|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 203 lb.|
|Born:||March 10, 1995|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 4 (113)|
The selections of wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler pose a threat for Hamilton's role in 2020, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Just as he did to end his rookie campaign, Hamilton ended 2019 on a high note, collecting 11 of his 28 catches, 130 of his 297 yards, and his lone touchdown of the season in Denver's final two games. That didn't completely make up for him being in Joe Flacco's dog house for much of the first half of the season or a key drop in Week 13 against the Chargers. It was never a mystery that Denver was going to select a WR2 early to complement Courtland Sutton, but adding a second makes things interesting. Hamler, who attended Penn State with Hamilton, offers sub-4.3-40 speed from the slot. Head coach Vic Fangio told reporters that Diontae Spencer will be difficult to remove from his returner duties. That likely means that Hamilton, Tim Patrick, Fred Brown, and 2019 draft pick Juwann Winfree are all competing for -- at most -- two roster spots.
Hamilton caught 28 of 52 passes for 297 yards an a touchdown during the 2019 season.
Analysis: Hamilton hadn't done much for most of the season, but showed some life during Denver's final two games, 39.2% of his catches and 43.8% of his yards came in wins of Detroit and Oakland. Though he seemed to have fallen out of favor with Joe Flacco and Brandon Allen, 28 of his 52 targets came during Drew Lock's five-game audition. Hamilton is a nice option short and over the middle, but doesn't seem to be an ideal option to stretch the field opposite Courtland Sutton. He may actually be well served if Denver, as expected, looks to upgrade the WR2 spot. With an extra threat on the outside, Hamilton and his rapport with Lock may have more room to damage with over the middle.
Hamilton caught five of six passes for 65 yards during Sunday's 16-15 win over the Raiders.
Analysis: All five of Hamilton's catches went for first downs Sunday, including two third-down conversions. It's been a mostly dismal season for the Penn State product, but he'll finish on a high note as Denver's leading receiver in each of the last two games of the season. His value heading into his third season will likely be dependent on what Denver does in the draft and free agency. Upgrading the outside receiver spot opposite Courtland Sutton would appear to be a priority, which could push Hamilton into a more natural WR3/slot-receiver role.
Hamilton caught all six of his targets for 65 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-17 win against Detroit.
Analysis: The 24-year-old wideout was trending towards a breakout performance, as his nine targets last week against Kansas City topped his previous season high by three. He was once again highly involved Sunday, tying Tim Patrick for second on the team with six targets and finishing just one notch behind Kenny Golladay for a game-high 66 receiving yards. Hamilton finished out the 2018 campaign as one of the more productive receivers in fantasy, racking up 25 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns over the final quarter of the regular season. He has a solid chance to close out 2019 with a bang as well, taking on an Oakland defense in Week 17 that ranks 27th against the pass.
Hamilton caught two of nine targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 23-3 loss in Kansas City.
Analysis: Rookie Drew Lock looked Hamilton's way early and often Sunday with minimal results. Some of those miscues were poor passes by Lock, good plays by the Kansas City defense, and Hamilton definitely alligator-armed one or two in Sunday's snowy conditions. As the season winds down, it's been a disappointing sophomore season for Hamilton after the promise he showed to end his rookie campaign. If you're feeling optimistic, you can look at Lock's first three starts, see that Hamilton has been targeted 16 times and figure that, with the season ending at home against Detroit and Oakland, owners of the league's 31st and 27th-ranked pass defenses, respectively, Hamilton will have a shot to end 2019 on a high note.
Hamilton caught two of four targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 38-24 win over the Texans.
Analysis: Hamilton remains an afterthought in Denver's offense, with just 15 catches and no touchdowns this season. His value in redraft leagues is negligible.
Hamilton caught two of three targets for 12 yards during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: On his third quarterback of the season, Hamilton caught his first passes since Week 7 during Sunday's win, including a gritty catch over the middle to convert a first-quarter third down. That was all overshadowed late in the fourth quarter when, with the Broncos driving and the game tied, Hamilton ran a clear-out underneath and dropped the pass over the middle. Had he caught it, he would have had a path to the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown. Instead, the groans regarding the sophomore's performance this season continue. Hamilton has faded far behind fellow 2018 draftee Courtland Sutton and the recently healthy Tim Patrick. These next four games will be a WR3 tryout for 2020 and it starts with a matchup against Houston's 28th-ranked pass defense.
Hamilton was unable to bring in his only target of Sunday's 20-3 loss in Buffalo.
Analysis: Hamilton went catchless for the sixth time in 11 games this season. He hasn't recorded a reception since Week 7. Snaps continue to not be an issue for Hamilton as he finished second among receivers Sunday with 33 target, 66% of the team total and one more than Tim Patrick. There will be a lot of discussion in Mile High this week as to whether Drew Lock will make his debut, but with minimal production with both Joe Flacco and and Brandon Allen under center, it'd be a big ask to expect anything different no matter who starts at quarterback Sunday against the Chargers.
Hamilton (knee) is listed as active Sunday at Minnesota, Ben Swanson of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: After tweaking his knee at practice Thursday, Hamilton capped Week 11 prep with back-to-back listings of limited on the Broncos' injury report. On Friday, he expressed confidence in his ability to suit up to Zac Stevens of the DNVR.com, and he'll do exactly that Sunday. On the season, Hamilton has horrid efficiency marks, boasting a 47.8 percent catch rate, 9.6 YPC and 4.6 YPT on 23 targets through nine games. Moreover, with Tim Patrick back from injured reserve, Hamilton may not be better than third in the pecking order at wide receiver going forward.
Hamilton (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: With Bryce Callahan known to be out with a foot injury, Hamilton is just one of three Denver players whose Week 11 status is uncertain. Fortunately for those inclined to use him in deep leagues this week, the Broncos kick off at 1:00 ET on Sunday. In any case, the 2018 fourth-rounder is a speculative fantasy option, given that he's been limited to 11 catches (on 23 targets) for 106 yards in nine games to date this season.
Hamilton (knee) practiced Friday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: We'll have to see how the Broncos list his participation level and Week 11 game status, but the fact that Hamilton was out there Friday after not finishing Thursday's practice bodes well for his chances of suiting up Sunday against the Vikings.
Hamilton (knee) was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Hamilton was just added to the Broncos' Week 11 injury report, so it's possible that he tweaked his knee during Thursday's session. Friday's injury report should reveal whether the wideout's injury is a minor concern or something that could affect his status for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Hamilton caught both of his targets for 25 total yards during Sunday's 16-0 win over the Titans, a game in which Emmanuel Sanders (knee) did not return after halftime.
Analysis: Once again, the stats don't show much, but Hamilton delivered Sunday, particularly on a 13-yard reception on second down midway through the third quarter in which the Penn State product weaved through the defense to set up the game's only touchdown. Hamilton has not yet formed a rapport with Joe Flacco, but he's still managed to see at least four targets in three of six games this season. Look for a fourth such game if Sanders is unable to play Thursday against the Chiefs.
Hamilton did not garner a target during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: Fresh off a 57-yard game against Jacksonville in which he made a couple of nice plays downfield, Hamilton was held targetless for the second time this season. The sophomore receiver does not seem to be in any danger of losing his WR3 status, his 32 offensive snaps dwarfing those of Fred Brown (nine) and Diontae Spencer (two), but he has not forged a rapport with quarterback Joe Flacco in an offense that has run hot-and-cold all season. Wee 6's opponent, the Titans, will be a tough team to turn the page against.
Hamilton caught three of five passes for 57 yards during Sunday's 26-24 loss to Jacksonville.
Analysis: Hamilton was targeted 10 times in Weeks 1 and 2 without much to show for them and then was silent in Week 3, so his role in the offense was unclear. He came alive a little against Jacksonville, particularly on a shot up the sideline in the second quarter in which he gained 28 yards. Those sorts of plays -- even if Hamilton continues to improve -- are unlikely as he does most of his best work underneath, but Sunday showed some improved rapport with quarterback Joe Flacco that will be worth tracking. Next up is a Chargers team that has had an uneven start to the season.
Hamilton did not see a pass come his way during Sunday's 27-16 loss in Green Bay.
Analysis: Hamilton still logged 42 offensive snaps, third most among wide receivers and more than the likes of Phillip Lindsay, Royce Freeman, or Jeff Heuerman. Hamilton has not been the high-volume target that he was at the end of 2018 and shouldn't get much attention until he turns it around. Jacksonville be a tough opponent to do that against.
Hamilton caught two of six targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 16-14 loss to Chicago.
Analysis: Twenty yards in two games is probably not how Hamilton expected to start the season after showing promise as an underneath slotman at the end of last year. Targets haven't been the issue. At one point Sunday, Joe Flacco targeted Hamilton on three consecutive attempts. The problem has been converting as Hamilton has been able to catch just 40 percent of his targets thus far this season. Sunday brings another tough test against a suddenly stout Packers defense.
Hamilton caught two of four targets for five yards in Monday's 24-16 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: Hamilton further established that he's the No. 3 wideout in this offense, and he was also out-targeted by rookie TE Noah Fant (five) and RB Phillip Lindsay (six). The second-year pro has high-target potential if Courtland Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders can stretch the field, but for now he looks like an afterthought and not a viable option in fantasy.
Hamilton (hamstring) is in full pads while participating in Sunday's practice, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: Hamilton has missed the last five days while dealing with a hamstring injury, but finally made his return. The Penn State product was solid in his rookie season, suiting up in 14 games and hauling in 30 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns. A healthy Hamilton looks to take another step forward and solidify himself as a mainstay in three-wide sets.
Hamilton (hamstring) did not practice Saturday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Hamilton continues to nurse a hamstring injury, the severity of which is reportedly short-term. The second-year pro appeared in 14 games as a rookie last season, recording 30 catches for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He appears primed for the No. 3 wideout role in Denver, assuming he's able to return to practice without missing an extended period of time.
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