However, while digging into the numbers for this season I found that min salary starting quarterbacks hit value at a very high rate. I gave myself a bit of leeway with the definition of 'min salary', which is technically 5000. I increased it to 6000 because that still falls under 'punt' territory for QB and the 3000-5000 savings allow you to upgrade the rest of your lineup significantly.
This is a raw table of all starting QBs priced at 6000 or less, and how many FanDuel points they scored.
Derek Carr in Week 4 and Christian Ponder in Week 5 are excluded from these stats due to not being on the Sunday 1PM slate, which is the most commonly played.
The table shows that in weeks 12 and 14 there were no starting QBs priced at 6000 or less, but in all the other weeks we had a good amount of options and a high % chance of getting good production from them.
Of the 41 total picks, 31 of them hit 2x value or more (75.6%) and 16 of them hit 3x value or more (39%). Only 5 hit less than 1x value (12.2%).
Our value star QB of the season is Brian Hoyer who appears in this list 5 times and hit >= 2x value every single time. Teddy Bridgewater also appeared 5 times but had a couple of dud games along the way.
The value monster game was Ryan Fitzpatrick's Week 13 where he threw for 6 touchdowns and got 39.32 FanDuel points.
This data shows that there is a pricing edge that can be consistently exploited at the bottom tier of QBs, although you shouldn't 'force it' on any week if you don't believe there to be any viable options.
Similarly to seasonal fantasy football, it seems that mid-range QBs are the worst plays relative to the amount invested to use them.