WR Sterling Shepard - New York Giants
|5-10, 194||Born: 2-10-1994||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2016|
Week 21: bye week
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 17 vs PHI (10 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec - 8.9 points, $6200)
Sterling Shepard dropped a pass over the middle early in this game but was saved by a defensive holding call. Shepard struggled to make an impact on this game and only managed to get short catches underneath. Shepard was wide open deep on several occasions but Jones massively under-threw some of these attempts. One deep attempt was so under-thrown it hit the trailing defender in the back. Shepard did his part to get open but Jones was seeing ghosts and getting whacked in the pocket for most of this game, causing inaccurate downfield balls for guys like Shepard.
2019 Week 16 vs WAS (6 / 6 / 76 / 1 rec - 19.6 points, $6100)
Sterling Shepard started off the game with a bang and a touchdown but somewhat got forgotten afterwards. He was wide open on a go route down the sideline early on. The pass was far from perfect but Shepard had so much room to work with that he easily scored. Shepard got some more work over the middle and kept involved here and there. He has excellent chemistry with Jones and his hands are incredible reliable. Shepard typically doesn't break big plays down the field for touchdowns. He is more of a possession receiver with agility and hands to cause problems over the middle. Shepard secured several first downs in this role as the game progressed on curl/drag routes. Jones spread the ball so much that Shepard had to share the targets with his teammate.
2019 Week 15 vs MIA (11 / 9 / 111 / 0 rec - 23.1 points, $5400)
Sterling Shepard dropped a sure pass over the middle at the start of this game but shook it off as he was the most targeted player for Manning against Miami. He snagged a tight ball on a deep comeback route but this was erased due to offensive pass interference. Shepard was featured player in this game for Manning and the duo connected all over the field. He was key in securing first downs but also occasionally hauled in bigger plays downfield, showing his versatility as a play maker. The Giants used play action often to get Shepard open and this worked to great success. He was escaping coverage often and used his agility to maintain the separation from the nearest Miami defender. Shepard showed good chemistry with Manning on extended plays where the pass rush failed to show up. This allowed Shepard to separate over time and gave Manning big windows to throw into down the field. Shepard was unfortunate not to score on a deep corner route towards the goal line. He hauled in a terrific ball but did not have enough time to put the football in his other hand which possibly would have allowed him to extend it over the line for a score. Regardless, Shepard was a constant threat to the Dolphins secondary and kept the Giants moving downfield throughout the game. His talent and chemistry with Manning was clearly a massive factor in his success.
2019 Week 14 vs PHI (7 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush - 7.6 points, $5100)
Sterling Shepard really didn't accomplish much on Monday as the Giants struggled to get the ball to anyone other than Slayton. Shepard got a few short curl/in routes over the middle but wasn't able to do much after the catch. He did break free temporarily on a end around play that fooled the Eagles defense briefly. The Giants mostly kept things short in the passing game and Shepard wasn't targeted downfield much. Shepard should remain on the waiver wire as he isn't really reliable in any capacity as a fantasy play.
2019 Week 13 vs GB (7 / 3 / 40 / 1 rec - 13 points, $4900)
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 - 8.7 points, $4900)
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 - 9.7 points, $5800)
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 - 16.9 points, $5800)
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 - 30.1 points, $4900)
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 - 10.2 points, $5000)
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.
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