Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2015

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 5/16/2016

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 100 rushes, 44 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
T.Rawls SEA 216 1 224 1 26.4% 2 27.8% 147 830 880 4 1 62% 1
M.Forte CHI 192 2 147 6 12.0% 7 7.1% 218 898 1,118 4 1 48% 17
De.Williams PIT 184 3 162 2 12.1% 6 9.6% 200 907 1,065 11 3 50% 9
T.Gurley STL 170 4 124 10 10.0% 9 4.9% 229 1,102 1,065 10 3 43% 36
L.Bell PIT 162 5 127 9 28.1% 1 20.1% 113 556 643 3 0 50% 10
A.Peterson MIN 143 6 133 7 2.2% 17 1.5% 327 1,490 1,369 11 6 45% 25
L.McCoy BUF 139 7 110 14 8.8% 11 5.2% 202 895 915 3 1 47% 21
Da.Johnson ARI 133 8 149 5 15.7% 4 18.5% 125 581 688 8 2 56% 3
R.Mathews PHI 133 9 106 15 20.4% 3 14.6% 108 539 610 6 3 53% 5
G.Bernard CIN 131 10 130 8 11.8% 8 11.7% 154 730 761 2 0 49% 13
J.Langford CHI 123 11 111 13 12.7% 5 10.6% 148 537 695 6 0 47% 20
R.Jennings NYG 117 12 161 3 5.6% 13 11.0% 195 863 897 3 1 56% 4
J.Forsett BAL 117 13 101 18 9.1% 10 6.7% 151 641 759 2 0 46% 22
M.Ingram NO 108 14 120 12 6.6% 12 8.3% 166 769 788 6 1 45% 30
D.Freeman ATL 90 15 122 11 -0.5% 24 2.3% 264 1,062 1,107 11 2 46% 23
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.Hill CIN 85 16 64 25 0.1% 21 -2.0% 223 792 976 11 3 49% 12
D.McFadden DAL 83 17 103 17 -0.4% 23 1.6% 239 1,089 1,012 3 3 50% 8
D.Martin TB 81 18 150 4 -1.6% 26 4.2% 288 1,402 1,137 6 4 48% 16
L.Miller MIA 81 19 105 16 1.7% 18 4.8% 194 872 806 8 1 43% 34
C.West KC 77 20 74 22 2.8% 15 2.4% 160 634 705 4 1 45% 27
L.Blount NE 64 21 91 19 0.2% 20 3.9% 165 703 729 6 1 52% 6
A.Blue HOU 61 22 10 35 -0.2% 22 -7.2% 183 698 726 2 2 45% 29
C.Hyde SF 60 23 27 30 3.9% 14 -3.0% 115 470 509 4 1 49% 14
C.Sims TB 50 24 71 23 2.6% 16 7.4% 107 529 463 0 1 57% 2
M.Lynch SEA 47 25 54 26 1.2% 19 2.6% 111 417 495 3 0 50% 11
T.J.Yeldon JAC 39 26 31 28 -3.2% 28 -4.4% 182 740 690 2 0 42% 38
I.Crowell CLE 36 27 -21 40 -4.0% 30 -11.3% 185 706 736 4 0 41% 40
C.J.Anderson DEN 34 28 70 24 -3.2% 27 2.6% 152 720 591 5 2 41% 41
L.Murray OAK 32 29 27 29 -5.6% 32 -6.0% 266 1,066 965 6 3 39% 43
B.Allen BAL 31 30 0 38 -3.2% 29 -8.6% 137 518 549 1 2 47% 19
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
Du.Johnson CLE 30 31 9 37 -1.4% 25 -6.5% 104 379 411 0 0 45% 26
C.Johnson ARI 26 32 24 31 -5.4% 31 -5.5% 196 812 735 3 2 47% 18
J.Stewart CAR 23 33 78 20 -6.2% 34 -0.5% 242 988 869 6 3 43% 33
R.Hillman DEN 21 34 75 21 -6.2% 33 0.1% 207 863 777 7 2 45% 28
E.Lacy GB 3 35 42 27 -8.3% 35 -3.3% 187 758 688 3 3 49% 15
F.Gore IND 0 36 -65 43 -8.6% 36 -14.7% 260 968 917 6 4 40% 42
A.Abdullah DET -2 37 21 33 -8.9% 37 -5.0% 143 597 505 2 4 51% 7
A.Andrews TEN -6 38 -17 39 -9.5% 38 -11.4% 143 520 523 3 1 42% 39
D.Murray PHI -29 39 19 34 -12.1% 40 -6.3% 193 704 659 6 2 45% 31
C.Ivory NYJ -31 40 23 32 -11.5% 39 -6.4% 247 1,073 863 7 3 43% 35
J.Starks GB -46 41 -49 41 -15.8% 42 -16.3% 148 601 470 2 4 43% 37
A.Morris WAS -52 42 9 36 -15.0% 41 -7.4% 202 751 612 2 0 39% 44
M.Gordon SD -68 43 -94 44 -17.4% 43 -20.8% 184 641 551 0 5 43% 32
M.Jones WAS -92 44 -54 42 -23.4% 44 -17.3% 144 490 386 3 4 46% 23

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
K.Williams BUF 159 150 30.4% 28.1% 93 517 609 7 1
T.Hightower NO 110 95 16.5% 13.0% 96 375 555 4 0
S.Ware KC 106 144 25.8% 38.0% 72 403 438 6 0
J.Charles KC 96 90 24.8% 23.0% 71 364 401 4 2
D.Sproles PHI 80 64 14.8% 10.0% 83 317 426 3 0
D.Lewis NE 77 83 28.1% 30.8% 49 234 306 2 0
A.Ellington ARI 64 63 24.4% 23.9% 45 289 272 3 1
K.Carey CHI 56 34 21.2% 9.8% 43 161 251 2 1
J.Grimes HOU 54 42 20.0% 13.4% 56 282 251 1 0
M.Gillislee BUF 54 20 20.9% 2.6% 47 267 246 3 1
M.Tolbert CAR 54 53 9.8% 9.7% 62 256 339 1 0
C.Michael 2TM 51 29 13.2% 3.7% 54 243 285 0 0
J.McKinnon MIN 50 61 15.3% 20.8% 52 271 260 2 0
R.Turbin 2TM 45 32 13.5% 7.1% 50 199 249 1 0
J.Olawale OAK 44 44 33.5% 34.0% 24 110 160 1 0
K.Barner PHI 30 22 18.3% 10.7% 28 124 145 0 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
K.Robinson NO 29 24 3.0% 1.2% 56 180 257 4 0
O.Darkwa NYG 27 17 7.7% 1.6% 37 153 187 1 0
B.Oliver SD 27 23 10.1% 7.1% 31 108 169 0 0
F.Jackson SEA 25 16 17.9% 8.8% 26 100 120 0 0
B.Powell NYJ 25 48 1.0% 10.3% 70 313 261 1 1
C.Thompson WAS 22 25 8.0% 10.1% 35 216 150 0 1
D.Brown SD 21 -3 0.3% -9.9% 59 229 242 1 0
J.Randle DAL 16 43 -3.5% 5.5% 76 315 288 4 1
B.Brown SEA 15 -1 5.0% -9.2% 26 72 122 1 0
D.Woodhead SD 13 14 -5.5% -5.4% 96 330 388 3 0
B.Sankey TEN 12 18 -1.5% 1.6% 47 193 167 1 1
S.Jackson NE 11 3 2.8% -5.6% 21 50 105 1 0
F.Whittaker CAR 11 20 2.0% 10.3% 25 108 111 1 0
S.Vereen NYG 9 20 -4.8% 0.2% 61 260 214 0 0
J.Gray 2TM 5 14 -5.8% -1.2% 45 176 173 0 0
C.Artis-Payne CAR -1 -10 -9.2% -14.1% 45 183 160 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Asiata MIN -3 -1 -11.8% -9.8% 29 112 87 0 0
T.Ward ATL -4 -6 -12.3% -14.1% 29 95 87 1 0
D.Harris 2TM -7 -31 -12.4% -24.4% 48 191 155 0 1
B.Cunningham STL -10 -29 -14.9% -27.6% 37 140 116 0 1
D.McCluster TEN -12 -1 -14.9% -9.2% 55 247 140 1 1
T.Coleman ATL -12 13 -11.9% -5.1% 87 393 296 1 3
J.White NE -12 -13 -22.1% -23.1% 22 56 59 2 0
M.Davis SF -13 -42 -17.3% -37.1% 35 58 106 1 0
J.Bell DET -15 -2 -12.5% -9.1% 90 311 308 4 1
D.Cobb TEN -16 -27 -16.4% -22.1% 52 146 148 1 0
J.Ajayi MIA -17 -3 -17.7% -10.0% 49 187 130 1 0
Z.Stacy NYJ -17 -16 -24.0% -23.0% 31 89 69 1 0
A.Dixon BUF -18 -18 -26.9% -26.5% 21 44 55 1 0
D.Herron 2TM -19 -13 -26.2% -21.3% 25 79 61 0 1
K.Williams ARI -19 -9 -27.1% -17.0% 27 142 57 1 1
K.Davis KC -19 -19 -25.7% -25.6% 28 72 66 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
T.West 2TM -22 -35 -17.2% -22.1% 62 231 187 0 2
S.Draughn 2TM -24 -27 -16.8% -17.7% 78 273 213 1 1
T.Riddick DET -29 -19 -24.5% -19.2% 43 133 110 0 1
C.J.Spiller NO -29 -24 -28.5% -24.9% 36 112 80 0 1
C.Polk HOU -31 -21 -17.0% -14.3% 99 334 265 1 0
A.Bradshaw IND -38 -35 -36.0% -33.7% 31 85 57 0 0
B.Bolden NE -40 -52 -24.3% -28.9% 63 207 155 0 0
D.Robinson JAC -43 -38 -24.4% -22.7% 67 265 164 1 3
T.Gerhart JAC -47 -38 -50.8% -42.7% 20 44 20 0 0
A.Foster HOU -51 -55 -29.7% -31.1% 63 165 126 1 2
S.Ridley NYJ -51 -36 -45.5% -34.4% 36 90 36 0 0
A.Williams NYG -83 -64 -30.9% -25.7% 88 257 186 1 0
T.Mason STL -99 -90 -41.7% -38.8% 75 209 97 1 3

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 58 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
D.Woodhead SD 235 1 229 1 25.8% 9 24.9% 108 761 909 6 76% 0
T.Riddick DET 201 2 199 2 24.6% 10 24.2% 99 697 788 3 81% 0
C.Sims TB 150 3 173 3 29.2% 7 35.7% 70 571 558 4 73% 1
J.White NE 140 4 129 4 33.3% 5 29.6% 54 410 500 4 74% 0
M.Reece OAK 127 5 116 6 42.3% 2 37.2% 37 269 425 3 81% 0
Da.Johnson ARI 120 6 117 5 22.1% 12 21.2% 57 457 485 4 63% 1
M.Forte CHI 112 7 94 9 23.5% 11 17.8% 58 389 444 3 76% 1
De.Williams PIT 109 8 81 16 30.5% 6 19.0% 47 367 402 0 85% 0
S.Vereen NYG 103 9 96 8 8.4% 17 6.9% 81 498 542 4 73% 1
J.Starks GB 97 10 86 12 17.3% 14 13.7% 53 392 425 3 81% 1
J.Bell DET 97 11 111 7 49.3% 1 58.5% 27 286 310 0 81% 0
G.Bernard CIN 97 12 87 11 14.6% 16 11.8% 66 472 443 0 74% 1
A.Foster HOU 80 13 93 10 35.0% 4 42.4% 28 227 284 2 79% 0
D.Lewis NE 78 14 84 14 14.7% 15 16.9% 50 388 357 2 72% 2
F.Jackson SEA 76 15 76 17 20.3% 13 20.0% 41 257 317 2 78% 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Jones WAS 75 16 82 15 38.9% 3 43.6% 25 304 258 1 76% 1
K.Juszczyk BAL 72 17 53 20 7.0% 18 1.5% 56 321 396 4 73% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 68 18 55 19 2.3% 23 -0.9% 74 534 441 2 82% 1
D.Freeman ATL 68 19 86 13 -1.2% 28 2.2% 97 578 523 3 75% 1
B.Cunningham STL 67 20 52 21 28.3% 8 19.3% 36 250 250 0 72% 0
M.Ingram NO 59 21 63 18 4.0% 21 4.9% 60 408 361 0 83% 1
D.McFadden DAL 56 22 37 27 6.9% 19 -0.1% 53 328 310 0 75% 0
T.J.Yeldon JAC 52 23 45 22 5.7% 20 2.9% 46 279 300 1 78% 0
B.Powell NYJ 36 24 39 26 -3.3% 30 -2.2% 63 388 317 2 75% 1
L.Miller MIA 32 25 42 24 -3.6% 31 -0.3% 57 397 288 2 82% 0
L.McCoy BUF 30 26 28 30 -2.0% 29 -2.8% 50 295 243 2 64% 1
R.Jennings NYG 29 27 36 28 -0.9% 27 1.9% 40 296 222 1 73% 1
J.McKinnon MIN 27 28 23 32 2.4% 22 0.3% 29 173 175 1 72% 0
B.Allen BAL 27 29 40 25 -6.2% 33 -2.1% 62 343 302 2 73% 0
B.Bolden NE 26 30 11 39 2.2% 24 -7.0% 30 180 170 2 63% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
T.Gurley STL 25 31 34 29 2.1% 25 7.8% 26 188 162 0 81% 0
C.Ivory NYJ 21 32 20 33 -4.3% 32 -4.7% 37 217 197 1 81% 1
E.Lacy GB 20 33 14 37 -0.6% 26 -4.9% 28 188 150 2 71% 1
J.Langford CHI 16 34 -3 45 -6.6% 34 -15.1% 42 279 188 1 52% 0
D.Murray PHI 13 35 43 23 -9.3% 39 0.9% 55 322 235 1 80% 0
D.Martin TB 11 36 14 36 -8.9% 38 -7.4% 44 271 182 1 75% 1
Da.Williams MIA 10 37 15 34 -7.4% 35 -4.3% 28 142 135 1 75% 0
A.Andrews TEN 10 38 5 41 -7.5% 36 -10.3% 29 174 131 0 72% 0
D.Robinson JAC 9 39 24 31 -8.6% 37 0.6% 30 164 135 0 70% 0
A.Abdullah DET 6 40 0 43 -11.3% 40 -13.7% 38 183 173 1 66% 0
D.McCluster TEN 5 41 14 35 -11.5% 41 -7.0% 41 261 163 1 76% 1
J.Charles KC 3 42 2 42 -12.1% 42 -12.8% 30 180 126 1 70% 1
C.J.Spiller NO 2 43 0 44 -12.9% 43 -13.8% 44 239 177 2 77% 0
J.Grimes HOU 1 44 12 38 -13.3% 44 -6.7% 31 173 126 1 84% 0
M.Gordon SD -5 45 -15 49 -16.1% 46 -21.1% 37 192 137 0 89% 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
C.Thompson WAS -5 46 9 40 -15.6% 45 -10.3% 48 240 177 2 73% 1
A.Peterson MIN -5 47 -24 52 -16.3% 47 -26.0% 36 222 133 0 83% 1
L.Bell PIT -10 48 -12 48 -21.3% 49 -23.2% 26 136 75 0 92% 0
R.Mathews PHI -11 49 -4 46 -22.2% 50 -16.5% 28 146 72 1 71% 0
C.West KC -13 50 -23 51 -20.4% 48 -25.4% 34 214 116 1 59% 0
C.J.Anderson DEN -23 51 -18 50 -27.8% 53 -24.8% 36 183 75 0 69% 0
S.Draughn 2TM -25 52 -12 47 -27.3% 52 -20.4% 35 176 80 0 77% 0
C.Polk HOU -26 53 -30 53 -30.1% 54 -32.6% 28 109 61 1 57% 0
L.Murray OAK -47 54 -48 55 -30.6% 55 -30.9% 53 238 104 0 77% 1
D.Sproles PHI -50 55 -71 57 -24.9% 51 -29.6% 83 388 219 1 66% 1
F.Gore IND -60 56 -44 54 -32.1% 56 -27.3% 58 267 112 1 59% 0
J.Forsett BAL -64 57 -63 56 -42.6% 57 -42.1% 41 153 27 0 76% 0
R.Hillman DEN -89 58 -88 58 -59.0% 58 -58.2% 35 111 -43 0 69% 1

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
T.Cadet 3TM 78 94 51.6% 64.8% 22 214 246 1 77% 0
M.Tolbert CAR 56 66 25.3% 32.4% 23 154 216 3 78% 0
P.DiMarco ATL 55 61 31.2% 36.5% 17 110 199 2 76% 0
T.Hightower NO 51 53 56.5% 60.2% 13 129 156 0 92% 0
L.Dunbar DAL 45 66 23.1% 40.9% 23 215 178 0 91% 0
A.Bradshaw IND 43 44 34.4% 35.7% 14 64 153 3 71% 0
B.Oliver SD 39 34 37.4% 30.2% 15 112 137 0 87% 0
B.Miller SF 38 35 25.6% 22.3% 14 135 148 0 71% 0
I.Crowell CLE 37 44 17.9% 23.7% 22 182 161 1 86% 0
J.Randle DAL 36 37 41.0% 42.1% 10 86 121 0 100% 0
A.Blue HOU 31 33 26.1% 28.7% 16 109 114 1 94% 0
R.Helu OAK 30 14 18.2% 1.3% 16 75 127 1 56% 0
J.Olawale OAK 28 26 28.5% 25.0% 11 84 106 0 82% 0
J.Ajayi MIA 28 27 38.1% 36.3% 11 90 97 0 64% 0
A.Ellington ARI 27 24 3.7% 1.6% 24 148 167 0 63% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
B.Sankey TEN 26 25 6.4% 5.4% 23 139 148 1 61% 0
D.Harris SF 21 17 12.1% 7.9% 14 97 100 0 64% 0
K.Gaskins SF 21 25 24.1% 31.7% 10 69 81 0 80% 0
P.Thomas WAS 18 25 26.6% 43.0% 11 84 69 0 82% 0
R.Burkhead CIN 13 20 0.9% 8.2% 15 94 90 1 67% 0
T.Rawls SEA 13 20 5.8% 17.7% 11 76 72 1 82% 0
K.Williams BUF 11 0 -2.0% -14.2% 14 96 86 2 79% 1
J.Stewart CAR 10 17 -5.4% -0.2% 21 99 108 1 76% 0
D.Herron 2TM 7 6 -0.6% -1.4% 10 47 49 0 90% 0
J.Hill CIN 0 -3 -13.4% -17.1% 19 79 74 1 79% 0
K.Robinson NO -1 2 -14.7% -11.5% 20 115 73 0 85% 0
Z.Stacy NYJ -3 9 -18.6% 2.4% 12 65 36 0 75% 0
M.Asiata MIN -6 5 -19.5% -9.3% 22 132 59 0 86% 0
D.Brown SD -7 -15 -24.8% -35.6% 13 88 33 0 62% 1
J.Kuhn GB -9 -5 -27.1% -21.3% 10 56 30 0 60% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
A.Morris WAS -10 -8 -27.6% -24.1% 13 55 32 0 77% 0
T.Ward ATL -11 -16 -33.4% -42.9% 13 73 17 0 69% 0
C.Hyde SF -18 -26 -33.9% -43.5% 15 53 27 0 73% 0
T.Mason STL -18 -25 -31.5% -38.0% 21 88 37 0 86% 0
F.Whittaker CAR -21 -12 -42.5% -30.1% 15 64 9 0 80% 0
C.Johnson ARI -23 -23 -47.0% -47.6% 13 58 2 0 46% 0
M.Lynch SEA -24 -27 -34.6% -36.4% 21 80 34 0 62% 0
33-A.Hunt HOU -27 -24 -60.1% -54.5% 10 39 -14 0 60% 0
R.Bush SF -30 -40 -64.2% -81.7% 10 19 -19 0 40% 0
R.Turbin 2TM -31 -36 -89.2% -101.1% 10 23 -34 0 70% 0
K.Barner PHI -36 -40 -65.6% -70.9% 12 22 -25 0 75% 0
M.Davis SF -41 -39 -62.7% -60.3% 13 38 -25 0 54% 0
T.Coleman ATL -46 -44 -99.5% -96.0% 11 14 -57 0 18% 0