Tim Hightower will be a Washington Redskins again in 2012.
Tim Hightower has finally agreed to return to the Washington Redskins for the 2012 season, according to a report by the Washington Post, taking a seemingly clear running back situation into a typical Shanahanian cluster that fantasy football owners live to hate.
Hightower was fairly productive in his first and only season with the Redskins in 2011, carrying the ball 84 times for 321 yards, equal to a 3.8 yards per carry average. The former Richmond product also caught 10 passes for 78 yards and two total touchdowns in five games before his season was cut short when he tore a ligament in his left knee.
Hightower had taken over the starting job for the Redskins before his knee injury but will now have to battle second year runners Roy Helu and Evan Royster for snaps in the infamous Shanahan timeshare.
Earlier this offseason, our PPR Fantasy Football rankings had Helu ranked in the top 20, meaning he was a solid RB2, emphasis on the word was.
Ranking Helu so high was a bit risky considering Shanahan’s frequent history of reducing his running backs fantasy value with his seemingly random carry distribution. Particularly now that there are three competent backs compared to just the two previously on the roster.
Royster’ presence already hurt Helu’s PPR fantasy potential but the addition of Hightower necessitates a second look at his ranking.
Fantasyppr.com will publish a full PPR fantasy projection of the entire Redskins backfield soon.
For now though we will allow fantasy owners to spend the rest of the night cursing another season of getting Shanahaned everytime you play a Redskin running back.