Tim Hightower
RB SF (11)
3 months ago

Hightower was signed by the 49ers on Saturday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower, who is set to turn 31 in May, has spent the past two seasons in a backup role with the Saints. The 49ers now have five running backs on the depth chart, having re-signed DuJuan Harris earlier in the week. Carlos Hyde (knee) is the clear-cut start at this point heading into the 2017 season, but Hightower will have a chance to compete with Harris, Mike Davis, and Raheem Mostert for snaps.

Tim Hightower
RB SF (11)
3 months ago

Hightower is visiting with the Redskins on Wednesday, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower was with the Redskins in 2011 when he suffered a torn ACL that didn't heal properly and subsequently kept him out of the league from 2012 to 2014. After reviving his career in New Orleans the past two seasons, the 30-year-old would seem to be a good fit in Washington's inexperienced backfield, where he might even get a shot to compete for a leading role. Other teams may primarily be viewing him as a passing-down back, while the Redskins are already set in that department with Chris Thompson but don't have a sure-thing lead ballcarrier. Hightower's last known visit was with the 49ers.

Tim Hightower
RB SF (11)
3 months ago

Hightower, an unrestricted free agent, will visit with the 49ers on Thursday, ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower was one of the better stories of the 2015 season, returning from a three-year absence to play a big role in the New Orleans offense late in the year. He then handled a complementary role for most of 2016, taking 133 carries for 548 yards (4.1 YPC) and four touchdowns, with another 200 yards and a touchdown on 22 catches (26 catches). While lacking in explosiveness, the 30-year-old could garner a reasonably strong contract due to his competence as a power runner, pass blocker and receiver. Hightower could slide right in as Carlos Hyde's top backup in San Francisco, potentially getting the majority of passing-down snaps.

Tim Hightower
RB SF (11)
6 months ago

Hightower rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown on three carries in Sunday's loss to Atlanta.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower ran a stretch to the left for his third touchdown in as many weeks. Few 30-year-old running backs get much attention in free agency, which is Hightower's next stop. His skill set might translate best down by the Bayou, but don't be surprised if he has a number of suitors given his ability to both barrel through defenders near the goal line and contribute in the passing game.

Tim Hightower
RB SF (11)
6 months ago

Hightower gained 29 yards on eight rushes and secured his only target for 11 yards in Saturday's 31-24 win over the Bucs.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower played a clear second fiddle to backfield mate Mark Ingram, as the latter received 10 additional touches on the ground, and two more targets through the air. The 30-year old's involvement in the offense has been on a downward trend in recent weeks, with Hightower seeing single-digit carries in three of the past four games. He did score two touchdowns in the only game during that span in which he saw double-digit totes, Week 15 versus the Cardinals. The veteran will try to close out the season on a strong note against the Falcons in Week 17, but could once again find himself as only a complementary option to Ingram.

Tim Hightower
RB SF (11)
6 months ago

Hightower had 11 carries for 37 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 48-41 win at Arizona. He also caught all three of his targets for 11 yards.

EDGE Analysis

Playing against one of his former teams, Hightower scored both of his touchdowns from close range in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram was more productive on a per-play basis, rushing for 79 yards on 17 carries, although he did not score. Expect Hightower to continue to be involved next week against Tampa Bay.

Tim Hightower
RB SF (11)
6 months ago

Hightower gained 31 yards on six carries and caught one passes for eight yards in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.

EDGE Analysis

After being curiously limited to only three touches in Week 13, Hightower returned to splitting carries with Mark Ingram (seven carries, 14 yards) in Tampa Bay. Although Hightower found some running room against a tough Buccaneers run defense, it remains to be difficult to predict how the Saints will divvy up the backfield touches going forward. Hightower will be tough to trust against a solid Arizona defense in Week 15.

Tim Hightower
RB SF (11)
7 months 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 SF (11)
7 months 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 SF (11)
7 months 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.