Player Spotlight: Tim Hightower

Tim Hightower/ RB/ Arizona Cardinal

Tim Hightower is one of those players who has been on everyone's radar but his stock value just soared and now is an ideal time for fantasy owners to grab him. Hightower was a popular name on draft day due to the often inured Edgerrin James being the primary player in front of him on the depth chart. As the Edge is clearly lost, Hightower has stepped into the starting role in Arizona and could be a great back for years to come. If you are in a dynasty league, you need to make a move to try and acquire Hightower now.

Up until Week 9 Hightower's value was somewhat limited due to him splitting carries with James. He had a 3.4 YPC average but had reached the end zone 6 times. This was all while getting around 5-10 carries a game at best. Add to that the 17 receptions he has on the year and his value increases, especially in PPR leagues. Arizona gave Hightower the starting job and with 22 carries he gained 109 yards and a Teedeer in his first week. You do the math. He has an explosiveness about him reminiscent of what Chris Johnson has been able to do in Tennessee this season.

Add to the mix that Hightower plays in the NFC West, pretty much the weakest conference in football, and with match ups against San Fran and Seattle the next two weeks it makes it a prime opportunity for Hightower to have a coming out party. What provides him more long term stability for a fantasy owner is the play of Kurt Warner and the always potent passing game as it will force defensive to limit the 8 in the box looks and provide Hightower a chance to truly shine.

Depending on the league Hightower might even be out there on your waiver wire but I would be amazed if he were. If he is, obviously grab him because he could be the Ryan Grant of 2007.

Here is a nice Week 9 highlight reel if you are still uncertain: http://www.nfl.com/players/timhightower/profile?id=HIG784208


Author: JD Dowell
Email: jdncsu350@hattywaiverwireguru.com
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