Since taking over the starting role in Week 11, Kaep took the fantasy world by storm and was one of the more consistent options at quarterback, thanks mostly to his legs. In his seven regular season starts, he never threw for more than 276 yards, but threw just three interceptions with 10 touchdowns. To go along with that, he was dangerous outside the pocket, as he ran the ball for 238 yards and two touchdowns.
In the playoffs this year, Kaepernick has shown his true game-changing potential. In the team’s Divisional win over the Green Bay Packers, Kaepernick ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns, along with two passing touchdowns. For an inexperienced quarterback, he hasn’t made too many mistakes and has yet to throw more than one interception in a game.
Kaepernick isn’t going to blow the doors off every game, but he has shown enough consistency to be a safe fantasy option each and every week. In standard scoring leagues, he averaged 18 fantasy points over his seven starts. If you stretched that out over 16 games, he would have totaled 288 points in 2012. This would have put him among the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks in 2012 and right in between Matt Ryan and Tony Romo.
Don’t forget, this kind of production came from a 25-year old in his first seven starts. In 2013, he’ll have two full seasons and Super Bowl experience under his belt, so his fantasy value will be going nowhere but up. It may be a stretch, and as we’ve seen over the years, running quarterbacks can be risky, but drafting Kaep as a top-ten quarterback in 2013 is more than reasonable.