Samaje Perine leads top fantasy free-agent finds for Week 12

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Updated: November 21, 2017

10:20 AM ET

The final push is upon us. Not only are we past the bye weeks portion of the NFL season — something that makes setting your lineup a less complicated process — but we are also down to the last two weeks of the ESPN Fantasy regular season. Pretty crazy, right?

Here are some tips, particularly for those who are playoff-bound, starting with this: Don’t overthink your roster decisions. If you’re set up for a top seed in your league’s playoffs, it’s likely on the strength of star players whom you should start every week without exception. Some tinkering? Of course, there’s always room for taking an honest look at critical factors that could tip the scales in favor of one player versus another in a difficult flex decision. But, remember: Start your stars.

However, there are going to be times when your studs might not be available or — simply — you might not have a top-level player at a particular position. Never fear, as there are still players who are widely available in leagues across ESPN.com who can make a difference for your roster as we head down the stretch.

Here we go. It’s the Week 12 ESPN Fantasy waiver wire column.

Note: Players rostered in more than 50 percent of leagues are not considered eligible to appear in this column.

Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins (28.4 percent): Perine stepped into a starting role to replace Rob Kelley in Week 10, handling 23 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown, by far his best game as a pro. The Redskins unfortunately will now be without Chris Thompson as well, as he suffered a broken fibula. The team will need to lean on more than one back, but Perine is a weekly starter going forward and a candidate for 20 touches on any given Sunday. He’s a must-add in all sized leagues.