowns on 11 carries for 58 yards. 

Henry hasn’t exceeded 60 rushing yards in a game this season, but Sunday marked the third straight week the 24-year-old hit double digits in PPR formats. He has a very favorable matchup against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11, so don’t let his running-back timeshare with Dion Lewis deter you. 

Josh Doctson, Washington WR (Owned in 16.6 percent of ESPN leagues, 10 percent in Yahoo leagues)

Doctson caught four passes for 46 yards and a touchdown Sunday, and upped his fantasy production for the fourth consecutive week. He was only targeted four times, but did score for the second straight game. 

Paul Richardson’s season-ending injury should open up more opportunities for Doctson in Washington’s passing game, even when fellow wide receiver Jamison Crowder comes back. If you’ve got Josh Gordon or Julian Edelman on a bye next week, you could do worse than Doctson as a fill-in.

Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears WR (Owned in 13 percent of ESPN leagues, 13 percent in Yahoo leagues)

Miller’s Bears feasted on the Detroit Lions Sunday, and the rookie wide receiver made sure he ate, too. He caught five passes (on six targets) for 122 yards and a touchdown in the blowout at Soldier Field. 

Those yards were only 88 fewer than Miller accumulated in the previous eight games combined. For the second straight week, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky targeted Miller more than wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, despite Allen Robinson’s return. A tough matchup with the Minnesota Vikings is on the table in Week 11, but Miller will still have value down the stretch. 

Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks RB (Owned in 11.8 percent of ESPN leagues, 13 percent in Yahoo leagues)

Penny split time with running back Mike Davis in Chris Carson’s absence, but still delivered his best performance of the season Sunday. He carried 12 times for 108 yards and a touchdown, and established season-highs in each category. 

His timeshare with Davis muddies the waters a bit, but a quick turnaround against the Green Bay Packers means he should still have a role if Carson is unable to play. At the very least, you should have Penny on your roster as a cuff if you’re already carrying Carson.