Fantasy spin: Cardinals to lose their Edge?

According to published reports, RB Edgerrin James is expected to be released by the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason.

If this speculation comes to fruition, it would mean an increase in the fantasy value of RB Tim Hightower. Hightower overtook James on the depth chart during his rookie season before losing the role down the stretch, but his skills and abilities were evident.

The Cardinals could also lose RB J.J. Arrington, who is slated to become a free agent, so the team’s backfield could have a new look in 2009.

Hightower, who has drawn comparisons to RB Marion Barber, is unlikely to see a true featured role in this backfield-by-committee era. But a prominent spot on the depth chart in one of the league’s most prolific offenses would make him a more attractive choice in fantasy drafts.

James, who turns 31 in August, is far past his prime and would likely land with a team that utilizes him in a secondary role. Two possibilities are Tampa Bay, which could pair him with Earnest Graham, or even back in Indianapolis with his former team.

The Colts could add a back to use alongside Joseph Addai if they’re unable to re-sign Dominic Rhodes.

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