• Sterling Shepard
  • WR
  • , New York Giants
  • 26
  • 194 lbs
  • 5' 10"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
The Giants gave Shepard $41 million after signing Golden Tate to a deal worth almost $38 million, so it looks like this will be a 1a/1b situation in terms of targets, and since Tate is typically a high-target player, he could out-target Shepard this season. Shepard’s production certainly increased when Odell Beckham was sidelined. In 11 games over the last three seasons without Beckham, Shepard averaged 5.3 catches for 68 yards and 0.18 touchdowns. Those are low-end WR2 numbers and he would have some upside from there if he simply posted his three-year touchdown rate of 0.33 per game. That would make him a solid fantasy WR2. The primary issue is Tate and how many of Beckham’s targets he’ll soak up. Beckham averaged 10.4 targets per game in the last three seasons while Tate averaged 7.5 T/G in his last two seasons with the Lions. Shepard averaged 6.3 T/G with Beckham in the lineup and 8.5 T/G without. With the Giants likely to go run-heavy, will Shepard get enough volume to post fantasy WR2 numbers? He has been a solid fantasy WR3 with Beckham in the lineup and that’s about where he’s being drafted right now. The other red flag is that Eli Manning’s production is tailing off.

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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

NYG WR Sterling Shepard - Week 7 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 vs. Arizona Cardinals

Sterling Shepard has missed two games with injuries and he’s questionable going into this weekend after having concussion issues, but he’s been heavily targeted when active and worth fantasy consideration as the top receiver for the Giants. In four games, he’s averaged 8.5 targets per game.

This week, Shepard has a nice matchup against a Cardinals defense that ranks 17th in aFPA to opposing wide receivers this season. The Cardinals have struggled heavily against the tight end position this season, but are just below average against wide receivers. Still, this is a nice matchup for Shepard, and as long as he doesn’t show up on the injury report again, he should be active as a low-end WR2.

Update: Shepard is out this week, so get him out of your lineups, and bump up Golden Tate and Darius Slayton.

2019 Strength of Schedule - NYG
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
12
@DAL
7
BUF
32
@TB
26
WAS
25
MIN
3
@NE
17
ARI
18
@DET
12
DAL
15
@NYJ
BYE6
@CHI
8
GB
31
@PHI
27
MIA
26
@WAS
31
PHI

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1@DAL642077.000000-4.210.268/6998.6%
2BUF--------------
3@TB71001914.292210010.5018.125.162/6595.4%
4WAS7760910.861230023.009.916.970/7889.7%
5MIN5490109.801-200-2.004.79.756/6981.2%
6@NE--------------
7ARI--------------
Per game6.2566.750.258.7510.681.0010.500010.509.2315.4864.00/70.2591.21%
Totals2526713510.684420010.5036.961.9256/28191.21%
Previous Games vs. DET
SeasonWeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
20172DET2230411.5027003.503.05.056/56100.00%
201615DET4561514.000000-11.615.661/6495.31%
Average3.0039.500.504.5012.751.003.500.000.001.757.3010.3058.50/60.0097.66%