Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2015

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 1/4/2016

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, 44 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
T.Rawls SEA 217 1 224 1 26.6% 2 27.7% 147 830 881 4 1 62% 1
M.Forte CHI 194 2 147 6 12.1% 6 7.1% 218 898 1,120 4 1 48% 17
De.Williams PIT 184 3 162 2 12.0% 7 9.6% 200 907 1,065 11 3 50% 9
T.Gurley STL 171 4 123 10 10.1% 9 4.9% 229 1,102 1,066 10 3 43% 36
L.Bell PIT 160 5 127 9 27.7% 1 20.1% 113 556 640 3 0 50% 10
A.Peterson MIN 143 6 133 7 2.2% 17 1.5% 327 1,490 1,369 11 6 45% 25
L.McCoy BUF 140 7 110 14 8.8% 11 5.2% 202 896 915 3 1 47% 21
R.Mathews PHI 133 8 106 15 20.5% 3 14.6% 108 539 611 6 3 53% 5
Da.Johnson ARI 131 9 148 5 15.3% 4 18.4% 125 581 685 8 2 56% 3
G.Bernard CIN 129 10 130 8 11.6% 8 11.7% 154 730 759 2 0 49% 13
J.Langford CHI 120 11 111 13 12.2% 5 10.6% 148 537 690 6 0 47% 20
J.Forsett BAL 117 12 101 18 9.1% 10 6.6% 151 641 759 2 0 46% 22
R.Jennings NYG 117 13 161 3 5.6% 13 10.9% 195 863 897 3 1 56% 4
M.Ingram NO 108 14 120 12 6.6% 12 8.3% 166 769 789 6 1 45% 30
D.Freeman ATL 89 15 121 11 -0.6% 24 2.3% 264 1,062 1,106 11 2 46% 23
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.Hill CIN 85 16 64 25 0.1% 21 -2.0% 223 792 976 11 3 49% 12
D.McFadden DAL 83 17 103 17 -0.4% 23 1.5% 239 1,089 1,012 3 3 50% 8
L.Miller MIA 81 18 105 16 1.7% 18 4.8% 194 872 806 8 1 43% 34
D.Martin TB 80 19 150 4 -1.7% 26 4.2% 288 1,402 1,136 6 4 48% 16
C.West KC 78 20 74 22 3.0% 15 2.3% 160 634 707 4 1 45% 27
L.Blount NE 64 21 90 19 0.2% 20 3.8% 165 703 728 6 1 52% 6
A.Blue HOU 61 22 10 35 -0.2% 22 -7.2% 183 698 726 2 2 45% 29
C.Hyde SF 61 23 27 30 4.1% 14 -3.0% 115 470 510 4 1 49% 14
C.Sims TB 49 24 71 23 2.4% 16 7.3% 107 529 462 0 1 57% 2
M.Lynch SEA 44 25 54 26 0.5% 19 2.5% 111 417 490 3 0 50% 11
T.J.Yeldon JAC 39 26 31 28 -3.2% 28 -4.4% 182 740 690 2 0 42% 38
I.Crowell CLE 36 27 -21 40 -4.0% 30 -11.3% 185 706 737 4 0 41% 40
C.J.Anderson DEN 34 28 70 24 -3.1% 27 2.6% 152 720 592 5 2 41% 41
L.Murray OAK 33 29 27 29 -5.5% 32 -6.0% 266 1,066 966 6 3 39% 43
Du.Johnson CLE 30 30 9 37 -1.4% 25 -6.5% 104 379 410 0 0 45% 26
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
B.Allen BAL 29 31 0 38 -3.5% 29 -8.6% 137 518 546 1 2 47% 19
C.Johnson ARI 25 32 24 31 -5.5% 31 -5.5% 196 812 733 3 2 47% 18
J.Stewart CAR 23 33 78 20 -6.2% 34 -0.5% 242 988 869 6 3 43% 33
R.Hillman DEN 22 34 75 21 -6.1% 33 0.0% 207 863 778 7 2 45% 28
E.Lacy GB 3 35 41 27 -8.2% 35 -3.4% 187 758 689 3 3 49% 15
F.Gore IND 0 36 -66 43 -8.5% 36 -14.7% 260 968 917 6 4 40% 42
A.Abdullah DET -2 37 21 33 -8.9% 37 -5.1% 143 597 506 2 4 51% 7
A.Andrews TEN -6 38 -17 39 -9.5% 38 -11.4% 143 520 523 3 1 42% 39
D.Murray PHI -29 39 18 34 -12.1% 40 -6.4% 193 704 660 6 2 45% 31
C.Ivory NYJ -31 40 23 32 -11.5% 39 -6.4% 247 1,073 862 7 3 43% 35
J.Starks GB -46 41 -49 41 -15.8% 42 -16.4% 148 601 471 2 4 43% 37
A.Morris WAS -54 42 9 36 -15.2% 41 -7.4% 202 751 609 2 0 39% 44
M.Gordon SD -67 43 -94 44 -17.3% 43 -20.8% 184 641 552 0 5 43% 32
M.Jones WAS -95 44 -55 42 -23.8% 44 -17.4% 144 490 382 3 4 46% 23

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
K.Williams BUF 159 149 30.4% 28.0% 93 517 609 7 1
T.Hightower NO 110 94 16.6% 13.0% 96 375 555 4 0
S.Ware KC 106 144 25.8% 37.9% 72 403 438 6 0
J.Charles KC 96 90 24.8% 23.0% 71 364 402 4 2
D.Sproles PHI 80 64 14.8% 10.0% 83 317 426 3 0
D.Lewis NE 77 83 28.2% 30.8% 49 234 307 2 0
A.Ellington ARI 64 63 24.5% 23.9% 45 289 272 3 1
J.Grimes HOU 54 42 20.1% 13.5% 56 282 251 1 0
M.Gillislee BUF 54 20 20.9% 2.6% 47 267 246 3 1
M.Tolbert CAR 54 53 9.8% 9.6% 62 256 339 1 0
K.Carey CHI 53 34 19.8% 9.7% 43 161 247 2 1
C.Michael 2TM 51 29 13.2% 3.7% 54 243 285 0 0
J.McKinnon MIN 50 61 15.6% 20.8% 52 271 261 2 0
R.Turbin 2TM 45 32 13.5% 7.1% 50 199 249 1 0
J.Olawale OAK 44 44 33.6% 33.9% 24 110 161 1 0
K.Barner PHI 30 21 18.4% 10.6% 28 124 145 0 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
K.Robinson NO 29 24 3.1% 1.2% 56 180 257 4 0
O.Darkwa NYG 27 17 7.7% 1.6% 37 153 187 1 0
B.Oliver SD 27 23 10.2% 7.1% 31 108 169 0 0
B.Powell NYJ 25 48 1.0% 10.3% 70 313 261 1 1
F.Jackson SEA 24 16 16.8% 8.7% 26 100 119 0 0
C.Thompson WAS 22 25 8.0% 10.1% 35 216 150 0 1
D.Brown SD 21 -3 0.3% -10.0% 59 229 242 1 0
J.Randle DAL 16 43 -3.4% 5.5% 76 315 288 4 1
B.Brown SEA 15 -1 4.7% -9.2% 26 72 122 1 0
D.Woodhead SD 13 13 -5.5% -5.5% 97 335 388 3 0
B.Sankey TEN 12 18 -1.5% 1.6% 47 193 167 1 1
F.Whittaker CAR 12 20 2.2% 10.2% 25 108 111 1 0
S.Jackson NE 11 3 2.8% -5.7% 21 50 105 1 0
S.Vereen NYG 9 20 -4.8% 0.1% 61 260 214 0 0
J.Gray 2TM 5 14 -5.9% -1.3% 45 176 173 0 0
C.Artis-Payne CAR -1 -10 -9.2% -14.1% 45 183 160 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Asiata MIN -4 -1 -12.3% -9.8% 29 112 86 0 0
T.Ward ATL -4 -6 -12.4% -14.1% 29 95 87 1 0
D.Harris 2TM -9 -31 -13.3% -24.4% 48 191 152 0 1
B.Cunningham STL -10 -29 -14.8% -27.7% 37 140 117 0 1
D.McCluster TEN -12 -1 -14.9% -9.2% 55 247 140 1 1
T.Coleman ATL -12 13 -11.9% -5.1% 87 393 296 1 3
J.White NE -12 -13 -22.0% -23.1% 22 56 59 2 0
M.Davis SF -14 -42 -17.8% -37.1% 35 58 104 1 0
J.Bell DET -16 -2 -12.6% -9.1% 90 311 307 4 1
D.Cobb TEN -16 -27 -16.5% -22.1% 52 146 148 1 0
J.Ajayi MIA -16 -3 -17.6% -10.0% 49 187 130 1 0
Z.Stacy NYJ -17 -16 -24.0% -23.0% 31 89 69 1 0
A.Dixon BUF -18 -18 -27.0% -26.6% 21 44 55 1 0
K.Williams ARI -19 -9 -26.9% -17.0% 27 142 57 1 1
D.Herron 2TM -19 -14 -26.3% -21.3% 25 79 61 0 1
K.Davis KC -19 -19 -25.6% -25.6% 28 72 66 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
T.West 2TM -22 -35 -17.1% -22.1% 62 231 187 0 2
S.Draughn 2TM -24 -27 -16.6% -17.7% 78 273 214 1 1
T.Riddick DET -29 -19 -24.4% -19.2% 43 133 110 0 1
C.J.Spiller NO -29 -24 -28.4% -24.9% 36 112 80 0 1
C.Polk HOU -31 -21 -17.0% -14.3% 99 334 265 1 0
A.Bradshaw IND -38 -35 -36.0% -33.8% 31 85 57 0 0
B.Bolden NE -40 -52 -24.3% -29.0% 63 207 155 0 0
D.Robinson JAC -43 -38 -24.4% -22.7% 67 265 164 1 3
T.Gerhart JAC -47 -38 -50.9% -42.8% 20 44 19 0 0
A.Foster HOU -51 -55 -29.7% -31.2% 63 165 126 1 2
S.Ridley NYJ -51 -36 -45.5% -34.4% 36 90 36 0 0
A.Williams NYG -83 -64 -30.9% -25.7% 88 257 185 1 0
T.Mason STL -99 -90 -41.6% -38.8% 75 209 97 1 3

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 58 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
D.Woodhead SD 237 1 230 1 26.4% 9 25.1% 107 756 913 6 76% 0
T.Riddick DET 200 2 197 2 24.5% 10 24.0% 99 697 786 3 81% 0
C.Sims TB 149 3 172 3 28.9% 7 35.4% 70 571 557 4 73% 1
J.White NE 139 4 128 4 33.2% 5 29.4% 54 410 500 4 74% 0
M.Reece OAK 127 5 115 7 42.1% 2 37.0% 37 269 424 3 81% 0
S.Vereen NYG 123 6 116 6 12.9% 17 11.3% 81 495 585 4 73% 0
Da.Johnson ARI 120 7 116 5 22.1% 12 21.0% 57 457 486 4 63% 1
M.Forte CHI 110 8 94 10 23.1% 11 17.5% 58 389 442 3 76% 1
De.Williams PIT 109 9 80 16 30.3% 6 18.7% 47 367 401 0 85% 0
J.Starks GB 108 10 98 9 20.6% 13 17.4% 53 416 447 3 81% 1
J.Bell DET 97 11 111 8 49.2% 1 58.2% 27 286 310 0 81% 0
G.Bernard CIN 96 12 87 12 14.4% 15 11.6% 66 472 442 0 74% 1
A.Foster HOU 80 13 92 11 34.9% 4 42.2% 28 227 284 2 79% 0
D.Lewis NE 77 14 83 14 14.2% 16 16.7% 50 388 354 2 72% 2
F.Jackson SEA 76 15 75 17 20.2% 14 19.8% 41 257 317 2 78% 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Jones WAS 75 16 82 15 38.6% 3 43.4% 25 304 257 1 76% 1
K.Juszczyk BAL 72 17 53 20 6.9% 19 1.4% 56 321 395 4 73% 0
D.Freeman ATL 68 18 85 13 -1.2% 28 2.0% 97 578 522 3 75% 1
Du.Johnson CLE 67 19 54 19 2.2% 25 -1.0% 74 534 439 2 82% 1
B.Cunningham STL 67 20 52 21 28.4% 8 19.1% 36 250 250 0 72% 0
M.Ingram NO 58 21 62 18 3.6% 21 4.7% 60 408 359 0 83% 1
D.McFadden DAL 56 22 37 27 6.9% 18 -0.3% 53 328 310 0 75% 0
T.J.Yeldon JAC 52 23 44 22 5.7% 20 2.7% 46 279 300 1 78% 0
B.Powell NYJ 34 24 39 26 -3.7% 30 -2.4% 63 388 314 2 75% 1
L.Miller MIA 31 25 41 24 -4.0% 31 -0.5% 57 397 286 2 82% 0
L.McCoy BUF 30 26 27 30 -2.1% 29 -3.1% 50 295 242 2 64% 1
R.Jennings NYG 29 27 35 28 -0.9% 27 1.6% 40 296 222 1 73% 1
J.McKinnon MIN 27 28 23 32 2.2% 23 0.0% 29 173 174 1 72% 0
E.Lacy GB 26 29 20 33 3.5% 22 -0.8% 28 192 163 2 71% 1
B.Allen BAL 26 30 40 25 -6.3% 33 -2.4% 62 343 301 2 73% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
B.Bolden NE 26 31 11 39 2.2% 24 -7.2% 30 180 170 2 63% 0
T.Gurley STL 24 32 33 29 1.9% 26 7.6% 26 188 161 0 81% 0
C.Ivory NYJ 20 33 19 34 -4.7% 32 -4.9% 37 217 196 1 81% 1
J.Langford CHI 15 34 -3 45 -6.7% 34 -15.3% 42 279 187 1 52% 0
D.Murray PHI 12 35 42 23 -9.7% 39 0.6% 55 322 233 1 80% 0
D.Martin TB 10 36 14 38 -9.2% 38 -7.7% 44 271 181 1 75% 1
Da.Williams MIA 10 37 15 36 -7.5% 35 -4.5% 28 142 135 1 75% 0
A.Andrews TEN 9 38 5 41 -7.9% 36 -10.6% 29 174 130 0 72% 0
D.Robinson JAC 8 39 23 31 -8.7% 37 0.3% 30 164 135 0 70% 0
A.Abdullah DET 6 40 0 43 -11.3% 40 -14.0% 38 183 173 1 66% 0
D.McCluster TEN 5 41 14 37 -11.5% 41 -7.3% 41 261 163 1 76% 1
J.Grimes HOU 4 42 15 35 -11.7% 42 -5.2% 31 179 132 1 84% 0
J.Charles KC 3 43 1 42 -12.2% 43 -13.0% 30 180 125 1 70% 1
C.J.Spiller NO 0 44 -1 44 -13.8% 44 -14.1% 44 239 172 2 77% 0
C.Thompson WAS -5 45 9 40 -15.8% 45 -10.5% 48 240 176 2 73% 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
A.Peterson MIN -5 46 -25 52 -16.4% 46 -26.3% 36 222 132 0 83% 1
M.Gordon SD -6 47 -16 49 -16.9% 47 -21.4% 37 192 134 0 89% 1
L.Bell PIT -10 48 -13 48 -21.4% 49 -23.4% 26 136 75 0 92% 0
R.Mathews PHI -11 49 -4 46 -22.2% 50 -16.9% 28 146 71 1 71% 0
C.West KC -13 50 -23 51 -20.5% 48 -25.6% 34 214 116 1 59% 0
C.J.Anderson DEN -24 51 -19 50 -28.1% 53 -25.0% 36 183 74 0 69% 0
S.Draughn 2TM -25 52 -12 47 -27.4% 52 -20.6% 35 176 80 0 77% 0
C.Polk HOU -26 53 -30 53 -30.2% 54 -32.8% 28 109 60 1 57% 0
L.Murray OAK -48 54 -49 55 -31.0% 55 -31.1% 53 238 102 0 77% 1
D.Sproles PHI -51 55 -72 57 -25.2% 51 -29.8% 83 388 217 1 66% 1
F.Gore IND -60 56 -45 54 -32.1% 56 -27.5% 58 267 111 1 59% 0
J.Forsett BAL -64 57 -64 56 -42.7% 57 -42.4% 41 153 26 0 76% 0
R.Hillman DEN -90 58 -88 58 -59.3% 58 -58.4% 35 111 -44 0 69% 1

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 11-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
T.Cadet 3TM 78 93 51.5% 64.6% 22 214 246 1 77% 0
M.Tolbert CAR 56 65 25.3% 32.3% 23 154 216 3 78% 0
P.DiMarco ATL 54 61 30.9% 36.4% 17 110 198 2 76% 0
T.Hightower NO 50 53 55.4% 59.9% 13 129 155 0 92% 0
L.Dunbar DAL 45 66 23.1% 40.7% 23 215 178 0 91% 0
A.Bradshaw IND 43 44 34.4% 35.6% 14 64 153 3 71% 0
B.Oliver SD 39 34 36.9% 29.9% 15 112 136 0 87% 0
B.Miller SF 38 35 25.3% 22.2% 14 135 148 0 71% 0
I.Crowell CLE 37 44 17.7% 23.4% 22 182 161 1 86% 0
A.Blue HOU 31 33 26.1% 28.4% 16 109 114 1 94% 0
R.Helu OAK 29 14 17.9% 1.1% 16 75 127 1 56% 0
J.Olawale OAK 28 26 27.9% 24.8% 11 84 105 0 82% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
J.Ajayi MIA 27 27 36.6% 36.0% 11 90 95 0 64% 0
A.Ellington ARI 27 24 3.7% 1.5% 24 148 167 0 63% 0
B.Sankey TEN 26 25 6.2% 5.2% 23 139 147 1 61% 0
D.Harris SF 20 17 11.4% 7.7% 14 97 99 0 64% 0
P.Thomas WAS 18 25 26.1% 42.7% 11 84 68 0 82% 0
R.Burkhead CIN 13 19 0.8% 8.0% 15 94 90 1 67% 0
T.Rawls SEA 13 20 6.2% 17.5% 11 76 72 1 82% 0
K.Williams BUF 11 0 -2.0% -14.3% 14 96 86 2 79% 1
J.Stewart CAR 9 16 -6.1% -0.4% 21 99 107 1 76% 0
J.Hill CIN 0 -4 -13.6% -17.4% 19 79 73 1 79% 0
K.Robinson NO -2 2 -15.5% -11.7% 20 115 71 0 85% 0
Z.Stacy NYJ -3 9 -18.8% 2.1% 12 65 36 0 75% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Asiata MIN -6 4 -19.9% -9.4% 22 132 58 0 86% 0
D.Brown SD -8 -15 -25.0% -35.9% 13 88 33 0 62% 1
A.Morris WAS -10 -8 -27.6% -24.3% 13 55 32 0 77% 0
T.Ward ATL -11 -16 -33.5% -43.0% 13 73 17 0 69% 0
C.Hyde SF -18 -26 -34.0% -43.7% 15 53 26 0 73% 0
T.Mason STL -19 -26 -31.8% -38.3% 21 88 36 0 86% 0
F.Whittaker CAR -21 -12 -42.5% -30.3% 15 64 9 0 80% 0
C.Johnson ARI -23 -24 -47.2% -47.9% 13 58 2 0 46% 0
M.Lynch SEA -25 -27 -34.9% -36.6% 21 80 33 0 62% 0
K.Barner PHI -37 -40 -66.1% -71.1% 12 22 -26 0 75% 0
M.Davis SF -42 -40 -62.8% -60.6% 13 38 -25 0 54% 0
T.Coleman ATL -46 -44 -99.4% -96.3% 11 14 -57 0 18% 0