Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2017

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 1/1/2018

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, 47 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Lewis NE 271 1 279 1 27.4% 2 28.5% 180 896 1,088 6 0 56% 4
T.Gurley LARM 267 2 203 6 13.8% 4 8.4% 279 1,305 1,441 13 5 53% 5
A.Kamara NO 254 3 254 3 44.2% 1 44.3% 120 728 826 8 1 53% 6
K.Hunt KC 221 4 247 4 11.8% 5 14.2% 272 1,327 1,290 8 1 47% 17
L.Bell PIT 215 5 259 2 8.0% 11 11.4% 321 1,315 1,463 9 2 49% 11
A.Collins BAL 204 6 180 8 15.0% 3 12.2% 212 980 1,074 6 2 51% 8
E.Elliott DAL 204 7 197 7 11.0% 6 10.3% 242 983 1,227 7 1 57% 2
M.Ingram NO 192 8 208 5 11.0% 7 12.6% 230 1,127 1,154 12 2 49% 12
M.Lynch OAK 162 9 130 9 9.9% 9 6.2% 207 891 1,018 7 1 49% 13
J.Howard CHI 151 10 110 10 5.0% 14 1.3% 277 1,112 1,207 9 1 42% 35
L.Fournette JAC 115 11 55 22 2.1% 17 -3.4% 268 1,040 1,109 9 2 44% 26
J.Williams GB 109 12 86 13 7.5% 12 4.0% 153 556 761 4 0 48% 14
B.Allen BAL 96 13 66 16 6.2% 13 1.6% 153 591 714 4 0 47% 16
D.Freeman ATL 90 14 103 11 1.7% 19 3.2% 195 862 897 7 4 51% 9
A.Morris DAL 80 15 99 12 8.5% 10 12.6% 115 547 531 1 0 51% 7
M.Breida SF 79 16 72 15 11.0% 8 9.4% 105 465 475 2 1 47% 18
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.Mixon CIN 74 17 9 35 1.8% 18 -7.4% 178 626 736 4 1 41% 36
F.Gore IND 65 18 45 23 -2.4% 23 -4.3% 261 955 1,010 3 3 44% 23
P.Barber TB 61 19 57 18 3.9% 15 3.1% 108 423 518 3 2 57% 3
L.Miller HOU 56 20 41 25 -2.9% 26 -4.5% 238 892 939 3 1 45% 21
L.Murray MIN 55 21 56 21 -2.7% 24 -2.6% 216 842 894 8 1 44% 23
D.Henry TEN 54 22 36 26 -1.4% 21 -3.8% 176 744 734 5 1 48% 15
G.Bernard CIN 50 23 42 24 3.8% 16 1.7% 105 458 430 2 0 40% 40
O.Darkwa NYG 50 24 60 17 -1.8% 22 -0.4% 171 751 708 5 1 46% 19
I.Crowell CLE 45 25 57 20 -2.9% 25 -1.5% 205 851 762 2 1 40% 38
M.Gillislee NE 37 26 57 19 -1.2% 20 2.8% 104 383 489 5 1 58% 1
D.Murray TEN 27 27 -2 38 -5.0% 27 -8.9% 184 659 698 6 1 39% 43
J.Ajayi 2TM 25 28 20 30 -5.4% 28 -6.0% 208 885 721 1 3 43% 30
M.Gordon LACH 16 29 29 28 -7.3% 34 -6.1% 284 1,105 1,030 8 1 40% 41
C.J.Anderson DEN 14 30 73 14 -7.2% 33 -1.0% 245 1,007 857 3 1 42% 34
W.Gallman NYG 13 31 21 29 -5.8% 29 -4.0% 111 476 410 0 3 50% 10
C.Hyde SF 11 32 14 32 -7.4% 35 -7.1% 239 942 865 8 2 44% 27
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
T.Coleman ATL 11 33 8 36 -6.9% 32 -7.4% 156 628 572 5 1 40% 39
C.McCaffrey CAR 10 34 13 33 -6.4% 30 -5.7% 117 435 412 2 1 45% 22
K.Williams ARI 9 35 16 31 -6.6% 31 -5.2% 120 426 436 1 0 43% 28
A.Abdullah DET -7 36 -47 43 -9.7% 36 -16.1% 165 553 528 4 2 35% 47
L.Blount PHI -12 37 -6 39 -10.1% 37 -9.4% 173 766 615 2 1 43% 33
K.Drake MIA -15 38 30 27 -11.3% 39 -3.0% 133 648 440 3 2 44% 25
M.Forte NYJ -21 39 11 34 -14.0% 41 -5.7% 103 382 297 2 1 41% 37
J.McKinnon MIN -26 40 -25 41 -13.0% 40 -12.9% 150 570 457 3 2 43% 28
L.McCoy BUF -30 41 -12 40 -11.2% 38 -9.6% 287 1,138 958 6 3 43% 31
C.Ivory JAC -38 42 -51 44 -16.9% 44 -19.8% 112 386 327 1 2 38% 44
B.Powell NYJ -45 43 3 37 -15.1% 43 -8.1% 178 772 523 5 0 35% 45
J.Stewart CAR -50 44 -35 42 -14.4% 42 -12.7% 198 681 655 6 3 45% 20
D.Martin TB -76 45 -84 47 -22.3% 47 -23.6% 138 405 354 3 1 35% 46
A.Peterson 2TM -84 46 -79 46 -21.8% 46 -21.0% 156 534 412 3 3 40% 42
S.Perine WAS -84 47 -65 45 -20.3% 45 -17.6% 175 601 482 1 2 43% 31

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Jones GB 143 133 31.1% 28.5% 81 448 541 4 0
Du.Johnson CLE 91 92 15.8% 15.8% 82 348 471 4 1
R.Smith DAL 81 81 23.7% 23.9% 55 232 346 4 0
C.Grant JAC 79 75 53.8% 50.9% 30 248 236 2 0
C.Clement PHI 70 70 14.1% 14.1% 74 321 381 4 0
A.Ekeler LACH 56 61 21.0% 23.9% 47 260 252 2 1
R.Burkhead NE 55 64 10.1% 13.3% 64 264 342 5 1
D.Cook MIN 48 65 7.6% 13.4% 74 354 334 2 1
T.Montgomery GB 37 40 2.6% 3.8% 71 273 340 3 0
C.Carson SEA 34 21 7.7% 1.2% 49 208 236 0 0
S.Ridley PIT 33 12 26.4% 4.3% 26 108 134 1 0
E.Penny ARI 33 43 15.8% 24.0% 31 124 168 2 0
J.D.McKissic SEA 30 23 7.6% 3.9% 46 187 210 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Conner PIT 20 18 10.2% 7.9% 32 144 125 0 0
T.Cohen CHI 16 15 -3.4% -4.0% 86 384 299 2 2
T.Green DET 16 19 -0.3% 1.1% 42 165 191 2 0
J.Richard OAK 15 15 -1.4% -1.4% 56 275 209 1 1
R.Kelley WAS 14 9 -3.3% -5.2% 62 194 252 3 0
A.Blue HOU 13 5 -4.2% -6.9% 71 262 285 1 0
T.West BAL 13 18 -0.3% 2.8% 39 139 156 2 1
C.Thompson WAS 11 8 -4.0% -5.2% 64 296 222 2 1
D.Foreman HOU 10 -5 -5.6% -10.1% 78 327 299 2 2
K.Bibbs WAS 9 4 2.3% -3.8% 21 79 84 0 0
T.Ward ATL 9 7 -1.4% -2.7% 30 129 119 0 1
C.Sims TB 9 12 2.5% 6.2% 21 95 81 0 0
R.Turbin IND 7 -1 -3.0% -9.4% 23 53 113 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Mack IND 6 10 -6.9% -5.9% 93 365 342 4 1
M.Brown LARM 4 -3 -6.7% -9.9% 63 246 201 1 1
T.J.Yeldon JAC 4 -4 -6.7% -10.6% 49 253 173 2 2
J.Rodgers TB 3 15 -7.4% -3.0% 64 244 234 1 0
J.Charles DEN 1 37 -8.2% 4.4% 69 305 245 1 2
J.White NE -1 8 -9.3% -3.9% 43 171 143 0 0
T.Riddick DET -2 -9 -9.3% -11.4% 84 286 259 3 1
D.Booker DEN -3 24 -9.4% -0.7% 79 299 261 1 1
T.Cadet 2TM -3 10 -11.3% 1.3% 23 96 80 0 0
A.Ellington 2TM -6 -5 -15.9% -15.2% 20 55 59 1 0
J.Hill CIN -9 -19 -14.2% -20.9% 37 121 121 0 1
M.Tolbert BUF -10 -32 -12.4% -21.2% 66 248 203 1 2
C.Johnson ARI -19 -34 -19.5% -28.2% 45 114 120 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
W.Smallwood PHI -21 -3 -19.8% -10.3% 47 174 126 1 0
S.Vereen NYG -23 -13 -22.9% -16.6% 45 164 100 0 0
Da.Williams MIA -24 -28 -22.4% -24.4% 46 181 112 0 0
P.Perkins NYG -30 -39 -27.5% -33.7% 41 90 86 0 0
B.Oliver LACH -32 -35 -31.4% -33.4% 35 83 69 0 0
Dw.Washington DET -36 -33 -48.8% -45.3% 20 44 19 0 0
M.Davis SEA -40 -54 -23.9% -29.4% 69 240 158 0 0
D.Washington OAK -55 -34 -33.4% -24.0% 57 153 102 2 1
E.McGuire NYJ -58 -39 -26.1% -20.4% 88 315 189 1 1
E.Lacy SEA -81 -71 -37.8% -34.2% 69 179 108 0 0
T.Rawls SEA -84 -86 -41.2% -41.9% 58 157 85 0 1

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 61 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.Kamara NO 278 1 276 1 36.4% 5 36.2% 100 826 969 5 81% 0
T.Gurley LARM 233 2 257 2 35.4% 6 40.3% 87 788 821 6 74% 0
C.Thompson WAS 223 3 201 3 67.2% 1 59.3% 54 510 656 4 72% 0
L.Miller HOU 133 4 137 4 42.4% 2 44.0% 45 327 444 3 80% 0
C.McCaffrey CAR 127 5 134 5 5.6% 21 6.7% 113 651 728 5 71% 0
T.Coleman ATL 120 6 97 11 40.8% 3 30.1% 39 299 401 3 69% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 110 7 123 6 6.9% 17 9.4% 93 693 607 3 80% 2
D.Freeman ATL 102 8 97 10 23.6% 12 21.8% 47 317 406 1 77% 0
R.Burkhead NE 102 9 98 8 33.5% 7 31.9% 36 254 364 3 83% 0
K.Hunt KC 102 10 106 7 15.4% 13 16.6% 63 455 458 3 84% 0
L.Bell PIT 99 11 98 9 2.2% 28 2.0% 106 655 649 2 80% 1
D.Lewis NE 90 12 88 12 31.8% 9 31.2% 35 214 326 3 91% 0
J.Richard OAK 85 13 81 15 33.1% 8 30.8% 36 266 307 1 75% 0
J.White NE 85 14 87 13 6.2% 19 6.6% 72 429 474 3 78% 0
J.Williams GB 83 15 80 16 29.7% 10 28.2% 34 262 309 2 74% 0
A.Ekeler LACH 83 16 85 14 26.5% 11 27.6% 35 279 318 3 77% 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Gordon LACH 74 17 68 19 2.6% 27 1.1% 83 476 478 4 70% 0
B.Cunningham CHI 73 18 73 17 40.2% 4 40.6% 26 240 247 2 77% 1
A.Ellington 2TM 59 19 59 21 5.2% 23 5.2% 59 369 342 1 66% 0
L.Fournette JAC 57 20 67 20 6.9% 18 10.3% 48 302 316 1 75% 0
J.D.McKissic SEA 53 21 49 26 5.8% 20 4.3% 46 266 303 2 74% 0
L.McCoy BUF 52 22 58 22 -0.4% 32 1.2% 77 448 383 2 77% 0
J.McKinnon MIN 49 23 73 18 -0.1% 31 6.6% 68 421 358 2 75% 0
D.Booker DEN 44 24 36 31 7.4% 16 3.5% 38 277 242 0 79% 1
M.Forte NYJ 44 25 57 23 5.3% 22 11.0% 45 293 252 1 82% 0
Da.Williams MIA 43 26 42 27 11.6% 14 11.2% 28 155 208 1 71% 0
K.Juszczyk SF 40 27 55 24 3.2% 26 9.6% 42 317 251 1 79% 2
M.Mack IND 38 28 55 25 8.9% 15 19.2% 33 225 196 1 64% 0
T.Riddick DET 35 29 41 28 -5.1% 36 -3.5% 71 444 357 2 75% 0
F.Gore IND 34 30 40 29 3.6% 25 7.0% 38 245 209 1 76% 0
A.Abdullah DET 32 31 14 39 1.1% 29 -7.1% 35 162 217 1 71% 0
C.Ivory JAC 27 32 23 37 4.2% 24 1.8% 28 175 161 1 75% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Breida SF 25 33 27 35 0.9% 30 1.6% 36 180 176 1 58% 0
D.Murray TEN 25 34 40 30 -3.4% 34 2.8% 47 266 223 1 83% 0
T.Montgomery GB 18 35 2 42 -4.0% 35 -12.5% 31 173 169 1 74% 0
E.McGuire NYJ 17 36 29 33 -1.6% 33 6.4% 26 177 137 1 65% 0
G.Bernard CIN 14 37 30 32 -9.5% 38 -4.4% 61 389 261 2 72% 0
M.Ingram NO 13 38 4 40 -10.7% 40 -12.9% 71 418 316 0 82% 1
O.Darkwa NYG 11 39 -10 46 -7.1% 37 -20.4% 28 116 136 0 68% 0
T.J.Yeldon JAC 8 40 27 34 -10.1% 39 -1.1% 41 224 170 0 73% 0
E.Elliott DAL 5 41 -17 50 -11.4% 41 -22.0% 38 249 160 2 68% 0
J.Mixon CIN 2 42 25 36 -12.6% 42 0.1% 34 287 135 0 88% 2
C.Sims TB 2 43 -2 43 -13.2% 44 -14.6% 47 252 198 1 74% 1
C.J.Anderson DEN 1 44 3 41 -13.2% 43 -12.0% 40 224 136 1 70% 0
D.Washington OAK 0 45 -5 44 -13.6% 45 -15.8% 45 197 173 1 76% 1
D.Foster ARI -1 46 -13 47 -14.7% 46 -21.4% 28 133 118 0 61% 0
W.Gallman NYG -2 47 -20 52 -14.7% 47 -21.6% 48 193 182 1 71% 0
J.Charles DEN -6 48 -16 49 -18.8% 50 -26.4% 28 129 74 0 82% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
D.Woodhead BAL -8 49 19 38 -17.7% 49 -5.3% 39 200 138 0 85% 0
B.Allen BAL -11 50 -17 51 -16.9% 48 -18.7% 60 250 230 2 77% 0
K.Drake MIA -13 51 -15 48 -19.3% 51 -20.0% 48 239 142 1 67% 0
J.Ajayi 2TM -18 52 -8 45 -23.7% 54 -18.5% 34 158 94 1 71% 0
M.Lynch OAK -23 53 -27 54 -27.4% 55 -29.7% 31 151 73 0 65% 0
S.Vereen NYG -26 54 -28 55 -22.7% 53 -23.4% 53 253 154 0 83% 0
B.Powell NYJ -30 55 -31 56 -30.7% 56 -31.1% 33 170 66 0 70% 1
C.West KC -31 56 -23 53 -31.7% 58 -27.2% 34 150 60 2 79% 1
C.Hyde SF -43 57 -65 59 -22.4% 52 -26.9% 89 350 270 0 67% 0
I.Crowell CLE -53 58 -59 58 -36.2% 59 -38.8% 43 184 60 0 67% 0
J.Howard CHI -60 59 -51 57 -53.3% 60 -47.4% 32 125 -12 0 72% 0
T.Cohen CHI -64 60 -81 60 -30.8% 57 -35.3% 71 356 138 1 75% 0
A.Collins BAL -92 61 -85 61 -55.9% 61 -52.5% 36 187 -34 0 64% 2

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
S.Perine WAS 86 81 46.0% 43.1% 24 182 279 1 92% 0
C.Clement PHI 50 50 41.8% 41.6% 15 123 168 2 67% 0
R.Smith DAL 50 55 26.9% 31.5% 23 202 190 1 83% 0
K.Bibbs WAS 36 34 31.8% 30.0% 17 128 130 1 82% 0
D.Henry TEN 31 31 23.4% 24.2% 17 136 122 1 65% 0
W.Smallwood PHI 30 19 14.3% 3.8% 18 103 139 0 72% 0
T.Rawls SEA 28 27 26.2% 24.7% 13 94 107 0 69% 0
M.Davis SEA 25 33 15.0% 23.7% 18 131 116 0 83% 0
J.Rodgers TB 23 23 29.4% 28.1% 11 74 87 0 82% 0
K.Williams ARI 21 18 11.3% 7.8% 15 93 102 0 67% 0
D.Sproles PHI 16 5 12.6% -4.7% 12 73 74 0 58% 0
T.Cadet 2TM 15 9 1.1% -5.1% 19 119 102 0 84% 0
C.J.Prosise SEA 6 11 -4.6% 5.3% 11 87 54 0 55% 0
P.Barber TB 3 10 -11.3% -4.5% 19 114 84 0 84% 0
L.Murray MIN 2 10 -11.7% -3.5% 17 103 73 0 88% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
T.Bonahon JAC 0 -3 -13.3% -17.4% 11 43 53 1 55% 0
R.Turbin IND -2 6 -17.5% 0.6% 11 56 28 0 82% 0
J.Develin NE -2 -2 -16.9% -16.9% 10 38 40 0 60% 0
D.Cook MIN -6 -7 -19.4% -20.7% 16 90 62 0 69% 0
A.Ripkowski GB -6 -10 -23.8% -29.2% 10 39 33 0 70% 0
P.Perkins NYG -7 -10 -26.5% -32.2% 10 46 24 0 80% 0
M.Brown LARM -7 -8 -24.7% -25.8% 11 53 31 0 82% 0
T.Ervin HOU -10 -5 -31.9% -23.4% 11 38 19 0 73% 0
D.Martin TB -18 -13 -30.3% -25.5% 18 84 41 0 50% 0
J.Stewart CAR -21 -15 -39.0% -31.7% 15 52 16 1 53% 0
A.Peterson 2TM -24 -32 -35.8% -43.4% 19 70 28 0 58% 0
M.Tolbert BUF -25 -20 -44.5% -39.0% 17 78 7 0 82% 0
P.DiMarco BUF -25 -29 -49.3% -54.2% 10 28 -1 0 70% 0
B.Oliver LACH -29 -40 -56.3% -71.5% 11 26 -11 0 55% 0
A.Jones GB -60 -64 -75.9% -79.9% 18 22 -55 0 50% 0