Colin Kaepernick: Fantasy Expectations for 49ers QB in Week 12 Start vs. Saints

Alex KayCorrespondent INovember 25, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers rolls out to pass against the Chicago Bears during the third quarter at Candlestick Park on November 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won the game 32-7. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers are rolling with Colin Kaepernick as their Week 12 starter against the New Orleans Saints, and he’s in line for a stat sheet-stuffing day.

This second-year quarterback was able to shred the vaunted Chicago Bears defense in his first career start last week, completing 16-of-23 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions against an opportunistic defense.

If he was able to put up those kind of figures against one of the league’s best units, just imagine what he’ll be able to do against the lowly, last-ranked defense of the Saints.

Kaepernick has a capable throwing arm and an amazing ability to scramble when things aren’t open downfield. He can extend plays and make things happen that former starter Alex Smith just isn’t able to do. It’s a large reason why coach Jim Harbaugh has elected to make the former Nevada star his starter in what is looking more like a permanent basis.

For those of you fortunate enough to get a waiver claim in on Kaepernick, you need to insert him into your fantasy team’s starting lineup. The lowly Carson Palmer was able to shred the Saints' defense for 312 yards and two touchdowns just last week, and the 49ers promise to be more aggressive than the bottom-feeding Oakland Raiders were against this atrocious outfit.

We expect the young signal-caller will finish the contest having completed 17-of-25 passes for 312 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. We also predict he will have nine rushes for 52 yards and a score.

Those are impressive numbers, and it’s all about the matchup.

Kaepernick certainly isn’t going to become a Robert Griffin III-type of QB that can explode on a weekly basis regardless of the opponent. However, anyone can look like Superman against this basement-dwelling Saints secondary, and we have a strong feeling that the Niners QB will do great against them.

With Smith being phased out in San Francisco, Kaepernick is the franchise QB of the future. If he’s still available in your league, it’s time to place a claim and add the youngster to your roster.

He’s a star in the making, and the 49ers have a ton of favorable fantasy matchups going forward that will allow him to become a stud on your fantasy squad.