Thomas returns to practice: Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas was back to work on Thursday after missing Wednesday’s practice with a sore hamstring. The Giants have allowed the tenth-most points to fantasy running backs this season, making for a great matchup for Thomas. Let’s be honest — Miami’s offense stinks, but if Thomas can go, he’s worth a look as a No. 2 or 3 running back.
Stafford gets first-team reps: We were questioning the mobility of Lions QB Matthew Stafford Wednesday after he was limited in practice. What a difference a day makes. Stafford reportedly looked fine Thursday while handling the first-team offense. That’s great news for fantasy owners, as the Lions face a Denver secondary that has been generous to fantasy offenses all season long, allowing 11 touchdowns with just three interceptions.
Hillis’ battles sore hamstring: Yet another turn in the ongoing will-he-or-won’t-he-play saga of Browns RB Peyton Hillis. After he was limited in practice on Wednesday, Hillis was held out of Thursday’s workout because of his sore hamstring. The bye weeks might force you to get Hillis in your lineup if he’s able to go, but temper your expectations since his opponent — the 49ers — have been one of the league’s best against the run this season. Our advice is to get Montario Hardesty as a precaution. He’s still available in more than 80 percent of NFL.com leagues.
— Marcas Grant