WR Kelvin Benjamin - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-5, 240||Born: 2-5-1991||College: Florida State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2014|
Week 20: vs New England Patriots
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Patrick Mahomes has put together an MVP-caliber season with jaw-dropping statistics and a reel full of highlights as the leader of this dynamic Chiefs passing offense. He averaged nearly 320 passing yards per game in the regular season while leading the league with 50 passing touchdowns. While it has been four games since he has crossed the 300-yard mark, Mahomes did it 10 times during the regular season--including Week 6 in which he passed for 352 yards and four touchdowns on the road against the Patriots. He looked sharp last week after the bye and should be well-rested and poised for another big week at home in this one. Travis Kelce has been a favorite target of Mahomes all season, and last week was no different as Kelce looked unstoppable, leading the team with 108 receiving yards on seven receptions. Kelce's size and speed have made him one of the best tight ends in the league, and he is a mismatch for almost any defensive back lining up opposite him. Tyreek Hill is also a continuous mismatch, and he above anyone else on this offense should be looking forward to this rematch with the Patriots. Hill posted one of his biggest games of the season in Week 6 at New England, hauling in seven receptions for 142 yards and a season-high three touchdowns as he torched this secondary on multiple big plays. Another weapon that now must be accounted for is Sammy Watkins, who returned from injury in impressive fashion last week after a five-game absence. He did drop a pass and give up a fumble, but Watkins obviously integrated right back into this offense with eight targets as he hauled in six of them for 62 yards. He finished with no reported aggravation to that foot injury and should be yet another receiving threat this Patriots secondary will be tasked with managing. The Patriots man-heavy secondary has proven to be quite effective in most instances this season, particularly during the second half as top cornerback Stefon Gilmore has done an impressive job with nearly all of his assignments. They did struggle a bit with the Chargers in what was a pass-heavy game script last week, but these cornerbacks are a physical group that will constantly press opposing receivers. While effective in most cases, this play style can also yield its fair share of big plays, which is music to the ears of Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. Jason McCourty should be tasked with the job of shadowing Hill this week. McCourty is definitely a difficult matchup, but nobody can match up with the speed that Hill offers. Gilmore looks to cover Watkins on most snaps. While Watkins had a quiet outing in their last meeting, he looked great in his return from injury last week and should at least tie up the attention of Gilmore if nothing else. In their last meeting, Kareem Hunt actually amassed the most receiving yards of any running back that has faced the Patriots with five receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. With Damien Williams not missing a beat as Hunt's replacement, it will be interesting to see how the Chiefs scheme him in space to try and take advantage of some of the same mismatches they exploited with Hunt. Travis Kelce should also be tough for this secondary to deal with, as the Patriots have not typically fared well against talented tight ends this season. Safety Patrick Chung is giving up nearly half a foot and 50 pounds to Kelce, who caught five passes for 61 yards squaring off against Chung and company in Week 6. Earlier in the season, the Patriots also saw Trey Burton rack up 126 yards and a touchdown and Eric Ebron rack up 105 yards and two touchdowns. Even Antonio Gates find the end zone last week--albeit in garbage time. With the attention of these cornerbacks focused on the outside weapons, Kelce should be a dominant force over the middle in this matchup. All in all, Patrick Mahomes should find a way to get his yards, but the Chiefs receivers are in for some tough matchups while Kelce looks to be the likely focal point.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Kelvin Benjamin's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 12 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 32 / 0 rec)
Kelvin Benjamin's lone reception was a good catch and run across the middle. Benjamin has been inconsistent in both play and targets this season, so his continued work with Josh Allen is important to monitor when he plays at Miami next week.
2018 Week 10 vs NYJ (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Kelvin Benjamin was held without a catch against the Jets. He was underthrown on a deep perimeter throw early in the game and dropped an end zone fade while falling to the ground on what would have been a touchdown. Benjamin has a bye next week before facing Jacksonville in week 12.
2018 Week 9 vs CHI (9 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
Kelvin Benjamin led the Bills in targets with 9 but struggled against the Chicago Bears defense in a blowout loss. Benjamin was the target of an interception on a poorly thrown ball by Nathan Peterman. Benjamin had two opportunities near the goal line, with a 50/50 ball that was broken up and a crossing route where he was tackled short of the end zone. Benjamin frequently worked across the middle in the game and managed to hold onto a reception on a crossing route despite a big hit. Benjamin will face the New York Jets next Sunday.
2018 Week 8 vs NE (7 / 2 / 45 / 0 rec)
Benjamin saw a season-high seven targets against the Patriots, but struggled to separate at the top of his routes. His most successful environment was on deep jump ball targets, of which two were poor throws by Derek Anderson and another was tipped away in tight coverage. Benjamin did make a wow play downfield on a high point reception and haul in a one-handed catch in garbage time. Benjamin added a critical blocking penalty on a chunk LeSean McCoy gain and a drop and offensive pass interference penalty on the same play to add to his struggles.
2018 Week 7 vs IND (5 / 4 / 71 / 0 rec)
Kelvin Benjamin showed a good rapport with former teammate Derek Anderson against Indianapolis. Benjamin was targeted on perimeter on curls and a back shoulder throw he was able to transition to a run after the catch for a chunk gain. Benjamin was also the target in the intermediate but overthrown for an interception.
2018 Week 6 vs HOU (6 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)
Kelvin Benjamin had an inefficient game despite finishing second on the team in targets. Benjamin's lone big play was a deep throw from Josh Allen where he made a contested catch down the field. Benjamin was also the target on a curl route that was jumped by Jonathan Joseph for a game winning pick-6. The throw was telegraphed, but Benjamin did little to prevent the easy interception.
2018 Week 5 vs TEN (5 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Kelvin Benjamin was the most targeted Buffalo receiver (5) but managed only one catch on the day. His lone catch was a nice play action pass where Benjamin was able to run over the coverage of Tennessee's linebackers. Benjamin's only other catchable target was a curl route where he was unable to get out of his break before Allen's pass was on him.
2018 Week 4 vs GB (6 / 1 / 34 / 0 rec)
Kelvin Benjamin had six targets, but only secured one, a long-busted play. Multiple targets to Benjamin were poorly thrown by Josh Allen, including the last target, where Allen led Benjamin into a scary hit that left Benjamin motionless on the ground. Benjamin was able to leave the field under his own power.
2018 Week 3 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Kelvin Benjamin was inconsistent on Sunday against Minnesota. He had two early drops, including a red zone slant that would have set up Buffalo with a first and goal inside the five-yard line. He was better later in the game, including a good back shoulder throw. Benjamin has struggled recently with drops, but Josh Allen has continued to look his way in the passing game.
2018 Week 2 vs LAC (3 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)
After being heavily targeted in week one, Kelvin Benjamin was limited against the Chargers to only three targets but converted one on a post for a touchdown. Benjamin may a good catch on the play in tight coverage to haul in a Josh Allen fast ball. Benjamin was not targeted in the first half.
2018 Week 1 vs BAL (7 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Kelvin Benjamin struggled against the Ravens. Benjamin had two bad drops, one a back-shoulder throw and second an end zone target that should have been a touchdown. Benjamin managed only one catch on a team high seven targets.
Latest NewsChiefs | Divisional Playoffs Kansas City Chiefs inactives (Sat Jan 12, 03:09 PM) - The Kansas City Chiefs have declared SS Eric Berry, DT Kahlil McKenzie, WR Kelvin Benjamin, RB Spencer Ware, C Jimmy Murray, TE Deon Yelder and LB Dorian O'Daniel inactive for Divisional Playoffs. link to story
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