By now you should have a pretty good idea if your team will be in the running this season. Barring freak injuries or suspensions, your roster will remain the same as you just tinker with it to make it as strong as possible.
Each week new options are popping up and strengthening your bench for the future is most certainly a priority you should be focusing on.
To help you do so, here are some waiver wire options that you might want to take a look at before your league counterparts can beat you to the punch.
Each and every year there are a few guys that lay around on the waiver wire for a few weeks before exploding onto the scene and becoming fantasy legends like Ryan Grant from a year ago.
It's important you keep evaluating your talent each week and don't be afraid to drop someone on your roster that has been getting by on name recognition alone.
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Chad Pennington Dolphins, QB - Don't look now but Chad Pennington is transforming into a legitimate fantasy performer worthy of your immediate attention.
Over his last three games, Pennington is averaging 297 yds a game and has thrown four touchdowns in that same span. With opposing teams gearing up to stop the infamous 'Wildcat' formation, Pennington is finding success through the air and is racking up fantasy points.
Leon Washington Jets, RB/KR - In deeper leagues, Leon Washington may already be gone but if he's not, you may need to start taking a look.
While he may not see the touches you'd like in one of your starting backs, Washington has been finding ways to deliver. This past weekend against the Chiefs, Washington busted loose for a 60-yard touchdown run and an 18-yard reception for a touchdown.
Hopefully this game proved to Mangini that Washington is deserving of more looks on this offense.
Ted Ginn Jr. Dolphins, WR - This is only if you have room on your bench because up until last weekend (7 catches, 175 yds), Ginn has been an absolute bust.
Ginn made a couple of acrobatic grabs that makes you want to believe in his talent and playmaking ability. If Pennington consistently throws him the deep ball, Ginn could turn into a valuable late season addition to your roster.
Pick him up this week if you have the roster space and see if he can produce in back to back weeks before starting him.
Matt Jones Jaguars, WR - He's going to be suspended very soon, there's no doubt about that.
But if he's able to play this weekend and you need a fill-in receiver, Jones is your guy. The Jags go up against the 0-7 Bengals and their defense that just finished giving up three touchdowns through the air to the Houston Texans.
Jones has finally turned into the receiver David Garrard has so desperately needed and is quietly having his best season as a pro.
He'll score at least once if he plays on Sunday.
Kolby Smith Chiefs, RB - Larry Johnson will probably be suspended after being charged with assault and fellow Chiefs back Jamaal Charles left last week's game with the dreaded high ankle sprain.
The only healthy and available guy left is Smith and with the ridiculous shortage of quality backs this season, you might be desperate enough to pick him up.
However, don't get too excited over Smith simply because he faces the Bucs and Chargers in the next two weeks and will most likely struggle to get anything going.
But if you're in a bye week pinch, you could do a whole lot worse.
Nate Washington Steelers, WR - With Santonio Holmes out because of his latest run-in with the police, Washington stepped up admirably and is becoming a trusted deep threat for Big Ben.
Early on in his career, Washington was known more for his drops than his catches. But he's improved mightily from last year and has scored a touchdown in the Steelers last three games.
Joey Galloway Bucs, WR - The old speedster is back and even though he lost his starting spot to Antonio Bryant, Galloway should have tremendous upside potential for the remainder of the season.
Remember, Galloway and Garcia were a fantastic fantasy combo last year (1,014 yds, 6 TD) and there's no reason why that chemistry won't continue for the rest of the season.