Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2013

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 3/25/2014

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, 47 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
L.McCoy PHI 341 1 321 1 18.1% 3 16.5% 314 1,607 1,654 9 1 52% 8
D.Murray DAL 295 2 288 2 24.0% 1 23.2% 217 1,119 1,259 9 2 53% 6
J.Charles KC 247 3 258 3 13.7% 7 14.7% 259 1,288 1,353 12 4 51% 11
M.Forte CHI 193 4 191 5 7.4% 15 7.3% 288 1,338 1,351 10 3 47% 26
M.Lynch SEA 185 5 146 9 5.9% 17 2.9% 301 1,265 1,397 12 3 48% 19
K.Moreno DEN 171 6 199 4 8.4% 13 11.1% 241 1,038 1,148 10 1 50% 14
R.Jennings OAK 164 7 158 8 15.8% 5 14.8% 163 733 847 6 0 47% 25
F.Jackson BUF 163 8 170 7 9.1% 11 9.8% 206 890 1,058 9 2 51% 9
E.Lacy GB 160 9 171 6 5.3% 18 6.3% 284 1,178 1,246 11 1 46% 27
R.Mathews SD 141 10 120 15 3.6% 19 1.7% 285 1,255 1,230 6 2 49% 17
S.Ridley NE 135 11 133 12 10.2% 9 9.9% 178 774 837 7 3 52% 7
D.Williams CAR 126 12 76 20 7.2% 16 0.9% 201 843 893 3 1 43% 34
A.Morris WAS 121 13 133 11 2.0% 21 3.0% 277 1,278 1,184 8 6 48% 20
D.Brown IND 117 14 122 14 19.2% 2 20.3% 101 533 554 6 0 54% 2
A.Ellington ARI 117 15 107 16 17.5% 4 15.4% 118 657 576 3 1 46% 30
L.Blount NE 117 16 131 13 9.4% 10 11.6% 153 776 747 7 3 54% 3
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
C.Johnson TEN 110 17 75 22 1.5% 22 -1.7% 279 1,067 1,119 7 2 46% 31
D.Woodhead SD 104 18 105 17 13.7% 6 13.9% 106 432 572 2 1 60% 1
A.Foster HOU 99 19 85 19 11.4% 8 8.6% 121 542 586 1 0 50% 16
F.Gore SF 91 20 40 27 -0.8% 24 -5.1% 276 1,134 1,153 9 3 42% 38
M.Ball DEN 86 21 89 18 7.5% 14 8.0% 120 559 603 4 2 54% 4
M.Tolbert CAR 86 22 69 23 9.0% 12 5.6% 101 361 559 6 0 50% 13
Z.Stacy STL 80 23 55 25 -0.7% 23 -3.1% 250 976 998 7 1 42% 39
J.Bell DET 78 24 75 21 2.0% 20 1.7% 166 653 756 8 4 51% 10
A.Peterson MIN 60 25 135 10 -3.1% 26 3.8% 278 1,264 1,039 10 3 44% 32
B.Tate HOU 50 26 51 26 -2.0% 25 -1.9% 180 773 743 4 4 51% 12
G.Bernard CIN 28 27 69 24 -4.5% 27 1.5% 170 700 633 5 1 48% 21
L.Bell PIT 17 28 15 34 -7.0% 28 -7.2% 244 860 954 8 1 47% 23
R.Bush DET 7 29 38 28 -7.8% 32 -4.3% 223 1,006 778 4 5 47% 24
P.Thomas NO 6 30 32 32 -7.6% 29 -3.6% 148 554 566 2 0 53% 5
L.Miller MIA 6 31 5 35 -7.7% 31 -7.8% 177 709 610 2 1 46% 29
D.Thomas MIA 4 32 34 31 -7.7% 30 -1.3% 109 406 412 5 0 47% 22
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
C.Ivory NYJ 2 33 38 29 -8.3% 33 -3.4% 182 833 641 3 2 44% 33
B.Powell NYJ -1 34 37 30 -8.7% 34 -3.5% 176 700 620 1 1 43% 35
S.Jackson ATL -2 35 -9 36 -8.8% 35 -9.9% 157 543 581 6 0 40% 40
R.Mendenhall ARI -15 36 -66 43 -10.2% 36 -15.7% 217 687 781 8 4 42% 37
B.Green-Ellis CIN -27 37 27 33 -11.4% 37 -5.8% 220 756 794 7 2 49% 18
D.Martin TB -31 38 -53 41 -14.9% 40 -19.5% 127 457 364 1 1 39% 41
B.Rainey 2TM -31 39 -43 39 -14.2% 39 -16.3% 150 568 428 5 1 31% 47
D.McFadden OAK -38 40 -31 38 -17.0% 42 -15.5% 114 379 326 5 1 34% 46
A.Brown NYG -44 41 -30 37 -16.3% 41 -13.9% 139 494 421 3 3 50% 15
M.Jones-Drew JAC -49 42 -66 42 -13.6% 38 -15.3% 234 803 768 5 1 37% 43
C.J.Spiller BUF -70 43 -49 40 -17.8% 43 -15.0% 202 933 540 2 4 36% 44
W.McGahee CLE -92 44 -98 44 -22.6% 45 -23.5% 137 382 414 2 1 46% 28
T.Richardson 2TM -108 45 -124 45 -22.2% 44 -24.2% 188 564 510 3 2 43% 36
B.Pierce BAL -131 46 -125 46 -29.3% 47 -28.3% 152 436 333 2 0 38% 42
R.Rice BAL -169 47 -145 47 -27.9% 46 -25.2% 214 660 477 4 2 35% 45

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Starks GB 110 130 19.2% 24.2% 89 493 521 3 1
T.Gerhart MIN 105 102 73.6% 71.3% 36 283 280 2 1
S.Greene TEN 61 58 8.9% 8.1% 77 295 398 4 0
M.James TB 59 54 14.6% 12.6% 60 295 316 0 0
B.Bolden NE 54 54 13.1% 13.1% 55 271 302 3 0
R.Helu WAS 48 51 8.5% 9.4% 62 274 321 4 1
M.Ingram NO 45 41 4.6% 3.7% 78 386 364 1 0
E.Baker CLE 41 38 13.1% 11.6% 43 171 229 2 0
M.Asiata MIN 41 24 12.9% 4.2% 44 166 230 3 1
A.Bradshaw IND 33 47 9.3% 17.1% 41 186 213 2 0
L.Dunbar DAL 31 22 16.8% 9.1% 30 150 157 0 0
M.Reece OAK 31 21 7.0% 2.2% 46 218 221 2 0
C.Ogbonnaya CLE 29 35 4.7% 7.4% 49 240 235 0 1
J.Grimes HOU 27 26 21.7% 21.0% 21 73 119 1 0
B.Brown PHI 23 12 -1.2% -4.6% 75 314 306 2 0
D.Sproles NO 21 25 1.4% 2.9% 53 220 219 2 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
B.Jacobs NYG 21 38 -0.2% 6.3% 58 239 251 4 1
J.Snelling ATL 19 19 1.2% 1.1% 44 164 197 1 0
K.Hunter SF 16 2 -3.0% -8.0% 78 364 277 3 1
J.Todman JAC 13 6 -4.2% -6.6% 76 256 280 2 0
T.Choice 2TM 9 9 -4.0% -3.7% 46 170 176 0 0
S.Vereen NE 6 6 -5.0% -5.0% 44 208 155 1 1
B.Cunningham STL 5 20 -5.7% 2.4% 47 261 163 1 2
B.Leonard TB 5 24 -5.9% 4.9% 47 182 160 0 0
R.Hillman DEN 4 3 -6.9% -7.1% 55 218 201 1 2
J.Stewart CAR 2 1 -7.4% -8.0% 48 180 158 0 1
J.Rodgers ATL 2 -7 -8.1% -10.3% 96 332 364 2 0
J.Randle DAL 1 -9 -8.1% -12.5% 54 164 191 2 0
R.Brown SD -5 -9 -11.3% -13.7% 45 157 150 1 0
K.Robinson NO -7 4 -11.9% -6.4% 54 224 165 1 0
D.Scott NYG -7 -4 -17.4% -13.5% 20 73 57 0 0
J.Battle TEN -8 -19 -13.5% -20.4% 36 142 129 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.Taylor ARI -9 -11 -14.7% -16.3% 36 117 107 0 0
F.Jones PIT -9 -5 -13.4% -11.5% 48 184 145 0 1
D.Johnson HOU -10 -12 -12.8% -13.7% 49 183 182 0 0
A.Dixon SF -13 -31 -17.5% -30.5% 28 56 103 2 0
P.Hillis NYG -14 -20 -13.3% -15.0% 73 246 239 2 1
F.Whittaker CLE -17 -11 -25.2% -19.3% 28 79 62 0 0
J.Dwyer PIT -25 -8 -18.7% -11.7% 49 197 170 0 0
R.Turbin SEA -25 -28 -17.0% -17.8% 77 264 215 0 0
M.Cox NYG -27 -35 -41.3% -50.5% 22 43 27 0 0
K.Davis KC -29 -15 -19.4% -14.2% 70 242 181 4 1
D.Richardson STL -34 -49 -19.4% -24.0% 69 215 216 0 0
D.Wilson NYG -40 -42 -30.4% -31.7% 44 144 93 1 2
M.Bush CHI -56 -60 -27.3% -28.7% 63 197 166 3 0
D.Robinson JAC -61 -60 -86.1% -85.3% 20 64 -31 0 3

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 49 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 282 1 298 1 41.2% 2 44.3% 87 609 950 6 87% 0
J.Bell DET 196 2 191 3 40.3% 3 38.8% 69 547 665 0 77% 0
K.Moreno DEN 192 3 218 2 31.0% 4 37.0% 74 548 703 3 81% 0
D.Sproles NO 174 4 167 4 23.9% 8 22.4% 89 604 689 2 80% 0
G.Bernard CIN 169 5 152 7 30.5% 5 26.2% 70 514 621 3 80% 0
S.Vereen NE 151 6 146 8 25.1% 7 24.0% 69 427 588 3 68% 0
L.McCoy PHI 137 7 165 5 23.8% 9 31.7% 64 539 542 2 81% 0
J.Charles KC 135 8 165 6 8.5% 17 13.4% 104 693 710 7 67% 0
P.Thomas NO 128 9 123 10 13.2% 13 12.2% 84 513 601 3 92% 1
A.Ellington ARI 117 10 100 12 22.3% 10 17.3% 57 371 469 1 68% 0
M.Forte CHI 113 11 137 9 8.5% 16 13.2% 96 587 594 3 79% 0
J.Snelling ATL 109 12 98 13 46.2% 1 40.1% 33 224 355 3 85% 0
R.Bush DET 94 13 103 11 5.8% 20 7.6% 80 506 537 3 68% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Tolbert CAR 77 14 66 14 29.0% 6 23.0% 32 184 287 2 84% 0
J.Rodgers ATL 72 15 52 21 7.8% 18 1.8% 62 340 388 2 84% 1
C.Johnson TEN 66 16 52 20 10.8% 14 5.9% 52 351 326 4 81% 1
R.Mathews SD 61 17 59 15 19.9% 11 18.8% 33 189 256 1 79% 0
D.Williams CAR 57 18 51 23 16.0% 12 12.6% 36 336 255 1 72% 2
M.Lynch SEA 55 19 55 19 9.1% 15 8.9% 44 316 285 2 82% 1
F.Jackson BUF 52 20 52 22 0.8% 23 0.9% 66 390 361 1 71% 1
R.Jennings OAK 44 21 57 17 3.3% 22 8.4% 46 292 275 0 76% 0
D.Brown IND 44 22 48 24 6.2% 19 8.1% 36 218 246 2 78% 0
B.Miller SF 41 23 40 26 5.2% 21 4.8% 36 243 239 0 69% 1
D.Murray DAL 40 24 59 16 -3.5% 26 1.5% 66 354 356 1 80% 1
M.Reece OAK 38 25 41 25 -1.1% 24 -0.1% 54 331 289 2 59% 0
T.Richardson 2TM 34 26 55 18 -2.6% 25 4.4% 52 316 285 1 67% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Jones-Drew JAC 32 27 38 27 -3.7% 28 -1.7% 60 314 293 0 72% 0
L.Bell PIT 28 28 35 28 -5.9% 30 -4.2% 65 408 312 0 68% 0
E.Lacy GB 26 29 33 29 -3.5% 27 -0.7% 44 257 235 0 80% 0
F.Whittaker CLE 18 30 4 34 -5.5% 29 -12.1% 35 155 195 2 60% 0
C.Ogbonnaya CLE 14 31 8 31 -10.2% 34 -11.7% 75 349 296 2 64% 1
L.Miller MIA 11 32 1 35 -7.9% 31 -13.3% 35 170 152 0 74% 0
A.Foster HOU 9 33 0 36 -9.2% 33 -13.9% 35 183 149 1 63% 0
D.McFadden OAK 7 34 -9 39 -8.8% 32 -20.7% 25 108 109 1 68% 0
B.Leonard TB 2 35 5 33 -12.6% 35 -11.2% 37 179 145 0 78% 0
J.Todman JAC 2 36 -6 38 -12.6% 36 -18.9% 26 116 93 1 54% 0
B.Bolden NE -1 37 -12 40 -14.6% 37 -21.4% 29 152 108 0 72% 0
R.Helu WAS -3 38 9 30 -15.0% 38 -9.6% 42 254 148 0 74% 1
F.Gore SF -3 39 -4 37 -16.3% 39 -16.7% 26 141 87 0 62% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Ball DEN -7 40 7 32 -18.3% 41 -8.9% 27 148 94 0 74% 1
C.J.Spiller BUF -8 41 -14 41 -17.8% 40 -20.5% 40 185 131 0 83% 0
Z.Stacy STL -11 42 -19 43 -19.7% 43 -24.4% 35 141 110 1 74% 0
A.Peterson MIN -20 43 -18 42 -22.8% 45 -22.0% 41 174 119 1 73% 2
B.Powell NYJ -20 44 -23 44 -20.2% 44 -21.1% 57 272 182 0 63% 0
R.Rice BAL -21 45 -32 47 -19.1% 42 -21.9% 73 321 246 0 79% 0
B.Pierce BAL -27 46 -30 45 -33.3% 47 -35.6% 25 104 43 0 80% 0
S.Jackson ATL -36 47 -55 48 -26.0% 46 -32.5% 49 191 138 1 67% 0
A.Brown NYG -49 48 -32 46 -46.7% 48 -35.1% 29 103 4 0 69% 0
B.Tate HOU -125 49 -123 49 -62.9% 49 -62.2% 50 138 -76 0 70% 1

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Thigpen MIA 48 43 66.2% 59.0% 11 97 141 1 73% 0
R.Hillman DEN 45 53 41.1% 50.5% 14 119 152 0 86% 0
A.Sherman KC 43 46 19.7% 21.7% 24 155 181 1 75% 1
R.Mendenhall ARI 38 32 21.3% 15.1% 21 134 157 0 86% 0
J.Starks GB 36 34 38.0% 35.6% 13 89 123 1 77% 0
S.Havili IND 32 36 11.4% 15.0% 21 128 156 1 86% 0
D.Thomas MIA 27 18 12.3% 3.6% 17 63 131 2 88% 0
D.Scott NYG 26 25 13.7% 12.7% 19 102 118 1 58% 0
A.Smith ARI 24 18 18.8% 10.8% 13 68 102 0 77% 0
T.Gerhart MIN 22 18 10.7% 6.2% 19 88 112 0 68% 0
W.Johnson PIT 15 11 5.9% 1.5% 11 41 84 1 73% 0
J.Dwyer PIT 12 14 8.5% 11.5% 11 64 64 0 73% 0
B.Brown PHI 12 14 8.7% 13.0% 13 84 62 0 62% 0
D.Richardson STL 9 9 -3.6% -3.9% 18 121 83 0 78% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
B.Cunningham STL 8 6 3.6% 0.5% 10 59 47 0 60% 0
I.Pead STL 8 10 -5.2% -2.5% 15 78 79 0 73% 0
M.Ingram NO 5 7 -5.4% -2.3% 11 68 52 0 64% 0
P.DiMarco ATL 5 4 -5.2% -6.5% 10 49 50 0 80% 0
C.Gray KC 2 -3 -10.0% -20.5% 10 46 39 0 70% 0
J.Randle DAL 2 11 -10.6% 5.3% 10 61 43 0 80% 0
A.Morris WAS 1 4 -12.0% -6.6% 12 78 45 0 75% 0
P.Hillis NYG 0 6 -13.5% -7.1% 21 96 68 0 62% 1
J.Olawale OAK 0 -1 -13.6% -15.4% 11 63 48 0 64% 0
F.Jones PIT 0 -4 -14.3% -18.7% 13 63 56 0 69% 0
J.Kuhn GB -6 2 -19.7% -11.5% 19 81 61 0 68% 0
R.Turbin SEA -6 -3 -24.2% -18.7% 12 60 29 0 67% 0
T.Bohanon NYJ -6 -10 -20.3% -24.0% 16 69 56 0 69% 0
S.Ridley NE -9 -15 -27.6% -38.2% 12 62 27 0 83% 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.James TB -10 -14 -30.5% -36.0% 11 43 23 0 91% 0
J.Forsett JAC -11 -14 -28.0% -32.1% 16 82 33 0 94% 1
K.Davis KC -11 -13 -27.0% -29.1% 15 76 39 0 73% 1
J.Collins NO -15 -22 -25.6% -31.4% 18 54 58 0 78% 0
D.Johnson HOU -18 -22 -39.3% -45.1% 12 46 13 0 67% 0
B.Rainey 2TM -23 -30 -34.8% -40.6% 19 46 32 1 79% 0
J.Conner NYG -25 -20 -53.1% -45.5% 11 31 -6 0 55% 0
G.Jones HOU -26 -27 -55.6% -57.2% 11 34 -9 0 45% 0
E.Lorig TB -27 -28 -43.6% -45.4% 14 47 9 0 79% 0
W.Ta'ufo'ou JAC -33 -41 -50.0% -58.2% 15 40 -3 0 67% 0
V.Leach BAL -38 -40 -43.0% -45.0% 19 47 14 1 58% 0
W.McGahee CLE -44 -46 -74.5% -77.4% 12 18 -39 0 75% 0
D.Martin TB -45 -51 -54.2% -59.2% 24 66 -15 0 50% 0