Darius Slayton Fantasy Value Improves Following Two-Touchdown First Half With Sterling Shepard Out

Jason Schandl
New York Giants v Detroit Lions
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New York Giants' rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton has seen his workload expand in a huge way with Sterling Shepard sidelined by a concussion over the past few weeks.

Slayton didn't produce much prior to Week 8, but he played at least 97 percent of the Giants' offensive snaps in each of the last two games. The production has finally followed the volume this week, however, as Slayton exploded for two touchdowns in the first half against the Detroit Lions.

Slayton saw eight targets in Week 6 before that mark fell to only two in Week 7. He had two targets in the first half against the Lions, catching both for 50 yards and two TDs.

Slayton's doing his damage with a decent matchup this week, taking on a Lions' defense that sits a middling 15th in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings, but things don't get much tougher in Week 9 against a Dallas Cowboys' team that ranks 19th.

Shepard did not practice all week and was ruled out fairly early (Friday afternoon), indicating that he was not close to playing this week and should be considered questionable at best for Week 9.

If Shepard sits, Slayton would still be a risky option in the inefficient New York Giants' offense. He's shown us some serious big play ability though, and playing close to 100 percent of the Giants' offensive snaps would give him some interesting Week 9 fantasy value against the Cowboys.

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