The 49ers added some much-needed depth at running back, agreeing to terms with Tim Hightower, general manager John Lynch announced Saturday. Hightower becomes the second running back to join the Niners this week, along with DuJuan Harris, who re-signed with the team on March 28.
Hightower will battle Harris for the leftover carries not given to entrenched starter Carlos Hyde, and will be able to look forward to running behind newly acquired fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Some beat writers in New Orleans last year thought HIghtower was the better runner between he and Mark Ingram, but HIghtower will be 31 by the start of the season.
SF RB DuJuan Harris - Week 10, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 10 at Arizona
Harris filled in for Carlos Hyde last week and had a career-type game with 10 carries for 59 yards and five catches for 83 yards and a score. Hyde is optimistic his shoulder won't keep him out this week, but does anybody trust him to make it through a whole game? Harris has likely done enough to continue as a third-down back, at least. But his value takes a big hit this week if Hyde plays, especially against a tough Arizona defense.