Tim Hightower RB NO 4 months ago

Hightower rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and added 41 yards on five catches in Sunday's win over Atlanta.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Prior to November, Hightower hadn't played in a competitive football game since 2011. After the kind of production he put together to close the season, there may be plenty more games in his future. Hightower averaged 114 total yards and a touchdown during the season's final four games for a Saints backfield riddled by injuries. Hightower will be 30 by the start of the 2016 season, but his ability to pound the line of scrimmage and catch the ball out of the backfield should be good enough to earn him a supporting role next season.

Tim Hightower RB NO 4 months ago

Hightower ran for 122 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns and caught all three of his targets for 47 yards in Sunday's 37-28 win over the Jaguars.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Over the last three games, Hightower has touched the ball quite a bit, and has been extremely productive, especially for a player that was out of the league for three seasons. In fact, his 76 touches over the last three weeks is more than injured starter Mark Ingram (shoulder) ever got in any three-game span this year. The veteran RB has another favorable matchup in the season finale at Atlanta in Week 17.

Tim Hightower RB NO 4 months ago

Hightower rushed 13 times for 54 yards and caught three passes (on four targets) for 31 yards in Monday's loss to the Lions.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hightower once again enjoyed the bulk of the Saints' backfield work, but with the Saints behind big early Monday, he wasn't afforded anywhere close to the 28 carries he saw in Week 14. Nonetheless, Hightower's 4.2 yards per carry Monday marked an improvement, and he also made a contribution in the passing game with three catches. Given that involvement, Hightower figures to maintain commendable late season value heading into Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Tim Hightower RB NO 5 months ago10 Comments

Hightower received a "Mark Ingram-like snap count" in the Saints' win in Tampa Bay on Sunday, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hightower assumed the role of the Saints' featured tailback, playing 58 of the team's 82 snaps (71 percent) against the Buccaneers, while C.J. Spiller remained in his sparse role with 15 snaps (18 percent). Hightower only averaged three yards per carry against a stout Tampa Bay run defense, but his usage was sky-high, as he toted the ball a whopping 28 times. Although the Saints' Week 15 opponent, Detroit, has played pretty well defensively over the last month, as the de facto bell cow running back in New Orleans, Hightower should merit starting consideration in many fantasy leagues.

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Hightower gained 85 yards on 28 carries and secured his sole target for 10 yards in Sunday's 24-17 victory over the Buccaneers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Amazingly, Hightower toted the ball a career-high 28 times in only his third game back after a three season-plus absence from the NFL. While he found tough sledding against a Tampa run defense that was the stingiest in the league in yards per carry allowed (3.5), he showed outstanding stamina and toughness throughout the afternoon. He also notched his first reception since October 2, 2011 versus the Rams, and certainly had to give the Saints some peace of mind that he will be able to take over the every-down backfield duties that Mark Ingram handled before his season-ending shoulder injury. Hightower will look to find some roomier running lanes in a Monday night home tilt against the Lions in Week 15.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport notes that in the wake of Mark Ingram's season-ending injury, Hightower appears to be on track to step in for Ingram as the Saints' lead back, with C.J. Spiller's workload "likely to be unchanged."

Competitive Edge Analysis

After seeing just one carry in Week 13, Hightower thus appears to be on track to see a significant uptick in work Sunday against the Bucs, and beyond, a scenario that places the 29-year-old back on the fantasy radar down the stretch.

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Hightower is in line for an elevated workload after Mark Ingram (shoulder) landed on injured reserve Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Saints have been flirting with Hightower since inking him to a deal in January, releasing him two times in September before signing him for good on Nov. 2. Active for each of the team's games in the meantime, he actually spelled Ingram in Week 10 when he was knocked out for a time, notching 11 carries for 46 yards. Hightower's subsequent usage over C.J. Spiller this past Sunday implies that he'll be given the first shot to replace Ingram for the season's final four contests.

Tim Hightower RB NO 5 months ago

Hightower gained two yards on one carry in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

In an up-and-down shootout, the Saints logged only 14 carries as a team, with 12 of them being taken by Mark Ingram. Hightower and Drew Brees, on a quarterback scramble, were the only others to tote the ball for New Orleans. Meanwhile, C.J. Spiller managed only a single touch on a reception that went for no gain. It's clear the Saints' backfield belongs to Ingram, but should anything happen to him, there may not be a clear handcuff. That said, in the case of an Ingram injury, it's looking more like it would be Hightower, not Spiller, who would be the primary beneficiary.

Tim Hightower RB NO 6 months ago

Hightower saw his first action of the season in Sunday's loss to the Redskins, carrying 11 times for 46 yards.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After the season-ending injury to Khiry Robinson, the recently-signed veteran entered Sunday's game when Mark Ingram was digned up in the first half. Ingram was able to return to the game, and Hightower saw just four carries the rest of the way. Hightower should see a handful of touches per game as Ingram's new backup, but Sunday's output is likely a best-case scenario concerning his weekly potential. The Saints will enjoy a Week 11 bye before traveling to Houston the following Sunday.

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The Saints signed Hightower on Monday, Evan Woodbery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

During Sunday's win against the Giants, the Saints' backfield suffered the loss of pass-catching back Khiry Robinson, who has already undergone surgery to repair a broken tibia. Hightower previously displayed some chops as a receiver, racking up 128 receptions in 53 career games between 2008 and 2011. However, he made his last appearance in 2011, so expectations should be tempered in the Saints' upcoming outings.