WR Sterling Shepard - New York Giants
|5-10, 194||Born: 2-10-1994||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2016|
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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
2018 Week 17 vs DAL (9 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Sterling Shepard had a solid contribution on Sunday but never got into the endzone. Shepard has excellent agility and quickness so the Giants like to get him the ball in the open field. He got the ball on a reverse running play and got to the sideline to ensure a good gain. Shepard has the utility to be used all over the field and can therefore run almost any route very well. Shepard caught passes on the outside, over the middle in traffic and always gave max effort after the catch. He only managed 4 grabs despite 9 targets. Manning was a little scatter shot with his accuracy leading to some overthrows. He forced a few passes Shepard's way that were not open or in double coverage. Shepard got wide open deep over the middle after the Giants went max protect to give Manning enough time to hit the receiver.
2018 Week 16 vs IND (7 / 6 / 113 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Sterling Shepard got most of his yards on one play but still had a big impact on Sunday's game against the Colts. He got his hands on several plays over the middle with slants/posts which hurt the Colts throughout the game. Shepard showed incredible leaping ability to grab his first post in the air and secure it. He broke free on an out n up pattern in the first half and the defense completely lost coverage on him. Shepard hauled in the pass deep down the field but unfortunately had to wait slightly as the pass was underthrown, this likely cost him the chance of scoring. He got his hands on a double reverse carry but this was blown up behind the line of scrimmage. Shepards quickness combined with excellent hands was clearly evident on Sunday and he took full advantage of Beckham's absence.
2018 Week 15 vs TEN (9 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard managed only 2 balls despite 9 targets and was relatively invisible in this game for the most part. He was targeted on a deep ball early in the game which he should have caught but it fell incomplete. There was a little interference on the play but no flag was thrown. Shepard was wide open on a corner route along the sideline and made a terrific catch while staying in bounds but this was his only highlight for the day. He had no gain on a stop route at the line of scrimmage and couldn't scoop up a low ball from Manning late in the game. The Giants passing game was in a poor state on Sunday with the weather and mediocre play from Manning which hurt the fantasy production of Shepard.
2018 Week 14 vs WAS (6 / 2 / 17 / 1 rec)
Sterling Shepard contributed very little to this game in terms of catches but at least rewarded fantasy owners by getting into the endzone. Shepard was wide open after he unravelled in the back of the endzone for his easy score. Shepard was targeted in the redzone earlier in the game but the pass was too high and sailed over everyone. He also did an excellent job of breaking up a sure interception on an errant pass targeting him in the endzone but the accuracy was off. Shepard didn't benefit from Beckham's absence as guys like Coleman/Engram/Barkley filled the gap easily.
2018 Week 13 vs CHI (6 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard was quiet in this game as the Giants struggled to pass the ball effectively and relied heavily on the running game. Shepard got several first downs with short routes like slants/in/out over the middle to keep the chains moving but there wasn't a lot of targets going his direction. Shepard did have an incredible chance to score a long touchdown in overtime. Manning floated a deep pass into the endzone and Shepard dove for it but just couldn't quite secure the ball as he went to the ground. This was his biggest chance to score on Sunday and he really didn't contribute much else.
2018 Week 12 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Shepard was mostly used in the short passing game. He was fast after the reception to tack on some yardage, but overall was quiet in this game. He did have a short catch in the red zone and got open in the middle of the field for a nice gain, but he wasn't able to make a fantasy impact despite the good matchup.
2018 Week 11 vs TB (2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard didn't contribute much in this game as the Giants kept the passing game quite conservative. The Giants maintained a healthy lead for most of this part and run the ball a lot. This reduced the number of targets across the team for everyone including Shepard. Shepard did have a great catch along the sideline on a low ball from Manning, diving and just staying in bounds to secure the first down. He had another impressive catch and run over the middle, showing excellent explosion and making several defenders miss their tackle attempts. Unfortunately, Shepard was ruled down by contact after he caught the ball as his knee was clearly touching the ground as he was tagged by a defender. Shepard really didn't contribute much else in this game and wasn't needed as the Giants had a comfortable lead for the majority of the time.
2018 Week 10 vs SF (3 / 2 / 9 / 1 rec, 1 / 27 / 0 rush)
Shepard was largely invisible against the 49ers, seeing a mere three targets. Shepard had an impact when seeing the ball, however, with a third down conversion early in the game plus 27 yards on a well-blocked reverse. Shepard's best individual play came on a high-point touchdown has he twisted back to the football on a goal line target, the game-winning touchdown in the closing minutes. This was by far Shepard's lowest target total of the season, but the Buccaneers offer an optimal matchup to get back on track volume-wise next week.
2018 Week 8 vs WAS (8 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard wasn't featured much in this game and really was quiet for the most part but he left one big play on the field. Shepard was thrown a lot of short balls over the middle and was successful at picking up some first downs to keep the Giants moving. Manning found him wide open running a post pattern and hit him with a perfect ball, Shepard unfortunately didn't secure it in time and it was knocked out with a perfect punch by the defensive back. He was targeted in the redzone on an out pattern but the defense was flagged for pass interference as he interrupted the recievers route. Shepard didn't get much else done as the Giants struggled in pass protection throughout this game.
2018 Week 7 vs ATL (8 / 5 / 167 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard found plenty of joy against an Atlanta secondary that was flustered by the Giants' willingness to challenge them downfield. The quicker-than-fast receiver caught a beautiful pass from Eli Manning on a comeback route in the first quarter, reaching high to kill the football with soft hands. Shepard's route-running was exceptional; a double move during which he faked a defender outside-in led to a huge chunk of yardage on a skinny post route. Manning almost got intercepted on a second-half target to Shepard, but the receiver managed to snag the football and turned it up the field for a 53-yard gain. In the red zone, Shepard didn't enjoy such luck, however. On two occasions he was targeted, but one clanged off his hands while the other was thrown too far ahead of him.
2018 Week 6 vs PHI (7 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard was almost invisible and was rarely targetted by Manning. The Giants had terrible production from the passing attack as the Giants pressured Manning throughout. Shepard couldn't get much of a look in as Manning's focus was on Barkley for most of this game. The passing game was inept and too many balls were incomplete down the field. Shepard dropped a few passes but these balls were short from the line of scrimmage and an eagle defender was close by to make the tackle if it was completed. Manning floated a fade route in the endzone for Shepard but the pass was inaccurate and he got tangled up with an Eagle DB for no gain. Shepard cannot produce in this environment and relies heavily on Manning playing at a high level. Fantasy owners should be cautious playing Shepard as his production has been wildly inconsistent this season.
2018 Week 5 vs CAR (7 / 4 / 75 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard had a lot of yards but not many catches as the Giants just couldn't do quite enough in this game. Shepard was a popular target after play action as Manning found him on the outside on several occasions with quick passes that allowed him to get yards after the catch. Shepard looked agile and tough to catch in the open field with the ball in his hands. He showed excellent hands catching the ball over the middle in traffic and is a highly dependable target for Manning. He got open on a fade route against the sideline and picked up a big first down late in the game. Shepard was not a factor in the redzone however and he won't get many touchdowns in this offense. He gets a lot of looks from Manning between the 20's however and has potential to turn short grabs into long runs.
2018 Week 4 vs NO (10 / 10 / 77 / 1 rec)
Sterling Shepard was a very solid contributor to the Giants on Sunday and played his part well, though his presence was inconsistent due to the poor state the Giants offense finds itself in. Shepard got open in the redzone early on an out breaking pattern, securing a nice ball from Manning for the score. His route running was on point as it typically is and he excels at getting open from the slot position. He moved the chains in several other occasions for the Giants, getting the ball on curl or other short patterns while getting enough for the first down. Shepard was turned loose by the defense on a deep play outside down the sideline, Manning found him for a big play and Shepard made the most of it. Shepard was unlucky not to score on a terrific catch in the redzone which was just a few yards shy of the goal line. He hauled in a pass over the shoulder from Manning, perfectly placed away from the defender but Shepard was wrestled out of bounds before he could try to get the score. Shepard also scored the 2 point conversion on a simple play to the outside, again showing good agility and route running to gain separation. Shepard has been a solid fantasy player in recent weeks but it still feels inconsistent. Beckham was not a factor in this game and Shepard got more catches but this unlikely to repeat most weeks.
2018 Week 3 vs HOU (7 / 6 / 80 / 1 rec)
Sterling Shepard played very well on Sunday and did all the Giants asked of him in the passing game. Shepard was explosive over the middle and caught every ball fired his way. He had to contend with high balls over the middle and tightly contested throws but he made the most of this and usually won the match up. Shepard's hands were extremely reliable and had a nice diving catch over the middle. He had a catch over the middle against a linebacker that normally he could have turned into a bigger play but the pass was slightly thrown behind him that allowed the defender to catch up with him. Shepard turned a short out pattern into a big gain as he scampered down the sideline for many yards after the catch. His touchdown was an excellent read by him, settling over the goal line in the zone coverage for the score late in the game.
2018 Week 2 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard was mostly invisible in this game and failed to make any kind of mark as the Giants struggled to move the ball. Shepard had a deep shot early on but it bounced off his hands and fell incomplete. He got some short patterns where he made the most out of what he had to work with but never got wide open down the field. Shepard and the entire Giants recieving corps were under-used in this game due to the pressure given up by the Giants offensive line. Shepard got no redzone targets and could only watch as his quarterback went down again and again in obvious passing situations.
2018 Week 1 vs JAX (7 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard was relatively quiet in this game but saved you somewhat in PPR leagues as he had 5 grabs. He worked the short game on Sunday and hauled in slants/drag routes over the middle. Shepard didn't have much room after the catch and often had to fight for the ball in tight coverage but did a solid job hanging onto the ball. He had a terrific catch along the sideline, keeping his feet in bounds to secure the gain. He also showed great concentration going low to get a diving catch on a slant route to save Manning's slightly errant throw. He did drop one pass over the middle on a drag but this is generally uncharacteristic of Shepard. Shepard was targeted deep late in the game on a corner route but the separation was not there, the pass was also way underthrown and it fell incomplete.
Latest NewsGiants | Sterling Shepard ready to step up (Sat Apr 13, 10:07 PM) - New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard said he is ready to be a leader in the locker room and on the field in 2019. Our View: Shepard is the Giants no.1 wide receiver now that Odell Beckham Jr. has been traded away. They signed him to a new long-term deal with the idea that he could continue to improve on his career-best numbers Shepard posted in 2018. We should see him crack 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in 2019...and Fantasy GMs should consider Shepard a high-end WR3 this season.
link to story Giants | Sterling Shepard extended (Wed Apr 10, 05:16 PM) - New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard received a four-year, $41 million contract extension Wednesday, April 10, according to a source. link to story
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