Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2016

Regular season totals, through Week 12

Revised as of 11/29/2016

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 96 rushes, 31 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
E.Elliott DAL 295 1 277 1 19.2% 2 17.5% 243 1,201 1,395 11 3 58% 1
L.McCoy BUF 192 2 98 10 23.1% 1 7.6% 157 821 837 10 3 46% 17
J.Ajayi MIA 175 3 165 2 18.6% 3 17.1% 161 847 836 7 1 44% 22
L.Bell PIT 151 4 125 5 16.5% 4 12.1% 151 703 763 3 2 52% 8
Da.Johnson ARI 143 5 136 3 6.9% 11 6.1% 210 921 1,025 10 2 49% 12
C.Hyde SF 128 6 36 23 12.1% 9 -2.8% 153 597 744 6 2 47% 14
I.Crowell CLE 118 7 37 22 12.3% 8 -2.0% 145 605 679 5 1 40% 29
L.Murray OAK 117 8 110 8 12.4% 7 11.1% 120 471 671 9 0 53% 5
M.Ingram NO 111 9 123 6 11.5% 10 13.7% 136 721 654 3 2 52% 6
R.Kelley WAS 96 10 71 15 14.2% 5 8.2% 98 461 520 4 0 54% 3
M.Jones WAS 96 11 53 19 13.3% 6 3.4% 99 461 536 3 3 54% 4
D.Freeman ATL 93 12 112 7 4.7% 13 7.5% 161 729 748 5 0 48% 13
F.Gore IND 89 13 73 14 2.6% 17 0.6% 179 674 827 5 1 49% 10
S.Ware KC 85 14 91 11 4.7% 15 5.7% 149 705 686 2 3 52% 7
L.Blount NE 83 15 74 13 0.9% 19 -0.1% 212 869 893 12 2 44% 23
J.Howard CHI 82 16 103 9 4.7% 14 8.0% 149 766 667 2 1 46% 19
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.Hill CIN 80 17 88 12 4.0% 16 5.3% 147 644 673 6 0 45% 21
M.Forte NYJ 76 18 9 26 0.6% 20 -7.5% 202 759 833 7 1 40% 28
T.Hightower NO 67 19 44 20 6.2% 12 1.0% 103 417 502 1 0 47% 15
C.Michael 2TM 50 20 55 18 0.9% 18 1.8% 118 473 536 6 1 49% 11
D.Murray TEN 41 21 127 4 -4.4% 22 4.2% 229 1,050 918 9 3 49% 9
R.Mathews PHI 21 22 65 16 -4.0% 21 6.1% 102 423 416 7 2 55% 2
J.Stewart CAR 5 23 37 21 -7.7% 23 -1.9% 127 462 486 7 1 46% 18
R.Jennings NYG 3 24 -20 28 -8.0% 24 -12.9% 115 395 415 2 0 43% 26
C.J.Anderson DEN -1 25 14 25 -8.8% 25 -5.6% 110 437 391 4 0 39% 30
L.Miller HOU -6 26 34 24 -9.3% 26 -4.5% 211 885 719 3 2 46% 16
M.Gordon SD -30 27 61 17 -11.6% 27 -2.5% 234 908 819 9 2 43% 24
T.West BAL -46 28 -20 27 -16.1% 28 -11.8% 153 600 454 4 2 43% 25
J.McKinnon MIN -48 29 -72 31 -19.8% 31 -25.4% 106 316 290 1 0 39% 31
D.Booker DEN -50 30 -21 29 -17.6% 30 -12.3% 128 475 401 2 2 45% 20
T.Gurley LARM -65 31 -66 30 -16.5% 29 -16.5% 200 642 607 4 2 41% 27

RUSHING, OTHERS: 18-95 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Gillislee BUF 139 132 46.2% 43.6% 56 326 442 4 0
B.Powell NYJ 126 98 53.2% 39.3% 48 300 381 1 0
D.Sproles PHI 72 61 18.8% 14.8% 66 325 342 0 0
E.Lacy GB 68 65 14.8% 13.8% 71 360 360 0 0
T.Coleman ATL 62 59 13.1% 12.0% 67 243 345 6 0
C.Thompson WAS 60 54 19.0% 15.9% 55 259 286 1 1
D.Henry TEN 59 78 11.2% 17.9% 70 312 350 2 0
J.Richard OAK 50 41 17.9% 13.0% 53 304 245 1 0
Du.Johnson CLE 49 38 15.8% 10.4% 56 271 251 1 1
K.Barner PHI 45 42 39.4% 36.1% 24 123 154 2 0
J.Rodgers TB 44 61 3.7% 8.5% 88 393 379 1 0
D.Woodhead SD 43 39 52.1% 46.4% 19 116 131 0 0
W.Smallwood PHI 40 21 6.2% -0.7% 66 292 297 1 1
C.J.Prosise SEA 39 20 20.7% 6.4% 31 172 179 1 0
Da.Williams MIA 38 40 30.6% 32.0% 24 102 146 3 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Blue HOU 33 45 8.9% 15.3% 46 225 214 0 1
K.Drake MIA 29 34 36.2% 42.7% 18 88 104 1 0
R.Turbin IND 27 29 15.6% 17.5% 21 72 140 2 0
G.Bernard CIN 26 28 -1.8% -1.2% 91 337 366 2 0
D.Washington OAK 24 20 0.7% -1.0% 63 302 264 0 1
J.White NE 20 22 10.1% 11.9% 28 112 124 0 0
J.Langford CHI 17 9 0.8% -3.4% 40 146 180 3 1
A.Abdullah DET 15 32 11.4% 36.1% 18 101 86 0 0
C.Johnson ARI 14 21 4.2% 10.4% 25 95 116 1 0
A.Morris DAL 13 25 -3.7% 0.6% 60 220 253 2 0
O.Darkwa NYG 12 22 2.0% 10.6% 30 111 118 2 0
C.Artis-Payne CAR 12 22 -0.6% 6.3% 36 144 149 2 0
K.Carey CHI 9 -2 0.0% -10.0% 28 115 109 0 0
A.Ripkowski GB 9 16 0.8% 8.6% 19 73 92 1 0
T.Riddick DET 6 17 -6.8% -3.7% 88 355 308 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Asiata MIN 4 1 -7.6% -8.4% 90 287 386 5 0
K.Bibbs DEN 4 4 -5.1% -5.0% 24 80 94 0 0
B.Cunningham LARM 2 -7 -6.5% -17.4% 20 102 69 0 1
S.Vereen NYG 1 12 -8.1% 0.4% 31 147 114 1 1
D.Robinson JAC 0 5 -8.6% -2.5% 20 74 73 0 0
D.Harris SF -4 -7 -12.0% -14.6% 32 131 98 0 0
P.Barber TB -8 6 -12.9% -5.6% 48 198 153 1 0
A.Ellington ARI -9 -8 -18.1% -17.1% 22 73 66 0 0
D.Williams PIT -9 29 -11.4% 0.7% 75 276 253 3 0
K.Dixon BAL -9 -3 -14.0% -10.1% 40 150 128 0 0
J.Williams BUF -9 -7 -19.3% -16.9% 20 73 59 1 1
T.Montgomery GB -9 4 -16.5% -4.9% 29 147 87 0 1
P.Perkins NYG -11 -11 -15.4% -15.3% 43 147 119 0 0
R.Hillman MIN -14 -5 -28.5% -15.4% 18 50 38 0 0
T.Rawls SEA -16 -20 -17.2% -19.0% 44 120 137 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.Draughn SF -17 -31 -25.4% -39.6% 27 71 58 1 0
F.Whittaker CAR -23 -1 -22.5% -9.2% 43 205 106 0 1
M.Davis SF -25 -24 -34.9% -34.2% 19 50 41 1 1
A.Foster MIA -25 -41 -34.8% -51.9% 22 55 41 0 1
J.Forsett BAL -28 -15 -32.5% -20.9% 31 98 55 0 0
Dw.Washington DET -30 -37 -24.4% -28.5% 46 127 113 1 0
A.Peterson MIN -34 -42 -37.0% -44.1% 31 50 48 0 0
Z.Zenner DET -35 -36 -28.5% -29.1% 37 110 94 1 0
C.West KC -36 -32 -26.7% -24.5% 51 191 112 0 0
M.Tolbert CAR -38 -28 -44.5% -35.0% 25 53 30 0 0
T.J.Yeldon JAC -41 -41 -20.1% -20.2% 89 318 238 1 2
D.Martin TB -43 -63 -20.3% -25.7% 88 268 249 1 1
J.Starks GB -51 -45 -31.0% -28.2% 56 147 113 0 0
C.Sims TB -54 -49 -40.0% -37.5% 41 116 60 1 1
C.Ivory JAC -93 -86 -33.4% -31.5% 93 350 172 2 4

RECEIVING: Minimum 24 passes, 40 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
Da.Johnson ARI 186 1 171 1 25.3% 5 22.1% 84 613 724 3 65% 0
J.White NE 133 2 96 6 24.9% 6 14.3% 62 375 520 4 69% 0
M.Ingram NO 121 3 123 3 43.2% 4 43.9% 36 248 403 4 83% 0
S.Ware KC 110 4 139 2 51.8% 2 69.0% 30 372 348 1 80% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 104 5 85 8 17.9% 9 12.0% 61 410 449 0 74% 0
G.Bernard CIN 103 6 81 10 22.9% 8 15.3% 51 337 412 1 76% 1
T.Coleman ATL 98 7 99 5 53.1% 1 53.4% 26 334 305 1 81% 0
E.Elliott DAL 97 8 90 7 49.3% 3 44.7% 29 303 311 1 83% 0
D.Freeman ATL 87 9 67 13 23.0% 7 14.5% 42 269 347 2 79% 0
M.Gordon SD 80 10 116 4 16.3% 11 29.6% 50 365 356 2 74% 0
T.Riddick DET 77 11 80 11 9.4% 16 10.1% 61 356 398 4 79% 0
L.Bell PIT 74 12 85 9 4.1% 17 6.5% 70 437 451 1 81% 1
I.Crowell CLE 64 13 69 12 14.7% 12 17.1% 40 294 293 0 80% 0
T.Montgomery GB 56 14 60 14 10.7% 15 12.4% 36 252 281 0 83% 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
L.McCoy BUF 50 15 32 21 12.3% 13 2.9% 32 160 238 1 84% 0
D.Sproles PHI 42 16 45 17 0.8% 18 1.7% 55 354 295 1 71% 0
J.Richard OAK 37 17 42 19 17.6% 10 22.1% 26 174 160 1 81% 0
C.Hyde SF 34 18 3 28 11.2% 14 -11.4% 25 119 169 1 88% 0
C.Thompson WAS 31 19 57 15 -0.3% 19 11.1% 43 248 225 1 84% 0
D.Murray TEN 23 20 43 18 -6.4% 25 0.2% 54 309 261 3 83% 0
J.Howard CHI 23 21 39 20 -2.1% 20 6.4% 37 242 187 1 59% 1
T.Gurley LARM 20 22 10 27 -5.3% 24 -9.5% 39 241 207 0 77% 0
F.Gore IND 20 23 46 16 -4.4% 22 8.2% 36 204 191 3 81% 0
K.Juszczyk BAL 20 24 -14 33 -4.8% 23 -20.1% 35 188 191 0 74% 0
J.Ferguson IND 14 25 2 29 -3.5% 21 -12.3% 25 136 127 0 80% 0
B.Powell NYJ 12 26 -9 32 -9.6% 27 -17.1% 52 247 232 1 73% 1
F.Whittaker CAR 12 27 21 22 -6.7% 26 -0.9% 30 187 144 0 77% 0
M.Asiata MIN 6 28 14 24 -9.9% 28 -4.3% 27 171 118 0 81% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
L.Murray OAK 2 29 14 25 -13.0% 29 -6.5% 33 205 135 0 79% 0
M.Forte NYJ -2 30 -18 35 -14.9% 30 -21.7% 38 202 157 1 68% 0
C.J.Anderson DEN -5 31 15 23 -17.3% 31 -2.6% 24 128 85 1 67% 0
R.Jennings NYG -8 32 -2 30 -19.4% 33 -15.0% 28 143 92 0 79% 0
T.J.Yeldon JAC -9 33 11 26 -17.5% 32 -9.4% 45 220 160 1 78% 0
T.West BAL -11 34 -29 38 -21.1% 34 -33.0% 25 104 85 0 64% 0
T.Cadet NO -15 35 -7 31 -21.7% 35 -17.4% 31 134 107 1 68% 0
J.Starks GB -19 36 -30 39 -27.1% 36 -34.5% 26 128 63 2 73% 1
C.West KC -30 37 -28 37 -33.2% 38 -31.5% 28 127 41 0 79% 0
D.Booker DEN -31 38 -19 36 -36.6% 39 -28.0% 25 141 33 0 72% 1
C.Michael SEA -34 39 -42 40 -39.3% 40 -44.9% 26 98 25 1 77% 1
L.Miller HOU -37 40 -14 34 -31.3% 37 -20.6% 35 151 76 1 77% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 8-23 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
T.Hightower NO 70 70 42.0% 42.5% 19 166 234 1 84% 0
C.J.Prosise SEA 56 73 48.5% 67.2% 19 208 180 0 89% 0
J.Olawale OAK 50 68 67.4% 95.9% 11 197 148 1 82% 0
M.Jones WAS 42 38 70.6% 62.8% 8 73 123 0 100% 0
C.Sims TB 39 26 20.3% 8.5% 19 112 163 1 74% 0
R.Bush BUF 39 39 48.1% 48.6% 10 90 124 0 70% 0
Da.Williams MIA 37 40 23.5% 26.5% 19 166 149 2 74% 0
D.Henry TEN 33 31 48.5% 44.9% 11 107 103 0 82% 0
L.Dunbar DAL 24 14 33.6% 13.3% 11 71 86 0 73% 0
T.Rawls SEA 24 14 29.9% 12.2% 11 72 88 0 82% 0
D.Harris SF 22 38 36.6% 73.4% 8 101 77 1 88% 1
P.DiMarco ATL 22 20 34.9% 30.4% 8 46 77 1 75% 0
Z.Zenner DET 20 18 35.2% 30.5% 8 69 70 0 75% 0
R.Mathews PHI 19 29 10.2% 23.0% 11 94 95 1 100% 0
D.Woodhead SD 17 8 22.3% 3.3% 8 35 67 1 75% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
B.Rainey NYG 16 15 0.3% -0.5% 21 133 116 0 81% 0
J.Hill CIN 15 16 -0.5% 0.3% 19 123 114 0 79% 0
P.Perkins NYG 15 17 1.6% 4.3% 18 153 98 0 72% 0
A.Smith TB 14 15 14.5% 16.3% 9 77 63 0 67% 0
S.Draughn SF 13 19 -4.0% 1.1% 23 152 120 2 78% 1
D.Martin TB 12 11 5.2% 3.7% 13 92 71 0 85% 0
W.Smallwood PHI 9 -2 6.5% -17.5% 10 55 52 0 60% 0
J.Kuhn NO 9 5 -3.9% -8.1% 14 48 82 1 79% 0
J.Rodgers TB 8 3 0.4% -8.4% 12 58 59 0 75% 0
K.Drake MIA 6 7 -1.6% 0.9% 8 39 46 0 88% 0
D.Lewis NE 5 6 -6.1% -4.9% 12 60 62 0 58% 0
A.Foster MIA 3 -3 -7.5% -20.4% 10 78 45 0 60% 0
A.Ellington ARI 1 1 -10.9% -11.5% 13 58 16 0 62% 0
K.Dixon BAL -4 -8 -18.7% -22.8% 18 79 55 0 78% 0
D.Washington OAK -9 -10 -22.5% -24.4% 17 72 49 0 76% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
J.Ajayi MIA -10 -11 -21.3% -22.2% 21 87 71 0 76% 0
D.Williams PIT -10 -29 -21.0% -35.4% 23 91 76 1 65% 0
R.Turbin IND -10 -14 -24.4% -28.3% 20 95 48 0 80% 0
B.Cunningham LARM -12 -18 -23.9% -29.9% 21 91 58 0 76% 0
C.Ivory JAC -12 9 -23.8% -6.8% 21 117 62 0 76% 0
J.Forsett BAL -12 -30 -29.0% -51.9% 15 36 39 0 80% 0
S.Vereen NYG -13 -17 -33.9% -38.6% 13 75 20 0 62% 1
R.Kelley WAS -18 -22 -47.3% -55.2% 8 4 1 1 50% 0
M.Tolbert CAR -18 -16 -50.8% -47.9% 10 44 -2 0 70% 0
J.Langford CHI -22 -15 -38.1% -29.9% 20 78 19 0 65% 0
D.McCluster SD -26 -15 -56.9% -39.5% 11 36 -10 0 64% 0
C.Spiller 2TM -26 -27 -61.7% -64.6% 11 43 -15 1 45% 1
M.Gillislee BUF -29 -17 -72.2% -48.2% 10 40 -24 1 80% 0
J.Stewart CAR -38 -31 -65.9% -56.4% 12 40 -26 0 33% 0
J.McKinnon MIN -38 -46 -42.8% -48.9% 22 88 15 0 68% 0