Sterling Shepard should be the slot receiver for the Giants and likely the No. 2 option in the passing game behind Kenny Golladay to open the season, but Shepard's going to feel pressure from rookie Kadarius Toney. As a result of Toney joining the Giants, Shepard is only worth drafting with a late-round pick in all leagues, with his value higher in PPR. Shepard should be the lead slot receiver as long as he's healthy, but the Giants will look to find ways to get Toney on the field. And with Golladay now on the Giants, Shepard could find it hard to produce on a consistent level. In 2020, Shepard appeared in 12 games and scored at least 13 PPR points in five of them. He also had just four games with fewer than 10 PPR points. He could surprise us this year and keep Toney on the bench, but you're only going to draft Shepard with a late-round flier in the majority of leagues this year.
The Giants used the 20th overall pick on wideout Kadarius Toney, making for an even more crowded receiving corps. The Giants were already deep at the position with Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton, but Toney's routes are likely to overlap even more with Shepard's. Moreover, Evan Engram and pass-catching tailback Saquon Barkley should get their share of looks too. There are suddenly a lot of mouths to feed in this offense.
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. 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.
Shepard (rib) isn't on the injury report for Sunday's game against Dallas, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports. Shepard will close out the regular season in a favorable matchup, after posting season highs for targets (12), catches (nine) and yards (77) in last week's loss to Baltimore. He missed the first Cowboys-Giants matchup back in Week 5, which was Darius Slayton's best game (eight catches for 129 yards) of the season. Shepard should spend a lot of time in the slot Sunday, as Golden Tate (calf) is doubtful to play.
Shepard (rib) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports. The Giants' injury report was replicated for a second straight day, which left Golden Tate (calf) as a non-participant and tight end Evan Engram (calf) as limited. There's no reason to believe Shepard is in danger of missing Sunday's regular-season finale against the Cowboys, especially with a playoff berth on the line. Friday's practice report will give a sense of the wide receiver's ability to suit up this weekend.
Shepard was limited participant in practice Wednesday due to a rib injury, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports. Shepard paced the Giants in last week's loss to the Ravens, catching nine of 12 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown. New York requires a win over Dallas on Sunday to have any chance of making the playoffs, so it wouldn't be surprising if Shepard's practice reps are being capped to better ensure he avoids a setback with the ribs heading into the weekend.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||@Washington Football Team||5||19.35|
|4||10/03||@New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|6||10/17||Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
|8||11/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
|9||11/07||Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
|11||11/22||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
|14||12/12||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
|18||01/09||Washington Football Team||5||19.35|
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