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Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Date of Birth:  12/29/1989
Age:  32
Height  5'10"
Weight:   175
College:  Miami (FL)
Drafted:  2012 | Round 4 | Pick 100
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Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR


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Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin is opting out of the 2020 season, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Benjamin was signed to potentially operate as a situational deep threat in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, but he will look ahead to 2021 instead. We’ll see if any big-time names opt out over the next couple of days.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

The 49ers are signing Travis Benjamin, according to Ian Rapoport.

Benjamin caught just six passes in five games for the Chargers last year before a quad injury ended his season, but he's proven to be an effective deep threat throughout his career, and we'll see if he earns a significant role in San Francisco. The former Brown will turn 31 at the end of the year.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

The Chargers and Travis Benjamin are mutually parting ways, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Benjamin will become an unrestricted free agent this month, and the speedy receiver should draw a good amount of interest on the open market. Benjamin can also contribute on special teams as a punt returner, but his main concern is probably durability after playing just 17 games combined in the past two seasons.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

The Chargers have placed Travis Benjamin (undisclosed) on injured reserve.

Benjamin has been banged up all year, but the team didn't give a reason for his placement on IR. With Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry, Melvin Gordon, and Austin Ekeler all needing touches, LA's depth will only become an issue if someone goes down again. It's unclear if Benjamin has a shot to return in 2019.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (hip) is officially active for Week 5.

Benjamin is good to go after missing one game with his hip injury suffered in Week 3. Benjamin has big-play upside, but he's not a highly recommended fantasy option against the Broncos.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (hip) is officially listed as questionable for Week 5.

Like a couple of other guys for the Chargers, Benjamin is expected to be a gametime decision. Benjamin offers big-play ability, but he'll be difficult to trust in fantasy lineups if active on Sunday.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (hip) was officially limited in today’s practice.

Benjamin will also likely remain limited tomorrow, and we’ll see how he’s listed when the final Week 5 injury report is released tomorrow.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (hip) was officially a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Benjamin was doubtful before ultimately being inactive in Week 4, but a limited practice on Wednesday lends optimism. It'd be nice to see the veteran receiver get a full practice in tomorrow or Friday.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (hip) is officially inactive for Week 4.

Benjamin was listed as doubtful to face the Dolphins, and his absence means two of the Chargers’ top three wide receivers are out (Mike Williams is out with a back injury). Benjamin should be considered week-to-week with his hip injury.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (hip) is officially listed as doubtful for Week 4.

As the doubtful designation indicates, Benjamin is unlikely to play this Sunday. However, the Chargers are probably holding out some hope because Mike Williams (back) has already been ruled out for the contest at Miami.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (hip) officially did not practice today.

Benjamin is probably on the doubtful side of things right now, but we'll see how he's listed on the final Week 4 injury report tomorrow.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (hip) officially did not practice today.

Benjamin is looking iffy for Sunday's game against the Dolphins after coming up limping late in Week 3, but we'll see if he's able to get out on the practice field in one of the next two days.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

The Chargers have signed Travis Benjamin to a one-year extension, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

Benjamin is now signed through the 2020 season, and the team is reportedly giving him a $5.5 million signing bonus while reducing his 2019 salary from $5.25 million to $1 million to create cap space. This might indicate the Chargers expect Benjamin to play a larger role on offense with Tyrell Williams gone, but it's worth noting Benjamin's contributions as a punt returner, too. The speedy deep threat could have FLEX value in 2019 if he's the clear third receiver and a starter along with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin did not catch a pass in the Divisional Round.

With the Charges eliminated, Benjamin's season is over. The speedster is entering a contract year with the Chargers, and he could potentially have a bigger role if the team doesn't re-sign impending free agent Tyrell Williams in the offseason.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin catches three passes in the Wild Card Round.

Benjamin gained 11 yards on his three receptions against the Ravens. The speedy receiver mostly worked as a target on quick swing passes against a stingy Baltimore defense, and the Patriots will also likely do a good job of limiting big plays from Benjamin in next weekend's Divisional Round.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin gets one offensive touch in Week 17.

Benjamin had one carry for 11 yards versus Denver. The speedy receiver's regular season ends with 12 receptions for 186 yards and a touchdown along with seven carries for 41 yards in 12 games. He'll now look to make some gamebreaking plays in the postseason.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin gets two touches in Week 16.

Benjamin caught one pass for 11 yards and had one carry for six yards in the Chargers' loss to the Ravens. Benjamin was targeted on Philip Rivers' final pass attempt of the night on a deep ball to the end zone in double coverage with LA needing two touchdowns to win. The speedy receiver is a better real-life asset for the Chargers than he is a recommended fantasy option.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin comes up clutch in win over the Chiefs.

Benjamin caught two passes for 57 yards, also adding an eight-yard rush. The two receptions came on the game's final drive, as Benjamin picked up two huge first downs across the middle that saved the night for Los Angeles. The speedster probably doesn't get enough volume to warrant strong consideration in 10- or 12-team leagues, but he will look to make plays again next week against Baltimore.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin catches one pass in Week 14 win.

It went for 11 yards. Benjamin probably needs a deep ball to be worth starting down the stretch, so fantasy owners are better off looking elsewhere.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin scores in Chargers’ win.

Benjamin caught a controversial touchdown on a 46-yard deep ball in which there was a false start that probably should have been called. The non-penalty call didn’t really affect the play, though, as Benjamin simply beat the coverage down the right sideline for a deep ball touchdown. Overall, Benjamin had two receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown along with one carry for one yard. Benjamin is a boom/bust option for Week 14 against the Bengals, but it might be a good spot to use him against a defense that’s been poor this season.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin caught three passes for 47 yards in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

Benjamin saw extended playing time with Tyrell Williams (quad) active but a non-factor, and he was part of an insanely efficient day from Philip Rivers. The speedster will look to get behind Pittsburgh's defense next Sunday night, but Benjamin won't be a recommended fantasy option.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin held without a catch in Week 11 loss.

Benjamin was targeted three times, but he and Philip Rivers haven't connected in nearly a month. The speedster can stay on the waiver wire heading into Week 12.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin handles one touch in Week 10 win.

It was a rush for a loss of two yards. Benjamin isn't a recommended fantasy option on an offense that's becoming more and more centered around Melvin Gordon and Keenan Allen.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin gets one offensive touch in Chargers' win.

Benjamin had one carry for -2 yards against the Seahawks. The speedy receiver is a valuable member of the Chargers offense, but he's difficult to trust in fantasy lineups as the team's fourth receiver right now.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin catches one pass in win over the Titans.

It went for 13 yards at the start of the second half. The speedster hadn't played in October due to a foot injury, so it was good to see him back on the field. He won't be a recommended fantasy option coming out of the Week 8 bye as LA's No. 4 receiver.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (foot) is active for Week 7.

Benjamin was listed as questionable after he was limited in practice during the week, but he's ready to go against the Titans in London. This is the dynamic receiver's third game of the season, and he'll be the fourth receiver for the Chargers, so he's only a fantasy option in leagues that award points for return yardage.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (foot) is listed as questionable for Week 7.

Benjamin was limited in practice the last two days before getting in a full practice today, so he's looking good for Sunday morning against the Titans. However, the speedy receiver might need to test the foot in warmups to ensure he's ready to go. Because the Chargers play in London at the 9:30 AM ET timeslot, Benjamin's status will be known by 8:00 AM ET on Sunday.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (foot) is expected to miss two-to-three weeks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Benjamin is in a cast, so this isn't a surprise. Rapoport says the hope is that Benjamin will be back for Week 7 against the Titans, but it sounds like he should be ready to go in Week 9 after the team's bye if not. Benjamin has already missed two games this season, and it'll be Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Tyrell Williams taking most of the snaps at receiver while he remains out.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (foot) did not practice today.

Benjamin re-aggravated his foot injury in Sunday's win against the Niners, so consider him week-to-week for now. He'll likely be ruled out on Friday, but we'll update you if anything changes.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (foot) is out for the rest of today's game.

Benjamin came into the game having missed the last two games with foot issues, and now he's been ruled out in the third quarter against the Niners. Before leaving, Benjamin had one reception for two yards.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (foot) is active for the Chargers.

Benjamin missed the last two games with his foot injury, but he's back for today's matchup against the Niners. He'll give LA a boost on both offense and special teams.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (foot) is questionable for Sunday.

Benjamin was limited in practice all week and is likely headed for a game-time call. The speedy receiver is off the fantasy radar unless Keenan Allen (knee) misses the game, though.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (foot) was limited in today’s practice.

Benjamin has missed the last two games with his foot issue, and a limited practice to start the week is a positive sign. We’ll monitor Benjamin’s status throughout the week.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (foot) is inactive for Week 3.

Benjamin appears to be getting closer to a return, but he'll miss his second straight game. This is a big loss in a potential shootout with the Rams, but Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, and Mike Williams will be the starters in the battle of LA. Consider Benjamin questionable for Week 4 against the 49ers.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (foot) is listed as questionable for Week 3.

Benjamin is probably headed for a true game-time decision, and the Chargers could certainly use him in a tough matchup in the battle for LA against the Rams. If Benjamin is active on Sunday, he would not be a highly-recommended fantasy option.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (foot) is out for Week 2.

Benjamin wasn't expected to play today against the Bills, and he's now officially inactive. Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, and Mike Williams will all get close to a full amount of snaps for the Chargers.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin (foot) is officially questionable for Week 2.

Benjamin didn't practice all week and is reportedly in a walking boot, so it's not looking promising for Sunday. The Chargers play in the early games, so we'll know his status by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin catches one pass in Week 1 defeat.

It went for one yard, and Benjamin dropped two passes, both of which might have been touchdowns. The speedster will be no more than a lottery ticket in deeper leagues when the Chargers take on the Bills next Sunday.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin scores in Week 17.

Benjamin caught a 62-yard touchdown from Philip Rivers, and he ended up with four receptions for 96 yards and the score against Oakland. The speedy receiver had a 34/567/4 stat line this season, and he'll probably be back as a deep threat for the Chargers in 2018.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin gets one touch in Week 16.

Benjamin had a -4-yard carry on his lone touch against the Jets. He's a risky fantasy option to conclude the regular season next weekend.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin gets two touches in Saturday night loss.

Benjamin had a seven-yard carry on a pitch reverse play, and he had a seven-yard reception. He also appeared to have a miscommunication on an interception late in the game, as he ran a route down the field and didn't look for the ball—though it might've just been poorly thrown and behind him. Benjamin has a very low floor in Week 16 against the Jets.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin touches it three times in win over the Redskins.

Benjamin caught two passes for 21 yards and rushed once for 22 yards. The Chargers' versatile deep threat went for 5/105 against the Chiefs in Week 3, but he won't be a reliable fantasy option against them on Saturday night in a huge AFC West clash.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin catches four passes in Week 13.

Benjamin gained 68 yards on his four receptions (six targets), including a long of 39 yards for the speedster. It's good to see he's had at least 50 yards in each of the last two games, but Benjamin is still considered more of a boom/bust option right now.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin catches three passes against the Cowboys.

Benjamin was hot early on, catching a 46-yard deep ball where he got way behind the defense and would've scored if Philip Rivers didn't need to throw it on the run, leading to an under throw. Overall, he had three receptions for 50 yards and added one carry for six yards on the ground. Facing his former team next week, Benjamin will have some boom potential versus the Browns.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin gets two touches in Week 11.

Benjamin carried once for seven yards on a play where Rivers basically pitched it to him after some pressure and he zoomed to pick up positive yardage. And Benjamin caught  21-yard pass on his lone target against the Bills. He'll be a boom/bust FLEX option against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin gets one carry in Week 10.

Benjamin gained 13 yards on his lone offensive touch in the game, though he was targeted three times in the passing game, including on an overtime interception on a deep ball attempt late in the game. It wasn't an easy play, but ideally Benjamin would've been able to bring down A.J. Bouye after he intercepted the pass. Benjamin will have boom potential against the Bills next week, though he also offers a very low floor.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin scores in Week 8.

Benjamin caught five of a team-high nine targets for 64 receiving yards while also adding two carries for 14 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Patriots. The speedy receiver did have a miscue on a punt return, as he lost eight yards and was tackled in the end zone for a safety. That aside, he played very well and was a key target for Philip Rivers in the game. Through eight games, Benjamin is on pace for 38 receptions, 608 receiving yards, six receiving touchdowns, 10 rushing attempts, 81 rushing yards, and two punt return touchdowns.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin beats Denver again in Week 7 win.

Benjamin caught a 42-yard touchdown and returned a punt return 65 yards for a score in a 21-0 victory. He also rushed once for four yards. The speedster has scored all three of his touchdowns this season against the Broncos, and he will continue to operate as the big-play threat against the Patriots next week. He's just a risky FLEX option.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin gets three touches in Week 5.

Benjamin carried once for 14 yards while adding two receptions for 18 yards. Benjamin could see a slight decrease in playing time with rookie receiver Mike Williams (back) due to make his debut in Week 6, but he'll still be a deep threat for Philip Rivers and the Chargers.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin catches two passes in Week 4.

The speedy receiver had 21 yards on his two receptions against the Eagles. Benjamin is on pace for 44 receptions, 720 yards, and four touchdowns this season, but he's more of a boom/bust fantasy option.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin leads Chargers in receiving in Week 3.

Benjamin had five receptions (on eight targets) for 105 yards, including a long of 44 yards where he made a nice catch. The speedy receiver also had a carry of nine yards. There are probably better options, but Benjamin is in the FLEX conversation next week against the Eagles.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin held to one catch in Week 2 loss.

It went for 11 yards. Benjamin is no higher than the fifth option in the Chargers offense, so there will be more quiet weeks than big ones. He isn't a recommended fantasy option against the Chiefs next Sunday.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin gets behind the defense in Week 1 loss.

Benjamin caught three passes for 43 yards, including a clutch 38-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to bring the Chargers within three. Unfortunately, they missed a potential game-tying field goal with just seconds left on the clock. They'll try to bounce back in Week 2 against the Cowboys, and Benjamin will try to get behind the defense again.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin catches 45-yard touchdown in Chargers' third preseason game.

The Chargers opened the game with the ball and went right down the field on the Rams before Benjamin zoomed behind the defense and Philip Rivers hit him with a deep ball for a touchdown. It was Benjamin's only reception of the exhibition, and he could be done for the preseason as most, if not all, the starters won't be playing in Week 4 of the preseason. Benjamin should have some big weeks this season, it's just a matter of placing him in your lineup at the right time.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamin catches 74-yard bomb in preseason opener.

It came off the arm of Kellen Clemens as he ran down the middle of the defense from the slot on the the left side of the formation. Benjamin also had another 15-yard catch on third down with Philip Rivers in at quarterback, which eventually led to a touchdown. It is still unclear when/if rookie Mike Williams will be able to get on the field, but Benjamin will likely be on the field with Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams until then. Despite last night's game, he will be a weak boom-or-bust option.

Benjamin had three receptions on four targets for 75 yards in a loss to the Browns.

The former Cleveland Brown returned home with a big play early in the contest, a 50 yd-pass from P. Rivers in the 1st quarter. Benjamin had a fairly quiet day the rest of the way, however he is looking better than several weeks ago when his knee injury was more noticeable. The Chargers’ wide receiver is expected to have surgery in the off-season, and is not a reliable option for Week 17 against the Chiefs.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Benjamin had two receptions on three targets for 56 yards and a touchdown on Sunday in a loss to the Raiders.

This was the first game since Benjamin’s knee injury in week 6 that he played a significant role. His 47-yard touchdown reception in the first half was the biggest play of the day, and showed that the wideout still has some major speed despite the knee injury earlier in the year. While he only targeted three times on the day, it was an encouraging sign for the final two games of the season, especially this week when Benjamin returns to Cleveland to face his former team. The Browns have given up at least 23 points in every game this season, and although they’ve been worse against than the run than the pass, we expect Benjamin to shine in this matchup. He'll be a FLEX option.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Travis Benjamins catches two passes against the Bucs.

Benjamin had two catches for 24 yards. He has been passed by Dontrelle Inman for targets. Benjamin did look fully healthy when he caught a pass in the flat and zoomed up the sideline for 18 yards, but he seems to be the third option at wide receiver right now. He's worth keeping on your roster, but is a risky option next week against Carolina, albeit one with upside.

Travis Benjamin | Free Agent WR

Benjamin held to one catch in victory.

With Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams going off, Benjamin caught just one pass for eight yards. He was targeted twice. Coming off an injury, Benjamin could play more next week, and has a good matchup with the Bucs, but is no more than a low-floor FLEX.