The change many were anticipating for the San Francisco 49ers finally came to fruition on Tuesday afternoon:
Colin Kaepernick will start at quarterback Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills:
So, what does this mean for fantasy football owners?
It’s nearly impossible to trust Kaepernick as a Week 6 option against a Bills defense that has given up the third-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing signal callers, but in two-quarterback leagues, he makes for an intriguing speculative add.
While Kaepernick hasn’t been good for a couple years, Chip Kelly’s offense has churned usable fantasy production out of quarterbacks like Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez and, most recently, Blaine Gabbert, who tallied two Top-10 weekly finishes (standard ESPN leagues) in five starts this year despite playing well enough to be benched.
Kelly’s offense is one that tailors to mobile quarterbacks–Gabbert racked up 172 rushing yards and two touchdown on 39 carries–and while Kaepernick has plenty of flaws, there’s no denying his rare athletic ability at the position.
It may be ugly at times, and considering he wasn’t even able to beat out Gabbert for the job, it’s best to keep expectations in check. But Kaepernick is a guy who has been a fantasy stud in the past, and at the very least, his running ability in Kelly’s offense offers the potential for intriguing upside.
In leagues where it’s valuable to roster a second or third quarterback, Kaepernick is certainly worth stashing on your bench.
Everywhere else, he’s simply someone to keep on your radar.