Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2017

Regular season totals, through Week 10

Revised as of 11/15/2017

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 80 rushes, 32 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
E.Elliott DAL 164 1 184 1 11.1% 8 13.5% 191 783 980 7 1 59% 1
K.Hunt KC 151 2 127 5 16.8% 4 12.7% 155 800 758 4 1 46% 11
M.Ingram NO 138 3 136 3 13.5% 5 13.2% 144 675 759 7 2 55% 3
D.Freeman ATL 130 4 137 2 17.3% 3 18.6% 115 507 643 5 0 52% 5
L.Bell PIT 112 5 131 4 4.0% 12 6.1% 220 840 949 5 1 48% 6
A.Collins BAL 109 6 94 6 22.6% 1 18.3% 93 528 478 0 2 47% 10
J.Howard CHI 108 7 79 7 6.5% 11 2.4% 177 715 793 4 1 44% 18
L.Fournette JAC 96 8 57 13 7.5% 9 1.0% 147 629 670 6 1 44% 16
O.Darkwa NYG 93 9 61 11 19.9% 2 10.3% 81 415 429 1 0 46% 13
D.Henry TEN 84 10 68 9 12.6% 6 8.7% 94 409 476 3 0 48% 7
T.Gurley LARM 74 11 78 8 1.5% 13 2.1% 172 754 746 7 5 54% 4
M.Lynch OAK 73 12 57 12 12.2% 7 7.7% 86 323 422 4 0 45% 14
L.Blount PHI 71 13 30 16 6.7% 10 -2.0% 109 504 514 2 0 48% 9
F.Gore IND 58 14 -1 22 1.5% 14 -8.8% 144 503 596 2 2 46% 12
L.Miller HOU 49 15 66 10 -0.3% 16 2.5% 140 543 590 2 0 48% 8
D.Murray TEN 42 16 21 18 0.5% 15 -4.0% 109 433 466 4 1 40% 25
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
C.Hyde SF 27 17 11 20 -3.9% 19 -6.7% 141 594 555 4 1 43% 20
I.Crowell CLE 25 18 4 21 -3.3% 18 -7.8% 118 441 442 2 1 41% 23
L.Murray MIN 22 19 -30 30 -3.0% 17 -16.1% 95 317 377 2 1 42% 21
B.Allen BAL 19 20 -5 24 -4.3% 20 -9.8% 106 377 407 1 0 42% 22
M.Gillislee NE 17 21 45 15 -4.9% 21 0.9% 98 355 432 4 1 57% 2
J.Ajayi 2TM 14 22 23 17 -6.1% 22 -4.5% 146 554 512 1 1 45% 15
T.Coleman ATL 5 23 13 19 -7.0% 23 -4.8% 83 401 304 2 1 39% 26
A.Abdullah DET 0 24 -29 29 -8.6% 24 -14.4% 133 470 432 3 2 35% 29
J.Mixon CIN -17 25 -22 26 -12.5% 26 -13.6% 107 321 341 3 0 33% 31
D.Martin TB -20 26 -17 25 -14.1% 27 -13.3% 93 305 283 2 0 35% 28
L.McCoy BUF -21 27 -27 28 -11.9% 25 -12.8% 157 595 515 3 3 43% 19
C.J.Anderson DEN -36 28 53 14 -15.8% 28 2.0% 126 536 371 1 0 40% 24
A.Peterson 2TM -40 29 -56 31 -16.7% 30 -19.9% 122 429 360 3 3 38% 27
M.Gordon LACH -44 30 -23 27 -15.9% 29 -12.4% 147 553 446 4 0 33% 32
B.Powell NYJ -55 31 -3 23 -24.1% 31 -9.5% 93 420 215 2 0 33% 30
J.Stewart CAR -113 32 -65 32 -28.7% 32 -20.2% 138 461 302 1 3 44% 17

RUSHING, OTHERS: 15-79 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Kamara NO 175 180 59.3% 61.2% 64 417 506 4 1
D.Lewis NE 111 99 29.2% 25.1% 72 326 432 3 0
Du.Johnson CLE 110 94 45.6% 37.6% 44 230 355 2 0
A.Jones GB 109 110 25.5% 26.1% 70 370 450 3 0
T.Montgomery GB 71 46 13.2% 5.6% 71 273 396 3 0
D.Cook MIN 62 69 12.1% 14.4% 74 354 356 2 1
C.Grant JAC 45 45 49.3% 48.8% 20 179 140 1 0
R.Burkhead NE 44 37 28.9% 22.9% 25 100 171 0 0
J.Williams GB 34 25 15.5% 9.0% 31 101 175 1 0
C.Ivory JAC 31 4 1.3% -7.2% 78 280 321 1 1
T.West BAL 28 21 9.0% 4.5% 39 139 180 2 1
C.Clement PHI 26 23 3.8% 2.4% 48 182 219 3 0
T.J.Yeldon JAC 25 26 19.6% 20.0% 23 174 119 1 1
M.Breida SF 25 14 3.7% -1.8% 52 219 215 1 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
K.Drake MIA 25 24 14.7% 13.7% 26 176 131 1 1
J.Conner PIT 24 18 28.9% 19.3% 19 101 94 0 0
A.Morris DAL 22 32 15.8% 27.2% 25 169 112 0 0
C.Carson SEA 19 24 0.3% 2.7% 49 208 211 0 0
J.McKinnon MIN 16 -17 -3.3% -14.2% 79 319 288 3 2
R.Kelley WAS 15 13 -2.9% -3.8% 62 194 254 3 0
M.Forte NYJ 13 49 -2.7% 13.7% 57 241 209 2 0
W.Gallman NYG 8 0 -4.5% -8.7% 48 204 186 0 2
A.Ekeler LACH 7 17 -0.9% 8.7% 25 124 96 1 1
J.D.McKissic SEA 7 4 0.6% -3.8% 21 92 81 1 0
M.Mack IND 6 -6 -6.3% -11.2% 59 226 217 3 1
J.Hill CIN 5 -17 -5.1% -19.4% 37 121 144 0 1
D.Booker DEN 3 28 -5.5% 16.8% 26 107 102 1 0
A.Ellington ARI 3 12 -2.9% 12.7% 15 53 55 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Tolbert BUF 3 -14 -7.1% -15.6% 50 180 172 1 1
D.Sproles PHI 1 15 -7.0% 21.4% 15 61 45 0 0
C.Thompson WAS 0 13 -8.5% -2.6% 60 279 194 2 1
G.Bernard CIN -2 -7 -10.1% -15.2% 28 113 87 0 0
W.Smallwood PHI -2 1 -9.7% -8.2% 43 168 143 1 0
T.Riddick DET -2 -14 -10.7% -21.8% 31 106 88 0 0
J.Charles DEN -4 39 -10.0% 6.4% 62 283 217 1 2
T.Cohen CHI -4 -13 -10.5% -15.2% 55 231 165 1 2
S.Vereen NYG -5 -4 -13.4% -13.0% 25 84 74 0 0
J.White NE -5 11 -13.1% 0.9% 30 127 89 0 0
R.Turbin IND -5 1 -13.1% -7.5% 23 53 93 1 0
K.Williams ARI -6 -12 -14.3% -20.4% 24 52 80 1 0
P.Barber TB -7 -1 -14.4% -9.3% 25 81 86 0 0
J.Richard OAK -9 -3 -13.6% -10.1% 45 193 132 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Foreman HOU -14 -17 -13.5% -14.7% 68 262 221 0 1
B.Oliver LACH -15 -10 -26.8% -20.4% 20 61 47 0 0
J.Rodgers TB -16 7 -15.6% -5.5% 51 183 165 1 0
M.Brown LARM -17 1 -21.1% -7.8% 37 138 89 1 1
Dw.Washington DET -29 -32 -41.5% -43.8% 20 44 29 0 0
P.Perkins NYG -30 -38 -32.8% -39.3% 32 61 58 0 0
Da.Williams MIA -33 -38 -41.5% -45.7% 28 65 33 0 0
C.Johnson ARI -37 -32 -29.4% -27.0% 45 114 92 0 0
D.Washington OAK -39 -24 -42.3% -29.2% 33 95 36 1 1
E.Lacy SEA -42 -38 -31.2% -29.1% 48 128 91 0 0
E.McGuire NYJ -55 -34 -29.8% -21.6% 69 259 134 1 1
S.Perine WAS -61 -39 -30.8% -22.9% 66 208 137 0 1
C.McCaffrey CAR -64 -32 -30.9% -19.8% 69 206 142 2 1
T.Rawls SEA -68 -77 -40.1% -43.9% 49 125 76 0 1

RECEIVING: Minimum 20 passes, 43 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
C.Thompson WAS 190 1 184 1 57.2% 2 55.0% 53 494 584 3 72% 0
J.White NE 122 2 108 4 23.7% 7 19.3% 56 376 480 2 82% 0
L.Miller HOU 120 3 122 2 71.6% 1 72.9% 26 242 348 2 85% 0
T.Gurley LARM 99 4 116 3 23.5% 8 29.7% 48 406 395 3 73% 0
A.Kamara NO 93 5 93 6 17.4% 9 17.5% 53 373 406 2 79% 0
A.Ekeler LACH 91 6 90 7 56.3% 3 55.2% 23 179 281 3 83% 0
K.Hunt KC 88 7 99 5 29.4% 6 34.9% 37 331 328 2 86% 0
C.McCaffrey CAR 76 8 89 8 2.8% 18 5.6% 79 433 484 3 72% 0
J.Richard OAK 72 9 59 10 42.9% 4 33.1% 23 188 239 0 74% 0
T.Coleman ATL 63 10 60 9 29.6% 5 27.1% 25 203 231 2 68% 0
T.Riddick DET 43 11 42 12 4.2% 16 3.8% 42 278 260 2 76% 0
C.Ivory JAC 43 12 27 21 16.0% 10 4.8% 27 172 192 1 74% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 39 13 37 15 -1.9% 21 -2.4% 54 358 310 1 78% 0
M.Forte NYJ 37 14 54 11 9.4% 14 19.9% 32 222 191 0 91% 0
L.Fournette JAC 36 15 34 18 12.7% 12 10.9% 24 149 173 1 71% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
Da.Williams MIA 35 16 40 13 13.3% 11 16.9% 22 117 165 1 73% 0
M.Gordon LACH 34 17 39 14 -1.9% 22 -0.1% 53 250 275 4 66% 0
G.Bernard CIN 32 18 36 16 11.3% 13 15.0% 25 188 156 2 68% 0
A.Ellington ARI 29 19 36 17 -2.6% 25 0.0% 50 297 246 1 66% 0
F.Gore IND 26 20 19 24 7.8% 15 1.9% 23 152 140 0 78% 0
T.Montgomery GB 23 21 4 27 -1.4% 20 -11.6% 31 173 179 1 74% 0
J.McKinnon MIN 22 22 34 19 -2.4% 24 4.0% 39 218 182 1 77% 0
D.Freeman ATL 18 23 24 23 -0.8% 19 3.3% 24 137 138 0 79% 0
D.Murray TEN 18 24 32 20 -2.1% 23 7.4% 27 155 144 1 85% 0
M.Mack IND 16 25 25 22 3.0% 17 12.5% 20 129 101 1 60% 0
I.Crowell CLE 10 26 12 26 -7.7% 28 -6.3% 27 167 135 0 67% 0
J.Mixon CIN 9 27 14 25 -6.7% 26 -2.8% 24 207 108 0 88% 2
A.Abdullah DET 8 28 4 28 -6.8% 27 -10.0% 20 91 92 0 75% 0
C.Hyde SF 2 29 -18 40 -13.4% 30 -19.3% 60 274 240 0 70% 0
D.Washington OAK 1 30 2 29 -13.3% 29 -12.6% 28 134 123 1 82% 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
E.Elliott DAL -1 31 -4 33 -14.6% 31 -16.7% 26 190 101 2 73% 0
T.Cohen CHI -3 32 -1 31 -15.1% 32 -14.2% 41 247 148 1 71% 0
S.Vereen NYG -5 33 1 30 -16.3% 33 -13.6% 34 177 125 0 85% 0
M.Breida SF -7 34 -2 32 -18.5% 36 -15.0% 31 124 92 1 55% 0
B.Allen BAL -9 35 -16 38 -16.7% 34 -19.4% 50 189 195 2 78% 0
M.Ingram NO -9 36 -15 36 -17.9% 35 -20.4% 39 194 142 0 79% 1
L.McCoy BUF -12 37 -9 34 -18.8% 37 -17.5% 52 253 153 0 79% 0
K.Juszczyk SF -18 38 -9 35 -30.6% 40 -22.5% 20 114 40 1 70% 2
C.Sims TB -19 39 -15 37 -25.9% 39 -23.7% 26 130 73 1 77% 1
B.Powell NYJ -26 40 -17 39 -33.0% 41 -26.4% 25 146 44 0 76% 1
L.Bell PIT -28 41 -50 43 -23.4% 38 -30.9% 51 251 152 0 78% 1
J.Ajayi MIA -38 42 -36 42 -50.2% 42 -47.8% 20 67 -5 0 70% 0
J.Howard CHI -38 43 -34 41 -53.9% 43 -49.0% 21 78 -6 0 67% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 7-19 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Burkhead NE 77 73 60.0% 55.7% 18 155 234 2 83% 0
J.D.McKissic SEA 43 48 26.6% 30.6% 18 126 166 1 72% 0
D.Booker DEN 35 31 23.0% 18.2% 17 128 141 0 76% 0
C.Carson SEA 27 36 36.6% 52.5% 8 59 94 1 88% 0
D.Lewis NE 19 18 22.5% 20.9% 10 58 76 0 100% 0
W.Smallwood PHI 18 7 7.3% -6.0% 15 79 100 0 67% 0
J.Rodgers TB 17 15 30.8% 24.8% 7 48 64 0 86% 0
T.Rawls SEA 17 19 16.5% 20.5% 10 74 75 0 70% 0
J.Develin NE 14 14 17.6% 16.3% 7 36 62 0 71% 0
D.Sproles PHI 12 7 5.9% -2.6% 12 73 66 0 58% 0
C.West KC 9 11 -4.3% -3.0% 19 106 89 2 89% 1
O.Darkwa NYG 7 -3 -5.6% -17.8% 15 68 73 0 80% 0
E.McGuire NYJ 6 8 -6.8% -3.5% 15 100 68 0 67% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
C.J.Prosise SEA 6 11 -4.5% 4.8% 11 87 54 0 55% 0
T.Bonahon JAC 5 -1 -7.0% -15.1% 11 43 62 1 55% 0
B.Cunningham CHI 2 10 -10.7% 3.1% 12 98 45 1 75% 1
R.Turbin IND 1 6 -10.3% 0.0% 11 56 35 0 82% 0
D.Cook MIN 0 -6 -14.0% -19.8% 16 90 73 0 69% 0
T.Ervin HOU -2 -5 -16.9% -23.6% 11 38 36 0 73% 0
Da.Johnson ARI -2 -4 -18.7% -22.3% 9 67 27 0 67% 1
D.Henry TEN -4 -1 -21.2% -16.0% 10 45 28 0 60% 0
T.J.Yeldon JAC -6 -1 -21.9% -14.7% 14 65 41 0 71% 0
R.Kelley WAS -6 -11 -24.9% -32.7% 7 18 28 0 57% 0
J.Charles DEN -8 -19 -24.7% -38.8% 17 71 34 0 76% 0
M.Tolbert BUF -8 -16 -27.0% -38.1% 13 61 29 0 92% 0
R.Smith DAL -9 -3 -30.9% -20.3% 9 38 19 0 67% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
C.J.Anderson DEN -9 2 -25.6% -11.4% 17 92 35 1 76% 0
J.Stewart CAR -11 -3 -32.3% -19.0% 11 44 20 1 55% 0
P.Perkins NYG -13 -18 -42.5% -53.6% 9 35 6 0 78% 0
B.Oliver LACH -14 -34 -41.1% -80.8% 8 20 8 0 63% 0
M.Lynch OAK -16 -22 -37.3% -46.3% 12 44 16 0 50% 0
W.Gallman NYG -17 -20 -35.0% -38.4% 15 52 23 1 73% 0
D.Martin TB -19 -11 -40.2% -29.9% 12 54 12 0 42% 0
A.Peterson 2TM -25 -30 -50.5% -57.9% 13 37 -3 0 46% 0
K.Drake MIA -31 -21 -53.7% -40.3% 14 52 -8 0 79% 0
B.Rainey BAL -32 -28 -95.3% -85.5% 7 18 -38 0 71% 0
A.Jones GB -60 -62 -85.4% -87.6% 16 16 -64 0 50% 0