The San Francisco 49ers have decided to add a new wrinkle to their recently struggling offense—Colin Kaepernick as the Wildcat quarterback.
The second-year signal-caller has found a way to contribute, but has he done enough to earn a roster spot on your fantasy football team?
Let's take a look.
Fantasy Football Outlook
The New York Jets have a decent defense despite losing all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis. However, there is no excuse for scoring only three points against them in a half using a traditional offense.
Alex Smith isn't making mistakes, but he also isn't leading an explosive offense. Thus, the Niners turned to the gadget offense.
The Wildcat provided a spark and kept the Jets on their heels. Kaepernick ran it nicely, breaking off two runs for 24 yards and a score. He didn't connect on his one pass attempt.
Regardless of his "struggles," Smith is not going to be benched in favor of Kaepernick.
The NFL is full of smart guys. Once an offense shows something, whether an entire scheme or just a shift before the play, the element of surprise is gone. Now that the Wildcat has been debuted by the San Francisco, you can expect that each team they play will have something in place to stop it.
Lastly, the Wildcat's effectiveness requires it be used sparingly. Most teams won't use it more than four or five times per game, if not less.
Even in a deep league that has 24 teams and a roster requiring three flex positions, I wouldn't waste a spot on Kaepernick. His best game is probably behind him. The only way he'll end up being of any real value is if Alex Smith gets hurt.
And Smith would have to throw more interceptions than completions for several games before that thought should cross anybody's mind.