WR Sterling Shepard - New York Giants
|5-10, 194||Born: 2-10-1994||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2016|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 14 vs PHI (7 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
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 15 vs MIA (11 / 9 / 111 / 0 rec)
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 16 vs WAS (6 / 6 / 76 / 1 rec)
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 17 vs PHI (10 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 7 vs ATL (8 / 5 / 167 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard found plenty of joy against an Atlanta secondary that was flustered by the Giants' willingness to challenge them downfield. The quicker-than-fast receiver caught a beautiful pass from Eli Manning on a comeback route in the first quarter, reaching high to kill the football with soft hands. Shepard's route-running was exceptional; a double move during which he faked a defender outside-in led to a huge chunk of yardage on a skinny post route. Manning almost got intercepted on a second-half target to Shepard, but the receiver managed to snag the football and turned it up the field for a 53-yard gain. In the red zone, Shepard didn't enjoy such luck, however. On two occasions he was targeted, but one clanged off his hands while the other was thrown too far ahead of him.
2018 Week 8 vs WAS (8 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard wasn't featured much in this game and really was quiet for the most part but he left one big play on the field. Shepard was thrown a lot of short balls over the middle and was successful at picking up some first downs to keep the Giants moving. Manning found him wide open running a post pattern and hit him with a perfect ball, Shepard unfortunately didn't secure it in time and it was knocked out with a perfect punch by the defensive back. He was targeted in the redzone on an out pattern but the defense was flagged for pass interference as he interrupted the recievers route. Shepard didn't get much else done as the Giants struggled in pass protection throughout this game.
2018 Week 10 vs SF (3 / 2 / 9 / 1 rec, 1 / 27 / 0 rush)
Shepard was largely invisible against the 49ers, seeing a mere three targets. Shepard had an impact when seeing the ball, however, with a third down conversion early in the game plus 27 yards on a well-blocked reverse. Shepard's best individual play came on a high-point touchdown has he twisted back to the football on a goal line target, the game-winning touchdown in the closing minutes. This was by far Shepard's lowest target total of the season, but the Buccaneers offer an optimal matchup to get back on track volume-wise next week.
2018 Week 11 vs TB (2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard didn't contribute much in this game as the Giants kept the passing game quite conservative. The Giants maintained a healthy lead for most of this part and run the ball a lot. This reduced the number of targets across the team for everyone including Shepard. Shepard did have a great catch along the sideline on a low ball from Manning, diving and just staying in bounds to secure the first down. He had another impressive catch and run over the middle, showing excellent explosion and making several defenders miss their tackle attempts. Unfortunately, Shepard was ruled down by contact after he caught the ball as his knee was clearly touching the ground as he was tagged by a defender. Shepard really didn't contribute much else in this game and wasn't needed as the Giants had a comfortable lead for the majority of the time.
2018 Week 12 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Shepard was mostly used in the short passing game. He was fast after the reception to tack on some yardage, but overall was quiet in this game. He did have a short catch in the red zone and got open in the middle of the field for a nice gain, but he wasn't able to make a fantasy impact despite the good matchup.
2018 Week 13 vs CHI (6 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard was quiet in this game as the Giants struggled to pass the ball effectively and relied heavily on the running game. Shepard got several first downs with short routes like slants/in/out over the middle to keep the chains moving but there wasn't a lot of targets going his direction. Shepard did have an incredible chance to score a long touchdown in overtime. Manning floated a deep pass into the endzone and Shepard dove for it but just couldn't quite secure the ball as he went to the ground. This was his biggest chance to score on Sunday and he really didn't contribute much else.
2018 Week 14 vs WAS (6 / 2 / 17 / 1 rec)
Sterling Shepard contributed very little to this game in terms of catches but at least rewarded fantasy owners by getting into the endzone. Shepard was wide open after he unravelled in the back of the endzone for his easy score. Shepard was targeted in the redzone earlier in the game but the pass was too high and sailed over everyone. He also did an excellent job of breaking up a sure interception on an errant pass targeting him in the endzone but the accuracy was off. Shepard didn't benefit from Beckham's absence as guys like Coleman/Engram/Barkley filled the gap easily.
2018 Week 15 vs TEN (9 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard managed only 2 balls despite 9 targets and was relatively invisible in this game for the most part. He was targeted on a deep ball early in the game which he should have caught but it fell incomplete. There was a little interference on the play but no flag was thrown. Shepard was wide open on a corner route along the sideline and made a terrific catch while staying in bounds but this was his only highlight for the day. He had no gain on a stop route at the line of scrimmage and couldn't scoop up a low ball from Manning late in the game. The Giants passing game was in a poor state on Sunday with the weather and mediocre play from Manning which hurt the fantasy production of Shepard.
2018 Week 16 vs IND (7 / 6 / 113 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Sterling Shepard got most of his yards on one play but still had a big impact on Sunday's game against the Colts. He got his hands on several plays over the middle with slants/posts which hurt the Colts throughout the game. Shepard showed incredible leaping ability to grab his first post in the air and secure it. He broke free on an out n up pattern in the first half and the defense completely lost coverage on him. Shepard hauled in the pass deep down the field but unfortunately had to wait slightly as the pass was underthrown, this likely cost him the chance of scoring. He got his hands on a double reverse carry but this was blown up behind the line of scrimmage. Shepards quickness combined with excellent hands was clearly evident on Sunday and he took full advantage of Beckham's absence.
2018 Week 17 vs DAL (9 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Sterling Shepard had a solid contribution on Sunday but never got into the endzone. Shepard has excellent agility and quickness so the Giants like to get him the ball in the open field. He got the ball on a reverse running play and got to the sideline to ensure a good gain. Shepard has the utility to be used all over the field and can therefore run almost any route very well. Shepard caught passes on the outside, over the middle in traffic and always gave max effort after the catch. He only managed 4 grabs despite 9 targets. Manning was a little scatter shot with his accuracy leading to some overthrows. He forced a few passes Shepard's way that were not open or in double coverage. Shepard got wide open deep over the middle after the Giants went max protect to give Manning enough time to hit the receiver.
2017 Week 1 vs DAL (8 / 7 / 44 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Shepard managed 7 grabs to salvage something in PPR leagues for fantasy owners who played him but really struggled to pose a threat to the Cowboys. The Giants offensive line was on life support Sunday, struggling to give their QB any time in the pocket to survey the field. This obviously hurt the production of guys like Shepard. Shepard had to settle often for short balls that Manning had to fire his direction when the defense was breathing down his neck. Shepard was good at turning flat routes and very short balls into decent gains after-the catch with his quickness. He caught many balls in traffic and secured passes that were thrown into very tight windows, which will continue to instill the Giants confidence in the young receiver. He is not capable of carrying an offense, especially not one as fragile as the Giants currently are unfortunately. Still, he was targeted more often than Marshall and deserves to be rated higher until we see otherwise.
2017 Week 2 vs DET (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
It was a runner, not a receiver, that second-year pro Sterling Shepard got his first touch of the game. With the Giants offense flagging on its first possession, the quick-twitch Shepard got the ball on a reverse and managed to outflank the Lions defenders for a 10-yard scamper. They would go back to the well with the same play later, only for it to be snuffed out immediately. Shepard was a victim of the passing attack's struggles, only being targeted a handful of times. A high target in the red zone would have been a spectacular catch had he made it, but two Lions defenders converged on him to break it up. With New York in desperation mode, Shepard bailed out Eli Manning, who had lofted up a prayer of a pass to the middle of the field. It is evident that when Beckham Jr. isn't available, Manning trusts Shepard to run crisp routes and be assignment-sound.
2017 Week 3 vs PHI (10 / 7 / 133 / 1 rec)
Sterling Shepard had an incredibly productive and impressive game on Sunday but actually should have scored twice. Shepard was inches shy of the goal line on a catch outside. He then lost the ball after initially securing it in the back of the endzone, no doubt frustrating Giants/fantasy owners alike. Shepard made up for this however with an explosive second half. He took advantage of man to man coverage frequently from the slot position and got excellent separation on many occasions over the middle. His hands were solid and took hits over the middle with no issue. Shepard had a dazzling catch and run late in the game however that left Eagle plays in his wake. He secured a mid slant ball over the middle and simply ran away from the entire Eagle secondary with his speed for the 77 yard spectacular play. Shepard at this point looks like clearly the Giants #2 receiver, ahead of Marshall/Ingram.
2017 Week 4 vs TB (5 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard was not as visible in this game as he shared the receiving load with his teammates against the Bucs. Shepard worked the middle of the field well from the slot position. He was instrumental in picking up first downs with slants/in routes and was able to get open in key situations to keep the Giants offense on the field. His agility can give him the edge from the slot position against corners who do not stick close to him. He had to contend with Beckham and Engram however, as Manning spread the ball relatively evenly on Sunday. Shepard was not a factor in the redzone and became somewhat invisible as the game progressed. He is still the Giants #2 WR and has value as a #3 WR fantasy option.
2017 Week 5 vs LAC (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard also got injured in this game, leaving fantasy owners slightly frustrated as his production has been very inconsistent. Shepard caught one slant over the middle for 9 yards but left after he attempted to haul in his second catch. Shepard's status will need to be monitored. With Beckham out indefinitely, Shepard could prove valuble if his injury was not too serious.
2017 Week 9 vs LAR (9 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard had a solid return to the starting lineup for the Giants and posted a respectable stat line for fantasy owners. Shepard was used all over the field, running short/intermediate and deep routes. Shepard has the agility and speed to run any route in the offense, making him a very versatile target for Manning. Shepard converted third downs with slant plays and kept defenders honest by occasionally running deep. He was open deep early in the game but Manning overthrew him. Shepard had a bad spot at one point in the game, dropping back to back passes from Manning that really should have been caught. He did manage to haul in one big pass down the sideline, showing his burst of pace to get a step ahead of the corner. He has solid value as the Giants #1 wide receiver but has teammate Engram to compete with for touches.
2017 Week 10 vs SF (13 / 11 / 142 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard was an absolute staple for Eli Manning on Sunday as he made big play after big play down the field. Shepard made some incredible catches and got open consistently against the 49ers secondary. He ran routes all over the field and showed his incredible versatility as a receiver. Shepard caught slants/curls/fades/corners and Manning was locked into the receiver. He made an excellent diving catch on a corner route in the first half, just almost scooping the ball off the ground to secure it. Shepard later made an unbelievably impressive one handed grab along the sideline on a fade route, which was held up after further review. Shepard's final catch showed what a truly dangerous athlete he can be, juking a defender in open space before getting many yards after the catch. His value is probably reaching his ceiling in games like this, obviously it will be inflated during Beckham's absence but there's no denying the talent this receiver has. His route running is his best asset, he can get open all over the field.
2017 Week 13 vs OAK (6 / 3 / 56 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard wasn't highly involved in this offense as he has been dealing with injuries for most of the season. Shepard returned to grab only 3 balls but he made some impressive plays for his team. He had a terrific grab on a sideline pass near the endzone, leaping high to secure it and falling only 1 yard short of the goal line. Smith targeted him a corner route in the endzone later in the game but the pass was way off target. Shepard got an explosive catch & run down the middle on a seam route, making a terrific adjustment to a slightly off target pass before burning the defense for 47 yards. Shepard is a low end #3 receiver with the Giants offense in the state it is in but has upside in PPR leagues as he normally receives a lot of targets.
2017 Week 14 vs DAL (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec, 1 / -9 / 0 rush)
Sterling Shepard really did very little in this game and hasn't looked like himself for most of this season. He has dealt with a few injuries this season and didn't look sharp in this game. He got a first down on a easy crosser route, getting separation with his quickness over the middle. Shepard dropped a slant pattern later however, which would have easily secured a first down. The Giants gave him the ball on a reverse play but it was shut down by LB Lee who read it very well. Shepard got a final catch as time was expiring but this was in garbage time as the game was decided at that point. He is a risky playing going forward, as Engram has been producing better than the second year receiver. A play as a low end #3 receiever in PPR leagues but only if desperate.
2017 Week 15 vs PHI (16 / 11 / 139 / 1 rec)
Sterling Shepard had a very strong game on Sunday and really was a thorn in the Eagles side throughout this game. Shepard moved the chains for the Giants on numerous occasions and accounted for a high proportion of this passing attack. He took advantage of man to man coverage with slant plays over the middle and Manning looked often to the young receiver on third down. He showed excellent speed getting wide open on a seam route and hauling in the pass. Shepard did have several drops however, and could have had an even bigger game. His concentration was not on point at times, not securing the ball before turning upfield. Shepard more than made up for it on his touchdown run however. He took a short drag route all the way to the endzone down the sideline, evading Eagle defenders and turning on his speed once he got free. Shepard was open again down the sideline late in the game but Manning overthrew him by just a yard. He was more often then not a strong, dependable target for Manning that produced in the clutch when a conversion was needed. This is a good comeback game for Shepard who has been very inconsistent this season, a decent play going forward for the rest of the season.
2017 Week 16 vs ARI (8 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)
Sterling Shepard was typically involved in the offense on a regular basis throughout this game but came up with modest production. The passing game was inept, mostly due to inadequate pass protection/ turnover prone QB play and no running game. Sheppard got involved as he typically does with crosser/slant/curl routes and kept the Giants moving whenever he could. He was tackled immediately on most of his plays after he made the reception so yards after the catch was hard to come by. Sheppard was open on a corner route down the field but Manning's accuracy was off in this game and he overthrew this pass. A risky play in fantasy next week with the offense playing very poor, PPR leagues only.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.