Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 7

Revised as of 10/21/2014

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.
  • Opponent adjustments are currently at 70 percent strength and will gradually rise until after Week 10.

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

RUSHING: Minimum 56 rushes, 35 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Murray DAL 208 1 192 1 18.2% 4 16.3% 187 917 1,003 7 3 55% 4
R.Jennings NYG 127 2 85 4 22.7% 2 12.4% 91 396 555 2 0 54% 7
M.Lynch SEA 107 3 84 5 19.3% 3 13.5% 97 420 501 4 0 48% 17
J.Forsett BAL 89 4 117 2 15.5% 5 23.2% 87 503 461 3 0 45% 22
C.Ivory NYJ 76 5 68 9 10.7% 8 8.8% 88 431 461 3 1 52% 11
L.Miller MIA 75 6 78 7 11.2% 7 12.0% 81 391 445 4 2 63% 1
L.Bell PIT 69 7 100 3 6.2% 12 12.6% 117 599 517 1 0 50% 15
B.Oliver SD 68 8 70 8 14.5% 6 15.3% 72 316 364 2 0 54% 6
J.McKinnon MIN 68 9 50 12 22.8% 1 14.5% 60 310 295 0 0 42% 28
A.Foster HOU 64 10 83 6 4.1% 15 7.7% 126 615 543 5 2 48% 18
M.Forte CHI 45 11 38 15 0.4% 17 -1.0% 111 450 507 3 1 51% 12
K.Robinson NO 45 12 63 10 7.6% 10 14.1% 64 330 313 2 1 61% 2
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.Charles KC 44 13 60 11 8.5% 9 14.6% 64 290 293 2 1 56% 3
B.Tate CLE 42 14 42 14 7.3% 11 7.6% 69 278 294 2 0 41% 29
F.Gore SF 37 15 28 19 -0.1% 19 -2.1% 102 423 435 1 0 51% 13
D.McFadden OAK 37 16 30 18 4.0% 16 1.6% 74 279 311 2 0 43% 25
T.West CLE 36 17 34 17 5.5% 14 4.6% 59 243 282 2 0 53% 10
B.Sankey TEN 36 18 49 13 5.6% 13 10.7% 66 267 276 1 0 48% 16
E.Lacy GB 32 19 11 24 -0.1% 18 -5.5% 92 369 371 5 2 43% 24
S.Jackson ATL 25 20 34 16 -0.9% 20 2.2% 76 286 314 2 0 53% 9
A.Morris WAS 23 21 -15 28 -3.9% 23 -11.6% 115 445 450 3 2 45% 21
A.Bradshaw IND 19 22 26 20 -2.3% 21 0.0% 70 337 290 1 2 54% 5
K.Davis KC 15 23 -4 27 -3.8% 22 -9.9% 83 367 296 3 2 37% 33
M.Asiata MIN 4 24 16 21 -7.1% 24 -2.8% 70 250 250 3 1 47% 19
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
Z.Stacy STL -4 25 1 26 -10.3% 25 -8.1% 61 245 214 1 2 51% 14
C.Johnson NYJ -5 26 3 25 -10.8% 26 -7.3% 64 261 204 1 1 42% 26
G.Bernard CIN -10 27 14 22 -11.1% 27 -5.1% 93 401 327 4 0 38% 32
A.Ellington ARI -12 28 -23 29 -11.7% 28 -14.6% 105 396 311 1 1 42% 27
A.Williams NYG -21 29 -32 31 -14.6% 30 -17.5% 88 279 272 2 0 34% 34
S.Ridley NE -23 30 12 23 -14.0% 29 -5.6% 94 340 323 2 0 53% 8
T.Richardson IND -29 31 -30 30 -15.4% 31 -15.8% 101 359 313 2 2 47% 20
C.J.Spiller BUF -38 32 -46 34 -22.7% 33 -25.9% 69 290 168 0 2 39% 31
D.Brown SD -43 33 -86 35 -28.6% 35 -48.4% 59 126 116 0 0 22% 35
L.McCoy PHI -47 34 -37 32 -19.2% 32 -16.9% 116 424 306 1 1 41% 30
J.Bell DET -64 35 -42 33 -25.8% 34 -20.0% 84 275 215 3 2 44% 23

RUSHING, OTHERS: 11-55 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Hill CIN 55 74 23.5% 34.2% 40 170 239 3 0
J.Starks GB 48 34 18.7% 10.6% 42 188 230 1 0
I.Crowell CLE 47 46 14.7% 13.8% 51 255 252 4 2
J.Randle DAL 46 40 55.9% 47.5% 18 120 135 0 0
M.Ingram NO 45 48 23.5% 25.3% 34 159 195 3 0
A.Smith ATL 43 44 54.9% 56.8% 16 136 128 2 1
J.Thompson DEN 37 36 39.3% 37.9% 17 83 126 1 0
T.Mason STL 37 21 27.0% 11.8% 23 125 148 1 1
B.Rainey TB 34 26 6.9% 3.3% 54 262 246 1 1
L.Blount PIT 34 46 9.9% 16.8% 44 222 213 2 0
D.Sproles PHI 33 34 19.3% 19.8% 32 205 155 3 2
R.Helu WAS 31 26 21.3% 16.5% 25 134 141 1 0
K.Moreno MIA 31 41 13.7% 20.8% 31 148 171 1 0
P.Thomas NO 30 31 15.9% 16.9% 30 134 155 2 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
B.Cunningham STL 29 27 10.9% 9.5% 36 136 176 2 0
F.Jackson BUF 27 20 3.1% 0.2% 55 239 239 1 0
R.Hillman DEN 23 -7 1.6% -11.6% 55 240 230 2 1
D.Robinson JAC 22 47 2.8% 16.0% 50 221 201 1 0
C.J.Anderson DEN 21 19 34.8% 30.4% 13 64 77 0 0
S.Vereen NE 20 27 3.0% 6.8% 53 259 184 1 0
D.Thomas MIA 19 23 32.0% 39.6% 14 75 72 0 0
K.Carey CHI 19 23 13.1% 17.9% 22 97 107 0 0
De.Williams CAR 17 11 7.9% 2.4% 25 106 116 0 0
D.Herron IND 9 18 10.4% 29.0% 13 62 57 0 0
C.Ogbonnaya CAR 8 11 6.8% 12.0% 12 36 61 1 0
P.Hillis NYG 7 4 0.9% -3.0% 21 91 75 0 0
A.Dixon BUF 7 16 -1.2% 8.7% 27 137 91 0 0
L.Taliaferro BAL 6 29 -5.4% 6.1% 44 199 181 2 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
B.Powell NYJ 6 7 4.8% 7.5% 12 50 47 0 0
R.Mathews SD 6 -17 -3.5% -23.5% 23 74 104 1 1
J.Rodgers ATL 3 11 -5.0% 2.7% 22 91 88 1 1
S.Taylor ARI 3 1 -4.3% -7.3% 18 63 73 1 0
G.Winn DET 3 -1 -4.5% -10.2% 16 64 71 0 0
S.Johnson JAC 2 8 -6.2% -0.4% 20 64 86 2 0
R.Turbin SEA 2 -1 -6.6% -10.0% 19 71 74 0 0
C.Hyde SF 1 -1 -7.8% -9.0% 48 161 163 2 0
S.Greene TEN 1 24 -8.0% 5.7% 44 190 146 1 0
A.Peterson MIN -1 -4 -9.9% -13.9% 21 75 63 0 0
Dam.Williams MIA -2 -6 -12.2% -19.1% 13 38 43 0 0
R.Bush DET -4 -6 -10.4% -11.5% 49 171 163 1 0
B.Pierce BAL -5 -3 -10.6% -9.7% 55 193 197 2 1
J.Dwyer ARI -6 -3 -19.1% -13.2% 16 51 41 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Woodhead SD -9 -22 -22.8% -43.2% 15 38 40 0 0
D.Martin TB -9 -11 -13.7% -14.9% 48 139 141 1 0
D.Freeman ATL -12 -18 -22.3% -28.4% 23 99 57 0 1
A.Blue HOU -14 -13 -16.0% -15.3% 47 179 138 0 0
J.Stewart CAR -14 -30 -16.1% -24.5% 43 143 138 1 0
D.McCluster TEN -18 -6 -28.5% -15.3% 22 75 49 0 0
M.Jones-Drew OAK -21 -27 -39.4% -47.6% 17 59 25 0 1
L.Dunbar DAL -27 -25 -59.9% -56.2% 15 39 2 0 0
B.Bolden NE -32 -36 -62.5% -68.5% 15 25 -1 0 0
M.Ball DEN -37 -31 -25.2% -22.5% 55 172 132 1 1
D.Reaves CAR -40 -37 -38.6% -36.5% 31 76 50 0 0
M.Tolbert CAR -46 -55 -82.9% -97.0% 14 10 -21 0 0
T.Gerhart JAC -67 -60 -37.4% -34.5% 48 123 91 1 1

RECEIVING: Minimum 14 passes, 39 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
A.Bradshaw IND 150 1 141 1 65.3% 2 60.8% 30 212 445 6 80% 0
M.Forte CHI 119 2 136 2 21.6% 9 26.4% 62 436 487 2 84% 0
L.Bell PIT 119 3 113 3 37.0% 5 34.7% 43 339 412 1 84% 0
A.Smith ATL 90 4 93 4 92.1% 1 95.7% 14 219 246 3 86% 0
P.Thomas NO 70 5 72 5 30.8% 8 31.9% 29 204 258 1 90% 0
T.Richardson IND 66 6 44 11 35.1% 6 18.9% 24 173 231 0 79% 0
M.Lynch SEA 63 7 55 8 43.7% 4 36.2% 20 145 208 3 80% 0
A.Ellington ARI 61 8 39 12 12.8% 14 3.4% 37 260 289 1 68% 0
R.Helu WAS 56 9 60 6 34.0% 7 37.2% 23 249 201 0 87% 0
B.Oliver SD 55 10 57 7 58.4% 3 61.0% 15 135 168 1 93% 0
B.Cunningham STL 40 11 52 10 21.5% 10 32.1% 19 121 162 1 84% 0
T.Cadet NO 33 12 20 15 12.9% 13 2.5% 21 134 154 1 76% 1
C.J.Spiller BUF 32 13 53 9 20.2% 12 42.6% 16 109 133 1 88% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
Z.Stacy STL 28 14 34 14 20.5% 11 27.6% 16 115 118 0 75% 0
D.Freeman ATL 21 15 7 20 5.0% 15 -7.8% 23 146 124 0 83% 0
A.Foster HOU 17 16 -13 28 -3.8% 18 -21.5% 30 144 154 1 67% 0
G.Bernard CIN 16 17 -15 29 -4.9% 20 -22.4% 32 177 163 0 63% 0
D.Murray DAL 16 18 8 19 -2.2% 17 -8.0% 26 159 130 0 85% 1
D.McCluster TEN 13 19 20 16 1.7% 16 10.5% 15 97 84 0 80% 0
D.Sproles PHI 12 20 9 18 -4.4% 19 -6.8% 25 198 120 0 64% 0
E.Lacy GB 4 21 6 21 -8.7% 21 -6.9% 15 86 66 0 87% 0
C.Ivory NYJ 2 22 11 17 -11.6% 22 -2.8% 18 103 78 0 67% 0
F.Jackson BUF -6 23 34 13 -16.2% 23 0.7% 42 261 157 1 79% 1
S.Jackson ATL -8 24 -6 23 -24.2% 27 -21.5% 15 60 41 0 67% 0
D.Brown SD -11 25 -27 34 -24.5% 28 -41.2% 18 76 49 0 72% 0
L.McCoy PHI -11 26 -17 30 -24.5% 29 -30.4% 19 75 51 0 84% 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Bush DET -12 27 -9 26 -20.1% 24 -18.8% 34 164 111 0 74% 0
L.Miller MIA -13 28 -24 33 -22.7% 25 -30.4% 23 102 77 1 74% 0
J.Charles KC -13 29 -18 31 -26.6% 30 -31.8% 16 55 46 2 69% 1
B.Rainey TB -14 30 -20 32 -27.0% 31 -33.4% 22 139 42 1 73% 2
C.Johnson NYJ -15 31 -7 24 -28.8% 33 -21.0% 18 59 41 1 67% 0
J.Bell DET -16 32 -10 27 -27.4% 32 -22.6% 23 115 50 0 57% 0
S.Vereen NE -20 33 0 22 -23.5% 26 -13.9% 35 185 106 2 69% 0
M.Asiata MIN -28 34 -9 25 -33.2% 34 -19.9% 25 142 45 1 56% 0
K.Davis KC -41 35 -50 39 -64.2% 39 -74.7% 15 52 -27 0 60% 1
M.Reece OAK -47 36 -36 36 -62.8% 38 -51.2% 16 47 -28 0 50% 0
J.Forsett BAL -47 37 -33 35 -45.6% 35 -36.3% 28 118 9 0 82% 0
D.McFadden OAK -54 38 -41 37 -50.0% 36 -41.4% 25 88 -5 0 68% 0
J.McKinnon MIN -57 39 -42 38 -56.4% 37 -45.2% 26 93 -22 0 62% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 5-13 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
J.McKnight KC 49 59 103.9% 129.0% 7 64 130 2 86% 0
R.Turbin SEA 44 40 90.4% 81.1% 7 63 122 1 86% 0
L.Dunbar DAL 43 43 53.0% 54.3% 11 105 134 0 82% 0
D.Young WAS 34 43 69.0% 90.6% 7 51 100 2 86% 0
K.Juszczyk BAL 31 28 30.7% 26.6% 13 95 114 1 62% 0
W.Ta'ufo'ou JAC 31 27 71.9% 61.5% 6 62 90 0 83% 0
D.Thomas MIA 29 39 64.1% 90.5% 7 71 87 0 71% 0
T.Riddick DET 28 35 87.3% 114.6% 6 75 77 1 83% 0
T.Gerhart JAC 27 39 39.2% 63.2% 8 83 91 0 100% 0
S.Taylor ARI 22 26 34.3% 41.6% 7 40 78 2 86% 0
J.Hill CIN 22 12 25.0% 6.9% 11 103 86 0 82% 0
A.Blue HOU 21 22 50.1% 51.9% 5 37 68 1 80% 0
R.Jennings NYG 21 -2 13.4% -16.8% 13 109 97 0 85% 1
J.Stewart CAR 19 26 22.9% 35.2% 9 70 77 0 89% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
D.Woodhead SD 19 20 33.1% 35.8% 6 34 68 0 83% 0
A.Sherman KC 14 12 40.5% 33.5% 5 25 48 1 80% 0
B.Sankey TEN 13 14 25.5% 27.9% 6 39 52 0 67% 0
F.Gore SF 9 12 15.6% 23.4% 7 68 43 1 57% 0
M.Ball DEN 8 2 0.6% -10.9% 11 62 56 0 82% 0
R.Hillman DEN 6 -3 -4.1% -18.2% 13 52 59 0 62% 0
J.Todman JAC 5 5 -3.4% -3.1% 11 74 43 0 64% 0
L.Blount PIT 4 4 -4.0% -2.9% 6 25 36 0 67% 0
B.Powell NYJ 3 6 -5.7% 2.1% 7 50 33 0 71% 0
T.West CLE 1 -2 -7.3% -23.3% 5 27 17 0 100% 0
A.Morris WAS 1 -5 -11.0% -26.8% 7 39 31 0 71% 0
D.Martin TB 1 -2 -12.4% -17.4% 11 55 44 0 64% 0
J.Rodgers ATL 1 -10 -12.9% -30.0% 11 49 47 0 82% 0
S.Ridley NE -3 -6 -23.1% -32.8% 5 20 16 0 80% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
K.Robinson NO -3 -4 -23.7% -26.9% 6 26 17 0 50% 0
M.Tolbert CAR -7 -10 -28.2% -35.0% 11 59 15 0 73% 0
M.Ingram NO -9 -2 -38.1% -19.9% 8 35 8 0 75% 0
R.Agnew CLE -11 -14 -45.2% -54.7% 6 15 2 0 33% 0
D.Reaves CAR -13 -16 -41.2% -49.2% 8 31 7 0 63% 0
M.Jones-Drew OAK -14 -9 -56.2% -41.7% 6 24 -5 0 83% 0
L.Washington TEN -14 -14 -60.3% -58.8% 8 25 -8 0 75% 0
P.Hillis NYG -16 -10 -58.6% -41.2% 8 32 -8 0 50% 0
W.Johnson PIT -17 -20 -59.6% -67.7% 6 12 -9 0 33% 0
D.Robinson JAC -21 -27 -44.6% -54.1% 13 37 6 0 85% 0
F.Summers BUF -25 -18 -101.5% -77.9% 5 7 -31 0 80% 0
A.Williams NYG -27 -35 -53.0% -65.6% 11 25 -6 0 36% 0
J.Starks GB -32 -28 -62.4% -56.7% 12 31 -19 0 58% 0
C.Hyde SF -47 -43 -112.5% -103.3% 9 12 -64 0 67% 0