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WR Sterling Shepard - New York Giants

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

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General News (Wed Oct 18): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 7: vs Seattle Seahawks

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall are done for the year, and slot man Sterling Shepard looks at least another week from returning. Last Sunday gave us a glimpse into what Eli Manning and coach Ben McAdoo will look to accomplish with this bare-bones supporting cast. At the top of the list, it seems, is to throw as rarely as possible (just 19 attempts against Denver). Currently devoid of outside playmakers, the Giants will look to lean on their ground game and manufacture downfield play with impressive rookie tight end/slot man Evan Engram. Manning will certainly avoid trying to force the ball to the likes of Roger Lewis in Richard Sherman's coverage. All told, assuming Shepard can't go Sunday, we can't expect any usable numbers beyond Engram. This passing game is simply lost in the woods right now. This unit remains the primary strength of the Seahawks. Shutdown cornerback Richard Sherman still tends to erase half the field from offensive game plans, while ball-magnet free safety Earl Thomas remains a prohibitive presence over the middle and downfield. Coupled with their mega-talented and deep front seven, it's easy to see why they've forced opposing quarterbacks into just 5.40 net yards per attempt and a paltry 4 touchdown passes. Only Aaron Rodgers has found any real success against them: all other passers "boast" an anemic 55.6 passer rating against them. They may not get much chance to flex their muscle in Week 7 - the decimated Giants are likely to again lean on the run and not put their practice-squad receiving corps into the limelight. But the Seahawks' typically-dominant pass defense all but assures we won't be seeing many Giants fireworks through the air.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at PHI 68 0 0 0 10 7 133 1 0 19.3
4 at TB 67 0 0 0 5 5 54 0 0 5.4
5 vs LAC 24 0 0 0 2 1 9 0 0 0.9
7 vs SEA PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
7 vs SEA PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
7 vs SEA PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 5 vs LAC (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Sterling Shepard also got injured in this game, leaving fantasy owners slightly frustrated as his production has been very inconsistent. Shepard caught one slant over the middle for 9 yards but left after he attempted to haul in his second catch. Shepard's status will need to be monitored. With Beckham out indefinitely, Shepard could prove valuble if his injury was not too serious.

2017 Week 4 vs TB (5 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)

Sterling Shepard was not as visible in this game as he shared the receiving load with his teammates against the Bucs. Shepard worked the middle of the field well from the slot position. He was instrumental in picking up first downs with slants/in routes and was able to get open in key situations to keep the Giants offense on the field. His agility can give him the edge from the slot position against corners who do not stick close to him. He had to contend with Beckham and Engram however, as Manning spread the ball relatively evenly on Sunday. Shepard was not a factor in the redzone and became somewhat invisible as the game progressed. He is still the Giants #2 WR and has value as a #3 WR fantasy option.

2017 Week 3 vs PHI (10 / 7 / 133 / 1 rec)

Sterling Shepard had an incredibly productive and impressive game on Sunday but actually should have scored twice. Shepard was inches shy of the goal line on a catch outside. He then lost the ball after initially securing it in the back of the endzone, no doubt frustrating Giants/fantasy owners alike. Shepard made up for this however with an explosive second half. He took advantage of man to man coverage frequently from the slot position and got excellent separation on many occasions over the middle. His hands were solid and took hits over the middle with no issue. Shepard had a dazzling catch and run late in the game however that left Eagle plays in his wake. He secured a mid slant ball over the middle and simply ran away from the entire Eagle secondary with his speed for the 77 yard spectacular play. Shepard at this point looks like clearly the Giants #2 receiver, ahead of Marshall/Ingram.

2017 Week 2 vs DET (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)

It was a runner, not a receiver, that second-year pro Sterling Shepard got his first touch of the game. With the Giants offense flagging on its first possession, the quick-twitch Shepard got the ball on a reverse and managed to outflank the Lions defenders for a 10-yard scamper. They would go back to the well with the same play later, only for it to be snuffed out immediately. Shepard was a victim of the passing attack's struggles, only being targeted a handful of times. A high target in the red zone would have been a spectacular catch had he made it, but two Lions defenders converged on him to break it up. With New York in desperation mode, Shepard bailed out Eli Manning, who had lofted up a prayer of a pass to the middle of the field. It is evident that when Beckham Jr. isn't available, Manning trusts Shepard to run crisp routes and be assignment-sound.

2017 Week 1 vs DAL (8 / 7 / 44 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Shepard managed 7 grabs to salvage something in PPR leagues for fantasy owners who played him but really struggled to pose a threat to the Cowboys. The Giants offensive line was on life support Sunday, struggling to give their QB any time in the pocket to survey the field. This obviously hurt the production of guys like Shepard. Shepard had to settle often for short balls that Manning had to fire his direction when the defense was breathing down his neck. Shepard was good at turning flat routes and very short balls into decent gains after-the catch with his quickness. He caught many balls in traffic and secured passes that were thrown into very tight windows, which will continue to instill the Giants confidence in the young receiver. He is not capable of carrying an offense, especially not one as fragile as the Giants currently are unfortunately. Still, he was targeted more often than Marshall and deserves to be rated higher until we see otherwise.


Latest News

Giants | Sterling Shepard expects to play (Wed Oct 18, 08:29 PM) - New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) said he expects to be able to play against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7 after being able to run some routes and makes some cuts during practice Wednesday, Oct. 18.

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Giants | Sterling Shepard, Paul Perkins limited (Wed Oct 18, 01:59 PM) - New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) and RB Paul Perkins (ribs) were able to participate in practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Our View: The Giants are at home in Week 7 after getting their first win of the season against the Broncos on Sunday. They play the Seahawks and need as much help as they can get offensively. Shepard is the player to watch here. When healthy, Shepard will be the team's top WR with Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall done for the year. In that role, Shepard has WR3 value for fantasy owners.
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Giants | NYG inactives for Week 6 (Sun Oct 15, 07:01 PM) - New York Giants LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), DE Romeo Okwara (knee), RB Paul Perkins (ribs), C Weston Richburg (concussion), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) and QB Davis Webb are inactive for Week 6 against the Denver Broncos.

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Giants | Week 6 injury report for Giants (Fri Oct 13, 03:09 PM) - New York Giants LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), DE Romeo Okwara (knee), RB Paul Perkins (ribs), C Weston Richburg (concussion), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (non-injury), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) and DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 13, and have been ruled out for Week 6. SS Landon Collins (ankle) did not practice and is listed as questionable.

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Giants | Sterling Shepard out for Week 6 (Fri Oct 13, 10:31 AM) - New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 6.

Our View: Roger Lewis and Tavarres King are likely to get the starts as the Giants lost their top three receivers to injury last week.
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