The reason why guys like Aaron Rodgers are so successful in fantasy football is because they rip opposing defenses apart through the air and add a few rushing yards and rushing touchdowns as well. Kaepernick fits that mold perfectly and he hasn’t even had a full season under his belt yet.
This is the guy who broke the NFL single-game rushing record for quarterbacks during the divisional round of the playoffs against a defense that many were very high on at the time–the Green Bay Packers. Kaepernick compiled two rushing touchdowns during all that to go along with a solid passing day as well.
Now that’s not to say we should expect nearly 200 rushing yards, 300 passing yards and half a dozen touchdowns every week from now on, but Kaepernick can put together enough yardage and scoring using both his arm and legs to be a top 10 fantasy quarterback in 2013 and beyond. Remember: this guy was inserted as the starter midway through the season, so he hasn’t even had an offseason under his belt as the starter. Add in the fact his head coach–Jim Harbaugh–is a quarterback guru and Kaepernick could be putting up video game-like numbers as early as September. That’s certainly no guarantee, but it’s possible.
If you’re wondering where to take Kaepernick in your 2013 fantasy football draft, I advise the third or fourth round after you’ve picked up your RB1 and WR1. Of course, that could change after his conference championship performance, but definitely plan on that for now.