Colin Kaepernick Is Top Fantasy Option in Week 8 Against Jacksonville
Colin Kaepernick owners, rest easy—the erratic star is set to have a major day from London.
Owners surely have a love-hate relationship with Kaepernick at this point. The Nevada product came with a hefty price tag in most drafts after a jaw-dropping postseason while he led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl.
Outside of 412 yards and three touchdowns in the opener, Kaepernick has done nothing but disappoint in the fake football realm. Kaepernick then experienced a four-game stretch where he failed to eclipse 200 yards passing and threw just three touchdowns.
In recent weeks Kaepernick has played better, with 270 total yards and two scores two weeks ago on Thursday Night Football before a touchdown and 267 yards last week.
49ers Colin Kaepernick: 99.0 Total QBR on Sunday; best by any QB in any game this season— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 21, 2013
Colin Kaepernick is just 1 of 3 quarterbacks since 1950 to accumulate at least 3500 pass yds & 500 rush yds in first 16 career starts.— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLONFOX) October 20, 2013
The problem is that defenses have been able to stifle Kaepernick on the ground, which has forced him to take to the air, which in turn has hurt his production as a result.
Kaepernick will not have any issues from Wembley Stadium Sunday.
Jacksonville's defense ranks last in the NFL with 31.7 points and 153.3 rushing yards allowed per game—no other team gives up 128 on the ground per game. In four of its last five games, Jacksonville has allowed over 400 yards of offense and has allowed a league-worst 15 passing touchdowns and nine rushing touchdowns.
When running back Frank Gore is not having his way on the ground, it will be Kaepernick's turn. This week gives Kaepernick the widest passing lanes he will see all year, especially off play action or some form of read-option.
That very read-option led to a 20-yard rushing touchdown for Kaepernick last week against Tennessee:
Historically the NFL contests played in London are high-scoring affairs. Outside of a game between New York and Miami in 2007, the last six games played in London have seen both teams combine for 40 or more points.
One thing all fans can agree on: Jacksonville won't be heavily contributing to that total with an offense that produces 10.9 points per game.
That job falls on the shoulders of the 49ers, and it's the perfect time for Kaepernick to get back to elite production the rest of the way.
San Francisco will surely stick to the ground attack as all of Jacksonville's opponents have to this point (hence their only giving up 238 passing yards per game), but that does not prohibit Kaepernick from producing like a top fantasy quarterback via his legs.
Owners would also do well to understand that Kaepernick is just warming up through the air.
After relying on names like Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham (both have missed the entire year) for much of last year, Kaepernick is finally getting back on track through the air with weapons like tight end Vernon Davis, who has 12 receptions for 242 yards and two scores in the last two weeks.
Kaepernick may lead the NFL's second-to-last passing attack, but on Sunday he's in for a huge day in all regards thanks to a dream fantasy matchup.
For the first time in a long time, Kaepernick owners can insert him into the starting lineup and go about the rest of their week leading up to Sunday worry-free.
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