WR Sterling Shepard - New York Giants
|5-10, 194||Born: 2-10-1994||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2016|
Week 15: vs Miami Dolphins - $5900
FBG says: Good matchup. While rookie Daniel Jones missed the team's game last weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles due to an ankle injury, he reportedly will step back into his starting role immediately when his health permits. Whether it be Jones or Eli Manning under center, New York's passing attack has been a high-volume unit lacking efficiency, ranking 8th in the league in total pass attempts, but just 28th in net yards per attempt. While the team's receiving corps is banged up, rookie Darius Slayton's recent emergence has been encouraging. Over the last month, Slayton leads the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Slayton is an impressive downfield threat, making his significant volume through the air especially valuable for fantasy purposes. Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate are finally both healthy, but even with all three receivers available, Slayton has been the unexpected number-one option through the air recently. The Miami Dolphins defend limited volume through the air, as their opponents rarely need to air it out to gain the upper hand, but when they do, Miami offers little resistance. The Dolphins rarely apply pressure to opposing quarterbacks, with just a 7.0-percent hurry rate this season, the second-lowest of any team in the NFL. Overall, they have allowed a stunning 31-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio, one of the worst in the league. On the season, the Dolphins have only faced one passing attack (the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks ago) that surpassed 40 pass attempts, yet they've allowed multi-touchdown performances through the air in 11 out of 13 games. The pass-defending personnel on Miami's roster resembles that of a bottom-feeding defense. With Xavien Howard, the team's number-one cornerback, out with an injury, Miami's patchwork secondary featuring Nik Needham, Jomal Wiltz, Eric Rowe, and Adrian Colbert is one of the weakest in the league. The Dolphins' secondary has allowed a 100-yard receiver in 4 consecutive games, and 7 overall on the season. The New York Giants' struggling passing attack is primed for one of their strongest performances of the season here in Week 15 in an elite matchup.
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 14 vs PHI (7 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush - 5.6 points, $5900)
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 - 11.5 points, $5900)
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 - 6.2 points, $6500)
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 - 7.2 points, $6500)
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 - 13.4 points, $6500)
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 - 23.6 points, $6000)
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 - 7.2 points, $6000)
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 posts four receptions (Tue Dec 10, 12:02 AM) - New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard posted four receptions for 28 yards on seven targets in Week 14 against the Philadelphia Eagles. link to story Giants | 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.
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