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Start or sit Mitchell Trubisky in Week 1 fantasy football?

The Bears expect big things from the third-year quarterback, but is he ready to lead your fantasy team to a win in Week 1?

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky passes the ball in the first quarter during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears fans are understandably excited about the 2019 season following quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s breakout sophomore campaign in last year. Fantasy football general managers, however, may want to be a little more cautious when it comes to the third-year signal caller.

Trubisky clearly found his way in head coach Matt Nagy’s offense. He threw for 3,223 yards and 24 touchdowns—the first Bears quarterback to notch that many since Jay Cutler threw for 28 in 2014—while tossing just 12 picks. He accumulated another 421 yards on the ground and three rushing touchdowns thanks to an offensive system with plenty of run-pass options baked into it.

However, to push beyond those numbers and into a reliable weekly fantasy starter, not to mention franchise-saving quarterback, he needs to improve on the intangibles this season, things like how he reads a defense and having more confidence in his throws.

Fantasy impact: Trubisky played his best game against the Packers, out of three career starts, in Week 15 last season, posting 235 passing yards and two touchdowns in a 24-17 win. But the Packers spent big on pass rushing help for Mike Pettine’s aggressive defense this season, and while the arrow’s pointing up for Trubisky’s career overall, he’s better left on your fantasy team’s bench this week.

Recommendation: Sit