What number will be higher in 2014; the number of new tattoos Colin Kaepernick, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers gets during the offseason, or how many fantasy points he will reward this coming year? Inquiring minds are surely hoping for the latter to be the larger of the numbers.
Kaepernick was a risky fantasy pick in 2013 as he began his first full season as the 49ers’ starting quarterback. If you chose him hoping for a top-five quarterback, that did not happen. However, if you selected him later in draft rounds looking for a quarterback to supplement your higher picked wide receivers and running backs, he came through for the most part, ranking ninth in his class, averaging 16.51 fantasy points per game.
2013 definitely brought to fantasy owners some up weeks and downs from Kaepernick. While he didn’t throw too many interceptions with only eight during the regular season, there were some bust weeks where his picks and lack of touchdowns burned fantasy owners. On the other hand, Kaepernick had some huge games including Week 1 where he claimed 412 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Post fantasy season, Kaepernick also lead his team to three rounds of playoffs for 2013, which was not too shabby. Unfortunately, he threw, with seconds left on the clock in the final playoff game against Seattle, a deathly interception painstakingly costing the 49ers the game. However, looking back at those three playoff games on a more positive note, the mobile, relentlessly athletic quarterback rocked the ground with 243 rush yards, while covering 576 yards through the air.
Upon summing up what Kaepernick accomplished in 2013; has he hit his fantasy ceiling and should you sell semi-high on the 26 year-old, 6’-4” diverse quarterback in 2014? I think not.
For only playing one partial year and one full season as an NFL starting quarterback, with a Super Bowl already under his belt, and another that was darn close, look for Kaepernick to pull more tricks out of his sleeve of colorful artwork. He should continue to mature and expand his skills, offering his fantasy owners even more value in 2014.
Kaepernick leading the 49ers including his healthy slew of receiving talent in the likes of Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, and Vernon Davis, along with their top-five ranking defense should be the force of a team once again this season. If you’re game for the Kaepernick bandwagon in 2014, draft him as a lower-end QB1 for which he should perform as most weeks.