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Best value lineup strategy for Buccaneers vs. Giants MNF showdown

We explore some value picks for Monday’s Bucs-Giants matchup to wrap up Week 8.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Tyler Johnson (18) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

To wrap Week 8 of the NFL season, we have the surging Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking on the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. The Buccaneers come into this matchup as the better team on both sides of the football. And for NFL DFS purposes, many fantasy managers will be spending a lot of their salary cap on Tom Brady, Mike Evans, Daniel Jones, and Rob Gronkowski. That being said, who are some lower-tier value flex plays on both teams that could help you win the MNF DraftKings Showdown? Let’s discuss some options below.

Tyler Johnson, WR, Buccaneers, $4,800

Before Antonio Brown inserts himself into the Bucs’ starting lineup, you might as well start Tyler Johnson one more time this season. The rookie wide receiver out of Minnesota only has seven receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns on the year. However, both of those touchdowns have come in consecutive weeks. Without Chris Godwin and with Mike Evans being shadowed by Giants cornerback James Bradberry, it could open up some opportunities underneath for the former Minnesota Golden Gopher standout.

Cameron Brate, TE, Buccaneers, $1,400

The veteran tight end is a super longshot to score or garner any points on Monday night. But as we’ve seen this season, it doesn’t matter what you do in any other game. If Brate can slip through the seam or find himself open in the red zone, he could get his second touchdown on the season. The Giants’ defense is ranked seventh against tight ends (OPRK) this season, but a lot of attention will be paid to Gronkowski.

Wayne Gallman Jr., RB, Giants, $5,200

With Devonta Freeman out with an ankle injury, someone has to run the football for the Giants. That somebody is Wayne Gallman Jr. The former Clemson running back ran the football hard last week against the Eagles. He had 34 rushing yards on 10 carries with a touchdown, along with five receptions for 20 yards. That performance in spot duty was good enough for 16.4 DraftKings points. Can Gallman duplicate that performance on MNF? It’s going to be tough as the Bucs are one of the best teams at stopping the run this season.

Golden Tate, WR, Giants, $3,000

Veteran wide receiver Golden Tate is another boom or bust candidate in this MNF Showdown against the Bucs. Tate scored his first touchdown last week against the Eagles, which coincidentally was his only reception in the game. The veteran wideout is not high on the Giants’ offensive weapons totem pole, with tight end Evan Engram and wide receivers Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard garnering most of the attention. But if he gets free and Jones spots him, it could be the difference between a win or loss.