Working the Wire: The Return of Colin Kaepernick

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Week 13 doesn’t have a ton of sexy waiver wire options, but the surging Colin Kaepernick clearly stands out. Were also at a point in the season where even one small addition can make the difference in your playoff push, so go ahead and give these names a look.

Colin Kaepernick | QB | San Francisco 49ers
(24% owned on Yahoo)

If it weren’t for the enigma that is Blake Bortles, Kaepernick would be the ideal representation of the difference between fantasy football and reality. His passing remains a work in progress, but we can no longer ignore the results. The Niners QB has finished as a top-10 scorer at the position in each of the last four weeks and his rushing continues to give him an incredibly high floor – the 62.2 rush yards per game that’s he’s averaged since becoming a starter is the equivalent of an extra touchdown. I know it sounds crazy, but he’s a top-12 QB for the rest of the season.

Kenneth Dixon | RB | Baltimore Ravens
(29% owned on Yahoo)

It’s taken awhile, but the popular preseason sleeper is finally starting to make an impact. His snaps have increased in each game since the Ravens’ week 8 bye and he actually led the team’s backfield in that category this past week against Cincinnati. Add to that that he’s coming off a season-high in touches (17) and it appears as if there may be a changing of the guard in Baltimore. Treat Dixon as a low-end flex this week with RB2 upside for the rest of the season.

Charles Sims | RB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(10% owned on Yahoo)

Sims was largely forgotten after getting placed on IR earlier this season, but he returned to practice last Wednesday and is on track to return in week 14. While Doug Martin is back to his lead back duties, there is enough volume in Tampa’s backfield to make Sims flex-worthy down the stretch. The Bucs also have an extremely favorable schedule the last few weeks of the season and any other injury to Martin would make Sims a must-start.

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Adam Thielen | WR | Minnesota Vikings
(20% owned on Yahoo)

Thielen certainly isn’t flashy, but we don’t care about style points in fantasy. Stefon Diggs’ injury status remains in question and it’s not a coincidence that Thielen saw a season high in targets (11) and catches (8) in his absence last week. The Vikings’ conservative passing attack will limit his upside, but this is a solid WR4/flex in any type of PPR format.

Dontrelle Inman |WR | San Diego Chargers

(5% owned on Yahoo)

Although the production hasn’t always been there, Inman leads all Charger receivers in snaps this season. And even before this week’s breakout game he had seen 9 targets in each of the past two games. San Diego has by far the easiest schedule in terms of fantasy points given up to opposing passing games and that paired with his usage makes Inman a solid WR3 moving forward.

Malcolm Mitchell | WR | New England Patriots
(3% owned on Yahoo)

We all downplayed Mitchell’s performance two weeks ago against the 49ers as a fluke, and honestly I still think there’s a good chance that it was. That said, with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett both banged up there’s certainly a viable path to Mitchell seeing more targets in the coming weeks. His two redzone TD’s against the Jets on Sunday should at least earn him some added trust with Tom Brady in that area of the field. I still wouldn’t feel great having to start him this week, but he’s a high upside stash if you have the room.

Marquess Wilson | WR | Chicago Bears
(1% owned on Yahoo)

It was easy to think that Matt Barkley would torpedo the fantasy relevance of any Chicago pass catchers, but perhaps we need to rethink that. Now Tennessee’s secondary is an absolute disaster so I’m very hesitant to think that Wilson’s 8/125/1 line is an accurate benchmark for what’s to come. That said, the Bears will likely have a ton of garbage time in their remaining games and it would probably serve them well to see if a young player like Wilson should be a part of their future plans. He’s a WR4/flex this week against the 49ers.

C.J. Fiedorowicz | TE | Houston Texans
(35% owned on Yahoo)

Given how inconsistent the TE position has been this year, the sole fact that Fedorowicz has seen at least five targets in every game since week 3 should be enough to put him on your radar. Throw in that he’s averaged 52.75 yards per game over that stretch and you have a player who’s firmly in the low-end TE1 discussion.

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