Week 1 Fantasy Football Advice
When the New York Giants play this fall, the key daily fantasy targets are going to be Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley. If the match-ups are right, tight end Evan Engram could even be selected. But there is one guy that Eli Manning is talking about—Sterling Shephard.
If a quarterback is raving about a guy, you have to think he’s going to get him involved on Sundays.
Sterling Shephard? Really?
Manning had this to say to the media recently about Shephard:
“I thought Sterling had a great camp during the spring. He’s understanding the coverages, understanding the route combinations, he understands zone and man, and how to make little moves to get open against different techniques.”
“I think he’s primed for a big year. And I’ve been really impressed by his work ethic.”
Praise doesn’t necessarily mean anything. But it stands to reason that a QB may look to someone who has been working hard that he knows has been improving. If Shephard can back up Manning’s confidence with a couple of good games early on in the season, he could turn into a great No. 2 daily fantasy wide receiver.
Why just a No. 2?
No matter how highly Manning thinks of Shepherd, Manning is still going to be looking to Odell Beckham Jr. first on every play. Not that he needs to be told, but the coaches will likely want him to get OBJ involved as much as possible and as early as possible.
Should OBJ struggle a little after missing most of last season, Shephard could be in luck. Manning will still be firing passes at Beckham, but he’ll send a few more Shephard’s way to make sure the offense keeps moving.
But what makes him no better than a No. 2 receiver is that the Giants actually have options this year. They are certainly going to try hard to get the run game going with Barkley and a somewhat revamped O-line. Engram will take some of the receiving work as well.
But that could be a good thing.
Yes, other players getting involved could be a good thing for Shephard’s fantasy value. If his numbers don’t blow up too much too fast, he will have a better chance of remaining an affordable option for daily fantasy players.
Too much success could lead to too high a price tag.
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