K.J. Hamler

Denver Broncos
Wide Receiver #1
Denver Broncos
Wide Receiver #1

K.J. Hamler News

Done for season

Hamler (hamstring) won't play again during the 2022 season after he was placed on injured reserve last week due to a setback experienced in practice, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Hamler said the setback in question occurred in the Broncos' Nov. 30 practice, when he slipped awkwardly while running on indoor turf. Prior to aggravating the hamstring injury, Hamler had missed the Broncos' previous three games. After having most of his 2021 campaign wiped out by an ACL tear, Hamler managed to play in seven games in 2022, finishing with a 7-165-0 receiving line on 14 targets. Though he won't make it back for Denver's final five games, Hamler is expected to have a healthy and productive offseason as he heads into the last year of his rookie contract in 2023.

Dec 9, 2022 3:50 PM EST

Shifted to IR after setback

Hamler (hamstring) was moved to injured reserve Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Hamler could technically return for the team's final two games, but it's more likely given the Broncos' record the speedy receiver is done for the season after suffering a setback in his recovery from a Week 8 hamstring injury. The 23-year-old tallied just 14 targets in seven games this season, although he did record three receptions of 40-plus yards despite the limited opportunities.

Dec 3, 2022 10:35 AM EST

Out indefinitely after setback

Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett said Hamler will be sidelined for an indefinite period of time after suffering a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury during Wednesday's practice, Parker Gabriel of The Denver Post reports. "We're still evaluating everything right now," Hackett said, when asked if Hamler will play again this season. "Obviously his care is our No. 1 priority, so we want to be sure we're doing everything to help him get back."

Analysis: Hamler hasn't played since Week 8 due to the hamstring injury, but he was spotted working out on a side field during practice late last week and looked as though he might have a chance to play this Sunday in Baltimore. However, after his latest setback on the health front, Hamler can now safely be ruled out for Week 13, and likely additional games to follow. Even on the rare occasions in which he has been available over the past two seasons, Hamler has struggled to produce fantasy-friendly numbers. Over seven appearances in 2022, he's cobbled together a 7-165-0 receiving line on 14 targets.

Dec 1, 2022 11:40 AM EST

Not practicing

Hamler (hamstring) won't practice Wednesday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: With Hamler and Jerry Jeudy (ankle) both in danger of missing another game, Kendall Hinton and Brandon Johnson could occupy top-three roles again his Sunday in Baltimore. Targets have been few and far between for Hamler this year even when he's been healthy, which hasn't been often.

Nov 30, 2022 11:11 AM EST

Ruled out against Panthers

Hamler (hamstring) won't play Sunday against the Panthers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Denver will remain shorthanded at wide receiver with both Hamler and Jerry Jeudy (ankle) sitting out for a second consecutive game. The former last saw the field in Week 8, as Hamler's hamstring injury has lingered, and he's far from a sure thing to return when the Broncos travel to Baltimore in Week 13.

Nov 25, 2022 12:30 PM EST

Set to miss practice Wednesday

Hamler (hamstring) won't practice Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Nor will Jerry Jeudy (ankle), with both wideouts considered day-to-day as Sunday's game against the Panthers approaches. Hamler, who last suited up in Week 8, has made a modest fantasy impact to date, with seven catches on 14 targets for 165 yards through seven games played.

Nov 23, 2022 11:17 AM EST

Labeled day-to-day by HC

Coach Nathaniel Hackett said Hamler (hamstring) is considered day-to-day, and the Broncos are hopeful the wideout will be back this week, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Hamler has missed back-to-back games due to a hamstring injury he suffered during Week 10 prep, but it appears the Broncos believe the third-year wideout could return in Week 12. He hasn't practiced since picking up the injury, so a limited participation Wednesday would be a good sign, though his availability for Sunday's matchup against the Panthers likely won't be known until later in the week.

Nov 22, 2022 11:26 AM EST

Out for multiple weeks

Hamler (hamstring) will miss the next few weeks, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Nathaniel Hackett informed reporters Wednesday, seemingly ruling Hamler out through the end of November. Hamler suffered the injury a week prior in practice and was unable to play in Sunday's loss to Tennessee -- during which Jerry Jeudy sprained his ankle. The Broncos' healthy wide receivers are Courtland Sutton, Kendall Hinton, Jalen Virgil and Montrell Washington.

Nov 16, 2022 11:08 AM EST

Sitting out Week 10

Hamler (hamstring) has been ruled out in advance of Sunday's game in Tennessee, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: He'll miss his second game of the season after suffering the non-contact hamstring injury during Wednesday's practice before not participating in sessions Thursday and Friday in any capacity. With Hamler out of the mix, the Broncos will likely turn to Montrell Washington or Kendall Hinton (illness) to handle reps as the No. 3 wideout behind Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy, but neither of the potential replacement options profile as reliable fantasy options in a Denver offense that's averaging 15.1 points per game this season.

Nov 11, 2022 12:37 PM EST

Set to miss practice Thursday

Hamler (hamstring) won't practice Thursday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: The report notes that Hamler suffered a non-contact injury during Wednesday's practice, which clouds his status for Sunday's game against the Titans. If Hamler is unavailable this weekend, it would impact the Broncos' wideout depth more than fantasy managers, however, given that the 2020 second-rounder has been limited to seven catches on 14 targets for 165 yards in seven games this season.

Nov 10, 2022 11:02 AM EST

Set for limited practice Wednesday

Hamler (hamstring) will be listed as limited in Wednesday's practice, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: The Broncos were on bye in Week 9, so it's unclear if Hamler's hamstring issue is lingering from Week 8 action or due to an injury sustained Wednesday. To date, Denver's No. 3 wideout has caught seven passes (on 14 targets) for 165 yards in seven games, numbers that limit the 2020 second-rounder's fantasy value to deeper formats.

Nov 9, 2022 2:08 PM EST

Targeted three times in win

Hamler caught two of three targets for 52 yards and carried the ball once for nine yards in Sunday's 21-17 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Hamler's longest play of the contest was a 47-yard grab from quarterback Russell Wilson in the fourth quarter, ultimately leading to the game-winning score by running back Latavius Murray with just under two minutes left. Outside of this, it was another quiet performance for the 23-year-old wideout. Hamler, however, played 70 percent of the team's offensive snaps, good for his largest snap percentage of the season. If the speedster can continue to build a connection with Wilson, especially on deep balls, he has a chance to exploit quite a few favorable matchups for receivers down the stretch. This assumes that the Broncos' offense can take a step forward toward the high expectations many had for Denver entering the season. Hamler and the rest of the offense will have a Week 9 bye to figure that out before a matchup with the Titans in Week 10.

Nov 1, 2022 11:11 AM EST

Catches one pass in loss

Hamler caught one of four targets for four yards and carried the ball once for 14 yards in Sunday's 16-9 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Hamler had another underwhelming outing for fantasy purposes, as quarterback Brett Rypien struggled to get the passing game going despite attempting 46 passes in the contest. Denver's offense has struggled to sustain long drives and put points on the board this season with Russell Wilson (hamstring), and Sunday was no different with a new signal caller at the helm. Hamler's four targets were his most of the season, but it's difficult to trust that his production will begin to climb substantially unless the offense starts to find its rhythm. With no signs of that at the moment, the 23-year-old wideout should remain off the fantasy radar. Wilson is trending toward a return in Week 8, so maybe he can provide a much needed spark when the Broncos take on the Jaguars in London. However, it's more likely that Hamler fails to find success outside of a big play or two, making him a risky start as Denver's No. 3 receiver.

Oct 26, 2022 2:23 AM EST

Catches two passes in loss

Hamler caught two of three targets for 44 yards in Monday's 19-16 overtime loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Hamler's best moment in the contest came on a 47-yard grab with time winding down in the second quarter that eventually set up a field goal to give the Broncos a 13-10 lead at halftime. The speedy wideout has great potential as a playmaker, but Denver's offensive struggles so far this season have limited his opportunities thus far. Once one of the league's best deep ball throwers, quarterback Russell Wilson (hamstring) has struggled to connect downfield with his receivers consistently. Until the Broncos' can sustain success on offense, Hamler should remain off the fantasy radar as the team's No. 3 receiver. The Broncos will host the Jets in Week 7.

Oct 18, 2022 10:41 PM EST

Quiet in loss

Hamler caught one of two targets for 10 yards in Thursday's 12-9 overtime loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Hamler recorded just one catch for the second-straight week. Operating as the Broncos' No. 3 receiver, the 23-year-old played 53 percent of the team's offensive snaps behind both Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy. Denver continues to struggle offensively and sustain long drives, leaving Hamler and the rest of the pass catchers fewer opportunities to make plays. For this reason, the speedy wideout is a risky bet for reliable fantasy production each week until the Broncos can turn around their offensive woes. Hamler will be difficult to trust when the Broncos visit the Chargers in Week 6.

Oct 8, 2022 1:14 PM EST

Catches one pass in loss

Hamler caught his only target for 55 yards in Sunday's 32-23 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Hamler's only catch came with just under eight minutes left in the fourth quarter as the Broncos tried to mount a comeback against the Raiders. The 55-yard completion to the wideout was Russell Wilson's longest of the day and set up the quarterback's three-yard rushing touchdown on they very next play to make it a one-score game. Hamler demonstrated his impressive speed on the play, but his athletic ability wasn't enough to earn him more than four snaps in the game. The 23-year-old played well behind fellow receivers Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and Kendall Hinton. Hamler's lack on involvement in Denver's offense is a concerning trend for anyone hoping that the speedster could carve out a significant role in the passing game. As the offense continues to grow together, it's possible Hamler could become more involved in the Broncos' offense. With that said, the veteran will be difficult to trust for fantasy purposes when the Broncos host the Colts in Week 5.

Oct 4, 2022 7:09 PM EST

Not targeted in win

Hamler failed to see a target in Sunday's 11-10 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Hamler was a complete non-factor on a day when the Broncos could've used a major offensive spark. The 23-year-old receiver has yet to record a catch in either of the two games he's appeared in. After playing 59 percent of the Broncos' offensive snaps in Week 1 and sitting out in Week 2 for maintenance reasons with both knee and hip injuries, Hamler was on the field for just 26 percent of snaps in Week 3. Like most of Denver's skill position players, the third-year wideout has fallen victim to an offense that is struggling to find its rhythm. If and when that is fixed, Hamler will look to take advantage of his opportunities as a speedy target for one of the league's best deep ball throwers in Russell Wilson. Nonetheless, his lack of involvement in the passing game to this point makes him nothing more than a dart throw when the Broncos visit the Raiders in Week 4.

Sep 27, 2022 8:43 PM EST

Back in action Sunday

Hamler (knee/hip) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: As is fellow wideout Jerry Jeudy (ribs/shoulder), so it remains to be seen what kind of workload Hamler might see in his return to the mix after being sidelined Week 2 for maintenance purposes. For now, the 2020 second-rounder is behind Courtland Sutton and Jeudy on the Broncos' wideout depth chart, but if Hamler is able to gain chemistry with new franchise signal-caller Russell Wilson as the season progresses, his ability to stretch the field could prove to be a useful asset in Denver's passing game.

Sep 25, 2022 3:58 PM EST

Questionable, but expects to play

Hamler (knee/hip), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, told George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette on Friday that he expects to play Week 3.

Analysis: After seeing 59 percent of the Broncos' offensive snaps in the season-opening loss at Seattle, Hamler was shelved Week 2 for maintenance purposes. This week, he followed up limited showings Wednesday and Thursday with an uncapped practice to wrap it up, saying afterward that he "had a good week" and "feels great." In any case, Hamler's availability won't be confirmed, one way or another, until about 90 minutes before Sunday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff.

Sep 23, 2022 1:43 PM EST

Questionable for SNF

Hamler (knee/hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: If Hamler plays, he could be in for an expanded role, as fellow wide receivers Jerry Jeudy (ribs) and Tyrie Cleveland (hamstring) are also questionable. Relying on Hamler will be risky in fantasy, though, as alternatives will be limited should he sit out since the Broncos don't play until Sunday night.

Sep 23, 2022 12:37 PM EST

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