2013 Fantasy Football: Don’t Draft Colin Kaepernick As Starting QB

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With the 2012 National Football League season now over, there is some time for fantasy football owners to take a break and enjoy the playoffs. There is one player though that fantasy players should watch as the playoffs go on in Colin Kaepernick. It looks likely that Kaepernick is going to be the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers next season and that means figuring out where Kaepernick fits in.

Kaepernick is a talented dual-threat quarterback who has shown he can run an NFL offense. I will be interested to see if Kaepernick can do this for a whole season though and that makes me very leery about drafting him as my starting quarterback. There are probably a dozen quarterbacks that I would take before Kaepernick but Kaepernick could be one of those sneaky picks later in the draft that is stored on the bench for a bye week or if Kaepernick starts 2013 hot.

Kaepernick would land around the ninth round if I was doing a fantasy football draft today. There are just too many unknowns for me to make Kaepernick a high selection. There is no doubt that Kaepernick will make a fine NFL quarterback but will he just be a game manager like Alex Smith was in San Francisco or can Kaepernick be more like Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III? The moves in the offseason will paint a clearer picture of what happens with Kaepernick in 2013 but for right now, it’s time to hold off on Kaepernick until after this year’s playoffs and what happens this offseason.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.


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