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Best value lineup strategy for Buccaneers-Bears TNF Showdown

The Bears host the Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football to open Week 5. Who will shine in this week’s DK Showdown?

Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney beats New York Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine to catch the football for a touchdown in the second action during a game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants on Sep Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season will be kicked off by a Thursday Night Football matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears at 8:20 p.m. ET. The two teams will face off at Soldier Field. There’s plenty of value in this contest, so let’s go over the top plays under $5,000 at DraftKings.

Darnell Mooney ($4,600)

Mooney has been just as productive as Anthony Miller ($6,400), but is significantly cheaper. Both could be touchdown-or-bust plays, but Mooney has played more snaps than Miller for three straight games. More snaps means more exposure, so fading Miller for Mooney seems optimal. He was targeted nine times by Nick Foles in Week 4 and could continue to be a favorite of the quarterback’s.

Ryan Succop ($4,200)

The Buccaneers have been scoring at a high level, but are dealing with injuries to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller, and multiple running backs. They could struggle to finish drives with so many key players banged up, and that means Succop could get more kicking opportunities He he only has one made field goal from beyond 40 yards, but has been fairly consistent so far this year.

Cordarrelle Patterson ($2,200)

There’s a small chance Patterson will be an impact player, but he’ll certainly accrue some DKFP. Chicago’s limited depth at running back will earn him a few carries, and he has a chance to score as a return man as well. There’s a good chance Patterson won’t wow you with his numbers, but guaranteed touches are appealing because you can fill out the rest of your lineup with high upside options.

Ke’Shawn Vaughn ($1,000)

Vaughn is more of a dart throw than Patterson, but he scored a touchdown in Week 4 after LeSean McCoy and Kenjon Barner got hurt. Leonard Fournette is doubtful to play with an ankle injury, and Ronald Jones II will need some relief. Rostering Vaughn could pay off in a big way if he falls into the end zone.