In a shocking move, San Francisco 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh, named Colin Kaepernick the starter last weekend, despite reports that starter Alex Smith passed all his concussion tests.
On Wednesday afternoon, Harbaugh reported that Kaepernick would once again be his starter in Week 13 against the St. Louis Rams, which is ironically the team that knocked Smith out in the first place in Week 10.
Kaepernick came into the game after Smith was knocked out with a concussion. The rookie quarterback looked strong, but was only able to lead the team to a tie. His performance may not have been amazing, but it was obviously not one that would lose him the job either. However, this sudden transition has made Kaepernick a fantasy football steal on the waiver wire for anyone desperate for a quarterback.
One has to wonder why Harbaugh suddenly turned his back on his supposed franchise quarterback in Smith, especially since the former Utah Ute did nothing to lose the job. Smith has thrown 13 touchdowns in just over eight games, while the former first overall pick has only thrown five interceptions. This is the second consecutive game in which Smith is healthy enough to play, but will still be holding a clipboard.
One thing that may have factored into Harbaugh’s decision is that Kaepernick surprisingly led the team to two consecutive wins this year and has managed the game extremely well. He is getting first downs, making his progressions, and completing over 60 percent of his passes.
If anything, Kaeperinick is a stronger all-around fantasy option due his ability to extend the play with his legs, as he is much more mobile than Smith. Kaepernick has rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns over his brief time as a starter, but he has much more in his legs than a lousy 34.3 yards per game. The 25-year-old has the potential to be a fantasy monster, because dual-threat quarterbacks tend to pile up the yards on the ground as well as through the air.
Kaepernick will have a huge game this weekend, and thus put together a huge fantasy performance as well. Look for him to easily score two touchdowns, throw for 200 yards, and rack up another 50 yards on the ground against a less than stellar Rams defense.