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| Shepard appears to be the primary loser in the New York passing game with the addition of Brandon Marshall, as his 105 targets as a rookie in 2016 will be quite difficult to replicate in 2017. This is unfortunate for Shepard because he was a more efficient pass catcher than Odell Beckham Jr. (61.9% catch percentage compared to 59.5 for OBJ), and he averaged the same number of fantasy points per game as DeAndre Hopkins and Willie Snead.
Perhaps the first round selection of tight end Evan Engram will be the biggest hit to Shepard, with Engram likely to take away slot routes across the middle. For this reason, Shepard is a fringe draft pick in anything other than large 12 and 14 team leagues, but would have significant value should Marshall or Beckham Jr. get injured.
| Sterling Shepard misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Dec 28, 11:50 am
|No WRs Sterling Shepard and Tavarres King, JPP and TE Evan Engram practicing. Also no Eli Apple (suspended). (Jordan Raanan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Shepard is battling a neck injury. He also missed practice Wednesday. Roger Lewis saw 11 targets last week against the Cardinals.
| TE Evan Engram has bruised ribs|
Sterling Shepard status remains uncertain
By: Jake Gordon | Wed Dec 27, 10:30 am
|Engram was diagnosed with bruised ribs on his left side after X-rays earlier this week returned negative, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Giants finished Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Cardinals without their top two pass catchers, as both Engram and Sterling Shepard (neck). The severity of Shepard's injury remains uncertain, but Engram was fortunate to avoid cracked ribs, which would have almost certainly sidelined him for the season finale against the Redskins
FFToday's Take: Evan Engram has had a nice rookie year already with 64 receptions for 722 yards and 6 touchdowns. Although his rib injury is less severe than originally thought, the team may decide to keep him out of the season finale so check back later in the week for an update. Shepard's season appears to be over following a neck injury sustained last weekend. Engram and Shepard appear to be two of the bright spots on an offense that might see several changes this offseason.