Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2017

Regular season totals, through Week 2

Revised as of 9/19/2017

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.

Opponent adjustments are not included until after Week 4 of the NFL season.

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.

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

RUSHING: Minimum 20 rushes, 29 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Henry TEN 70 1 70.8% 1 20 117 188 1 0 75% 1
K.Hunt KC 68 2 44.1% 2 30 229 220 3 1 57% 3
D.Freeman ATL 44 3 23.9% 5 30 113 186 3 0 53% 5
T.West BAL 42 4 30.2% 3 27 102 162 2 0 48% 14
L.Fournette JAC 37 5 13.2% 11 40 140 204 2 0 53% 7
M.Gillislee NE 36 6 13.7% 9 33 114 200 4 0 52% 8
D.Cook MIN 34 7 18.6% 7 34 191 161 0 0 50% 11
C.J.Anderson DEN 32 8 8.6% 14 45 199 215 1 0 51% 10
C.Carson SEA 31 9 19.9% 6 26 132 142 0 0 46% 15
R.Kelley WAS 30 10 25.8% 4 22 108 124 0 0 64% 2
M.Lynch OAK 25 11 10.1% 12 30 121 156 1 0 53% 5
J.Ajayi MIA 25 12 13.2% 10 28 122 137 0 0 43% 18
C.Hyde SF 21 13 13.7% 8 24 169 118 0 0 46% 16
F.Gore IND 16 14 9.6% 13 24 88 103 1 0 42% 20
T.Montgomery GB 15 15 3.3% 15 29 89 133 2 0 45% 17
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
E.Elliott DAL 7 16 -3.9% 16 33 112 131 0 0 55% 4
L.Miller HOU 3 17 -6.6% 17 35 126 128 0 0 51% 9
D.Murray TEN 1 18 -7.8% 18 21 69 71 0 0 43% 18
J.Stewart CAR -2 19 -9.9% 19 33 105 124 0 0 48% 13
J.Howard CHI -2 20 -10.9% 20 22 59 75 1 0 36% 23
S.Perine WAS -4 21 -13.5% 21 21 67 56 0 0 24% 29
L.Bell PIT -9 22 -14.4% 22 37 119 115 0 0 38% 21
A.Abdullah DET -10 23 -17.1% 23 32 116 84 0 0 38% 22
I.Crowell CLE -19 24 -28.2% 26 27 70 53 0 0 33% 24
L.McCoy BUF -22 25 -25.4% 24 34 119 76 0 0 29% 27
M.Gordon LACH -22 26 -28.8% 27 27 67 58 1 0 26% 28
T.Gurley LARM -26 27 -26.5% 25 35 128 83 2 3 49% 12
B.Allen BAL -30 28 -34.7% 28 35 141 51 0 0 31% 26
C.McCaffrey CAR -37 29 -56.5% 29 21 57 6 0 1 33% 24

RUSHING, OTHERS: 4-19 rushes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
C.Thompson WAS 44 192.4% 6 81 91 2 0
J.Richard OAK 22 49.2% 11 80 67 1 0
C.Johnson ARI 18 32.2% 11 62 67 0 0
M.Forte NYJ 17 22.9% 15 69 76 0 0
D.Sproles PHI 14 25.0% 12 50 58 0 0
J.White NE 13 13.8% 12 49 73 0 0
M.Ingram NO 13 14.7% 14 69 71 0 0
J.Rodgers TB 13 6.2% 19 67 96 1 0
T.Cohen CHI 13 23.8% 12 79 54 0 0
O.Darkwa NYG 12 41.4% 6 31 41 0 0
B.Oliver LACH 11 33.1% 7 41 40 0 0
E.McGuire NYJ 11 32.7% 6 29 40 0 0
P.Barber TB 9 11.9% 10 47 53 0 0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.Vereen NYG 8 34.7% 6 28 28 0 0
J.Hill CIN 6 4.6% 12 43 52 0 0
C.Ivory JAC 6 1.9% 15 59 60 0 0
J.Williams GB 6 16.7% 4 15 28 0 0
R.Turbin IND 5 9.6% 5 18 33 0 0
Du.Johnson CLE 5 26.6% 4 21 19 0 0
A.Peterson NO 4 -3.2% 14 44 67 0 0
M.Breida SF 4 6.0% 8 46 29 0 0
M.Brown LARM 4 4.5% 7 16 31 1 0
Dw.Washington DET 3 -0.3% 9 31 38 0 0
C.J.Prosise SEA 2 8.6% 4 11 15 0 0
J.Conner PIT 2 4.8% 5 20 18 0 0
J.Charles DEN 2 -6.7% 19 86 77 0 1
Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Burkhead NE 0 -8.5% 5 18 15 0 0
A.Collins BAL 0 -8.8% 7 46 26 0 1
K.Williams ARI 0 -9.3% 14 32 52 1 0
G.Bernard CIN -1 -11.0% 12 50 37 0 0
D.Lewis NE -2 -15.8% 6 23 16 0 0
L.Blount PHI -2 -12.2% 14 46 47 0 0
B.Powell NYJ -3 -14.6% 13 35 38 0 0
D.Foreman HOU -3 -13.6% 13 44 54 0 0
J.McKinnon MIN -4 -31.7% 6 21 9 0 0
J.Mixon CIN -4 -15.2% 17 45 49 0 0
M.Tolbert BUF -5 -17.4% 15 47 43 1 0
A.Kamara NO -9 -39.7% 8 21 10 0 0
A.Morris DAL -9 -63.4% 4 1 0 0 0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
T.Coleman ATL -11 -27.0% 14 58 35 0 0
E.Lacy SEA -13 -81.4% 5 3 -6 0 0
W.Smallwood PHI -16 -72.2% 7 8 -4 0 0
T.Riddick DET -16 -65.0% 10 19 -2 0 0
T.Rawls SEA -16 -103.6% 5 4 -12 0 0
D.Washington OAK -19 -66.5% 9 24 -3 0 1
P.Perkins NYG -19 -45.8% 14 26 13 0 0
L.Murray MIN -24 -98.8% 5 12 -16 0 1
Da.Johnson ARI -33 -83.6% 11 23 -16 0 1
M.Mack IND -44 -74.5% 16 28 -14 2 1

RECEIVING: Minimum 5 passes, 37 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
K.Hunt KC 63 1 103.4% 2 8 126 169 2 100% 0
T.Montgomery GB 50 2 60.2% 5 11 114 153 1 91% 0
T.Gurley LARM 43 3 80.2% 4 10 104 121 1 80% 0
M.Gordon LACH 38 4 34.4% 8 14 90 136 1 86% 0
C.Thompson WAS 38 5 43.1% 6 12 81 125 1 58% 0
J.White NE 37 6 38.6% 7 13 115 128 0 85% 0
L.Miller HOU 36 7 108.3% 1 5 57 94 0 100% 0
C.J.Anderson DEN 31 8 81.8% 3 6 43 87 1 67% 0
M.Ingram NO 30 9 28.4% 10 10 78 113 0 90% 0
C.McCaffrey CAR 21 10 19.8% 12 12 72 88 0 75% 0
S.Vereen NYG 18 11 10.6% 14 13 78 91 0 92% 0
B.Allen BAL 16 12 32.9% 9 7 35 56 1 71% 0
R.Burkhead NE 15 13 20.8% 11 7 49 60 1 57% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
C.Ivory JAC 13 14 15.3% 13 6 42 57 0 67% 0
T.Coleman ATL 12 15 8.6% 15 8 45 65 1 75% 0
T.Riddick DET 9 16 5.0% 16 10 44 55 1 90% 0
L.McCoy BUF 8 17 -1.8% 19 13 83 64 0 85% 0
D.Sproles PHI 8 18 -0.4% 18 12 73 58 0 58% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 6 19 -5.3% 20 11 79 65 0 45% 0
D.Washington OAK 6 20 4.8% 17 5 33 36 0 100% 0
L.Fournette JAC 3 21 -6.9% 21 8 45 39 0 63% 0
M.Forte NYJ 1 22 -11.4% 22 9 58 38 0 78% 0
Da.Johnson ARI -1 23 -16.6% 24 9 68 29 0 67% 1
T.Ervin HOU -2 24 -17.5% 25 10 34 33 0 70% 0
T.Cohen CHI -2 25 -15.9% 23 21 102 76 1 76% 0
G.Bernard CIN -5 26 -27.3% 28 6 47 15 0 50% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
C.J.Prosise SEA -6 27 -31.4% 31 6 22 12 0 50% 0
A.Ellington ARI -6 28 -26.5% 27 8 47 22 0 63% 0
P.Perkins NYG -7 29 -39.0% 33 5 21 6 0 80% 0
J.McKinnon MIN -7 30 -33.9% 32 8 41 11 0 75% 0
E.Elliott DAL -9 31 -28.9% 29 10 50 23 0 90% 0
A.Kamara NO -10 32 -26.1% 26 13 71 37 0 54% 0
C.Hyde SF -11 33 -30.6% 30 12 51 23 0 75% 0
J.Howard CHI -23 34 -85.5% 37 6 14 -25 0 50% 0
B.Powell NYJ -26 35 -63.0% 34 8 17 -16 0 63% 0
L.Bell PIT -30 36 -71.4% 35 10 19 -25 0 70% 0
D.Cook MIN -32 37 -76.1% 36 8 10 -30 0 63% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 3-4 passes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
J.Richard OAK 37 261.7% 3 57 86 0 100% 0
D.Woodhead BAL 26 141.5% 3 33 66 0 100% 0
I.Crowell CLE 15 73.8% 3 33 42 0 67% 0
J.Stewart CAR 15 62.8% 3 17 44 1 67% 0
T.West BAL 12 62.4% 3 23 37 0 67% 0
D.Freeman ATL 6 14.2% 4 18 30 0 100% 0
J.Mixon CIN 2 -5.5% 4 20 20 0 100% 0
C.Carson SEA 0 -13.2% 3 17 16 0 67% 0
D.Murray TEN -1 -19.8% 4 19 15 0 75% 0
K.Juszczyk SF -3 -24.9% 4 17 12 0 50% 0
M.Lynch OAK -4 -28.7% 4 20 10 0 50% 0
W.Smallwood PHI -8 -55.9% 3 2 -3 0 67% 0
F.Gore IND -9 -77.3% 3 10 -8 0 33% 0
A.Abdullah DET -14 -87.6% 4 11 -15 0 75% 0
C.Sims TB -30 -189.1% 3 7 -49 0 67% 1