Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard
26-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 four-year, $41 million contract with the Giants in April of 2019.
Inks four-year extension
WRNew York Giants
April 10, 2019
Shepard agreed in principle Wednesday with the Giants on a four-year, $41 million extension, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
Shepard, who was set to become a free agent next offseason, gets a deal that surpasses that of new teammate Golden Tate, who received a four-year, $37.5 million contract from the Giants last month. The extension immediately quiets any speculation that Tate's addition has put Shepard on the trade block and suggests the latter is a big part of what the Giants want to do offensively moving forward. With Tate specializing in the slot, Shepard seems poised for more work on the outside than he has seen in the past. In addition to Tate, Shepard will have to contend for targets with Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Sterling Shepard's 2018 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
67.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.16
 
% Team Air Yards
26.2%
 
% Team Targets
18.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
10.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
61.7%
 
Drop Rate
6.5%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.8
 
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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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
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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Headed for more snaps outside
WRNew York Giants
April 3, 2019
Shepard likely will play most of his snaps outside in 2019, Scott Thompson of SportsNet New York reports.
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Primed for heavy target counts
WRNew York Giants
March 13, 2019
Shepard is primed for a larger role within the Giants offense after the team traded Odell Beckham (quad) to the Browns on Tuesday, Matt Lombardo of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
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Par for the course
WRNew York Giants
January 2, 2019
Shepard finished the season with 66 catches for 872 yards and four touchdowns on 107 targets.
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Returns as full participant
WRNew York Giants
December 27, 2018
Shepard (hip) practiced in full Thursday.
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Dealing with hip issue
WRNew York Giants
Hip
December 26, 2018
Shepard was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a hip issue.
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