Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 9

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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.

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My QB's are Rivers (bye week) and Hass (injured). Matt Ryan, Ferrotte, Russell, Flacco, Garcia, Orlovsky are availiable.

Who should I pick up and should I drop Hasselback or keep 3 QB's until Rivers comes back? I'd be dropping my 9er defense since G.B. is off of the bye.

Ferrotte has a great matchup this week, but I'm a little more worried long term since Hass has been invisible.

Olsen responds: First of all, I think it's time for you to cut the cord with Hasslebeck. Rivers is going to be your starting quarterback the rest of the way once his bye week is over and you'd be better served picking up Matt Ryan as his replacement.

Of the options you mentioned, the only one that inspires even a hint of confidence is the rookie out of Boston College.

Orlovsky is absolutely terrible and faces the Bears this week. Flacco has taken over Kyle Orton's place as the quarterback who's primary job is to not mess things up for the defense. Jeff Garcia is too injury prone and his head coach is looking for any excuse to get him out of the starting lineup.

Frerotte's matchup is tempting, I will agree with you there. However, what you need to remember is that the one game he threw multiple touchdowns in is the same game in which he threw four interceptions.

Not what you want out of a starting QB.

Drop Hasslebeck, snag Ryan, drop the 49ers defense and use the extra roster spot to pick up someone like Donnie Avery (Rams WR) or Tim Hightower (Cardinals RB).

I need a VICTORY! this week. I have Brees on a bye & have been stashing Jason Campbell as my backup, but Washington is playing the Steelers this week. On waivers Pennington, Edwards, Bulger & Garcia are the big names available with decent matchups. Should I start any of them over Campbell?

Olsen responds: My good friend Tarvold once told me that you should never trust a player going up against the league's number one pass defense that got embarrassed in their last game.

So I'd have to agree that Campbell isn't a very good play this week and you should look elsewhere.

I'd throw out Garcia because I think Gruden is going to run the Chiefs into the ground with a heavy dose of Earnest Graham.

Edwards isn't a terrible play, but if you're desperate for a victory he's not your guy. He hasn't thrown more than one TD in any game this year, nor has he topped 280 yds.

Bulger has a pretty high upside considering what he's done in the past, but I still don't trust him or that Rams team. S-Jax should be back in the lineup this week and once again he'll be the focal point of the offense instead of the passing game.

Garcia is Garcia and after recommending him last week, I've officially washed my hands of him.

I can't believe I'm saying this but I think you need to go with Pennington if you want to go for the win. The Broncos offense is overrated and with an underrated defense on the Miami side of things, this is going to be a better game than most expect.

Is it time to cut ties with Marvin Harrsion? I also have Dallas Clark, which makes it even more tempting to try and pick up a player like Kevin Curtis for Marvin. Each team in our league carries 5 WR and starts 3 -- my core is Boldin, L. Evans, Vincent Jackson, Muhammad and Harrison.

Olsen responds: I think you'd be justified in getting rid of Marvin because it's clear that he's not the player we've come to expect him to be since he entered the league.

I've always heard that it takes at least a year for a player to fully recover after a knee injury and I think that's what you're seeing here. Take away his sweet performance against the Ravens in week 6 (83 yds, 2 TD) and you're left with a receiver who's netted you 187 total yds and one touchdown on the season.

Your core of receivers is solid without him and I think it's more important for you to retain Clark instead of Harrison.

Say goodbye to the old man and pick up some young blood for your squad. Kevin Curtis is rounding his way back into game shape and should start making some noise out in Philly very soon.

Good luck.

I just lost Pittman to IR and need RB pickup. Here are a few that are free in our league: Sammy Morris, Leon Washington, Chester Taylor and Ray Rice. Your thoughts?

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