Even with their drafts still a couple months away, fantasy football players should take notice of the buzz that one Bears player is creating this summer.
Three separate fantasy football columns on NFL.com recently identified tight end Trey Burton as a player who could post big numbers this season. Burton signed with the Bears in free agency after winning the Super Bowl with the Eagles.
In a column entitled "20 shocking fantasy football predictions for 2018," NFL.com senior analyst Michael Fabiano wrote "it wouldn't shock me if Trey Burton is a top-10 fantasy tight end. Burton is in a great position to succeed with the Bears, as he will fill the Travis Kelce role in the offense of coach Matt Nagy. He's a high-upside player you can get late if you like to wait to pick a tight end."
Fabiano mentions Burton again in a story entitled "2018 fantasy football summer crushes," writing that Burton's "contract suggests he'll be a big part of the offense. He's also slated to see the "Travis Kelce" role for coach Matt Nagy, which means far more opportunities to produce than he had while buried behind Zach Ertz in Philadelphia. If you like to wait on drafting a tight end, Burton should be one of the players you're targeting. A top-10 PPR finish isn't out of the question."
NFL.com's Adam Rank is also high on Burton, including the Bears tight end in a recent article entitled "11 fantasy football sleepers."
"Coach Matt Nagy said he will play the Kelce-role in the Bears' offense and Burton has a lot of similar measurable qualities to the elite Chiefs tight end," Rank wrote. "I'm not saying he's going to have a better year than Gronk. But I would rather pass on Gronk in the second and grab Burton later."