(This is the second part in a seven part series on the 49ers fantasy football team)
We start with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, a must have in any fantasy football draft.
In his first season as a starting QB, Kaepernick finished with 3,197 yards passing and 21 touchdown passes to only eight interceptions. Tack on 524 yards rushing and four touchdowns, and Kaepernick is a well rounded quarterback.
Kaepernick struggled the first half of the season while playing without any real wide receivers outside of Anquan Boldin, who was forced to be the number one threat with injuries to Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham.
During the first eight games of the 2013 season, Kaepernick tossed 9 touchdowns, 5 interceptions and finished with a QB rating of 100 or more three times, but as his receivers got healthy, so did Kap’s offensive numbers.
In the final eight games of the season, Kaepernick finished with 12 touchdown passes to only 3 interceptions and five times had a QB rating of 100 or more.
The biggest stat may have been the return of Michael Crabtree, it’s pretty revealing.
11 games without Michael Crabtree: 14 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 49ers record: 7-4
5 games with Michael Crabtree: 7 touchdowns, 1 interception , 49ers record: 5-0
Because Kaepernick didn’t put up those Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees type of fantasy stats, he should be available starting in the third round of most 10 team fantasy football leagues, and he’s worth picking.
A healthy Crabtree and a healthy Kaepernick could equal huge numbers in 2014, and that’s good news for the 49ers and fantasy football owners alike.
Expect big things from Kaepernick in 2014.