The "satellite back" in the NFL has become increasingly more valuable with the league switching to more pass happy and the RBs coming out more versatile than ever. The satellite back may not be your stud or workhorse, but could be a very valuable and intricate part of a successful fantasy team. Below are my top five "satellite" backs for dynasty purposes.
White has been a staple of the New England passing attack for several seasons now, acting as an extension of the running game. He racked up 85+ targets in 2 of the last 3 seasons, including 123 last year. He's also produced in finding the endzone, adding 7 receiving TDs last season and 15 over the past 3 years. Also had 5 rushing TDs last season after 0 the previous 2 seasons. Still just 27 years old and a favorite of Bill Belichick, White finished at RB7 in PPR last season. With Rob Gronkowski and Josh Gordon no longer with the team (at least temporarily) and only the addition of rookie receiver N'Keal Harry, White is poised to continue his success.
2. Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears
Tarik Cohen is a really interesting player, came into Matt Nagy's offense as a rookie and has had 50+ catches in each of his first 2 NFL seasons and had 96 targets last season. David Montgomery coming in does hurt his upside, but I still fully expect Cohen to be an integral part of Nagy's creative offense. Cohen has shown a nose for the end zone as well catching 6 TD passes and rushing for 5 in his first 2 seasons to go with an impressive 5.8 YPC in his opportunity there. Montgomery will take some receiving work, but Cohen should be a viable PPR asset for years to come thanks to youth and health. Only 24 years old by the beginning of the 2019 season, Cohen has yet to miss a game in his NFL career
3. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
Duke Johnson has quietly put together a solid NFL career so far since coming out of Miami as a 3rd round pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Already with a top 12 PPR finish on his resume in 2017. He is the perfect complement to starting tailback Nick Chubb, who is much more comfortable and suited to be the two-down thumper. Johnson should be very involved in what figures to be a really good offense this season. With a documented trade demand, Johnson also has the possibility of getting traded to a juicy spot such as Tampa Bay where he would share the backfield with lesser talents. At still only 25 years old he could be a longtime contributor for your fantasy team.
4. Jerrick McKinnon/ Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers
This duo assembled in San Francisco along with Matt Brieda is very intriguing. Though we still don't know exactly how the snaps and roles will play out, it's hard not to get excited of the PPR potential in Shanahan's offense. Both are proven pass catchers and playmakers with the football in their hands. They both also offer the rushing upside. While Coleman is coming off somewhat of a disappointing season, a reunion with Kyle Shanahan might be just what he needs. While McKinnon just might be the most talented guy in that backfield.
5. Nyhiem Hines, Indianapolis Colts
Another guy who got off to a hot start, Nyhiem Hines turned in an impressive rookie season. The former 4th round pick turned 81 targets into 63 receptions and 2 touchdowns in his debut season. Hines is tied to an explosive offense and Indianapolis didn't add much competition aside from Spencer Ware this offseason. If Hines can continue seeing 65-85 targets a year in an Andrew Luck offense, he could be a valuable depth piece and flex starter.