Coach Jim Harbaugh passed up the opportunity to back Alex Smith as his starter after Kaepernick’s sterling performance in a blowout of the Bears. Stating that he tends to go with the hot hand, Harbaugh left the door wide open for Kaepernick to start against a Saints defense allowing the most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Although the decision won’t be made until later in the week, Kaepernick is worth picking up as a speculative addition. Of his 25 rushes this season, nine have gone for 10+ yards. Only RGIII, Michael Vick, and Cam Newton have more. As Evan Silva points out, the 49ers did not change their offense to suit a “run-first” QB Monday night, leaving their passing game more wide open than ever with Kaepernick under center. The coaching staff’s action tells us they believe Kaepernick is legit.
Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.
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