Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2016

Regular season totals, through Week 13

Revised as of 12/6/2016

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.

  • 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, 32 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
E.Elliott DAL 313 1 276 1 18.8% 3 15.6% 263 1,287 1,490 12 4 57% 1
L.McCoy BUF 219 2 138 5 23.8% 1 11.8% 174 951 937 10 3 48% 14
J.Ajayi MIA 209 3 169 2 21.7% 2 15.8% 173 908 932 7 1 44% 20
L.Bell PIT 153 4 110 10 12.9% 5 6.9% 180 822 860 3 3 51% 5
C.Hyde SF 134 5 51 17 11.0% 7 -1.1% 173 689 809 6 2 48% 12
Da.Johnson ARI 133 6 143 3 4.6% 11 5.6% 228 1,006 1,081 11 3 50% 9
I.Crowell CLE 120 7 35 21 12.5% 6 -2.4% 145 605 682 5 1 40% 28
D.Freeman ATL 118 8 140 4 6.5% 10 9.5% 176 785 859 7 0 50% 8
L.Murray OAK 116 9 125 7 9.4% 8 10.8% 140 553 740 11 0 51% 7
R.Kelley WAS 105 10 73 14 13.3% 4 6.6% 112 524 583 4 0 52% 4
M.Ingram NO 101 11 126 6 8.8% 9 13.1% 143 758 665 3 2 52% 3
F.Gore IND 101 12 60 16 3.1% 13 -1.6% 199 753 904 5 1 48% 13
L.Blount NE 93 13 84 12 1.2% 15 0.2% 230 957 972 13 2 43% 22
J.Howard CHI 80 14 123 8 2.1% 14 7.8% 181 883 776 5 1 46% 16
J.Hill CIN 67 15 45 18 0.7% 16 -2.3% 170 677 727 7 0 42% 25
T.Hightower NO 60 16 38 20 4.3% 12 -0.5% 105 422 500 1 0 47% 15
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
S.Ware KC 48 17 80 13 -1.7% 18 3.0% 163 734 670 3 3 51% 6
M.Forte NYJ 47 18 -4 26 -3.1% 19 -9.0% 211 784 819 7 1 41% 26
D.Murray TEN 41 19 121 9 -4.4% 21 3.7% 229 1,050 918 9 3 49% 10
C.Michael 2TM 40 20 41 19 -1.5% 17 -1.4% 127 492 553 6 1 49% 11
R.Mathews PHI 22 21 63 15 -3.6% 20 5.6% 102 423 419 7 2 55% 2
R.Jennings NYG 0 22 -19 27 -8.5% 22 -12.4% 121 414 430 2 0 43% 23
J.Stewart CAR 0 23 26 22 -8.6% 23 -4.3% 138 513 517 7 2 45% 17
C.J.Anderson DEN -8 24 11 23 -10.2% 24 -6.1% 110 437 380 4 0 39% 31
M.Gordon SD -18 25 93 11 -10.3% 25 0.1% 251 992 894 10 2 44% 21
T.West BAL -29 26 2 25 -12.9% 27 -8.3% 163 650 519 5 2 44% 19
L.Miller HOU -33 27 5 24 -12.2% 26 -8.0% 225 907 721 3 2 44% 18
J.McKinnon MIN -36 28 -65 31 -16.4% 29 -22.7% 115 357 335 1 0 40% 28
T.J.Yeldon JAC -47 29 -37 28 -20.1% 30 -17.7% 103 373 274 1 2 40% 30
T.Gurley LARM -55 30 -63 30 -14.9% 28 -15.7% 211 680 662 4 2 40% 27
D.Martin TB -56 31 -73 32 -21.2% 31 -25.1% 105 313 290 2 1 38% 32
D.Booker DEN -82 32 -49 29 -21.5% 32 -16.3% 146 510 411 3 2 42% 24

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Gillislee BUF 173 171 48.0% 47.4% 64 375 544 6 0
B.Powell NYJ 121 94 49.5% 36.3% 49 303 377 1 0
M.Jones WAS 97 51 13.3% 3.0% 99 461 537 3 3
C.Thompson WAS 73 63 23.8% 19.4% 57 283 312 1 1
D.Sproles PHI 71 65 15.6% 13.4% 73 339 369 1 0
T.Coleman ATL 70 68 12.3% 11.7% 79 292 399 6 0
E.Lacy GB 65 64 13.9% 13.5% 71 360 356 0 0
D.Henry TEN 55 76 10.1% 17.2% 70 312 344 2 0
J.Richard OAK 55 59 16.0% 17.9% 62 357 280 1 0
Du.Johnson CLE 46 37 14.7% 9.8% 56 271 247 1 1
A.Blue HOU 44 54 12.0% 16.9% 51 263 252 0 1
K.Barner PHI 43 41 37.0% 35.1% 24 123 150 2 0
C.J.Prosise SEA 41 19 22.1% 5.5% 31 172 182 1 0
Da.Williams MIA 40 38 32.8% 30.5% 25 103 150 3 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
W.Smallwood PHI 36 20 3.3% -2.0% 74 311 320 1 1
R.Turbin IND 35 31 17.2% 14.1% 27 88 176 3 0
J.Rodgers TB 35 62 0.5% 7.5% 95 422 389 1 0
T.Rawls SEA 33 25 4.5% 1.2% 59 226 269 2 0
J.White NE 27 27 14.8% 14.9% 31 129 144 0 0
A.Ripkowski GB 23 27 12.3% 15.5% 22 87 133 2 0
K.Bibbs DEN 23 22 9.5% 9.4% 29 129 145 0 0
G.Bernard CIN 22 26 -2.8% -1.7% 91 337 360 2 0
M.Asiata MIN 22 10 -3.9% -6.5% 96 317 434 5 0
D.Washington OAK 21 18 -0.7% -1.7% 63 302 259 0 1
A.Morris DAL 19 27 -1.7% 1.3% 61 231 264 2 0
J.Langford CHI 17 7 0.6% -4.7% 41 148 183 3 1
O.Darkwa NYG 15 21 4.6% 10.1% 30 111 122 2 0
K.Dixon BAL 14 24 -1.4% 3.6% 46 206 191 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
C.Johnson ARI 10 20 0.7% 9.8% 25 95 110 1 0
P.Perkins NYG 9 4 -3.7% -6.4% 50 185 178 0 0
K.Carey CHI 9 -1 -0.7% -9.6% 30 123 113 0 0
C.Artis-Payne CAR 9 22 -2.8% 5.8% 36 144 144 2 0
T.Montgomery GB 8 20 -3.1% 5.2% 35 187 136 0 1
S.Vereen NYG 2 11 -7.0% -0.3% 31 147 116 1 1
D.Williams PIT -1 27 -8.8% 0.0% 75 276 266 3 0
T.Riddick DET -1 3 -8.8% -7.9% 92 357 317 1 0
D.Harris SF -1 -3 -9.5% -11.2% 34 139 109 0 0
K.Farrow SD -4 5 -13.6% -2.5% 20 70 61 0 0
B.Cunningham LARM -5 -16 -14.9% -27.2% 21 101 65 0 1
J.Williams BUF -7 -8 -16.8% -17.7% 20 73 63 1 1
P.Barber TB -8 8 -12.6% -4.5% 50 204 162 1 0
S.Draughn SF -11 -23 -17.4% -27.0% 32 91 88 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Robinson JAC -13 1 -17.4% -8.2% 37 127 105 0 0
F.Whittaker CAR -21 -2 -20.8% -9.8% 44 208 114 0 1
M.Tolbert CAR -23 -17 -27.9% -22.5% 29 74 66 0 0
Dw.Washington DET -25 -36 -20.0% -24.9% 53 148 147 1 0
A.Foster MIA -26 -41 -36.0% -52.4% 22 55 39 0 1
J.Forsett BAL -28 -15 -32.2% -21.6% 31 98 56 0 0
Z.Zenner DET -30 -31 -23.1% -23.7% 46 150 130 1 0
A.Ellington ARI -32 -26 -38.2% -32.7% 27 78 41 0 0
A.Peterson MIN -34 -43 -37.2% -44.4% 31 50 47 0 0
C.West KC -37 -36 -26.8% -26.4% 52 191 114 0 0
C.Sims TB -57 -50 -41.9% -38.0% 41 116 55 1 1
J.Starks GB -61 -65 -33.0% -34.8% 60 148 116 0 0
C.Ivory JAC -97 -88 -34.4% -31.9% 93 350 165 2 4

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 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
Da.Johnson ARI 240 1 205 1 30.9% 4 24.4% 96 704 880 4 67% 0
S.Ware KC 121 2 152 2 46.9% 1 62.9% 34 395 391 2 79% 0
J.White NE 119 3 85 8 18.9% 10 9.6% 67 393 507 4 70% 0
M.Ingram NO 106 4 115 4 30.6% 5 34.3% 41 264 391 4 85% 0
L.Bell PIT 105 5 103 5 9.6% 14 9.2% 77 501 536 1 82% 1
D.Freeman ATL 103 6 83 9 24.0% 6 16.8% 47 318 405 2 79% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 102 7 86 7 17.0% 11 12.2% 61 410 444 0 74% 0
G.Bernard CIN 99 8 82 10 21.7% 7 15.6% 51 337 405 1 76% 1
M.Gordon SD 99 9 135 3 19.6% 9 31.7% 56 419 417 2 73% 0
T.Coleman ATL 84 10 89 6 39.6% 2 43.0% 28 334 283 1 75% 0
E.Elliott DAL 82 11 74 12 33.2% 3 28.6% 34 322 292 1 82% 0
L.McCoy BUF 78 12 65 15 21.3% 8 15.3% 39 221 319 1 87% 0
T.Riddick DET 72 13 75 11 5.1% 18 6.1% 67 371 418 5 79% 0
I.Crowell CLE 62 14 69 13 13.9% 13 17.0% 40 294 289 0 80% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
D.Sproles PHI 57 15 64 16 3.7% 19 5.6% 61 389 355 1 74% 0
T.Montgomery GB 55 16 60 17 8.5% 15 10.5% 39 268 290 0 82% 1
C.Thompson WAS 51 17 68 14 8.1% 16 15.0% 45 269 273 1 82% 0
J.Richard OAK 36 18 43 19 17.0% 12 22.4% 26 174 159 1 81% 0
C.Hyde SF 30 19 0 32 6.1% 17 -14.1% 27 125 168 1 85% 0
D.Murray TEN 22 20 44 18 -6.8% 25 0.6% 54 309 258 3 83% 0
K.Juszczyk BAL 18 21 -7 33 -5.9% 22 -17.1% 36 194 195 0 75% 0
M.Forte NYJ 16 22 6 29 -7.4% 26 -11.3% 42 256 213 1 69% 0
J.Ferguson IND 16 23 3 31 -2.1% 20 -11.5% 25 136 131 0 80% 0
J.Howard CHI 16 24 33 21 -5.9% 23 2.5% 38 242 177 1 58% 1
F.Gore IND 16 25 40 20 -6.5% 24 5.0% 37 204 186 3 78% 0
F.Whittaker CAR 16 26 22 22 -4.3% 21 -0.5% 30 187 152 0 77% 0
T.Gurley LARM 14 27 9 26 -8.4% 28 -10.4% 42 250 207 0 76% 0
T.West BAL 10 28 -8 34 -7.6% 27 -18.6% 28 122 142 1 68% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
B.Powell NYJ 8 29 -12 35 -11.2% 31 -17.9% 53 247 226 1 72% 1
L.Murray OAK 8 30 14 24 -10.1% 29 -7.1% 38 228 163 0 76% 0
R.Jennings NYG 6 31 7 28 -10.8% 30 -10.2% 34 177 147 1 82% 0
S.Draughn SF 3 32 11 25 -11.4% 32 -5.9% 25 152 106 2 72% 1
M.Asiata MIN 1 33 5 30 -12.9% 33 -10.6% 28 168 113 0 82% 0
T.Cadet NO -6 34 15 23 -16.3% 34 -7.1% 37 187 151 1 70% 0
J.Starks GB -21 35 -29 40 -28.3% 37 -34.2% 26 128 60 2 73% 1
T.J.Yeldon JAC -22 36 8 27 -21.3% 35 -11.2% 52 247 165 1 73% 0
J.Ajayi MIA -25 37 -21 37 -28.8% 38 -26.8% 28 113 67 0 79% 0
C.West KC -29 38 -27 39 -32.6% 39 -31.0% 28 127 43 0 79% 0
D.Booker DEN -31 39 -22 38 -36.5% 40 -30.1% 26 143 34 0 73% 1
L.Miller HOU -31 40 -13 36 -28.2% 36 -19.8% 36 158 90 1 78% 0
C.Michael SEA -32 41 -41 41 -38.0% 42 -44.7% 26 98 29 1 77% 1
J.McKinnon MIN -40 42 -42 42 -37.3% 41 -38.2% 28 102 40 1 71% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 8-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
T.Hightower NO 69 70 39.9% 41.1% 20 170 233 1 85% 0
C.J.Prosise SEA 59 74 51.1% 67.9% 19 208 185 0 89% 0
J.Olawale OAK 51 68 69.2% 96.1% 11 197 150 1 82% 0
C.Sims TB 43 25 24.1% 8.2% 19 112 172 1 74% 0
Da.Williams MIA 42 45 24.6% 27.1% 21 174 165 2 76% 0
M.Jones WAS 42 39 70.2% 63.2% 8 73 123 0 100% 0
R.Bush BUF 39 39 48.8% 48.2% 10 90 125 0 70% 0
D.Henry TEN 35 31 52.3% 45.1% 11 107 107 0 82% 0
T.Rawls SEA 30 23 36.5% 24.6% 12 84 104 0 83% 0
D.Martin TB 29 26 27.1% 22.9% 14 115 109 0 86% 0
D.Harris SF 23 38 39.2% 72.8% 8 101 79 1 88% 1
L.Dunbar DAL 23 14 30.6% 13.1% 11 71 83 0 73% 0
Z.Zenner DET 22 18 41.9% 30.7% 8 69 75 0 75% 0
R.Mathews PHI 21 28 13.5% 22.3% 11 94 100 1 100% 0
P.DiMarco ATL 20 20 31.2% 30.1% 8 46 74 1 75% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
P.Perkins NYG 19 17 5.9% 4.2% 18 153 106 0 72% 0
J.Rodgers TB 18 15 14.7% 9.0% 13 79 84 0 77% 0
D.Woodhead SD 16 8 21.7% 3.6% 8 35 67 1 75% 0
J.Kuhn NO 16 13 3.1% 0.1% 15 59 101 1 80% 0
B.Rainey NYG 16 15 -0.1% -1.1% 21 133 115 0 81% 0
J.Hill CIN 14 14 -3.4% -2.9% 22 135 122 0 77% 0
A.Smith TB 12 15 11.4% 16.2% 9 77 60 0 67% 0
A.Ellington ARI 8 3 -0.5% -8.8% 15 68 39 0 60% 0
R.Burkhead CIN 5 7 -2.6% 0.1% 9 71 45 0 89% 1
K.Drake MIA 5 6 -5.3% -2.5% 9 43 48 0 89% 0
A.Foster MIA 3 -3 -8.7% -19.3% 10 78 43 0 60% 0
J.Grimes HOU 1 0 -11.4% -13.8% 8 43 39 0 75% 0
K.Dixon BAL 0 -7 -14.1% -19.7% 22 100 79 0 82% 0
D.Lewis NE -3 -9 -16.5% -23.0% 17 71 64 0 65% 0
C.J.Anderson DEN -5 15 -17.5% -2.6% 24 128 84 1 67% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
W.Smallwood PHI -6 -18 -24.0% -42.5% 13 55 32 0 46% 0
D.Washington OAK -8 -10 -22.1% -23.8% 17 72 49 0 76% 0
D.Williams PIT -11 -28 -21.9% -34.6% 23 91 73 1 65% 0
J.Forsett BAL -11 -30 -28.0% -51.5% 15 36 40 0 80% 0
R.Turbin IND -12 -14 -26.0% -28.1% 20 95 45 0 80% 0
B.Cunningham LARM -12 -18 -24.5% -29.2% 21 91 57 0 76% 0
C.Ivory JAC -12 9 -24.2% -6.6% 21 117 61 0 76% 0
S.Vereen NYG -14 -16 -34.9% -38.0% 13 75 19 0 62% 1
R.Kelley WAS -19 -27 -47.7% -60.4% 9 4 1 1 44% 0
M.Tolbert CAR -22 -22 -53.5% -54.2% 11 44 -6 0 64% 0
J.Langford CHI -22 -14 -37.8% -29.6% 20 78 20 0 65% 0
D.McCluster SD -25 -15 -55.3% -39.0% 11 36 -8 0 64% 0
M.Gillislee BUF -26 -17 -66.4% -47.5% 10 40 -18 1 80% 0
C.J.Spiller 2TM -33 -30 -63.9% -60.2% 13 50 -21 1 46% 1
J.Stewart CAR -39 -36 -64.2% -60.2% 13 43 -25 0 38% 0