Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 2

Revised as of 9/16/2014

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.
  • Please note there are no opponent adjustments until after Week 4.

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

RUSHING: Minimum 16 rushes, 41 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Murray DAL 87 1 31.2% 7 51 285 331 2 2 69% 4
M.Ingram NO 74 2 63.4% 1 24 143 210 3 0 71% 3
K.Moreno MIA 61 3 49.5% 3 25 138 188 1 0 72% 2
M.Lynch SEA 56 4 42.5% 6 26 146 187 2 0 62% 8
J.Forsett BAL 46 5 48.3% 4 19 126 145 1 0 53% 16
J.Hill CIN 45 6 47.4% 5 19 93 143 1 0 74% 1
I.Crowell CLE 43 7 52.1% 2 16 86 130 2 0 63% 7
C.Ivory NYJ 36 8 26.2% 8 23 145 147 2 0 57% 12
A.Morris WAS 34 9 11.6% 14 36 176 203 2 0 53% 15
L.Bell PIT 31 10 15.8% 10 32 168 162 1 0 50% 21
T.West CLE 30 11 12.7% 11 35 168 171 1 0 51% 20
S.Greene TEN 26 12 26.0% 9 20 111 107 0 0 60% 9
B.Rainey TB 23 13 12.2% 13 26 156 133 0 0 50% 22
F.Gore SF 21 14 8.3% 15 29 129 138 1 0 55% 13
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
A.Bradshaw IND 14 15 12.6% 12 16 85 79 0 0 50% 23
L.Miller MIA 14 16 4.7% 17 22 105 110 0 1 64% 5
D.Williams 2TM 13 17 7.4% 16 19 91 88 0 0 58% 10
Z.Stacy STL 11 18 0.9% 20 30 114 122 1 1 47% 27
S.Jackson ATL 10 19 2.5% 18 23 98 90 0 0 48% 26
S.Ridley NE 7 20 -3.7% 21 33 122 138 1 0 58% 11
D.McFadden OAK 7 21 1.7% 19 17 52 69 1 0 41% 32
A.Foster HOU 5 22 -6.5% 24 55 241 200 1 1 49% 24
M.Forte CHI 4 23 -5.5% 22 29 103 114 0 0 52% 19
K.Davis KC 2 24 -6.1% 23 23 82 84 2 0 26% 39
R.Jennings NYG 2 25 -7.2% 25 34 110 129 1 0 41% 31
M.Ball DEN 1 26 -7.9% 26 35 127 126 1 0 49% 25
L.McCoy PHI -1 27 -8.9% 27 41 153 144 1 0 46% 28
A.Ellington ARI -1 28 -10.0% 28 28 147 80 0 1 43% 29
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
C.J.Spiller BUF -3 29 -11.1% 29 27 122 88 0 0 41% 33
F.Jackson BUF -4 30 -13.2% 30 19 85 59 0 0 32% 36
J.Dwyer ARI -5 31 -16.4% 32 16 51 44 1 0 25% 40
A.Peterson MIN -5 32 -15.6% 31 21 75 57 0 0 43% 30
C.Johnson NYJ -11 33 -19.4% 34 25 89 68 0 0 40% 34
G.Bernard CIN -14 34 -17.0% 33 41 138 122 1 0 37% 35
B.Pierce BAL -19 35 -23.2% 35 28 110 79 0 1 54% 14
R.Mathews SD -19 36 -26.0% 36 23 74 64 1 1 52% 17
E.Lacy GB -20 37 -30.6% 37 25 77 45 0 0 28% 38
T.Richardson IND -33 38 -37.9% 38 27 100 43 0 2 63% 6
J.Bell DET -34 39 -40.2% 39 25 88 37 1 2 52% 18
J.Stewart CAR -35 40 -46.0% 40 24 57 24 1 0 29% 37
T.Gerhart JAC -56 41 -58.5% 41 25 50 6 0 0 20% 41

RUSHING, OTHERS: 4-15 rushes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Rodgers ATL 33 52.0% 11 57 100 1 0
S.Redd WAS 23 63.4% 8 41 64 1 0
C.J.Anderson DEN 23 54.3% 9 58 68 0 0
S.Vereen NE 21 41.6% 13 76 67 1 0
D.Sproles PHI 20 25.5% 15 97 84 2 0
A.Dixon BUF 15 52.9% 7 63 47 0 0
J.Starks GB 14 43.4% 7 37 47 0 0
D.McCluster TEN 14 19.2% 13 59 67 0 0
C.Hyde SF 14 23.7% 11 50 59 1 0
B.Tate CLE 12 54.0% 6 41 37 0 0
K.Robinson NO 12 7.5% 14 59 85 1 0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
P.Thomas NO 12 24.5% 10 47 51 0 0
R.Helu WAS 9 11.9% 12 71 54 0 0
R.Turbin SEA 3 -1.2% 8 34 45 0 0
A.Blue HOU 3 -2.7% 12 40 42 0 0
B.Sankey TEN -3 -21.0% 8 28 17 0 0
B.Powell NYJ -5 -31.5% 5 20 10 0 0
L.Blount PIT -5 -25.3% 7 14 19 1 0
C.Gray KC -6 -54.2% 4 13 2 0 0
J.Grimes HOU -8 -73.3% 4 11 -1 0 0
J.Charles KC -8 -34.4% 9 23 14 0 0
B.Cunningham STL -10 -29.7% 11 36 24 0 0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Bush DET -10 -26.6% 15 41 31 0 0
L.Dunbar DAL -15 -44.4% 11 27 12 0 0
M.Asiata MIN -15 -34.4% 15 46 27 0 0
B.Bolden NE -16 -95.2% 6 8 -10 0 0
D.Brown SD -18 -68.9% 9 19 -3 0 0
D.Woodhead SD -20 -41.5% 14 37 20 0 0
M.James TB -21 -84.4% 6 7 -10 0 0
D.Martin TB -24 -91.6% 9 9 -14 0 0
M.Jones-Drew OAK -31 -87.3% 8 22 -17 0 1
A.Williams NYG -33 -63.5% 13 21 -2 0 0
M.Tolbert CAR -48 -103.3% 11 6 -34 0 0

RECEIVING: Minimum 4 passes, 42 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
A.Bradshaw IND 63 1 70.6% 6 11 96 183 2 91% 0
L.Bell PIT 55 2 72.3% 5 12 136 159 0 92% 0
D.Sproles PHI 43 3 48.0% 7 13 166 139 0 85% 0
P.Thomas NO 30 4 38.8% 9 10 74 102 0 90% 0
A.Smith ATL 26 5 75.4% 3 5 73 75 1 60% 0
R.Mathews SD 26 6 79.8% 2 4 46 72 0 100% 0
M.Lynch SEA 24 7 95.8% 1 5 41 66 1 100% 0
G.Bernard CIN 22 8 9.5% 16 16 141 110 0 69% 0
D.Woodhead SD 18 9 31.5% 13 6 34 67 0 83% 0
M.Forte CHI 16 10 4.5% 19 17 102 98 0 76% 0
C.J.Spiller BUF 15 11 72.5% 4 4 20 44 1 100% 0
T.Richardson IND 14 12 34.5% 12 5 47 51 0 80% 0
M.Ball DEN 14 13 44.2% 8 5 45 46 0 100% 0
J.Stewart CAR 13 14 36.9% 10 4 39 45 0 100% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
L.McCoy PHI 12 15 6.9% 18 11 64 66 0 91% 0
D.McFadden OAK 12 16 35.5% 11 4 37 42 0 75% 0
R.Bush DET 8 17 9.1% 17 9 55 40 0 89% 0
M.Asiata MIN 8 18 2.6% 21 8 53 49 1 75% 0
R.Jennings NYG 6 19 -2.6% 23 9 95 54 0 89% 1
A.Foster HOU 6 20 28.1% 14 5 29 23 0 80% 0
T.Gerhart JAC 5 21 14.2% 15 4 24 24 0 100% 0
B.Cunningham STL 5 22 3.5% 20 6 34 26 0 83% 0
J.Bell DET 3 23 -8.4% 24 12 66 53 0 58% 0
D.Freeman ATL 3 24 1.0% 22 6 40 18 0 67% 0
J.Charles KC 1 25 -11.9% 25 5 23 24 0 100% 0
C.Johnson NYJ 0 26 -13.7% 26 8 23 28 1 75% 0
B.Rainey TB -1 27 -17.8% 28 5 38 14 1 100% 1
D.Murray DAL -1 28 -17.6% 27 6 31 19 0 67% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Helu WAS -1 29 -20.2% 29 5 26 13 0 80% 0
E.Lacy GB -2 30 -21.1% 30 6 29 19 0 83% 0
M.Ingram NO -3 31 -24.6% 31 5 22 13 0 80% 0
F.Jackson BUF -4 32 -27.1% 33 7 40 13 0 71% 0
A.Ellington ARI -6 33 -25.9% 32 8 37 22 0 75% 0
D.Brown SD -8 34 -54.9% 37 4 10 -3 0 75% 0
M.Reece OAK -12 35 -65.4% 39 4 12 -8 0 75% 0
M.Tolbert CAR -13 36 -55.0% 38 8 39 -4 0 63% 0
S.Jackson ATL -13 37 -78.9% 40 4 7 -13 0 50% 0
S.Vereen NE -17 38 -43.5% 34 10 35 6 0 60% 0
J.Forsett BAL -19 39 -50.3% 36 10 30 -2 0 90% 0
A.Williams NYG -23 40 -90.3% 41 5 7 -26 0 40% 0
L.Miller MIA -25 41 -50.2% 35 10 26 -3 1 60% 0
K.Davis KC -50 42 -97.4% 42 10 29 -61 0 70% 1

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 2-3 passes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Turbin SEA 29 186.2% 2 35 71 1 100% 0
S.Taylor ARI 22 96.3% 3 21 60 1 100% 0
B.Powell NYJ 20 122.6% 2 32 53 0 100% 0
D.Young WAS 20 111.4% 3 28 53 1 100% 0
T.Bohanon NYJ 18 173.1% 2 30 44 0 100% 0
O.Darkwa MIA 13 49.0% 3 31 40 0 100% 0
J.Collins DET 11 72.6% 2 3 33 1 100% 0
D.McCluster TEN 11 55.5% 3 26 33 0 67% 0
A.Peterson MIN 9 49.5% 3 18 30 0 67% 0
T.West CLE 8 69.2% 2 22 23 0 100% 0
L.Washington TEN 7 94.8% 2 11 19 0 100% 0
J.Develin NE 7 46.8% 2 17 21 0 100% 0
J.Hill CIN 7 52.8% 2 22 21 0 100% 0
L.Dunbar DAL 6 18.1% 3 21 25 0 100% 0
D.Harris GB 2 1.8% 2 11 11 0 50% 0
D.Robinson JAC 1 -5.2% 3 17 13 0 100% 0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Hughes ARI 0 -17.8% 2 7 7 0 50% 0
B.Pierce BAL -1 -23.6% 2 7 5 0 50% 0
F.Gore SF -3 -51.2% 2 12 0 0 100% 0
M.Jones-Drew OAK -3 -28.8% 3 12 7 0 67% 0
S.Ridley NE -4 -44.7% 2 7 1 0 100% 0
J.Todman JAC -6 -70.3% 2 5 -4 0 50% 0
Z.Stacy STL -6 -117.0% 2 8 -9 0 50% 0
D.Martin TB -7 -61.2% 2 7 -4 0 50% 0
J.Starks GB -9 -57.3% 3 11 -4 0 67% 0
J.Dwyer ARI -9 -71.7% 3 8 -7 0 67% 0
R.Agnew CLE -9 -116.8% 2 0 -12 0 0% 0
J.Rodgers ATL -10 -114.0% 2 1 -13 0 50% 0
L.Blount PIT -10 -114.6% 2 0 -14 0 0% 0
C.Hyde SF -11 -103.6% 2 5 -14 0 50% 0
B.Bolden NE -12 -92.8% 3 4 -14 0 33% 0
J.McKinnon MIN -14 -87.8% 3 5 -15 0 67% 0