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WR Sterling Shepard - New York Giants

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

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17 at WAS 62 1 7 0 5 3 30 0 0 3.7
18 at GB 64 0 0 0 9 4 63 0 0 6.3

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 18 vs GB (9 / 4 / 63 / 0 rec)

Sterling Shepard started off strong in this game but disappeared as the game progressed. Shepard hauled in a nice fade pattern from Manning, making a nice adjustment to the ball while turning around to secure it just in time. He got another big first down on a slant play over the middle, using his quickness to get separation at the line of scrimmage. Shepard dropped a pass in the endzone on a high fade pass however. Manning floated the ball for him but he mishandled it and the Giants had to key the field goal. Shepard got few targets for the rest of the game as the Giants offense struggled to stay on the field.

2016 Week 17 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Sterling Shepard managed only 3 catches in a heavily dominated rushing game for the Giants. Perhaps Shepards most important play was a pass break up in the first half. Manning was late on a pass to the outside and could have thrown a pick 6 but Shepard was quick to separate the ball from the defender. He had a nice one handed catch on an out route near the goal line, securing the pass after a small tip to himself. He used slants and ins to beat man coverage at the line of scrimmage with his quickness though he had one first down catch negated by a hold from his offensive line. Shepard took an end around for 7 nice yards, weaving his way between defenders and showing some toughness. He possibly could have kept the final drive alive but Manning threw a pass intended for him into the ground. The Giants played this game very conservatively and Shepard did not get as many targets as he usually does but still played a solid game that detracts nothing from his impressive rookie year.

2016 Week 16 vs PHI (11 / 7 / 61 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Sterling Shepard had a strong performance on Thursday night but could have even had a bigger day. Shepard was wide open in the endzone on a corner route but Manning was slow getting the ball to him and it was broken up as a result. Shepard was targeted over the middle on a deep post route but wasn't able to haul in a slightly high pass from Manning. He was very important at converting short down/distance situations and providing his QB a window to throw into in times of trouble. Shepards touchdown was incredibly impressive in the redzone and displayed his amazing route running potential. He got off the line of scrimmage and put a move on his man outside before breaking inside to become wide open for an easy score. Shepard works well in the slot and Manning trusts the young receiver to make a play anywhere on the field, he is a solid fantasy receiver going forward.

2016 Week 15 vs DET (5 / 4 / 56 / 1 rec)

Sterling Shepard started off this game hot as he scored on the very first possession for the Giants but somewhat disappeared after the Giants took the lead. Quarterback Manning recognised press man on the outside and threw a corner route pattern from Sterling out of the slot who was wide open for the easy looking score. Shepard got a few more catches over the middle, picking up key first downs and taking advantage of man to man coverage over the middle. He had an excellent run down the sideline, turning a quick slant out pattern into an explosive run down the sideline, picking up tremendous yards after the catch. Shepard has shown strong potential as a rookie and has produced relatively consistently in an offense that has been average statistically. He remains a strong play in PPR fantasy leagues as a #3 recei

2016 Week 14 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)

Sterling Shepard was the second leading receiver for the Giants but that did not amount to much on Sunday night. He was able to secure a few short throws and turn them into decent gains with yards after the catch but still was largely ignored as the Giants failed to move the ball much in this game. Shepard showed good quickness and elusiveness as he made men miss and skipped by the first tackle attempt to pick up extra yards. He didn't get any downfield targets however and the Giants kept things conservative. The rushing attack was a point of emphasis and this took away the fantasy potential of Shepard. He is a #3 WR in terms of fantasy at this point as his production is too inconsistent with his teammates shouldering most of this blame.

2016 Week 13 vs PIT (8 / 4 / 21 / 1 rec)

Sterling Shepard posted another touchdown on Sunday but this came in garbage time as the game was over at that point. Shepard got free on a fade pattern in the endzone and hauled in a floated pass for the score but it wasn't close to enough for the Giants. Shepard hauled in several slant patterns over the middle and converted a few first downs but the Giants passing game was very disorganised up front. Shepard was open in the redzone on a deep crossing pattern but Manning misfired and never gave his receiver a chance to secure the ball.

2016 Week 12 vs CLE (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 22 / 0 rush)

Sterling Shepard did not get a single target in the passing game until late in the fourth quarter, which was quite strange to see as he is often emphasised in the Giants passing attack. The Giants were stuck in neutral in their passing attack for a lot of this game and relied on big plays / Beckham jr to really make things happen. Shepard was not on the receiving end of any downfield throws and just ignored on the field for the most part. His only contribution came on a well executed end around run play, getting Shepard into the open space and allowing him to use his blocks to big up a nice first down. This game is likely just an anomaly as Manning relied heavily upon Beckham jr and spread the ball a lot when he was not targeting Beckham. The Giants had the lead for most of this game also which kept a heavy emphasis on the running game and could have also played a part in Shepard's lack of production.

2016 Week 11 vs CHI (11 / 5 / 50 / 1 rec)

Sterling Shepard was the leading receiver for the Giants on Sunday but the Giants struggled to really hit their stride throughout the game. Shepard was heavily targeted by Manning who looked to get the young receiver involved early and often. He was called upon again to convert a 4th& 2 call over the middle with a drag route; this play looking very similar to the 4th down call against the Bengals the week before. His quickness is hard to handle over the middle for defenses, especially in short down/distance situations. Manning did throw several bombs downfield to Shepard but a lot of these were ambitious decisions to begin with as little separation was achieved. Manning was high on several balls and threw into double coverage on one occasion. Shepard's patience paid off however as he scored in the second half to give the Giants the lead. He faked inside before breaking downfield on a seam route, successfully achieving a lot of separation. This gave Manning a massive window to throw it and Shepard easily secured the catch in bounds. The Manning/Shepard duo looked well at times but a lot of balls fell incomplete and the pair can definitely improve their rapport moving forward.

2016 Week 10 vs CIN (7 / 5 / 42 / 1 rec)

Sterling Shepard played well on Monday night but didn't have a massive increase in workload with Cruz being absent in this game due to injury. Shepard was a solid contributor and picked up key first downs over the middle when Manning needed a conversion. He got a slant inside the redzone to pick up a first down but was taken down shy of the goal line. He made a man miss on the outside also, picking up some extra yards after the catch with his quickness. Shepard had one drop on a pass to the outside but made up for it with his touchdown. Manning was patient in the pocket on a 4th down play and found Shepard running a shallow cross over the middle. Shepard was easily able to get open vs. the Bengal linebacker in coverage to secure the crucial score that the Giants needed.

2016 Week 9 vs PHI (6 / 3 / 50 / 1 rec)

Sterling Shepard had a strong performance on Sunday and may be re-emerging as a playable fantasy option. Shepard's first catch was a simple curl for minimal yards as the defense was on top of him quickly. He then broke free on a deep corner route towards the sideline but Manning's pass was underthrown and it fell incomplete. He showed good chemistry with his quarterback on a broken play over the middle, providing a big target to throw into. Shepard's touchdown catch was a great play to watch and he accomplished this despite the Eagle defender being called for a holding penalty. He got behind the defense deep on a corner route towards the goal line and secured a well thrown ball from Manning in the endzone. Shepard looked dangerous down the field with his quickness, though failing to impress much in the short passing game. He has potential to score in any game due to his route running and defenses paying a lot of attention to Beckham jr. He is a low end #3 receiver with upside moving forward, has more value if Cruz is forced to miss time.

2016 Week 7 vs LA (7 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)

Sterling Shepard only had 32 yards on Sunday but still managed 5 grabs for PPR fantasy owners to somewhat salvage anyone who started him. Shepard got a lot of short throws his way, which gave him some opportunities to run after the catch. He got a lot of curl, slant and quick out patterns to help him get the ball in open space. Shepard showed some toughness and dependability hauling in a tough grab over the middle after the defender hit him hard from behind. Manning was not throwing the ball downfield often in this game and kept things very close to the line of scrimmage; this resulted in the performance we see for Shepard. He has the talent and quickness to threaten a defense but we have seen him cool off in recent weeks as Manning spreads the ball amongst his offense very evenly.

2016 Week 6 vs BAL (8 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)

Sterling Shepard played a very complementary role in this offense and didn't produce much in the stat sheet. Shepard was targeted early on a seam route from Manning but he had no separation from the defensive backs and probably should not have been thrown. Shepard got a quick slant out but was unable to fight his way for the extra yard which would have resulted in a first down. Manning tried to hit the young receiver on a slant pattern over the middle but the pass was thrown far too behind. Shepard was able to draw pass interference on a slant inside near the redzone which helped set up his team nicely. Overall he was largely overshadowed by Beckham jr. Shepard isn't as talented as Beckham in terms of raw speed but possesses similar levels of quickness with better size. Shepard will take time to learn this offense and get the trust of Manning but cannot be relied upon as a consistent fantasy starter at the moment. His production has not been consistent since week 1 and Manning likes to spread the ball when he isn't throwing to Beckham jr.

2016 Week 5 vs GB (7 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Sterling Shepard was very quiet on Sunday night but most of this can be attributed to his team struggling. He hardly had a target in the first half and only managed two short grabs in the entire game. Manning missed Shepard with a poor pass behind him and threw several other ugly balls as a result of pressure towards Shepard. Manning's only deep attempt to Shepard was an ill advised pass into double coverage on a seam route that should have been picked off. Shepard's play in fantasy has lost a lot of momentum as of recent times but he has the potential to return any given week. The Giants need to regain composure on offense and Manning needs to play better, however.

2016 Week 4 vs MIN (7 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)

Sterling Shepard had a quiet day vs the Vikings and struggled to make an impression on the game. Manning connected with him on a slant pattern early for a nice gain but looked out of sync with his rookie receiver for most of the game. Shepard fell over at times during routes and this resulted in a few balls hitting the ground. Shepard was also 1 yard shy of converting a third down with the ball in his hands despite an opportunity to get more. He had a few other targets on short routes like slants/curls/ins but the ball was either off target or he was tackled almost immediately after securing the catch. The rookie will have days like this and fans should not be deterred about this result against a very respectable Vikings defense.

2016 Week 3 vs WAS (7 / 5 / 73 / 1 rec)

Sterling Shepard played well today as he caught the lone touchdown pass of the game for New York. He had five catches but his touchdown grab on a skinny post being a contested grab was incredible. The way he attacks the ball at the high point gives Eli trust in him. Sterling is explosive off the line of scrimmage which allowed him to be productive throughout the game. He often gained yards after the catch which gave the offense a boost in spite of the penalties piling up.

2016 Week 2 vs NO (8 / 8 / 117 / 0 rec)

Sterling Shepard continues his impressive rookie season and could be rookie of the year if he plays like this for the rest of the season. Shepard displayed excellent quickness and route running all game long, showing an ability to separate from defenders easily at the line of scrimmage and downfield. Shepard ran short, intermediate and long routes while showing an impressive level of chemistry with Manning. He played the slot position for a lot of this game and was perfect at picking up first downs with play action helping to set up defenders. Shepard was a thorn in the Saints side all game long over the middle as he got inside of defenders before breaking away from them at the right time. He got wide open on a corner route with superb route running and Manning found him for a big play downfield. Shepard has the hands, football IQ and talent to be a big part of this offense all season long.

2016 Week 1 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec)

Sterling Shepard had a very nice start to his rookie season and showed some serious talent that the Giants could take advantage of all season long. Shepard showed incredible quickness and an ability to separate from defenders as he got wide open on a slant pattern inside over the middle from the slot. Shepard then made a terrific play on an underthrown ball to the back of the endzone for his touchdown catch. Shepard was open on a fade route to the corner of the endzone and secured the ball at its highest point, despite a defender coming into contact between him and the ball. This touchdown was highly impressive to watch as he fought hard to keep control of the ball and had excellent awareness to make the necessary adjustment. Shepard was somewhat responsible for a silly turnover from Manning as Shepard appeared to give up on his route early and was not in a position to break up the errant throw from Manning to the sideline. Manning found the rookie once again on an in breaking pattern over the middle as Shepard was given ample time to find the soft spot in the zone before settling down and providing a huge window to throw into.


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