There are a lot of differences between Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith. Kaepernick is more mobile and adds a new element to the passing attack. He's not as accurate as Smith, but he's more of a big-play threat.
Oh, and he's a much better fantasy football commodity for owners out there.
Since earning the starting gig for the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick has been a reliable source of double-digit fantasy points, and I don't expect that to change.
Yes, I know the Seattle Seahawks have an excellent defense. No, I don't think they'll shut Kaepernick down.
In the past six games, he's never scored less than 14 fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues, and he has only managed less than 17 points just once. The fact that he's rushed for 50 or more yards three times helps, as does his three rushing scores in that span.
That's why I think he'll give Seattle some problems. Yes, the Seahawks are capable of shutting down the 49ers' passing attack, but I don't think they can also stop the Niners' running attack. And much like their own quarterback, Russell Wilson, did this week, Kaepernick will do a lot of damage on the ground.
And let's not forget, the Seahawks are without starting cornerback Brandon Browner. That's a big loss for a team that likes its physical corners to play an aggressive, bump-and-run style and reroute receivers.
But mostly, I just think the Niners are going to come out in this game and handle their business. This feels like the sort of game that should be close, but ultimately the Niners will decide they're going to ratchet up the intensity and spank their opponent.
We're all thinking they'll have a letdown game after beating a tough New England Patriots team, especially having to travel to face a red-hot Seahawks team that is really, really tough at home. Picking against Kaepernick and the 49ers will be in vogue this week.
And of course, he and his Niners teammates will come out and make a huge statement, clinch the NFC West and shut us all up. You just wait.
Kaepernick is nearing must-start status. After he posts big numbers for owners in fantasy football's championship week, he'll be a hot commodity in drafts next year.
Hit me up on Twitter—my tweets are all like, "Alex Smith who?"