WR Sterling Shepard - New York Giants
|5-10, 194||Born: 2-10-1994||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2016|
News you need to know
General News (Wed Sep 18): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
General News (Tue Sep 17): is still going through the concussion protocol but has been cleared to practice in a non-contact jersey.
Week 3: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FBG says: Good matchup. Mercifully, the Giants opted this week to remove Eli Manning from under center. They'd reached a breaking point: over his last 10 games, Manning had averaged just 7.0 yards per attempt and thrown 16 touchdowns. With a weakened arm and no tools left to beat the pass rush, hesimply lacks any dynamic skills at this point. That's why the offense is currently made up almost entirely of low-impact slot specialists. Rookie Daniel Jones will take the reins starting this Sunday, and he's fresh off a fantastic preseason that saw him complete 85% of his throws. He's big-armed and mobile, offering far more creativity than Manning ever did. Perhaps he'll catch the NFL napping on him for a few weeks, generating big plays on instinct outside the pocket. Still, he's a relatively green rookie leading an offense that lacks firepower. Week to week, his best-case scenario is a high-volume day full of check-downs to explosive youngsters Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley. When that happens, both become high-level producers capable of winning fantasy weeks. Engram has caught 17 of his 22 targets thus far, while Barkley is capable of turning any short catch into something special. Sterling Shepard, if cleared by the concussion protocol, will provide another reliable set of hands from the slot. But beyond Engram and Barkley, there's no reason to prioritize this passing game in any fantasy format. The Tampa Bay pass defense remains one of football's most vulnerable. With little turnover from last year's bottom-tier group, they're still allowing more big plays than they should. The outside coverage unit remains shaky at best, and a lack of communication inside leaves tons of run-after-catch room. On Thursday night, Greg Olsen's two long scampers down the seam served as shining examples of this unit's shortcomings. Cam Newton totaled 324 yards, even leaving a few misfires on the table. Vernon Hargreaves remains hit-or-miss in coverage, and he gave up a number of plays to D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel last week. He recorded 12 tackles on the night, which is never a good sign for a cornerback. The pass rush has improved, with youngsters Shaquil Barrett and Vita Vea bending the pocket much more than was seen last year. But until they can be trusted to hold coverage, this will continue to be a plus fantasy matchup. Even the Giants' thinned-out receiving corps enjoys something of an advantage here.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Sterling Shepard's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 1 vs DAL (7 / 6 / 42 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard caught a lot of balls but these were very short plays that didn't give him much to work with. Dallas played prevent defense in a lot of this game thanks to their massive lead. This allowed Shepard to secure easy curl routes and quick grabs from the line of scrimmage. Sterling and the Giants passing attack rarely threatened however. He got some slants/quick outs and curls and was good at finding space for his QB. Shepard had a shot at a touchdown in the redzone on a slant play. The coverage from Dallas was excellent however the DB was close enough to break up the pass. Shepard didn't threaten apart from this. The Giants passing game is mediocre and Engram will get a lot of the targets. Shepard will have a few games where he gets a lot of balls, valuable in PPR, but predicting those will be tough and he will have many quiet games like this also. He was diagnosed with a concussion after the game.
Latest NewsGiants | Sterling Shepard a limited participant (Wed Sep 18, 04:03 PM) - New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 18. Our View: Shepard is going through the concussion protocol. The Giants could use him on the field, especially with rookie QB Daniel Jones getting the start in Week 3.
link to story Giants | Sterling Shepard limited (Wed Sep 18, 11:43 AM) - New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) is practicing in a non-contact jersey Wednesday, Sept. 18. Our View: He's still in the concussion protocol but Shepard may be cleared soon. The Giants are going with Daniel Jones at quarterback in Week 3, and it would be great for Shepard to be out there for that.
link to story Giants | Sterling Shepard cleared for some practice (Mon Sep 16, 07:44 PM) - New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) is still going through the concussion protocol but has been cleared to practice in a non-contact jersey. Our View: We'll see if Shepard can get out of the concussion protocol and back on the field. The Giants are going with Daniel Jones as their starter and we'll be watching closely to see who his favorite targets are.
link to story Giants | NY Giants' Week 2 injury report (Fri Sep 13, 02:52 PM) - New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion), WR Darius Slayton (hamstring) and TE Garrett Dickerson (quad) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills. WR Cody Latimer (calf) was upgraded to a limited practice Friday, Sept. 13, and is listed as questionable. LB Markus Golden (hip), DL Dexter Lawrence (shoulder) and OG Kevin Zeitler (shoulder) all participated fully in practice Friday and have been removed from the injury report. link to story Giants | Sterling Shepard to miss Week 2 (Fri Sep 13, 12:46 PM) - New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) on Friday, Sept. 14, was ruled out of the team's Week 2 game vs. the Buffalo Bills as he recovers from a concussion sustained in the season opener. Our View: Cody Latimer is questionable, so Russell Shepard and Bennie Fowler could be on the field a lot vs. the Bills. Evan Engram should get most of the target in the downfield passing game this week.
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