Run 'N' Shoot: Football is Back!
Run 'N' Shoot: Football is Back!

This article is part of our Run 'N' Shoot series.

Finally! The NFL season has arrived – and with it comes the return of my "Run 'N' Shoot." Let's get right into it, with some random thoughts filling my head as we approach Week 1.

The Steelers have the NFL's best receiving back (Le'Veon Bell), arguably its best receiver (Antonio Brown), two young, rising wideouts (Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant), and an atrocious defense. So why can't Ben Roethlisberger finish as a top-2 fantasy QB? Andrew Luck will be No. 1 in fantasy and is my pick for NFL MVP, but I see Ben challenging Aaron Rodgers for that second spot in fantasy. Pittsburgh will be a fun team and a ridiculous fantasy carnival all year long – think 34-30 almost every week.

While we're talking under-valued fantasy QBs, it's time to eliminate your preconceived notions about Colin Kaepernick and take a second look. This is a totally different Niners team than years past. The defense is awful, pushing the team's Over/Under win total in Vegas all the way down to 6.5. As a result, Kaepernick's volume is going to be far higher than ever, and between Torrey Smith (age 26, coming off an 11-TD season), Vernon Davis (a 13-TD season in 2013), the ageless Anquan Boldin and improvements in the backfield, I like Kaepernick's chances of finishing as a top-12 fantasy QB. If that sounds nuts, it was just two years ago at this time Kaepernick was ranked similarly to Peyton

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Stopa
Mark Stopa has been sharing his fantasy insights for Rotowire since 2007. Mark is the 2010 and 2012 Staff Picks champion (eat your heart out, Chris Liss) and won Rotowire's 14-team Staff League II in consecutive seasons. He roots for the Bills and has season tickets on the second row, press level to the Rays.
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