Player Profile: Kelvin Benjamin
Rank: WR 33
Risk Level: Low
Pros: He’s 6’5 and a big target in the Red Zone. Benjamin has got the threat of double digit touchdowns every season. He’s also Newton’s second favorite target besides Greg Olsen. All the other wide receivers on the Panthers belong in the American Flag football League. Kelvin has 60 plus receptions in both seasons that he’s been healthy and averaged about 14.3 yards on those receptions. He’s going to get you just about 1,000 receiving yards along with a high end number for touchdowns.
Cons: He’s got weight issues. Possibly Eddie Lacy’s best friend in the off-season. Benjamin isn’t as quick as most WR1’s and creating separation can be difficult for him sometimes. His play depends on Cam Newton’s health and consistency.
For some reason critics aren’t very fond of Kelvin Benjamin. He’s by far the best wide receiver option that Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers have. We won’t include Greg Olsen since he’s at the tight end position. Maybe there is so much hate centered around him because he’s been hanging out with Eddie Lacy at the local burger joint in Seattle in the off-season. I couldn’t blame him if he’s trying to get weight incentives added into his current or future contract. Who wouldn’t want to make an extra $55,000 when trimming down? Eddie Lacy might have the best contract known to man since he’s the star contestant for biggest loser for the Seattle Seahawks.
Kelvin is currently ranked as the 33rd best wide receiver in the league, which is great for fantasy owners. This means great value later in the draft. Benjamin has put up decent numbers over the past 3 years, or should I say two seasons since he was injured in 2015. He finished last season with 941 receiver yards and 7 touchdowns. Let’s not forget the inconsistent play by Newton and the injuries that he was playing through. I would say Benjamin’s numbers are pretty decent since Newton didn’t play at his best. Newton’s healthy now, and the Panthers are looking to preserve his body, which means that they might hold him back in the red zone and distribute the ball more. This means more targets for Benjamin. He’s the biggest target the Panthers got and I expect them to use the 6’5 wide outs capabilities significantly more.
The second best wide receiver on the Panthers is Devin Funchess and he should be on the practice squad. Newton needs to put up big numbers this season to contend in the NFC South, which means that he has to throw the ball deep to Benjamin. He’s already averaging 14.3 yards per catch. I’ll definitely, without question, take Kelvin Benjamin as my WR2 or WR3. The way mock drafts are currently going, fantasy owners will be able to add this asset to the team in the mid to late rounds. This is a big time steal.
Drafting Benjamin is an extremely low risk option. The targets, numbers, and production will come from Benjamin this season. I look for Benjamin to out produce his current ranking and ADP considerably.
I do want to mention that Kelvin Benjamin has started shedding some of the weight that he put on this off-season. So don’t let the diet issues play to strongly into your decision making.