In Week 13, Colin Kaepernick failed to score for the first time since taking over for Alex Smith. However, his fantasy value was still sky-high, as he was able to complete passes and use his feet to generate yardage.
Now that the fantasy playoffs are here in the majority of leagues, the San Francisco 49ers QB has more upside than ever.
The Niners are hosting the Miami Dolphins in Candlestick Park this coming Sunday, and Kaepernick is primed for a monster performance to follow up his 21-of-32, 208-yard passing, 84-yard rushing outing against the St. Louis Rams.
After a hot start, the Phins defense has cooled off considerably and is allowing over 355 yards per game to the opposition.
They’ve been especially susceptible to aerial assaults, giving up 257.7 yards to QBs per contest. The Miami rush defense is a bit stouter, forfeiting a shade under 100 YPG.
Considering Kaepernick has connected on 69 of 106 pass attempts for 888 yards and three touchdowns—with just a single interception—and run for 298 yards and four scores in 2012, he’s going to have a field day against this mediocre defense.
We predict he will finish Week 14 having completed 21 of 30 passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, with seven rushes for 62 yards and a score.
For those of you on the fence about which QB to start, there are only a few elite signal-callers we have ranked ahead of the 49ers young star.
Keep the second-year man benched if you have Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Robert Griffin III, Tom Brady or Matt Ryan on your roster, and consider him a must-start over anyone else in the league.
Thanks to Kaepernick’s dual-threat nature, he’s extremely valuable in leagues that weigh rushing yardage and TDs heavier than passing statistics. If you are participating in a fantasy format of that nature, consider the San Francisco QB over all but the cream of the crop players at his position.
Regardless of which kind of league you are in, good luck in the playoffs and we hope Colin Kaepernick will lead you to the promised land this winter.
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