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Who to pick up if you were counting on Sterling Shepard for Monday Night Football

The Giants will be without Sterling Shepard in Week 9. We break down the fantasy football implications and some replacement options for Monday Night Football.

Darius Slayton of the New York Giants catches a 35 yard touchdown pass thrown by Daniel Jones against Xavier Rhodes and Anthony Harris of the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter in the game at MetLife Stadium on October 06, 2019. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

The NFL world got some unexpected news Sunday morning when ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the New York Giants had ruled out wide receiver Sterling Shepard for Week 9 Monday Night Football. Shepard had been removed from the concussion protocol heading into the weekend, but he was moved back in on Sunday.

If you were counting on Sterling Shepard in fantasy football, you likely have already made your adjustment for Monday. If not, there are a few players remaining to consider if you need a last minute option. And frankly, given the unpredictable nature of concussion symptoms, you might need an alternative for Week 10.

Here are three options to consider that are available in most fantasy football leagues as Week 9 comes to a close.

Darius Slayton, Giants: He’s coming off a two-touchdown performance against the Cardinals. He was targeted five times, and has been targeted at least five times in four of his six appearances this season.

Randall Cobb, Cowboys: Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup are the clear starting options, but Cobb is an intriguing PPR receiver. He only had three targets in Week 7 after missing Week 6, but in Weeks 1-5 he averaged 5.4 targets per game. There’s some modest flex upside if you’re desperate.

Cody Latimer, Giants: After two solid weeks with 13 total targets to open the season, Latimer was sidelined with a concussion. The past two weeks, he has returned and had eight targets. He’s been a spot behind Slayton in the pecking order, but there’s some modest upside.