Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 12

Revised as of 11/25/2014

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 96 rushes, 32 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Murray DAL 298 1 305 1 18.7% 3 19.4% 268 1,358 1,422 7 3 55% 4
M.Lynch SEA 249 2 209 2 22.9% 2 17.8% 192 856 1,084 10 1 54% 5
J.Charles KC 208 3 183 5 23.5% 1 19.6% 151 777 897 8 3 57% 2
L.Miller MIA 157 4 140 7 17.4% 4 14.6% 137 673 773 5 2 59% 1
A.Foster HOU 146 5 147 6 13.8% 5 13.9% 161 822 799 7 2 49% 11
J.Forsett BAL 143 6 204 3 13.1% 6 22.3% 155 903 800 7 1 46% 17
L.Bell PIT 134 7 187 4 8.5% 10 15.2% 195 951 892 2 0 51% 9
M.Forte CHI 116 8 125 9 4.6% 13 5.6% 196 824 948 5 1 52% 7
C.Ivory NYJ 115 9 90 13 11.7% 8 7.4% 130 579 672 5 1 48% 12
A.Morris WAS 101 10 96 11 4.3% 14 3.6% 193 831 840 7 2 47% 16
E.Lacy GB 97 11 93 12 6.4% 12 5.7% 154 672 714 7 2 47% 15
J.Hill CIN 97 12 138 8 8.2% 11 15.3% 131 643 654 6 2 56% 3
R.Jennings NYG 97 13 58 16 9.1% 9 2.1% 128 507 627 2 0 46% 19
J.McKinnon MIN 86 14 70 14 12.6% 7 8.7% 113 538 489 0 0 42% 25
M.Ingram NO 78 15 100 10 3.4% 16 6.8% 149 645 684 6 1 53% 6
S.Jackson ATL 76 16 70 15 4.0% 15 3.1% 140 502 637 5 0 51% 8
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
F.Gore SF 51 17 40 20 -1.4% 19 -2.9% 171 684 690 2 2 50% 10
T.Mason STL 44 18 6 23 1.6% 17 -7.1% 108 445 441 1 1 45% 21
B.Sankey TEN 41 19 44 18 0.8% 18 1.4% 113 441 448 2 1 48% 13
B.Oliver SD 33 20 20 22 -1.6% 20 -4.5% 117 424 463 2 0 45% 22
D.Robinson JAC 24 21 53 17 -3.3% 21 3.4% 114 509 422 4 2 40% 26
T.West CLE 9 22 38 21 -6.9% 22 -1.6% 126 470 480 3 0 48% 14
L.McCoy PHI 7 23 43 19 -7.7% 23 -3.5% 216 861 740 3 1 46% 20
K.Davis KC -22 24 -38 29 -13.3% 25 -17.0% 113 438 360 5 3 40% 27
A.Blue HOU -23 25 -1 24 -13.4% 26 -8.8% 120 436 374 1 0 43% 24
A.Ellington ARI -23 26 -85 32 -11.7% 24 -19.9% 196 651 612 3 2 39% 28
G.Bernard CIN -27 27 -10 25 -13.6% 27 -10.4% 126 491 415 5 0 39% 29
T.Richardson IND -34 28 -20 26 -15.1% 28 -12.3% 128 434 402 3 2 46% 18
D.McFadden OAK -35 29 -35 28 -15.8% 29 -15.8% 126 422 360 2 1 38% 30
A.Williams NYG -38 30 -48 30 -16.2% 30 -18.1% 126 372 370 5 1 37% 31
B.Tate CLE -47 31 -24 27 -20.2% 31 -14.4% 106 333 273 4 0 36% 32
J.Bell DET -93 32 -63 31 -24.1% 32 -19.1% 141 491 365 3 3 44% 23

RUSHING, OTHERS: 18-95 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
C.J.Anderson DEN 136 123 41.1% 36.5% 66 368 456 1 0
J.Gray NE 108 120 25.9% 29.8% 70 330 445 4 0
I.Crowell CLE 77 102 12.3% 18.9% 90 448 443 7 3
D.Sproles PHI 65 79 29.9% 38.2% 44 276 252 5 2
K.Robinson NO 57 66 11.7% 15.1% 64 330 332 2 1
J.Thompson DEN 56 54 26.3% 25.1% 35 154 230 3 1
J.Stewart CAR 56 32 6.8% 0.3% 84 323 401 2 0
F.Jackson BUF 52 30 9.3% 1.9% 68 281 334 2 0
R.Mathews SD 51 33 13.9% 6.0% 51 249 279 2 1
K.Moreno MIA 45 44 23.9% 23.1% 31 148 194 1 0
J.Randle DAL 43 45 30.5% 32.4% 29 201 162 1 1
B.Cunningham STL 41 31 11.0% 6.1% 54 210 247 3 0
A.Smith ATL 38 34 30.4% 25.4% 23 144 147 2 1
P.Thomas NO 36 36 16.0% 16.2% 35 153 185 2 0
K.Carey CHI 35 41 15.9% 20.4% 33 146 179 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
L.Blount 2TM 32 32 0.6% 0.6% 77 344 352 4 1
B.Powell NYJ 31 28 27.7% 23.5% 22 102 124 1 0
C.Johnson NYJ 30 32 -0.2% 0.2% 92 400 359 1 1
R.Hillman DEN 28 1 -1.0% -8.2% 91 378 362 3 1
R.Helu WAS 27 29 9.8% 10.9% 33 169 171 1 0
D.Thomas MIA 24 20 6.8% 4.6% 40 157 171 1 1
S.Vereen NE 23 8 -0.5% -5.7% 78 340 278 1 0
R.Turbin SEA 22 21 5.2% 4.3% 40 171 176 0 1
A.Bradshaw IND 22 28 -2.7% -1.3% 90 428 365 2 3
F.Whittaker CAR 14 15 14.5% 15.6% 18 65 75 1 0
C.Hyde SF 12 4 -4.4% -7.1% 70 255 265 4 1
S.Taylor ARI 10 -3 1.7% -11.6% 25 83 103 1 0
A.Dixon BUF 10 11 -5.4% -5.0% 80 332 275 1 0
B.Rainey TB 8 17 -6.5% -3.9% 93 395 333 1 1
M.Asiata MIN 7 26 -6.7% -1.3% 85 279 320 6 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Bush DET 7 4 -5.3% -6.7% 53 191 190 1 0
L.Taliaferro BAL 3 32 -7.4% 3.0% 61 257 245 4 1
P.Hillis NYG 3 1 -5.0% -7.0% 26 115 84 0 0
S.Greene TEN 3 5 -7.3% -6.7% 57 217 220 2 1
C.Polk PHI 3 1 -6.0% -7.7% 26 79 100 1 0
Z.Stacy STL 0 5 -8.4% -6.8% 66 262 241 1 2
J.Grimes HOU 0 6 -8.1% -0.5% 22 93 70 0 0
S.Johnson JAC -1 8 -9.6% -0.5% 20 64 81 2 0
J.Starks GB -2 -11 -9.4% -13.2% 58 215 198 1 1
S.Ridley NE -2 17 -9.1% -4.5% 94 340 356 2 0
A.Peterson MIN -2 -4 -11.9% -13.4% 21 75 60 0 0
J.Rodgers ATL -3 4 -11.3% -5.3% 29 114 95 1 1
Dam.Williams MIA -5 -8 -12.3% -14.8% 31 100 100 0 0
De.Williams CAR -10 -20 -13.2% -17.3% 56 200 176 0 1
D.Herron IND -11 0 -17.4% -8.9% 34 139 89 0 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
B.Pierce BAL -13 -1 -12.8% -8.8% 71 257 235 2 1
D.Freeman ATL -20 -27 -21.0% -25.2% 40 155 105 0 1
D.McCluster TEN -20 -10 -26.9% -18.2% 26 83 61 0 0
L.Dunbar DAL -22 -19 -38.0% -33.7% 19 54 29 0 0
C.Sims TB -23 -28 -30.1% -35.2% 27 81 54 0 1
T.Riddick DET -23 -18 -36.6% -30.3% 19 47 34 0 0
B.Brown BUF -24 -31 -30.4% -36.4% 26 84 56 0 1
D.Reaves CAR -31 -38 -31.0% -36.6% 32 77 68 0 0
M.James TB -34 -32 -43.2% -41.3% 19 37 30 0 0
C.J.Spiller BUF -34 -43 -21.4% -24.8% 69 290 174 0 2
M.Ball DEN -35 -30 -24.3% -22.2% 55 172 135 1 1
D.Martin TB -37 -28 -22.7% -19.2% 69 193 165 1 0
M.Jones-Drew OAK -59 -61 -53.9% -55.3% 35 80 16 0 1
D.Brown SD -60 -80 -33.1% -41.7% 65 156 112 0 0
T.Gerhart JAC -66 -57 -29.9% -27.0% 63 185 160 1 1

RECEIVING: Minimum 24 passes, 39 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 169 1 154 2 28.8% 6 24.9% 70 484 634 2 81% 0
M.Forte CHI 168 2 147 3 21.7% 9 17.3% 89 598 685 3 81% 0
A.Bradshaw IND 160 3 156 1 44.1% 2 42.7% 44 293 527 6 82% 0
E.Lacy GB 105 4 120 4 40.2% 3 47.9% 36 335 355 3 81% 0
M.Lynch SEA 88 5 85 6 30.9% 5 29.4% 37 290 322 3 73% 0
P.Thomas NO 87 6 77 8 28.7% 7 23.8% 37 241 326 1 86% 0
C.J.Anderson DEN 83 7 87 5 44.2% 1 47.0% 26 221 273 1 77% 0
B.Cunningham STL 81 8 78 7 26.0% 8 24.8% 35 225 309 1 80% 0
T.Richardson IND 66 9 53 12 31.5% 4 22.8% 26 194 240 0 77% 0
T.Cadet NO 59 10 47 13 9.2% 15 4.5% 43 263 304 1 74% 1
T.Riddick DET 57 11 73 9 20.5% 10 29.8% 33 218 236 3 64% 0
R.Helu WAS 55 12 55 11 14.7% 12 14.9% 38 378 250 1 89% 2
A.Ellington ARI 46 13 44 14 -1.7% 17 -2.3% 64 395 369 2 72% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
D.McCluster TEN 45 14 58 10 19.0% 11 29.0% 24 168 189 1 83% 0
B.Oliver SD 39 15 31 17 10.2% 14 5.1% 32 195 199 1 84% 0
A.Foster HOU 35 16 29 18 2.4% 16 -0.4% 39 229 225 3 67% 0
D.Freeman ATL 31 17 20 21 11.7% 13 2.7% 25 151 151 1 84% 0
S.Vereen NE 24 18 32 16 -7.3% 22 -5.0% 62 353 312 3 69% 0
D.Murray DAL 22 19 21 20 -4.6% 18 -4.9% 44 305 214 0 86% 2
J.Charles KC 16 20 -5 28 -6.3% 19 -16.4% 37 190 187 3 70% 1
D.Sproles PHI 16 21 25 19 -7.0% 21 -2.8% 42 294 196 0 62% 0
G.Bernard CIN 14 22 -4 27 -7.3% 23 -15.7% 37 201 184 0 65% 0
R.Hillman DEN 12 23 4 25 -7.0% 20 -11.7% 32 137 146 1 63% 0
J.Bell DET 10 24 7 24 -8.5% 25 -9.9% 36 202 155 0 58% 0
C.Johnson NYJ 9 25 14 22 -8.0% 24 -5.2% 28 138 133 1 71% 0
B.Rainey TB 9 26 11 23 -9.7% 26 -8.8% 43 274 166 1 72% 2
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Jennings NYG 7 27 -23 33 -9.7% 27 -26.9% 30 185 143 0 77% 1
R.Bush DET 1 28 -3 26 -13.3% 28 -15.1% 35 169 143 0 74% 0
M.Ingram NO 1 29 -10 29 -13.3% 29 -20.7% 26 112 105 0 77% 0
F.Jackson BUF -1 30 34 15 -14.2% 30 -2.0% 51 313 205 1 78% 3
D.Brown SD -6 31 -20 31 -18.1% 31 -29.6% 24 106 81 0 71% 0
L.Miller MIA -14 32 -27 35 -20.7% 32 -27.1% 33 147 114 1 76% 0
M.Asiata MIN -17 33 -23 32 -22.0% 33 -24.5% 40 211 118 1 63% 0
D.Robinson JAC -24 34 -15 30 -30.4% 35 -24.0% 25 114 55 0 80% 0
L.McCoy PHI -29 35 -30 36 -31.9% 36 -32.2% 31 112 57 0 77% 1
J.Forsett BAL -34 36 -23 34 -27.9% 34 -23.5% 44 210 103 0 75% 0
D.McFadden OAK -60 37 -54 37 -35.6% 37 -33.6% 48 188 73 0 65% 0
M.Reece OAK -71 38 -73 38 -49.1% 38 -50.2% 35 103 -3 0 54% 0
J.McKinnon MIN -80 39 -74 39 -51.6% 39 -49.1% 41 135 -14 0 66% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 7-23 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
A.Smith ATL 95 91 90.9% 86.7% 15 222 261 3 87% 0
L.Dunbar DAL 93 87 81.8% 75.7% 18 201 261 0 83% 0
J.McKnight KC 56 61 122.3% 132.9% 7 64 146 2 86% 0
R.Turbin SEA 55 49 51.9% 45.1% 15 112 172 1 80% 0
J.Hill CIN 53 35 38.5% 20.0% 20 168 183 0 85% 0
K.Juszczyk BAL 45 44 23.5% 23.2% 22 175 177 1 73% 1
D.Young WAS 40 47 52.2% 63.2% 10 67 126 2 80% 0
C.J.Spiller BUF 40 53 28.5% 42.6% 16 109 149 1 88% 0
T.Gerhart JAC 39 62 27.4% 51.0% 17 154 149 0 88% 0
D.Thomas MIA 39 46 47.2% 58.9% 11 97 125 0 82% 0
Z.Stacy STL 38 44 19.6% 25.3% 20 135 158 0 75% 0
R.Hughes ARI 37 42 56.8% 65.4% 8 94 115 0 75% 0
Dam.Williams MIA 36 37 36.3% 37.7% 12 99 126 0 83% 0
B.Miller SF 34 39 50.4% 58.7% 10 86 109 0 80% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
P.DiMarco ATL 32 23 37.5% 23.2% 10 50 109 1 70% 0
R.Mathews SD 29 28 48.5% 45.7% 7 59 93 0 100% 0
A.Blue HOU 25 25 21.2% 21.8% 12 76 102 1 75% 0
S.Taylor ARI 23 26 33.7% 39.3% 8 44 81 2 88% 0
L.Taliaferro BAL 23 28 47.7% 60.3% 9 94 75 0 78% 0
A.Morris WAS 22 24 12.4% 13.7% 15 109 108 0 73% 0
B.Brown BUF 22 30 7.1% 14.3% 20 122 121 0 65% 0
J.Rodgers ATL 21 9 2.0% -7.3% 23 107 136 1 87% 0
A.Sherman KC 20 12 19.8% 5.3% 11 62 85 1 64% 0
B.Sankey TEN 19 24 7.1% 12.4% 17 104 103 0 82% 0
T.West CLE 15 14 22.4% 20.3% 9 48 59 1 89% 0
J.Develin NE 7 9 2.2% 6.1% 7 43 48 0 86% 0
J.Stewart CAR 6 23 -7.8% 7.6% 21 123 91 0 86% 0
T.Mason STL 6 -6 -5.6% -21.8% 14 65 66 0 64% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
D.Herron IND 6 5 0.4% -0.7% 7 40 39 0 100% 0
I.Crowell CLE 5 10 -2.5% 7.9% 8 46 42 0 63% 0
B.Powell NYJ 4 -2 -5.0% -17.5% 8 50 41 0 63% 0
R.Burkhead CIN 4 2 -6.1% -10.3% 10 49 41 0 70% 0
A.Dixon BUF 3 7 -5.8% 5.2% 7 36 32 0 86% 0
F.Gore SF 1 4 -12.2% -9.0% 14 98 59 1 57% 0
L.Murray OAK 1 3 -10.6% -4.0% 7 35 27 0 86% 0
M.Jones-Drew OAK -1 -4 -15.8% -20.1% 11 48 42 0 73% 0
L.Washington TEN -5 -3 -24.8% -21.0% 14 77 24 1 79% 0
L.Blount PIT -6 -2 -25.4% -17.7% 8 36 24 0 75% 0
M.Ball DEN -8 -10 -26.1% -29.1% 13 62 30 0 69% 0
C.Ivory NYJ -9 -6 -20.9% -18.6% 23 110 73 0 65% 0
W.Johnson PIT -10 -12 -30.5% -33.5% 9 35 22 0 56% 0
D.Reaves CAR -12 -16 -40.2% -48.2% 8 31 8 0 63% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
S.Jackson ATL -12 -5 -23.7% -18.1% 23 97 63 0 70% 0
M.Tolbert CAR -12 -11 -39.1% -35.7% 11 59 8 0 73% 0
B.Tate CLE -14 -13 -37.1% -36.8% 12 60 14 0 75% 0
D.Martin TB -17 -16 -33.9% -32.3% 16 58 25 0 63% 0
E.Lorig NO -22 -21 -56.9% -54.2% 7 24 -9 0 86% 0
C.Sims TB -24 -15 -60.7% -42.1% 10 36 -13 0 70% 0
R.Agnew CLE -25 -23 -68.9% -65.8% 8 15 -19 0 25% 0
A.Williams NYG -31 -38 -41.3% -47.5% 21 70 17 0 43% 0
K.Davis KC -32 -51 -43.9% -62.2% 19 65 10 0 58% 1
F.Summers BUF -36 -31 -93.9% -82.0% 8 9 -42 0 63% 0
P.Hillis NYG -37 -13 -66.5% -32.8% 14 60 -26 0 57% 0
C.Hyde SF -45 -48 -87.6% -92.7% 12 22 -50 0 67% 0
J.Starks GB -46 -38 -71.5% -61.7% 17 48 -34 0 53% 0
J.Todman JAC -50 -37 -65.8% -52.3% 23 116 -34 0 65% 0