Week 9 Waiver Wire: Early Doucet and the Best Wide Receiver Pickups

Adam Gressen@adamgressenContributor IINovember 3, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 30:  Early Doucet #85 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on October 30, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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It's not easy to dig up those players that will take off at this point in the season.

Many teams and players have a clear game plan, an unchanging modus operandi, and most fans know what to expect from them each week.

These are the receivers who are on an upward trend or simply have great potential heading into Week 9 and the second half of the season.


Early Doucet: Arizona Cardinals

While he's obviously no Larry Fitzgerald, Doucet has solidified his role as the No. 2 receiver in Arizona.

Doucet leads the Cardinals with three receiving touchdowns and is averaging 12.8 yards per reception with 359 receiving yards.

The most important thing about Doucet is the fact he has scored a touchdown in back-to-back games now against the Steelers and Ravens in Weeks 7 and 8 respectively.

Look for him to do some damage against the weak pass-defense of the St. Louis Rams this week.


James Jones: Green Bay Packers

Jones is averaging 17.2 yards per reception and has 326 yards and three touchdowns this season.

Aaron Rodgers likes to spread the ball around, but he does it so well that all of his receivers do pretty well. No. 4 receiver on the Packers means No. 2 on most teams.

He started slow out of the gate this season, but Jones has three touchdowns in the past four games.


Steve Breaston: Kansas City Chiefs

Breaston is the No. 2 receiver in Kansas City behind Dwayne Bowe. He has 335 receiving yards and two touchdowns this season.

Breaston has a favorable matchup against the Miami Dolphins defense this week and is another example of a player that took a few weeks to warm up.

It wouldn't be a stretch to look for a touchdown from Breaston this week.


Jon Baldwin: Kansas City Chiefs

Baldwin is a rookie who just had a big game last week against the Chargers, with 82 yards and a touchdown.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 09:  Steve Breaston #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches the game winning touchdown while defended by Chris Rucker #36 of the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Indianapolis, India
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He gives the Chiefs another receiving threat and quarterback Matt Cassel will definitely start getting him the ball more in the coming weeks.

Baldwin is more of a risk than Breaston, but the reward could be higher if he continues to take off.

Also, keep in mind that one more good week from Baldwin would give him a nice trade value.


Greg Salas: St. Louis Rams

Salas has become one of A.J. Feeley's favorite targets, but looks like a good play even if Sam Bradford does return for Week 9.

Both the Cardinals and Rams have poor pass defenses, so look for Salas to get a decent amount of targets as he gets more chances to prove he's a reliable option.

Salas hasn't produced much so far, but he hasn't been given a chance against a weak pass-defense like that of the Arizona Cardinals.