Week Seventeen Analysis:This is a tough matchup for Colin Kaepernick, and unfortunately, at this stage of his young career, he's mostly a matchup quarterback. Arizona's stout secondary has yielded just three touchdown passes in the last four weeks. And, Kaepernick has thrown more than one touchdown in just two of his six starts. Much of Kaepernick's value comes from running, of course, but I don't have good news on that front either. Arizona hasn't allowed a quarterback rushing touchdown all year. And they're giving up a paltry nine quarterback rushing yards per game. I start Kaepernick when I see lots of upside, and I don't see it here.
Week Fifteen Analysis: Colin Kaepernick hasn't thrown a touchdown in his past two games, which is alarming. But, he's bailed out fantasy owners with his legs, rushing for 137 yards during those games, and posting a rushing touchdown. But there's hope this week as Kaepernick travels to Foxboro on Sunday night. He'll likely be playing from behind, as the Patriots office is running at historic levels, so he should be passing regularly. And the Patriots secondary isn't great, allowing the fourth-most passing yards, almost 300 per game. That said, the addition of cornerback Aqib Talib has helped New England a great deal. Talib got hurt on Monday, so check his status for Sunday's game. Overall, it feels like a good opportunity for Kaepernick to find his way to fantasy points one way or another.
Week Fourteen Analysis: Only three starts in to his season, Colin Kapernick is already fourth in rushing yards among quarterbacks. His 84 rushing yards against the Rams helped that ranking quite a bit, but was also really the highlight of Kaepernick's game. The Niners' conservative approach meant only 208 passing yards on 21 completions. It was an Alex Smith "try not to lose" game plan that we hope not to see this week against the leaky Dolphins secondary. In three out of Miami's last five away games the Dolphins have yielded at least 280 passing yards. Also, three quarterbacks have topped 34 rushing yards in the last seven games against the Dolphins. Kaepernick could do that in his first carry.
Week Thirteen Analysis: For quarterbacks, career starts don't get much better than the one Colin Kaepernick gave us the past two weeks. Over the past couple weeks, while getting all the work, Kaepernick has been great, netting four total touchdowns, while throwing for solid yardage and a robust 67 completion percentage. He got his feet wet three weeks ago, however, against these same Rams when they knocked Alex Smith out of the game. Playing in the second half and overtime, Kaepernick piled up good stats then too, including a rushing touchdown. The Rams will have some footage on him for this week's rematch, and they could present some trouble for him. Two of the best quarterbacks in the history of the league, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, combined to throw seven touchdowns against the Rams earlier this year. The other 9 opponents have thrown six; obviously, less than one per game. Non-Canton bound quarterbacks have a lot of trouble throwing at this improved secondary. Kaepernick's best chances may come on the ground where he and RG3 have already combined for three touchdowns against St. Louis this year.
Week Thirteen Add: Last week I urged you to pick up Colin Kaepernick, and explained why it's okay to break the bank on him. Hopefully you did. I'm not going to repeat myself from last week, but after last Sunday's point orgy, you already know to get him. Break the bank, spend every last dollar on him.
Week Twelve Analysis: You can't ask for a better start to a career than what Kaepernick gave us on Monday night. He threw with remarkable poise and precision. He was fearless in the face of the vaunted Bears defense. He didn't run for many yards, but we know he's got crazy wheels, and can sprint through a defense like Michael Vick. It certainly looks like Kapernick is going to start next week's game, and it's against the usually-feeble New Orleans Saints. What's more, that's the first of four straight easy matchups for Kaepernick. The NFL is turning into a league filled with mobile quarterbacks, and Kaepernick looks like the latest. Because of his running ability, I'd bid $20 on Kaepernick, and $30 in dynasty formats.