Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 6

Revised as of 10/14/2014

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.
  • Opponent adjustments are currently at 60 percent strength and will gradually rise until after Week 10.

Clicking on a player's name will bring you to his FO player page with advanced stats through the most recent season.

RUSHING: Minimum 48 rushes, 38 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Murray DAL 184 1 173 1 18.9% 5 17.2% 159 789 874 6 3 57% 3
R.Jennings NYG 115 2 86 6 19.7% 4 12.7% 91 396 536 2 0 54% 6
M.Lynch SEA 101 3 89 4 23.1% 2 19.4% 79 367 439 4 0 53% 9
L.Bell PIT 88 4 89 5 12.1% 9 12.5% 105 542 507 1 0 49% 17
J.Forsett BAL 87 5 110 2 23.3% 1 31.6% 64 408 375 3 0 45% 23
L.Miller MIA 67 6 66 9 14.5% 7 14.4% 63 330 358 3 2 62% 1
A.Foster HOU 66 7 94 3 7.3% 11 13.8% 106 513 469 5 1 49% 15
B.Tate CLE 63 8 72 7 22.1% 3 26.5% 53 242 278 2 0 49% 16
B.Oliver SD 58 9 54 10 16.3% 6 14.3% 57 249 296 2 0 53% 10
K.Robinson NO 55 10 67 8 12.1% 10 16.8% 61 304 318 2 0 59% 2
T.West CLE 49 11 48 11 12.3% 8 12.0% 54 235 280 2 0 56% 4
C.Ivory NYJ 45 12 36 15 7.2% 12 3.9% 67 324 319 2 1 51% 13
F.Gore SF 40 13 40 13 1.2% 17 1.4% 93 403 411 1 0 54% 7
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
B.Rainey TB 34 14 25 18 6.6% 13 2.5% 54 262 245 1 1 46% 21
A.Morris WAS 29 15 -3 26 -1.5% 21 -9.4% 97 391 404 3 2 46% 20
K.Davis KC 28 16 5 24 1.3% 16 -6.9% 73 342 287 3 2 38% 33
F.Jackson BUF 27 17 21 20 4.2% 14 1.2% 52 227 228 1 0 40% 28
S.Jackson ATL 27 18 40 14 0.8% 18 5.0% 68 264 294 2 0 54% 5
M.Forte CHI 27 19 23 19 -2.5% 23 -3.5% 99 401 425 2 1 52% 11
D.McFadden OAK 26 20 31 16 2.7% 15 4.6% 60 231 242 1 0 45% 24
A.Bradshaw IND 23 21 17 21 0.5% 20 -1.8% 60 285 252 0 1 50% 14
E.Lacy GB 21 22 -5 27 -2.0% 22 -10.2% 80 306 310 4 1 39% 31
B.Sankey TEN 18 23 43 12 0.8% 19 14.0% 50 211 192 1 0 48% 18
G.Bernard CIN 8 24 26 17 -6.4% 24 -1.5% 86 384 332 4 0 40% 29
A.Williams NYG 6 25 -10 28 -6.6% 25 -12.0% 70 228 256 2 0 39% 32
Z.Stacy STL -1 26 1 25 -9.1% 26 -8.1% 61 245 219 1 2 51% 12
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
M.Asiata MIN -7 27 14 22 -11.3% 27 -3.2% 64 226 213 3 1 47% 19
A.Ellington ARI -9 28 -30 31 -11.5% 28 -19.0% 81 308 236 1 1 40% 30
D.Martin TB -9 29 -13 29 -13.6% 30 -15.6% 48 139 141 1 0 35% 36
S.Ridley NE -19 30 12 23 -13.2% 29 -5.6% 94 340 329 2 0 53% 8
C.Johnson NYJ -25 31 -15 30 -20.9% 31 -15.8% 51 200 134 1 1 37% 35
D.Brown SD -40 32 -87 38 -27.2% 34 -48.8% 59 126 121 0 0 22% 38
M.Ball DEN -44 33 -32 32 -28.1% 36 -23.1% 55 172 121 1 1 44% 25
T.Richardson IND -48 34 -49 35 -22.2% 33 -22.5% 87 282 224 2 2 43% 26
J.Bell DET -55 35 -36 33 -28.0% 35 -21.3% 66 227 155 2 2 45% 22
L.McCoy PHI -60 36 -39 34 -22.0% 32 -17.3% 116 424 286 1 1 41% 27
C.J.Spiller BUF -67 37 -67 37 -34.2% 37 -33.8% 68 237 117 0 2 38% 34
T.Gerhart JAC -72 38 -62 36 -39.7% 38 -35.1% 48 123 83 1 1 33% 37

RUSHING, OTHERS: 9-47 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Ingram NO 67 75 56.3% 64.0% 24 143 198 3 0
J.Hill CIN 64 77 32.6% 40.8% 36 155 238 3 0
L.Blount PIT 60 64 30.0% 32.5% 37 213 232 2 0
I.Crowell CLE 58 55 24.1% 22.3% 44 237 248 4 2
J.Randle DAL 45 40 61.0% 53.1% 16 113 127 0 0
A.Smith ATL 41 42 70.6% 71.6% 13 126 111 2 1
J.Starks GB 36 19 17.5% 5.2% 35 152 176 0 0
K.Moreno MIA 34 41 15.6% 20.9% 31 148 175 1 0
P.Thomas NO 32 40 23.4% 31.0% 24 120 139 2 0
J.McKinnon MIN 31 31 11.8% 11.4% 41 207 183 0 0
R.Helu WAS 31 28 31.0% 26.9% 20 105 118 1 0
B.Cunningham STL 31 30 13.0% 12.5% 34 133 173 2 0
D.Sproles PHI 30 33 16.6% 19.5% 32 205 150 3 2
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
L.Taliaferro BAL 28 40 6.7% 13.0% 40 196 206 2 0
J.Charles KC 26 31 7.0% 9.9% 42 195 188 1 1
J.Thompson DEN 24 22 45.2% 40.2% 11 53 78 1 0
De.Williams CAR 21 11 11.8% 2.4% 25 106 123 0 0
S.Vereen NE 20 30 5.6% 12.8% 42 216 150 1 0
K.Carey CHI 18 24 12.2% 18.2% 22 97 106 0 0
A.Dixon BUF 16 16 24.8% 24.5% 14 86 66 0 0
C.J.Anderson DEN 15 16 25.8% 30.2% 11 55 60 0 0
G.Winn DET 6 -2 -0.8% -10.9% 16 64 75 0 0
P.Hillis NYG 4 -1 -0.6% -11.1% 15 62 53 0 0
S.Greene TEN 4 23 -6.2% 5.3% 44 190 151 1 0
R.Mathews SD 4 -17 -5.2% -23.8% 23 74 101 1 1
F.Whittaker CAR 4 13 1.5% 28.3% 9 25 36 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
Dam.Williams MIA 3 -3 -3.5% -14.7% 12 39 47 0 0
R.Bush DET 1 -1 -7.9% -9.2% 45 161 152 1 0
B.Powell NYJ 0 4 -7.9% 0.8% 11 43 35 0 0
R.Turbin SEA 0 -2 -8.7% -11.4% 17 64 66 0 0
J.Rodgers ATL -1 7 -10.0% -0.7% 20 82 72 1 1
B.Pierce BAL -1 -4 -9.3% -10.5% 47 172 171 1 1
A.Peterson MIN -3 -4 -12.0% -14.3% 21 75 60 0 0
C.Hyde SF -3 -6 -10.5% -12.3% 45 146 145 2 0
R.Hillman DEN -4 -27 -11.2% -25.1% 41 166 133 0 1
T.Riddick DET -4 -1 -21.5% -10.6% 9 28 23 0 0
S.Johnson JAC -6 -1 -18.8% -10.3% 14 48 43 1 0
J.Stewart CAR -7 -24 -14.3% -28.1% 29 88 93 1 0
D.Robinson JAC -7 5 -14.9% -4.4% 28 94 86 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Dwyer ARI -8 -3 -21.8% -13.1% 16 51 39 1 0
D.Woodhead SD -9 -22 -22.6% -43.6% 15 38 41 0 0
A.Blue HOU -17 -13 -18.9% -16.8% 42 165 111 0 0
D.McCluster TEN -17 -4 -27.4% -13.7% 21 76 49 0 0
S.Draughn SD -19 -22 -59.7% -69.0% 10 19 1 0 0
D.Freeman ATL -20 -24 -33.6% -38.9% 21 79 36 0 1
M.Jones-Drew OAK -22 -24 -45.6% -49.9% 14 53 15 0 1
L.Dunbar DAL -25 -22 -62.6% -56.7% 12 23 -1 0 0
M.James TB -26 -31 -71.7% -84.4% 10 11 -7 0 0
B.Bolden NE -31 -36 -60.7% -69.3% 15 25 1 0 0
D.Reaves CAR -41 -38 -39.2% -37.0% 31 76 49 0 0
M.Tolbert CAR -48 -56 -85.3% -98.3% 14 10 -24 0 0

RECEIVING: Minimum 12 passes, 42 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
A.Bradshaw IND 110 1 109 1 51.1% 4 50.0% 27 176 349 5 78% 0
A.Smith ATL 102 2 100 2 138.1% 1 134.8% 12 220 260 3 83% 0
M.Forte CHI 89 3 91 3 16.4% 11 17.0% 55 376 397 1 84% 0
R.Helu WAS 86 4 86 4 69.2% 3 69.2% 20 258 252 0 85% 0
P.Thomas NO 77 5 72 5 42.9% 5 38.7% 25 187 257 1 88% 0
L.Bell PIT 75 6 64 6 26.5% 9 20.9% 35 251 286 0 80% 0
B.Oliver SD 67 7 55 7 88.5% 2 70.7% 13 124 185 1 92% 0
M.Lynch SEA 43 8 46 9 29.9% 7 32.1% 18 127 160 3 78% 0
G.Bernard CIN 39 9 6 23 11.5% 15 -10.0% 27 178 192 0 67% 0
T.Richardson IND 37 10 31 11 22.5% 10 16.1% 19 132 151 0 79% 0
C.J.Spiller BUF 37 11 52 8 29.4% 8 46.1% 15 106 139 1 87% 0
A.Ellington ARI 36 12 16 17 8.1% 18 -4.2% 28 188 190 1 68% 0
K.Juszczyk BAL 32 13 28 12 36.0% 6 30.2% 12 91 112 1 58% 0
Z.Stacy STL 24 14 32 10 15.6% 13 24.8% 16 115 110 0 75% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Jennings NYG 23 15 -2 25 16.1% 12 -16.1% 13 109 101 0 85% 1
A.Foster HOU 22 16 -6 29 3.8% 19 -18.7% 24 131 135 0 67% 0
T.Cadet NO 21 17 20 14 13.3% 14 12.3% 12 83 99 1 83% 1
D.Freeman ATL 20 18 15 19 9.8% 16 3.6% 18 129 104 0 78% 0
D.Murray DAL 18 19 7 22 -0.2% 21 -8.5% 25 155 130 0 84% 1
E.Lacy GB 15 20 15 18 8.6% 17 9.2% 12 76 78 0 83% 0
B.Cunningham STL 14 21 18 16 3.4% 20 7.7% 14 75 88 0 79% 0
D.McCluster TEN 10 22 18 15 -1.1% 22 9.1% 14 91 76 0 79% 0
R.Bush DET 7 23 -1 24 -9.2% 25 -14.8% 28 142 119 0 71% 0
J.Charles KC 6 24 -7 30 -5.7% 23 -23.2% 12 43 65 2 75% 1
C.Ivory NYJ 5 25 8 21 -7.0% 24 -3.5% 14 85 67 0 57% 0
D.Sproles PHI 4 26 8 20 -11.1% 26 -7.6% 25 198 101 0 64% 0
F.Jackson BUF -4 27 22 13 -15.6% 27 -3.7% 39 245 145 1 77% 1
D.Brown SD -8 28 -28 39 -22.0% 28 -42.4% 18 76 55 0 72% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
S.Jackson ATL -8 29 -5 26 -24.8% 29 -19.9% 14 57 36 0 64% 0
J.Bell DET -13 30 -5 28 -28.4% 31 -19.6% 18 96 37 0 61% 0
L.McCoy PHI -18 31 -18 34 -30.7% 32 -31.0% 19 75 38 0 84% 1
L.Miller MIA -18 32 -28 38 -27.9% 30 -35.2% 20 80 55 1 75% 0
B.Rainey TB -19 33 -23 36 -31.8% 33 -35.9% 22 139 33 1 73% 2
D.McFadden OAK -23 34 -5 27 -36.4% 34 -18.7% 17 81 25 0 76% 0
D.Robinson JAC -24 35 -22 35 -53.4% 40 -49.8% 12 37 -6 0 92% 0
C.Johnson NYJ -31 36 -15 32 -52.3% 39 -33.1% 15 40 -6 1 67% 0
M.Asiata MIN -33 37 -10 31 -39.2% 35 -21.3% 23 129 25 1 57% 0
J.McKinnon MIN -39 38 -18 33 -48.6% 38 -29.3% 22 95 0 0 64% 0
J.Forsett BAL -40 39 -26 37 -42.1% 36 -32.4% 27 118 19 0 85% 0
M.Reece OAK -42 40 -37 41 -57.6% 41 -52.2% 16 47 -18 0 50% 0
K.Davis KC -43 41 -51 42 -67.6% 42 -77.3% 14 41 -32 0 57% 1
S.Vereen NE -49 42 -36 40 -43.5% 37 -35.5% 27 114 17 0 70% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 5-11 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
J.McKnight KC 49 58 105.0% 125.7% 7 64 131 2 86% 0
L.Dunbar DAL 43 43 52.8% 52.9% 11 105 133 0 82% 0
W.Ta'ufo'ou JAC 34 34 101.9% 101.9% 5 62 91 0 100% 0
J.Hill CIN 30 19 48.0% 23.8% 10 103 98 0 90% 0
T.Gerhart JAC 27 38 40.5% 61.1% 8 83 92 0 100% 0
T.Riddick DET 27 35 85.3% 111.9% 6 75 76 1 83% 0
D.Young WAS 27 35 63.2% 85.8% 6 41 81 2 83% 0
D.Woodhead SD 19 19 34.2% 34.1% 6 34 69 0 83% 0
J.Stewart CAR 15 22 22.6% 38.9% 7 58 61 0 100% 0
F.Gore SF 15 17 42.1% 49.5% 6 68 50 1 67% 0
B.Sankey TEN 11 18 23.3% 45.9% 5 39 44 0 80% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
S.Taylor ARI 10 9 12.2% 10.3% 5 21 47 1 80% 0
B.Powell NYJ 2 11 -5.5% 25.3% 5 38 26 0 80% 0
J.Rodgers ATL 2 -8 -10.9% -26.9% 10 46 47 0 80% 0
M.Ingram NO 1 -2 -11.0% -20.1% 5 22 20 0 80% 0
A.Morris WAS 0 -5 -13.0% -27.4% 7 39 29 0 71% 0
L.Blount PIT 0 -2 -13.6% -19.9% 5 17 22 0 60% 0
M.Ball DEN 0 0 -13.7% -13.4% 11 62 42 0 82% 0
D.Martin TB -2 -3 -17.0% -19.3% 11 55 38 0 64% 0
L.Washington TEN -3 1 -28.6% -9.8% 6 29 10 0 67% 0
P.Hillis NYG -3 3 -34.1% 5.8% 5 28 5 0 60% 0
K.Robinson NO -7 -5 -35.0% -29.4% 6 26 9 0 50% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Tolbert CAR -7 -11 -28.4% -35.2% 11 59 14 0 73% 0
W.Johnson PIT -8 -12 -43.1% -56.7% 5 12 3 0 40% 0
S.Ridley NE -9 -7 -43.6% -34.8% 5 20 3 0 80% 0
D.Reaves CAR -11 -16 -36.9% -47.9% 8 31 11 0 63% 0
J.Todman JAC -11 -9 -39.0% -34.9% 10 48 8 0 60% 0
A.Williams NYG -11 -16 -38.1% -48.4% 8 25 10 0 50% 0
M.Jones-Drew OAK -12 -10 -48.8% -42.5% 6 24 0 0 83% 0
R.Hillman DEN -14 -18 -45.4% -54.7% 9 23 3 0 44% 0
R.Agnew CLE -14 -13 -65.3% -61.2% 5 12 -10 0 20% 0
J.Starks GB -36 -33 -73.5% -68.8% 11 24 -31 0 55% 0
C.Hyde SF -42 -41 -122.2% -119.6% 7 4 -59 0 57% 0