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Best fantasy football quarterback plays under $6,000 in Week 11

Cheap QB plays are on the thin side this week, but guys like Sam Darnold, Kyle Allen and Ryan Finley could really surprise

Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Finding value is always the name of the game in NFL DFS. Players with salaries under $5,000, but with big roles in a given week, are gold in DFS, as you can spend up at other positions while still piling up substantial points. Here are some of the top quarterback plays under $6,000 on DraftKings in Week 11.

Sam Darnold, New York Jets at Washington ($5,700)

So, this seems like a good time to point out that this is really a spend up week at quarterback. But since that’s the conventional wisdom, maybe finding that cheap hidden gem isn’t such a bad idea. What does Sam Darnold have to do with finding gems? Hear us out. First off, it’s Washington. Second, since seeing ghosts against the Patriots and throwing four picks, he’s only thrown four interceptions in the three games combined since then, and only one the past two games. He’s playing better and scoring DK points. A 22-point game at his salary would be a huge deal, and it’s within reach.

Kyle Allen, Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons ($5,300)

Honestly, I’m not sure if this was a mis-price by DraftKings, because Allen is coming off one of his best games of the season, and now gets a bad Atlanta defense (I don’t care what they did last week, they’re bad, bad, bad) at home. Allen threw for 300 yards for the first time in his career last week, so he has some nice momentum behind him. He’s always a screen pass to Christian McCaffrey away from a long touchdown pass. Maybe two.

Ryan Finley, Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders ($5,000)

Under the circumstances – first career game against a ravenous Ravens defense – Finley actually acquitted himself nicely last week. I mean, it was horrendous overall for the Bengals, but Finley still managed to produce, throwing for 167 yards and a touchdown. Now he gets a Raiders defense that, while inspired and at home, is still allowing 283 passing yards per game. If you believe Finley can avoid turnovers, he certainly has a chance to 3X his salary, while opening up all sorts of options across the rest of your lineup. And even that cheap, because he plays for Cincinnati, he won’t be getting high ownership.

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