Fantasy Football Impact of Odell Beckham’s Injury: Sterling Shepard Set up for Success


Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87), Washington Redskins corner back Josh Norman (24).

Dec 09, 2018, 06:00 AM EST
  • Odell Beckam Jr. was ruled out of Sunday's matchup in Washington just in time to send fantasy football owners into a frenzy.
  • While no single Giants receiver can replace his production, Sterling Shepard is primed for more opportunities on offense.

More fantasy playoffs chaos has struck: Odell Beckham Jr. will miss Sunday’s matchup against the Redskins due to a bruised quad. This means no part four to the Beckham-Josh Norman rivalry, and no No. 1 wide receiver for the Giants and fantasy owners alike.

The only wide receivers with a higher target share than OBJ (28%) are Julio Jones (29%), Keenan Allen (30%) and DeAndre Hopkins (31%). There’s suddenly a plethora of uncertainty in an offense presently implied to score a middling 22.25 points.

It wouldn’t be surprising if the Giants decide to feed Saquon Barkley to his heart’s desire, but Eli Manning will have to throw at some point. Manning typically targeted Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram while Beckham was sidelined for 12 games last season with a broken ankle.

Shepard isn’t 100% healthy himself considering he was limited in practice for most of the week with a rib injury, but he wasn’t listed on the final injury report and is good to go for Sunday. There are plenty of reasons to believe Shepard is capable of providing significant fantasy value with his newfound target share.