Tennessee Titans running back Jamie Harper officially elevated himself to "touchdown vulture" status Sunday, scoring twice at the goal line to steal away valuable fantasy points from starting running back Chris Johnson.
Harper now joins an infamous list of touchdown vultures around the league, a group of players despised by fantasy owners because their fantasy points essentially evaporate into thin air.
In the following slides, we'll highlight Harper and the rest of the top touchdown vultures this season.
Counting his seven carries today against the Buffalo Bills, Harper now has a grand total of 10 for the 2012 season. Of those 10, three have gone for touchdowns.
In fact, Harper has 27 career rushes in two seasons in Tennessee, and four have resulted in touchdowns (four out of 27, or 15 percent of career rushes). If that doesn't equal a touchdown vulture, I'm not sure what does.
Fantasy owners won't rush out to get Harper this coming week, mostly because his touches behind Johnson (18 carries, 195 yards, two touchdowns) will continue to be so limited.
Packers fullback John Kuhn may be one of the worst offenders at stealing away touchdowns.
Over the last five seasons, Kuhn has scored 19 total touchdowns (11 rushing) for Green Bay's high-powered offense. However, Kuhn does little else than carry the football in short-yardage situations and secure the rare catch out of the backfield.
Fantasy owners have picked up Kuhn in the past, hoping to channel some of his touchdown-scoring abilities into a viable fantasy option. But Kuhn has only averaged under three total touches a game since 2008, so the consistency just isn't enough for him to be anything more than a fantasy-points waster in Green Bay.
Lane, a 258-pound fullback for the Dolphins, is quickly becoming a touchdown vulture in Miami.
With starter Reggie Bush not your typical goal-line option, Lane has been given a number of short-yardage opportunities, including at the goal line. The results have been 11 rushes for 13 yards and two touchdowns already this season.
Lane likely won't be owned in anything even approaching one percent of fantasy leagues at any point in 2012. Fantasy points, gone.
In San Diego, Tolbert was slowly becoming much more than just a touchdown vulture. Over his last two seasons, the Chargers fed Tolbert the ball almost 400 total times.
Now with the Panthers, Tolbert is back with his fellow vulture buddies.
Carolina has given Tolbert just 14 total carries this season, including a handful of goal-line touches. Tolbert's short touchdown today against the Dallas Cowboys gave him two in 2012.
With starter Matt Forte missing a handful of games and Chicago content splitting carries, it's hard now to consider Michael Bush a true touchdown vulture. Fantasy owners have been comfortable keeping him on the roster this season.
However, Bush is still getting a large chunk of his carries in short-yardage situations and near the goal line for the Bears in 2012. Even with Forte healthy in Week 1, Bush stole away two scores from close.
For Forte to score touchdowns, it will probably need to happen from 10 yards out or more. Bush should continue stealing those valuable fantasy points away from one of the top overall fantasy backs.