Sterling Shepard pulled in four-of-eight targets for 21 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Giants' Week 13 loss to the Steelers.
Shepard was the intended receiver on Eli Manning’s second interception of the game, at least that’s what it looked like. The Giants were going for it on fourth-and-13 and Manning had to throw up a prayer when he couldn’t find an open receiver. Shepard came down with a one-yard touchdown on the Giants’ last possession, beating William Gay in man coverage on the play. He’s now second among rookie receivers with six touchdowns this season. Shepard should be viewed as a back-end WR3 next week against the Cowboys.
Eli Rogers corralled one-of-three targets for 18 yards Sunday in the Steelers' Week 13 win over the Giants.
Rogers got lost in the shuffle this week. With Ladarius Green emerging as a legit option in the Steelers’ passing game, that may continue to be the case. Rogers was targeted on Ben Roethlisberger’s lone interception. He appeared to have the catch but had it stolen from him by Giants rookie Eli Apple. Rogers will be a tough sell as a WR4 next week at Buffalo.
Victor Cruz wasn't targeted Sunday in the Giants' Week 13 loss to the Steelers.
Cruz played just 26-of-60 offensive snaps and clearly wasn’t a factor. He’s caught a combined three passes over his last four games and hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 1. Cruz will be well off the fantasy map for next week’s matchup against the division-leading Cowboys.
Will Tye grabbed two catches for 22 yards on four targets Sunday in the Giants' Week 13 loss to the Steelers.
Tye was targeted on fourth-and-one from the three-yard line but couldn’t reel it in. He’s averaged just 15.7 yards over his last three contests and won’t be worth streaming against the Cowboys in Week 14.
Paul Perkins totaled 38 yards on seven carries Sunday in the Giants' Week 13 loss to the Steelers.
Perkins was given one more carry than Rashad Jennings but was not involved in the passing game. Roughly half of his yards came on an 18-yard scramble early in the third quarter. Perkins’ role in in the Giants' offense continues to increase, but he’s still not getting enough work to warrant any real fantasy consideration. He’s merely a bench stash.
Chris Thompson rushed twice for 24 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for 21 yards Week 13 against the Cardinals.
Thompson had a couple big gains on his limited touches and played plenty of snaps with the Redskins throwing in the second half, but he did not see much work. He is not worth using even in deep PPR formats.
Doug Martin said after Sunday's win over the Chargers that he missed the Bucs' final three drives because he got "bent back" late in the game.
This is the extent of the information available on why Martin didn't play on the Bucs' final three drives. The Bucs turned to Jacquizz Rodgers, who finished with nine touches and handled all of Tampa Bay's clock-killing carries in Sunday's 28-21 road-game win. We suspect Martin will be fine for Week 14.
Vernon Davis caught 5-of-6 targets for 47 yards Week 13 against the Cardinals.
Davis was stuck on one catch for five yards deep into the game, but he caught four passes on the final two drives to help salvage his fantasy day. It could have been even better, but Davis was stopped just short of the goal line after breaking a tackle in the second quarter. Ultimately, 47 yards is a decent performance against a defense which has been stingy to tight ends, but Davis faces another tough test next week in Philadelphia. Even if Jordan Reed remains out, Davis will be nothing more than a back-end TE1.