WR Sterling Shepard - New York Giants
|5-10, 194||Born: 2-10-1994||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 2|
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 16 vs ARI (8 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard was typically involved in the offense on a regular basis throughout this game but came up with modest production. The passing game was inept, mostly due to inadequate pass protection/ turnover prone QB play and no running game. Sheppard got involved as he typically does with crosser/slant/curl routes and kept the Giants moving whenever he could. He was tackled immediately on most of his plays after he made the reception so yards after the catch was hard to come by. Sheppard was open on a corner route down the field but Manning's accuracy was off in this game and he overthrew this pass. A risky play in fantasy next week with the offense playing very poor, PPR leagues only.
2017 Week 15 vs PHI (16 / 11 / 139 / 1 rec)
Sterling Shepard had a very strong game on Sunday and really was a thorn in the Eagles side throughout this game. Shepard moved the chains for the Giants on numerous occasions and accounted for a high proportion of this passing attack. He took advantage of man to man coverage with slant plays over the middle and Manning looked often to the young receiver on third down. He showed excellent speed getting wide open on a seam route and hauling in the pass. Shepard did have several drops however, and could have had an even bigger game. His concentration was not on point at times, not securing the ball before turning upfield. Shepard more than made up for it on his touchdown run however. He took a short drag route all the way to the endzone down the sideline, evading Eagle defenders and turning on his speed once he got free. Shepard was open again down the sideline late in the game but Manning overthrew him by just a yard. He was more often then not a strong, dependable target for Manning that produced in the clutch when a conversion was needed. This is a good comeback game for Shepard who has been very inconsistent this season, a decent play going forward for the rest of the season.
2017 Week 14 vs DAL (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec, 1 / -9 / 0 rush)
Sterling Shepard really did very little in this game and hasn't looked like himself for most of this season. He has dealt with a few injuries this season and didn't look sharp in this game. He got a first down on a easy crosser route, getting separation with his quickness over the middle. Shepard dropped a slant pattern later however, which would have easily secured a first down. The Giants gave him the ball on a reverse play but it was shut down by LB Lee who read it very well. Shepard got a final catch as time was expiring but this was in garbage time as the game was decided at that point. He is a risky playing going forward, as Engram has been producing better than the second year receiver. A play as a low end #3 receiever in PPR leagues but only if desperate.
2017 Week 13 vs OAK (6 / 3 / 56 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard wasn't highly involved in this offense as he has been dealing with injuries for most of the season. Shepard returned to grab only 3 balls but he made some impressive plays for his team. He had a terrific grab on a sideline pass near the endzone, leaping high to secure it and falling only 1 yard short of the goal line. Smith targeted him a corner route in the endzone later in the game but the pass was way off target. Shepard got an explosive catch & run down the middle on a seam route, making a terrific adjustment to a slightly off target pass before burning the defense for 47 yards. Shepard is a low end #3 receiver with the Giants offense in the state it is in but has upside in PPR leagues as he normally receives a lot of targets.
2017 Week 10 vs SF (13 / 11 / 142 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard was an absolute staple for Eli Manning on Sunday as he made big play after big play down the field. Shepard made some incredible catches and got open consistently against the 49ers secondary. He ran routes all over the field and showed his incredible versatility as a receiver. Shepard caught slants/curls/fades/corners and Manning was locked into the receiver. He made an excellent diving catch on a corner route in the first half, just almost scooping the ball off the ground to secure it. Shepard later made an unbelievably impressive one handed grab along the sideline on a fade route, which was held up after further review. Shepard's final catch showed what a truly dangerous athlete he can be, juking a defender in open space before getting many yards after the catch. His value is probably reaching his ceiling in games like this, obviously it will be inflated during Beckham's absence but there's no denying the talent this receiver has. His route running is his best asset, he can get open all over the field.
2017 Week 9 vs LAR (9 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard had a solid return to the starting lineup for the Giants and posted a respectable stat line for fantasy owners. Shepard was used all over the field, running short/intermediate and deep routes. Shepard has the agility and speed to run any route in the offense, making him a very versatile target for Manning. Shepard converted third downs with slant plays and kept defenders honest by occasionally running deep. He was open deep early in the game but Manning overthrew him. Shepard had a bad spot at one point in the game, dropping back to back passes from Manning that really should have been caught. He did manage to haul in one big pass down the sideline, showing his burst of pace to get a step ahead of the corner. He has solid value as the Giants #1 wide receiver but has teammate Engram to compete with for touches.
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.
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