• Sterling Shepard

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  • , New York Giants
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  • 194 lbs
  • 5' 10"
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by Brandon Niles

NYG WR Sterling Shepard - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Washington Football Team

Sterling Shepard was the lone bright spot for the Giants against the Broncos last week, catching seven of nine targets for 113 yards and a touchdown. Shepard has always been a target hog, and that doesn’t seem like it’ll change, even with Kenny Golladay in the mix.

The Washington defense allowed good days to Keenan Allen and Mike Williams last week, but ranked third in aFPA to opposing wide receivers a year ago. Expect another busy day for Shepard, who should be leaned on to move the chains, but may struggle to find the end zone again. He’s a high-floor WR3 in PPR formats.

by Brandon Niles

NYG WR Sterling Shepard - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Denver Broncos

Sterling Shepard struggled with injuries last year, but when he was active, he got targets. He averaged 7.5 targets per game and scored three touchdowns on 66 catches in 12 games. Shepard might actually benefit from the addition of Kenny Golladay in the offense, as Golladay’s ability to make plays downfield could open up the middle of the field for Shepard.

The Broncos ranked fourth in aFPA to opposing wide receivers last season, making it tough to bank on Shepard to be a quality fantasy option in Week 1. He should continue to get targets, making him worth considering in deep, PPR formats as a low-end WR3 option, but if you can avoid this offense, that might be best.

by Brandon Niles

NYG WR Sterling Shepard - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Sterling Shepard is kind of like vanilla ice cream. Nobody picks it right out of the gate, but people are generally happy with it when it’s plopped down in front of them. Shepard has quietly been very productive – especially in PPR formats – throughout his career. He has a career average of 7.2 targets and 54.1 yards per game. Also, he had eight touchdowns as a rookie when the offense was a bit better and Odell Beckham Jr. was taking all the pressure off him. With Kenny Golladay in town and Saquon Barkley presumably back healthy, it’s possible Shepard finds the end zone a bit more after just 12 touchdowns in his past 49 games.

Fantasy Downside

Shepard is always an injury risk, as he’s missed at least four games in three of the past four seasons. He also suffers from Daniel Jonesitis, which may result in poor performance. There’s also a risk he loses targets based on the additions to the offense, including Golladay, Barkley’s return to health and first-round rookie Kadarius Toney. Toney seems like the biggest concern for Shepard, given both are shifty players who may operate best out of the slot. That being said, Toney might play more of a gadget role with Shepard lining up both in the slot and at the z-spot.

2021 Bottom Line

Shepard is available at the end of drafts with a 16th-round ADP in 12-team leagues as the WR64 off the board. With that price tag, he’s worth gambling on, especially in PPR formats. While he’ll have more competition for targets, he generally produces a decent floor when healthy. If your roster is full of upside guys with risk, Shepard might be a nice WR6 to round out your roster. If your roster is full of stable producers, maybe swing bigger at the end of the draft.

by Brandon Niles

NYG WR Sterling Shepard - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Dallas Cowboys

Sterling Shepard had a great game against the Ravens last week, as the lone bright spot for the Giants offense, catching nine of 12 balls thrown his way for 77 yards and a touchdown. Shepard has struggled along with the rest of the team this season, but he’s quietly averaged 5.3 receptions per game, giving him a decent floor in deep PPR formats.

This week, Shepard has a nice matchup against a Cowboys defense that ranks dead last in aFPA to opposing wide receivers. Shepard is risky because the whole Giants offense has struggled for much of the year, but assuming the Giants will need to throw the ball, the conditions are there for Shepard to at least put up WR3 numbers, especially in PPR formats.

by Brandon Niles

NYG WR Sterling Shepard - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Cleveland Browns

Sterling Shepard caught three of five targets last week against the Cardinals for 35 yards. It was a disappointing output in a nice matchup, and the entire Giants offense struggled. Shepard had at least six catches in all but one game before combining for just four over his last two. While’s he’s still averaging 6.8 targets per game, it’s hard to trust him outside of very deep PPR formats with how bad the offense has been. Be wary.

by Brandon Niles

NYG WR Sterling Shepard - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs. Arizona Cardinals

Sterling Shepard had just one catch for 22 yards last week in a surprise victory over the Seahawks, despite a nice matchup. Still, he was targeted six times, and has at least six targets in all but one game this season. He’s typically a steady PPR option with 5.25 receptions per game.

Shepard has a nice matchup this week against the Cardinals, who rank 25th in aFPA to opposing wide receivers. It’s hard to put much stock into any of the Giants’ wide receivers, even if Daniel Jones is back, so it’s risky to trust him. Still, he has deep-league value in PPR formats as a low-end WR3 due to his volume of targets.

by Brandon Niles

NYG WR Sterling Shepard - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Seattle Seahawks

Sterling Shepard had a modest 64 yards on seven catches last week against the Bengals. He was targeted eight times, and he has at least six catches in six of the seven games he’s been active this year. That gives him a high floor in PPR leagues.

Shepard should produce this week in a fantastic matchup. The Seahawks rank dead last in aFPA to opposing wide receivers. Although the Seattle defense is getting healthier and may improve down the stretch, expect Shepard to rack up his usual targets and to be a solid, low-end WR3 option, particularly in PPR formats.

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