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How to handle Bennie Fowler, Sterling Shepard injury in Week 3 fantasy football

The Giants have some questions at wide receiver as they switch from Eli Manning to Daniel Jones at starting quarterback. We break down the fantasy implications of Bennie Fowler and Sterling Shepard’s injury statuses.

New York Giants wide receiver Bennie Fowler catches a pass and runs for a touchdown during the first half against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants made a big move in Week 3, benching quarterback Eli Manning and replacing him with rookie Daniel Jones for their matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jones does not have the strongest group of pass catchers at his disposal, but he’s hoping a couple of key ones will be available off the injury report.

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard suffered a concussion in Week 1 that cost him the team’s Week 2 matchup against the Buffalo Bills. He returned to practice on Wednesday in Week 3 in limited fashion and was a full participant on Thursday and Friday. He has been removed from the injury report for Sunday.

Wide receiver Bennie Fowler suffered a hamstring injury on Wednesday and did not practice on Thursday. He was a limited participant and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s matchup with the Bucs.

Fantasy impact: Daniel Jones will likely focus his efforts on Evan Engram, but Shepard and Fowler would be valuable in an effort to upset the Bucs. Fowler was the team’s leading pass catcher in Week 2, with ten targets and finishing with five receptions and 51 yards. In Week 1, Fowler caught all five of his targets for 40 yards. Evan Engram led the team with 14 targets, followed by Shepard and Latimer with seven targets.

Engram is a must-start each week, but other than that, it’s hard to decide which pass catcher is worth a start in light of the QB change. If you’re light at receiver, Shepard is the better start than Fowler for the time being. We’ll have a better handle on this by the end of the day on Sunday.