Welcome to the beginning of the end of having to tinker and manipulate your fantasy football lineups as the bye weeks are OVER! Thank goodness.

As we head into the home stretch of the fantasy football season not having to deal with players on bye weeks is going to be crucial. You'll be able to deploy your full compliment of players how you see fit depending upon the match-ups.

Now, on the flip side it could be a problem. You may be thinking, "Greg, a problem? How is it a problem if I've got all of my players available?" Well, let me tell you why it might be a problem.

There's the factor of possibly overthinking a players match-up (like I did with Keenan Allen in one of my leagues last week...). Sometimes it works out and sometimes you overthink things, it happens to us all. When it's all said and done it's not the worst problem to have but you need to have a feel for your team and remember, a win is a win is a win.

Let's see if we can unearth some player gems for you this week.

Running Backs:

Samaje Perine (WSH, 29% Owned in ESPN Leagues)

With the Washington Redskins being without Rob Kelley and losing emergent back, Chris Thompson to injury on Sunday, it'll be all on young Perine for the immediate future. Perine flashed in a big way in Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints. He carried the rock 23 times totaling 117 yards and a score. He's clearly the number one option and if he isn't owned in your league you should be all over him and put in your waiver claim right away.

Damien Williams (MIA, 30% Owned)

The Miami Dolphins backfield has been a timeshare that Williams has been winning of late with fellow running back Kenyan Drake. The reason he's been more effective is because the Fins constantly find themselves trailing in the football game and Williams is the lead receiving running back. Therefore, we've seen his fantasy value higher than that of Drake's over the last few weeks, minus that big run Drake had against Carolina. Go take a shot on Williams if you're looking for additional running back help.

J.D. McKissic (SEA, 2.7% Owned)

The running game has been a bit of a mixed bag this season for the Seattle Seahawks. However, J.D. McKissic lead all backs in carries on Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons and also received 5 catches on the night. With fellow running back Mike Davis questionable with a groin injury this leaves McKissic in good standing to take over in a major way if Davis can't go this week against a bad 49ers defense. There's definitely flex consideration here, especially in PPR leagues.

Wide Receivers:

Zay Jones (BUF, 8% Owned)

Jones came into this year with a ton of rookie potential, especially with a thin Bills receiving corps but he hasn't quite panned out, failing to live up to expectations. However, it seems as though he's had a mini break through in his last two games where he's amassed more than 10 points in PPR scoring. In addition, the other targets for whichever quarterback will be playing this week haven't been able to stay on the field. The two leading receivers, Jordan Matthews and Kelvin Benjamin have been hampered by knee injuries, this may be Zay Jones' time to step up if you're in need of receiver help.

Josh Doctson (WSH, 29% Owned)

We've already detailed how the running back room has been beaten up by injuries for the Redskins but the pass catchers have been struggling as well. As far as options go for Kirk Cousins, Tyrrelle Pryor hasn't been what we thought he'd be and Jordan Reed is constantly battling injuries. Doctson and Cousins are very familiar with each other and that should go a long way in terms of production. This week he'll take on a divisional opponent on Thanksgiving Day in the New York Giants who have been underwhelming to say the least.

 

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