Top 15 Satellite Backs for 2016

‘Satellite back’ refers to backs who excel in open space 

  1. Gio Bernard: Entering his 4th season, Bernard is coming off a career-best 4.7 rushing average while catching 49 passes for 472 yards in 2015. Due to Jeremy Hill’s struggles at times, he was utilized more often allowing for his most productive season yet. With Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones leaving via free agency and Tyler Eifert’s ankle injury, expect him to be a big part of the Bengals offense early in 2016.
  2. Charles Sims: Quietly one of the most productive backups in 2015. Boasting prototypical size, Sims has some the best hands amongst running backs in the NFL. He accounted for over 1000 yards last season and he’s talented enough to be an every down back if needed.
  3. Danny Woodhead: Bouncing back from injury in 2014, Woodhead was back to himself in 2015 leading all running backs in receptions (81) and yards (756). He’s the ultimate safety valve for Phillip Rivers and the Chargers are a lot better when he can play.
  4. Darren Sproles: Darren Sproles defines the term “satellite back.” He’s a jack-of-all-trades and he’s been doing in for a long time. His rushing numbers were down but he still caught 55 passes and returned 2 punts for TDs in 2015.
  5. Charcandrick West: West and Spencer Ware were great replacing Jamaal Charles after he went down with injury in 2015. West was pivotal in the Chiefs run to the playoffs last year amassing 634 yards and another 214 yards receiving. With Charles coming back into the fold, expect West to ease back into that “satellite back” role.
  6. Dion Lewis: After a blistering start to 2015, Lewis was one of the biggest surprises in the NFL. Before tearing his ACL in November, Lewis was one of Tom Brady’s favorite weapons, catching 36 passes and averaging close to 60 yards receiving per game. If he is healthy, expect him to have an impact in 2016 too.



  1. Bilal Powell
  2. Darren McFadden
  3. Andre Ellington
  4. Ronnie Hillman
  5. Shane Vereen
  6. CJ Spiller
  7. Dexter McCluster
  8. Jerick McKinnon
  9. Karlos Williams

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