Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 15

Revised as of 12/16/2014

Running backs are ranked according to DYAR, or Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement. This gives the value of the performance on plays where this RB carried/caught the ball compared to replacement level, adjusted for situation and opponent and then translated into yardage. DYAR (and its cousin, YAR, which isn't adjusted based on opponent) is further explained here.

The next statistic given is DVOA, or Defense-adjusted Value Over Average. This number represents value, per play, over an average running back in the same game situations. The more positive the DVOA rating, the better the player's performance. Negative DVOA represents below-average offense. DVOA (and its cousin, VOA, which isn't adjusted based on opponent) is further explained here.

The simple version: DYAR means a running back with more total value. DVOA means a running back with more value per play.

Effective Yards, listed in red, translate DVOA into a yards per attempt figure. This provides an easy comparison: in general, players with more Effective Yards than standard yards played better than standard stats would otherwise indicate, while players with fewer Effective Yards than standard yards played worse than standard stats would otherwise indicate. Effective Yards are not the best way to measure total value because they are more dependent on usage than DYAR.

The final statistic is Success Rate. This number represents the player's consistency, measured by successful running plays (the definition of success being different based on down and distance) divided by total running plays. A player with higher DVOA and a low success rate mixes long runs with downs getting stuffed at the line of scrimmage. A player with lower DVOA and a high success rate generally gets the yards needed, but doesn't often get more. Success Rate is further explained here. It is not adjusted for opponent.

  • These numbers do not separate the performance of a running back from the performance of his offensive line. (You'll find numbers that try to do that on this page.) Be aware that one will affect the other.
  • All fumbles are considered equal, whether recovered by the offense or defense.

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RUSHING: Minimum 100 rushes, 40 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Murray DAL 367 1 338 1 16.7% 3 14.6% 351 1,691 1,847 11 3 54% 4
M.Lynch SEA 314 2 252 3 21.6% 2 15.6% 256 1,137 1,404 11 1 53% 5
J.Charles KC 259 3 213 5 24.5% 1 18.6% 183 955 1,092 9 3 55% 3
L.Bell PIT 189 4 268 2 9.1% 10 16.5% 262 1,278 1,222 7 0 50% 10
J.Hill CIN 167 5 210 6 13.2% 4 18.8% 177 880 934 8 3 58% 1
L.Miller MIA 166 6 149 9 12.9% 5 10.6% 178 829 935 6 2 56% 2
E.Lacy GB 165 7 162 7 11.0% 8 10.7% 203 940 990 9 2 47% 15
J.Forsett BAL 157 8 214 4 9.3% 9 15.7% 208 1,128 1,012 8 1 45% 25
A.Foster HOU 138 9 160 8 6.1% 12 8.5% 230 1,127 1,028 8 2 47% 14
C.J.Anderson DEN 129 10 142 10 12.6% 6 14.8% 148 679 731 4 0 50% 11
M.Forte CHI 121 11 138 11 3.0% 15 4.7% 230 934 1,092 6 1 52% 7
R.Jennings NYG 110 12 77 15 7.7% 11 2.8% 157 606 762 4 0 47% 16
M.Ingram NO 110 13 127 12 4.5% 13 6.5% 199 869 902 7 1 52% 6
C.Ivory NYJ 90 14 82 13 3.4% 14 2.3% 174 741 794 6 2 46% 23
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.McKinnon MIN 84 15 71 17 12.2% 7 8.8% 113 538 487 0 0 42% 31
S.Jackson ATL 81 16 74 16 1.3% 17 0.4% 185 699 837 6 0 51% 9
F.Gore SF 80 17 56 20 0.9% 18 -2.0% 204 804 854 3 2 50% 12
A.Morris WAS 80 18 78 14 -0.2% 20 -0.4% 232 953 947 7 2 47% 17
J.Stewart CAR 58 19 44 23 1.4% 16 -0.9% 138 639 590 3 2 51% 8
I.Crowell CLE 46 20 70 18 0.3% 19 4.9% 128 548 522 8 3 47% 18
B.Sankey TEN 42 21 51 22 -0.6% 21 1.1% 135 516 522 2 1 45% 26
C.Johnson NYJ 40 22 54 21 -1.1% 22 1.4% 135 613 532 1 1 47% 19
T.Mason STL 40 23 -12 32 -2.0% 24 -10.6% 155 661 591 3 2 44% 28
L.McCoy PHI 37 24 58 19 -5.2% 27 -3.3% 274 1,134 1,004 4 3 46% 21
F.Jackson BUF 32 25 35 25 -1.9% 23 -1.5% 117 457 473 2 0 46% 22
L.Blount 2TM 32 26 37 24 -2.4% 25 -1.3% 115 485 492 5 1 45% 24
M.Asiata MIN 31 27 33 26 -2.9% 26 -2.5% 129 421 517 7 1 48% 13
G.Bernard CIN 9 28 16 29 -7.2% 28 -6.1% 157 636 575 5 0 40% 33
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
B.Oliver SD 7 29 0 30 -7.3% 29 -8.6% 133 458 471 2 0 43% 30
D.Robinson JAC -5 30 31 27 -9.6% 30 -2.9% 135 583 451 4 2 38% 38
T.West CLE -8 31 22 28 -9.8% 31 -5.2% 153 579 549 3 1 46% 20
D.Martin TB -19 32 -4 31 -13.4% 33 -9.5% 106 369 306 2 0 34% 40
A.Ellington ARI -33 33 -96 40 -12.9% 32 -21.0% 201 663 612 3 2 39% 34
T.Richardson IND -34 34 -27 34 -14.0% 34 -13.0% 151 508 478 3 2 44% 27
D.McFadden OAK -38 35 -46 37 -15.5% 37 -17.0% 143 467 412 2 1 38% 35
K.Davis KC -39 36 -56 39 -16.3% 38 -19.7% 123 453 370 6 3 38% 36
A.Williams NYG -40 37 -51 38 -14.3% 35 -15.9% 176 568 539 6 1 38% 37
B.Tate 2TM -45 38 -30 35 -18.4% 39 -15.2% 119 371 321 4 0 36% 39
J.Bell DET -57 39 -26 33 -15.4% 36 -11.7% 197 727 624 6 3 44% 29
A.Blue HOU -75 40 -42 36 -21.3% 40 -15.7% 144 483 384 2 0 41% 32

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Gray NE 150 159 32.0% 34.4% 83 407 561 4 0
P.Thomas NO 76 74 31.8% 30.6% 45 223 286 2 0
J.Thompson DEN 73 72 20.7% 20.2% 53 270 332 3 1
J.Randle DAL 71 67 46.7% 43.6% 34 237 225 2 1
D.Sproles PHI 69 75 24.5% 27.5% 52 294 289 6 2
R.Mathews SD 61 37 10.9% 3.3% 74 333 367 3 1
K.Robinson NO 53 65 9.8% 14.1% 67 340 335 2 1
K.Moreno MIA 50 45 27.6% 23.4% 31 148 202 1 0
B.Cunningham STL 46 27 11.2% 3.0% 60 239 273 3 0
D.Herron IND 45 59 10.1% 15.9% 61 313 281 1 1
C.Michael SEA 45 42 35.1% 32.6% 25 145 161 0 0
L.Murray OAK 43 37 11.5% 8.6% 49 301 253 2 1
K.Carey CHI 43 47 18.7% 21.7% 36 158 204 0 0
C.Hyde SF 42 25 4.2% -1.0% 83 333 355 4 1
R.Turbin SEA 38 30 8.4% 4.9% 53 219 251 0 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Smith ATL 36 34 27.8% 25.5% 23 144 143 2 1
R.Helu WAS 31 32 11.9% 12.4% 34 174 180 1 0
R.Hillman DEN 30 0 -0.3% -8.6% 91 378 366 3 1
A.Bradshaw IND 30 28 -0.8% -1.3% 90 428 377 2 3
B.Powell NYJ 30 31 19.0% 19.9% 27 120 140 1 0
F.Whittaker CAR 24 27 20.7% 23.7% 24 99 111 1 0
D.Thomas MIA 24 20 6.0% 4.0% 43 167 178 1 1
C.Polk PHI 21 23 4.1% 5.0% 39 134 178 3 0
B.Rainey TB 15 23 -4.5% -2.5% 94 406 346 1 1
J.Starks GB 14 11 -4.0% -5.0% 73 311 278 2 1
K.Williams ARI 12 22 0.6% 7.4% 34 175 137 0 1
P.Hillis NYG 4 2 -3.7% -6.7% 26 115 86 0 0
A.Peterson MIN 4 -4 -3.6% -13.9% 21 75 70 0 0
S.Taylor ARI 2 -6 -7.6% -12.0% 45 163 154 1 0
A.Dixon BUF 1 10 -8.2% -5.8% 95 398 319 1 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
B.Pierce BAL 1 12 -8.4% -5.3% 86 360 303 2 1
S.Vereen NE 0 -5 -8.7% -10.1% 88 352 273 2 0
L.Taliaferro BAL -1 32 -8.8% 1.7% 68 292 269 4 1
J.Rodgers ATL -3 3 -10.6% -6.5% 38 144 128 1 1
M.Reece OAK -3 -6 -12.3% -16.3% 20 74 67 0 1
L.Dunbar DAL -4 -7 -12.5% -15.4% 26 91 84 0 0
Dam.Williams MIA -5 -12 -11.9% -17.2% 33 104 112 0 0
Z.Stacy STL -7 -1 -10.8% -8.9% 73 287 257 1 2
S.Ridley NE -8 18 -10.4% -4.4% 94 340 348 2 0
R.Bush DET -8 -3 -12.0% -9.9% 64 224 196 1 0
S.Johnson JAC -9 -2 -16.3% -10.6% 26 83 89 2 0
J.Todman JAC -10 -8 -22.8% -20.2% 20 63 44 0 0
S.Greene TEN -13 -13 -12.8% -12.6% 75 267 255 2 1
D.McCluster TEN -15 -5 -17.6% -11.5% 40 131 118 0 0
J.Grimes HOU -18 -6 -28.5% -14.9% 27 106 50 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
De.Williams CAR -18 -25 -15.8% -18.4% 63 221 189 0 1
B.Brown BUF -20 -25 -22.0% -25.3% 36 126 95 0 1
T.Riddick DET -24 -17 -35.8% -28.8% 20 51 36 0 0
M.Ball DEN -31 -31 -22.7% -22.3% 55 172 141 1 1
D.Reaves CAR -34 -37 -33.5% -35.9% 32 77 62 0 0
D.Freeman ATL -36 -47 -24.8% -29.9% 54 200 133 0 1
C.J.Spiller BUF -37 -43 -22.6% -24.8% 69 290 169 0 2
M.Tolbert CAR -51 -51 -57.7% -58.5% 23 47 7 0 0
T.Gerhart JAC -51 -50 -21.5% -21.2% 86 265 259 1 1
C.Sims TB -60 -69 -45.2% -50.6% 44 117 43 0 2
M.Jones-Drew OAK -65 -66 -47.4% -48.3% 42 107 38 0 1
D.Brown SD -65 -86 -33.1% -40.7% 71 172 123 0 0

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 48 players ranked

  • Passes includes all passes to this receiver, complete and incomplete.
  • Catch Rate is the percentage of passes completed to this receiver.
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
L.Bell PIT 273 1 282 1 35.4% 3 37.2% 97 765 958 3 78% 0
A.Bradshaw IND 159 2 157 2 43.8% 1 43.2% 44 293 525 6 82% 0
M.Forte CHI 152 3 152 3 12.2% 13 12.1% 112 745 730 3 79% 1
P.Thomas NO 105 4 83 9 22.4% 7 14.8% 52 354 424 1 83% 0
E.Lacy GB 105 5 126 4 23.9% 6 31.7% 50 396 414 4 76% 0
B.Cunningham STL 100 6 88 8 26.8% 5 22.1% 44 276 380 1 82% 0
C.J.Anderson DEN 95 7 105 5 41.5% 2 47.2% 31 249 320 2 77% 0
R.Helu WAS 90 8 93 6 28.7% 4 30.2% 42 439 335 2 90% 2
M.Lynch SEA 85 9 81 10 21.5% 9 19.9% 45 331 346 4 76% 1
T.Riddick DET 70 10 90 7 19.4% 10 28.8% 40 272 294 3 68% 0
T.Cadet NO 61 11 64 11 8.1% 14 9.2% 47 287 324 1 77% 1
B.Oliver SD 58 12 44 18 16.2% 11 8.6% 38 239 259 1 82% 0
J.Bell DET 56 13 56 12 8.1% 15 7.9% 49 309 301 1 65% 0
A.Ellington ARI 50 14 44 17 -0.8% 21 -2.5% 64 395 377 2 72% 0
T.Richardson IND 49 15 44 16 16.1% 12 12.7% 29 203 219 0 76% 0
B.Brown BUF 47 16 51 13 21.6% 8 24.8% 25 176 190 0 64% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
S.Vereen NE 38 17 50 14 -4.6% 24 -1.9% 71 421 377 3 68% 0
B.Rainey TB 33 18 37 19 0.9% 19 2.9% 45 315 221 1 73% 2
D.McCluster TEN 30 19 31 22 1.4% 18 2.2% 35 197 199 1 74% 0
D.Murray DAL 28 20 45 15 -5.3% 26 -0.1% 61 397 293 0 89% 2
J.Rodgers ATL 27 21 17 26 1.8% 17 -3.9% 31 151 181 1 81% 0
D.Sproles PHI 27 22 36 20 -3.6% 23 0.0% 47 321 241 0 66% 0
D.Freeman ATL 24 23 21 23 2.7% 16 0.5% 30 174 155 1 83% 0
A.Foster HOU 23 24 20 24 -6.0% 27 -6.9% 54 294 257 4 67% 0
J.Hill CIN 21 25 5 29 0.2% 20 -10.5% 29 207 151 0 86% 1
J.Charles KC 19 26 -3 31 -7.0% 29 -14.7% 49 235 236 5 67% 1
D.Brown SD 18 27 -11 34 -5.0% 25 -19.1% 37 199 183 0 73% 0
J.Stewart CAR 15 28 33 21 -2.3% 22 12.1% 25 154 122 0 84% 0
G.Bernard CIN 14 29 -9 33 -8.6% 31 -17.2% 46 248 216 0 67% 0
S.Jackson ATL 11 30 17 25 -6.2% 28 -1.5% 26 134 123 0 73% 0
C.Johnson NYJ 10 31 12 27 -8.2% 30 -7.0% 31 151 148 1 71% 0
K.Juszczyk BAL 5 32 7 28 -10.2% 32 -9.2% 27 182 119 1 70% 2
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Hillman DEN 3 33 2 30 -12.0% 33 -12.7% 32 137 128 1 63% 0
L.Miller MIA 3 34 -20 37 -12.7% 34 -22.0% 43 204 183 1 77% 0
M.Reece OAK -9 35 -18 35 -17.0% 35 -20.1% 51 215 190 1 63% 0
R.Jennings NYG -15 36 -36 43 -21.3% 37 -30.9% 36 205 117 0 75% 1
C.Ivory NYJ -18 37 -18 36 -26.3% 40 -26.5% 26 115 66 0 65% 0
R.Bush DET -25 38 -25 38 -24.0% 39 -23.9% 43 187 123 0 72% 0
L.McCoy PHI -26 39 -39 45 -28.8% 41 -36.5% 33 113 71 0 76% 1
M.Asiata MIN -28 40 -29 40 -23.6% 38 -23.9% 55 276 148 1 71% 0
M.Ingram NO -29 41 -34 42 -31.1% 43 -34.4% 30 124 59 0 80% 1
F.Jackson BUF -30 42 -5 32 -21.2% 36 -15.2% 75 404 234 1 75% 4
A.Williams NYG -38 43 -62 47 -35.4% 45 -49.1% 33 111 47 0 45% 0
J.Todman JAC -39 44 -27 39 -47.1% 47 -37.1% 28 147 3 0 64% 0
D.Robinson JAC -41 45 -30 41 -38.1% 46 -31.8% 31 124 37 0 74% 0
D.McFadden OAK -47 46 -47 46 -30.4% 42 -30.4% 50 206 106 0 66% 0
J.Forsett BAL -49 47 -36 44 -31.8% 44 -27.0% 51 233 95 0 75% 0
J.McKinnon MIN -81 48 -76 48 -52.0% 48 -49.7% 41 135 -15 0 66% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 9-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Turbin SEA 93 89 75.6% 71.7% 19 173 266 2 79% 0
A.Smith ATL 93 91 88.5% 86.8% 15 222 256 3 87% 0
L.Dunbar DAL 89 85 67.9% 64.1% 20 207 261 0 80% 0
B.Miller SF 63 66 48.8% 51.6% 18 150 202 1 72% 0
R.Hughes ARI 58 62 81.2% 88.6% 9 130 162 0 78% 0
T.Gerhart JAC 47 67 26.4% 43.9% 22 179 180 0 86% 0
C.J.Spiller BUF 44 53 33.3% 42.6% 16 109 159 1 88% 0
D.Thomas MIA 44 39 36.1% 30.4% 17 120 154 0 71% 0
S.Taylor ARI 40 39 47.8% 45.7% 11 54 128 3 82% 0
S.Redd WAS 40 37 59.7% 54.5% 10 107 120 0 80% 0
Z.Stacy STL 36 43 18.6% 24.6% 20 135 155 0 75% 0
D.Young WAS 34 38 33.6% 39.3% 12 69 123 2 75% 0
L.Taliaferro BAL 32 39 60.3% 76.2% 10 114 98 0 80% 0
Dam.Williams MIA 30 19 13.1% 3.3% 19 115 142 0 68% 0
C.Sims TB 30 43 17.3% 31.0% 19 154 129 0 79% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Mathews SD 29 27 32.5% 30.1% 10 69 104 0 90% 0
T.Mason STL 27 12 12.4% -1.9% 21 112 124 1 57% 0
P.DiMarco ATL 26 15 18.7% 5.4% 12 59 111 1 67% 0
B.Sankey TEN 24 21 7.1% 4.8% 21 124 130 0 81% 0
A.Blue HOU 21 25 16.4% 21.4% 12 76 95 1 75% 0
T.West CLE 14 14 15.5% 15.5% 10 52 61 1 90% 0
A.Sherman KC 11 4 0.1% -8.6% 14 71 77 1 71% 0
R.Burkhead CIN 6 2 -1.4% -9.1% 10 49 46 0 70% 0
M.Jones-Drew OAK 3 -2 -10.0% -16.2% 16 71 69 0 69% 0
B.Powell NYJ 3 6 -9.6% -5.4% 13 79 58 0 69% 0
A.Morris WAS 2 11 -12.1% -5.6% 23 136 96 0 65% 0
F.Gore SF 1 1 -13.2% -13.1% 16 106 63 1 56% 0
I.Crowell CLE 0 2 -14.4% -11.6% 13 71 50 0 62% 0
L.Blount 2TM -1 -1 -15.7% -15.2% 12 54 49 0 83% 0
M.Ball DEN -4 -10 -20.6% -28.2% 13 62 38 0 69% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
J.Starks GB -10 -5 -22.5% -18.0% 24 118 66 0 58% 0
D.Herron IND -11 -22 -24.2% -34.5% 19 105 54 0 79% 1
B.Tate CLE -13 -13 -35.8% -36.6% 12 60 15 0 75% 0
M.Tolbert CAR -14 -7 -32.4% -22.6% 16 93 25 0 75% 0
K.Davis KC -15 -31 -26.2% -39.7% 24 138 54 1 63% 1
W.Johnson PIT -18 -23 -42.0% -49.4% 10 30 9 0 60% 0
L.Murray OAK -19 -18 -38.7% -38.1% 15 61 15 0 67% 0
C.Hyde SF -24 -24 -42.2% -42.5% 16 68 11 0 75% 0
E.Lorig NO -25 -21 -47.0% -41.4% 10 27 2 1 90% 0
R.Agnew CLE -30 -28 -73.2% -70.4% 9 15 -26 0 33% 0
L.Washington TEN -30 -29 -46.6% -46.0% 22 97 3 1 68% 0
D.Martin TB -31 -27 -44.5% -41.2% 19 64 8 0 68% 0
P.Hillis NYG -32 -13 -60.2% -32.0% 14 60 -17 0 57% 0