Dont'a Hightower
Dont'a Hightower
29-Year-Old LinebackerLB
New England Patriots
Injury Shoulder
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Dont'a Hightower in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a four-year, $35.5 million contract with the Patriots in March of 2017.
Questionable with shoulder
LBNew England Patriots
October 10, 2019
Hightower is questionable to return to Thursday's contest against the Giants with a shoulder injury.
Hightower recorded three solo tackles before exiting the game in the fourth quarter. The former All-Pro linebacker is an essential piece of the Patriots' stout defense, so the team will be hoping an upcoming long week is enough to get him back and healthy for Week 7 against the Jets. As long as Hightower is out, Ja'Whaun Bentley is in line to take over at linebacker alongside Elandon Roberts, Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy.
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Measurables Review
How do Dont'a Hightower's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 3"
260 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.62 sec
Shuttle Time
4.64 sec
Cone Drill
7.55 sec
Vertical Jump
33.0 in
Broad Jump
117 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A torn pectoral muscle limited Hightower to just five games and 14 tackles in 2017. When healthy, which he was as training camp approached, the 28-year-old linebacker is one of the leaders of the Patriots defense. As a team captain and play-caller for the unit he anchors, Hightower's value goes beyond his stat line. On that front, he's capable of chipping in a fair amount of tackles and the occasional sack in his role as the team's starting MLB.
Hightower finished up the 2016 season with 65 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 13 regular-season games, numbers that put him on the IDP radar in deeper formats. The 27-year-old dabbled in free agency this past offseason but wound up re-signing with New England, landing a four-year, $43.5 million deal. With Hightower, who has been New England's defensive signal-caller over the past two seasons, now back in the fold for the foreseeable future, he'll remain entrenched as the team's starting middle linebacker.
When healthy, Hightower is a key component in the Patriots' run defense and a serviceable IDP in the process. In 12 games this past season, Hightower managed to record 61 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Hightower is slated to reprise his role Patriots' starting middle linebacker and could well top 100 tackles for the first time in his career if he is able to avoid the injury bug.
The 25-year-old linebacker -- who recorded 89 tackles and six sacks in 12 games last season -- underwent shoulder surgery back on Feb. 10. As a result, his status for the Patriots' regular-season opener has yet to be solidified, but assuming his health, he slots in as a starter in a New England linebacking corps that also features stalwarts Jerod Mayo and Jamie Collins.
With Brandon Spikes gone to Buffalo, New England's four-man logjam at linebacker (Hightower, Spikes, Mayo and Collins) has been reduced to three, leaving Hightower with his first real chance to provide a decent return on the first-round investment New England made in him two years ago. Mayo will remain unchallenged for snaps, but Collins is only in his second year and should generally play third fiddle. Collins also might see some snaps at end in passing situations, leaving room for all three players. Hightower has some edge ability himself, so he too could get some pass-rushing opportunities at end after posting five sacks in his first two years.
Hightower is in line to start at strongside linebacker for the Patriots. As a rookie, the 2012 first-rounder recorded 60 tackles in 14 games, a number he should easily eclipse this coming season.
The Patriots moved up on draft day to select Hightower -- a linebacker who can play either on the inside or outside -- 25th overall. We'd expect the Alabama product to claim the team's starting strong-side position, a gig that figures to give him some fantasy upside in the Patriots' re-tooled defense.
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Notches first sack of season
LBNew England Patriots
October 7, 2019
Hightower recorded eight tackles (five solo), 1.5 sacks and one defended pass during Sunday's 33-7 win over the Redskins.
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Officially active Sunday
LBNew England Patriots
October 6, 2019
Hightower (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game versus the Redskins.
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Team expects to have him Sunday
LBNew England Patriots
October 5, 2019
The Patriots expect to have Hightower (shoulder) available in Week 5 against the Redskins, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.
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Could miss second straight game
LBNew England Patriots
October 4, 2019
Hightower (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Redskins.
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No-go for road clash
LBNew England Patriots
September 29, 2019
Hightower (shoulder) won't suit up for Sunday's road game against the Bills.
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