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How to handle Trey Burton vs. Packers in Week 1 fantasy football

Trey Burton injured his groin last week in practice and remains questionable for the Bears season opener against the Packers. We break down the fantasy implications.

Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton carries the ball after a catch for a gain against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Editor’s update: The Bears have ruled Trey Burton inactive for their Week 1 contest against the Packers. Adam Shaheen will be their starting tight end, and should receive a whole ton of work with Burton sidelined.

Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton injured his groin last week at practice, making him questionable to face the Green Bay Packers in the season opener this Thursday. Burton’s “mild groin strain” had him limited on Wednesday’s practice and his presence will come down to a game-time call once the game warmups are completed before the kickoff.

Burton has been the ultimate wildcard of Chicago’s attack. Although considered a tight end, he can line up anywhere from out wide to the slot. He was heavily targeted last season (76 targets with 54 receptions; 71.1 Catch percentage) and averaged 10.4 yards per touch, finishing the season with 151.1 DK fantasy points that made him the eighth-best tight end.

Fantasy Impact: If Burton can make it to the field on Thursday night it will be on a limited role. He lacks practice time and will only see a few snaps while leaving most of the workload to Adam Shaheen.

Although Burton’s injury doesn’t cause long-term concern, the current situation is risky to bet on. He has the highest DK salary of the players involved in the game at $3,900. He wasn’t worth rostering before and he isn’t worth a spot in your lineup now.

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