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Giants WR Sterling Shepard is having an impressive camp and has been QB Daniel Jones' favorite target, according to insider Matt Lombardo. And that was reportedly the case even before WR Kenny Golladay went down with his hamstring injury. "The expectation entering this season was that free agent newcomer Kenny Golladay would vault to the top of Jones’ target hierarchy, and even before the high-priced addition suffered a hamstring injury last week, that just didn’t happen," Lombardo writes. "Meanwhile, Shepard has consistently been making plays, and consistently been among Jones’ first reads, perhaps a harbinger for the kind of season ahead for the longest-tenured Giant." Shepard is never an exciting fantasy pick but has finished as a top 34 WR in PPR points per game in 3 of 5 seasons -- and never finished lower than 45th. He's a strong bet to beat his current WR64 ADP.

Sterling Shepard is expected to be the Giants' primary slot receiver this season, according to The New York Post's Ryan Dunleavy. “I love the slot,” Shepard said from training camp on Tuesday. “It’s where I’m super comfortable. I just like the space that you have. I’m able to go all the way across the field, come back out, do the short-intermediate routes, which I enjoy running.” Shepard played 82% of his snaps in the slot as a rookie back in 2016. That rate has steadily declined over the past 4 seasons, bottoming out at 34% last year. Shepard's most efficient seasons in terms of yards per target came in 2017 and 2018, when he played 74% and then 55% of his snaps in the slot. Consider more slot snaps good news for Shepard's 2021 outlook. But we'll have to see if he stays on the field and kicks outside when the Giants go to 2-WR sets. This news also means New York's 3-WR sets figure to feature Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton on the outside. Rookie Kadarius Toney is expected to play mostly in the slot, so it looks like he's is line to open the season no better than 4th on the depth chart.

The Athletic's Dan Duggan doesn't expect Giants 1st-round WR Kadarius Toney to win a top 3 role this season. Toney played 82% of his snaps in the slot at Florida last season and figures to be primarily a slot guy in New York. So he'd either need to beat out Sterling Shepard -- or have the Giants kick Shepard outside to replace Darius Slayton. The 1st-round draft capital should help Toney get on the field. And he's a guy who can also contribute via end arounds, jet sweeps, etc. But he still doesn't look like a great bet to be a reliable fantasy producer as a rookie.

The Giants added Florida WR Kadarius Toney with the 20th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Toney has just 1 season of experience as a full-time WR. He was a dual-threat QB in high school and spent his first 3 years at Florida splitting time between WR, RB and Wildcat QB. Toney broke out at WR this past season, though, leading the Gators with 70 catches and 984 receiving yards and finishing 2nd to TE Kyle Pitts with 10 TDs. He added another 161 yards and a score on 19 carries. Toney is a fun watch. He has elite start-stop and change-of-direction ability. And his combination of vision, burst, contact balance and leg drive make him 1 of the best after-catch receivers in this class. Toney flashes potential as a route runner but has a ways to go in that department. There are also durability and character concerns here. Toney missed 10 games at Florida with shoulder and shin injuries and was involved in 2 off-field incidents involving guns. As a pro, he projects as a slot receiver who can also add value on end arounds, jet sweeps, etc. We’ll see exactly how he fits in a WR corps alongside Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton.

The Giants released WR Golden Tate, saving a little over $6 million against the 2021 salary cap. Tate is coming off a tumultuous 2020 season, missing Week 1 for a performance-enhancing drug suspension and later getting benched for a game after publicly complaining about his role. He finished with a 35-388-2 line and turns 33 in August. We'll see where Tate lands, but he's not a great bet for a big 2021 fantasy impact. His departure from The Big Apple frees up opportunity for Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Evan Engram -- although we'll have to see what other moves the Giants make this offseason.

Giants WR Golden Tate (calf) is out for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. His absence gives WRs Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton slight boosts in projected targets.

Giants QB Daniel Jones sprained his ankle in the 2nd quarter of last week's loss to the Giants, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Jones is also still dealing with a bum hamstring and is "in doubt" for Sunday night's game vs. the Browns, per Rapoport. Jones' absence would put Colt McCoy back under center for the G-Men. Hopefully you can avoid this passing game in fantasy lineups.

Giants QB Daniel Jones (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game in Seattle. He’s not going to play, leaving Colt McCoy under center. It’s a downgrade for the entire Giants offense.

Giants QB Daniel Jones is expected to miss time with the hamstring injury he suffered in yesterday's win over the Bengals, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Jones is scheduled for a Monday MRI to get a better idea of the severity of the injury. Rapoport hears that Jones might end up missing just 1 game. We'll continue to keep an eye on the situation, but look for QB Colt McCoy to start vs. the Seahawks this weekend.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (toe) is active for tonight's game against the Eagles. It'll be his 1st action since Week 2. Shepard is a low-upside fantasy play in New York's struggling offense.

The Newark Star-Ledger's Zack Rosenblatt believes Giants WR Sterling Shepard (toe) is "unlikely" to play against Washington on Sunday. He's eligible to come off IR this week, but a Week 7 return looks more likely. Darius Slayton, Golden Tate and Evan Engram will continue to operate as the top 3 options in the Giants' passing game.

The Giants expect WR Sterling Shepard to return to practice this week, according to the team's official website. Shepard missed the past 3 games with a toe injury. HC Joe Judge said he wants to see Shepard practice before determining whether the wideout will be ready to come off IR for Sunday's game against Washington. We'll watch his progress. Even if Shepard doesn't play in Week 6, he's worth a look as a potential Week 6 waiver pickup in leagues that saw him dropped.

The Giants have placed WR Sterling Shepard on IR. So he'll miss at least the next 3 games with his turf toe. That's an injury that tends to linger, so we'll see exactly when Shepard is able to get back on the field. His absence will mean more targets for WR Darius Slayton, WR Golden Tate and TE Evan Engram.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard came away from Sunday's loss to the Bears with turf toe. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, he's expected to miss at least this week's clash with the 49ers. Shepard's return timeline beyond that is not yet clear.

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