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Week 10 numbers: 11-of-17, 117 yards; 8 carries, 66 yards, 1 TD
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Kaepernick's fantasy stock largely depends on the status of starting QB Alex Smith, who left Sunday's game with a concussion in the second quarter.
Despite only seeing spot duty in the Wildcat formation—or the WildKaep, if you will—and minimal reps as a legitimate No. 1 quarterback, the second-year, second-round pick out of Nevada was very efficient throwing the football.
No one can deny Kaepernick's arm talent and velocity, but his accuracy against a tough St. Louis Rams secondary was particularly stellar.
If Smith can't go in Week 11, Kaepernick would be an extremely valuable fill-in as a spot starter. His aforementioned arm strength may make better use of Randy Moss' abilities. His phenomenal mobility is an obvious plus, too—not only in terms of gaining yards, but extending plays and breaking off big gains when coverage collapses to stop him from running.
Since Chicago doesn't have much tape on him at all, it's possible that Kaepernick could give the vaunted Bears' defense headaches in Week 11's intriguing version of Monday Night Football.
Despite the discouraging matchup on paper, Kaepernick should be strongly considered as an addition to your fantasy team due to his immense upside if you're strapped at quarterback.