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  Sterling Shepard
WR - NYG
Sterling Shepard
Rishard Matthews
WR - NYJ
Rishard Matthews
 
 
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ECR# 44# 49-
Best Rank# 31# 14-
Worst Rank# 63# 86-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total85.5103.2-
Avg Game7.87.4-
Avg Projection102.489.6-
    
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SOS Rank424-
    
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  Sterling Shepard
WR - NYG
Sterling Shepard
Rishard Matthews
WR - NYJ
Rishard Matthews
2018 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. JAC at DET
Week 2 at DAL vs. MIA
Week 3 at HOU at CLE
Week 4 vs. NO at JAC
Week 5 at CAR vs. DEN
Week 6 vs. PHI vs. IND
Week 7 at ATL vs. MIN
Week 8 vs. WAS at CHI
Week 9BYE WEEK at MIA
Week 10 at SF vs. BUF
Week 11 vs. TBBYE WEEK
Week 12 at PHI vs. NE
Week 13 vs. CHI at TEN
Week 14 at WAS at BUF
Week 15 vs. TEN vs. HOU
Week 16 at IND vs. GB
Week 17 vs. DAL at NE
  Sterling Shepard
WR - NYG
Sterling Shepard
Rishard Matthews
WR - NYJ
Rishard Matthews
Receiving
   
Receptions63.746.0
Rec Yards761.7659.0
Rec TDs4.34.0
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts2.70.5
Rush Yards10.80.6
Rush TDs0.00.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points102.489.6
   
  Sterling Shepard
WR - NYG
Sterling Shepard
Rishard Matthews
WR - NYJ
Rishard Matthews
2017 Points 
Week 15.07.1
Week 23.04.3
Week 319.314.7
Week 45.44.9
Week 50.93.1
Week 66.9
Week 74.0
Week 8
Week 97.013.0
Week 1014.25.0
Week 1117.3
Week 12
Week 135.6
Week 140.71.9
Week 1519.915.5
Week 164.54.8
Week 170.7
  Sterling Shepard
WR - NYG
Sterling Shepard
Rishard Matthews
WR - NYJ
Rishard Matthews
2017 Targets 
Week 189
Week 245
Week 31010
Week 458
Week 526
Week 64
Week 76
Week 8
Week 997
Week 10137
Week 116
Week 12
Week 136
Week 1435
Week 15168
Week 1684
Week 172
  Sterling Shepard
WR - NYG
Sterling Shepard
Rishard Matthews
WR - NYJ
Rishard Matthews
Expert 
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Solid flex option with WR3 upsideNot enough targets for three fantasy relevant receivers in Tennessee and we are siding with Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
While his TD tally cratered from eight to two, Shepard submitted a 70.2 catch % (59-of-84) and 66.4 YPG in 11 second-year contests. He also packed over half of his yardage in three 130+ outings, and those days with double-digit targets will be rare with Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley sharing the field. Yet one of his backers is Eli Manning, who said the 24-year-old is "primed for a big year." A happy blend of last year's volume (when healthy) and 2016's red-zone efficacy will validate that assessment. At least start Shepard against the Eagles, whom he has torched for 383 yards and four touchdowns in as many meetings.Matthews never gets the attention he deserves despite averaging 6.5 targets and 58 yards per game in two seasons with the Titans. He solidified a WR37 season despite missing two games and posting four TDs after 2016's career-high nine. Among the league leaders in average cushion (seven yards), he remains Marcus Mariota's steadiest downfield threat. A mysterious injury sunk his stock, but he has since signed an extension and returned from the PUP list.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
Over the first two years of his career, Shepard has shown the ability to step-up and be the focal point of a passing attack, though he doesn't need to be with Odell Beckham Jr. on the field. To know that he has that ability is a bonus, though, as Beckham Jr. has dealt with injuries throughout his career. Pat Shurmur did wonders for Adam Thielen's career while working out of the slot, which is where Shepard has played over 80 percent of his snaps the last two years. He's going to give you WR4 production regardless, but has upside for much more. If someone tells you he's not a WR3, ask them what the difference is between someone like him and Juju Smith-Schuster. While the latter may have a better quarterback, Shepard may see more targets. Despite Marcus Mariota getting hurt in 2016 and struggling through much of 2017, Matthews remained consistent in his production, hauling in 61 percent of his passes for 14.5 and 15.0 yards per reception in each year. The area his production dipped, though, was targets and touchdowns. With Corey Davis slated for a bigger role in 2018, you should expect that decline to continue, though Matthews won't go away, as he's been extremely efficient with his targets. He's comparable to the Titans version of DeSean Jackson.
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
If you pro-rate Shepard's numbers last year to a full 16 games, we would have been a fringe WR3 just like his rookie season. Now that Barkley is part of the offense, his targets could drop off even more, leaving him as a mid-end WR4. Their new offensive coordinator loves slots like Shepard, however.Matthews will likely going to take a step back this season with the expected emergence of Corey Davis, Taywan Taylor and the arrival of DIon Lewis. With that said, he was a top 36 receiver each of the past two seasons so it isn't like he will drop all the way out of fantasy relevance suddenly.
Staff Rankings
QB List
 On our sister site Pitcherlist.com, we have a nickname for a pitcher that comes up to the majors and is wholly unspectacular: A Cup of Schmo. If ever there was such a thing in the NFL, it would be Rishard Matthews. Playing within a run-first Tennessee offense, Matthews is consistently ok, never extraordinary, and my bet is he will continue to do so even with an improved Mariota. Have fun!
Kevin Wheeler
NFL Mock
"I thought Sterling had a great camp during the spring," Manning told NJ Advance Media, "He's understanding the coverage, understanding the route combinations, he understands zone and man, and how to make little moves to get open against different techniques." Shepard is coming off a 2017 campaign where he saw an expanded role after Odell Beckham Jr. shattered his ankle in Week 4, accounting for 59 catches for 731 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 12.4 yards per reception before his season was cut short due to injury in Week 11. (NJ.com) 
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Shepard is better than most think and with Marshall out of town he seems locked into a solid WR2 role