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WR Sterling Shepard - New York Giants

5-10, 194Born: 2-10-1994College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 2

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Shepard rolled his ankle in practice on Wednesday August 2. The injury was originally believed to be severe because Shepard was carted off in tears, but it appears that he has avoided any breaks or serious injury.

Summary

Sterling Shepard wasn't the rookie standout most expected. Whether he's a victim of unfair expectations, fantasy owners wanted more than 65 receptions and 683 yards from the rookie second rounder. The season wasn't a complete washout: he caught eight touchdowns and his 62% catch rate was respectable. The big issue for Shepard entering this season is his explosiveness with the ball in his hands. He averaged 3.9 yards-after-the-catch; ranking 69th among qualified receivers. Expecting growth in his second season is rational, but Shepard's outlook is clouded by the additions of Brandon Marshall and rookie (receiving) tight end Evan Engram. Shepard still has the tools to become a perennial 1,000-yard receiver particularly with opposing defenses keying on Odell Beckham, but the Giants offseason moves make it harder to bet on a breakout. (August 12)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 52, 33, 47, 50, 50, 51, 51, 53, 53, 53, 54, 54, 55, 55, 57, 59, 62, 64, 64, 66
WR Redraft PPR - 52, 33, 43, 46, 49, 50, 51, 51, 52, 54, 54, 54, 54, 55, 55, 59, 62, 62, 64, 64, 67
WR Dynasty - 31, 24, 25, 29, 33, 42, 45
Overall Dynasty - 62, 35, 52, 61, 74

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2016 NYG 16 3 31 0 105 65 683 8
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 1 * * 62 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 15 3 * * 50 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 15 3 * * 54 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 3 * * 62 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 149
WR: 53
Overall-PPR: 151
WR-PPR: 53

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Latest News

Giants | Full practice for Sterling Shepard (Sun Aug 13, 07:08 PM) - New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) fully participated in practice Sunday, Aug. 13. Shepard may have a chance to play in the second preseason game.

Our View: It will be interesting to see how Shepard is mixed in this year. The team added WR Brandon Marshall and TE Evan Engram this offseason, and that will cut into the target opportunities for Shepard. He should be drafted as a WR5, and projecting the second-year pro for around 50 catches seems fair.
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