Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2016

Regular season totals, through Week 3

Revised as of 9/27/2016

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.

  • Opponent adjustments are not applied until after Week 4 of the season. Therefore, DVOA and DYAR below are the same as VOA and YAR.
  • 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 24 rushes, 36 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Freeman ATL 62 1 28.5% 1 42 265 246 0 0 50% 8
I.Crowell CLE 56 2 26.3% 3 45 274 229 2 0 47% 19
L.Murray OAK 52 3 27.7% 2 32 153 209 3 0 53% 5
M.Forte NYJ 47 4 9.8% 9 67 261 297 3 0 42% 25
C.Michael SEA 45 5 14.8% 6 45 232 240 2 0 49% 13
T.Coleman ATL 45 6 24.3% 4 32 110 192 4 0 41% 28
Da.Johnson ARI 42 7 12.3% 7 47 217 242 3 0 47% 18
M.Ingram NO 41 8 20.5% 5 36 165 187 0 0 47% 17
M.Gordon SD 39 9 8.0% 11 54 194 267 4 0 50% 8
D.Murray TEN 35 10 11.6% 8 41 245 206 2 1 49% 15
E.Elliott DAL 34 11 2.0% 16 71 276 335 2 2 59% 1
E.Lacy GB 34 12 9.4% 10 43 214 215 0 0 49% 14
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Williams PIT 33 13 3.4% 15 66 258 287 2 0 53% 6
L.McCoy BUF 27 14 4.9% 13 48 227 218 4 1 50% 8
J.Hill CIN 23 15 6.9% 12 37 150 168 3 0 41% 29
C.Hyde SF 21 16 0.7% 17 58 227 227 4 1 40% 32
M.Jones WAS 11 17 -1.0% 19 37 150 148 1 1 57% 3
F.Whittaker CAR 11 18 4.7% 14 24 135 92 0 1 42% 26
D.Henry TEN 11 19 0.7% 18 24 88 115 0 0 54% 4
S.Vereen NYG 10 20 -1.1% 20 31 147 129 1 1 45% 20
F.Gore IND 7 21 -5.3% 21 48 188 186 1 1 50% 8
R.Mathews PHI 3 22 -6.7% 23 33 104 140 3 0 52% 7
T.West BAL 2 23 -6.7% 22 33 119 115 0 0 42% 24
C.J.Anderson DEN -1 24 -9.1% 24 54 203 197 2 0 39% 33
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
S.Ware KC -2 25 -9.6% 25 41 202 143 1 2 49% 15
C.Sims TB -2 26 -10.4% 27 26 88 96 1 0 50% 8
J.Langford CHI -2 27 -10.2% 26 31 117 118 2 1 58% 2
T.Riddick DET -7 28 -14.4% 29 28 91 88 1 0 43% 23
R.Jennings NYG -9 29 -15.3% 30 31 102 95 0 0 45% 20
D.Martin TB -10 30 -17.0% 31 25 85 84 0 0 36% 35
L.Blount NE -13 31 -12.9% 28 75 298 236 4 2 40% 31
J.Forsett BAL -15 32 -21.1% 34 31 98 77 0 0 35% 36
T.J.Yeldon JAC -24 33 -24.7% 35 34 84 88 1 0 41% 27
T.Gurley LARM -24 34 -17.5% 32 63 183 194 2 0 44% 22
L.Miller HOU -32 35 -19.9% 33 74 269 191 0 1 41% 29
A.Peterson MIN -43 36 -44.9% 36 31 50 32 0 0 39% 34

RUSHING, OTHERS: 5-23 rushes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Woodhead SD 38 44.6% 19 116 122 0 0
K.Barner PHI 37 57.2% 14 86 110 1 0
A.Abdullah DET 33 36.8% 18 101 116 0 0
B.Powell NYJ 32 56.7% 9 73 94 0 0
J.Richard OAK 24 32.0% 16 129 88 1 0
W.Smallwood PHI 23 19.6% 20 96 109 1 0
D.Washington OAK 23 25.1% 17 117 95 0 0
K.Drake MIA 23 41.7% 11 49 76 1 0
A.Morris DAL 22 16.7% 17 61 108 2 0
Du.Johnson CLE 20 36.2% 16 103 71 0 0
O.Darkwa NYG 19 34.5% 11 52 67 1 0
J.Rodgers TB 19 33.7% 7 44 68 0 0
R.Turbin IND 18 37.8% 8 23 62 2 0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Stewart CAR 16 10.9% 20 73 99 0 0
C.Thompson WAS 14 16.8% 12 47 70 1 0
C.Johnson ARI 13 7.1% 19 61 95 1 0
T.Hightower NO 10 12.2% 10 37 57 0 0
A.Blue HOU 7 13.4% 8 27 41 0 0
J.White NE 6 15.4% 8 35 30 0 0
J.Howard CHI 5 0.9% 12 67 58 0 0
Dw.Washington DET 2 -6.2% 16 70 72 1 0
C.Artis-Payne CAR 2 -4.2% 12 47 37 0 0
I.Pead MIA -1 -14.7% 5 17 14 0 0
J.Ajayi MIA -2 -13.3% 12 42 41 1 1
D.Booker DEN -3 -12.9% 16 62 63 0 1
M.Tolbert CAR -5 -17.6% 13 36 36 0 0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
G.Bernard CIN -5 -17.2% 15 50 40 0 0
A.Collins SEA -6 -27.2% 6 12 17 0 0
C.West KC -12 -36.2% 12 63 17 0 0
M.Asiata MIN -18 -37.0% 16 42 25 0 0
J.McKinnon MIN -18 -39.1% 19 53 23 0 0
D.Sproles PHI -19 -37.9% 19 51 24 0 0
S.Draughn SF -20 -34.7% 21 49 34 1 0
C.Ivory JAC -28 -66.8% 12 14 -4 0 0
A.Foster MIA -30 -58.7% 16 47 3 0 1
T.Rawls SEA -32 -48.7% 19 25 16 0 0
J.Starks GB -42 -94.1% 12 9 -26 0 0

RECEIVING: Minimum 6 passes, 40 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 DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
S.Ware KC 81 1 100.4% 1 12 185 217 0 83% 0
T.Coleman ATL 69 2 85.2% 2 11 167 192 0 91% 0
D.Murray TEN 68 3 58.8% 3 19 132 207 2 89% 0
G.Bernard CIN 55 4 38.3% 6 20 142 191 1 80% 0
T.Riddick DET 52 5 37.7% 7 19 130 179 1 84% 0
D.Sproles PHI 44 6 53.2% 5 13 160 137 1 77% 0
Da.Johnson ARI 43 7 35.0% 9 17 169 151 0 59% 0
C.Sims TB 36 8 21.9% 11 16 105 146 1 75% 0
D.Freeman ATL 34 9 57.8% 4 9 75 105 1 100% 0
J.Ferguson IND 31 10 35.7% 8 11 84 109 0 91% 0
M.Ingram NO 22 11 16.8% 13 12 76 97 1 83% 0
L.Murray OAK 16 12 18.0% 12 9 58 70 0 89% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 14 13 3.2% 16 17 84 89 0 71% 0
T.Rawls SEA 12 14 26.1% 10 6 41 47 0 100% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
D.Woodhead SD 9 15 5.2% 15 8 35 51 1 75% 0
K.Juszczyk BAL 7 16 6.0% 14 6 31 40 0 67% 0
C.Thompson WAS 7 17 2.9% 17 8 66 43 0 75% 0
M.Gordon SD 5 18 -5.7% 18 10 61 55 0 70% 0
L.Miller HOU 5 19 -6.6% 19 11 52 55 0 91% 0
C.J.Anderson DEN 4 20 -7.7% 20 14 70 61 1 57% 0
F.Gore IND 2 21 -9.9% 21 12 39 47 1 67% 0
F.Whittaker CAR 2 22 -11.1% 22 11 69 48 0 82% 0
J.Howard CHI -1 23 -16.8% 24 8 56 32 0 75% 1
T.Cadet NO -2 24 -15.8% 23 16 63 68 1 69% 0
J.White NE -4 25 -19.3% 25 13 52 39 0 62% 0
J.Grimes HOU -4 26 -22.8% 26 7 28 24 0 71% 0
M.Forte NYJ -7 27 -23.3% 27 14 67 40 0 64% 0
T.West BAL -8 28 -34.8% 31 6 29 11 0 67% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
C.Hyde SF -8 29 -35.1% 32 7 25 11 0 86% 0
C.West KC -10 30 -29.2% 29 11 34 25 0 91% 0
E.Elliott DAL -10 31 -46.6% 36 6 25 1 0 83% 0
J.Langford CHI -12 32 -42.5% 33 9 27 5 0 56% 0
S.Vereen NYG -12 33 -31.9% 30 13 75 23 0 62% 1
D.Williams PIT -13 34 -24.4% 28 21 89 60 1 67% 0
L.McCoy BUF -25 35 -46.2% 35 13 49 4 0 85% 0
J.Forsett BAL -25 36 -44.9% 34 15 36 14 0 80% 0
T.Gurley LARM -28 37 -101.7% 39 6 9 -35 0 50% 0
T.J.Yeldon JAC -33 38 -49.0% 37 18 51 -1 0 78% 0
B.Powell NYJ -34 39 -55.6% 38 13 49 -12 0 69% 1
C.Michael SEA -49 40 -102.7% 40 11 38 -61 0 64% 1

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 4-5 passes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
A.Abdullah DET 43 118.5% 5 57 112 1 100% 0
J.Richard OAK 28 99.5% 4 34 75 0 100% 0
J.Ajayi MIA 20 74.8% 4 31 58 0 100% 0
L.Dunbar DAL 18 108.1% 4 42 49 0 75% 0
D.Williams MIA 17 35.3% 5 39 59 1 80% 0
M.Jones WAS 13 36.0% 4 27 46 0 100% 0
I.Crowell CLE 8 24.1% 4 31 32 0 75% 0
J.Starks GB 8 25.2% 4 31 30 0 75% 0
D.Martin TB 6 7.3% 5 34 34 0 100% 0
A.Foster MIA 6 9.3% 5 62 30 0 60% 0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
K.Drake MIA 1 -11.4% 4 17 18 0 100% 0
J.Hill CIN -1 -15.6% 5 37 23 0 60% 0
R.Jennings NYG -4 -35.4% 4 16 5 0 75% 0
B.Cunningham LARM -8 -65.6% 4 24 -6 0 75% 0
M.Tolbert CAR -12 -61.7% 5 15 -7 0 60% 0
E.Lacy GB -12 -56.2% 5 19 -5 0 40% 0
S.Draughn SF -22 -86.6% 5 20 -24 0 60% 1
J.McKinnon MIN -23 -93.6% 5 4 -27 0 60% 0
A.Peterson MIN -24 -105.1% 5 7 -31 0 40% 0