Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
22 hours ago

Hightower gained five yards on two carries and four yards on one reception in Sunday's loss to the Lions.

EDGE Analysis

After fumbling twice in key spots in Weeks 7 and 8, respectively, Mark Ingram (toe) had been splitting snaps with Hightower for the most of the second half this year. In Week 13, however, Ingram assumed more of a feature role, garnering 12 touches (seven carries, five receptions) compared to Hightower's three. That said, with the Lions in control for most of the afternoon, neither running back saw much action in this one. While both Hightower and Ingram have generally been effective of late, Ingram's significantly larger workload in Week 13 could signal that the Saints are ready to return Ingram to a feature-back role. Hightower should continue to be rostered in the majority of fantasy leagues -- he still has plenty of value as a handcuff to the oft-injured Ingram and it still remains possible that his meager Week 13 workload was a one-week anomaly -- but Hightower is not a recommended start next Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
4 days ago

Hightower would figure to assume a full workload of backfield duties if teammate Mark Ingram (toe) is unable to play Sunday against the Lions, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower and Ingram have been handed a pretty even split of touches lately, but after a toe injury only allowed the latter to fit in one limited practice session all week, Hightower could be in store for a larger workload this weekend. That obviously would bode well for Hightower's fantasy stock, which has enjoyed a rise back to relevancy since his 102-yard outburst against the Seahawks in Week 8.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
1 week ago

Hightower gained 51 yards in 15 carries and another 54 yards on two receptions, including a 50-yard touchdown grab, in Sunday's win against the Rams.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower was quiet for most of the afternoon before hauling in a long touchdown from wide receiver Willie Snead on a trick play in the fourth quarter. He also ripped off a 30-yard run on the Saints' final offensive possession. Hightower performed well in Week 11 when Ingram left the game early with a concussion, but it was Ingram who looked like the more dangerous player in Week 12 against the Rams. Still, the Saints seem content dividing the touches, and both players should be viable fantasy options in a favorable Week 13 tilt at home against the Lions.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
3 weeks ago12 Comments

Hightower gained 69 yards on 12 carries and hauled in eight of nine targets for 57 yards in Thursday's 23-20 loss to the Panthers.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower took on the clear lead back role Thursday, after he and Mark Ingram split touches almost evenly in Week 10. He was also highly impressive in the passing game, tallying a season-high eight receptions. If Thursday's workload distribution is to be trusted, Hightower may have a firm hold on No. 1 tailback duties at present, and has proven he can stay on the field for all three downs if necessary. He'll look to continue his solid play against the Rams in Week 12.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
3 weeks ago

Hightower caught two passes for 34 yards and added 21 yards on eight carries in Sunday's loss to Denver.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower was quiet for much of the game, save for a 23-yard snag that set up the Saints' second touchdown. The Broncos have had trouble against pass-catching backs, but the Saints seldom went to that well. Sunday was a bit of a crash back down to earth for Hightower, who averaged 25.5 touches and 102 yards per game over the past two weeks, but it'd be too early to fret. Mark Ingram, who Hightower is splitting touches with, touched the ball just three more times than Hightower and averaged 4.8 yards per touch as compared to Hightower's 5.5. It's possible that the game simply dictated fewer looks for the backfield and so don't let the outcome influence future confidence in the veteran.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
4 weeks ago

Hightower and Mark Ingram will likely continue to split carries, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower started Sunday's game in San Francisco and took 23 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown, with Ingram adding 171 scrimmage yards and another pair of scores. The sum production will likely be far less in Week 10 against the Broncos, but both running backs figure to have key role.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
1 month ago

Hightower had 23 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-23 win at San Francisco. He caught his lone target for 15 yards.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower dominated the action early, rushing eight times before Mark Ingram even touched the ball. While Hightower ended up leading the Saints in rushing attempts Sunday, Ingram blew up for 158 rushing yards and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving). It's tough to read too much into Sunday's distribution of work, as the 49ers were a very favorable matchup. For now, both players should remain involved. Next up for the Saints are the Broncos in Week 10.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
1 month ago

The Saints' backfield will likely be a timeshare between Hightower and Mark Ingram "for a little while, at least," according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.

EDGE Analysis

Last Sunday versus the Seahawks, Hightower took over for Ingram following another bout with fumblitis and proceeded to turn a season-high 26 carries into 102 yards. With the worst run defense on the docket this Sunday in San Francisco, both Hightower and Ingram are candidates to profit, but who among the pair handles the majority of the touches is unclear. Consequently, their timeshare could limit each player's viability.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
1 month ago

Hightower has earned more carries as the Saints prepare for Sunday's game against the 49ers, ESPN's Britt McHenry reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower finished with 102 yards on 26 carries against the vaunted Seahawks defense after teammate Mark Ingram was pulled for another fumble Sunday. That workload greatly exceeded Hightower's previous season high of five carries, which came in New Orleans' prior game amid Ingram fumbling as well. After two strong relief showings have boosted the 30-year-old Hightower's average to 4.2 yards per rush, getting him the ball more is reportedly part of New Orleans' Week 9 game plan. That being said, the Saints' backfield figures to continue to deploy a committee approach, which, along with their offense's penchant for passing, should probably temper Hightower's heightened expectations.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
1 month ago

Hightower rushed 26 times for 102 yards and caught one of three targets for no gain in Sunday's 25-20 win over the Seahawks.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower took over as the primary running back after Mark Ingram was benched in the first quarter following a lost fumble that was returned for a touchdown by Earl Thomas. Ingram's fumbling issues likely haven't taken him out of the rotation for good, but Hightower should certainly factor in more moving forward after proving capable of effectively carrying a full load. That being said, the Saints will likely continue to rely primarily on the pass due to their defense's inability to stop opponents from scoring.