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How to handle Sterling Shepard injury in Week 2 fantasy football

The Giants receiver is out this week. Here’s how that impact the fantasy outlook.

Giants receiver Sterling Shepard runs with the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants will be without wide receiver Sterling Shepard for this week’s game against the Buffalo Bills. Shepard missed practice all week with a concussion, and the team listed him as out on the Friday injury report.

Shepard isn’t the only receiver the Giants will be without this week. Golden Tate is still serving his four-game suspension for violating the PED policy, and Darius Slayton has been ruled out with a hamstring. Add to that list Cody Lattimer, who is listed as questionable due to a calf injury. It could be an even longer day than usual for the New York offense.

Shepard caught six of seven targets thrown his way last week for a paltry 42 yards in an anemic Giants offense. Despite playing the entire game on Sunday, he was placed in the concussion protocol the next day, and he still has yet to be cleared.

The fourth-year receiver may have had a tough matchup this week anyway against an aggressive Bills secondary. With Tate out, he’s been thrust into a bigger role, but it’s not a very lucrative job in this offense.

Fantasy Impact: It’s hard to say when Shepard will return. Concussions are tricky injuries. Running back Saquon Barkley is obviously the focal point of this offense, especially this week, with so many receivers out or in doubt. Tight end Evan Engram led the team in receiving yards and targets last week, and he will again this Sunday.