Fantasy Football Player Comparison: Colin Kaepernick vs. Russell Wilson
Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson are two NFL quarterbacks that have already made an impact, but are looking for big years in 2014. For Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers, they’d like to christen Levi’s Stadium with a Super Bowl run. On the other hand, Wilson and the Seahawks would like to bring their second consecutive Lombardi trophy home to Seattle.
Watching these two play is exciting, especially since they’re battling one another in the NFC West. We ranked them close to one another, with Kaepernick edging out the defending champ. But which would be a better choice for your fantasy football team? When asked which QB scored more points in a standard league at their position, the easy answer would be Kaep. That’s actually not the case — Wilson placed eighth, while his division rival finished ninth.
In his first full season as the starting QB, Kaepernick completed 58.4 percent of his passes for 3,197 yards with 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He added another 524 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, accomplishing it all with a chipped bone in his foot and a ruptured capsule in the ball of his foot.
Last season was Wilson’s second as the full-time starter, and his numbers basically mirrored what he did as a rookie. He completed 63.1 percent of his pass attempts, throwing for 3,357 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also used his legs to grab 539 more yards and another touchdown.
With young QBs lining up under center, both teams have favored the run over the pass in recent years. Will that change heading into 2014?
For San Francisco, that’s likely. The coaching staff reportedly was looking into rebuilding their playbook during the offseason, citing Kaepernick’s growth within the system. They’ll probably trust him to throw more than 26.1 times per game, fewest in the NFL last season. He also has a lot of weapons around him to make it happen.
Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin are back in the mix, but the 49ers also brought in Stevie Johnson through a draft day trade with the Buffalo Bills and are getting back a healthy Michael Crabtree.
For Wilson, he’s shown the ability to effectively lead an offense with Marshawn Lynch getting approximately 300 carries each season. Continuing to mature means he should get more chances to win games with his arm. His pass attempts increased slightly from 393 to 407 last year, and that number should continue to go up. Seattle’s leading receiver in 2013 was Golden Tate (64 receptions, 898 yards) and he’s no longer with the team.
Despite that, the organization has gotten a glimpse of what it’s like to have a healthy Percy Harvin on the field. He’s been mostly untrustworthy throughout his career, but a productive passing game rests on his legs.
When it comes down to it, not a lot of fantasy football teams will have either one of these QBs consistently start. They’ll mostly be used as bye-week fillers or be a backup plan if someone else gets hurt.
They both play well enough through the air and use their legs properly to score a decent amount of fantasy points. Given the fact that Kaepernick played hurt for most of last season and he has more lethal offensive weapons around him, it’d be tough for me not to choose him.
The winner is… Colin Kaepernick.
Do you agree? Which QB would you prefer if you had to choose between the two, and why?