The mid-day news on Saturday involving New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. left many fantasy football players scrambling. In what’s either the start of the fantasy playoffs for many or the final week to push into the postseason, the Giants have ruled Beckham out in Week 14.
As Matt Lombardo of NJ.com revealed, Beckham’s quad injury led to the team downgrading his status to out, and he didn’t travel with the team.
This is brutal news from a fantasy perspective, considering Beckham is a clear-cut WR1 and likely a first-round pick in almost all leagues. Replacing your best receiver in a crucial late-season game is never fun, nor is it easy. In some spots, players will already have solid depth on their bench, and possibly even have another Giants wideout in Sterling Shepard.
If that is the case and Shepard is on your roster, or even if he’s on waivers, the third-year wideout makes for an interesting option. Let’s take a look at whether he’s a fantasy start or sit in Week 14 against the Washington Redskins.
Should You Start or Sit Sterling Shepard?
One key aspect of this decision has to do with Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. It seems Norman has not shadowed receivers, with the exception of after Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper began his monster start on Thanksgiving. In turn, Shepard finds himself in an interesting situation here.
Shepard is going to see as much work as he can handle as the Giants’ new starting wideout and faces a Redskins secondary who’s struggled mightily on the year. To this point in the season, they’ve allowed 165 receptions for 2,294 yards and 15 touchdowns, ranking them as the fifth-most fantasy points per game on ESPN.
The workload is obviously no concern as well, as Shepard played 79 percent of the offensive snaps for the Giants in Week 13, per Football Outsiders. That, of course, came with Beckham still in the lineup and should increase quite a bit on Sunday.
Source: Heavy Sports