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Kelvin Benjamin | Wide Receiver

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 240
College: Florida State
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Kelvin Benjamin secured 5-of-12 targets for 47 yards in the Panthers' Week 16 win over the Browns.
Not having to deal with Joe Haden (shoulder), Benjamin made a spectacular leaping catch for 18 yards in the second quarter. Otherwise, his receptions consisted of chain-moving gains on a day where Cam Newton managed 201 yards passing. One element missing from Benjamin's game is run-after-catch ability. The Panthers will face the Falcons in Atlanta for the NFC South title next week. Dec 21 - 4:14 PM

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Kelvin Benjamin secured 8-of-13 targets for 104 yards in the Panthers' Week 15 win over the Bucs.

Derek Anderson locked onto Greg Olsen and Benjamin, the latter of whom nearly reeled in a second-quarter one-handed touchdown grab, but couldn't quite hold on. Fantasy owners should still be pleased with Benjamin's final stat line. He'll get back Cam Newton in Week 16 for a date with the falling-flat Browns.
Dec 14 - 5:24 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught 2-of-5 targets for 24 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 14 win over the Saints.

It was an all-too typical day at the office for Benjamin, who mixed the good with the bad. Benjamin whipped Keenan Lewis on his nine-yard score in the first quarter, but dropped what could have been a 59-yard touchdown 10 minutes later. He also committed a personal foul. Benjamin will remain a boom-or-bust WR2 for next week's matchup with the Bucs.
Dec 7 - 5:41 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught five passes for 56 yards in the Panthers' Week 13 loss to the Vikings.

Benjamin was targeted a team-high 12 times, but didn't do anything special with Xavier Rhodes draped on him for much of the day. Benjamin made one good catch in some traffic. That was about it. He remains an every-week starter as a target dominator, but Carolina can't get the pass game going. Benjamin gets the Saints in Week 14, whom he went just 2-18-0 against in Week 9.
Nov 30 - 5:21 PM

WRs coach Ricky Proehl said the Panthers have to "make sure we get" Kelvin Benjamin involved weekly.

Benjamin has been far from perfect this year, catching just 52-of-98 targets while battling some drops and poor routes. But the Panthers have wisely stuck with him through the mistakes and have been rewarded with eight touchdowns. "You’ve got to get him touches, because he gets going," Proehl said. "Just like any great receiver, when you feed him he gets into the game." Clearly a focal point of the offense, Benjamin is an every-week fantasy starter heading into a Week 13 game at Minnesota.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 24 - 9:49 AM

Kelvin Benjamin caught nine passes for 109 yards and one touchdown in the Panthers' Week 11 loss to the Falcons.

Benjamin was targeted a team-high 13 times, but continues to mix frustration with greatness. Benjamin was the culprit again this week on one of Cam Newton's interceptions, simply giving up on a slant route. But he later made a juggling catch for a 22-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The entire Carolina team needs the Week 12 bye, and Benjamin could use the mental break.
Nov 16 - 5:36 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught three passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' Week 10 loss to the Eagles on Monday night.

What a way to save a horrific night. Benjamin was held to one catch for 13 yards much of the night before securing two garbage-time touchdowns late in the fourth quarter with Carolina getting smoked by 38 points. He was targeted seven times on the night, but stopped his first route of the night short, leading directly to a Cam Newton interception. Fantasy owners don't mind, but Benjamin was horrible Monday. The boom-or-bust WR2 gets the Falcons next week.
Nov 11 - 12:26 AM

Kelvin Benjamin caught just 2-of-10 targets for 18 yards in Carolina's Week 9 loss to the Saints.

A lot of the blame for Benjamin's quiet night rests on the inaccurate arm of Cam Newton, but Benjamin straight up dropped a ball in the end zone for the second-consecutive week. He also committed a costly holding penalty that wiped out a third quarter first-down run from Jonathan Stewart. Benjamin flashes jaw-dropping physical talent every Sunday (or Thursday), but has had truly abysmal hands through the first nine games of his NFL career. He's a boom-or-bust WR2.
Oct 30 - 11:48 PM

Kelvin Benjamin said he purposely ran a slower forty time at the Combine "because I wanted to play for the Panthers."

Benjamin clocked a 4.61 in February, but says he's been timed as fast as 4.41. At 6'5/240, running a sub-4.5 forty would have likely made Benjamin a top-10 or top-15 pick. The story is hard to believe.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 29 - 9:26 AM

Kelvin Benjamin caught four passes for 94 yards in Sunday's 13-9 Week 8 loss to the Seahawks.

Instead of just sticking at his usual LCB spot, Richard Sherman and the Seahawks showed Benjamin respect by shadowing him all over the field. For the most part, Benjamin was up to the challenge. The 4-94-0 line on seven targets could have been much more if a high end-zone pass didn't clang off his hands and if Cam Newton didn't slightly overthrow an open Benjamin on a bomb. Regardless, owners should be very, very encouraged by the first-round rookie's performance against Sherman. He's going to have a monster rest of the season, starting with upcoming cupcake matchups against the Saints, Eagles and Falcons. Benjamin will top his current 76-1142-10 pace.
Oct 26 - 3:53 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught 3-of-6 targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in Carolina's Week 7 loss to the Packers.

Benjamin's score came deep into garbage time, but was impressive as he skied over Packers CB Tramon Williams in the end zone. Benjamin also boxed out Williams on a nifty grab in the second quarter. Averaging five catches for 68 yards per week, Benjamin has also found the end zone in 5-of-7 games. He's a WR2 with weekly WR1 upside. Seattle's Legion of Boom represents a stiff Week 8 test, however.
Oct 19 - 5:37 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is active for Week 7 against the Packers.

Benjamin is good to go as a top-15 option against a Packers defense missing RCB Sam Shields. LCB Tramon Williams (ankle) is active, but operating at less than 100 percent. Inactive for the Panthers are QB Joe Webb, CB Josh Norman, CB Bene Benwikere, RB DeAngelo Williams, RB Fozzy Whittaker, OG Amini Silatolu and LB Chase Blackburn.
Oct 19 - 11:36 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) has been cleared to play Week 7 against the Packers.

Benjamin gets the green light just in time for a delicious matchup. He'll be Cam Newton's go-to guy in the red zone against a Green Bay secondary that will be down top CB Sam Shields (knee) and could be missing No. 2 CB Tramon Williams (ankle, game-time decision). We'll have official word on Benjamin's active/inactive status by 11:30 ET, but all signs point to him making the start.
Oct 19 - 7:53 AM

The Charlotte Observer reports "all signs point" to Kelvin Benjamin (questionable, concussion) playing in Sunday's game against the Packers.

Benjamin traveled with the team to Green Bay on Saturday. Barring any setbacks, he's expected to be cleared for Week 7. Benjamin will be a high-upside WR2 against a Green Bay secondary that will be without Sam Shields (knee) and could be without Tramon Williams (ankle).
Oct 18 - 4:51 PM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton said he would bet on Kelvin Benjamin (questionable, concussion) playing this week.

Benjamin reportedly "looked good" in practice on Friday, and coach Ron Rivera seemed optimistic he would be cleared. The final step for Benjamin is to be cleared by an independent doctor, which should happen on Saturday. With the Packers' secondary decimated by injury, Benjamin would be a high-upside WR2 if he is able to play.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 18 - 9:41 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
RB1DeAngelo Williams
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Jonathan Stewart
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Mike Tolbert
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Brenton Bersin
WR21Jerricho Cotchery
2Philly Brown
WR31Philly Brown
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Brandon Williams
K1Graham Gano