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WR Kelvin Benjamin - Kansas City Chiefs

6-5, 240Born: 2-5-1991College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 2014

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General News (Wed Dec 12): is reportedly picking up the offense quickly, but it remains unlikely he will play an extended amount of time in Week 15 versus the Los Angeles Chargers.

General News (Tue Dec 11): expects to play Thursday, Dec. 13, against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Week 15: vs Los Angeles Chargers

All WR vs LAC

FBG says: Tough matchup. Patrick Mahomes continued his MVP-caliber season last week as he led the Chiefs to 377 passing yards and two touchdowns in an overtime victory over the Ravens. Mahomes was pressured heavily in that game while going down for three sacks, but he still managed to deliver spectacular plays to keep the Chiefs alive when it mattered most. Tyreek Hill led the team in receiving with his third game of over 100 receiving yards in the last four weeks despite playing through a couple of separate injuries sustained last week. Hill's more serious injury was to his foot, but despite alarming comments from Hill after the game, reports indicate the injury was not as serious as first thought. This situation will definitely warrant keeping an eye on his practice status given the short week. Chris Conley and Travis Kelce would receive significant bumps if Hill were to be limited. Not that Kelce needs much of a bump here though, as he sits solidly atop the league as the best fantasy tight end in football with at least 77 receiving yards and a touchdown in five of his last six games. Kelce has been a very trusted target of Mahomes, especially in the red zone as he has gone just one week this season without a single red zone look while receiving multiple looks within the 20 yards of the end zone in eight of 13 games played. It was reported late last week that Sammy Watkins will miss the remainder of the season with his lingering foot injury, which means Conley should continue to see the field as the primary WR2. Demarcus Robinson could see his playing time threatened by the recent signing of Kelvin Benjamin, who may see limited snaps as the third receiver as he looks to get his career back on track in this high-flying offense. The Chargers come into this game with one of the better passing defenses in football, giving up just the seventh-fewest passing yards per game and fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Their secondary has a few key pieces that have been critical playmakers throughout the year. Outside of just a couple of performances, most wide receivers have struggled mightily against the likes of Casey Hayward Jr. and Desmond King. King, in particular, has shut down slot receivers all season as one of the best players at his position, which is not good news for Chris Conley this week. Hayward should be expected to shadow Tyreek Hill, who actually had one of his best games of the season against Hayward's coverage in Week 1. Hill will be less than 100 percent and is a player who relies on speed, so it is tough to expect a repeat despite his elite talent. Travis Kelce will be in for a challenge here as well, squaring off against defensive rookie of the year candidate Derwin James. Kelce was limited to just one reception for six yards in their Week 1 meeting--by far his worst outing of the season. Since then, the Chargers have allowed just one tight end to cross the 60-yard mark against them.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 vs JAX 23 0 0 0 2 1 32 0 0 3.2
13 at MIA 43 0 0 0 4 2 20 0 0 2
15 vs LAC PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 1 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

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 News

Chiefs | Kelvin Benjamin does little in debut (Fri Dec 14, 01:22 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Kelvin Benjamin was targeted twice, catching one pass for 17 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 15.

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Chiefs | Kelvin Benjamin likely to be limited Week 15 (Tue Dec 11, 10:03 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Kelvin Benjamin is reportedly picking up the offense quickly, but it remains unlikely he will play an extended amount of time in Week 15 versus the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Chiefs | Kelvin Benjamin should play (Tue Dec 11, 02:11 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Kelvin Benjamin expects to play Thursday, Dec. 13, against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Our View: The Chiefs are banged up right now with a few key skill position players missing (or limited) in practice this week. Benjamin said he's been learning the offense since last week and offensive Eric Bienemy said the offense will be 'all hands on deck.' In his first game with his new team, we'd only count on Benjamin as a crazy deep 'what the heck' flex in Week 15.
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Chiefs | Kelvin Benjamin's K.C. debut to wait (Sun Dec 9, 12:22 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Kelvin Benjamin is inactive for the team's Week 14 game Sunday, Dec. 9. Benjamin was signed three days earlier after being released by the Buffalo Bills.

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Chiefs | KC officially signs Kelvin Benjamin (Sat Dec 8, 01:09 AM) - The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent WR Kelvin Benjamin (Bills) on Friday, Dec. 7; DE Jarvis Jenkins was released in a corresponding move.

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