Colin Kaepernick: Fantasy Football Playoff Projections for 49ers QB in Week 16

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 17: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates their 41-34 win over the New England Patriots while running off of the field following the game at Gillette Stadium on December 17, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Colin Kaepernick has been a revelation for fantasy football owners, and his presence has helped many owners advance deep into their league’s playoffs this season.

If you were fortunate enough to grab the San Francisco 49ers signal-caller when he was first awarded the starting job, there is no need to worry about benching him now.

After an incredible performance in a victory over the New England Patriots last Sunday night, the young man proved that he has the chops to be an elite QB in the NFL.

While the Niners have a tough matchup on the road against a feisty Seattle Seahawks squad that truly steps up in front of their hometown fans, we still believe Kaepernick has the tools to succeed against their defensive unit.

In Week 15, the San Fran QB completed 14-of-25 pass attempts for 216 yards and four touchdowns, with a single interception against an opportunistic New England secondary. He was also able to use his feet to evade the rush and picked up another 28 yards on seven carries.

When the Seahawks visited Candlestick Park in Week 7, Alex Smith was the starting QB and helped lead the team to a narrow 13-6 win. We expect the second round of this NFC West rivalry to be much more of a shootout, as Seattle’s rookie QB, Russell Wilson, has improved significantly over the past nine weeks, and Kaepernick has established himself as a dangerous weapon for the 49ers.

Because of this, those who have Kaepernick on their fantasy rosters must start him over all but a select few QBs in the league this week—namely Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Tony Romo.

The second-year man out of Nevada will use both his arm and legs to pick up major yardage and scores in this must-win contest. Remember, the Niners will lock up the divisional crown with a victory over Seattle on Sunday.

We predict that he will finish by completing 18-of-26 pass attempts for 242 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, plus nine rushes for 42 yards.

Those are impressive numbers and would certainly help lead your fantasy team to postseason glory.