Nicks practices again Friday: Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) worked out with the team Friday and is a game-time decision for Sunday’s contest against the 49ers. The news isn’t as good for RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), who has been ruled out. Bradshaw’s absence means another big workload for Brandon Jacobs, although against San Francisco, you might want to avoid the big back. Nicks’ possible return could have the biggest impact on Mario Manningham. As the current No. 1 receiver on New York’s roster, Nicks will see his fair share of targets. But with WR Victor Cruz and TE Jake Ballard starting to see a larger share of opportunities, someone will inevitably be the odd man out. If Nicks sits, take a chance on Manningham as a No. 3 WR or a flex. If Nicks plays, avoid Manningham altogether.
Burress back at practice: In a reprise of his days with the Giants, Jets WR Plaxico Burress (back) returned to practice Friday and appears on track to play Sunday. With Gang Green taking on the Patriots this weekend, that’s good news for fantasy owners. No one has been worse at defending opposing wide receivers than New England, who has given up nearly 25 fantasy points per week to the position. If Burress is playing for the Jets, he should be playing for you.
Johnson out until Week 12: In a foreseeable move, the Texans have ruled WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) out for Sunday at the Buccaneers but expect the receiver to return after the team’s bye in Week 11. Johnson hasn’t played since Week 4 and while Kevin Walter has filled his spot in the starting lineup, QB Matt Schaub has spread the ball around. RB Arian Foster has led the way with 22 receptions in the past five games, but Walter and TE Owen Daniels aren’t far behind with 20 catches apiece. Tampa Bay has the NFL’s 28th-ranked pass defense, so there will be opportunities for Houston through the air. Daniels is a solid start at tight end, but no Texans receivers are better than a No. 2 option.
– Marcas Grant