No one scream “Kaep is back” following Colin Kaepernick’s first phenomenal fantasy performance since Week 1.
Against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, he completed 16 of 29 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns. Congratulations to the owners who rolled the dice on him this week, but those numbers aren’t nearly enough to rely on him as a weekly fantasy starter.
Kaepernick owners pinched themselves during his dream 412-yard, three-touchdown performance in the season opener. They thought they had an elite fantasy QB on their hands. But in Weeks 2 to 5, he threw more interceptions (four) than touchdowns (three) and added to his total in Week 6, throwing his fifth interception.
His second solid stat line of the season this Sunday came against a mediocre 19th-ranked Cardinals pass defense. Unfortunately for Kaepernick, he won’t face them every week. Instead, he’ll face five out of the top 12 pass defenses in yards allowed—the Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks—over the next seven weeks.
Vernon Davis also can’t be expected to carry the workload through the air again like he did on Sunday. He reeled in eight receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Davis had only caught eight passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns his previous three games.
While Davis blew up, starting wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Kyle Williams combined for just four receptions for 42 yards. What’s sad is that those numbers aren’t far off par with what they’ve averaged over the previous four weeks. A quarterback will never be a consistent fantasy starter with his top two wideouts putting up those types of numbers.
Kaepernick’s quality of play has drastically increased over the past three weeks, but don’t mistake this improvement as fantasy improvement. He’s several respectable performances away from being anything more than a spot starter again.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.