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FanDuel NFL Week 5 Thursday-Monday Slate: Jackson, Brate provide value and exposure

For those playing the FanDuel NFL Week 5 Thursday through Monday slate on FanDuel, Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson and TE Cameron Brate provide great exposure to the Thursday night Patriots vs. Buccaneers. The duo will be likely less owned then others marque players in the game, and their cost point provides value which will enable you to fill out a well-rounded lineup.

With two high powered offenses and little defense, Thursday Night Football has the potential to be the highest scoring of the week and is projected to be with an over/under of 54 points.

The potential is so great for a fiesta of scoring, that you may be tempted to game stack your week-long Thu-Mon slate with four offensive players from each side. If you do, however, you won’t be the only one that takes that approach. It’s highly unlikely that your lineup will be unique. That’s why picking a few players to give you exposure may be the key to success.

WR Mike Evans (TB, $8,900) may be as much as 50% owned. Considering the matchup, that’s fine for a two-game Mon-Thu slate, but way too high for the week-long slate. Especially considering Patriots HC Bill Belichick loves to make the other team’s best offensive weapon a focal point for his defense.

If Belichick takes that approach, WR DeSean Jackson (TB, $6,500) could have a tremendous night because there will be less focus on him. Jackson is often a boom or bust play as he is the deep threat that stretches defenses. If the Pats defense focuses on Evans, then the opportunities should be there for Jackson to connect on at least one bomb.

TE Rob Gronkowski (NE, $7,800) will also likely be ridiculously high owned even though he is listed as questionable (thigh) after he was limited in practice on Wednesday. Gronkowski is a fine play, but if you are going to pay up for a player, it’s better that they are healthy.

TE Cameron Brate ($5,500) is $2,300 cheaper. The difference in price between Gronkowski and Brate will allow you to afford a stud QB, RB, or WR later in the week. If Patriots defense is focused on Evans, and Jackson is the deep threat, then Brate will likely be the target in the red zone for touchdowns.

The Patriots defense has given up the fifth most fantasy points to TEs per game (11.15), according to fantasy.nfl.com. This includes 23 receptions for 223 yards and three TDs. Brate has only played in three games but is the eighth-leading TE with 137 yards receiving and 2 TDs. It’s reasonable to project Brate for four passes for 50 yards and a TD. That would give Brate a 13 point game, and he would exceed value.

The total cost for Jackson and Brate is only $12,000. This leaves plenty of cash to build a solid week-long lineup while giving exposure to two solid plays in what promises to be a high scoring game.

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