30-Year-Old Running Back – New Orleans Saints
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Itís common for role and opportunity to trump raw talent in fantasy football, especially in the backfield. Hightower provided an excellent example of this last year. After sitting out the three previo...
Tim Hightower Contract Information:
Re-signed with the Saints in April of 2016.
Hightower rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and added 41 yards on five catches in Sunday's win over Atlanta.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Hightower signed with the Saints in the offseason, looking to crack a 53-man roster for the first time since 2011. His best season as a pro came with the Arizona Cardinals in 2010, when he totaled 736 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 153 carries (4.8 YPC), and his 2011 season with the Redskins began promising before a torn ACL led to ongoing knee issues. At 28 years of age, he has a chance to compete for a roster spot this offseason, with his likeliest competition coming from Edwin Baker and rookie Marcus Murphy. Even if he makes the Saintsí regular-season roster Ė a long shot Ė his path to touches remains impeded by incumbent Mark Ingram, offseason addition CJ Spiller, and Khiry Robinson.
Hightower racked up 399 yards over five games last year, which looks even better when you consider he left two of the contests early. He predictably got just 3.8 YPC, but the Redskins were clearly committed to him as their lead back until a Week 7 ACL tear ended his season. Heís expected to be healthy for 2012, and he re-signed with Washington, where heíll compete with Roy Helu and Evan Royster for touches. It may sound absurd, but Hightower could easily enter the year once again the teamís starter, as Mike Shanahan really values his intangibles. On a Redskins offense that added a lot of parts in the offseason, pay attention to who looks like the leader in the RB clubhouse this summer. A true feature back could put up big numbers in a Shanahan offense that now has Robert Griffin at quarterback. Washingtonís backfield last season combined for 2,240 yards from scrimmage.
Hightower got a career-high 4.8 YPC last season, but his activity in the passing game decreased greatly (his six drops were second most among all running backs), and he lost four fumbles for the second straight year. That was enough for the Cardinals, who traded Hightower to the Redskins for Vonnie Holliday and a late-round pick. With the new situation comes the opportunity to compete for the starting job against Ryan Torain and rookie Roy Helu, Jr. If Hightower can win the job outright, history is on his side as a feature back in Mike Shanahan's offense.
Hightower received the same number of carries last year as during his rookie campaign, but thanks to his YPC jumping from 2.8 to 4.2 and improvement as a receiver, he was much more productive, starting over rookie Chris Wells the entire regular season. Hightower fumbled five times and, put bluntly, isnít nearly the same class of runner as Wells. Hightower remained with the first unit in May minicamps, as coach Ken Whisenhunt continued to overrate seniority, but itís only a matter of time until he becomes a clear backup, likely well before Week 1 of the 2010 season. Hightower can remain a factor at the goal line, however, as heís converted 15 of his 30 attempts for scores the last two years. With Kurt Warner retired and Anquan Boldin leaving, the Cardinals figure to become more run heavy, so Hightower should maintain relevance.
Hightower scored 10 touchdowns during his rookie season, but ultimately his performance had to be considered a major disappointment. He wrestled the starting job away from Edgerrin James midseason but ended up getting an ugly 2.8 YPC Ė the second worst mark in all of football. He relinquished the starting job back to James by seasonís end, and while Hightower excels in short-yardage situations (8-for-13 at the goal line last year), Arizona didnít think twice about drafting Chris Wells at the end of the first round. Wells may be a rookie, but heís the heavy favorite to start, relegating Hightower to backup duty.
Hightower will battle for a backup running back job this summer. If he makes the team, his best bets for fantasy value are if starter Edgerrin James gets hurt or if Hightower uses his big frame to win a goal-line role.