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What to do with Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard in Week 17 of the fantasy football playoffs

We go over the fantasy football outlook of Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard ahead of the Giants Week 17 matchup against the Cowboys.

Sterling Shepard #87 and Golden Tate #15 of the New York Giants are seen in the second quarter against the New York Giants at Lumen Field on December 06, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The New York Giants’ receiving corps has been plagued by injuries all year. There’s no clear-cut WR1 but Darius Slayton and Sterling Shephard are in contention for the top spot. New York will wrap up the regular season against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday so let’s go over the fantasy outlook for both of the Giants’ top receivers.

Fantasy Football analysis: Giants WRs Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard

Slayton leads the team in receiving yards and touchdowns thanks to his hot start at the beginning of the year while Shepard was hurt. He’s a dangerous deep threat with a pair of 100-yard games but can’t be depended on for many receptions. Slayton has caught three for fewer passes in nine of his 15 appearances and his lack of PPR upside is discouraging given the Giants’ lack of scoring. Shepard has 10 more receptions than Slayton despite playing four fewer games. He's not as much of a deep threat but has caught six or more passes in seven games and is coming off a season-high nine catches against the Baltimore Ravens.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Shepard and sit Slayton. Shepard is nursing a rib injury though so Slayton is viable if the former is ruled out.