Colin Kaepernick's Week 1 Performance Makes Him Instant No. 1 QB in Fantasy

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 12, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers drops back to pass against the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park on September 8, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers defeated the Packers 34-28.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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There was some concern about the viability of Colin Kaepernick as a No. 1 quarterback on fantasy football teams, but those worries can be put to bed after Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers offense dominated the Green Bay Packers in Week 1.

Kaepernick was nothing short of spectacular for the Niners.

Not only did he not turn the ball over once, but he also compiled over 400 yards through the air with three touchdowns and added 22 yards on the ground in what can be considered a tame effort for the 25-year-old.

Oh yeah, and he completed an astounding 69 percent of his passes to further prove he may have the best combination of arm and accuracy in the NFL.

All of this, and he barely had any rushing attack to support him and take the pressure off against Green Bay.

Some thought Kaepernick would suffer without his favorite target, Michael Crabtree, who is currently sitting out due to injury. However, that wasn't the case at all. Kaepernick didn't miss a beat and connected with his new favorite receiver, Anquan Boldin, 13 times for 208 yards and a touchdown.

Kaepernick's versatility is what makes him so special. As he proved in the game against the Packers, he can beat teams in multiple ways, whether it be with him arm, legs or both.

Even when Kaepernick is having an off game in which the passing attack isn't working, he can still break big plays with his legs. And in most leagues, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns can garner more points than passing.

That leaves the potential for Kaepernick to put up the same kind of consistent production many of the most elite quarterbacks in the league do. With so many ways to get it done, there's just no telling how good Kaepernick will be week to week.

For a quarterback who can run like Kaepernick, injuries are always a concern.

However, Kaepernick looks to be taking it easier when running the ball. He was noticeably more conservative and chose to slide during some of his runs instead of taking tacklers head-on.

If there is another quarterback you were thinking of starting in place of Kaepernick in what would be a platoon situation, just forget it at this point. You're better off making that other quarterback trade bait or removing him from your roster altogether in favor of another position that is needed.

Kaepernick doesn't need to prove he belongs in the No. 1 QB slot anymore.

The San Fran signal-caller didn't get the respect he deserved in many fantasy drafts, and that's perfectly fine. The people who own him got the steal of the year: a pick in the later rounds who will be one of the best point-scorers in fantasy this season.