Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 1990

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, 45 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
B.Sanders DET 330 1 298 1 21.7% 3 18.7% 255 1,304 1,472 13 4 55% 6
M.Butts SD 254 2 282 2 13.5% 9 16.0% 265 1,225 1,397 8 0 50% 19
C.Heyward NO 202 3 188 7 25.7% 1 23.3% 129 598 836 4 1 60% 1
M.Allen LARD 196 4 187 8 15.2% 7 14.1% 179 682 1,027 12 1 53% 10
B.Muster CHI 191 5 202 4 20.9% 4 22.6% 141 664 867 6 2 57% 3
K.Mack CLE1 189 6 181 9 17.6% 6 16.5% 158 702 927 5 2 51% 17
B.Humphrey DEN 182 7 154 13 6.0% 16 3.7% 288 1,202 1,370 7 7 51% 16
T.Thomas BUF 182 8 206 3 7.3% 15 9.4% 273 1,288 1,280 11 7 52% 12
E.Byner WAS 176 9 190 6 5.3% 17 6.4% 297 1,219 1,375 6 2 53% 8
R.Bernstine SD 174 10 156 12 23.0% 2 19.7% 124 589 755 4 0 59% 2
D.Fenner SEA 170 11 196 5 8.8% 12 11.6% 215 859 1,113 14 2 51% 15
J.Brooks CIN 156 12 129 15 10.3% 10 7.1% 196 1,000 962 5 3 46% 34
B.Word KC 154 13 164 10 9.7% 11 10.9% 204 1,015 973 4 3 50% 20
B.Jackson LARD 140 14 149 14 18.7% 5 20.5% 125 698 668 5 1 53% 9
N.Anderson CHI 138 15 158 11 4.2% 20 6.1% 260 1,078 1,152 10 2 47% 31
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
E.Smith DAL 131 16 108 18 4.3% 19 2.0% 241 937 1,091 12 5 44% 41
F.McNeil NYJ 103 17 124 16 15.1% 8 19.8% 100 460 542 6 1 51% 14
G.Riggs WAS 96 18 106 19 8.0% 14 9.6% 123 475 654 6 1 57% 4
B.Baxter NYJ 95 19 109 17 8.5% 13 10.9% 124 539 631 6 3 56% 5
O.Anderson NYG 91 20 92 21 0.0% 25 0.1% 225 784 1,052 11 1 48% 26
L.White HOIL 85 21 74 23 2.7% 22 1.3% 168 702 789 8 6 55% 7
R.Mayes NO 73 22 88 22 4.6% 18 7.3% 138 511 595 7 0 49% 23
H.Walker MIN 70 23 58 25 0.8% 24 -0.8% 184 770 755 5 3 46% 37
H.Sherman PHI 66 24 48 29 1.1% 23 -1.5% 164 685 690 1 3 49% 22
J.Johnson PHX 64 25 7 34 -2.3% 33 -7.9% 234 931 982 5 6 46% 35
E.Dickerson IND 58 26 103 20 -0.8% 27 5.3% 167 681 733 4 0 48% 27
M.Hoge PIT 54 27 57 26 -2.2% 31 -1.9% 204 775 817 7 4 47% 30
J.L.Williams SEA 53 28 40 30 -2.1% 30 -3.7% 187 714 792 3 5 50% 18
R.Hampton NYG 50 29 53 28 4.1% 21 4.7% 109 455 424 2 1 39% 44
M.Rozier 2TM 46 30 34 31 -2.2% 32 -3.9% 165 723 700 3 5 50% 21
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
T.Rathman SF 41 31 21 32 -1.0% 28 -4.7% 101 318 528 7 2 52% 11
B.Thomas NYJ 40 32 69 24 -0.5% 26 5.5% 123 620 488 1 3 51% 13
A.Bentley IND 38 33 54 27 -1.9% 29 1.0% 136 552 548 4 2 46% 33
A.Thompson PHX 23 34 7 33 -3.6% 34 -7.1% 106 385 432 4 1 42% 43
A.Toney PHI 2 35 -6 35 -8.2% 35 -9.6% 132 452 459 1 2 48% 29
C.Gary LARM -21 36 -74 43 -10.7% 36 -16.2% 204 807 804 14 13 49% 24
D.Carter SF -32 37 -53 39 -16.0% 40 -20.8% 114 460 323 1 4 46% 32
G.W.Anderson TB -41 38 -20 36 -14.8% 38 -11.7% 166 646 497 3 5 48% 25
S.Smith MIA -48 39 -26 37 -13.4% 37 -11.2% 226 830 784 8 7 48% 28
S.Broussard ATL -51 40 -59 41 -18.3% 42 -19.7% 126 451 371 4 5 45% 39
J.Stephens NE -53 41 -48 38 -14.9% 39 -14.3% 212 808 642 2 5 44% 40
R.Craig SF -66 42 -83 45 -20.3% 44 -23.2% 141 439 380 1 2 43% 42
R.Cobb TB -72 43 -58 40 -18.3% 43 -16.5% 151 480 516 2 5 46% 36
C.Okoye KC -89 44 -79 44 -16.8% 41 -15.8% 245 805 791 7 6 45% 38
T.Worley PIT -96 45 -70 42 -32.0% 45 -25.5% 108 415 198 0 5 36% 45

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Harmon SD 93 70 29.0% 20.0% 66 363 362 0 0
B.McGee LARM 91 87 32.4% 30.4% 44 234 339 1 0
K.Davis BUF 68 90 14.7% 22.3% 64 302 360 4 1
C.Taylor CIN 66 51 25.2% 17.4% 51 216 275 2 0
A.Anderson MIN 60 63 12.4% 13.4% 59 207 343 2 0
H.Sydney SF 59 60 27.7% 28.7% 35 166 235 2 0
I.Woods CIN 50 41 6.9% 4.0% 63 266 361 6 1
D.Smith BUF 43 48 28.4% 32.8% 20 82 170 2 0
J.Hector NYJ 43 54 2.0% 4.8% 91 377 417 2 2
D.Meggett NYG 38 39 36.6% 37.6% 22 164 136 0 1
S.Smith LARD 38 37 1.8% 1.6% 81 327 373 2 3
B.Foster PIT 35 39 13.0% 15.1% 36 203 197 1 2
R.Fenney MIN 34 55 0.6% 6.3% 87 376 372 2 3
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
W.Williams PIT 33 34 2.7% 3.3% 68 389 304 3 5
G.Green LARM 31 20 2.6% -1.2% 68 261 288 0 0
M.Carthon NYG 30 40 7.3% 12.2% 36 143 215 0 1
A.Pinkett HOIL 30 29 2.0% 1.5% 66 268 291 0 0
G.Fenerty NO 23 16 -0.4% -2.7% 73 355 278 2 4
H.Green CIN 22 28 -2.0% -0.2% 83 353 319 1 2
M.Green CHI 21 29 13.9% 22.0% 27 126 114 0 0
T.Johnson ATL 15 18 1.8% 4.2% 30 106 148 3 1
K.Jones ATL 11 4 -3.6% -6.6% 50 193 213 0 0
B.Ezor DEN 11 17 3.0% 9.7% 23 81 98 0 0
J.Mueller BUF 6 18 -6.7% -2.7% 59 207 277 2 1
T.Stradford MIA 5 12 -4.8% 0.9% 37 138 117 1 0
M.Allen NE 5 11 -7.0% -4.7% 63 237 259 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
T.Agee DAL 3 4 -7.4% -6.7% 53 213 196 0 0
G.Bell LARD 1 -6 -8.0% -11.2% 47 164 202 1 1
M.Bratton DEN -2 -2 -9.7% -9.9% 27 82 117 3 2
T.Paige MIA -2 2 -9.9% -7.5% 32 95 141 2 0
G.Adams NE -3 2 -11.4% -7.1% 28 111 92 0 1
D.Gainer CLE1 -3 -10 -10.9% -15.9% 30 81 114 1 0
M.Logan MIA -4 17 -9.8% -3.6% 79 317 294 2 3
B.Perryman NE -5 1 -12.6% -7.6% 32 97 95 1 0
A.Rice MIN -6 5 -15.0% -2.8% 22 74 70 0 0
J.Bailey CHI -7 -4 -14.5% -12.0% 26 86 85 0 0
T.Sanders PHI -8 -7 -12.5% -12.1% 56 208 169 1 0
S.Winder DEN -9 -15 -14.2% -17.7% 42 120 127 2 0
K.Woodside GB -11 -14 -15.3% -17.0% 46 182 125 1 2
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
K.Byars PHI -22 -29 -21.5% -25.8% 37 141 108 0 2
E.Ball CIN -23 -22 -33.9% -32.7% 22 72 40 1 1
J.Harvey TB -29 -28 -34.7% -33.2% 27 113 49 0 2
C.Warner LARM -37 -41 -25.9% -27.7% 49 139 123 1 1
B.Fullwood GB -41 -44 -27.7% -29.3% 44 124 117 1 1
D.Hilliard NO -41 -53 -19.9% -23.3% 90 284 246 1 1
L.Tillman NYG -44 -49 -21.6% -23.0% 84 231 223 1 0
M.Haddix GB -49 -55 -20.6% -22.1% 98 311 273 0 3
D.Thompson GB -53 -44 -24.5% -21.8% 76 264 201 1 1
E.Metcalf CLE1 -74 -74 -34.0% -34.1% 80 248 129 1 3
L.Hoard CLE1 -104 -98 -48.5% -46.3% 58 149 55 3 4

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 48 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.McNair KC 187 1 162 3 56.3% 2 46.9% 51 507 578 2 78%
B.Sanders DET 186 2 166 2 67.0% 1 58.0% 49 480 548 3 73%
K.Byars PHI 183 3 185 1 14.1% 18 14.4% 117 813 846 3 69%
R.Harmon SD 153 4 161 4 33.8% 4 36.5% 62 511 545 2 74%
J.L.Williams SEA 145 5 130 6 15.7% 16 12.7% 97 699 650 0 75%
L.White HOIL 135 6 138 5 39.4% 3 40.6% 48 368 462 4 81%
B.McGee LARM 133 7 120 9 23.1% 11 19.5% 65 384 533 4 72%
T.Thomas BUF 131 8 128 8 16.6% 14 15.9% 73 532 576 2 67%
N.Anderson CHI 122 9 129 7 25.5% 6 27.8% 59 484 474 3 71%
B.Muster CHI 105 10 97 11 12.9% 20 10.9% 68 451 498 0 69%
T.Paige MIA 97 11 108 10 25.4% 8 29.9% 41 247 377 4 85%
E.Byner WAS 96 12 86 13 24.0% 10 20.2% 44 279 380 1 70%
H.Walker MIN 88 13 64 19 10.8% 23 4.0% 57 315 438 4 61%
K.Bryant WAS 81 14 86 14 20.6% 12 22.9% 37 248 335 1 70%
G.W.Anderson TB 77 15 73 17 10.7% 24 9.5% 54 464 381 2 70%
M.Hoge PIT 74 16 94 12 6.1% 27 11.3% 62 342 422 3 65%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
Bi.Jones KC 73 17 75 16 28.6% 5 29.5% 27 137 275 5 70%
M.Bratton DEN 69 18 70 18 18.4% 13 19.2% 37 276 293 1 78%
T.Agee DAL 64 19 79 15 13.5% 19 19.8% 42 272 300 1 71%
H.Fontenot GB 64 20 46 27 10.8% 22 3.7% 45 293 318 1 69%
I.Woods CIN 59 21 62 20 25.1% 9 27.0% 25 162 229 0 80%
H.Sherman PHI 57 22 61 22 25.5% 7 28.1% 26 167 224 3 88%
J.Brooks CIN 55 23 61 21 8.5% 25 10.9% 43 269 292 4 60%
S.Sewell DEN 54 24 50 25 11.4% 21 9.2% 41 268 266 0 63%
D.Carter SF 53 25 60 23 16.4% 15 20.3% 31 217 235 0 81%
B.Thomas NYJ 50 26 53 24 15.6% 17 16.9% 30 204 226 1 67%
R.Hampton NYG 37 27 49 26 1.8% 29 6.6% 43 274 247 2 74%
D.Smith BUF 35 28 42 28 7.7% 26 11.8% 29 225 189 0 72%
G.Fenerty NO 24 29 30 29 2.5% 28 6.7% 29 209 151 0 62%
J.Johnson PHX 19 30 13 32 -4.5% 30 -7.5% 38 241 186 0 66%
R.Delpino LARM 15 31 12 33 -6.7% 31 -8.4% 28 172 182 4 54%
R.Cobb TB 13 32 24 31 -8.8% 32 -4.7% 48 299 212 0 81%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
D.Meggett NYG 8 33 27 30 -11.2% 33 -4.5% 59 410 225 1 66%
T.Rathman SF 5 34 -7 36 -12.4% 34 -15.7% 68 327 282 0 71%
K.Woodside GB -1 35 -20 40 -14.2% 35 -21.9% 43 184 172 0 56%
R.Craig SF -2 36 -1 35 -14.8% 36 -14.4% 39 201 149 0 64%
S.Broussard ATL -8 37 -12 39 -18.6% 37 -21.1% 30 160 99 0 80%
B.Humphrey DEN -14 38 3 34 -22.2% 40 -12.2% 31 152 90 0 77%
K.Mack CLE1 -18 39 -27 42 -19.8% 38 -22.7% 59 357 181 2 71%
F.McNeil NYJ -28 40 -8 37 -26.7% 41 -17.4% 39 230 94 0 41%
C.Gary LARM -30 41 -42 43 -27.7% 42 -33.4% 37 150 93 1 81%
R.Bell PIT -30 42 -21 41 -33.2% 44 -27.6% 27 137 49 1 44%
A.Bentley IND -39 43 -11 38 -19.9% 39 -15.5% 119 664 379 2 60%
T.Stradford MIA -44 44 -47 45 -32.5% 43 -34.0% 47 257 77 0 64%
E.Smith DAL -57 45 -45 44 -40.7% 46 -35.0% 38 228 34 0 63%
E.Dickerson IND -70 46 -61 46 -60.1% 48 -54.1% 26 92 -37 0 69%
J.Stephens NE -123 47 -110 47 -58.4% 47 -53.7% 50 196 -61 1 56%
E.Metcalf CLE1 -136 48 -135 48 -37.4% 45 -37.3% 101 452 132 1 56%

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
D.Johnston DAL 76 82 54.9% 61.0% 19 148 235 1 74%
M.Allen LARD 65 62 43.3% 40.7% 22 189 215 1 68%
A.Toney PHI 53 52 36.5% 34.9% 20 133 187 3 85%
G.Adams NE 49 52 30.4% 32.9% 22 146 181 1 73%
O.Anderson NYG 44 41 25.7% 23.1% 21 139 170 0 86%
K.Davis BUF 42 41 64.3% 63.1% 10 78 125 1 90%
T.Flagler PHX 42 40 20.9% 19.3% 21 130 171 1 62%
M.Carthon NYG 41 43 34.3% 36.9% 16 151 144 0 88%
M.Butts SD 34 22 19.6% 7.4% 19 117 143 0 84%
T.Johnson ATL 33 33 29.9% 29.1% 13 79 123 1 77%
J.Harvey TB 31 26 17.3% 12.3% 17 86 134 1 65%
D.Hilliard NO 25 26 13.9% 14.6% 18 127 117 1 78%
J.Mueller BUF 18 15 2.8% 0.5% 20 106 115 1 80%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
H.Sydney SF 15 12 13.2% 7.0% 14 116 71 1 71%
D.Fenner SEA 13 16 -4.1% -1.3% 22 143 118 1 77%
S.Smith MIA 12 15 -3.9% -0.9% 18 134 108 1 61%
M.Haddix GB 10 6 -6.0% -8.9% 22 94 114 2 59%
H.Green CIN 9 12 -5.0% -2.1% 17 90 88 1 71%
B.Jackson LARD 6 14 -4.8% 8.7% 12 68 58 0 50%
S.Winder DEN 6 -5 -8.2% -19.1% 23 145 82 0 74%
R.Fenney MIN 4 -8 -11.0% -19.1% 24 112 113 0 71%
K.Jones ATL 3 -2 -10.9% -16.4% 15 103 68 0 87%
R.Mayes NO 2 -3 -10.9% -16.9% 14 121 63 0 86%
G.Riggs WAS -3 -3 -20.0% -19.4% 10 60 32 0 70%
B.Baxter NYJ -4 -5 -20.6% -21.1% 11 73 37 0 73%
C.Heyward NO -11 -13 -23.3% -25.3% 22 121 60 0 82%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
M.Logan MIA -18 -20 -35.2% -37.9% 14 54 23 0 50%
J.Hector NYJ -18 -19 -40.2% -40.8% 13 72 12 0 62%
A.Rice MIN -21 -28 -55.0% -68.4% 9 46 -8 0 44%
M.Rozier 2TM -21 -25 -34.2% -37.2% 19 105 31 0 68%
T.Worley PIT -22 -20 -47.5% -44.6% 13 70 1 0 62%
A.Anderson MIN -25 -32 -41.4% -49.4% 18 80 13 0 72%
L.Hoard CLE1 -34 -29 -59.9% -53.1% 13 73 -18 0 77%
B.Perryman NE -36 -38 -44.4% -45.8% 20 88 10 0 75%
D.Nelson SD -39 -39 -88.5% -88.9% 12 29 -42 0 33%
A.Pinkett HOIL -41 -38 -61.0% -57.3% 19 85 -23 0 58%
J.Dixon DAL -44 -37 -86.0% -74.9% 10 26 -47 0 20%
R.Bernstine SD -49 -53 -81.5% -86.6% 12 40 -49 0 67%