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What to do with Ryan Finley in Week 11 fantasy football

It has seemed like almost anyone can put up respectable numbers against the Raiders’ secondary so far in 2019. Can Ryan Finley really drive that point home this Sunday?

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley throws against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s the thing about Ryan Finley’s possible value in Week 11: You don’t actually need to know anything about Finley. Is it relevant that the rookie is a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina State? No. Does it really matter that he only gained 4.7 adjusted yards per passing attempt last Sunday against Baltimore? Not at all. Is it pertinent that Finley’s only thrown 30 professional passes in his lifetime? It is not. Everything of importance to Finley’s fantasy prospects this weekend are the players that will be surrounding him on the field in Oakland.

The Raiders have been atrocious when it comes to defending opposing quarterbacks so far this season. The team has surrendered an AFC-worst 283.2 passing yards per game and they’re also one of just three units conceding more than eight yards per opponent passing attempt. If that wasn’t enough, Oakland is very much in the business of allowing dynamic plays to QBs, with the squad giving up the second-most passing touchdowns (24) and most passing plays of over 20 yards (47). You know when someone is being a little hyperbolic and they suggest that even they could make plays against a defense this poor? Well, Finley is the new proxy for that argument. May he make Monday morning quarterbacks across the country proud.

Fantasy Football Analysis, Cincinnati Bengals QB Ryan Finley

I’ll make it clear right off the hop that Finley’s floor is non-existent. This is not the type of guy you want starting for you in anything other than a superflex or two-QB format in terms of season-long. However, when it comes to DFS, Finley’s in a decent spot. He’s a mere $5K on DraftKings in Week 11 and with the Bengals throwing the ball on a conference-high 67.7% of plays in 2019, Finley’s set to benefit from both matchup and volume on this slate. I believe he’s worth a little exposure in tournaments.

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