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WR Sterling Shepard - New York Giants

5-10, 194Born: 2-10-1994College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 2, pick 2016

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Like the rest of the Giants passing game, the horrific display against the Eagles will make Shepard harder to trust, although the matchup this week vs. the Falcons might be too good to pass up.

Week 7: at Atlanta Falcons

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FBG says: Great matchup. Eli Manning looks like his days are numbered in New York. Saddled with declining arm strength and a poor pass-blocking line, Manning is routinely forced into a quick-hitting, small-ball approach. As a result, his completion rate is way up (a career-best 68.7%), but his throws are having little impact. His 10.5 yards per completion rank 27th out of 35 qualifiers, and he's managed just 6 touchdowns over 6 games. It's hampering coach Pat Shurmur's desired splash-play game, and handcuffing Odell Beckham Jr. tremendously. The superstar wideout has topped 100 yards 3 times, but landed at 60 or fewer in each of the other 3. He's a weekly WR1 in fantasy, of course, but it's hard to project him for the massive plays he's known for (just 6 catches of 20 yards or more). The cause should be helped by the return of dynamic tight end Evan Engram, but these don't look like temporary problems. Until Manning is benched - which should happen at some point during this lost season - expect more of the same dink-and-dunk football that relies upon Beckham, Engram, and Saquon Barkley to break off huge gains. Of all the Falcons' injury losses thus far, their most backbreaking might be that of free safety Ricardo Allen. The emerging ballhawk has left a huge hole in the middle of the secondary, and quarterbacks are taking advantage, averaging a stunning 343 yards since Week 1. Cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford remain above-average cover men, but they get no help in the deep zones and struggle to contain downfield receivers. Wideouts are averaging a wild 13.6 yards per catch in this matchup since Week 1. But the most devastating numbers have come out of opposing backfields. Thus far, they've already allowed 3 different running backs to produce 75 receiving yards or more - and 2 of those topped 100. That's a bizarre trend, but it's an illustration of how badly the Falcons are being beaten on every level. They miss their safeties downfield, and they miss Deion Jones, one of the league's premier cover linebackers, in the flats.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at HOU 59 0 0 0 7 6 80 1 0 14
4 vs NO 59 0 0 0 10 10 77 1 0 13.7
5 at CAR 56 0 0 0 7 4 75 0 0 6.5
6 vs PHI 63 0 0 0 7 3 37 0 0 3.7
7 at ATL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
7 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
7 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Sterling Shepard's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

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 News

Giants | Three catches for Sterling Shepard (Thu Oct 11, 11:54 PM) - New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard caught three passes on seven targets for 37 yards in a 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6.

Our View: Shepard has had some good games while Evan Engram has been out, but his value is in trouble with the rest of the Giants offense right now. He'll still be a WR3/Flex consideration in Engram's likely first game back next week against the Falcons because of the matchup.
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