Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2016

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 1/2/2017

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, 42 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
E.Elliott DAL 340 1 353 1 15.9% 6 16.9% 322 1,626 1,744 15 5 57% 2
L.McCoy BUF 337 2 242 4 28.1% 2 17.8% 234 1,269 1,336 14 3 51% 10
L.Bell PIT 278 3 268 2 17.4% 5 16.5% 261 1,269 1,372 7 3 56% 3
M.Gillislee BUF 256 4 236 5 45.0% 1 40.8% 101 577 827 8 0 66% 1
J.Howard CHI 215 5 244 3 11.9% 10 14.7% 252 1,313 1,251 6 1 49% 17
C.Hyde SF 205 6 96 15 15.4% 7 2.7% 216 991 1,069 6 4 48% 20
J.Ajayi MIA 183 7 125 12 9.2% 13 3.5% 260 1,273 1,185 8 4 43% 32
B.Powell NYJ 181 8 196 7 23.1% 3 25.6% 131 714 788 3 0 56% 4
Da.Johnson ARI 176 9 136 11 4.9% 16 1.9% 293 1,237 1,404 16 5 49% 14
M.Ingram NO 175 10 222 6 11.4% 11 16.7% 205 1,043 1,039 6 2 56% 5
I.Crowell CLE 169 11 93 16 13.5% 8 3.5% 198 952 932 7 2 39% 40
D.Freeman ATL 147 12 178 8 6.3% 14 9.4% 227 1,079 1,087 11 1 50% 12
F.Gore IND 144 13 80 20 4.2% 17 -1.5% 264 1,029 1,200 5 2 48% 19
L.Blount NE 132 14 82 18 1.5% 18 -2.3% 298 1,157 1,337 18 2 44% 28
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Henry TEN 127 15 138 10 18.9% 4 21.2% 110 490 606 5 0 55% 6
T.Hightower NO 122 16 98 14 12.0% 9 8.0% 133 548 709 4 0 52% 9
R.Kelley WAS 102 17 63 24 5.8% 15 0.3% 168 704 774 6 0 48% 21
T.Coleman ATL 86 18 89 17 9.7% 12 10.3% 118 528 543 8 1 45% 25
R.Mathews PHI 59 19 66 22 0.2% 19 1.2% 155 657 674 8 3 52% 8
C.Michael 2TM 52 20 47 25 -0.5% 21 -1.4% 148 583 646 7 1 49% 15
D.Murray TEN 50 21 149 9 -4.6% 24 3.2% 292 1,288 1,170 10 3 50% 11
S.Ware KC 49 22 71 21 -3.2% 22 -0.8% 214 921 867 3 3 53% 7
J.Rodgers TB 46 23 64 23 0.0% 20 3.1% 129 560 540 2 0 49% 18
L.Murray OAK 44 24 99 13 -3.7% 23 2.4% 195 788 850 12 2 49% 16
J.Hill CIN 35 25 34 26 -4.9% 25 -5.0% 222 839 884 9 0 44% 29
P.Perkins NYG 12 26 21 29 -6.0% 26 -4.0% 112 456 408 0 1 44% 31
A.Blue HOU 3 27 28 27 -7.9% 27 -1.9% 100 420 367 1 1 45% 24
T.West BAL 3 28 -12 33 -8.2% 28 -10.1% 193 783 670 5 2 42% 33
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
M.Forte NYJ 0 29 -7 32 -8.6% 29 -9.3% 218 813 771 7 1 41% 37
T.Rawls SEA -2 30 -27 35 -8.9% 31 -14.4% 108 349 391 3 0 41% 38
M.Gordon SD -2 31 82 19 -8.7% 30 -1.1% 254 997 939 10 2 45% 26
M.Asiata MIN -14 32 -16 34 -10.9% 32 -11.2% 121 402 491 6 1 50% 13
J.McKinnon MIN -17 33 -57 36 -11.3% 34 -17.8% 159 539 505 2 0 42% 35
C.J.Anderson DEN -24 34 8 30 -13.8% 36 -6.8% 110 437 354 4 0 39% 41
L.Miller HOU -28 35 27 28 -11.1% 33 -6.2% 268 1,077 896 5 2 45% 23
J.Stewart CAR -30 36 7 31 -11.9% 35 -7.8% 218 826 739 9 3 44% 30
T.Gurley LARM -65 37 -77 41 -14.3% 37 -15.4% 277 883 876 6 2 41% 36
D.Martin TB -81 38 -77 40 -21.7% 40 -21.1% 144 421 396 4 1 42% 34
R.Jennings NYG -84 39 -74 39 -20.2% 38 -18.7% 180 587 489 3 0 39% 39
T.J.Yeldon JAC -85 40 -58 37 -25.6% 41 -20.1% 130 465 293 1 2 38% 42
D.Booker DEN -98 41 -63 38 -21.5% 39 -16.8% 174 612 497 4 2 45% 27
C.Ivory JAC -127 42 -93 42 -34.7% 42 -27.8% 117 439 212 3 5 45% 22

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Burkhead CIN 163 126 41.9% 30.3% 74 344 542 2 0
C.Thompson WAS 112 98 34.1% 28.9% 68 356 407 3 1
D.Sproles PHI 99 81 17.6% 13.0% 94 438 485 2 0
R.Turbin IND 95 82 31.5% 26.2% 46 163 357 6 0
T.Montgomery GB 85 105 17.4% 23.4% 77 457 421 3 1
M.Jones WAS 84 49 10.5% 2.6% 99 461 516 3 3
E.Lacy GB 84 61 20.2% 12.3% 71 360 385 0 0
J.Richard OAK 75 97 16.3% 23.7% 83 491 379 1 0
D.Lewis NE 74 52 21.1% 12.3% 64 283 334 0 1
K.Drake MIA 60 57 38.1% 35.5% 33 179 208 2 0
K.Dixon BAL 54 54 5.1% 5.1% 88 378 425 3 1
D.Washington OAK 54 77 6.8% 13.4% 87 467 388 2 1
Du.Johnson CLE 54 45 11.1% 7.8% 73 358 321 1 1
K.Barner PHI 47 42 33.8% 29.3% 27 129 172 2 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
C.J.Prosise SEA 38 18 19.4% 5.0% 31 172 177 1 0
A.Ripkowski GB 30 37 9.2% 13.1% 34 150 197 2 0
G.Bernard CIN 25 22 -2.0% -2.8% 91 337 364 2 0
J.White NE 24 23 7.8% 7.0% 39 166 168 0 0
S.Draughn SF 24 -27 -0.6% -17.5% 74 196 301 4 0
Da.Williams MIA 22 9 6.0% -2.8% 35 115 163 3 0
Z.Zenner DET 21 9 -3.2% -6.3% 88 334 370 4 1
O.Darkwa NYG 17 21 6.0% 9.9% 30 111 125 2 0
W.Smallwood PHI 16 8 -3.6% -6.1% 77 314 303 1 1
K.Bibbs DEN 14 21 2.6% 8.4% 29 129 131 0 0
C.Johnson ARI 8 19 -1.5% 8.5% 25 95 106 1 0
T.Ward ATL 8 14 -2.3% 2.8% 31 151 116 0 0
C.Artis-Payne CAR 5 20 -5.0% 4.9% 36 144 138 2 0
A.Morris DAL 2 11 -7.8% -5.1% 69 243 270 2 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
K.Carey CHI 2 -6 -7.4% -13.3% 32 126 113 0 0
S.Vereen NYG 1 14 -7.6% 1.2% 33 158 121 1 1
B.Cunningham LARM -3 -15 -11.5% -25.8% 21 101 69 0 1
J.Langford CHI -3 -9 -9.7% -11.9% 62 201 232 4 2
A.Collins SEA -6 -8 -13.3% -15.1% 31 125 102 1 2
D.McFadden DAL -7 -3 -15.2% -11.9% 24 87 75 0 0
J.Grimes HOU -7 -8 -17.3% -18.0% 23 105 59 0 0
T.Riddick DET -8 -1 -10.7% -8.9% 92 357 305 1 0
C.Grant JAC -10 13 -15.8% 0.5% 32 164 103 1 0
M.Tolbert CAR -14 -7 -18.6% -13.6% 35 114 98 0 0
P.Barber TB -16 14 -15.6% -2.4% 54 222 164 1 0
D.Williams PIT -16 24 -12.6% -2.4% 98 343 313 4 0
A.Hunt HOU -18 -22 -33.9% -39.7% 20 109 32 0 2
A.Foster MIA -24 -42 -33.8% -53.2% 22 55 43 0 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Ellington ARI -25 -33 -26.9% -33.0% 34 96 77 0 0
D.Robinson JAC -25 -1 -24.4% -8.9% 41 144 97 0 0
D.Harris SF -30 -32 -28.0% -29.1% 38 144 85 0 1
J.Williams BUF -32 -40 -33.2% -40.0% 27 98 59 1 2
K.Farrow SD -34 -27 -21.5% -18.9% 60 192 170 0 1
F.Whittaker CAR -34 -9 -24.4% -12.5% 57 265 130 0 1
R.Hillman 2TM -41 -21 -33.6% -21.5% 41 131 75 0 0
Dw.Washington DET -42 -59 -20.0% -24.8% 90 265 246 1 0
C.Sims TB -51 -57 -33.3% -36.1% 51 149 95 1 1
J.Starks GB -55 -75 -30.0% -37.9% 62 151 131 0 0
A.Peterson MIN -60 -63 -50.9% -53.4% 37 72 25 0 1
C.West KC -62 -56 -26.1% -24.5% 88 293 204 1 0
J.Forsett 2TM -91 -91 -38.5% -38.6% 74 253 115 1 2

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 53 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 283 1 253 1 29.5% 4 24.8% 120 879 1,052 4 67% 0
L.Bell PIT 164 2 147 3 16.0% 12 12.9% 94 616 733 2 80% 1
J.White NE 161 3 130 7 19.8% 10 13.3% 86 551 675 5 70% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 147 4 134 5 23.3% 7 20.1% 72 514 585 0 74% 1
D.Freeman ATL 140 5 129 8 24.5% 6 21.5% 65 462 550 2 83% 0
T.Coleman ATL 135 6 143 4 48.5% 1 51.9% 40 421 433 3 78% 0
S.Ware KC 115 7 150 2 32.5% 2 46.9% 42 447 414 2 79% 1
L.McCoy BUF 108 8 88 9 19.2% 11 13.2% 57 341 456 1 88% 0
M.Gordon SD 105 9 133 6 20.9% 9 30.1% 57 419 433 2 72% 0
G.Bernard CIN 102 10 85 10 22.6% 8 16.6% 51 337 411 1 76% 1
E.Elliott DAL 80 11 80 13 26.2% 5 26.1% 40 363 306 1 80% 0
M.Ingram NO 80 12 82 11 10.5% 16 11.2% 58 319 401 4 79% 0
C.Thompson WAS 76 13 65 16 10.0% 17 6.7% 62 349 382 2 79% 1
T.Hightower NO 73 14 65 17 32.4% 3 27.0% 26 200 265 1 85% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
T.Riddick DET 66 15 80 12 3.7% 22 7.4% 67 371 407 5 79% 0
D.Sproles PHI 65 16 62 18 3.1% 24 2.4% 71 429 412 2 73% 0
S.Draughn SF 61 17 36 23 14.7% 13 2.8% 39 263 278 2 74% 1
M.Asiata MIN 54 18 42 22 11.4% 15 5.7% 38 263 264 0 84% 0
B.Powell NYJ 51 19 26 32 -1.5% 27 -7.7% 76 388 401 2 78% 1
F.Gore IND 51 20 76 14 4.8% 20 14.2% 47 277 298 4 81% 0
T.West BAL 46 21 27 30 4.3% 21 -3.2% 43 225 277 1 77% 0
Da.Williams MIA 44 22 56 19 12.2% 14 18.9% 31 256 213 3 74% 1
T.Cadet NO 44 23 65 15 -1.1% 26 5.1% 54 281 338 4 74% 0
D.Murray TEN 40 24 46 20 -3.4% 30 -1.7% 67 377 346 3 79% 0
C.Hyde SF 39 25 7 39 6.6% 18 -10.4% 34 162 217 3 82% 1
F.Whittaker CAR 37 26 45 21 6.1% 19 10.6% 33 226 209 0 76% 0
T.Montgomery GB 33 27 33 27 -4.1% 32 -4.1% 56 348 312 0 79% 1
I.Crowell CLE 32 28 35 24 -2.6% 28 -1.7% 53 319 273 0 75% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
C.Sims TB 32 29 33 26 3.2% 23 4.1% 32 190 198 1 75% 0
J.Hill CIN 26 30 31 28 2.4% 25 5.9% 27 174 166 0 78% 0
M.Forte NYJ 21 31 14 36 -5.7% 33 -8.5% 43 263 226 1 70% 0
C.West KC 21 32 26 31 -3.1% 29 -0.4% 34 188 176 2 82% 0
J.Howard CHI 16 33 34 25 -7.7% 36 -1.0% 50 298 225 1 58% 1
J.Ferguson IND 14 34 4 41 -3.4% 31 -10.7% 25 136 127 0 80% 0
T.Gurley LARM 14 35 3 42 -9.7% 39 -12.8% 58 327 263 0 74% 0
K.Juszczyk BAL 12 36 -8 44 -9.7% 40 -16.7% 48 266 227 0 77% 0
L.Murray OAK 10 37 25 33 -9.5% 38 -2.7% 43 264 184 0 77% 0
J.McKinnon MIN 9 38 16 35 -10.9% 41 -9.0% 53 255 249 2 81% 0
B.Rainey NYG 9 39 13 37 -7.5% 35 -4.3% 25 153 118 0 80% 0
J.Langford CHI 8 40 6 40 -7.3% 34 -9.5% 27 142 110 0 70% 0
J.Richard OAK 8 41 12 38 -9.2% 37 -7.4% 39 195 147 2 74% 0
C.Ivory JAC 2 42 31 29 -12.3% 42 5.7% 28 186 118 0 71% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
L.Miller HOU 0 43 16 34 -13.8% 43 -7.2% 39 199 170 1 79% 0
R.Turbin IND -1 44 1 43 -14.3% 44 -13.2% 35 179 135 1 74% 0
D.Williams PIT -3 45 -9 45 -16.0% 45 -19.5% 27 118 105 2 67% 0
J.Ajayi MIA -13 46 -15 47 -20.2% 47 -21.2% 35 151 118 0 77% 0
K.Dixon BAL -13 47 -26 48 -20.1% 46 -26.0% 41 162 124 1 73% 0
J.Starks GB -20 48 -28 49 -28.0% 49 -33.1% 26 128 60 2 73% 1
R.Jennings NYG -30 49 -30 50 -26.3% 48 -26.6% 43 207 110 1 84% 1
C.Michael 2TM -43 50 -45 51 -42.1% 52 -43.3% 29 109 20 1 76% 1
J.Forsett 2TM -52 51 -49 53 -50.0% 53 -48.0% 25 70 2 0 76% 0
T.J.Yeldon JAC -53 52 -15 46 -28.1% 50 -17.8% 68 312 155 1 74% 0
D.Booker DEN -55 53 -48 52 -36.8% 51 -33.9% 45 256 58 1 69% 2

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
Z.Zenner DET 79 65 50.9% 39.2% 23 196 252 0 78% 0
J.Olawale OAK 71 84 84.8% 102.8% 14 227 198 1 86% 0
C.J.Prosise SEA 63 75 56.3% 69.3% 19 208 195 0 89% 0
D.Henry TEN 45 44 47.1% 46.0% 15 137 144 0 87% 0
R.Bush BUF 41 39 51.9% 49.1% 10 90 129 0 70% 0
A.Collins SEA 37 40 35.6% 39.7% 11 84 128 0 100% 0
R.Mathews PHI 33 38 19.6% 25.1% 14 115 138 1 93% 0
D.Martin TB 30 28 24.5% 22.8% 16 134 116 0 88% 0
T.Rawls SEA 22 11 10.7% -1.7% 17 96 109 0 76% 0
R.Burkhead CIN 21 32 6.7% 16.8% 20 145 119 0 85% 1
J.Rodgers TB 19 20 8.7% 10.3% 16 98 97 0 81% 0
P.DiMarco ATL 18 14 19.2% 12.6% 10 52 76 1 70% 0
M.Tolbert CAR 11 7 0.1% -4.9% 15 72 78 1 67% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
A.Ripkowski GB 11 13 4.4% 8.3% 10 46 63 1 90% 0
R.Kelley WAS 10 1 -4.9% -12.6% 18 82 97 1 67% 0
A.Cross TB 9 10 -1.1% 0.2% 10 38 70 1 60% 0
A.Ellington ARI 8 1 -4.0% -12.1% 19 85 57 0 63% 0
K.Drake MIA 8 7 0.5% -1.9% 10 46 58 0 90% 0
D.Washington OAK 1 0 -13.1% -13.9% 23 115 94 0 74% 0
R.Hillman 2TM 0 -9 -14.0% -24.8% 15 93 60 0 47% 0
A.Foster MIA -1 -2 -14.8% -18.2% 10 78 37 0 60% 0
P.Perkins NYG -2 -4 -15.1% -16.8% 24 162 87 0 63% 0
C.J.Anderson DEN -2 16 -15.5% -1.7% 24 128 90 1 67% 0
J.Grimes HOU -5 -4 -17.8% -17.5% 18 94 74 0 72% 0
L.Dunbar DAL -5 -16 -17.7% -26.3% 24 122 81 0 67% 1
Dw.Washington DET -5 -14 -20.0% -30.7% 15 62 49 0 67% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
J.Kuhn NO -8 -6 -20.1% -18.8% 20 70 74 1 80% 0
W.Smallwood PHI -9 -17 -27.4% -40.9% 13 55 27 0 46% 0
B.Cunningham LARM -12 -17 -23.9% -28.3% 21 91 58 0 76% 0
K.Barner PHI -16 -9 -43.1% -30.2% 11 42 6 0 45% 0
M.Gillislee BUF -18 -10 -47.0% -33.1% 11 50 2 1 82% 0
S.Vereen NYG -20 -24 -34.1% -38.3% 19 94 29 0 58% 1
D.McCluster SD -23 -14 -52.4% -38.0% 11 36 -5 0 64% 0
D.Lewis NE -25 -22 -32.1% -30.0% 24 94 46 0 71% 0
C.J.Spiller 2TM -30 -30 -59.4% -59.1% 13 50 -15 1 46% 1
K.Farrow SD -35 -29 -55.4% -48.0% 16 70 -12 0 81% 1
A.Blue HOU -43 -40 -60.0% -57.4% 16 40 -22 0 75% 0
J.Stewart CAR -67 -63 -70.4% -67.0% 21 60 -54 0 38% 0