Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard
28-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
New York Giants
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Shepard had his worst season as a pro in 2019, partly because it was marred by two concussions, putting him at greater risk. His per-play averages in 10 games were also disappointing, though - a career-low 10.1 YPC and 6.9 YPT. That said, the 40th overall pick in 2016 is slated to be a prominent part of the offense, sharing the slot with Golden Tate and lining up outside opposite Darius Slayton. At 5-10, 201, Shepard is stout, quick and has above-average speed (4.48 40), but he's not a big-play type (only six catches for 40-plus in his entire career and none last year). Two tailwinds for the entire Giants passing game are a risk-taking young quarterback who can buy time with his legs to throw downfield and a below-average defense that's likely to provide some beneficial game flow. Shepard's a competent and reliable player when healthy, so he should be involved, but the exact pecking order among Shepard, Tate and Slayton has yet to be established in Jason Garrett's offense. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $41 million contract with the Giants in April of 2019.
Two TDs in starring effort
WRNew York Giants
January 3, 2021
Shepard caught eight of 10 targets for 112 yards and a touchdown while adding 24 yards plus a touchdown on two carries during Sunday's 23-19 win over the Cowboys.
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Shepard got off to an excellent start with a 23-yard rushing touchdown on the opening drive. He went on to lead the team in targets and receptions as he delivered a season-best yardage total while adding a 10-yard receiving score. Despite topping 60 receiving yards just three times prior to this one, Shepard certainly came through when it mattered the most and finishes the regular season with 656 yards in 12 appearances. He'll look to carry this season-ending form into the playoffs, if Washington loses to the Eagles on Sunday night.
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How do Sterling Shepard's 2020 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
61.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.31
 
% Team Air Yards
18.9%
 
% Team Targets
17.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
8.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
73.3%
 
Drop Rate
1.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.2
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Sterling Shepard's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
201 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.48 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.35 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.00 sec
 
Vertical Jump
41.0 in
 
Broad Jump
123 in
 
Bench Press
20 reps
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
30.38 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Shepard's situation might have been better had the Giants not acquired his virtual clone. With Odell Beckham Jr. gone, it looked like Shepard might be the team's undisputed top target, but the Giants quickly signed Golden Tate to a four-year deal, locking him in as the co-No. 1, likely in the slot. Tate's addition should force Shepard to the outside, where he lined up on only 30 percent of his snaps in 2018. Much like the 5-10, 197-pound Tate, Shepard is 5-10, 201, and both have above-average speed (4.48 40 for Shepard). The 25-year-old averaged a modest 8.1 YPT last year and a similarly average 13.2 YPC. He did haul in three catches for 40-plus yards, but lacks the size or deep speed to be a regular field stretcher. Shepard saw a fair amount of red-zone work - 19 targets from inside the 20 and eight inside the 10 - four of which he converted for scores. The Giants are high on Shepard - they gave him a four-year, $41 million contract extension, similar to what they paid Tate. The issues are weak quarterback play from Eli Manning and a crowded receiving corps in the short areas of the field - besides Tate and Shepard, both tight end Evan Engram and running back Saquon Barkley figure to be looking at a lot of targets in similar places. Look for Shepard to run more intermediate routes and possibly increase his efficiency, assuming Manning can still make those throws.
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.
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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Cleared to play
WRNew York Giants
January 1, 2021
Shepard (rib) isn't on the injury report for Sunday's game against Dallas, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
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Limited again Thursday
WRNew York Giants
Ribs
December 31, 2020
Shepard (rib) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
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Nursing rib injury
WRNew York Giants
Ribs
December 30, 2020
Shepard was limited participant in practice Wednesday due to a rib injury, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
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Team's top target in loss
WRNew York Giants
December 27, 2020
Shepard caught nine of 12 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Ravens.
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Catches four balls
WRNew York Giants
December 22, 2020
Shepard caught four of his seven targets for 51 yards Sunday night against the Browns. He also had one carry that lost three yards.
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