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How to handle Trey Burton’s injury in Week 2 fantasy football

The Bears tight end is closer to returning from injury, but will he be ready for this week’s game?

Bears tight end Trey Burton carries the ball against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.  Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears listed tight end Trey Burton as questionable on Friday’s injury report. He did manage to practice, albeit in a limited role, all week ahead of Sunday’s road game against the Denver Broncos.

Burton missed time during camp and the preseason as well as the season opener against last week with a groin injury, the same one that’s got his status up in the air this week. He had surgery for a sports hernia during the offseason.

The fact that he did practice is a good sign, but whether or not he actually plays is going to be a game-time decision, according to Bears head coach Matt Nagy.

If he does play, the next question is just how much work he’ll actually see. Chicago’s tight ends were more of an afterthought than contributors last week against the Packers. Burton’s a fourth option, at best, in Chicago’s passing game at this point, where the running backs figure heavily into the air attack plans.

Fantasy Impact: Even if Burton is in the lineup this week and for the rest of the season, he’s not much more than a middle-of-the-pack option for fantasy lineups. He’s best if you can play the matchups against defenses that are soft against tight ends.