Tim Hightower leads PPR sleepers

Tim Hightower could have a strong fantasy season -- and has added value in PPR leagues. Mitch Stringer/US Presswire

The fantasy "blackjack" series (covering those players whom it makes sense to gamble on a round or two earlier than is generally expected) has reviewed undervalued running backs, wide receivers and quarterbacks.

This week, the series shifts from specific positional overviews to a look at undervalued point-per-reception (PPR) league candidates.

The key in ascribing value to PPR draft picks is to strike the right balance between standard fantasy performance metrics (i.e., yards and touchdowns) and the point bonus that comes with the additional receptions (typically one point in most leagues).

This balancing act is not always an easy road to navigate, and it can lead many players to fit into the PPR "blackjack" category.

Here are five candidates who fit that bill best this season.

Tim Hightower

Hightower's overall upside was covered in the blackjack running back article, but he is being included here as well because of a false perception about Redskins coach Mike Shanahan's use of running backs and pass-catching.

The belief is that Shanahan doesn't throw a ton of passes to his lead ball carrier, and there is more than a grain of truth to that. In the 16 full seasons Shanahan has coached, his lead back posted 40 or more receptions only twice (Terrell Davis on both occasions -- 49 in 1995 and 42 in 1997).