It took guts to do what Jim Harbaugh did on Wednesday, as the second-year head coach of the San Francisco 49ers sat down and told the quarterback, who took the team to the NFC Championship game in2012 that he would be taking a seat in favor of Colin Kaepernick, who will get all the first-team reps this week in practice. The decision had nothing to do with health.
It was all about football.
It is a decision that’s easy to understand, especially after watching the former 2011 second-round pick make plays all over the field against a stout Chicago Bears defense, totaling 255 total yards and two touchdowns for a total of 18.9 fantasy points.
Harbaugh, undoubtedly saw the potential to have a true difference maker at the quarterback position, instead of Smith, who has improved dramatically but is still much more of a game manager.
Kaepernick on the other hand, has a live arm and is extremely athletic. He was raw coming out of college but after a year of tutelage under Harbaugh, he looks ready to take his game to the next level and the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
So what does that mean for your fantasy football team? Can he get your team to the Super Bowl?
At this point in the season could Kaepernick be the answer to your quarterback conundrum?
The answer is a resounding yes, as long as he remains the starting quarterback for the rest of the season and if he performs as well as he did last Monday Night, he will.
In less than two full games, the young quarterback amassed 35 fantasy points and neither situation was ideal for fantasy production. Against the Rams, he was forced into action due to an injury to Smith, which is always harder than getting a full-week of starter’s reps. Then he faced a very stingy Bears defense and passed that test with flying colors.
This week against, Kaepernick faces the hapless New Orleans Saints defense, which allows more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than any team in the National Football League. Meaning if he is the starter, which it appears he will be, he will be a top-10 fantasy quarterback this week and should be played ahead of quarterbacks like Matt Stafford, Cam Newton and Josh Freeman.
Kaepernick is not a sure thing but he has tons of talent and upside, so investing in him now could pay off in a big way down the stretch of the fantasy football season.