News: 3 days agoShepard (toe) secured six of eight targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' 22-21 loss to the Eagles on Thursday night.
Spin: Making his return from a four-game absence due to a toe injury, Shepard ended up tying Evan Engram for the team lead in receptions while pacing the club in receiving yards. The 27-year-old wideout also came up with what appeared at the time to possibly be a game-clinching touchdown when he recorded a two-yard scoring grab with 6:17 remaining. Shepard now has a solid 18 targets over the three games he's suited up for this season, even more impressive when considering he only logged 15 snaps in Week 2 before suffering his injury. He'll now look to take advantage of the extra days of rest afforded to him before a Week 8 Monday night showdown against the Buccaneers on Nov. 2.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Shepard has been a tricky player to figure out so far. The 2016 second-round pick has finished two seasons among the top-eight WRs in routes run, but he's also missed five-plus games in two different seasons and he's yet to finish any season better than No. 30 in fantasy points. Shepard replaced Odell Beckham Jr. as the Giants' No. 1 WR last season -- and he was very busy, handling six-plus targets during all 10 appearances. Only five other players can say the same. Shepard's efficiency was poor, but the volume allowed him the 17th-most fantasy points during those 10 weeks. Shepard will have more competition with a healthier group around him this season, but he's still a legitimate candidate to lead the team in targets. Don't sleep on the 26-year-old when flex hunting.