After all those years of questions regarding Alex Smith's job status, it must have been nice to know that he had his head coach's concrete support.
But does he now? Did you see what Colin Kaepernick did to the vaunted Chicago Bears defense?
He completed 16 of his 23 passes for 243 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The most impressive part? There isn't a typo in that entire sentence. Kaepernick absolutely killed it (despite what this writer might have thought him capable of before).
Additionally, he also averaged 10.6 yards per pass attempt. The league leader, Peyton Manning, averages eight yards.
Of course, Manning has done this over the course of a season, and every defense he faces has numerous hours of tape to review. Neither of these apply to Kaepernick.
My point is that we shouldn't get too excited about one start. Or even a few. That's how the Detroit Lions ended up with Scott Mitchell.
Yet, fans have been expecting a lot out of Kaepernick, and he lived up to every one of those expectations. There's just no way to stop the media from peppering Jim Harbaugh with questions regarding who's the starting quarterback.
However, I'm not of the mind that Harbaugh is going to pull the plug on Smith. Even though Kaepernick posted a 133.1 quarterback rating, that would only be the fourth-highest rated game for Smith.
Besides, the San Francisco 49ers have a lot of momentum with the roster as currently built. To change quarterbacks unnecessarily in the middle of the year is crazy.
Therefore, Kaepernick should only be added to your fantasy team if you have a completely unusable roster spot or your team is absolutely desperate for a starting quarterback.
Otherwise, let someone else waste the space on the Niners' signal-caller of the future.
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