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Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 10:51am
It is now incumbent on Giants QB Eli Manning to maximize the potential of the talent on the roster, and he believes that WR Sterling Shepard in particular could be poised for a breakout.
"I thought Sterling Shepard had a great camp during the spring," Manning told NJ Advance Media prior to the Gatorade Offense/Defense camp at Sean University on Tuesday. "He's understanding the coverages, understanding the route combinations, he understands zone and man, and how to make little moves to get open against different techniques.
"I think he's primed for a big year," Manning said. "And I've been really impressed by his work ethic."
The story pointed out that wide receivers typically hit their stride in their third NFL season, and Shepard is coming off a 2017 campaign where he saw an expanded role after Odell Beckham Jr. shattered his ankle in Week 4, accounting for 59 catches for 731 yards and two touchdowns, while averaging 12.4 yards per reception before his season was cut short due to injury in Week 11. In two seasons, Shepard has caught 124-of-189 targets from Manning for 1,414 yards and 10 touchdowns. Shepard is our No. 36 ranked WR and has a 12th-round ADP, which potentially makes him a later-round target.
Posted by Brandon Niles
Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 3:31pm
With the myriad of injuries in the Giants' receiving corps last season, Sterling Shepard led the team with 731 yards and was second to Evan Engram with 59 receptions. While he only scored two touchdowns in a forgettable season for the New York offense, he showed the ability to operate outside the hash marks as well as in the slot, making it likely he maintains a starting role going into his third season. Shepard is shifty and has good hands and scored eight touchdowns two years ago as a rookie.
Shepard was the healthiest of the Giants receivers last season, but he still missed five games. Additionally, the arrival of Pat Shurmur as head coach, combined with the return of Odell Beckham Jr. from injury might make it hard for Shepard to get enough targets to put up consistent fantasy numbers. As T.J. Hernandez points out, “Beyond Beckham, targets will be thin. Shurmur has rarely supported a relevant fantasy receiver beyond his primary target… it’s unlikely that any receiver besides Beckham draws more than 17 percent of targets.”
2018 Bottom Line
Shepard is worth considering due to his starting position on the team and the propensity of Beckham to miss games. Eli Manning in the past has been able to support multiple receivers. However, expecting consistent WR2 numbers from him will be a stretch, and he’s better served as a low-end WR3 or depth option in most leagues. His 12th-round price tag is palatable, but a higher-upside option should be available in most leagues.
2018 Strength of Schedule - NYG
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||5.36||66.45||0.18||7.64||12.39||0.36||0.36||0||0||1.00||7.77||13.14||62.55/69.73||90.07% |