Nicks returns to practice: Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) was back on the field Thursday and signs point toward him playing against the 49ers. San Francisco is in the middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points for receivers, while New York enters Week 10 with the league’s sixth-best passing attack. There should be opportunities for Nicks to produce. Considering the recent production of WR Victor Cruz and TE Jake Ballard, it could make WR Mario Manningham the odd man out this week. Meanwhile, it’s looking less likely that RB Ahmad Bradshaw will be ready to go after missing practice again Thursday.
Burress out of practice: Jets WR Plaxico Burress (back) was again a spectator at Thursday’s practice after also sitting out Wednesday. It’s common for Burress to sit out mid-week practices, so until the Jets release an update, it’s best not to jump to conclusions. Gang Green meets up with the Patriots and their league-worst passing defense this week, so fantasy owners would love to have Burress. Santonio Holmes figures to see a larger chunk of the targets if Burress is out, with rookie Jeremy Kerley also working into the mix.
Evans back to practice: Hoping to play for the first time since Week 2, Ravens WR Lee Evans (foot) was back on the practice field Wednesday. Evans has been a non-factor this season with just two catches for 45 yards. Rookie WR Torrey Smith has worked his way into Evans’ spot, establishing a rapport with QB Joe Flacco. When Evans returns, it’s hard to see him making a big impact right away. Smith has become a solid contributor and looks to be the team’s future across from WR Anquan Boldin. Leave Evans on the waiver wire until he proves he can produce.
— Marcas Grant