Fantasy Football Owners Take Calculated Risk When Drafting Colin Kaepernick

By Devin O'Barr
Colin Kaepernick rushes away from defenders
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I’ll be the first one to say that drafting a dual-threat quarterback isn’t always the right move. For example, anyone who drafted Michael Vick last season knows exactly how risky selecting a running quarterback can be. However, each hybrid quarterback is different and given his current surroundings; Colin Kaepernick should be getting drafted higher than Cam Newton. While it’s not a popular opinion, the statistics show just how tantalizing “Kaep” is to  fantasy football owners.

In just seven regular-season starts, Kaepernick averaged 6.6 yards per rush attempt while Newton only managed to average 5.8 yards per carry. Not to mention, the San Francisco 49ers made their way to Super Bowl XLVII on the heels of Kaepernick making a fool out of defenses left and right.

Naturally, the incredible postseason stats the the 49ers’ quarterback posted has a ton of NFL folks calling No. 7 a sure thing…let’s pump the brakes.

San Francisco wouldn’t have even started Kaep had Alex Smith not gone out with a concussion halfway through last season, so don’t paint the former to be some invincible clear-cut Hall of Famer just yet. Besides, the amount of rushing that Colin does only opens him up to gruesome injuries down the road, which could easily derail an otherwise great season.

Don’t get me wrong: I love Kapernick as a mid-draft gem, yet we all must refrain from calling the second-year sensation a safe bet.

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