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November 23, 2012

Will Niners' Kaepernick pan out and become fantasy gold?

Fantasy Forecast
Andy Silva

---- — With all of the quarterbacks in flux heading into this weekend’s action, San Francisco 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick is looking more and more like a player to take a flier on.

Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger are out. Jay Cutler is questionable. Given we’re talking about Kaepernick, Alex Smith may not be playing tomorrow. Given all that, if you own one of the aforementioned you need to at least consider Kaepernick.

Yes, he is fairly untested and one start does not a starting quarterback make. But Kaepernick took care of the ball, threw for a reasonable number of yards and two touchdowns. He also appeared to earn the respect of his teammates, with tight end Vernon Davis signing his praises following the game.

There is the slight caveat that the 49ers have not officially named Kaepernick the starter, but a number of sources came out this week saying Kaepernick will be the one under center against the Saints.

Let’s not forget either that Kaepernick also brings an added dimension — he can run with the ball, having run for 66 yards and a touchdown in relief of Smith during a Week 10 victory over the Rams. The Saints have also been weak against the pass this season, so it appears everything points to a solid outing for Kaepernick should he play.

If I owned one of the injured quarterbacks listed above I would go out and pick up Kaepernick and plug him right into my lineup.

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Be forewarned that it looks like Eagles running back LeSean McCoy will likely not play on Monday night against the Panthers.

It was reported late this week that McCoy was still in phase 1 of his recovery and had yet to pass his concussion tests.

It appears that Bryce Brown will get the start for Philly if McCoy can’t go, but I wouldn’t be expecting big things from him this week. So as a whole, the Philadelphia offense is something to avoid with Vick and McCoy both likely out and more pressure put on the receiving corps.

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With Laurent Robinson hitting the injured reserve in Jacksonville, Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts become a duo to watch.

Blackmon caught 13 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown last week against the Texans while Shorts has been averaging 89.5 yards per game over the last four games. It won’t help matters that Chad Henne will be the man delivering the ball to them, but still Blackmon was a high draft pick and with Maurice Jones-Drew out someone has to be the focal point of the Jags’ offense.

Blackmon is owned in 56 percent of Yahoo! leagues, but that has increased by 33 percent this week. Meanwhile, Shorts isn’t far behind with a 15 percent increase in ownership this week to bring him to 57 percent ownership.

It’s not guaranteed that either will continue to produce at their current levels with Henne, but with a weak crop of receivers on most waiver wires they may be worth a shot.