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I've never met Mike Shanahan personally, but even at the risk of libel, I feel completely comfortable putting words in his mouth when I say this:
Mike Shanahan hates you and your fantasy team. He loves committee backfields, and he loves them way, way more than your matchup this week against "Somewhere Over Dwayne Bowe."
But let's examine someone who could see an extended time period in Shanny's backfield.
Even with an encouraging 2010 performance by Ryan Torain, and the drafting of Nebraska product Roy Helu, Jr., Hightower could have himself a breakout season despite serviceable competition.
Torain is no stranger to the injury bug. He was sidelined for much of last season with a hamstring injury, and injured his hand during one of the summer's first practices. The starting job is Torain's to lose, but it looks as if he's already in danger of losing it.
Hightower is almost a lock to see playing time in passing situations, despite ineffectiveness in doing so. Why? He's the most experienced option, and Keiland Williams may not have done enough to impress last season to land himself that job exclusively.
And I'm sure you're thinking that blocking has no bearing on fantasy points. You're pretty much correct.
But Hightower is also a pass catching back who will serve as a much-needed checkdown option for the inexperienced John Beck, especially when you take into account how keen at pass-rushing the rest of the NFC East is. His mere presence in passing downs may translate to fantasy points.
The Redskins have to have an answer to the blitz, and Hightower could be their long-awaited counter to that, which could in turn give him plenty of additional value in PPR leagues.