Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 1989

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 9/1/2013

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
N.Anderson CHI 254 1 200 5 13.0% 4 8.5% 274 1,280 1,421 11 5 49% 21
J.Brooks CIN 250 2 247 3 18.3% 2 18.1% 222 1,241 1,202 7 9 58% 3
B.Sanders DET 239 3 256 1 12.1% 5 13.6% 280 1,470 1,377 14 9 50% 15
E.Byner WAS 191 4 204 4 24.8% 1 27.3% 133 580 800 7 0 61% 2
C.Okoye KC 182 5 250 2 2.8% 16 7.1% 370 1,480 1,668 12 8 53% 10
B.Jackson LARD 175 6 161 7 17.1% 3 15.0% 173 950 873 4 1 43% 37
B.Humphrey DEN 164 7 129 10 4.1% 11 1.4% 294 1,151 1,379 7 4 50% 13
G.Bell LARM 150 8 165 6 4.1% 12 5.4% 272 1,141 1,258 15 6 49% 22
D.Hilliard NO 122 9 118 11 -0.2% 19 -0.5% 344 1,262 1,453 13 6 48% 23
B.Fullwood GB 120 10 108 14 3.3% 13 2.1% 205 827 1,064 5 4 55% 6
M.Butts SD 108 11 67 20 5.8% 8 0.3% 170 683 823 9 2 44% 34
L.Kinnebrew BUF 107 12 145 9 8.4% 6 14.5% 131 533 714 6 2 61% 1
E.Ferrell PHX 104 13 80 19 6.5% 7 3.0% 149 509 761 6 1 48% 24
E.Dickerson IND 99 14 116 12 -1.3% 21 -0.1% 315 1,313 1,333 7 10 51% 11
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.Hector NYJ 82 15 115 13 2.5% 17 6.9% 177 703 771 3 1 50% 14
T.Spencer SD 82 16 83 17 5.7% 9 5.9% 134 521 624 3 2 54% 8
R.Fenney MIN 80 17 83 16 3.2% 14 3.6% 151 588 716 4 4 57% 5
B.Perryman NE 78 18 95 15 3.0% 15 5.5% 150 562 707 2 2 49% 19
S.Smith LARD 71 19 63 21 5.6% 10 4.1% 117 471 546 1 2 57% 4
R.Craig SF 69 20 82 18 -2.5% 26 -1.3% 271 1,054 1,086 6 3 48% 25
J.Settle ATL 62 21 42 26 -0.3% 20 -2.9% 179 689 747 3 1 43% 36
G.Riggs WAS 62 22 55 23 -1.7% 24 -2.5% 202 843 875 4 4 50% 12
M.Hoge PIT 59 23 60 22 -1.8% 25 -1.7% 185 617 843 8 2 49% 20
K.Byars PHI 58 24 17 32 1.3% 18 -5.6% 133 452 595 5 2 44% 33
L.Tate TB 56 25 45 25 -1.3% 22 -2.7% 167 589 750 8 2 47% 27
O.Anderson NYG 54 26 -2 34 -4.7% 29 -8.7% 325 1,023 1,306 14 2 42% 39
T.Thomas BUF 53 27 153 8 -4.3% 27 3.9% 298 1,244 1,138 6 7 49% 18
S.Winder DEN 33 28 24 30 -1.6% 23 -3.6% 110 351 460 2 1 55% 7
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
H.Walker 2TM 23 29 17 31 -6.4% 31 -6.9% 250 921 931 7 5 42% 38
A.Highsmith HOIL 22 30 27 28 -4.7% 28 -3.9% 128 532 525 4 6 49% 16
J.Stephens NE 19 31 55 24 -6.8% 32 -3.4% 244 833 946 7 2 47% 26
W.Howard TB 18 32 31 27 -4.8% 30 -2.0% 108 357 430 1 1 54% 9
R.Vick NYJ 6 33 25 29 -7.3% 33 -3.5% 112 434 429 5 3 46% 29
E.Metcalf CLE1 4 34 9 33 -8.0% 34 -7.3% 186 641 644 6 4 39% 40
J.L.Williams SEA -7 35 -19 36 -9.7% 35 -11.5% 146 499 547 1 1 43% 35
L.White HOIL -17 36 -12 35 -12.1% 36 -11.1% 104 349 391 5 2 49% 17
P.Palmer DAL -47 37 -48 37 -18.6% 39 -18.8% 112 446 327 2 3 38% 42
A.Toney PHI -47 38 -74 40 -15.0% 38 -18.6% 172 582 554 4 4 39% 41
S.Smith MIA -56 39 -54 38 -14.8% 37 -14.6% 200 659 680 6 6 46% 30
J.Morris WAS -79 40 -124 42 -22.9% 42 -30.9% 126 338 348 2 3 45% 32
T.Worley PIT -88 41 -56 39 -19.5% 40 -15.5% 196 774 551 5 10 46% 28
C.Warner SEA -98 42 -121 41 -19.8% 41 -22.3% 194 631 596 3 6 45% 31

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
K.L.Jones ATL 107 106 36.1% 35.6% 52 202 379 6 0
B.Muster CHI 100 91 16.8% 14.7% 82 327 499 5 2
F.McNeil NYJ 87 94 18.0% 20.0% 81 348 424 2 1
B.Jordan NO 74 78 30.9% 33.3% 38 179 281 3 0
M.Allen LARD 69 68 14.1% 13.6% 69 298 376 2 1
K.Woodside GB 58 56 21.5% 20.5% 46 273 258 1 1
J.Saxon KC 55 62 12.2% 15.0% 58 233 315 3 2
A.Anderson MIN 54 54 15.1% 15.3% 52 189 283 2 0
R.Delpino LARM 45 45 5.4% 5.3% 78 368 350 1 1
T.Rathman SF 43 57 2.4% 5.8% 79 305 411 1 1
T.Manoa CLE1 43 49 1.8% 3.3% 87 289 428 3 2
D.Nelson 2TM 41 39 7.9% 6.9% 67 322 281 0 1
W.Williams PIT 39 20 16.3% 3.9% 37 131 201 1 0
B.McGee LARM 38 35 26.2% 23.3% 21 99 154 1 0
S.Stamps TB 32 36 23.4% 27.7% 29 141 138 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
C.Taylor CIN 30 24 10.4% 6.5% 30 106 187 3 0
A.Pinkett HOIL 30 23 -0.7% -2.6% 95 422 372 1 2
J.Clark 2TM 29 37 24.9% 34.5% 20 99 121 0 0
B.Redden CLE1 28 31 9.7% 11.5% 40 180 180 1 1
E.Ball CIN 27 13 -2.5% -5.5% 98 387 419 3 3
G.Lang ATL 25 24 3.9% 3.5% 47 176 211 1 1
T.McNair KC 23 20 23.2% 19.2% 23 121 102 0 0
S.Mitchell PHX 23 27 5.4% 7.5% 43 165 180 0 0
J.Alexander DEN 21 13 1.3% -2.5% 45 146 220 2 0
M.Bratton DEN 19 17 5.6% 4.0% 30 108 148 1 0
J.Wilder TB 18 15 -2.4% -3.5% 70 244 282 0 0
P.Frazier NO 18 16 7.8% 6.2% 25 112 122 1 1
C.Gary LARM 17 23 2.8% 6.9% 37 163 152 1 1
K.Mack CLE1 15 16 0.5% 1.1% 37 130 166 1 1
V.Mueller LARD 14 6 -2.0% -5.9% 48 161 212 2 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Bentley IND 14 49 -4.5% 5.7% 75 299 314 1 0
H.Sherman PHI 14 12 -1.1% -2.2% 40 177 180 2 2
D.J.Dozier MIN 14 17 -1.0% 0.6% 46 207 176 0 1
S.Jennings CIN 13 6 -4.9% -6.8% 83 293 333 2 1
T.Sanders CHI 12 3 -1.9% -6.7% 42 130 170 0 0
R.Drummond PHI 10 17 -0.6% 4.8% 32 127 126 0 0
I.Woods CIN 8 11 -2.6% -0.3% 29 94 131 2 1
K.Davis BUF 6 13 -3.0% 3.9% 29 149 101 1 1
V.Sikahema PHX 5 0 -5.0% -8.8% 38 144 138 0 0
B.Sargent DAL 5 6 -3.5% -2.4% 20 87 94 1 0
M.Haddix GB 4 0 -6.4% -8.8% 44 143 183 0 1
M.Logan MIA 4 15 -6.9% -2.3% 57 201 209 0 0
Le.Tillman NYG 2 -1 -7.9% -8.9% 79 290 286 0 1
M.Carthon NYG 0 -21 -8.7% -16.8% 57 153 222 0 1
D.Meggett NYG -4 -11 -11.7% -18.0% 28 117 95 0 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Suhey CHI -6 -4 -13.9% -12.1% 20 51 83 1 0
K.Jones CLE1 -7 -4 -12.8% -10.9% 43 160 137 1 1
T.Flagler SF -8 -6 -15.4% -13.7% 33 129 93 1 1
M.Higgs PHI -20 -13 -19.7% -15.9% 49 185 121 0 1
C.Heyward NO -22 -18 -19.8% -17.9% 49 183 131 1 2
R.Dupard 2TM -25 -12 -23.4% -15.6% 37 111 106 1 1
M.Rozier HOIL -26 -35 -14.9% -17.2% 88 301 307 2 4
T.Stradford MIA -28 -19 -18.2% -15.3% 66 239 204 1 3
H.Heard KC -31 -34 -20.5% -21.7% 63 216 174 0 1
T.Paige DET -33 -25 -33.9% -27.7% 30 105 59 0 1
G.Green LARM -43 -33 -47.3% -38.9% 26 73 26 0 1
T.Baker PHX -46 -55 -73.5% -85.4% 20 31 -14 0 1
D.Johnston DAL -53 -46 -26.3% -23.9% 67 212 172 0 3
To.Jordan PHX -91 -100 -35.6% -38.2% 83 211 142 2 4

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 54 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
T.Thomas BUF 254 1 247 1 38.9% 4 37.4% 79 668 869 6 76%
D.Hilliard NO 172 2 154 4 33.4% 7 28.4% 63 514 616 5 83%
D.Meggett NYG 166 3 165 3 46.4% 1 45.9% 50 531 508 4 68%
T.Rathman SF 164 4 207 2 18.9% 16 27.4% 85 616 699 1 86%
R.Harmon BUF 152 5 135 7 44.5% 2 38.0% 46 363 501 4 63%
J.L.Williams SEA 143 6 153 5 14.8% 18 16.9% 95 657 652 6 80%
R.Delpino LARM 136 7 139 6 42.4% 3 44.0% 41 334 453 1 83%
S.Sewell DEN 123 8 120 8 32.3% 8 31.2% 44 416 443 3 57%
J.Brooks CIN 103 9 94 11 20.3% 15 17.2% 51 306 429 2 73%
B.McGee LARM 97 10 99 10 23.2% 14 24.1% 43 303 387 4 86%
J.Wilder TB 97 11 82 14 27.0% 10 21.0% 42 335 369 3 86%
T.Manoa CLE1 93 12 83 13 38.1% 5 32.7% 35 241 320 2 77%
B.Muster CHI 89 13 75 20 17.0% 17 12.0% 48 259 392 3 67%
O.Anderson NYG 89 14 89 12 33.8% 6 34.0% 34 268 317 0 82%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
N.Anderson CHI 85 15 78 16 7.1% 23 5.4% 68 434 468 4 74%
H.Fontenot GB 83 16 81 15 10.1% 22 9.5% 57 372 417 3 70%
R.Craig SF 82 17 103 9 6.7% 25 12.2% 67 473 452 1 73%
R.Fenney MIN 80 18 78 17 23.2% 13 22.2% 39 254 321 2 77%
T.McNair KC 76 19 77 18 10.9% 21 11.3% 51 372 377 1 67%
R.Bernstine SD 74 20 77 19 29.9% 9 31.7% 27 222 274 1 78%
V.Mueller LARD 70 21 65 21 25.1% 11 22.3% 35 240 273 2 51%
G.Lang ATL 66 22 65 22 6.8% 24 6.6% 62 436 364 1 63%
E.Metcalf CLE1 61 23 40 28 0.6% 28 -4.3% 74 397 427 4 73%
B.Fullwood GB 55 24 52 25 25.0% 12 22.8% 26 214 215 0 73%
A.Pinkett HOIL 50 25 53 24 11.6% 20 12.7% 37 239 246 1 84%
H.Walker 2TM 40 26 65 23 -1.9% 31 5.3% 63 423 324 2 63%
A.Anderson MIN 36 27 31 32 13.0% 19 9.2% 27 193 170 0 74%
H.Heard KC 36 28 42 27 6.5% 26 10.2% 34 246 200 1 74%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
K.Woodside GB 33 29 32 31 -7.2% 33 -7.3% 86 527 421 0 69%
A.Bentley IND 31 30 50 26 -7.6% 34 -3.8% 86 525 414 3 60%
K.Byars PHI 29 31 37 30 -9.5% 35 -8.3% 112 708 529 0 61%
F.McNeil NYJ 26 32 37 29 -4.1% 32 0.3% 47 310 240 1 66%
R.Drummond PHI 24 33 31 33 0.5% 29 4.4% 28 180 169 1 61%
B.Humphrey DEN 23 34 17 36 -1.5% 30 -4.7% 32 156 184 1 69%
S.Smith LARD 22 35 21 35 1.1% 27 0.5% 26 140 149 0 73%
R.Vick NYJ 12 36 11 37 -9.6% 36 -10.0% 47 241 226 2 72%
R.Carter PIT 11 37 8 38 -10.5% 37 -11.4% 61 267 260 3 62%
K.L.Jones ATL 8 38 4 40 -11.8% 39 -12.9% 69 396 300 0 59%
D.Nelson 2TM 6 39 -2 44 -11.7% 38 -14.6% 60 380 228 0 63%
T.Stradford MIA 3 40 21 34 -12.8% 40 -5.8% 42 233 193 0 60%
B.Sanders DET -1 41 2 41 -14.3% 41 -12.9% 36 282 124 0 67%
V.Sikahema PHX -1 42 6 39 -14.5% 42 -11.1% 40 245 161 0 58%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
E.Dickerson IND -3 43 0 43 -14.9% 43 -14.0% 45 211 174 1 67%
J.Stephens NE -4 44 -2 45 -16.0% 44 -15.1% 35 207 135 0 60%
J.Hector NYJ -9 45 -20 47 -16.3% 45 -19.2% 61 330 242 2 62%
W.Howard TB -10 46 -15 46 -18.6% 47 -20.9% 39 188 134 1 77%
B.Perryman NE -19 47 -24 48 -22.2% 48 -24.3% 43 195 126 0 67%
E.Byner WAS -23 48 1 42 -18.4% 46 -13.6% 85 458 311 2 64%
M.Hoge PIT -34 49 -42 51 -27.1% 50 -30.1% 52 271 116 0 65%
C.Warner SEA -34 50 -31 49 -30.8% 51 -29.1% 35 153 74 1 66%
J.Tautalatasi DAL -37 51 -34 50 -41.7% 52 -39.5% 24 157 19 0 71%
J.Settle ATL -39 52 -53 54 -24.4% 49 -28.1% 66 316 186 2 59%
G.Bell LARM -50 53 -51 53 -45.2% 53 -45.4% 27 85 11 0 70%
P.Palmer DAL -60 54 -48 52 -52.2% 54 -44.6% 27 93 -12 0 63%

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
A.Highsmith HOIL 99 98 72.9% 72.3% 21 201 285 2 86%
S.Jennings CIN 56 51 64.4% 57.4% 13 119 168 1 77%
M.Allen LARD 52 45 31.0% 25.0% 24 191 193 0 83%
M.Bratton DEN 49 50 43.9% 44.9% 14 69 163 3 71%
L.Rouson NYG 42 41 65.9% 64.3% 10 121 124 0 70%
D.Johnston DAL 39 44 15.7% 19.7% 23 133 175 3 70%
L.Tate TB 30 24 25.8% 18.3% 13 75 116 1 85%
K.Jones CLE1 29 30 18.3% 18.6% 17 126 126 0 88%
M.Haddix GB 29 28 17.3% 16.1% 17 111 127 1 88%
M.Carthon NYG 27 21 6.4% 1.7% 22 132 152 0 68%
M.Suhey CHI 26 24 19.1% 16.2% 12 73 111 1 75%
H.Sydney SF 20 17 18.1% 13.4% 10 71 87 0 90%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
T.Brown MIA 8 22 -3.8% 12.4% 15 117 76 0 87%
H.Sherman PHI 6 -9 -3.1% -28.3% 12 85 57 0 67%
J.Alexander DEN 5 6 -7.5% -6.6% 13 84 67 0 62%
M.Tatupu NE 0 -3 -13.7% -17.8% 14 54 58 0 71%
T.Spencer SD -1 -4 -14.7% -17.1% 24 112 96 0 75%
T.Worley PIT -1 -8 -15.1% -21.1% 20 113 80 0 75%
W.Williams PIT -2 -6 -16.8% -24.6% 11 48 39 0 55%
J.Morris WAS -3 1 -18.2% -12.1% 14 65 46 0 57%
S.Smith MIA -3 0 -18.4% -14.2% 12 81 45 0 58%
S.Winder DEN -5 -6 -19.8% -21.2% 16 91 50 0 88%
C.Heyward NO -7 -15 -21.0% -28.4% 18 69 59 0 72%
A.Toney PHI -12 2 -23.3% -12.3% 24 124 64 0 79%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
E.Ferrell PHX -15 -10 -25.2% -21.7% 23 122 62 0 78%
J.Saxon KC -15 -16 -28.1% -28.9% 17 86 45 0 65%
K.Scott DAL -16 -11 -35.0% -27.5% 15 63 22 0 60%
D.J.Dozier MIN -19 -3 -32.4% -17.0% 23 148 30 0 61%
E.Ball CIN -19 -27 -40.4% -51.3% 12 44 12 0 50%
L.Hampton MIA -32 -28 -72.1% -65.8% 10 25 -27 0 80%
S.Stamps TB -33 -38 -37.1% -40.6% 24 82 33 0 63%
M.Butts SD -39 -40 -72.7% -75.1% 12 21 -33 0 58%
B.Redden CLE1 -41 -41 -85.8% -85.7% 12 34 -44 0 50%
B.Jackson LARD -46 -32 -58.2% -44.6% 19 69 -21 0 47%
B.Sargent DAL -51 -44 -97.6% -85.2% 13 50 -65 0 46%