Whether leading the league or looking up at 11 teams, every dedicated fantasy football owner should be on the lookout for ways to improve. There are still several quality players available in many fantasy leagues.
Most every fantasy football team has a player or two that don't pan out. Be it injury, performance or extenuating circumstances, holes arise close to midseason.
The problem is there simply aren't many options to round out rosters this far into the year.
Perusing the waiver wire can still play dividends.
Following are options that currently show as being available in at least one-quarter of the leagues on NFL.com.
James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers
I know at least one owner that lost a waiver-wire claim on Jones two weeks ago. Seeing him still available in over 30 percent of the leagues was truly surprising.
Someone needed to step up and pick up the slack for an ailing Greg Jennings, not to mention the production drop from Jordy Nelson.
Jones is currently ranked in the top 10 relative to overall fantasy points scored for wide receivers. If he's available in your league kick yourself for waiting this long and then snatch him up.
Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans
It has been hard to consider Britt a viable starter up to this point. He has been attempting to learn a new offense and get healthy.
Week 6 showed he's getting there, as he gained 62 yards and found the end zone.
It also showed he has a lot of improvement ahead. He ran several wrong routes and failed to connect on five of his targets due in part to dropped balls.
Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker aren't going to be content allowing Chris Johnson to take credit for the Titans' late-season rise, and they'll need Britt to make it happen.
He's only available in 27 percent of fantasy leagues, but he's worth a shot on the waiver-wire or possibly a trade proposal for an owner tired of waiting for him to produce.
Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Be careful not to grab the Mike Williams formerly with the Seattle Seahawks. But this Mike Williams is available in an astonishing 86 percent of the leagues on NFL.com.
Williams has had a pair of off-weeks, but he's also scored in double-digits in three of his five games. With an average of almost 13 points per game, he's a quality option for a second receiver or a flex-play.
Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Last week a reader asked me what he should do at quarterback. He was worried about how Tom Brady would fare in Seattle and was looking at the waiver wire.
I suggested Christian Ponder while he was leaning toward Russell Wilson. I hope the four points I cost him didn't cost him a game.
Ponder can be added in 68 percent of the leagues on NFL.com. He'd be one of the top scorers in every 12-team league.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Speaking of the boy wonder...I have spoken about his potential with the Seahawks' offense. They've been giving Wilson a little more room to air the ball out each week, as demonstrated by four completions in the 50-yard range over the last two weeks.
One of them was called back because of an unnecessary holding call or Wilson's stats against the Carolina Panthers would have been quite good.
If you are looking for a spot-starter or own Matthew Stafford, Matt Schaub or Philip Rivers, Wilson could be a good starter come Week 8.
I would not touch him on the road in a short week against a tough 49er defense, though. Then again, that could be just the blessing he needs to throw three more touchdowns and hit 300 yards.
Wilson is available in 92 percent of leagues, and 100 percent of leagues without a die-hard Seahawks fan.
Seattle Seahawks Defense
How are the Seahawks available in 38 percent of leagues on NFL.com? Seriously...they were a top-five unit last season in fantasy scoring and are currently seventh in 2012.
Perhaps a pair of those names aren't much to get excited, as they're prone to turnovers, but Seattle's schedule gets easier as the season progresses.
It is a little hard to get overly excited about a defense, but this one consistently shuts down opposing offenses and forces turnovers. They've got a pair of 15-point weeks and have scored at least five points in every game.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton is available in 24 percent of fantasy leagues so he doesn't quite make our criteria. If he is still an option in yours then rectify the issue...right after you click the "follow" link below.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens
He's still an option in 10 percent of the leagues and is a Top 10 performer.
Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions
He's still a free agent in 10 percent of leagues. He'll be part of what gets the Lions back to winning.
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and Seattle Seahawks.
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