Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 1986

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 9/14/2017

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, 42 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
C.Warner SEA 385 1 353 1 20.3% 3 17.9% 319 1,481 1,770 13 5 51% 13
G.Rogers WAS 380 2 299 3 18.5% 4 12.7% 303 1,202 1,822 18 7 57% 2
J.Brooks CIN 291 3 234 5 29.9% 1 22.3% 205 1,086 1,125 5 2 49% 20
E.Dickerson LARM 291 4 351 2 8.3% 12 11.8% 404 1,821 1,955 12 10 54% 6
E.Jackson PIT 233 5 204 9 16.2% 5 13.1% 217 916 1,185 5 2 53% 10
J.Jones DET 229 6 186 10 11.6% 7 7.8% 252 906 1,349 8 4 51% 16
J.Morris NYG 216 7 213 8 6.5% 14 6.3% 341 1,516 1,583 14 6 47% 26
G.Riggs ATL 209 8 240 4 5.2% 18 7.2% 343 1,327 1,645 9 6 53% 8
H.Walker DAL 197 9 171 11 21.9% 2 17.9% 152 737 875 12 4 57% 4
W.Payton CHI 178 10 228 6 4.5% 20 8.2% 319 1,337 1,458 8 6 54% 7
L.Hampton MIA 174 11 156 12 12.4% 6 10.2% 188 836 996 9 4 51% 17
W.Abercrombie PIT 173 12 148 14 10.7% 9 7.9% 215 880 1,048 6 2 47% 27
R.Craig SF 158 13 150 13 9.2% 11 8.3% 204 830 1,019 7 2 49% 21
R.Mayes NO 155 14 214 7 5.0% 19 10.1% 286 1,345 1,234 8 4 48% 23
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
K.Mack CLE1 155 15 130 16 10.0% 10 7.0% 174 665 966 11 5 57% 3
S.Mitchell STLC 110 16 136 15 6.1% 16 9.6% 177 805 821 5 4 47% 24
L.Kinnebrew CIN 95 17 76 22 5.9% 17 3.1% 131 520 713 8 5 54% 5
J.L.Williams SEA 93 18 86 20 6.4% 15 5.4% 129 538 682 0 1 57% 1
B.Redden LARM 92 19 101 17 11.4% 8 13.4% 110 467 544 4 1 53% 11
D.Nelson MIN 81 20 87 19 1.9% 22 2.7% 191 793 793 4 3 45% 32
K.Davis GB 80 21 51 26 7.6% 13 1.8% 114 519 553 1 0 46% 28
T.Dorsett DAL 76 22 64 23 2.7% 21 0.9% 183 748 704 5 5 45% 31
G.James DET 66 23 29 28 1.8% 23 -4.0% 160 690 652 3 3 42% 36
S.Winder DEN 61 24 84 21 -2.5% 28 -0.2% 240 789 958 9 2 44% 33
F.McNeil NYJ 57 25 49 27 -2.4% 27 -3.2% 214 840 873 5 8 50% 18
J.Cribbs SF 55 26 55 25 -0.1% 24 0.0% 152 587 640 5 5 51% 15
J.Hector NYJ 50 27 93 18 -1.3% 26 4.8% 164 605 676 8 2 50% 18
G.W.Anderson SD 39 28 58 24 -0.8% 25 2.9% 128 444 496 1 0 48% 22
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
N.McCallum LARD 36 29 23 30 -2.6% 29 -4.8% 142 536 567 1 4 52% 12
M.Pruitt KC 12 30 14 32 -6.6% 30 -6.3% 139 448 553 2 0 46% 30
C.Dickey CLE1 2 31 14 33 -8.2% 31 -6.1% 135 523 501 7 4 41% 37
M.Allen LARD -3 32 -3 35 -9.0% 32 -9.0% 207 757 678 5 6 43% 34
R.Riddick BUF -4 33 28 29 -9.3% 33 -3.9% 150 632 514 4 6 51% 14
D.Hilliard NO -12 34 15 31 -10.9% 34 -5.7% 121 425 432 5 3 46% 29
E.Ferrell STLC -13 35 4 34 -11.2% 35 -7.8% 124 548 425 0 6 53% 9
C.Adams SD -30 36 -37 37 -14.9% 38 -16.2% 117 364 363 4 3 42% 35
K.Byars PHI -34 37 -64 39 -13.4% 37 -17.6% 177 576 561 1 3 40% 38
M.Rozier HOIL -39 38 -11 36 -13.2% 36 -9.8% 199 662 664 4 6 47% 25
J.Wilder TB -56 39 -124 41 -15.8% 39 -24.8% 190 704 571 2 8 34% 41
R.McMillan IND -83 40 -90 40 -19.3% 40 -20.1% 189 609 534 3 5 39% 40
C.James NE -121 41 -59 38 -28.4% 41 -18.2% 153 432 329 4 4 39% 39
T.Collins NE -144 42 -142 42 -31.8% 42 -31.6% 156 411 300 3 3 34% 42

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.Wilson CIN 178 158 47.0% 40.8% 68 378 564 8 1
C.Austin ATL 105 93 30.5% 26.3% 62 280 400 1 0
G.Willhite DEN 94 92 17.7% 17.0% 85 365 463 5 2
T.Nathan MIA 80 77 73.0% 70.3% 27 203 214 0 0
T.Sanders CHI 77 86 66.6% 75.5% 27 224 214 5 1
M.Carthon NYG 68 51 11.5% 6.5% 72 260 402 0 0
L.Rouson NYG 60 30 19.7% 5.7% 54 179 268 2 0
S.Sewell DEN 57 58 64.1% 64.7% 23 123 160 1 0
G.Bell BUF 49 66 2.8% 6.7% 91 377 451 4 1
R.Wallace HOIL 48 60 9.1% 13.4% 52 218 312 3 1
W.Bennett MIA 48 38 25.1% 17.9% 36 162 201 0 1
F.Hawkins LARD 46 49 10.5% 11.6% 58 245 282 0 0
T.Brown MIN 46 34 7.6% 3.4% 63 251 317 4 0
R.Erenberg PIT 45 34 17.7% 11.1% 43 172 221 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Toney PHI 45 55 6.5% 9.8% 69 285 329 1 0
B.Johnson CIN 44 30 17.6% 9.1% 39 226 216 0 2
W.Andrews ATL 36 54 7.8% 15.9% 52 214 249 1 0
C.White LARM 35 34 39.0% 38.1% 22 126 120 0 0
W.Tyler SF 34 14 17.0% 2.3% 31 127 168 0 1
A.Anderson MIN 34 45 1.0% 4.1% 83 347 359 2 3
C.Byrum BUF 34 44 11.6% 17.6% 38 156 198 0 0
G.Ellis GB 34 36 0.1% 0.6% 84 345 390 2 3
K.Bryant WAS 33 34 4.2% 4.6% 69 259 279 4 2
J.Smith KC 31 30 3.7% 3.1% 54 238 268 3 1
R.Davenport MIA 25 20 -0.9% -2.5% 75 316 325 0 1
S.Stamps ATL 23 23 17.7% 16.7% 30 220 114 0 2
M.Suhey CHI 22 48 -3.0% 3.8% 84 270 368 2 1
R.Springs TB 20 23 -2.1% -1.3% 74 285 304 0 2
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
T.Spencer SD 17 34 -4.9% -1.1% 99 350 418 6 3
O.Anderson 2TM 16 22 -3.5% -1.8% 75 237 303 3 1
T.Rathman SF 14 20 2.6% 7.7% 33 138 129 1 0
N.Wonsley TB 12 17 -4.8% -2.8% 73 339 279 3 2
G.Ellerson GB 10 5 -6.0% -7.4% 90 287 360 3 3
H.Heard KC 7 1 -6.3% -8.2% 71 295 265 3 3
C.Crawford PHI 5 1 -4.3% -8.1% 28 88 112 1 0
T.Newsome DAL 5 8 -5.5% -3.8% 34 110 151 2 1
P.O.Carruth GB 3 19 -7.8% -3.3% 81 308 322 2 1
G.Lang DEN 3 10 -6.2% -0.1% 29 94 108 1 0
M.Haddix PHI 3 -32 -7.6% -19.1% 78 269 269 0 1
B.Howard TB 2 -7 -7.0% -13.6% 30 110 118 1 1
F.Pollard PIT 2 -12 -6.8% -21.3% 24 86 86 0 1
H.Fontenot CLE1 2 -1 -7.2% -9.3% 25 105 100 1 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
Ri.Moore BUF -2 -4 -9.9% -11.0% 33 104 133 1 1
K.Griffin WAS -2 2 -9.5% -7.7% 62 199 205 0 0
B.McGee SD -4 16 -10.0% -3.2% 62 187 254 7 2
A.Bentley IND -6 22 -10.4% -2.2% 73 351 282 3 2
N.Anderson CHI -9 2 -15.0% -7.0% 36 150 107 0 1
C.Thomas CHI -10 19 -12.5% -1.4% 56 224 208 0 3
E.Byner CLE1 -10 -47 -11.2% -20.2% 94 277 330 2 0
A.Pinkett HOIL -11 -17 -12.0% -14.1% 77 225 253 2 1
O.Gill IND -11 15 -13.5% -1.9% 53 228 177 1 2
R.Weathers NE -20 -18 -29.7% -26.7% 21 59 50 1 0
G.Wonsley IND -24 5 -18.3% -6.6% 61 218 177 1 1
C.Banks HOIL -25 -32 -30.0% -35.9% 29 80 59 0 1
A.Rice MIN -29 -43 -17.7% -22.2% 73 220 226 2 3
D.Harmon SF -33 -36 -38.7% -41.0% 27 77 41 1 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
L.James SD -37 -21 -26.3% -18.9% 51 224 118 0 3
D.Bligen NYJ -38 -23 -59.9% -40.2% 20 65 2 1 2
B.Green KC -40 -23 -19.8% -14.9% 90 314 244 3 2
B.Jordan NO -43 -39 -23.4% -22.1% 68 207 179 1 2
B.Woolfolk HOIL -43 -25 -50.9% -32.8% 24 59 18 0 0
R.Harmon BUF -53 -45 -31.0% -27.6% 54 172 118 0 1
L.Moriarty 2TM -63 -86 -25.5% -31.8% 90 252 217 2 2
T.Paige NYJ -69 -63 -35.9% -33.6% 47 109 105 2 2
J.Tautalatasi PHI -71 -79 -43.6% -47.4% 51 162 60 0 2
M.Tatupu NE -74 -55 -30.3% -24.8% 71 172 174 1 0

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 69 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
G.W.Anderson SD 249 1 239 1 21.0% 13 19.6% 125 868 1,028 8 64%
D.Nelson MIN 213 2 210 2 35.3% 3 34.6% 76 593 749 3 70%
T.Collins NE 204 3 200 3 23.3% 8 22.6% 96 684 813 5 80%
J.Brooks CIN 190 4 189 4 23.3% 9 23.0% 90 686 760 4 60%
H.Walker DAL 183 5 185 5 17.1% 16 17.3% 107 837 798 2 71%
A.Rice MIN 163 6 165 6 57.3% 1 58.5% 44 391 499 3 68%
T.Newsome DAL 133 7 137 8 21.1% 12 22.0% 63 421 549 3 76%
T.Nathan MIA 133 8 144 7 23.1% 10 26.3% 62 453 532 2 77%
H.Fontenot CLE1 131 9 119 10 20.6% 15 17.4% 70 558 542 1 67%
E.Byner CLE1 124 10 108 13 38.6% 2 31.7% 42 328 425 2 88%
E.Ferrell STLC 116 11 109 12 15.5% 20 13.6% 70 434 523 3 80%
L.Hampton MIA 113 12 136 9 11.7% 23 17.0% 77 446 549 3 79%
K.Bryant WAS 109 13 116 11 16.9% 17 18.7% 65 445 480 3 66%
B.Woolfolk HOIL 88 14 91 14 20.7% 14 21.9% 47 313 364 2 60%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
E.L.Ivery GB 84 15 78 16 12.6% 22 10.8% 59 385 401 1 53%
G.Willhite DEN 81 16 67 20 3.9% 32 0.8% 90 511 489 3 71%
T.Galbreath NYG 81 17 79 15 28.7% 6 27.7% 37 268 305 0 89%
F.McNeil NYJ 76 18 71 18 5.6% 29 4.2% 67 411 438 1 73%
T.Dorsett DAL 75 19 73 17 32.1% 4 30.9% 33 267 274 1 76%
S.Sewell DEN 73 20 68 19 16.6% 18 14.5% 41 294 321 1 56%
H.Hunter DET 67 21 67 21 22.4% 11 22.4% 32 218 269 1 78%
W.Payton CHI 63 22 63 23 7.1% 27 7.0% 53 382 347 3 70%
S.Winder DEN 63 23 49 27 10.7% 24 5.2% 38 171 314 5 68%
R.Wallace HOIL 59 24 52 25 23.3% 7 18.5% 27 177 237 2 63%
A.Anderson MIN 57 25 52 24 29.1% 5 25.1% 27 179 214 2 63%
J.Smith KC 57 26 66 22 6.5% 28 9.9% 45 228 316 3 73%
M.Rozier HOIL 49 27 42 32 15.6% 19 11.3% 29 180 222 0 83%
J.L.Williams SEA 45 28 39 34 7.3% 26 4.2% 38 219 247 0 87%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
J.Morris NYG 45 29 48 28 8.5% 25 10.1% 36 233 237 1 58%
C.Warner SEA 43 30 32 37 0.9% 35 -2.7% 52 342 295 0 79%
S.Stamps ATL 42 31 43 31 14.4% 21 14.7% 27 221 195 1 74%
J.Cribbs SF 42 32 46 30 -0.5% 38 0.9% 55 346 310 0 64%
J.Tautalatasi PHI 41 33 42 33 -0.2% 37 -0.2% 52 325 303 2 79%
B.Redden LARM 39 34 39 35 4.0% 31 3.8% 39 217 237 1 72%
R.Riddick BUF 37 35 48 29 -3.5% 41 -0.4% 65 468 326 1 75%
K.Mack CLE1 36 36 27 40 0.9% 36 -2.8% 43 292 249 0 65%
M.Suhey CHI 36 37 38 36 3.7% 33 4.9% 35 235 220 0 69%
J.Hector NYJ 33 38 50 26 -1.6% 39 4.7% 43 281 259 0 77%
L.James SD 32 39 29 39 4.2% 30 2.4% 28 173 191 0 82%
R.Davenport MIA 25 40 29 38 2.6% 34 4.8% 26 177 163 1 77%
W.Abercrombie PIT 24 41 23 43 -8.0% 44 -8.0% 73 395 335 2 64%
R.Springs TB 18 42 26 41 -3.0% 40 2.1% 31 187 154 0 77%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
G.Ellis GB 15 43 4 50 -7.2% 43 -12.0% 41 258 188 0 59%
Ri.Moore BUF 13 44 13 44 -6.2% 42 -6.0% 30 184 150 0 77%
M.Allen LARD 11 45 25 42 -11.5% 46 -8.4% 79 441 346 2 59%
J.Wilder TB 6 46 5 47 -12.0% 47 -12.2% 59 326 227 1 73%
G.Bell BUF 6 47 9 46 -10.3% 45 -8.0% 26 142 127 2 46%
A.Bentley IND 2 48 3 51 -12.6% 48 -12.1% 39 230 141 0 64%
R.Craig SF 2 49 11 45 -13.5% 50 -11.8% 103 624 399 0 79%
F.Hawkins LARD 1 50 5 48 -13.1% 49 -11.5% 37 166 142 0 68%
G.Riggs ATL 0 51 1 53 -13.9% 51 -13.3% 31 136 131 0 77%
P.O.Carruth GB -1 52 4 49 -14.1% 52 -11.5% 34 134 129 2 71%
R.Harmon BUF -3 53 3 52 -15.7% 53 -12.4% 35 185 126 1 63%
G.James DET -15 54 -24 56 -19.5% 54 -22.7% 47 219 162 0 72%
D.Hilliard NO -21 55 -28 58 -28.2% 58 -33.2% 25 107 60 0 68%
O.Anderson 2TM -25 56 -24 57 -29.4% 60 -28.9% 27 137 64 0 70%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
B.Green KC -26 57 -21 54 -33.6% 62 -30.0% 28 137 41 0 68%
A.Pinkett HOIL -27 58 -35 60 -25.0% 56 -28.3% 45 244 113 1 78%
J.Jones DET -29 59 -50 64 -21.1% 55 -26.2% 74 334 228 1 73%
C.James NE -37 60 -29 59 -38.6% 64 -33.3% 29 117 31 0 69%
K.Davis GB -41 61 -55 65 -32.6% 61 -39.2% 36 142 71 1 58%
R.McMillan IND -41 62 -24 55 -27.3% 57 -21.7% 54 289 133 0 63%
R.Mayes NO -45 63 -41 62 -41.9% 65 -39.4% 27 96 22 0 63%
S.Mitchell STLC -51 64 -39 61 -28.9% 59 -25.3% 62 276 134 0 66%
M.Haddix PHI -53 65 -57 66 -36.1% 63 -37.6% 41 157 61 0 66%
O.Gill IND -54 66 -44 63 -42.9% 67 -37.3% 38 137 22 0 42%
M.Carthon NYG -88 67 -92 68 -72.2% 69 -74.8% 26 67 -74 0 62%
R.Erenberg PIT -99 68 -89 67 -42.0% 66 -39.0% 59 217 47 3 46%
E.Dickerson LARM -109 69 -105 69 -57.1% 68 -55.2% 46 205 -45 0 57%

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
A.Toney PHI 83 79 101.4% 95.0% 14 177 224 0 93%
E.Jackson PIT 65 65 53.4% 53.4% 19 169 203 0 89%
B.McGee SD 60 53 83.2% 72.4% 11 105 167 0 91%
L.Rouson NYG 60 61 80.2% 82.1% 10 121 168 1 80%
T.Rathman SF 53 52 45.8% 45.7% 15 121 172 0 87%
G.Lang DEN 47 35 39.6% 26.6% 17 105 159 2 76%
G.Ellerson GB 42 39 38.0% 34.0% 15 130 145 0 80%
M.Tatupu NE 39 36 24.6% 21.9% 18 145 154 0 83%
C.Dickey CLE1 35 36 34.6% 36.6% 12 78 124 0 83%
B.Johnson CIN 25 18 14.2% 6.2% 15 103 115 0 87%
K.Griffin WAS 25 19 12.0% 6.3% 17 110 120 0 65%
D.Harmon SF 24 27 29.1% 35.9% 10 78 88 0 80%
L.Kinnebrew CIN 22 20 4.7% 3.0% 19 136 128 1 68%
V.Sikahema STLC 19 28 8.7% 19.9% 15 99 98 1 67%
N.McCallum LARD 15 12 -1.0% -3.6% 19 103 115 0 68%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
G.Wonsley IND 15 26 -1.7% 7.0% 23 175 120 0 70%
B.Jordan NO 14 15 -0.3% 0.0% 18 127 105 0 61%
T.Brown MIN 14 11 -0.3% -3.6% 20 132 105 0 75%
C.Byrum BUF 10 15 -3.8% 0.7% 19 104 95 1 68%
C.Banks HOIL 9 13 0.4% 6.7% 11 71 66 0 64%
D.Hughes PIT -1 5 -15.4% -4.7% 12 98 40 0 83%
T.Paige NYJ -2 -3 -15.6% -16.0% 22 103 94 0 82%
M.Guman LARM -10 -9 -25.2% -24.9% 14 68 41 0 64%
J.Clark GB -16 -19 -32.9% -37.3% 12 41 26 0 50%
L.Moriarty 2TM -21 -15 -35.5% -29.1% 18 67 26 0 50%
M.Pruitt KC -32 -26 -47.0% -41.3% 17 56 3 0 47%
N.Wonsley TB -37 -32 -56.3% -50.0% 16 57 -14 0 50%
C.Thomas CHI -54 -52 -95.6% -93.1% 12 18 -65 0 33%
H.Heard KC -63 -66 -62.2% -64.0% 24 83 -36 0 71%
K.Byars PHI -64 -64 -74.2% -74.5% 20 44 -57 0 55%