WR Travis Benjamin - San Diego Chargers
|5-10, 172||Born: 12-29-1989||College: Miami (FL)||Drafted: Round 4|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): We won't hold Benjamin's down Week 6 against him. Don't start your receivers against Denver. This week's matchup against Atlanta puts Benjamin back in WR3/Flex consideration.
General News (Thu Oct 20): partially participated in Thursday's practice. He is expected to play in the team's Week 7 game as long as he does not suffer a setback.
General News (Wed Oct 19): did not practice on Wednesday.
Week 7: at Atlanta Falcons
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Phillip Rivers led the Chargers to a rare win over Denver last weekend, with 18/29 for 178 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown. Rookie tight end Hunter Henry continued his impressive season with eight targets for 6/83/1 receiving, while Antonio Gates (six targets for 2/16/0 receiving last week) continues to struggle with a hamstring injury. Gates (hamstring injury) said Monday, October 17, that he is not 100 percent healthy. 'It's very difficult when you're constantly playing on it,' Gates said. 'This is new for me, to be dealing with a hamstring. So I'm learning a lot about it.' Tyrell Williams (three targets for 3/28/0 receiving) and Travis Benjamin (five for 3/17/0) both helped move the sticks for Rivers, but weren't explosive factors for their fantasy owners. The Falcons' pass defense held Russell Wilson and company out of the endzone in this phase of the game (25/37 for 261 yars passing, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, with one sack for -9 yards) but still lost 24-26, while two weeks ago they dumped Paxton Lynch for six sacks (23/35 for 183 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown). From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Atlanta has averaged 20.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (16th in the NFL); and 19.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (ninth-least); with 8.4 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (tied for eighth-most in the league). So far this year the Falcons average 285.3 net passing yards allowed per game, tied for 26th-most in the NFL, with 14 passing scores handed over vs. five interceptions (tied for 10th in the NFL) and 11 sacks (tied for 19th) recorded. This is a mediocre pass defense by most measuring sticks. This looks like a neutral matchup for Rivers and company.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 6 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Benjamin was almost invisible for stretches of the game, though if it hadn't been for a pass interference against him he might have salvaged his fantasy performance for his owners. He had a handful of short receptions early on, and came close to bringing in a tough target deep down the left sideline that featured some excellent defense. But it was the play late in the game when he beat Aqib Talib for a deep stop and go double move on a third down and long. As he ran by Talib, the star cornerback reached out and grabbed Benjamin so that he couldn't complete the pass. It was an obvious penalty and did produce a first down, but if Benjamin hadn't been grabbed and instead managed to make the catch, it likely would have gone for a long touchdown. The major blemish on Benjamin's night was late in the first half when he waved everyone away from a punt return. He failed to take his own advice, however, as he got too close to the ball and allowed it to bounce off of his leg for a muff/Broncos recovery. That led to a field goal, and Dexter McCluster replaced Benjamin on the ensuing punt return.
2016 Week 5 vs OAK (11 / 7 / 117 / 0 rec)
Benjamin teamed up with Tyrell Williams in this game as sort of a tag-team duo to pick apart the Oakland secondary all afternoon. He started off the game with a beautiful catch and run up the right sideline, showing an incredible speed burst that nobody was able to cut off despite multiple players seemingly having the angle on him. He was targeted on another deep ball down the seam and had a chance to bring it in actually, but the defense was very tight and it may have been deflected just before the ball reached his hands. Opening the second half, he was again targeted down the seam with multiple defenders in the area. This one bounced off his hands at the last moment too, again with defenders all over the area. He showed incredible speed though because watching live, it didn't seem like he had a chance to run it down at all. He added a catch late in the game on a little bit of a trick play where Melvin Gordon flipped it back to Rivers, who was going to go deep down the field. But he checked it down to Benjamin, who had come all the way across the field to pick up 23 yards. Clearly, the Chargers made a concerted effort to connect on some deep attempts in this game, which bodes well for Benjamin's playing style moving forward.
2016 Week 4 vs NO (7 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Some observers felt that the injury to Keenan Allen would open up Benjamin as the team's go-to wide receiver, but that hasn't quite materialized. His targets are there, but they are kind of infrequent thus far. He had a nice 25-yard catch up the right side after crossing the middle as his defender trailed him horribly. His speed allows him to get by the defense, but there aren't many other known weapons in the passing game to take a lot of pressure off of him. He was a big deep threat with the Browns a year ago, but hasn't seen a lot of deep looks to this point. On one such pass in this game, Rivers tried to hit him with a deep bomb down the right sideline, but the coverage was very tight and there wasn't much chance of completing the pass. Late in the fourth quarter with the Chargers just trying to run out the clock, Benjamin made a short catch over the middle. He tried to turn upfield and simply dropped the ball untouched for a fumble, which was recovered by the Saints. It was the Chargers' second straight fumble in as many plays, and helped contribute to yet another fourth quarter collapse and loss - the third time they've lost a game this season that they led at the 2:00 mark of the fourth quarter.
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.
Latest NewsChargers | Travis Benjamin limited (Thu Oct 20, 05:05 PM) - Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 20. As reported earlier, he is expected to play if he doesn't have any setbacks. Our View: As it looks good for Benjamin, he's a good WR4 start, and could have WR3 upside if this becomes a shootout.
link to story Chargers | Travis Benjamin on the field (Thu Oct 20, 02:26 PM) - San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (knee) is participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 20. He is expected to play in the team's Week 7 game as long as he does not suffer a setback. Our View: If he plays, Benjamin could be produce solid WR4 statistics, and this could be a bit of a shootout so his ceiling is actually WR3. Last week was a down week but he should bounce back here.
link to story Chargers | Travis Benjamin does not practice (Wed Oct 19, 04:42 PM) - Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 19. link to story Chargers | Travis Benjamin not on the field (Wed Oct 19, 02:34 PM) - San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (leg) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 19. Benjamin was wearing a sleeve on his right leg Monday, Oct. 17. Our View: Keep an eye on this situation as the week of practice goes on. If Benjamin can't fully participate on Friday, then make sure to have other WR3 options at the ready for your fantasy team.
link to story Chargers | Travis Benjamin could set career mark (Tue Oct 11, 08:36 PM) - San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin is on pace for 1,261 receiving yards, which would be a career-high. Our View: This season is his first with the Chargers. Benjamin's current career-high in receiving yards is 966, set last year with the Cleveland Browns.
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