Alex Smith inactive with concussion, Colin Kaepernick not a recommended fantasy option

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Alex Smith is inactive for MNF with a concussion, despite getting limited practice this week. We break down the fantasy implications.

San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith (concussion) is officially inactive for Monday Night Football against the Chicago Bears. Smith was already ruled out earlier on Monday. The news was a bit of a stunner, as Smith got limited practice and was on track to suit up, but he never got cleared by a neurologist.

Colin Kaepernick will make the first start of his NFL career. The second-year player filled in for Smith last week against the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Smith will try again in Week 12. This time, I wouldn't pencil him in until he gets medical clearance. He has QB2 upside against the Saints' Swiss cheese defense.

Kaepernick may have more fantasy upside than Smith with his dual-threat ability, but I don't recommend starting him against the ferocious Bears defense.

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