Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard
24-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
New York Giants
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Giants lost their top three wideouts, Shepard, Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham, in Week 5 last year, and Shepard was the only one who made it back - before missing Weeks 11 and 12 with migraines. Even so, Shepard managed three 130-yard games in 11 contests, averaging a respectable 8.7 YPT despite playing in one of league's worst passing offenses. Shepard wasn't much good near the goal line - he failed to score from inside the 10 on seven targets, or inside the 20 on 11. Accordingly, he only scored twice all year, and that's despite missing Beckham for most of the season. At 5-10, 194, Shepard is on the small side, but he has a 41-inch vertical leap and a large catch radius for his height. He also has good speed (4.48 40) and is a smooth route runner with good hands. As such, he makes for a steady complement to the more explosive Beckham, and the bigger, faster Evan Engram. Just don't expect too many big plays or touchdowns, especially with uber-prospect Saquon Barkley also added to the mix. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Giants in May of 2016.
Scores touchdown
WRNew York Giants
September 24, 2018
Shepard caught six of seven targets for 80 yards and a touchdown against the Texans on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
With Evan Engram (knee) out, Shepard was Eli Manning's clear No. 2 read after Odell Beckham. While Shepard is not as explosive as Beckham, he's a reliable second wideout for Manning and could see a bigger target share if Engram misses more time.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    126
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    2
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
1005
2
2017
688
0
2018
126
2
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other WRs)

Height:   5' 10"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   201 lbs
AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.48 sec
GOOD
Shuttle Time:   4.35 sec
WEAK
Cone Drill:   7.00 sec
WEAK
Arm Length:   30.38 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.75 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   41 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   123 in
GOOD
Bench Press:   20 reps
ELITE
New York Giants Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Shepard's rookie season was a mixed bag. On one hand he caught 65 passes and scored eight times. On the other, he rarely made a big play -- six catches of 20-plus yards, none for 40 -- and averaged a paltry 6.5 YPT (36th among the league's 41 100-target WR). At 5-10, 194, Shepard is on the small side, but he has a 41-inch vertical leap and a large catch radius for his height. He also has good speed (4.48 40) and is strong and athletic for his size. Playing opposite Odell Beckham Jr. caps his upside, and it's likely to get worse this year with Brandon Marshall in the fold. Expect Shepard to operate out of the slot and run shorter routes, while Beckham stretches the field and Marshall siphons off red-zone work. As such, Shepard's more viable in PPR this year, but even that requires Eli Manning to play better than he has in recent seasons.
Shepard, a second-round pick, landed in an ideal spot, even more so if Victor Cruz isn't healthy. Playing opposite Odell Beckham Jr. ensures an easy transition where Shepard will never be the focus of defenses. Moreover, the Giants don't target Beckham with an inordinate percentage of their attempts. The Giants were also one of the league's more pass-happy teams, though that could change if their defense moves closer to league average in preventing points. At 5-10, 194, Shepard is on the small side, but plays bigger due to his 41-inch vertical and large catch radius for his height. He also has good speed (4.48 40) and is strong and athletic for a small receiver. He has upside, and even if Cruz were to return to his 2013 level, Shepard would immediately be the No. 3 receiver on a team without a good tight end.
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Catches three passes
WRNew York Giants
September 17, 2018
Shepard caught three of five targets for 24 yards Sunday against the Cowboys.
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Full practice Thursday
WRNew York Giants
September 13, 2018
Shepard (back) practiced in full Thursday.
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Expects to practice fully Thursday
WRNew York Giants
Back
September 13, 2018
Shepard (back) said he anticipates being a full participant in Thursday's practice, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
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Tending to back injury
WRNew York Giants
Back
September 12, 2018
Shepard was limited in practice Wednesday due to a back injury.
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Catches five passes
WRNew York Giants
September 10, 2018
Shepard caught five of seven targets for 48 yards Sunday against the Jaguars.
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