More Sportsfantasy football16 team league3rd year wr50/50 leagueadd or dropadpanalystsarticlesauction draftsautomated draftsautopick draftsbasic draft strategiesbench and depthbest ball leaguesboom bustsbreakoutsbuilding your teambustsbye weeksbylawssuecash gamesceilingcheat sheetscollusioncomeback playercontrarianscorrelationscut/dropscvsd/stdailydamaged goodsdbdedealing with injuries and reservesdeep leaguesdeposit bonusesdepth chartsdraft orders and positionsdivisionsdldollars per pointdonksdouble updraft dashersdraft daydraft leaguesdraft only leaguedraft parties and eventsdraft typesdrafting strategydtsdynasty leaguesexposurefadingfire salesfleecingflex positionsflierfloorsformulasfree agencyfreerollsfsgame time decisiongeneral managersgetting top draft picksghost shipsglossarygppguaranteed prize poolshalf pprhandcuffshead to headshedgehigh stakes contestdefense scoringreferralshow to beat your opponentcreating a leaguedrafting playershow to pick and join a leaguehow to make moneyteam nameshow to playleague managementlineup setupidp leaguesintroductionleagalitykeeper leagueskickerslame duckslate swaplbsleague almanacbuy-insleague commissionersleague historytime commitmentleague typeslinear draftslive draftsmock draftsonline draftsopp rankoutoverlayspayouts and bonusespickupspositionsplayer prop betsplayer rankingsplayoffspoints per gameposition numberspprpricingprivate leaguesprobablespublic leaguespuntersqbqualifiersquarterback by comitteequestionablerakes and rakebacksrankingsrbsreading and analyzing resultsredraft leaguesreturnerroirostersrunning back by committeescoring typesserpentine draftsharkssingle entrysleepersssstackingstandard leaguesstandard scoringstarsstart or sitstreamingsuper bowl slumpsurvivor tournamentsteteam defensesrise and growthtierstilttop websitestournament typestrade baittrade deadlinetradingtransactionsundroppableupside playersvaluesvalue based draftingviablesvulture backswaiver hawkswhere to startfounderswryahoo fan pointshow does scoring work in fantasy football?fantasy football
  1. american football
  2. fantasy football
  3. vulture backs

Fantasy Football Vulture Back

Table of Contents


What is a "Vulture Back" in Fantasy Football?

A "vulture back" in fantasy football is a running back that used exclusively in goal line situations in which the offense needs just a few yards to score a touchdown. The term is derived from the running back's tendency to "vulture" touchdown runs from the primary running back that was on the field for the majority of the offensive drive.


Characteristics of a Vulture Back

Vulture backs are often strong and stout running backs with physical, uphill running tendencies. These characteristics make them extremely useful for short touchdown runs, enabling them to lower the shoulder and achieve the extra push required to cross the goal line.


Fantasy Impact

Fantasy owners dread teams that use vulture backs. This is because most fantasy owners draft primary running backs that are on the field for the bulk of an offense's run plays. The nature of the scoring system in most leagues (1 point per every 10 yards rushing, 6 points for every rushing touchdown) dictates that running backs generally need to score touchdowns in order to post a high number of fantasy points. Thus, if a team's primary running back rushes for 40 yards on a drive but is replaced by a vulture back who goes on to score a touchdown near the goal line, the fantasy manager only receives 4 points as opposed to the 10 points that would have been recorded if the primary back had scored the touchdown.



Categories

Fantasy Football ArticlesFantasy Sports