WR Travis Benjamin - Los Angeles Chargers
|5-10, 172||Born: 12-29-1989||College: Miami (FL)||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2012|
He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
General News (Fri Oct 19): practiced fully on Friday but is questionable to play this week.
General News (Thu Oct 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Oct 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 7: vs Tennessee Titans
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Chargers passing offense led by Phillip Rivers is off to a hot start in 2018 with a whopping 15 passing touchdowns compared to only three interceptions. Rivers has multiple passing touchdowns in each game while he has averaged over 10 yards per pass attempt in back-to-back outings. Rivers is surrounded by weapons capable of making big plays at any moment. Last week, we saw Tyrell Williams explode for 118 yards and two touchdowns on only three receptions after surpassing 50 receiving yards only once this season. Mike Williams was minimally involved last week, but he has also posted a couple big games this season. Keenan Allen continues to be the top and most consistent target for Rivers despite his lack of touchdowns, now averaging six receptions per game with no outing below 44 receiving yards. The backfield duo of Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler are also having spectacular seasons as receivers, notching six receiving touchdowns between the two of them while they each are averaging over 40 receiving yards per game. The Titans defense has benefitted from some plush matchups and game scripts to help propel this secondary to allowing just 215 passing yards per game--fifth-fewest in the league. This secondary is worse than this number suggests though, as Josh Allen could only muster 85 passing yards in Week 5 to help suppress this stat. The Titans secondary has played better in recent weeks, but they can certainly be exploited by opposing receivers. Malcolm Butler has been the target of more than his fair share of long plays this season, giving up well over two yards per route covered and with a catch rate of over 70 percent against him. The Chargers receivers move all over the field, so everyone should have a chance against Butler here. The Titans pass rush has been up and down this season, but they took a blow with the loss of Derrick Morgan for a few weeks due to a shoulder injury. While rookie Harold Landry is a spectacular backup option, losing Morgan still will have an impact to this unit's depth and pass-rushing effectiveness. The Chargers offensive line has given up an average of just 1.3 sacks per game, good for the third lowest rate in the league--so this matchup points to Rivers having plenty of time to find an open receiving option.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Travis Benjamin's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 4 vs SF (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Benjamin has been inactive with a foot injury the past few games; he registered just one short catch in this game before exiting after re-aggravating that same injury.
2018 Week 1 vs KC (5 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec, 1 / 19 / 0 rush)
Benjamin's afternoon opened on a positive note, going for 19 yards on a reverse handoff. And it was all downhill after that. He was targeted on a deep ball by just a bit, but Benjamin allowed the ball to bounce off of his fingertips. It was perhaps slightly overthrown, but it should have been caught and could have gone for a touchdown. He then took an inside screen for 14 yards that was negated by a block in the back on Tyrell Williams. Late in the first half, Benjamin again got wide open way past the defender. He again had to wait a bit for the ball to come down since Rivers threw the pass under duress, but it went right through Benjamin's hands and bounced off his thigh. For some reason, he kind of jumped just as the ball got to him, which seemed to throw off his rhythm. As if the first two weren't bad enough, he capped his afternoon with another dropped touchdown (this one definitely would have gone for a score since he dropped it IN the end zone). It was a perfectly-thrown bullet pass by Rivers, but he just let it go right through his hands. Benjamin does a great job of getting open in the deep secondary, but if he doesn't start hanging on to some of these passes he is going to find himself on the outside looking in at targets.
Latest NewsChargers | Travis Benjamin ready to go (Sun Oct 21, 12:12 AM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (foot) is expected to play against the Tennessee Titans in Week 7, according to a source. link to story Chargers | LA Chargers' Week 7 injury report (Fri Oct 19, 01:28 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa (foot) and LB Kyzir White (knee) did not participate in practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 7 against the Tennessee Titans. LB Jatavis Brown (groin) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 19, and is listed as questionable. WR Travis Benjamin (foot) and PK Caleb Sturgis (quad) returned to full practice Friday and are also listed as questionable. RB Melvin Gordon (hamstring) was limited in practice Friday but has been removed from the injury report. LB Nick Dzubnar (hamstring), TE Virgil Green (rib), DT Corey Liuget (foot), C Mike Pouncey (knee) and Damion Square (shoulder) participated fully in practice Friday and also no longer appear on the injury report. link to story Chargers | Two Chargers ruled out, three questionable (Fri Oct 19, 11:46 AM) - Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa (foot) and LB Kyzir White (knee) were ruled out for Week 7. WR Travis Benjamin (foot), LB Jatavis Brown (groin) and PK Caleb Sturgis (quadriceps) are questionable. link to story Chargers | Thursday injury report for Chargers (Thu Oct 18, 12:13 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa (foot) and LB Kyzir White (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 18. WR Travis Benjamin (foot), LB Jatavis Brown (groin), LB Nick Dzubnar (hamstring), TE Virgil Green (rib), C Mike Pouncey (knee), DT Damion Square (shoulder) and PK Caleb Sturgis (quadriceps) were limited. link to story Chargers | Thursday practice report for Chargers (Wed Oct 17, 04:42 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa (foot) and LB Kyzir White (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 17. WR Travis Benjamin (foot), LB Jatavis Brown (groin), TE Virgil Green (rib), C Mike Pouncey (knee), DT Damion Square (shoulder) and PK Caleb Sturgis (quadriceps) were limited. link to story More News
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