Week 10 Fantasy Football Projections: Jake Ballard and Top TD Vultures

Michael DixonAnalyst IIINovember 12, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 6:   Jake Ballard #85 of the New York Giants catches a pass in the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Giants won 24-20. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The touchdown vulture. Depending on which side of a fantasy matchup they put themselves on, touchdown vultures are either the best or worst possible things. 

It seems annoying that a guy can have very few yards rushing, receiving or even passing, but then come in and scoop up six points (standard scoring) with a short touchdown run or catch.

But if that guy is on your team, then it's anything but annoying. So, on that note, take a look at a few of these guys. Consider bringing them in and letting them be your vultures.


Marion Barber

Barber is far from the featured back in Chicago. Given what Matt Forte has accomplished, Barber can't be relied on for many yards. But we're not looking at yards.

Despite never cracking 40 yards, Barber has four touchdowns this season, which is quite respectable. In Detroit, he's facing a defense that just does not stop the run very well, so Barber is a great target inside of the 10. 

Barber has a score in each of his last three games. He's a great weapon if you're looking for a cheap six points.


Jake Ballard

It may be a little unfair to call him a touchdown vulture, but he's far from Eli Manning's best, most reliable option. Ballard has had decent yardage totals in recent weeks, but he still doesn't catch a lot of passes, so I don't feel bad putting him in here. 

The 49ers' defense isn't unbreakable. Well, it's not unbendable. Every now and again, their secondary does allow a big play that allows their opponents to get into scoring range. But when they do, they rarely allow scores.

As a matter of fact, they never allow scores on the run. So, in close spots, it makes sense that they would look for the tight end. That's where Ballard's value will be high.

Braylon Edwards

Despite winning their last two games with very little scare, the 49ers' offense has just not been very good, scoring only three combined touchdowns.

Edwards has not caught a touchdown pass this season, but this is a good week for that to change. His size makes him a tough matchup for a beaten up New York secondary. 

My guess would be that Frank Gore, Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree will rack up most of the yards. But in scoring positions, Edwards is a great option for them. This is a week where they will need to change things up a little, as they aren't going up against the offenses of the Browns or Redskins.


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