Sterling Shepard

Sterling Shepard

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2020: question mark 78%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 9%
Projected Games missed for 2020: question mark 2.9
Durability: question mark 3

Medium Risk

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Sterling Shepard Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

  • Shepard missed 6 games with 2 concussions last year but finished 28th among WRs in PPR points per game.
  • He tallied more targets and catches than teammates Golden Tate and Darius Slayton in their 6 games together.
  • The Giants offense will be operating in a new system this season under OC Jason Garrett.


2019 in review

Like the rest of the Giants’ top weapons, Shepard missed time with injury in 2019. Two separate concussions cost him 6 games.

He was a steady-if-unspectacular fantasy producer in the other 10. Shepard saw 6+ targets in every game and 9+ in 6 of them. He caught 5+ balls in 8 of 10 outings. He disappointed with just 10.1 yards per catch, though, and scored only 3 times. Still, he ranked a respectable 28th among WRs in PPR points per game.

That was 1 spot behind teammate Golden Tate and 14 spots ahead of Darius Slayton. Those 3 guys were all healthy for 6 games last season. Here were their numbers in those contests:

Sterling Shepard: 52 targets, 34 catches, 318 yards, 1 TD
Golden Tate: 41 targets, 19 catches, 272 yards, 3 TDs
Darius Slayton: 34 targets, 30 catches, 364 yards, 4 TDs

Beyond leading the group in targets and catches in those 6 games, Shepard also bested Tate and Slayton in Pro Football Focus’ receiving grades.


2020 outlook

So while Slayton is the shiny new toy in this WR corps — and tends to go earliest in drafts — Shepard might just be the best fantasy bet. He’s quietly had a nice start to his pro career, ranking 46th, 21st, 42nd and 28th in PPR points per game through 4 seasons. Not league-winning stuff, but definitely valuable.

The big questions in New York this year are QB Daniel Jones and new OC Jason Garrett. Jones turned in an uneven rookie season but finished with a 61.9% completion rate and 6.6 yards per attempt. Those marks rank 9th and 16th among 28 rookie QBs with 300+ pass attempts over the past 10 seasons. So it was a promis…

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Sterling Shepard Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Oct 6, 2019 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 3 He was sidelined for a couple of weeks with a concussion as the head injury comes just a few weeks after Shepard suffered a concussion in the season opener
Sep 8, 2019 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Suffered a concussion against the Giants with 9:20 remaining in the third quarter.
Dec 24, 2017 NFL Cervical Neck Strain Shepard hurt his neck in the Week 16 loss at Arizona and missed the season finale.
Dec 3, 2017 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Shepard missed some practice time with a hamstring issue after the Week 13 loss at Oakland, but he played through it in Week 14.
Nov 18, 2017 NFL Head Cranial Migraine Shepard missed 2 games while dealing with migraines that arose during the week.
Oct 8, 2017 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 Shepard sprained his right ankle in the Week 5 loss to the Chargers. He missed 2 more games before returning after the Week 8 bye.
Aug 2, 2017 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 Shepard sprained his right ankle in a training-camp practice. He missed the 1st preseason game.
Nov 1, 2014 Non-NFL Inguinal Groin Strain Grade 2 Shepard suffered a groin injury against Iowa State and missed the next game. He played through it the rest of the way, with snaps limited each of the next 3 weeks.
Nov 7, 2013 Non-NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Shepard missed 1 game after suffering a concussion. (Shepard also reportedly sustained 2 concussions in high school.)