Sterling Shepard, WR New York Giants

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Giants QB Eli Manning looking strong at camp Sunday

Sunday, July 29, 2018, 6:08pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

For all of the talk about the improved arsenal around Giants quarterback Eli Manning, there has yet to be a practice where the full potential of the offense was on display.

That changed on Sunday.

During what was arguably his strongest performance of the offseason, Manning put on a show and hit every target as wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram, and running back Saquon Barkley all benefited from Manning's accuracy and, at times, his arm strength on the deep ball.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story said, it was only one practice, but Manning seemed dialed in and more than ready to maximize the talent that the Giants put around him this offseason.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside

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.

Fantasy Downside

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
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
1
JAX
21
@DAL
24
@HOU
14
NO
27
@CAR
28
PHI
12
@ATL
5
WAS
BYE20
@SF
31
TB
28
@PHI
9
CHI
5
@WAS
15
TEN
25
@IND
21
DAL

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

2017 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1@DAL744086.2916006.005.012.056/56100.0%
2DET2230411.5027003.503.05.056/56100.0%
3@PHI713311019.000000-19.326.368/6998.6%
4@TB5540510.800000-5.410.467/8083.8%
5LAC19029.000000-0.91.924/7034.3%
6@DEN--------------
7SEA--------------
8BYE--------------
9LAR5700914.000000-7.012.063/6892.6%
10@SF1114201312.910000-14.225.266/66100.0%
11KC--------------
12@WAS--------------
13@OAK3560618.670000-5.68.661/6298.4%
14DAL216038.001-900-9.000.72.777/8096.3%
15PHI1113911612.640000-19.930.985/8896.6%
16@ARI545089.000000-4.59.565/7290.3%
17WAS--------------
Per game5.3666.450.187.6412.390.360.36001.007.7713.1462.55/69.7390.07%
Totals5973128412.3944001.0085.5144.5688/76790.07%