Colin Kaepernick is the starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, folks, and I don't see that changing anytime soon, even if Jim Harbaugh is convinced Alex Smith is also the starting quarterback.
You can try to figure that one out if you like. But from what I've seen, Kaepernick not only gives the 49ers the best chance to win, but he's also going to be an elite fantasy quarterback for the rest of the season.
He's certainly taken advantage of his first two starts, and savvy fantasy owners who picked him up have reaped the rewards. In the past two games, Kaepernick has scored 18.6 and 19.9 fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues.
Not a bad way to open your tenure as the starter.
And it should only get easier, at least in the next three games. Take a look at the upcoming slate for Kaepernick and the 49ers:
- St. Louis Rams: Allow 15.6 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks per week in standard-scoring leagues (14th in NFL), and 229.5 passing yards per game (16th in NFL).
- Miami Dolphins: Allow 16.7 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks per week in standard-scoring leagues (21st in NFL), and 261.6 passing yards per game (26th in NFL).
- New England Patriots: Allow 17.5 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks per week in standard-scoring leagues (22nd in NFL), and 289.4 passing yards per game (29th in NFL).
- Seattle Seahawks: Solid passing defense but could be without both starting cornerbacks due to suspension.
The first three games are really the most appealing, but you'd have to think Kaepernick and the 49ers would hurt the Seahawks down the field if Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner were out.
Plus, Kaepernick is a major threat on the ground. He already has four rushing touchdowns on the season, and he's been the equivalent of a more consistent Cam Newton in his tenure as the starter.
(Note: I'm not comparing the two as actual quarterbacks, I'm only comparing them as fantasy commodities since both are valuable as passers and runners for owners. I don't want to get bombarded by folks rightly telling me they are totally different players. I get it, okay you guys?)
He may not put up some of the otherworldly weeks we saw from Newton last year—or Robert Griffin III this year—but Kaepernick's ability to scoot will add at least a handful of additional fantasy points to his total each week.
And he's looked much better than I thought he would at this point as a passer. He's made some mistakes and will continue to do so as a young passer, but he's shown a good grasp of the position, patience, accuracy and fantastic zip on the ball.
He looks the part, San Francisco is hot right now and Kaepernick has enormous fantasy potential. I'll understand if you want to continue to play matchups with him until he proves his elite status, but mark my words—he'll be the second-half waiver-wire MVP and be the elite quarterback you were looking for.
Even if Alex Smith is still "the starter." Whatever, Jim Harbaugh—we'll stick with Kaepernick.
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