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13 Kelvin Benjamin WR
Height/Weight: 6-5/240 | Birthdate: 2/5/1991 | Birthplace: Belle Glade, FL, USA | Team: Carolina | College: Florida State | NFL Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 99/80 | Average Draft Position: 103.90
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Trio of Panthers receivers pitch in to Sunday victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) No Panthers receivers totaled more than five receptions for 47 yards Sunday against Cleveland, but a trio did make decent contributions.

Kelvin Benjamin finished with five catches for 47 yards, including an acrobatic 18-yarder in the second quarter. Fellow wideout Jerricho Cotchery added 46 yards on five receptions while tight end Ed Dickson had two catches for 44 yards. Among them was a huge 34-yarder with time ticking off the clock that iced the victory.


Kelvin Benjamin, Greg Olsen benefit from backup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2014) Going without quarterback Cam Newton, who's sidelined by two fractures in his back, may seem like bad news for the Panthers offense as a whole, but in two games with backup Derek Anderson under center, that hasn't proven to be the case for the team's top two receiving threats, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and tight end Greg Olsen.

Benjamin had eight catches for 104 yards Week 15 against Tampa Bay. It was his second game in his last six with more than 75 receiving yards. He's had six of those games in all this season. Two of them have come in Anderson's two starts.

Olsen had 10 catches for 110 yards Week 15 against Tampa Bay. It was his second game in his last seven with more than 75 receiving yards. He's had four of those games in all this season. Two of them have come in Anderson's two starts.

Both players also got 13 targets in Week 15, equaling a season high for Benjamin and setting a season high for Olsen.

Of course, Anderson's 40 pass attempts were more than Newton has had in all but two starts this season, but maybe that's the point. The plays Newton contributes with his legs rob from the potential plays he could make with his arm, which limits Benjamin's and Olsen's targets. If nothing else, it means you should stick with Benjamin and Olsen in Fantasy even if Newton remains sidelined for Week 16 against Cleveland.


Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin surpasses 100 yards Week 15


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin totaled eight catches for 104 yards during a 19-17 win Week 15 against the Bucs. He was targeted 13 times and his longest catch went 21 yards.

Benjamin surpassed 100 yards for the third time this season. He has 952 receiving yards through 14 games.

The Panthers are back in action Week 16 against the Browns.


Panthers WR Benjamin held down, but does score in win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was held to just two receptions Sunday in New Orleans. But one of them got his team kick-started to a blowout victory.

Benjamin caught a 9-yard touchdown pass just over the goal line three minutes into the game. He finished with only 24 yards receiving, however.

He will attempt greater overall production next Sunday against the Buccaneers.


History doesn't favor Panthers passing game


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/4/2014) When Panthers quarterback Cam Newton last faced the Saints at home in Week 9, he threw for 151 yards and an interception. In two meetings with them last year, he threw for 160 and 181 yards. In seven meetings with them for his career, he has averaged just 196.4 passing yards, throwing six touchdown passes, or less than one per game, and five interceptions.

And that's against a team that has historically put up so many points itself that it's forced opponents to abandon the running game, making it historically one of the worst teams against the pass. That's certainly been the case this year. The Saints rank 28th against the pass, allowing 268.4 yards per game, and have given up the seventh-most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.

And yet that history for Newton is impossible to overlook, especially since the Saints have been more or less the same kind of team during that time. They seem to have him figured out. Certainly, they've gotten enough looks.

That's bad news not only for Newton with the Panthers traveling to New Orleans in Week 14, but also his top target, rookie Kelvin Benjamin, whose production has mirrored Newton's this season. Against the Saints in Week 9, he had two catches for 18 yards.


Cam Newton stays late to work with Kelvin Benjamin


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Following Wednesday's practice, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton worked with rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin for more than a half-hour, reports the Charlotte Observer. Joining them on the practice field were offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey.

Benjamin has caught 57 of his 110 targets this season, for 824 yards and eight touchdowns. Carolina visits New Orleans on Sunday.


Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin has quiet game Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Despite being targeted a team-high 12 times, Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was held to five receptions for 56 yards in a 31-13 loss to the Vikings Week 13. 

It was Benjamin’s first game in November without a touchdown.

The Panthers face the Saints Week 14.


Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin posts second 100-yard game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin came down with an acrobatic touchdown reception in Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Falcons in Week 11. Cam Newton found Benjamin in the end zone, and the rookie receiver hauled in a juggling 22-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.

Benjamin, who had just two catches for 21 yards in the first half, finished the game with nine grabs for 108 yards on 13 targets. It was his second 100-yard performance of the season. He has 767 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on the year.

Benjamin will look for his third 100-yard game Week 13 at Minnesota.


Pride helps Panthers rookie Benjamin thrive during team dud


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin admitted to being down at halftime Monday with his team trailing by 24 points to Philadelphia -- a deficit that swelled in the third quarter. But his recollection of advice received from teammate Greg Olsen motivated him for the second half.

"He told me one time 'take pride in what you put on film,' " Benjamin told ESPN.

Benjamin had just one catch for nine yards before intermission, but added three receptions for 61 yards thereafter, including touchowns of 21 and 40 yards.

"I just wanted to go out there and finish, finish playing hard, finish blocking," he added.


Kelvin Benjamin catches two fourth-quarter touchdowns


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Panthers rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin had one catch for 9 yards and two drops entering the fourth quarter of Monday's loss at Philadelphia. Then he caught a pair of touchdowns from Cam Newton.

Benjamin fought his way to the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown, then broke free for a 40-yard score less than four minutes later. He tied for the team lead with seven targets.

Up to seven touchdowns this season, Benjamin plays the Falcons in Week 11.


Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin gets shut down Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) Panthers wideout Kelvin Benjamin was shut down Thursday against the Saints.

Quarterback Cam Newton tried to get the ball to his stud wideout, but it wasn't happening. Benjamin was targeted a team-high 10 times, but came up with just two receptions for 18 yards. Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis had a lot to do with the performance. He was constantly draped over Benjamin most of the night. 

Benjamin will hope for more Week 10 against the Eagles. 


Kelvin Benjamin could come up big


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2014) With the Panthers expected to pass a lot in Week 9 against a Saints team that ranks second in total offense and fifth in scoring offense, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin figures to be one of the prime beneficiaries. After all, he's emerged as quarterback Cam Newton's preferred downfield target as a rookie and, at 6-feet-5, is a big target in the red zone as well.

After a strong start to the season, his yardage has been hit or miss lately, but generally speaking, when Newton is on, so is Benjamin. And all signs point to a big game for Newton. Not only is that the only way he keeps the Panthers in the game, but the Saints rank 31st against the pass, giving up 289.3 yards per game. They've also allowed the second-most Fantasy points per game to wide receivers.

Considering he's scored a touchdown in five of eight games this season, you're probably starting Benjamin regardless of any matchup data. But you can do so with confidence this week. Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard rank him among their top 10 wide receivers.


Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin turns in strong game Week 8


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Panthers wideout Kelvin Benjamin turned in a strong game Week 8 against the Seahawks.

The Panthers were mostly limited on offense, but Benjamin managed to overcome. Most of his yardage came on one play. With the game tied, Benjamin out-jumped two defenders to haul in a 51 yard grab. Benjamin had a shot at a touchdown earlier in the contest, but couldn't come up with the ball after it bounced off his hands. Benjamin did not start the game due to a coach's decision, but did enter on the team's first drive. Neither he nor Ken Whisenhunt would elaborate on the issue following the game. Benjamin finished with four receptions for 94 yards. 

Benjamin will look for more Week 9 against the Saints.


Kelvin Benjamin probably a worthwhile risk


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/23/2014) Only you can say for sure whether you should start Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin this week because only you know your alternatives. But Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard have him in their top 24 wide receivers, which makes him an advisable start in standard 12-team leagues. And while I might rank Andre Johnson, Mohamed Sanu and Doug Baldwin ahead of him, I generally agree with their assessment.

Clearly, though, it isn't a slam dunk, and the main reason why is Richard Sherman. He's not quite Darrelle Revis in his prime, but he's been known to shut down a top flight wide receiver or two. He just held the Rams' Brian Quick to two catches for 33 yards in Week 7.

Of course, Benjamin is probably better than Quick and plays for a team with a more consistent passing attack. His size makes him an ideal red zone target, and he's scored a touchdown in five of seven games this season. How do you sit that?

Again, you probably don't, but keep your expectations in check for Benjamin this week.


Panthers ready for challenge of facing Seahawks' Richard Sherman


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he won't be afraid to throw against Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman in Week 8. However, he knows he has to be careful when he challenges one of the league's best cornerbacks.

"If the play is called for me to read it to Richard’s side, by all means I’m going to do it," Newton said, per ESPN. "And I’m going to give each and every receiver an opportunity to make plays.  I’m not going to force it. I’m not going to be an idiot. I’m going to do a great job of protecting the football and be aggressively patient in taking what the defense gives me."

Sherman will likely draw rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin for most of the afternoon Sunday. Benjamin is ready for the challenge.

"You can tell he loves the game," Benjamin said. "He brings the passion to it. He has fun. He talks a lot of smack out there, but this is football. I’m just going to come out there and match his intensity; play fast and be sound in all my assignments."


Kelvin Benjamin can't be kept out of the end zone


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) There was some concern about Kelvin Benjamin's availability entering Week 7, but he showed he has reached a rarified air in the 38-17 loss to the Packers.

Benjamin recovered from a concussion in time to take the field Sunday, and found a way to produce even during a quiet game for the Panthers' offense overall. He hauled in three of six passes thrown his way for 61 yards and a touchdown, in what is becoming a recurring scene. Benjamin has five receiving touchdowns through the first seven games of his career, becoming just the 18th player since 1970 to do so.

Benjamin has logged double digits in Fantasy scoring in five of seven games, and each game has included a touchdown. He is a huge weapon in the red zone, and has reached the point where he pretty much has to be in your starting lineup as long as he is active. 


Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin scores TD in return from concussion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin made his return from a concussion and scored a touchdown in a Week 7 defeat to the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Benjamin caught a 13-yard pass from Cam Newton in the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. He was thrown to six times and finished with three catches for 61 yards and a score in a 38-17 defeat. He has 34 grabs for 477 yards and five touchdowns on the season. 

Benjamin and the Panthers will look to get back on track at home against the Seahawks in Week 8.


Panthers WR Benjamin, RB Stewart cleared for Week 7


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) and Jonathan Stewart (knee) are both active for Sunday's game against the Packers in Week 7. Benjamin was questionable heading into Sunday, but passed the league's concussion protocol prior to the game. Stewart will be making his return from a three-game absence.

Report: Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin cleared to play Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who is questionable due to a concussion, has been cleared to play Week 7 at Green Bay, a source told NFL.com. Benjamin was able to practice in full Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday.

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin travels with team to Green Bay


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2014) All signs point to Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin playing Sunday against the Packers. The rookie wideout traveled with the team to Wisconsin to face the Packers, according to the Charlotte Observer on Saturday.

Benjamin was officially ruled questionable for Week 7 and will need to clear the league's concussion protocol in order to play.


Keep an eye on Kelvin Benjamin's status


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) With Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin's availability in question for Week 7 against the Packers, Fantasy owners should be prepared with a backup plan if he can't play Sunday.

If Benjamin clears the league's concussion protocol, he has a chance to put together a productive effort, though that will depend on how involved he is in the offense. The Packers have surrendered two touchdowns in two of the last three games to opposing wide receivers, who are averaging 20.0 Fantasy points per game overall against them.

Benjamin has been a reliable red zone target as a rookie, and has built much of his value on that. Even if he is somewhat limited, Carolina might look to maximize his value by utilizing him in the red zone primarily. As long as he plays, you probably want to keep Benjamin in your lineup.

However, keep an eye on his status before the game, and have a replacement ready in case he is unable to take the field Sunday. 


Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin deemed questionable for Week 7


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Panthers wideout Kelvin Benjamin was officially ruled as questionable for Week 7 at Green Bay, according to the team's official website.

Although Benjamin participated in every drill Friday during the media availability portion of practice, head coach Ron Rivera told the media that his rookie wideout is still going through the league's concussion protocol, leaving his availability in the hands of the doctors.

Through six games, Benjamin has 31 grabs for 416 yards and four touchdowns.


Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin practicing Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Panthers wideout Kelvin Benjamin participated in every drill Friday during the media availability portion of practice, leading to the belief that he will play Sunday at Green Bay.

He still needs to clear concussion protocol before receiving the thumbs-up for Week 7 action.

The highly touted rookie is off to a fine start to his career with 31 catches for 416 yards and four touchdowns in six games.


Panthers' Rivera hopeful Kelvin Benjamin will pass concussion test


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Thursday it would be a "considerable loss" if wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) doesn't play Week 7 against the Packers. Rivers, though, is still hopeful Benjamin will pass his concussion test Friday.

Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin present at practice, but not participating


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who did not practice Wednesday due to a concussion, was present at practice Thursday, but he wasn't participating for a second straight day, per The Charlotte Observer. The Panthers are preparing to play the Packers Week 7.