Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2016

Regular season totals, through Week 2

Revised as of 9/20/2016

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.

  • Opponent adjustments are not applied until after Week 4 of the season. Therefore, DVOA and DYAR below are the same as VOA and YAR.
  • 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 16 rushes, 42 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
L.Murray OAK 60 1 47.3% 1 22 116 191 2 0 68% 1
M.Gordon SD 60 2 26.2% 6 38 159 245 3 0 55% 9
D.Williams PIT 50 3 11.7% 13 58 237 293 2 0 57% 8
M.Forte NYJ 48 4 15.2% 10 52 196 254 3 0 42% 25
D.Woodhead SD 39 5 46.8% 2 19 116 125 0 0 63% 2
I.Crowell CLE 37 6 26.7% 5 30 195 149 2 0 40% 28
A.Abdullah DET 34 7 38.5% 3 18 101 118 0 0 61% 3
Da.Johnson ARI 28 8 15.2% 9 28 134 148 1 0 46% 19
M.Jones WAS 27 9 29.2% 4 20 85 104 1 0 60% 4
S.Ware KC 26 10 21.2% 8 21 127 119 1 1 52% 13
R.Mathews PHI 20 11 4.9% 18 31 109 162 3 0 55% 11
C.Michael SEA 20 12 9.1% 14 25 126 131 0 0 60% 4
C.J.Anderson DEN 20 13 2.2% 19 40 166 193 2 0 45% 23
J.Stewart CAR 20 14 15.0% 11 20 73 105 0 0 55% 10
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
F.Gore IND 19 15 7.4% 16 27 103 133 0 0 59% 6
T.Riddick DET 19 16 22.1% 7 18 82 84 1 0 50% 14
C.Johnson ARI 18 17 14.5% 12 17 56 98 1 0 53% 12
D.Freeman ATL 17 18 6.3% 17 28 113 128 0 0 50% 14
M.Ingram NO 14 19 8.4% 15 21 88 94 0 0 48% 18
F.Whittaker CAR 7 20 2.1% 20 19 113 70 0 1 42% 26
T.Coleman ATL 6 21 -0.7% 21 20 68 74 1 0 30% 39
E.Elliott DAL 4 22 -6.4% 23 41 136 167 2 2 49% 17
E.Lacy GB 3 23 -5.8% 22 26 111 105 0 0 46% 20
J.Forsett BAL -1 24 -9.6% 24 24 78 75 0 0 42% 27
C.Hyde SF -2 25 -10.1% 25 37 124 119 2 1 38% 34
T.West BAL -4 26 -12.7% 27 23 74 73 0 0 39% 31
R.Jennings NYG -5 27 -12.7% 26 31 102 101 0 0 45% 21
J.Langford CHI -6 28 -13.1% 28 28 86 102 2 1 57% 7
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Martin TB -7 29 -14.4% 30 25 85 89 0 0 36% 36
L.McCoy BUF -7 30 -13.5% 29 31 117 109 1 0 45% 21
S.Vereen NYG -7 31 -16.9% 32 20 80 65 0 1 50% 14
T.J.Yeldon JAC -9 32 -16.6% 31 28 67 85 1 0 43% 24
D.Sproles PHI -9 33 -24.9% 35 17 52 34 0 0 29% 40
D.Murray TEN -11 34 -19.1% 33 25 131 72 1 1 40% 28
J.Hill CIN -12 35 -25.2% 36 20 53 43 1 0 25% 41
S.Draughn SF -13 36 -30.3% 39 16 39 31 1 0 31% 38
L.Blount NE -23 37 -20.7% 34 51 193 123 2 2 35% 37
T.Gurley LARM -26 38 -27.0% 37 36 98 79 0 0 39% 32
A.Foster MIA -29 39 -56.7% 42 16 47 5 0 1 25% 41
T.Rawls SEA -30 40 -46.7% 41 19 25 19 0 0 37% 35
L.Miller HOU -36 41 -27.1% 38 53 189 108 0 1 40% 30
A.Peterson MIN -40 42 -42.5% 40 31 50 37 0 0 39% 33

RUSHING, OTHERS: 3-15 rushes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
B.Powell NYJ 23 66.7% 5 43 63 0 0
J.Richard OAK 22 54.1% 10 101 66 1 0
K.Barner PHI 18 51.3% 6 44 56 0 0
R.Turbin IND 14 49.1% 4 14 42 1 0
J.Howard CHI 13 54.8% 3 22 38 0 0
C.Thompson WAS 9 19.3% 6 24 44 1 0
A.Morris DAL 9 4.9% 12 42 70 1 0
D.Washington OAK 7 5.5% 11 60 52 0 0
D.Robinson JAC 7 21.1% 4 14 30 0 0
W.Smallwood PHI 6 45.1% 3 17 20 0 0
G.Bernard CIN 6 7.6% 10 42 39 0 0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.White NE 4 18.1% 5 23 20 0 0
Dw.Washington DET 2 -1.2% 6 32 32 1 0
D.Henry TEN 0 -8.3% 14 43 61 0 0
F.Toussaint PIT 0 -8.7% 4 10 13 0 0
T.Hightower NO 0 -9.9% 7 18 28 0 0
D.Booker DEN -1 -9.9% 12 54 46 0 1
A.Blue HOU -1 -12.7% 6 15 21 0 0
J.Kuhn NO -1 -18.7% 3 6 10 0 0
K.Farrow SD -2 -19.8% 4 13 10 0 0
L.Dunbar DAL -2 -30.7% 3 6 4 0 0
C.West KC -2 -16.0% 9 60 24 0 0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Tolbert CAR -2 -14.2% 11 31 34 0 0
Du.Johnson CLE -3 -28.9% 6 34 7 0 0
K.Carey CHI -3 -29.8% 3 7 7 0 0
J.McKinnon MIN -4 -82.0% 3 8 -1 0 0
J.Ferguson IND -7 -67.3% 3 5 -1 0 0
M.Asiata MIN -9 -33.4% 10 27 16 0 0
R.Bush BUF -10 -109.7% 3 -4 -8 0 0
M.Davis SF -11 -119.7% 3 1 -10 0 0
C.Sims TB -12 -33.2% 13 33 23 0 0
J.Ajayi MIA -22 -117.3% 5 14 -18 0 1
J.Starks GB -38 -90.4% 11 10 -21 0 0

RECEIVING: Minimum 6 passes, 31 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
S.Ware KC 76 1 98.4% 1 11 177 205 0 82% 0
D.Murray TEN 53 2 55.2% 4 14 91 165 2 86% 0
T.Coleman ATL 44 3 79.8% 2 8 120 125 0 88% 0
T.Riddick DET 43 4 79.3% 3 10 91 123 1 90% 0
Da.Johnson ARI 39 5 50.8% 7 11 141 125 0 64% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 32 6 51.4% 5 10 72 102 0 70% 0
G.Bernard CIN 30 7 25.0% 9 15 106 117 1 73% 0
C.Thompson WAS 21 8 51.3% 6 6 73 65 0 83% 0
J.Ferguson IND 17 9 30.0% 8 7 55 61 0 100% 0
M.Forte NYJ 15 10 16.3% 11 10 68 66 0 70% 0
C.J.Anderson DEN 14 11 13.9% 13 10 66 65 1 70% 0
L.Murray OAK 13 12 13.4% 14 8 57 62 0 88% 0
M.Ingram NO 12 13 24.0% 10 6 46 46 0 100% 0
F.Gore IND 9 14 6.5% 15 9 38 51 1 78% 0
T.Rawls SEA 9 15 15.4% 12 6 41 41 0 100% 0
S.Vereen NYG 7 16 1.3% 16 8 47 47 0 75% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
C.Sims TB 7 17 -0.9% 17 8 36 52 1 75% 0
D.Woodhead SD 5 18 -3.1% 18 8 35 43 1 75% 0
J.Forsett BAL -2 19 -18.2% 20 8 24 33 0 75% 0
J.White NE -2 20 -17.6% 19 11 50 36 0 64% 0
L.Miller HOU -3 21 -20.8% 21 6 25 20 0 100% 0
T.Cadet NO -8 22 -26.1% 22 10 31 29 1 50% 0
D.Sproles PHI -8 23 -37.2% 26 7 32 8 0 57% 0
C.West KC -9 24 -34.0% 25 8 26 13 0 88% 0
C.Hyde SF -9 25 -41.4% 27 6 23 5 0 83% 0
L.McCoy BUF -10 26 -32.4% 24 9 43 18 0 89% 0
D.Williams PIT -12 27 -27.3% 23 14 66 38 1 71% 0
J.Langford CHI -13 28 -67.0% 29 6 12 -9 0 50% 0
B.Powell NYJ -20 29 -67.5% 30 6 8 -15 0 50% 0
T.J.Yeldon JAC -38 30 -59.7% 28 15 40 -19 0 80% 0
C.Michael SEA -42 31 -126.1% 31 8 33 -59 0 63% 1

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 3-5 passes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
A.Abdullah DET 41 114.5% 5 57 109 1 100% 0
D.Henry TEN 28 110.7% 3 50 73 0 100% 0
J.Ajayi MIA 19 68.6% 4 31 55 0 100% 0
L.Dunbar DAL 18 106.8% 4 42 48 0 75% 0
J.Richard OAK 15 57.7% 3 21 45 0 100% 0
I.Crowell CLE 13 72.3% 3 31 39 0 100% 0
K.Juszczyk BAL 9 20.1% 5 29 39 0 60% 0
A.Ellington ARI 9 41.1% 3 17 29 0 100% 0
A.Foster MIA 5 7.1% 5 62 28 0 60% 0
M.Gordon SD 5 20.5% 3 18 19 0 100% 0
D.Martin TB 4 0.4% 5 34 30 0 100% 0
R.Turbin IND 0 -15.1% 3 15 10 0 67% 0
F.Whittaker CAR 0 -14.9% 5 35 21 0 80% 0
D.Freeman ATL -1 -21.7% 4 20 10 0 100% 0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
J.Hill CIN -2 -19.5% 5 37 20 0 60% 0
J.Grimes HOU -4 -33.7% 3 13 6 0 33% 0
E.Lacy GB -5 -44.2% 3 17 2 0 33% 0
J.Kuhn NO -6 -40.4% 3 8 4 0 67% 0
R.Jennings NYG -6 -44.2% 4 16 2 0 75% 0
B.Cunningham LARM -8 -79.3% 3 14 -8 0 67% 0
J.Stewart CAR -13 -76.4% 3 7 -12 0 67% 0
T.West BAL -13 -52.2% 5 21 -3 0 60% 0
S.Draughn SF -13 -89.4% 3 18 -15 0 67% 1
E.Elliott DAL -14 -71.0% 4 5 -11 0 75% 0
T.Gurley LARM -15 -78.9% 4 14 -14 0 50% 0
J.McKinnon MIN -15 -103.2% 3 2 -19 0 67% 0
A.Peterson MIN -27 -114.4% 5 7 -36 0 40% 0