ProFootballWeekly.com has reported that Tim Hightower is leading the way at RB for the Skins right now despite the quality play from rookie RB Roy Helu last season and the fact that Hightower is coming off an ACL tear.
Hightower has never topped 160 carries in any of his first four seasons and we have our doubts that he ever will. This backfield could very well become one to avoid for fantasy purposes if both Hightower and Roy Helu remain healthy. Helu’s 49 catch rookie season could make him worth targeting in PPR leagues despite the expected time share.
Rotoworld says their money is still on Roy Helu to get the most carries out of the Skins backfield.
Going back to the ProFootballWeekly article they say that durability concerns may keep Roy Helu to a max of 10-15 touches per game.
ProFootballFocus.com projects Roy Helu to lead the Redskins RBs in fantasy points. They have him ranked 27th heading into the season. You can see their projections HERE.
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We don’t see it. Maybe we’re wrong but the combination of Roy Helu’s good play and Hightower’s injury make us less than optimistic that Hightower is going to produce for fantasy owners in 2012. We get a feeling that this is going to a RBBC and probably come with the same old frustrations that we’ve experienced in Mike Shanahan backfields in years past.
The advantage that a healthy Tim Hightower has is his ability to recognize and pick up blocking assignments. The Redskins are going to want to do whatever they can to keep RGIII upright and healthy. Helu comes with durability concerns for sure. He is already missing camp time with a hamstring issue and last year he was slowed at times by toe and shoulder issues. Helu is the safest choice in our view but we don’t like him as any more than a RB#3. Right now, we don’t think he presents great value, however, with an average draft position of 57 overall where he being selected as the 25th RB off the board. We actually think Hightower does present value because he comes with some upside at 146 (54th RB).