Fantasy football owners who decided to put faith in Colin Kaepernick should have known games like the one on Sunday were coming. No touchdowns and just 14 points. It's not time to jump off the rising star's bandwagon yet, however.
There were two good signs to emerge from Sunday for Kaepernick's fantasy value. Most importantly, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh supported him as the team's starting quarterback after the game, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.
"I will let you know if there's a change," Harbaugh said afterward. "But right now, I feel as if (the starter vs. Miami) it would be the same this week. And I'm proud of Kap—proud of the way he played. He did some things, some really good things, under a lot of heat and duress and handled himself well, gave our team a chance to win."
That's good news for fantasy owners. Kaepernick went through some growing pains, and Harbaugh could have easily remained on the fence about who was going to start next week or immediately turned to Alex Smith.
Instead, he decided to stand by his young quarterback, and that's exactly what the situation calls for. A controversy is the last thing the 49ers need as they start gearing up for the stretch run and likely postseason appearance.
The second positive sign to emerge from the loss to the Rams was the fact that Kaepernick managed to score 14 points. It's not the type of performance that's going to single-handedly win a fantasy week, but it's not going to kill a team's chance either.
When a quarterback is capable of putting up that type of number without the benefit of a touchdown, it limits the downside of putting him in the lineup. Owners can live with an average showing from their QBs. It's the really low scores that are a problem.
Kaepernick should get back on track against the Miami Dolphins in Week 14. The Dolphins rank 20th in yards allowed at 355 per game and have struggled to force turnovers, with just nine interceptions and seven forced fumbles through 12 games.
It's also a home game for the 49ers. In Kaepernick's first start at home, he tore apart a stout Chicago Bears defense to the tune of 243 yards and two touchdowns while completing 70 percent of his passes.
So, even though his third start wasn't as good as the first two, there's reason for optimism moving forward toward the fantasy playoffs.
Owners should just make sure Harbaugh doesn't change his mind before setting their final lineup. If he doesn’t, Kaepernick should score around 20 points in Week 14.
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