Fantasy watch: Kaepernick risky, Le’Veon Bell worth starting

September 26, 2013

Colin Kaepernick throws last Sunday as Indianapolis’s Fili Moala rushes. (Aaron Kehoe/Associated Press)

Colin Kaepernick owners no doubt will be watching tonight’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams very closely, hoping their QB1 will break out of a funk.

One of last year’s emerging players at the position, Kaepernick has not passed for a touchdown and thrown four interceptions over his past two games, and he is a risky start again based on two performances last season against St. Louis. He had no passing touchdowns in those games and had threw for only 325 yards combined.

That doesn’t mean owners in 12-team leagues should necessarily sit Kaepernick, but definitely temper expectations, especially with the 49ers on the road and playing with limited rest.

A few other fantasy questions to address:

1. Can I count on Kenbrell Thompkins?

After not producing much the first two games, the New England Patriots rookie had two touchdown catches last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tom Brady targeted Thompkins seven times, the second most on the team, and their comfort level with one another appears to be growing with each game. Thompkins is a viable WR2 with upside going foward, especially when Rob Gronkowski comes back and draws the attention in coverage.

2. What to do with Terrelle Pryor?

Start him if he’s cleared. Pryor has a terrific matchup against a defense that is historically inept after three games. The Washington Redskins have allowed 32.2 fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, and this week they have to make the trip across country to play in one of the most inhospitable environments in the league.

3. Sneaky start: Le’Veon Bell

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie running back made headlines after QB Ben Roethlisberger said he didn’t know if Bell was ready for the NFL. The Steelers will find out this weekend, when Bell is in line to play for the first since spraining his right foot during the preseason. His matchup is particularly appealing too. The Minnesota Vikings have allowed the fourth most points (23.6) to running backs this season.

Have a fantasy football question? Tweet at Gene via Twitter, @gene_wang.

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