There is nothing more frustrating as a fantasy owner of a starting running back than a touchdown vulture.
Most vultures stand on the sidelines while the lead back does work between the 20s. Sometimes, the lead back will even get his team down within the five-yard line. But instead of leaving that guy in the backfield to finish off the drive, coaches often opt for the touchdown vulture.
I hate that guy.
Putting my feelings aside, though, vultures are important in our fantasy game. Now that more teams have gone to a committee approach in the backfield, vultures have become a valuable commodity in our fake little game. The following are the top-10 touchdown vultures for 2011, all of whom should be owned and will be start-able in fantasy leagues this season:
1. Willis McGahee, Broncos
2. Thomas Jones, Chiefs
3. Mike Tolbert, Chargers
4. Brandon Jacobs, Giants
5. LaDainian Tomlinson, Jets
6. Marion Barber, Bears
7. Ronnie Brown, Eagles
8. Michael Bush, Raiders
9. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
10. Ricky Williams, Ravens
Just missed: Daniel Thomas, Dolphins
Sleeper: Steven Ridley, Patriots; Delone Carter, Colts
Here are today’s great reads:
- Looking for a wide receiver outside of the top five that you can get in the late second or early third rounds of fantasy drafts? Think Vincent Jackson. VJax has the potential to crack the fantasy top five at WR by the end of the 2011 season. Thankfully he chose not to hold out this summer. [CBSSports.com]
- I never have been a big Santana Moss fan. Never owned him in fantasy leagues, either. Something about the guy always scared me away, maybe it was the price. But for once in his career, I think Moss is fairly priced. In fact, I think Santana Moss is a steal in fantasy drafts this year as a WR3. I think the production is going to be very good out of that spot for owners. Tried to get him in two drafts so far but just missed. [Fantasy Douche]
- Do you love fantasy football too much? If any of these five tell-tale signs you love fantasy football way too much apply to you, then yes. You do love fantasy football too much. Hopefully it loves you back by season’s end by way of a championship! [Fantasy Knuckleheads]
- Look no further for a smorgasbord of fantasy football information. Plenty of good stuff in this read, including rankings! [National Football Post]
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