|Team:||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 240 lb.|
|Born:||February 5, 1991|
|Drafted:||2014 / Rd. 1 (28)|
Benjamin will be among the free-agent wide receivers that work out for the Giants on Saturday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: The Giants' receiving corps has been hammered by injuries in the opening stanzas of training camp. On Wednesday, rookie fifth-rounder Darius Slayton was held out due to a minor hamstring issue. And Thursday's session included Sterling Shepard picking up a dislocated thumb and Corey Coleman tearing an ACL. While the 28-year-old Benjamin likely has something left in the tank, his yardage has waned each (healthy) year of his five-year career.
Benjamin (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Patriots, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Analysis: With the receiving corps otherwise intact, Benjamin will be in street clothes for a second consecutive contest. Behind Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins, expect Chris Conley to step into three-wide sets, while Demarcus Robinson and Gehrig Dieter pick up any lingering snaps.
Benjamin (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's divisional-round game versus the Colts, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Analysis: With Sammy Watkins (foot) back in the lineup, Benjamin is the odd man out in an otherwise healthy receiving corps. Aside from Tyreek Hill and Watkins, Chris Conley and Demarcus Robinson should scoop up the remaining reps at wide receiver in the snowy conditions at Arrowhead Stadium.
Benjamin collected just two passes for 26 yards on five targets in the final three weeks of the 2018 season.
Analysis: Benjamin was released by the Bills in early December after his role with the club continued to diminish. After sitting a week to get acclimated, Benjamin got his chance to contribute with Sammy Watkins (foot) unavailable. He logged a maximum of 12 offensive snaps in his three weeks with the club and heads into the offseason as a free agent. Benjamin should find some suitors, but he's unlikely to secure a long-term deal wafter a disastrous 2018.
Benjamin was targeted twice but did not record a catch during Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: Benjamin's performance was undoubtedly a frustrating experience for fantasy owners who placed faith in the recently acquired receiver considering Benjamin had an easy touchdown bounce off his chest on one of his targets but then somehow was able to bring in a much more difficult pass on the other, only for Benjamin to be ruled out of bounds. If Sammy Watkins (foot) remains out Week 17, Benjamin should have a decent opportunity for a rebound performance against a Raiders secondary that has allowed the most touchdowns to wideouts in 2018 (2.3 per game).
Benjamin brought in one of two targets for 17 yards in the Chiefs' 29-28 loss to the Chargers on Thursday.
Analysis: The star-crossed 2014 first-round pick made his Chiefs debut and was able to get on the stat sheet, hauling in a sideline pass from Patrick Mahomes down to the Chargers' four-yard line early in the third quarter. The big-bodied Benjamin could well fill an important complementary role over the final two games of the regular season if Sammy Watkins (foot) remains sidelined, and his presence may prove even more important in the postseason if the latter is placed on injured reserve. Benjamin will look to make further strides in the offense against the Seahawks in a Week 16 Sunday night battle.
Benjamin is active for Thursday's game against the Chargers, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Analysis: Benjamin disappointed with the Bills this season before being released earlier this month. He'll now look to get things going with the Chiefs and may carve out a solid role with the team down the stretch if Sammy Watkins' foot injury lingers. That said, we'd like to see Benjamin get a full and productive game in before recommending him as a fantasy lineup option.
Benjamin expects to suit up for Thursday's game against the Chargers, Omar Ruiz of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Benjamin was inactive for Week 14 against the Ravens as he continued to learn the playbook, but with Sammy Watkins (foot) and Tyreek Hill (heel/wrist) both banged up, the Chiefs need all the help they can get at wide receiver. The big-bodied wideout was released by the Bills in early December after posting just 23 catches for 354 yards and a touchdown over 12 games. He secured a deal with the Chiefs last Thursday and appears set to make his debut just a week later. Still, his snap count may be limited by how much of the playbook he knows.
Benjamin (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Benjamin will be street clothes for his first game with the Chiefs after his late-week addition to the roster left him with little time to get up to speed with the new playbook. Given that the Chiefs play on Thursday night against the Chargers in Week 15, Benjamin may have a tough time getting prepared for that game as well, so it may not be until late-December that he makes his team debut. Whenever he's ready to go, Benjamin could challenge for a role in three-receiver formations with Sammy Watkins (foot) sidelined for Week 14 and at risk of missing the rest of the regular season.
Coach Andy Reid admitted Friday that it's unlikely Benjamin will be active for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star. Reid said the newly signed wideout will have a more realistic shot at playing in the Chiefs' Thursday night matchup with the Chargers in Week 15.
Analysis: After being cut loose by Buffalo earlier in the week and going unclaimed off waivers, Benjamin worked out of the Chiefs on Thursday and was signed to the roster a day later. Kansas City was motivated to add extra depth at receiver after Sammy Watkins re-injured a lingering foot injury that is expected to sideline him for Sunday's game and possibly the remainder of the regular season, but Benjamin likely won't be pressed into action in Watkins' stead right away after having limited time to get up to speed with the Chiefs' playbook. Once Benjamin gets comfortable with Kansas City's offensive scheme, he could challenge for a regular role in three-wideout formations alongside Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley. Benjamin's involvement in the passing game would likely trail off to some extent once Watkins is back to full health.
Benjamin will sign with the Chiefs, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Benjamin was released by the Bills earlier this week after gathering only 23 of his 62 targets for 362 yards and one touchdown in 12 games this season. That being said, being a part of Andy Reid's high-powered offense should benefit Benjamin greatly in contrast with his situation in Buffalo, as he heads from a bottom-five passing team to a top-five unit that ranks first in passing touchdowns so far this season. With Sammy Watkins (foot) still on the shelf, Benjamin could have a chance to contribute right away as the Chiefs take on the Ravens in Week 14.
Benjamin is slated to visit the Chiefs on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports,
Analysis: Benjamin's stint with the Bills was disappointing and led to his release, but in the right team context, he has the size and experience to be an asset. Kansas could be a good fit, especially if wideout Sammy Watkins' foot issue persists.
The Bills have released Benjamin.
Analysis: The team also released Andre Holmes on Tuesday, which leaves Zay Jones, Robert Foster and Isaiah McKenzie as the team's top options at wideout. Benjamin, who logged 23 catches for 354 yards and a TD in 12 games for the Bills, could catch on elsewhere in short order, but he he has much to prove before re-surfacing on the fantasy radar after being cut by a team that is desperate for pass-catching talent.
Benjamin caught two of four targets for 20 yards during Sunday's loss to Miami.
Analysis: Has someone looked under the helmet to make sure this is the same player that caught 18 touchdowns over two and a half seasons with the Panthers. Benjamin hasn't seen the end zone for the Bills since Week 2, and has bettered 50 receiving yards just once all season. Zay Jones has easily passed by him as an offensive contributor, and others have been much more involved as well. Benjamin needs to end up in a different city this offseason to even be in the discussion again.
Coach Sean McDermott acknowledged Friday that Benjamin has seen his snap counts trail off the last two games due to the organization's desire to give some of their younger receivers more opportunities, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
Analysis: At 27 years old, Benjamin isn't exactly over the hill, but his production since his 73-catch, 1,008-yard rookie campaign with Carolina would argue otherwise. Since tearing his ACL in August 2015, Benjamin -- never regarded as a burner -- has noticeably lost some explosiveness, and his struggles with gaining separation from defensive backs have become even more apparent during parts of two seasons in Buffalo, where he's been saddled with shaky quarterback play. Over 17 career games with the Bills, Benjamin has managed only 37 receptions for 551 yards (6.5 per target) and two touchdowns, production that has likely motivated the team to explore other options. Since Benjamin is set to become a free agent this offseason and probably won't be re-signed, it's unlikely his snap counts will pick up over the final five contests, paving the way for the likes of Zay Jones, Robert Foster, Isaiah McKenzie and perhaps even sixth-round rookie Ray-Ray McCloud to earn more looks down the stretch.
Benjamin caught one of two targets for 32 yards in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.
Analysis: Benjamin made a nice catch on the one reception, where he and Josh Allen looked like two stars playing together for years. Unfortunately, that was all Benjamin did on the afternoon, a scenario that's played out almost every week this season. Making matters worse, he only saw action on 40 percent of the offensive snaps, less than fellow receivers Zay Jones, Isaiah McKenzie and Robert Foster. Benjamin has showed signs of being a very good pro receiver in the past, but he's having a hard time gaining separation from cornerbacks these days. Put that with a rookie quarterback and a team trying to get looks for younger, faster receivers and starting Benjamin is a fantasy pitfall.
Benjamin was unable to haul in any of his three targets during Sunday's 41-10 win over the Jets.
Analysis: The Bills had their biggest offensive showing of the season on Sunday, but their top target was not a part of it as LeSean McCoy and Zay Jones stole the show. Benjamin has topped 50 yards just once this season and has only one score despite a skillset that seems made for the red zone. The quarterback carousel that has no doubt impacted all of Buffalo's receivers may continue following the bye with rookie Josh Allen (elbow) potentially returning. It'll be a tough time to make the adjustment against a Jaguars defense surrendering a league-best 201 passing yards per game.
Benjamin (knee) practiced fully for the second straight day Friday and does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Analysis: Benjamin's issue turned out to be a minor one, but what's not a minor issue is his lack of production all season. Benjamin has only once bettered 45 yards in yardage this season, and has found the end zone on just one occasion as well, in a game where he finished with 19 receiving yards. It appears that Zay Jones may have passed Benjamin for the No. 1 receiving role. While Jones' own production is also lacking -- as is everybody else in this offense -- he's been seeing a slightly higher snap count than Benjamin and has shown a better ability to create separation from opposing corners.
Benjamin (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: The full session implies that Benjamin's limitations at Wednesday's practice were likely maintenance-related more so than a result of legitimate worry over his knee issue. Benjamin's health looks to be in a decent place entering the Week 10 matchup with the Jets, but his outlook is muddled by the uncertain state of the Buffalo passing game. The Bills still haven't determined who will be throwing passes to Benjamin on Sunday, as the two preferred options, Josh Allen (elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion), are still working back from injuries that could keep both unavailable. If that ends up being the case, Nathan Peterman would likely pick up another start, despite throwing three interceptions and averaging only 3.8 yards per attempt during a 41-9 loss to the Bears in Week 9.
Benjamin was limited during Wednesday's practice session due to a knee issue, the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: We have to assume this is minor given that this is the team's first practice of the week and he was still able to work in some capacity. Still, it's just another issue for the once study fantasy wideout to go with lack of separation from corners, playing in the NFL's worst offense, shaky quarterback play, etc.
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