Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2014

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 12/29/2014

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.

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RUSHING: Minimum 100 rushes, 43 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Murray DAL 381 1 367 1 14.7% 5 13.8% 393 1,849 2,027 13 3 54% 4
M.Lynch SEA 362 2 308 2 23.3% 1 18.5% 280 1,310 1,565 14 1 53% 5
J.Charles KC 250 3 213 7 20.0% 2 15.8% 205 1,045 1,159 9 4 54% 2
L.Miller MIA 247 4 240 4 17.8% 4 17.1% 216 1,099 1,204 8 2 57% 1
L.Bell PIT 206 5 284 3 8.8% 9 15.4% 290 1,361 1,357 8 0 51% 9
J.Hill CIN 204 6 231 5 12.7% 6 15.5% 222 1,127 1,157 9 4 54% 3
C.J.Anderson DEN 199 7 216 6 17.9% 3 20.1% 179 849 970 8 0 51% 10
E.Lacy GB 190 8 159 10 10.0% 8 7.0% 246 1,139 1,191 10 3 48% 15
A.Foster HOU 169 9 160 9 7.6% 10 6.8% 260 1,246 1,168 8 2 46% 21
F.Gore SF 154 10 119 12 6.3% 13 2.9% 255 1,106 1,139 4 2 50% 11
J.Forsett BAL 148 11 206 8 6.5% 12 12.4% 235 1,266 1,083 8 1 43% 30
R.Jennings NYG 112 12 76 17 7.1% 11 2.0% 167 639 797 4 0 47% 16
M.Ingram NO 109 13 130 11 2.9% 14 5.0% 226 964 998 9 1 50% 13
M.Forte CHI 109 14 111 13 0.5% 18 0.7% 266 1,040 1,207 6 1 50% 12
J.McKinnon MIN 82 15 73 18 11.5% 7 9.3% 113 538 482 0 0 42% 34
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
L.McCoy PHI 81 16 89 14 -2.1% 24 -1.5% 312 1,317 1,215 5 3 45% 22
A.Morris WAS 79 17 78 15 -1.3% 23 -1.4% 265 1,079 1,061 8 2 46% 18
J.Stewart CAR 73 18 72 19 1.4% 16 1.3% 175 810 746 3 2 51% 7
S.Jackson ATL 70 19 67 20 -0.2% 19 -0.6% 189 708 834 6 0 51% 8
C.Ivory NYJ 69 20 60 21 -0.5% 20 -1.6% 198 823 856 6 2 44% 25
M.Asiata MIN 69 21 76 16 1.0% 17 2.0% 164 570 730 9 1 52% 6
L.Blount 2TM 56 22 54 22 1.5% 15 1.4% 125 547 562 5 1 46% 19
T.Mason STL 55 23 11 31 -0.8% 21 -7.0% 179 765 696 4 2 44% 29
R.Hillman DEN 32 24 10 32 -1.3% 22 -6.3% 106 434 427 3 1 43% 31
I.Crowell CLE 31 25 44 23 -3.3% 25 -1.2% 148 609 561 8 3 44% 28
B.Sankey TEN 25 26 35 25 -4.4% 26 -2.7% 152 575 557 2 2 44% 27
T.West CLE 23 27 39 24 -5.4% 28 -3.1% 171 673 659 4 1 47% 17
F.Jackson BUF 23 28 27 28 -4.8% 27 -4.1% 141 525 545 2 0 46% 20
B.Oliver SD 21 29 25 29 -5.4% 29 -4.8% 160 582 595 3 0 44% 26
C.Johnson NYJ 16 30 32 26 -5.9% 30 -3.4% 155 663 560 1 1 45% 24
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
G.Bernard CIN 4 31 10 33 -8.0% 32 -7.2% 168 680 602 5 0 39% 38
A.Dixon BUF 4 32 19 30 -7.7% 31 -4.0% 105 432 362 2 1 49% 14
D.Robinson JAC 3 33 31 27 -8.0% 33 -2.8% 135 583 465 4 2 38% 40
A.Williams NYG -24 34 -53 40 -11.3% 34 -14.7% 217 721 706 7 1 38% 39
D.Martin TB -24 35 2 34 -13.3% 36 -8.1% 135 494 396 2 0 36% 43
D.McFadden OAK -32 36 -39 38 -13.9% 37 -15.0% 156 534 472 2 1 40% 35
A.Ellington ARI -36 37 -95 43 -13.3% 35 -20.8% 201 663 607 3 2 39% 37
B.Tate 2TM -37 38 -29 36 -16.6% 40 -14.9% 119 371 335 4 0 36% 42
T.Gerhart JAC -38 39 -31 37 -16.5% 39 -15.2% 102 326 345 2 1 42% 33
K.Davis KC -50 40 -70 42 -17.7% 42 -21.5% 134 478 386 6 3 37% 41
T.Richardson IND -58 41 -46 39 -17.5% 41 -15.6% 159 520 463 3 2 43% 32
J.Bell DET -59 42 -18 35 -14.9% 38 -10.5% 223 861 708 7 5 45% 23
A.Blue HOU -87 43 -60 41 -21.3% 43 -17.3% 169 528 449 3 0 39% 36

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Gray NE 153 153 29.4% 29.4% 89 412 595 5 0
D.Sproles PHI 85 87 29.9% 31.0% 56 318 327 6 2
P.Thomas NO 74 73 30.9% 30.3% 45 223 283 2 0
J.Randle DAL 68 63 26.5% 23.8% 51 344 278 3 2
J.Thompson DEN 67 70 18.1% 19.1% 54 272 326 3 1
R.Mathews SD 62 37 11.4% 3.3% 74 333 369 3 1
R.Turbin SEA 57 42 9.7% 4.7% 74 310 364 0 1
K.Robinson NO 57 68 9.0% 12.2% 76 362 373 3 1
K.Moreno MIA 50 45 27.2% 23.8% 31 148 201 1 0
K.Carey CHI 46 48 21.1% 21.9% 36 158 210 0 0
C.Polk PHI 42 43 12.9% 13.0% 46 172 240 4 0
R.Helu WAS 42 43 15.5% 16.2% 40 216 219 1 0
C.Hyde SF 38 26 2.9% -0.8% 83 333 348 4 1
L.Murray OAK 36 26 2.0% -0.9% 82 424 355 2 1
A.Smith ATL 35 33 27.3% 25.4% 23 144 142 2 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Thomas MIA 34 30 11.5% 9.0% 44 168 203 2 1
F.Whittaker CAR 33 38 22.8% 26.8% 32 145 145 1 0
B.Cunningham STL 27 7 2.4% -5.7% 66 246 259 3 0
A.Bradshaw IND 26 28 -1.7% -1.2% 90 428 371 2 3
C.Michael SEA 25 20 10.2% 5.9% 34 175 158 0 1
K.Williams ARI 22 31 2.1% 6.5% 53 246 216 0 1
B.Powell NYJ 22 24 8.1% 9.7% 33 141 151 1 0
D.Herron IND 18 35 -2.8% 2.7% 78 351 292 1 1
R.Bush DET 17 24 -2.6% 0.0% 75 289 270 2 0
J.Todman JAC 15 20 4.0% 8.5% 32 186 126 1 0
J.Banyard MIN 15 15 8.7% 9.3% 21 88 97 0 0
S.Greene TEN 14 17 -5.1% -4.4% 94 392 366 2 1
J.Kuhn GB 13 8 3.2% -1.6% 24 85 119 1 0
B.Rainey TB 12 24 -5.4% -2.3% 94 406 341 1 1
S.Taylor ARI 11 -6 -4.3% -10.7% 63 208 246 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Brown 2TM 9 6 2.6% -1.8% 20 63 87 0 0
P.Hillis NYG 6 2 -1.7% -5.9% 26 115 89 0 0
S.Vereen NE 5 -2 -7.1% -9.0% 96 391 318 2 0
L.Taliaferro BAL 5 32 -7.1% 1.8% 68 292 278 4 1
A.Peterson MIN 4 -4 -2.6% -13.7% 21 75 71 0 0
M.Reece OAK 3 1 -5.6% -7.3% 21 85 82 0 1
Z.Stacy STL 0 3 -8.6% -7.5% 76 298 275 1 2
J.Starks GB 0 -8 -8.6% -10.9% 85 340 301 2 1
Dam.Williams MIA -2 -6 -9.6% -12.5% 36 122 126 0 0
B.Bolden NE -3 -5 -11.1% -13.3% 28 89 94 1 0
S.Ridley NE -5 17 -9.7% -4.5% 94 340 352 2 0
J.Rodgers ATL -6 7 -11.2% -5.6% 58 217 199 1 1
L.Dunbar DAL -9 -13 -16.4% -19.2% 29 99 87 0 0
D.McCluster TEN -16 -5 -18.2% -11.5% 40 131 116 0 0
S.Johnson JAC -18 -11 -22.2% -17.0% 29 86 84 2 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
De.Williams CAR -19 -25 -16.1% -18.4% 63 221 188 0 1
B.Brown BUF -21 -25 -22.7% -25.2% 36 126 94 0 1
J.Grimes HOU -21 -2 -23.8% -10.2% 39 153 88 0 0
T.Riddick DET -22 -17 -34.5% -28.3% 20 51 38 0 0
B.Pierce BAL -24 -12 -14.7% -11.8% 93 366 296 2 1
M.Ball DEN -26 -30 -20.0% -22.0% 55 172 151 1 1
D.Reaves CAR -34 -37 -33.5% -35.4% 32 77 62 0 0
D.Freeman ATL -37 -46 -22.7% -26.0% 65 249 168 1 1
D.Brown SD -50 -74 -23.4% -30.7% 84 221 207 0 0
M.Jones-Drew OAK -69 -66 -50.1% -48.4% 42 107 31 0 1
M.Tolbert CAR -72 -68 -53.2% -50.6% 37 78 22 0 0
C.J.Spiller BUF -75 -79 -33.0% -34.3% 78 303 143 0 3
C.Sims TB -84 -77 -42.2% -39.3% 66 185 79 1 2

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 57 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
L.Bell PIT 313 1 323 1 38.0% 4 39.7% 105 854 1,078 3 79% 0
A.Bradshaw IND 152 2 153 2 38.1% 3 38.3% 47 300 524 6 81% 0
M.Forte CHI 128 3 143 3 5.3% 19 7.5% 130 808 742 4 78% 1
E.Lacy GB 110 4 137 4 22.4% 9 31.4% 55 427 444 4 76% 0
P.Thomas NO 110 5 89 10 22.0% 10 15.2% 55 378 447 1 82% 0
B.Cunningham STL 107 6 93 7 25.1% 8 20.0% 53 352 416 1 85% 1
R.Helu WAS 106 7 107 5 30.5% 5 30.6% 47 480 392 2 89% 2
B.Miller SF 94 8 91 8 51.4% 1 49.3% 25 189 298 2 72% 0
M.Lynch SEA 92 9 85 11 21.4% 11 18.5% 48 367 377 4 77% 2
Dam.Williams MIA 91 10 80 12 40.7% 2 34.5% 27 187 306 1 78% 0
T.Riddick DET 77 11 99 6 14.9% 12 23.4% 50 316 347 4 68% 0
B.Oliver SD 67 12 50 18 14.8% 13 7.5% 45 271 303 1 80% 0
C.J.Anderson DEN 66 13 90 9 13.2% 14 23.2% 44 324 309 2 77% 1
T.Cadet NO 57 14 52 14 5.4% 18 3.6% 51 296 332 1 75% 1
D.Murray DAL 56 15 58 13 2.4% 21 3.2% 64 418 360 0 89% 2
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
J.Bell DET 54 16 50 17 6.3% 17 4.7% 52 322 303 1 65% 0
T.Mason STL 54 17 40 23 27.7% 6 16.6% 26 148 201 1 62% 0
A.Ellington ARI 53 18 47 19 0.0% 24 -1.5% 64 395 383 2 72% 0
B.Brown BUF 52 19 51 15 25.6% 7 25.1% 25 176 201 0 64% 0
T.Richardson IND 49 20 45 21 11.8% 15 9.8% 34 229 237 0 79% 0
G.Bernard CIN 48 21 32 27 0.6% 22 -4.1% 59 349 335 2 73% 0
S.Vereen NE 47 22 50 16 -3.6% 29 -2.9% 77 447 421 3 68% 0
A.Foster HOU 46 23 42 22 0.5% 23 -0.6% 59 327 323 5 64% 0
D.Sproles PHI 37 24 35 25 -3.1% 28 -3.7% 63 392 324 0 65% 0
D.Freeman ATL 33 25 32 28 3.9% 20 3.3% 37 225 201 1 81% 0
J.Stewart CAR 32 26 46 20 6.4% 16 14.8% 31 181 181 1 81% 0
B.Rainey TB 31 27 38 24 0.0% 25 3.4% 45 315 219 1 73% 2
D.McCluster TEN 25 28 28 29 -1.5% 27 0.1% 36 197 192 1 72% 0
S.Jackson ATL 20 29 27 30 -0.5% 26 4.4% 27 148 145 0 74% 0
J.Rodgers ATL 18 30 -3 39 -6.0% 33 -15.1% 40 173 201 1 73% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
J.Hill CIN 17 31 0 37 -3.7% 30 -13.6% 32 217 155 0 84% 1
L.Washington TEN 14 32 14 31 -4.5% 32 -4.2% 31 159 136 2 71% 0
C.Sims TB 12 33 33 26 -4.3% 31 11.8% 27 190 116 0 70% 0
K.Juszczyk BAL 10 34 8 33 -7.1% 34 -8.6% 27 182 129 1 70% 2
D.Herron IND 9 35 4 35 -7.3% 35 -10.8% 26 173 123 0 81% 1
M.Reece OAK 9 36 -9 42 -11.3% 37 -16.6% 59 265 255 1 63% 0
L.Miller MIA 8 37 -6 40 -11.3% 38 -16.0% 52 262 230 1 73% 0
A.Morris WAS 7 38 12 32 -8.9% 36 -5.4% 26 155 118 0 65% 0
C.Johnson NYJ 0 39 -2 38 -14.0% 40 -15.1% 34 151 138 1 71% 0
D.Brown SD 0 40 -25 48 -14.0% 39 -25.1% 42 213 160 0 71% 0
C.Ivory NYJ -1 41 1 36 -14.8% 41 -13.0% 27 123 105 1 67% 0
K.Davis KC -4 42 -22 47 -16.9% 42 -31.9% 25 147 81 1 64% 1
R.Hillman DEN -6 43 -7 41 -17.1% 44 -17.8% 34 139 117 1 62% 0
L.McCoy PHI -9 44 -20 46 -18.2% 45 -23.7% 39 160 130 0 77% 1
F.Jackson BUF -16 45 7 34 -17.1% 43 -12.4% 90 501 324 1 73% 3
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
J.Charles KC -18 46 -28 50 -19.2% 46 -22.2% 60 282 202 5 68% 2
R.Bush DET -19 47 -14 44 -19.8% 47 -18.4% 57 261 186 0 72% 0
J.Starks GB -19 48 -12 43 -26.8% 49 -22.0% 29 140 69 0 62% 0
M.Asiata MIN -32 49 -26 49 -23.8% 48 -21.9% 63 312 166 1 70% 0
R.Jennings NYG -35 50 -41 52 -29.2% 50 -31.6% 41 226 91 0 73% 1
J.Todman JAC -36 51 -20 45 -35.1% 52 -25.7% 37 198 46 1 68% 0
D.Robinson JAC -43 52 -30 51 -39.7% 55 -31.5% 31 124 32 0 74% 0
A.Williams NYG -49 53 -65 55 -38.2% 54 -46.1% 37 130 43 0 49% 0
M.Ingram NO -54 54 -56 54 -41.0% 56 -42.0% 36 145 31 0 81% 2
J.Forsett BAL -60 55 -47 53 -32.8% 51 -28.7% 59 263 103 0 75% 0
D.McFadden OAK -77 56 -75 57 -38.1% 53 -37.3% 56 212 68 0 64% 0
J.McKinnon MIN -82 57 -74 56 -52.9% 57 -49.1% 41 135 -19 0 66% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Turbin SEA 104 97 83.3% 76.4% 20 186 291 2 80% 0
A.Smith ATL 95 92 91.4% 87.3% 15 222 262 3 87% 0
L.Dunbar DAL 87 85 60.2% 58.6% 22 217 264 0 82% 0
R.Hughes ARI 61 63 66.6% 70.0% 12 140 180 0 67% 0
T.Gerhart JAC 52 70 27.1% 41.1% 24 186 199 0 83% 0
S.Taylor ARI 47 45 40.7% 37.6% 15 79 156 3 73% 0
Z.Stacy STL 45 48 20.9% 23.6% 23 152 184 0 78% 0
A.Blue HOU 41 43 24.9% 27.5% 18 113 159 1 83% 0
D.Young WAS 40 45 34.2% 39.3% 14 81 143 2 79% 0
S.Redd WAS 39 37 59.4% 55.4% 10 107 120 0 80% 0
D.Thomas MIA 37 25 19.8% 9.2% 19 121 155 0 68% 0
L.Taliaferro BAL 33 40 61.0% 76.7% 10 114 99 0 80% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Mathews SD 32 28 37.1% 30.8% 10 69 110 0 90% 0
C.J.Spiller BUF 28 40 8.1% 17.2% 22 125 150 1 86% 0
B.Sankey TEN 25 21 6.2% 3.1% 23 133 142 0 78% 0
T.West CLE 20 15 17.4% 9.3% 13 64 88 1 85% 0
P.DiMarco ATL 16 5 2.4% -9.2% 14 62 101 1 64% 0
B.Powell NYJ 14 10 2.0% -2.1% 15 92 89 0 73% 0
A.Sherman KC 12 5 1.8% -7.5% 14 71 80 1 71% 0
J.Banyard MIN 11 18 7.0% 18.5% 11 62 63 0 82% 0
I.Crowell CLE 8 11 -3.8% 0.6% 14 87 72 0 64% 0
L.Murray OAK 6 3 -8.3% -11.2% 23 143 95 0 74% 0
R.Burkhead CIN 3 3 -7.9% -8.5% 10 49 40 0 70% 0
M.Jones-Drew OAK 3 -2 -10.7% -15.6% 16 71 68 0 69% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
K.Robinson NO 3 6 -8.9% -1.9% 11 63 42 0 73% 0
L.Blount 2TM -1 0 -15.3% -13.8% 12 54 49 0 83% 0
F.Gore SF -2 -7 -15.8% -20.7% 19 111 68 1 58% 0
M.Ball DEN -6 -9 -23.6% -28.2% 13 62 34 0 69% 0
B.Tate CLE -11 -13 -32.7% -35.5% 12 60 19 0 75% 0
W.Johnson PIT -16 -18 -37.0% -40.6% 11 41 16 0 64% 0
M.Grice ARI -16 -16 -40.9% -40.9% 11 29 9 0 64% 0
P.Hillis NYG -17 -3 -35.0% -17.1% 16 87 22 0 63% 0
M.Tolbert CAR -21 -14 -39.7% -31.2% 17 93 15 0 71% 0
C.Hyde SF -22 -24 -40.0% -41.8% 16 68 15 0 75% 0
E.Lorig NO -24 -20 -45.4% -40.6% 10 27 5 1 90% 0
D.Martin TB -35 -32 -47.3% -44.1% 20 64 2 0 65% 0