DaeSean Hamilton should be among the top three receivers for the Broncos this season along with Courtland Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders, but Hamilton's role could increase if Sanders in slow in his recovery from last year's Achilles' injury. As a rookie, Hamilton played sparingly until Sanders got hurt prior to Week 14. With Sanders out, Hamilton manned the slot in Denver, and he closed the final four games of the year averaging 13.3 PPR points per game, including two games with at least 16 PPR points. We hope Denver keeps Hamilton in the slot this year, but that could depend on Sanders. Hamilton is worth drafting with a mid-round pick in all leagues, with his value slightly higher in PPR, and he could have a big season if Sanders suffers a setback in his recovery.
Hamilton played through a knee injury late last season, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. Hamilton returned healthy for the Broncos' offseason program, seemingly destined for a key role after the team did little to upgrade its wideout group this spring. The 2018 fourth-round pick frequently operated from the slot as a rookie, handling a much larger role after Emmanuel Sanders suffered a torn Achilles in early December. Hamilton averaged 70 snaps, 9.5 targets and 6.3 catches over the final four weeks, yet he landed between 40 and 49 receiving yards in each game while almost strictly catching short passes. He produced 16.2 yards per catch and nine touchdowns during his senior season at Penn State, so there's potential for more downfield impact. Hamilton's role in 2019 will partially depend on the health of Sanders, who also saw frequent slot work last season. Courtland Sutton appears locked in for one starting job outside, with Tim Patrick also a candidate for snaps. The quarterback situation doesn't appear any better than it was last season, featuring 34-year-old Joe Flacco and rookie second-round pick Drew Lock in place of the departed Case Keenum.
Hamilton finished 2018 having caught 30 of 46 targets for 243 yards and two touchdowns. During training camp, some thought that Denver's fourth-round pick Hamilton, and not the team's second-rounder Courtland Sutton, was destined to be Denver's No. 3 receiver in 2018. In the end, Sutton's raw, big-play ability won out and Hamilton struggled to find a rhythm and missed extended time with a MCL sprain. His abilities as a savvy underneath target showed through down the stretch, however, as he averaged 6.25 catches off of 9.5 targets per game during the season's final four weeks following Emmanuel Sanders' season-ending Achilles' injury. Hamilton scored both of his touchdowns on the season during that span. Sanders may return to provide an established threat in 2019, but it's easy to see a Denver passing attack that is eventually based around attacking with fellow youngsters Sutton and Tim Patrick down the sidelines and deep while Hamilton and his much-hyped route-running takes hold of the middle of the field.
Hamilton caught five of eight targets for 49 yards in Sunday's 23-9 loss to the Chargers. Hamilton closed out the season with four consecutive contests of at least five balls and 40-plus yards in the loss, but the real star of the passing game was Royce Freeman, who logged eight catches on 10 targets. Unfortunately, the Broncos failed to sustain many drives and their lone touchdown was caught by fullback Andy Janovich. Hamilton finishes the regular season with 30 catches on 46 targets for 243 yards and two scores, much of which came in the final four contests after Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) was placed on IR. The 23-year-old will certainly be in line for a larger role come 2019.
Hamilton hauled in six of his nine targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 27-14 loss to the Raiders. Hamilton got open as he neared the left side of the end zone and made the seven-yard catch to get the Broncos on the board for the first time all evening in the third quarter. The 23-year-old has provided a consistent target for Case Keenum since Emmanuel Sanders went down with an Achilles injury and how has at least six catches and 40 yards in each of Denver's last three games to go with two scores. The 2018 fourth-round pick will try to close out the regular season in similar fashion with a home matchup against the Chargers in Week 17.
Hamilton brought in seven of nine targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' 20-14 loss to the 49ers on Sunday. Hamilton co-led the Broncos in receptions, helping them in the first game without Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles). The rookie from Penn State's reception, receiving yardage and target totals were all career highs, and his 1-yard touchdown reception with 3:53 remaining brought Denver to within six points. Hamilton's ability to take advantage of extra snaps was certainly encouraging, giving him a solid fantasy outlook heading into a Week 15 battle against the Browns next Saturday night.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|5||10/06||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|7||10/18||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|13||12/01||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|15||12/15||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||46||30||243||2||16||8.10||36|