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WR Travis Benjamin - San Diego Chargers

5-10, 172Born: 12-29-1989College: Miami (FL)Drafted: Round 4

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Week 4: vs New Orleans Saints

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. The Chargers were out-scored by the Colts, but Philip Rivers threw for 330 yards in the game (26/39 for 330 yards passing, with zero TDs or interceptions). In the absence of Antonio Gates (hamstring injury, reportedly wasn't 'close to starting', expected to miss at least one more game), Hunter Henry stated his case to take over the lead tight end position, with five targets for 5/76/0 receiving, and Travis Benjamin remained the lead wide receiver with seven targets for 4/82/0 receiving. Tyrell Williams had the most targets in the game, with nine for 6/69/0 receiving. The Chargers' passing attack is not the team's problem area, friends. The Saints defense is officially a dumpster fire again as of Week Four - they gave up 45 points to the Falcons last week, with five offensive TDs allowed (20/30 for 225 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -15 yards). So far this year the Saints average 299.0 net yards passing allowed per game, with three passing scores handed out vs. zero interceptions (worst in the NFL) and just four sacks generated. Over the first three weeks of the season, New Orleans has averaged 20.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (16th in the NFL); and 25.6 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (13th-most in the NFL); with 2.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (sixth-least). There was 661 yards passing between the Chargers and the Colts' quarterbacks in last week's game, and this matchup may exceed that total. This is a great matchup for Rivers and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at KC 55 0 0 0 8 7 32 0 0 3.2
2 vs JAX 44 1 -1 0 6 6 115 2 0 23.4
3 at IND 45 0 0 0 7 4 82 0 1 6.2
4 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
4 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *
4 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs IND (7 / 4 / 82 / 0 rec)

With the Week 1 injury to Keenan Allen, Benjamin was in line to see some more work. With the Week 2 injury to Danny Woodhead and Antonio Gates missing from the Week 3 lineup, Benjamin stood to gain a lot as really the only experienced receiver in the San Diego stable. Instead of a big game, however, he didn't see his first reception until about three minutes remained in the first half. They had tried to get him the ball earlier on a fade pattern in the end zone, but offensive holding would have negated it even if he had managed to bring in the pass. In the second half, Benjamin dropped a would-be first down on a pass that should have gone for an easy first down. He got past the defender, but was unable to look the ball all the way in as it went almost directly over his head. Soon after, he muffed a punt return that nearly cost them the game on the spot. A 43-yard bomb reception down the sideline to set up a first and goal salvaged his fantasy afternoon, but there was a lot more negative than positive (including fellow wide receiver Tyrell Williams out-targeting him 9-7). Lastly, Benjamin allowed a huge third down pass bounce off his fingertips on a crossing route late in the contest. He'll need to play with a bit more consistency and urgency if he wants to hold off Williams as the team's de facto number one option in the passing game.

2016 Week 2 vs JAX (6 / 6 / 115 / 2 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Benjamin took the torch as the Chargers key passing target after Allen and Woodhead were lost. He was used as both a deep threat (where he torched the Jags), an intermediate threat (where he torched the Jags), and as a player the Chargers designed space for in the red zone, resulting in a TD. The Chargers utilization of him in so many ways, and his perfect execution in these roles, should make many optimistic for his future.

2016 Week 1 vs KC (8 / 7 / 32 / 0 rec)

Benjamin looks to absorb some of the targets left with the Allen injury and brought in 7 catches for 32 yards on the day. Benjamin possesses breakaway speed, but was used mainly in short and quick hit plays this afternoon. Benjamin led the team in targets with 8 and will need to step up for the Chargers going forward.


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