Fantasy Football Week 5: Colin Kaepernick's Owners Better Have a Backup Plan

By Ryan Heckman
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As we look ahead to week five in our respective fantasy leagues, Colin Kaepernick owners are frantically looking for answers. Thought to be a top-10 quarterback in most leagues this year because of his double threat ability, Kaepernick has disappointed in every single game aside from the season opener against the Green Bay Packers.

So, what should his owners do? Is it time to see if anyone bites on a trade? Bench him? Cut him?

Well, I wouldn’t dare drop him. When his weapons return later on in the season, he’ll be much more of a force in fantasy leagues. At the moment, he is without Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham and most recently just got back his Pro Bowl tight end in Vernon Davis.

It is quite shocking, though, looking at what kind of quarterbacks have more fantasy points this year. Philip Rivers, Jay Cutler, E.J. Manuel, Sam Bradford and even Alex Smith — the guy he replaced, I might remind you again — all have more fantasy points in standard leagues this year than Kaepernick.

All I can say with certainty is that Kaepernick’s owners better have an option on the bench for now. Any of those guys previously mentioned may be either available on the waiver wire (if you’re in a league with short benches) or via trade. If you have someone on the bench already, I’d start them. If not, begin working that waiver wire in a hurry. Kaepernick is likely to cost you some games if he hasn’t already.

At this point, Brian Hoyer would have been a better option a week ago — that’s pretty telling.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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