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Best daily fantasy football RB plays under $6,000 in Week 12

Two young up-and-comers could be here to stay. We break down your best low-value RB options in Week 12 DFS.

Washington running back Derrius Guice carries the ball as New York Jets outside linebacker James Burgess defends in the second quarter at FedExField. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Sunday kickoffs for Week 12 are almost here, and it’s time to start plotting out your Week 12 DFS lineups. In Week 11, a lot of the usual suspects dominated, but we had some under-the-radar names step up in a big way to key folks to victory.

If you splurge elsewhere in your DFS lineup, you might need to scrap the bottom of the barrel to fill out the rest of your lineup. If you’re able to save a little more money on a player, who not make it the running back position?

So here are three best running back plays under $6,000 that could provide the best value for Week 12. Values from DraftKings.

Derrius Guice (WAS) - $4,700

The Derrius Guice Era might have finally arrived. With Washington turning the reigns of the offense over to rookie Dwayne Haskins, they might be finally willing to see what they’ve got for the future with Guice. What better opportunity than the Detroit Lions and the NFL’s worst rush defense? If Guice, who averaged only 3.4 yards per carry last week against the New York Jets but added a score on a 45-yard reception, wants to make a future in the NFL, he’ll need to prove what he’s capable of against the Lions.

Bo Scarbrough (DET) - $4,200

Sticking with that same game, the Detroit Lions have struggled all year to find a lead running back. Was it Kerryon Johnson? No, he was lost to injury. Was it JD McKissic? No, he seems more like a third-down back. What about Bo Scarbrough? Quite possible. Last week against the team that drafted him, the Dallas Cowboys, Scarbrough led the team in rushing attempts with 14 for 55 yards and a score. Washington isn’t much better than Detroit against the run (ranked 23rd in the NFL in 2019), so it might be the time for Detroit to see what they have in Scarbrough.

Todd Gurley (LAR) - $6,000

I know, I know, $6,000 isn’t technically less than $6,000, but I’ll take the “push” and consider it a good value play. Gurley had the best yardage game of the season last week against the Chicago Bears, and Sean McVay might finally have realized that the key for success for the Los Angeles Rams isn’t leaning on Jared Goff and the passing attack, but rather Todd Gurley and the run game. The Rams have a tough matchup this week against the Baltimore Ravens, and the Rams might be forced to abandon the run game earlier than they’d prefer, but Gurley’s involvement in the passing game keeps his floor relatively high this week.

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