Sterling Shepard Injury Update Improves Fantasy Outlook as Giants WR Aims for Week 12 Return

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 29:  Sterling Shepard #87 of the New York Giants makes the catch as Fabian Moreau #31 of the Washington Redskins defends at MetLife Stadium on September 29, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard hasn't played since their Week 5 game against the Minnesota Vikings, as he has been in concussion protocol after suffering his second of the season. His first caused him to miss the Giants' Week 2 game against the Bills as well.

Shepard was a full participant in practice on Monday, which is a positive sign for his chances to suit up on Sunday when the Giants head to Chicago to take on the Bears.

While the Giants are dealing with a number of injuries on the offensive line, as well as tight end Evan Engram, getting back Shepard, arguably their best receiver, would be a huge help to rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

Shepard was having a decent season from a fantasy perspective before his injuries, averaging 12.9 fantasy points in the four games he's played in 2019.

While fantasy owners should be excited about Shepard's return to the field, they might want to temper their expectations in his first week back. Aside from the fact that a little rust can be expected for any player returning from an extended absence due to injury, his matchup is a tough one.

Chicago ranks No. 10 in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game (227.3). The Bears also rank No. 4 in opponent points per game (PPG) and finally they have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers on the year.

While Shepard's outlook for his potential return in Week 12 might not be the best, his schedule the rest of the way softens up with games scheduled against the Eagles (twice), Packers, Dolphins and Redskins, who rank No. 17, No. 23, No. 20 and No. 16 in passing yards allowed per game, respectively. That gives him a great outlook for the fantasy football playoffs.

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