WR Sterling Shepard - New York Giants
|5-10, 194||Born: 2-10-1994||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2016|
Week 14: at Philadelphia Eagles
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The New York Giants turned over the keys to their offense to Daniel Jones early in the season with one eye on the future. Now, as Daniel Jones deals with an ankle injury, Eli Manning is expected to take back over the starting role under center for the Giants. In limited action earlier this season, Manning's metaphoric gas tank appeared to be running dry. Now, in Week 14 a high-volume passing-attack will look to salvage respectable passing totals for Eli Manning; however, with a depleted receiving corps, the outlook is bleak. Last weekend, the Giants fielded a receiving corps consisting of just a single Week 1 starter, Sterling Shepard, at their disposal. All of the previously-injured personnel remain on the injury report ahead of Week 14, with their status in jeopardy. Without Evan Engram and Golden Tate, unheralded pass-catchers like Darius Slayton and Kaden Smith have risen to prominence through the air for New York; however, the lack of chemistry and talent in this unit makes them one of the weakest in the NFL. With Eli Manning under center, even if the Giants' receiving corps nears full-strength in Week 14, it is exceedingly unlikely that they will be able to capitalize on Philadelphia's weakness at the back-end of their defense. Although Philadelphia's pass-defense saw a momentary improvement against the pass when Jalen Mills returned to action in a form unlike anything he had previously shown in his career, the unit came crashing back down to earth in last week's loss to the Miami Dolphins. On the whole, the unit grades as a slightly-below average group, allowing a sub-par 22-to-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio to go alongside a 6.4 net yards per attempt total that ranks 19th in the league. The strength of this defense is along the defensive line, where Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox produce the bulk of the team's pass-rushing production. Elsewhere, however, they get little support, as the team's linebackers offer little support and their secondary grades as one of the league's worst. Ronald Darby was exposed play after play last weekend when DeVante Parker erupted for nearly 160 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jalen Mills has also struggled in recent weeks after playing at an incredible level early in his 2019 campaign. Mills has been one of the league's most-criticized and exploited cornerbacks throughout his young career and, unfortunately for the Eagles, after a brief stint of strong play, it is looking like he is returning to his old ways. Philadelphia's pass defending talent, or lack thereof, resembles that of a bottom-rung unit in the NFL, and it would not come as a surprise to see their numbers trend back in that direction down the stretch. However, it may have little implication on their Week 14 clash with the Giants' struggling passing attack.
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 13 vs GB (7 / 3 / 40 / 1 rec)
Sterling Shepard didn't contribute too much on Sunday in terms of catches but did manage a big touchdown early on. Shepard got enough separation from his defender on a go route and made a nice diving catch in the back of the endzone for the score. Shepard also had a big conversion on an out route, using his route running to get open. He is always a good target over the middle and tends to get a lot of yards after the catch but the targets weren't there on Sunday. His quarterback Jones struggled to string drives together and they were often cut short due to turnovers. Shepard would not be the primary receiver in many of Jones' progressions. He belongs on the waiver wire despite this decent production, it is just hard to trust the Giants offense.
2019 Week 12 vs CHI (9 / 5 / 15 / 0 rec, 1 / 22 / 0 rush)
Sterling Shepard was working his way back into this offense on Sunday it seemed as he got 5 catches but only for 15 yards. These catches were mostly checkdowns from Jones in times of trouble and Shepard wasn't really targeted down the field. He did break up a possible interception on a smart play but this was probably his biggest contribution to the team on Sunday unfortunately. Shepard may find himself on the outside with Tate and Slayton becoming bigger roles in this offense since he has returned.
2019 Week 5 vs MIN (10 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Sterling Shepard had an average day by his standards for the Giants but it could have been so much better as misplays by Jones left scores on the field. He broke free and was completely open down the sideline in the first quarter for an easy potential touchdown on a big pass play but his quarterback overthrew him by a few yards. Shepard had some nice catches over the middle, diving for some and making the first man miss occasionally. He could have had another touchdown in the redzone as he was wide open again but a high ball forced a jump and he landed out of bounds. Jones forced a deep ball in Shepard's direction late but he was not open. He took a big hit over the middle and managed to hold onto it which was impressive and demonstrates his strong catching ability. Jones looked Shepard's way a lot and the two clearly have some chemistry. If his young quarterback can be slightly more accurate, Shepard could see some big games sporadically.
2019 Week 4 vs WAS (9 / 7 / 76 / 0 rec, 1 / 23 / 0 rush)
Shepard was getting out at will with good releases out the slot, and came through on an early fourth down on a drive that set the tone for the game. He got a big gain on an end around and was Daniel Jones primary target on third down, usually with good results. He had a good sense of where the first down marker was and should continue to be a primary read even after Golden Tate returns. Shepard even broke a tackle to get extra yards on a slant.
2019 Week 3 vs TB (9 / 7 / 100 / 1 rec, 2 / 21 / 0 rush)
Sterling Shepard played very well on Sunday and looks to have excellent chemistry with his new young quarterback. The duo were hooking up on plays down the field and when Jones had to buy time in the pocket. Shepard got open all over the field and Jones was keeping a keen eye on his slot receiver. Shepard was open at one point down the field but Jones overthrew him slightly. He got a two point conversion in the endzone on an out route where he was able to get big separation. Shepard even had a big gain on the ground, getting the ball in space as he ran toward the sideline for a first down. He made an excellent grab on a perfectly placed ball from Jones in the second half for his touchdown grab in the endzone. The pass was placed just far enough away from the defender but still within his grasp from the sideline. On several occasions, he managed to unravel and escape from the defense along the sideline, giving his quarterback a massive window to throw into to keep the chains moving. Shepard's reliable hands from the slot will be key in the development of Jones and he has #3 receiver potential in PPR leagues as a result.
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 finds end zone (Sun Dec 1, 05:34 PM) - New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard caught three passes for 40 yards and one touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in Week 13. He was targeted seven times during the game. Our View: Shepard caught an early score to make for a decent line in what should have been a bigger day with Golden Tate out. He's just a what the heck flex if Tate is back next week against the Eagles, but the matchup is good.
link to story Giants | Sterling Shepard registers five catches (Sun Nov 24, 07:26 PM) - New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard ended up with five catches for 15 yards on nine targets in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears. Our View: We're happy to see him back on the field after his two concussions and an unexpected re-entry into protocol as he was poised to return to the field earlier this year. He's worth rostering down the stretch against a schedule of weak pass defenses to see if he heats up.
link to story Giants | Sterling Shepard not on injury report (Fri Nov 22, 04:36 PM) - Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 22, and is not on the injury report for Week 12. link to story Giants | NY Giants' injury report for Week 12 (Fri Nov 22, 04:09 PM) - New York Giants TEs Rhett Ellison (concussion) and Evan Engram (foot) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 12 versus the Chicago Bears. OT Nate Solder (concussion), C Jon Halapio (hamstring), CB Janoris Jenkins (concussion), OT Mike Remmers (back) and WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 22, and no longer appear on the injury report. link to story Giants | Sterling Shepard good to go Week 12 (Fri Nov 22, 03:46 PM) - New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) cleared the league's concussion protocol Friday, Nov. 22, and will play in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears. link to story More News
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