NFL fantasy football: Colin Kaepernick to start?

Niners going with Kaepernick?: San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner told a radio show Friday that Colin Kaepernick will be the team’s starter Sunday against the New Orleans Saints as the Niners wait for Alex Smith to be medically cleared. So far, head coach Jim Harbaugh has remained mum on the subject of who his starter will be, simply saying the team will go with the “hot hand.” But Harbaugh has added to the confusion by saying that the team has two QBs with hot hands. Because the Saints’ defense has struggled so much this season, whichever signal caller gets the call is worth consideration. Just be certain to have a contingency plan ready on game day if things change.

Wells to be limited: Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters that he doesn’t expect running back Beanie Wells to see a full workload during Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams. That’s not a great surprise considering Wells hasn’t played since suffering a toe injury in Week 3. The running back insists he’s in shape and ready to go, but fantasy owners should expect to see a lot of LaRod Stephens-Howling this week against one of the NFL’s more mediocre run defenses.

Jones-Drew “weeks” away: For fantasy football owners, the return of Maurice Jones-Drew is about as anticipated as a Black Friday sale. But unlike deeply discounted off-brand television sets, no one knows exactly when MJD will be available. The running back has told some national radio outlets that he’s “a few weeks” or “a couple of weeks” away from being back on the field. It’s the same refrain Jones-Drew sang two weeks ago. With most fantasy leagues ending their regular seasons in Week 13, it’s getting harder to believe you’ll be able to count on the Jacksonville star. And with the Jags at 1-9 heading into Week 12, it’s worth wondering if they will shut him down for the rest of the season. In the short term, it appears the starting job belongs to Jalen Parmele. With a matchup against the Tennessee Titans this week, Parmele is worth a look at a flex spot.

— Marcas Grant
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