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Tim Hightower | Running Back | #34

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/23/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 220
College: Richmond
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (149) / ARZ
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Tim Hightower rushed three times for 29 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' Week 17 loss to the Falcons.
Hightower's story continues to be impressive. He missed the 2012, -13, and -14 seasons after wrecking his knee, and his 133 carries in 2016 were his most in a season since 2010. Hightower finishes the year with 548 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while adding 22 catches for 200 yards and another touchdown. Hightower just wrapped up his age-30 season and had some big weeks with mysterious Mark Ingram benchings, but overall Hightower proved to be nothing more than a guy who should be getting 10-12 carries per game. Hightower is slated to be a free agent in March. It'll be interesting to see if he gets much action outside of New Orleans. Jan 1 - 9:10 PM

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Tim Hightower rushed eight times for 29 yards in the Saints' Week 16 win over the Bucs.

He added an 11-yard reception. There was no vulturing Mark Ingram this week. Travaris Cadet vultured both of them, catching a Drew Brees touchdown pass. In the midst of a shockingly-effective campaign, the 30-year-old back isn't signed for 2017.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 11:53:00 PM

Tim Hightower rushed 11 times for 37 yards and two touchdowns while catching all three of his targets for an additional 11 yards Week 15 against the Cardinals.

As is usually the case, Hightower was not as effective as Mark Ingram, but he saw plenty of work and converted on two carries inside the five in the second half. His second touchdown came after Mark Ingram converted a third down to get the Saints in position, and Ingram was visibly upset on the sidelines after the score. Perhaps the squeaky wheel gets some grease next week, but Hightower is not going anywhere. He will have some FLEX appeal at home against the Bucs.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 07:41:00 PM

Tim Hightower rushed six times for 31 yards in the Saints' Week 14 loss to the Bucs, adding an eight-yard reception.

According to Pro Football Focus, Hightower out-snapped Mark Ingram 20-18. Ingram received just one more touch. The Saints are officially making it up as they go along in the backfield, a troubling prospect ahead of next week's trip to Arizona. Hightower will be a desperation FLEX for the fantasy semifinals.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 07:51:00 PM

Tim Hightower rushed two times for five yards in the Saints' Week 13 loss to the Lions, adding a four-yard reception.

With Mark Ingram battling a toe injury, today was set up to be a nice day for Hightower. Instead he completely disappeared as the Saints had the ball for only 23 minutes against the ball-control Lions. Confusingly, he was out-touched 5-3 by Travaris Cadet. Hightower is coach Sean Payton's teacher's pet, but he'll be a high-risk RB3 against the Bucs in Week 14.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 05:22:00 PM

Tim Hightower totaled 51 yards on 15 carries while adding two catches for 54 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Saints' Week 12 win over the Rams.

Hightower didn’t run the ball effectively but salvaged the day for his fantasy owners by securing a 50-yard touchdown on a flea-flicker thrown by wide receiver Willie Snead. That marked the longest catch of Hightower’s career and his longest gain overall since 2010. Hightower, who out-touched Mark Ingram 17-16 on Sunday, has now gone over 100 yards from scrimmage in four of his last five games. He’ll find himself on the RB2/3 borderline next week against the Lions.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 04:38:00 PM

Tim Hightower rushed 12 times for 69 yards in the Saints' Week 11 loss to the Panthers, adding eight receptions for 57 additional yards.

Hightower was in his typical rotation with Mark Ingram until Ingram departed early in the second half with a concussion. Hightower then took the game over, ripping up soft fronts and doing major damage on Drew Brees checkdowns. Ingram has 10 days to get cleared for Week 12, but Hightower will be a high-end RB2 against the Rams if Ingram is out. Even if Ingram does play, Hightower will have high-end RB3 appeal as the runner coach Sean Payton trusts most.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 11:59:00 PM

Tim Hightower rushed eight times for 21 yards in the Saints' Week 10 loss to the Broncos, adding two receptions for 34 additional yards.

Mark Ingram got the "start," but the duo remained in a committee. Ingram had a 13-10 touch edge, but it was a modest 63-55 in yards. Both players saw plenty of snaps. The timeshare is unlikely to go away for Thursday's short-week matchup with the Panthers' tough run defense. Hightower will be a low-upside RB3 for that one.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 05:21:00 PM

Tim Hightower carried the ball 23 times for 87 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for 15 yards Sunday in the Saints' Week 9 win over the Saints.

Even against the Niners’ league worst run defense, Hightower could only manage a long run of nine yards. Hightower was vastly outplayed by backfield-mate Mark Ingram but still had a productive fantasy day thanks to his enormous workload. The goal-line touchdown he tallied in the first quarter probably didn’t hurt either. It will be interesting to see if the Saints stick with a running back committee or simply hand the reigns back over to Ingram. Hightower has a difficult matchup against the Broncos in Week 10.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 08:14:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Saints are "not averse to riding the hot hand" at running back.

Mark Ingram is expected to get the start and the majority of the work, but Tim Hightower will get his chances as well. While Ingram seeing the majority of the work in a great matchup is the most likely outcome, Hightower could run away with the backfield if he shows well or Ingram slips up. That upside along with the matchup keeps Hightower in the FLEX conversation.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 09:07:00 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes the Saints will keep Tim Hightower involved this week against the 49ers.

Triplett writes "the Saints like Hightower a lot," and the backfield "could remain a timeshare for a little while, at least." Coach Sean Payton's comments this week certainly suggest Hightower will continue to have a role, and even 10 touches against the worst run defense in the league would make him a viable FLEX play. Mark Ingram is still the better fantasy option, but both can be used this week.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 10:52:00 AM

Speaking Monday, Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed Tim Hightower has "definitely" earned more work going forward.

In other words, a committee is on tap for Week 9 against the 49ers. Hightower didn't fumble against the Seahawks, but it would be a stretch to say he was good. He averaged 3.92 yards per carry, and was hilariously stymied on five different goal-line looks (four carries, one reception). Mark Ingram has struggled this season, but he's still a better bet to move the chains than Hightower. Both players are shaping up as volatile RB2/3s for what should have been a golden matchup.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 01:08:00 PM

ESPN's Britt McHenry reports the Saints will use a backfield committee no matter who starts Week 9 against the 49ers.

McHenry reports Tim Hightower "earned more carries" with his performance against the Seahawks, a performance that came after Mark Ingram was benched for fumbling early in the game. It was just Ingram's second fumble of the season, so the game-long benching suggests something else is going on. It is a terrible turn of events for Ingram with the 49ers up next on the schedule. Hightower is one of the top pickups this week.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 11:03:00 AM

Tim Hightower rushed 26 times for 102 yards in New Orleans' Week 8 win over the Seahawks.

The Saints benched Mark Ingram for fumbling midway through the first quarter, and Hightower took over as a three-down player gifted a workload 2016 Ingram could only dream of. Of course, Hightower was extremely ineffective, getting stymied for no gain on five different goal-line touches. Four were carries, one a reception. Hightower is a plodding veteran who doesn't get more than what's blocked. It was a mistake for the Saints to ride him instead of Ingram. Coach Sean Payton said he expected Ingram to "bounce back" for Week 9, but Hightower will be on the RB3 radar against the 49ers' pathetic run defense.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 05:19:00 PM

Tim Hightower rushed three times for 19 yards in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

Hightower got one series mostly to himself, but Mark Ingram otherwise dominated all the early-down work with 107 total yards and one score on 19 touches. Hightower will only come into play if Ingram gets hurt.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 12:36:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
3Garrett Grayson
RB1Mark Ingram
2Daniel Lasco
3Marcus Murphy
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Daniel Lasco
3RB1Mark Ingram
2Daniel Lasco
FB1John Kuhn
WR11Michael Thomas
2Brandon Coleman
3Corey Fuller
4Jordan Williams
WR21Brandin Cooks
2Willie Snead
3Tommylee Lewis
4Jake Lampman
5Rashad Lawrence
WR31Willie Snead
TE1Coby Fleener
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4Jake Stoneburner
5Garrett Griffin
LT1Terron Armstead
LG1Andrus Peat
2Landon Turner
C1Max Unger
2Jack Allen
RG1Senio Kelemete
2Avery Young
RT1Zach Strief
2John Fullington
K1Wil Lutz