Travis Benjamin, WR San Diego Chargers

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Travis Benjamin, Keenan Allen miss action Saturday

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 9:17pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

San Diego Fanfest spectators wondered why speedy newcomer Travis Benjamin sat out all drills, and why Keenan Allen, the No. 1 receiver, sat on the bench with a shoe off as trainer James Collins checked on both players.

HC Mike McCoy said Allen was limited to solo drills, due to having his foot stepped on Friday. “He’s fine,” the coach said.

McCoy didn’t specify Benjamin’s situation but said generally that he’ll rest players on certain days.

Fantasy Impact:

So once again, it was Tyrell Williams getting to take advantage. Williams had a 28-yard catch which QB Philip Rivers described as the top highlight for the first team offense. Williams is having a good camp and could be in line for more playing time with Stevie Johnson's injury. The story said Williams is of the Michael Floyd mold.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
The Chargers secured another playmaker for Philip Rivers by adding Travis Benjamin in free agency. From a fantasy perspective, Benjamin fills a void in San Diego's offense for a deep threat created by the retirement of Malcom Floyd. Benjamin also adds a playmaker to the Chargers' return game. San Diego averaged a league-low 4.2 yards a punt return in 2015. In fact, the Chargers finished last in the NFL in 2015 with 84 total punt return yards, the lowest total by any NFL team since 1981. Speed is Benjamin's forte. His average of 12.6 yards per return ranks first in the NFL since he entered the league in 2012. He is one of seven players with three punt returns for a touchdown in that time, and he holds the Browns' record for punt-return yardage in a game (179 in 2013) and longest punt return (93 yards in 2012). He also had five receiving touchdowns last season.

Fantasy Downside
Benjamin, a smaller, shiftier type of receiver, doesn't fit into the more imposing physical mold that Floyd and Antonio Gates represent which leaves some wondering if he'll be an ideal fit for the offense.

2016 Bottom Line
I'm not buying into that downside. I think Rivers is more than capable of taking advantage of the skills his newest receiver brings to the table. That being the case, I expect Rivers, who threw the ball 662 times last season (and who has at least 527 attempts every season since 2010), and returning OC Ken Whisenhunt to maximize Benjamin's play-making ability. Working in receiving corps led by Keenan Allen will also work in Benjamin's favor.

2016 Strength of Schedule - SD
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
32
@KC
10
JAX
23
@IND
27
NO
7
@OAK
3
DEN
2
@ATL
3
@DEN
19
TEN
28
MIA
BYE4
@HOU
17
TB
12
@CAR
7
OAK
29
@CLE
32
KC

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2015 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRSnaps%
1NYJ3891329.670000-46/7164.79%
2TEN31152438.330000-23/4946.94%
3OAK44511011.250001-58/7577.33%
4SD67901013.170000-56/7178.87%
5BAL68301213.830000-78/8888.64%
6DEN911701313.000000-56/7970.89%
7LA4470811.750001-65/7586.67%
8ARI326058.670000-53/6384.13%
9CIN322067.330000-51/5396.23%
10PIT711301116.141-700-7.0055/6979.71%
11BYE------------
12BAL69011315.001100010.0060/6986.96%
13CIN0002-0000-20/6331.75%
14SF4410710.250000-52/7866.67%
15SEA326058.6719009.0052/5594.55%
16KC2200510.000000-48/6870.59%
17PIT55301110.6010000.0081/8397.59%
Per game4.2560.380.317.8114.210.250.7500.133.0053.38/69.3176.39%
Totals68966512514.21412023.00854/110976.39%

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