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Bucs WR Chris Godwin (knee) is expected to play vs. the Cowboys tonight, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He may be eased back, but he should play," Rapoport tweets. Godwin is not even 9 months removed from last year's torn ACL. It's been a speedy recovery, but don't expect to see him at 100% playing time or effectiveness tonight. We'd try to keep Godwin on fantasy benches for Week 1.

Dolphins RB Chase Edmonds (groin) is not listed on the final Week 1 injury report. He was limited on Wednesday but put in full practices on Thursday and Friday. Edmonds is a borderline RB2 in PPR leagues in Sunday's matchup with a Patriots defense that struggled against RBs in the passing game last year.

The Bucs list WR Chris Godwin (knee) as questionable for Sunday night's game vs. the Cowboys. He put in full practices on Wednesday and Friday, taking Thursday off. HC Todd Bowles said Friday morning that Godwin will be a game-time decision. Expect him to be limited if he does suit up, so Godwin isn't a recommended Week 1 fantasy play.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (Achilles) was limited in practice all week but isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll play in Sunday’s opener vs. the Titans, a little less than 9 months after tearing his Achilles. We’ll see exactly how big a role Shepard is ready for, but he shouldn’t be in Week 1 fantasy lineups. His availability does make WR Wan’Dale Robinson a riskier bet.

The Dolphins upgraded RB Chase Edmonds (groin) to full practice participation Thursday. That suggests he should be ready to go without limits Sunday. We'll continue to watch for confirmation on that. We have Edmonds low in RB2 range in our Week 1 fantasy football rankings.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin said Thursday that he expects to be a game-time decision for Sunday night's opener against the Cowboys. He didn't practice on Thursday, but it sounds like it was a planned rest day. We'll continue to track Godwin's status, but he shouldn't be in your Week 1 fantasy plans. He'll likely be limited if he does suit up this weekend.

Dolphins RB Chase Edmonds (groin) was limited in Wednesday's practice. It's the first we've heard of the injury. We're still tentatively expecting Edmonds to play vs. the Patriots on Sunday, but we'll keep an eye on his status over the next few days. Edmonds' absence would turn Raheem Mostert into Miami's lead back.

The Buccaneers listed WR Chris Godwin as a full practice participant Wednesday, 2 days after he shed the brace on his repaired knee. Although the wideout has yet to commit to playing in the regular-season opener, this sure seems to point to him being on the field. Just how much time he spends on the field, however, might remain in question until the game plays out.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (Achilles) said Tuesday that he's "ready to go" for this weekend's opener vs. the Titans. ESPN's Jordan Raanan confirms that Shepard "fully plans on playing" on Sunday. It's a remarkably quick turnaround for Shepard, who tore his Achilles last December and was just activated from the PUP list 2 weeks ago. Shepard shouldn't be in Week 1 fantasy lineups, but he's worth stashing on benches and complicates the outlooks of WRs Kadarius Toney, Wan'Dale Robinson and Kenny Golladay.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin (knee) was non-committal on his Week 1 availability on a recent podcast appearance. "I don't think any of us know that yet," Godwin said when asked if he'll play vs. the Cowboys. "I would imagine I have the final say. It's going to come down to feel. Because I understand what I'm capable of doing on the field when healthy. But I also understand what I'm capable of pushing through. ... In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter that much. I would love to be there for the entire season, but I think what's more important is being there for the second half of the season." We get the feeling that Godwin is leaning against playing Week 1, but we'll continue to keep a close eye on him.

Rachaad White is listed as the Bucs' #2 RB on the Week 1 depth chart. It's not a surprise after White was the 2nd RB to hit the field in the preseason finale -- but the confirmation is nice. We're still not expecting White to see enough action behind a healthy Fournette to be a reliable fantasy play. But a Fournette injury would turn White into a high-upside starter.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin practiced without a brace on his surgically repaired knee on Monday. It's another positive step in his recovery from last year's torn ACL. Godwin's status for the season opener remains uncertain, but we're definitely expecting to see him out there by the end of September.

Bucs insider Rick Stroud gives WR Chris Godwin (knee) a 55% chance to play in the season opener vs. the Cowboys. It's just a guess -- but it's an educated guess and worth noting. Godwin shouldn't be in your Week 1 fantasy plans. But if he plays and looks good, he could be an option as early as Week 2.

Bucs OC Byron Leftwich praised RB Rachaad White on Wednesday. "He's a man's man,” Leftwich said. “To be a young guy, he's really thorough. He's really aware, really smart and plays the game in a physical way. He takes notes like a quarterback. He's a real smart kid that has an understanding and feel for football.” NFL insider Albert Breer tweeted Wednesday that the rookie “will have a role,” adding that White “might be the best pass-game RB” Tom Brady’s had in Tampa Bay. There’s certainly PPR intrigue, especially if you can roster White as an RB5.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard has been activated from the PUP list and will practice on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. Shepard tore his left Achilles a little over 8 months ago. "Have heard only positives about Shepard's rehab," Raanan tweeted. "He's looked good running and cutting on the side in recent weeks." It's still uncertain when Shepard will be ready for game action -- and whether he can rediscover pre-injury form. We'll keep a close eye on him but aren't ready to consider him a fantasy-draft target.

Bucs WR Mike Evans was back on the practice field on Monday, about 2-and-a-half weeks after hurting a hamstring. HC Todd Bowles said Evans did "a little bit," so it sounds like he was limited. We'll keep an eye on his progress. But, barring a setback, he should be ready to roll come Week 1.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin participated in 11 on 11s for the first time on Monday. He wore a non-contact jersey, but it’s still another step forward for the 26-year-old. Godwin remains a question mark for Week 1.

The Panthers officially named QB Baker Mayfield their starter. This was expected since Carolina swung a trade for Mayfield in early July. He started the preseason opener over QB Sam Darnold, going 4-of-7 for 45 yards on 1 series. Mayfield is just a lower-end QB2 for fantasy squads, but we expect him to be an upgrade over Darnold for RB Christian McCaffrey, WR D.J. Moore and the rest of the Panthers offense.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tweeted Friday that Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold “are still in a QB battle” for the starting job. Mayfield is believed to be the heavy favorite, but HC Matt Rhule hasn’t announced who’ll get the Week 1 nod vs. Cleveland.

Bucs WRs Mike Evans and Russell Gage will be held out of practice this week with their hamstring injuries, HC Todd Bowles said Tuesday. We haven't seen any concern about either guy's status for the start of the season, but we'll see when they're able to get back on the field.

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