The selections of wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler in this weekend's draft pose a threat for Hamilton's role in 2020, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports. Just as he did to end his rookie campaign in 2018, 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 doghouse for much of the first half of the season or a key drop 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. Hamilton hadn't done much for most of the season, but he showed some life during Denver's final two games, with 39.2% of his catches and 43.8% of his yards coming in wins over 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 he 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 may have more room to exert damage over the middle of the field.
Hamilton caught five of six passes for 65 yards during Sunday's 16-15 win over the Raiders. 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. 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 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 closed 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 wrap up 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. 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-arming 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.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
|4||10/02||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|5||10/11||@New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|7||10/25||Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|10||11/15||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|11||11/22||Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|12||11/29||New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|13||12/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|16||12/27||@Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|17||01/03||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|3 Year Avg||49||29||270||2||18||9.31||39|