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Should I draft Mitchell Trubisky in my 2017 Fantasy Football draft? That’s what Fantasy players are asking themselves now.

It was stunning the Chicago Bears drafted the 22-year old quarterback. The Bears not only added Mike Glennon to the roster in March, but the organization gave up a lot of draft picks. To move up in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Bears gave the San Francisco 49ers their No. 3 pick, No. 67, No. 111 pick and a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft for Trubisky.

The decision to draft Trubisky in the 2017 Fantasy Football season will depend on your league format. For dynasty players, you have to plan ahead. For season long leagues, you only have to plan for one year. Today,  I wanted to focus on drafting Trubsiky in season long formats.

I’m going to evaluate his chances of starting and the strength of his receivers, tight ends, and running backs to gauge his potential Fantasy success.

But before I get started, I wanted to give our readers a quick rundown of Trubsiky’s college stats.

Should I Draft Mitchell Trubisky

Mitchell Trubsiky College Stats

Year Passing Yards Total TDs Interceptions
2014 459 5 4
2015 555 9 0
2016 3,748 35 6

 

Trubisky was compared to Matthew Stafford in his draft profile. He was praised for his pocket mobility, and he showed he can be a versatile athlete. He recorded 308 rushing yards in 2016 and scored five rushing touchdowns.

The 22-year old quarterback was also praised for his arm strength and his effectiveness making quick decisions. According to NFL.com, his completion percentage of 62.1 on immediate throws outpaced the top quarterbacks in this draft class.

However, he isn’t perfect…

Trubisky only had a limited amount of time as a starter for UNC. Without a lot of experience at the college level, it may take him even longer to get adjusted to the NFL. He was also knocked for an inconsistent deep ball touch in his draft profile.

Now, let’s take a look at his prospects for the 2017 Fantasy Football season…

2017 Fantasy Football Outlook: Mitchell Trubisky

When projecting a quarterback’s success, I start with the players around him.

The Bears have seemed to adopt the Tennessee Titans’ strategy last season, which was to have an abundance of receivers. If a receiver doesn’t meet expectations, you have another waiting on the depth chart to take his place.

We’ll know more about this group during training camp and the preseason. But for right now, the receivers on the roster are Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, Markus Wheaton, Eddie Royal, Kendall Wright, and Rueben Randle. Deonte Thompson, Daniel Braverman, Josh Bellamy, and Dres Anderson are also on the roster.

Tight end was also deep with Zach Miller and Dion Sims, and it got even deeper with the selection of Adam Shaheen in Round 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft.

 

The passing attack lacks a top-tier receiver like Alshon Jeffery to start the season. But Meredith is an intriguing athlete, and White has yet to show what he could do in a 16-game season. Also, Shaheen serves as a huge red-zone threat as a 6-foot-6 tight end. Running back Jordan Howard can also contribute as a serviceable pass-catching back.

So there is enough potential talent surrounding the offense to be successful. And any quarterback that starts for the Bears should have solid protection. According to ProFootballFocus, the offensive line for Chicago ranked 15th in 2016.

However, Glennon is the biggest roadblock to Trubisky’s Fantasy success right now…

 

Mitchell Trubisky Will Compete with Mike Glennon

To avoid a three-win season in 2017, the Bears will let Glennon start. Playing with a consistent starter who has NFL experience will let the younger players develop, as well as allow the brass to judge the talent on the roster.

And in the best-case scenario, Glennon will exceed expectations. If he can be the starting quarterback for several years, that will allow Trubisky more time to develop.

But unless Glennon is injured during the preseason, Trubisky is going to be on the bench. And he’ll only get a chance to start if Glennon is hurt or drastically underperforms.

 

For that reason, Trubisky shouldn’t be on your radar for the 2017 Fantasy Football season if you’re in a season long league. The rookie could be worth starting in a few years if he has time to develop, but there’s no reason to target him now.

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Corey Parson and the crew over at the FNTSY Sports Network put together a player profile on Trubisky. Do you agree or disagree with our assessment or the assessment by Corey? Hit me up in the comments and let’s get a discussion going.

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Jack Delaney

Jack's love of craft beer and gangster rap is only surpassed by his love of pass-catching running backs. He was a top-40 finisher and $1,500 prize winner for the 2014 RotoBowl, a top-50 finisher in the 2015 Mock Draft Online Championships, finished first in draft accuracy for quarterback rankings in 2015 on Fantasy Pros, and was a contributor to the 2015 and 2016 The Fantasy Football Guide.
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