Johnson listed as day to day: With both the Texans and fantasy owners waiting on the return of WR Andre Johnson (hamstring), the big playmaker sat out Wednesday’s practice but still has a shot to play Sunday. Johnson has missed the last four games after suffering the injury in Houston’s Week 4 win over Pittsburgh. In his stead, Kevin Walter has done a fair job, catching 19 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown. But with a game against Cleveland and its ball-hawking young secondary on tap in Week 9, Johnson’s return could be a boon not only for owners who have the receiver but for Matt Schaub owners as well. Even with Joe Haden potentially facing off against him, Johnson is a must-start if he’s ready to play.
Bradford misses practice: After missing last week’s game, Sam Bradford (ankle) didn’t take part in St. Louis’ practice on Wednesday. The quarterback is optimistic that he can be ready for Sunday, but if he isn’t, A.J. Feeley will once again get the call. Feeley wasn’t extraordinary against the Saints last week, but anyone who took a chance on him (which was next to no one) was rewarded with 175 yards and a touchdown pass. This week’s opponent — the Arizona Cardinals — hasn’t been particularly tough on fantasy field generals this year, giving up the fifth-most points per game. If you’re desperate for QB help, you can consider either. Not to be overlooked, with QB Kevin Kolb (turf toe) hobbled, the Cardinals could turn to John Skelton for Sunday’s game against the Rams, who have had their own problems stopping quarterbacks in 2011.
Davis out of walking boot: Redskins TE Fred Davis (ankle) is walking without a boot, but there is still no indication of his Week 9 status. Washington hosts San Francisco this week, with the 49ers surprisingly vulnerable against opposing tight ends. However, it’s only an appealing matchup if Davis is ready to go. If Logan Paulsen is the choice for Mike Shanahan, feel free to leave him sitting on the waiver wire.
— Marcas Grant