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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
Contract: view contract details

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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. Dec 4 - 5:22 PM

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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.
Nov 27 - 4:38 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.
Nov 17 - 11:59 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.
Nov 13 - 5:21 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.
Nov 6 - 8:14 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
Nov 6 - 9:07 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
Nov 5 - 10:52 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.
Oct 31 - 1:08 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.
Oct 31 - 11:03 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.
Oct 30 - 5:19 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.
Sep 27 - 12:36 AM

Tim Hightower collected nine yards on three carries Sunday in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Giants.

The Saints basically ignored the running game, throwing 44 times compared to just 13 rushing attempts. All of Hightower’s carries came in the first half. Hightower had some decent weeks last year but he’s not going to be a huge factor unless Mark Ingram gets hurt. Even then, the Saints’ offense doesn’t offer a ton of fantasy opportunities for running backs. Fantasy owners shouldn’t expect much from Hightower next week against Atlanta.
Sep 18 - 5:39 PM

Tim Hightower rushed four times for nine yards in the Saints' Week 1 loss to the Raiders.

He added a one-yard catch. Hightower was Mark Ingram's primary backup, but didn't have a role on third downs. He's a handcuff without standalone value.
Sep 11 - 6:40 PM

Tim Hightower rushed eight times for 27 yards and caught his lone target for eight yards in the Saints' third preseason game.

Hightower was the fourth running back to enter the game for New Orleans -- behind Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller, and Travaris Cadet -- but Saints beat writers noted that Hightower remains the team's No. 2 "big back" behind Ingram. Spiller and Cadet play similar roles. Still, with Spiller now earning extensive first-team playing time, Hightower's handcuff appeal has taken a hit.
Aug 26 - 11:56 PM

The New Orleans Advocate confirms Tim Hightower "seems like the best bet" to open the season as Mark Ingram's primary backup.

Signed off the street just one month before Ingram's year-ending shoulder injury last season, Hightower emerged as the Saints' every-down back and was a hero in the fantasy playoffs. The Advocate's Nick Underhill says C.J. Spiller "needs to prove he can still be productive" after a lost first season in New Orleans. Underhill even suggests Spiller's roster spot may not be assured. Ingram owners searching for a handcuff should look in Hightower's direction.
Jul 17 - 1:11 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
RB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
3Travaris Cadet
4Daniel Lasco
5Marcus Murphy
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
3RB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
FB1John Kuhn
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Brandon Coleman
3Tommylee Lewis
WR21Michael Thomas
2Willie Snead
WR31Willie Snead
TE1Coby Fleener
2John Phillips
LT1Terron Armstead
2Tony Hills
LG1Andrus Peat
2Tim Lelito
C1Max Unger
2Landon Turner
RG1Jahri Evans
2Senio Kelemete
RT1Zach Strief
K1Wil Lutz