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How to handle Sterling Shepard injury in Week 6 fantasy football

Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard is out with a concussion. We break down the fantasy football implications for Week 6 and beyond.

Eric Kendricks of the Minnesota Vikings tackles Sterling Shepard of the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 06, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

The New York Giants will be short-handed in Week 6 on Thursday Night Football against the New England Patriots. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is one of the players who has been ruled out for the game. Shepard suffered a concussion in Week 5, and given that it’s his second of the season, his status is unknown after Week 6.

Shepard did not appear to be removed with an injury during Week 5, and his concussion was not mentioned until Monday. He finished Sunday’s game with five receptions (on ten targets) for 49 yards.

Fantasy football analysis, New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard

Ralph Vacchiano is reporting Shepard is likely “out a while,” so we’ll have to keep an eye on next week’s practice participation reports. In the meantime, Darius Slayton will likely start opposite Golden Tate. Cody Latimer will get some work as well. They face a tough Patriots defense, but playing catch-up could offer some volume value for Tate and Slayton.

In reality, with the Giants missing Shepard, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, and Wayne Gallman, you might just want to pass on any Giants for fantasy purposes in Week 6.