Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 1991

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/19/2012

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, 40 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
T.Thomas BUF 306 1 305 2 17.0% 3 17.0% 289 1,415 1,520 7 4 54% 10
E.Smith DAL 266 2 201 5 8.9% 13 4.7% 365 1,563 1,735 12 5 48% 16
R.Bernstine SD 260 3 247 4 25.9% 1 24.1% 159 766 1,071 8 1 60% 2
C.Okoye KC 258 4 277 3 15.8% 6 17.6% 225 1,039 1,329 9 5 60% 3
B.Sanders DET 254 5 307 1 8.7% 15 12.3% 341 1,548 1,677 16 5 55% 8
R.Hampton NYG 228 6 186 6 11.3% 11 7.7% 256 1,055 1,355 10 5 53% 12
H.Walker MIN 183 7 162 8 12.0% 10 9.6% 198 825 1,061 10 1 48% 14
B.Word KC 173 8 159 9 16.7% 4 14.5% 160 684 873 4 1 56% 7
A.Pinkett HOIL 165 9 157 10 12.7% 9 11.8% 171 720 933 9 2 54% 9
K.Davis BUF 155 10 172 7 17.7% 2 20.4% 129 624 761 4 0 57% 6
E.Byner WAS 136 11 117 12 3.9% 17 2.1% 274 1,048 1,159 5 3 47% 17
R.Ervins WAS 130 12 118 11 13.8% 8 11.8% 145 680 708 3 1 47% 19
T.Allen MIN 124 13 109 14 16.7% 5 13.7% 120 563 623 2 4 59% 4
M.Butts SD 107 14 96 17 4.8% 16 3.4% 193 834 864 6 3 40% 32
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
K.Mack CLE1 103 15 110 13 3.2% 18 4.0% 197 726 919 8 1 45% 23
F.McAfee NO 102 16 88 18 14.8% 7 11.5% 109 492 541 2 2 48% 15
L.White HOIL 99 17 102 16 9.6% 12 10.3% 110 465 627 4 2 62% 1
K.Henderson SF 93 18 70 22 8.7% 14 4.4% 137 561 614 2 4 53% 11
B.Thomas NYJ 80 19 107 15 2.3% 19 6.0% 188 724 764 3 2 47% 18
H.Green CIN 56 20 74 21 0.5% 20 3.2% 158 731 626 2 2 43% 28
G.Green DEN 53 21 42 24 -3.3% 22 -4.5% 261 1,036 959 4 3 42% 30
M.Higgs MIA 52 22 77 19 -3.6% 23 -1.3% 231 902 998 4 3 52% 13
B.Baxter NYJ 52 23 77 20 -2.7% 21 0.1% 186 670 842 11 7 59% 5
J.L.Williams SEA 28 24 33 26 -5.0% 26 -4.4% 189 725 726 4 3 44% 25
R.Craig LARD 27 25 30 27 -4.3% 24 -3.7% 162 590 577 1 2 45% 24
M.Hoge PIT 25 26 36 25 -4.8% 25 -3.3% 165 610 616 2 1 45% 20
R.Cobb TB 25 27 67 23 -5.8% 27 -1.0% 196 755 803 7 2 45% 22
J.Brooks CIN 3 28 -11 31 -8.1% 28 -10.5% 152 570 516 2 5 40% 31
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.Johnson PHX -2 29 -9 30 -8.8% 29 -9.7% 196 666 740 4 2 45% 21
D.Thompson GB -7 30 5 28 -9.9% 30 -7.8% 141 471 487 1 1 44% 26
R.Delpino LARM -21 31 -5 29 -10.9% 31 -9.2% 214 688 769 9 2 37% 36
E.Pegram ATL -29 32 -35 33 -16.1% 34 -17.6% 101 349 284 1 1 38% 35
N.Anderson CHI -32 33 -18 32 -12.3% 32 -10.7% 210 747 687 6 4 43% 29
G.Fenerty NO -35 34 -43 34 -14.8% 33 -16.2% 139 477 431 3 1 38% 34
K.Clark IND -59 35 -47 35 -21.2% 35 -18.5% 114 366 307 0 3 37% 37
A.Thompson PHX -87 36 -122 39 -25.4% 38 -32.0% 126 381 306 1 3 37% 38
J.Joseph PHI -92 37 -63 36 -25.3% 37 -20.0% 135 440 325 3 2 39% 33
H.Sherman PHI -111 38 -114 38 -35.1% 40 -35.6% 106 279 181 0 3 36% 39
E.Dickerson IND -124 39 -135 40 -27.2% 39 -28.9% 167 539 371 2 6 35% 40
L.Russell NE -151 40 -78 37 -21.8% 36 -15.4% 266 959 734 5 8 44% 27

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Harmon SD 173 166 43.0% 40.8% 89 544 569 1 0
B.Muster CHI 134 145 24.2% 26.9% 90 412 569 6 0
S.Broussard ATL 116 111 18.9% 17.8% 99 449 550 4 1
D.Nelson MIN 114 107 97.1% 91.0% 28 210 276 2 0
H.Williams KC 111 127 19.1% 23.2% 97 447 524 1 1
J.Hector NYJ 108 120 32.2% 36.7% 62 345 402 0 0
F.McNeil NYJ 85 85 30.1% 30.2% 51 300 324 2 1
W.Williams PIT 70 79 17.4% 20.7% 57 262 345 4 2
G.Riggs WAS 64 59 7.4% 6.2% 78 248 446 11 1
N.Bell LARD 62 55 9.6% 7.4% 78 307 395 3 1
S.Sewell DEN 58 60 22.7% 23.9% 50 211 253 2 0
C.Heyward NO 51 56 5.3% 6.7% 76 260 396 4 0
A.Anderson MIN 44 47 24.8% 27.6% 26 118 183 1 0
Gr.Lewis DEN 41 15 0.9% -5.1% 99 376 440 4 3
M.Allen LARD 40 42 6.1% 6.7% 63 287 301 2 1
T.Manoa IND 40 41 26.4% 27.1% 27 144 163 1 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.R.Jones SEA 35 31 9.0% 7.3% 45 154 227 3 1
D.Carter SF 35 34 2.3% 2.3% 85 384 328 2 3
L.Tillman NYG 34 34 5.3% 5.6% 65 287 263 1 2
C.Gary LARM 32 22 3.1% -0.3% 68 245 285 1 1
S.Smith LARD 31 27 1.2% 0.1% 62 265 318 1 3
D.Meggett NYG 29 20 16.8% 9.0% 29 153 145 1 1
R.Fenney MIN 26 24 15.9% 14.4% 23 99 131 0 0
J.Vaughn NE 21 27 7.2% 11.9% 30 139 149 2 1
T.Worley PIT 20 22 15.5% 17.5% 22 117 107 0 1
B.Jordan NO 20 15 0.5% -1.9% 47 150 222 2 1
P.Chaffey ATL 19 14 6.0% 1.9% 29 127 144 1 1
K.Byars PHI 17 23 -4.3% -2.8% 94 383 365 1 2
K.Woodside GB 17 29 -3.4% 0.3% 85 332 304 1 2
M.Rozier ATL 16 -1 -4.2% -9.0% 96 361 349 0 2
C.Taylor CIN 14 13 0.8% 0.0% 33 153 157 2 1
T.Rathman SF 13 16 -4.8% -3.8% 63 183 313 6 2
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Dingle CIN 10 -1 1.8% -9.8% 21 91 98 0 0
M.Dupree LARM 9 8 -4.1% -4.6% 49 179 199 1 1
O.Anderson NYG 9 -10 -5.1% -12.3% 53 141 240 1 0
V.Workman GB 8 18 -6.6% -4.0% 70 231 358 7 1
M.Carthon NYG 3 4 -6.9% -6.1% 32 109 133 0 1
I.Woods CIN 2 -7 -7.5% -12.7% 36 97 158 4 1
N.McCallum LARD 2 5 -7.2% -4.5% 31 110 116 1 1
E.Metcalf CLE1 1 -4 -7.9% -12.2% 30 107 96 0 0
K.Jones ATL 1 5 -8.3% -5.8% 35 126 146 0 0
M.Green CHI 0 -2 -8.5% -9.3% 61 217 241 3 2
B.Foster PIT -1 -9 -8.8% -10.8% 96 488 338 1 5
R.Wilson TB -1 -3 -9.2% -10.3% 42 179 146 0 2
A.Craver MIA -3 3 -13.1% -4.8% 20 58 58 1 0
A.Johnson IND -4 3 -12.6% -5.8% 22 94 76 0 1
L.Hoard CLE1 -4 -8 -10.9% -13.1% 37 154 149 2 1
D.Fenner SEA -6 5 -10.0% -7.3% 91 267 346 4 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
H.Sydney SF -14 -9 -13.8% -12.0% 58 249 210 5 4
D.Loville SEA -15 -11 -25.0% -20.7% 22 69 53 0 0
S.Smith MIA -15 -22 -12.6% -14.6% 83 297 296 1 3
L.Thompson PIT -17 -17 -33.1% -33.0% 20 60 32 0 1
G.W.Anderson TB -19 -16 -15.2% -14.1% 72 263 220 1 1
J.Rouse CHI -21 -15 -26.2% -20.9% 27 74 70 0 0
C.Gardner BUF -28 -29 -21.1% -21.6% 42 145 146 3 4
J.Morris CLE1 -30 -32 -15.8% -16.4% 93 290 308 2 2
B.Perryman DEN -31 -31 -33.1% -33.1% 21 44 58 0 1
A.Rice GB -39 -31 -41.0% -34.3% 30 100 41 0 2
T.Sanders PHI -56 -57 -31.9% -32.4% 54 122 115 1 1
J.Stephens NE -57 -41 -27.8% -22.5% 64 168 163 2 0
D.Hilliard NO -60 -64 -26.5% -27.8% 79 253 190 4 3

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 46 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 290 1 299 2 55.1% 2 57.2% 73 631 900 5 85%
L.Hoard CLE1 278 2 306 1 60.9% 1 68.6% 63 567 839 9 76%
R.Delpino LARM 186 3 186 3 29.1% 4 29.2% 73 617 693 1 75%
T.Paige MIA 128 4 136 4 16.1% 13 18.1% 73 469 568 1 78%
V.Workman GB 122 5 125 7 22.8% 9 23.4% 55 371 486 4 84%
K.Henderson SF 119 6 117 8 47.0% 3 46.0% 37 303 386 0 81%
E.Byner WAS 105 7 107 9 28.8% 5 29.5% 45 308 394 0 76%
S.Sewell DEN 104 8 130 5 26.8% 7 37.0% 48 436 383 2 79%
B.Muster CHI 101 9 94 10 24.6% 8 21.7% 45 287 398 1 78%
J.L.Williams SEA 100 10 127 6 9.7% 17 16.3% 77 499 507 1 79%
R.Harmon SD 89 11 75 14 6.4% 21 3.2% 80 555 498 1 74%
N.Anderson CHI 87 12 85 12 9.4% 18 8.9% 65 373 448 3 72%
D.Carter SF 85 13 92 11 27.1% 6 30.6% 33 253 325 1 70%
D.Johnston DAL 83 14 57 19 20.3% 10 9.6% 42 244 343 1 67%
D.Meggett NYG 74 15 80 13 9.8% 16 11.5% 63 412 379 3 79%
T.Rathman SF 65 16 54 21 10.6% 15 6.5% 44 286 323 0 77%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
E.Metcalf CLE1 64 17 67 15 17.0% 12 18.9% 36 294 278 0 81%
B.Sanders DET 58 18 50 22 6.8% 20 3.9% 52 307 320 1 79%
T.McNair KC 57 19 58 18 6.2% 22 6.5% 52 342 342 1 71%
A.Pinkett HOIL 52 20 60 17 13.5% 14 17.2% 36 228 246 1 81%
J.Brooks CIN 52 21 63 16 2.0% 24 5.3% 52 348 343 2 77%
J.Johnson PHX 47 22 21 25 8.2% 19 -4.2% 41 225 252 2 71%
B.Perryman DEN 45 23 56 20 18.7% 11 26.4% 25 171 191 0 68%
R.Hampton NYG 36 24 20 26 -2.3% 26 -7.4% 53 283 296 0 81%
G.Fenerty NO 31 25 33 23 2.0% 23 2.9% 39 235 203 2 67%
K.Mack CLE1 28 26 12 30 -4.5% 28 -9.8% 53 255 273 2 75%
M.Hoge PIT 25 27 9 31 -8.0% 29 -11.8% 71 379 361 1 69%
B.McGee LARM 23 28 15 27 -1.3% 25 -5.6% 29 160 177 0 69%
L.White HOIL 21 29 14 28 -2.7% 27 -6.2% 34 211 177 0 79%
K.Byars PHI 20 30 14 29 -9.7% 30 -11.0% 90 537 387 3 69%
R.Craig LARD 4 31 1 33 -10.9% 31 -13.3% 26 136 108 0 65%
D.Hilliard NO 4 32 0 34 -11.0% 32 -14.0% 26 127 101 1 81%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
C.Taylor CIN 1 33 -14 36 -13.2% 33 -22.8% 26 122 114 0 81%
E.Dickerson IND -2 34 8 32 -14.7% 34 -11.2% 54 269 201 1 76%
A.Johnson IND -5 35 23 24 -15.3% 35 -7.1% 61 344 236 0 69%
G.W.Anderson TB -7 36 -14 35 -17.3% 36 -20.6% 36 184 126 0 69%
R.Cobb TB -16 37 -20 38 -25.1% 39 -27.9% 26 111 67 0 58%
R.Wilson TB -19 38 -15 37 -25.1% 38 -22.5% 31 121 82 2 65%
H.Walker MIN -28 39 -32 40 -24.9% 37 -26.5% 42 200 122 0 79%
K.Clark IND -31 40 -40 42 -26.3% 40 -30.0% 47 237 113 0 70%
B.Thomas NYJ -36 41 -30 39 -27.0% 41 -24.5% 48 195 114 1 63%
K.Woodside GB -39 42 -42 43 -31.4% 43 -33.2% 39 185 77 0 56%
L.Russell NE -47 43 -45 44 -45.9% 45 -44.8% 26 81 8 0 69%
S.Smith LARD -48 44 -39 41 -41.6% 44 -36.5% 28 130 24 1 54%
E.Smith DAL -55 45 -70 45 -30.9% 42 -35.5% 60 258 117 1 82%
G.Green DEN -81 46 -71 46 -73.5% 46 -65.5% 27 78 -71 0 48%

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
R.Ervins WAS 78 82 70.6% 75.7% 19 181 226 1 84%
H.Williams KC 66 82 51.4% 67.2% 18 147 209 2 89%
H.Sydney SF 63 47 55.5% 38.2% 16 90 196 2 81%
B.Foster PIT 46 51 50.4% 57.6% 13 117 147 1 69%
Bi.Jones KC 44 41 24.3% 21.6% 18 97 175 1 78%
W.Williams PIT 42 41 30.5% 29.0% 19 139 155 0 79%
R.Bernstine SD 37 40 26.2% 29.3% 14 124 144 0 79%
T.Stradford KC 35 31 29.9% 25.4% 12 91 128 0 75%
I.J.Hunter NE 28 25 18.0% 14.4% 15 97 120 0 73%
M.Allen LARD 27 14 18.2% 2.9% 17 131 117 0 88%
C.Gary LARM 25 26 11.8% 12.7% 17 110 122 0 76%
H.Green CIN 23 17 2.4% -2.1% 24 136 149 0 67%
B.Baxter NYJ 19 16 3.1% 0.3% 19 124 120 0 63%
F.McNeil NYJ 14 10 11.9% 3.4% 10 56 70 0 70%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
L.Centers PHX 13 9 -3.6% -6.9% 23 176 114 0 83%
J.R.Jones SEA 12 13 1.1% 2.0% 13 103 84 0 77%
J.Joseph PHI 11 19 6.1% 19.8% 11 64 63 0 91%
B.Jordan NO 8 15 -6.8% -1.0% 20 92 99 1 75%
J.Morris CLE1 7 3 -6.2% -10.2% 17 76 79 0 76%
D.Thompson GB 6 5 -6.1% -7.8% 14 71 70 0 50%
M.Butts SD 5 7 -8.4% -6.5% 15 91 79 1 67%
M.Higgs MIA 3 4 -11.0% -9.5% 17 80 75 0 65%
T.Flagler PHX 0 8 -14.0% -3.6% 13 85 54 0 62%
M.Green CHI 0 -6 -14.5% -21.9% 13 54 50 0 46%
T.Allen MIN -3 0 -18.6% -13.8% 13 49 41 1 46%
K.Davis BUF -5 6 -18.2% -8.6% 23 118 78 1 87%
S.Smith MIA -7 -3 -19.2% -16.5% 22 95 75 0 64%
J.Vaughn NE -7 -16 -21.2% -30.2% 17 89 54 0 53%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
T.Agee DAL -10 -10 -36.0% -35.1% 9 43 12 0 78%
V.Turner LARM -10 -15 -30.3% -37.5% 12 41 23 1 25%
A.Thompson PHX -10 -6 -29.2% -23.3% 12 52 27 0 58%
S.Broussard ATL -11 -8 -21.4% -19.0% 24 120 83 1 50%
D.Fenner SEA -15 -12 -32.7% -29.3% 14 72 25 0 79%
J.Rouse CHI -20 -23 -30.1% -32.7% 21 93 46 0 71%
T.Sanders PHI -25 -18 -55.0% -44.0% 12 62 -8 0 67%
J.Hector NYJ -26 -21 -46.7% -40.5% 16 51 3 0 44%
M.Dingle CIN -26 -23 -50.8% -46.8% 10 23 -3 1 50%
J.Stephens NE -26 -25 -34.3% -32.9% 24 119 37 0 67%
O.Anderson NYG -28 -28 -49.0% -49.2% 14 41 -1 0 79%
H.Sherman PHI -35 -37 -49.5% -51.5% 18 59 -2 0 78%