Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 1992

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, 41 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
E.Smith DAL 416 1 391 1 15.5% 6 15.7% 372 1,711 2,010 18 2 53% 13
L.White HOIL 341 2 337 2 21.1% 3 19.4% 265 1,226 1,615 7 2 61% 1
R.Hampton NYG 313 3 263 5 18.4% 4 15.0% 257 1,141 1,447 14 1 51% 16
T.Thomas BUF 275 4 325 3 12.8% 9 16.5% 313 1,477 1,561 9 4 53% 14
T.Allen MIN 240 5 241 6 10.5% 12 11.5% 266 1,201 1,404 13 8 56% 5
R.Watters SF 234 6 278 4 15.2% 7 22.3% 206 1,013 1,121 9 2 59% 2
D.Fenner CIN 190 7 172 9 27.9% 1 23.2% 112 500 787 7 1 58% 3
C.Warren SEA 184 8 173 8 12.6% 10 10.4% 223 1,017 1,095 3 1 50% 21
B.Foster PIT 181 9 160 11 3.5% 17 1.2% 390 1,690 1,723 11 8 51% 18
H.Green CIN 174 10 153 13 7.8% 14 6.0% 265 1,170 1,183 2 0 50% 20
B.Baxter NYJ 174 11 177 7 17.9% 5 17.9% 152 698 860 6 3 53% 11
E.Byner WAS 147 12 131 15 3.9% 16 3.7% 262 998 1,133 6 1 52% 15
H.Sherman PHI 142 13 143 14 21.7% 2 21.0% 112 583 653 5 3 54% 9
R.Cobb TB 126 14 155 12 -0.8% 25 3.0% 311 1,177 1,328 9 3 50% 19
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
H.Walker PHI 113 15 58 24 0.5% 22 -3.7% 267 1,070 1,193 8 6 49% 23
J.Johnson PHX 107 16 162 10 2.9% 18 11.3% 178 734 854 6 2 58% 4
J.Bunch NYG 99 17 89 17 14.4% 8 10.7% 104 501 572 3 3 55% 7
R.Bernstine SD 96 18 104 16 12.3% 11 13.4% 106 500 565 4 2 55% 8
B.Sanders DET 93 19 63 23 0.3% 23 -3.5% 312 1,353 1,244 9 6 43% 35
B.Humphrey MIA 80 20 85 18 9.5% 13 11.5% 102 471 488 1 2 48% 25
R.Craig MIN 77 21 65 21 5.2% 15 4.9% 105 418 522 4 1 53% 10
G.Green DEN 61 22 42 26 1.9% 19 -1.8% 161 648 641 2 0 45% 30
K.Mack CLE1 56 23 69 20 1.8% 20 0.6% 169 543 780 6 0 49% 24
E.Dickerson LARD 55 24 45 25 1.3% 21 -2.1% 187 729 717 2 1 43% 36
B.Word KC 51 25 25 27 -2.4% 27 -4.9% 163 612 662 4 2 45% 28
K.Davis BUF 50 26 73 19 -2.0% 26 2.8% 139 613 619 6 4 53% 12
C.Heyward NO 45 27 64 22 0.0% 24 4.0% 104 416 509 3 0 55% 6
R.Ervins WAS 19 28 13 30 -6.0% 28 -6.5% 151 495 586 2 0 48% 27
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
M.Higgs MIA 14 29 22 28 -7.7% 30 -6.8% 256 915 1,062 7 4 51% 17
V.Workman GB 7 30 19 29 -9.2% 31 -5.7% 159 633 579 2 4 49% 22
M.Butts SD 1 31 1 31 -6.9% 29 -8.5% 219 810 830 5 5 48% 26
C.Okoye KC -1 32 -15 32 -9.6% 32 -10.9% 144 448 549 6 2 44% 32
R.Culver IND -35 33 -41 36 -15.7% 35 -16.2% 121 321 405 7 2 37% 38
N.Anderson CHI -41 34 -21 34 -12.4% 33 -11.7% 156 582 534 5 5 44% 31
D.Hilliard NO -43 35 -31 35 -16.3% 36 -14.7% 115 445 366 3 3 43% 34
V.Dunbar NO -57 36 -18 33 -19.1% 37 -11.6% 154 565 422 3 3 44% 33
J.L.Williams SEA -64 37 -58 37 -24.0% 39 -23.3% 114 339 240 1 2 32% 41
A.Johnson IND -87 38 -104 41 -20.4% 38 -23.7% 178 601 461 0 5 42% 37
C.Gary LARM -88 39 -60 38 -15.7% 34 -13.5% 279 1,127 912 7 8 45% 29
L.Russell NE -89 40 -93 40 -25.3% 40 -27.5% 123 398 289 2 3 37% 40
J.Vaughn NE -111 41 -83 39 -35.1% 41 -27.8% 113 454 185 1 5 37% 39

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Allen LARD 88 67 22.6% 13.3% 67 301 419 2 1
R.Harmon SD 58 62 18.1% 17.7% 55 235 303 3 1
P.Chaffey NYJ 54 59 49.6% 54.2% 27 186 168 1 0
R.Rivers DEN 53 36 7.8% 2.3% 74 282 369 3 0
A.Lee SF 50 50 0.9% 3.9% 91 362 405 2 0
T.McNair KC 50 45 56.6% 49.4% 21 124 149 1 0
M.Green CHI 45 44 31.7% 33.6% 23 107 157 2 0
N.Bell LARD 41 28 6.8% 0.0% 81 366 367 3 2
J.Bailey PHX 40 32 9.0% 4.7% 52 233 276 1 0
T.Rathman SF 38 48 5.1% 8.2% 57 194 309 5 1
D.Lang LARM 35 48 16.7% 20.4% 33 203 211 5 1
C.Gardner BUF 33 48 12.0% 19.1% 40 166 207 2 0
D.Lewis CHI 31 35 1.4% 1.2% 90 384 367 4 3
E.Bieniemy SD 29 23 1.7% -1.3% 74 264 329 3 1
S.Broussard ATL 29 24 -1.5% -1.7% 84 361 332 1 2
H.Sydney GB 28 37 2.7% 6.8% 51 163 253 2 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
B.Thomas NYJ 26 39 -3.1% 1.7% 97 440 363 0 2
Gr.Lewis DEN 23 2 -3.1% -8.0% 73 267 343 4 2
E.Metcalf CLE1 20 15 -3.4% -2.8% 73 301 251 1 1
B.Muster CHI 14 23 -2.8% -3.6% 98 414 437 3 2
H.Williams KC 12 3 -3.2% -7.6% 78 262 289 1 0
S.Lockwood NE 10 5 3.5% -4.7% 35 162 132 0 1
K.Clark IND 10 4 -2.0% -6.4% 40 134 161 0 0
D.Meggett NYG 10 0 -1.1% -8.5% 32 169 134 0 2
K.Byars PHI 8 3 -2.8% -7.1% 41 176 158 1 1
T.Vardell CLE1 7 -1 -9.2% -8.9% 99 369 346 0 0
L.Centers PHX 6 1 -2.2% -7.8% 37 139 127 0 0
E.Pegram ATL 6 8 -2.1% 0.7% 21 89 82 0 0
S.Smith DEN 3 8 -4.1% 0.3% 23 94 86 0 0
J.Stephens NE 2 18 -7.4% -2.7% 75 277 275 2 0
L.Thompson PIT -7 1 -9.9% -8.1% 35 156 113 1 1
S.Smith LARD -8 -13 -8.5% -15.4% 44 129 169 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
L.Hoard CLE1 -9 -4 -9.9% -10.3% 54 236 176 0 1
J.Hector NYJ -11 -10 -20.6% -18.7% 24 67 65 0 0
M.Hoge PIT -14 -14 -11.5% -15.9% 41 150 157 0 1
K.Jones ATL -15 -18 -13.0% -13.7% 79 278 283 0 1
F.McAfee NO -19 -8 -18.3% -13.2% 39 114 116 1 0
I.L.Brown PHX -19 -25 -15.0% -16.6% 68 194 237 2 0
F.McNeil NYJ -21 -13 -20.0% -15.8% 43 170 124 0 0
G.W.Anderson TB -22 -26 -22.0% -21.4% 54 196 130 1 2
E.Bennett GB -25 -26 -16.7% -17.6% 61 212 206 0 2
D.Thompson GB -33 -14 -19.4% -12.9% 76 255 225 2 2
C.Richards DAL -33 -29 -27.9% -22.4% 49 176 114 1 3
K.Henderson MIN -35 -25 -26.8% -22.4% 44 150 102 1 3
R.Mayes SEA -36 -37 -39.0% -44.4% 28 74 38 0 1
T.Smith ATL -41 -27 -22.5% -16.4% 87 329 220 2 2
R.Delpino LARM -45 -48 -43.3% -44.2% 32 115 40 0 2
A.B.Brown NYJ -63 -65 -83.6% -81.4% 24 42 -32 0 1

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 52 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
R.Harmon SD 272 1 261 1 38.4% 4 36.4% 102 908 933 1 77%
L.White HOIL 165 2 155 4 27.4% 11 24.9% 77 641 628 1 74%
T.Thomas BUF 163 3 156 3 18.7% 15 17.2% 87 628 697 3 67%
E.Metcalf CLE1 151 4 137 8 24.6% 12 21.0% 69 614 591 5 68%
D.Hilliard NO 151 5 170 2 34.2% 5 40.4% 59 465 535 4 81%
A.Johnson IND 148 6 147 5 31.6% 10 31.1% 61 517 537 3 80%
R.Watters SF 146 7 144 6 33.2% 6 32.7% 52 405 523 2 83%
B.Muster CHI 144 8 144 7 43.9% 2 43.9% 44 389 477 2 77%
E.Byner WAS 122 9 113 11 32.3% 8 29.0% 48 338 442 1 81%
T.Paige MIA 120 10 120 10 20.8% 14 20.6% 60 399 497 1 80%
J.Bailey PHX 106 11 113 12 32.2% 9 35.1% 44 331 384 1 75%
D.Johnston DAL 106 12 97 15 32.7% 7 29.0% 38 249 381 2 84%
N.Anderson CHI 105 13 103 14 13.6% 17 13.1% 65 399 489 6 65%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
B.Humphrey MIA 102 14 133 9 11.0% 18 18.4% 75 502 509 1 72%
T.Rathman SF 98 15 107 13 15.2% 16 17.7% 55 343 446 4 80%
D.Lang LARM 88 16 90 16 41.4% 3 42.7% 27 283 295 1 67%
L.Thompson PIT 78 17 68 19 49.1% 1 40.9% 29 278 246 0 76%
L.Centers PHX 71 18 75 17 6.7% 21 7.7% 59 417 392 2 85%
T.Allen MIN 66 19 52 21 3.5% 22 -0.2% 70 478 406 2 70%
H.Walker PHI 61 20 46 23 10.0% 19 3.9% 47 278 311 2 81%
H.Sydney GB 57 21 58 20 1.6% 24 1.9% 65 384 380 1 75%
R.Culver IND 57 22 69 18 23.1% 13 31.2% 32 210 229 2 81%
K.Byars PHI 49 23 45 24 -3.5% 30 -4.5% 82 502 443 2 68%
R.Rivers DEN 44 24 31 27 -0.3% 27 -4.3% 63 449 323 1 71%
T.McNair KC 38 25 26 30 -1.9% 28 -5.5% 62 385 305 1 71%
D.Lewis CHI 35 26 42 25 9.9% 20 14.1% 27 175 163 0 67%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
M.Allen LARD 35 27 37 26 -0.2% 26 0.6% 45 277 256 1 62%
C.Gary LARM 33 28 48 22 -3.6% 31 1.0% 55 293 301 3 95%
B.Sanders DET 32 29 27 29 2.9% 23 0.4% 40 225 204 1 73%
A.McDowell TB 30 30 28 28 0.9% 25 -0.1% 37 258 208 2 73%
R.Hampton NYG 23 31 18 32 -3.0% 29 -5.3% 38 215 201 0 74%
B.Foster PIT 20 32 14 34 -5.5% 32 -8.0% 49 342 217 0 73%
S.Smith LARD 18 33 25 31 -5.5% 33 -2.4% 41 217 195 1 68%
R.Cobb TB 11 34 9 35 -6.1% 34 -7.5% 25 156 123 0 84%
R.Craig MIN 9 35 -5 41 -8.9% 35 -16.9% 30 164 142 0 73%
A.Lee SF 6 36 3 38 -9.7% 36 -12.1% 25 102 125 2 80%
C.Heyward NO 4 37 5 36 -11.0% 37 -10.2% 25 159 114 0 76%
J.R.Jones SEA 3 38 1 40 -12.3% 38 -13.1% 37 190 131 0 57%
R.Ervins WAS 2 39 5 37 -13.1% 39 -11.7% 42 256 163 0 76%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
M.Hoge PIT -4 40 -15 43 -15.8% 40 -20.7% 43 231 142 1 65%
V.Workman GB -7 41 15 33 -16.1% 41 -9.2% 59 290 214 0 80%
R.Delpino LARM -10 42 2 39 -20.3% 42 -12.4% 28 139 95 1 64%
F.McNeil NYJ -17 43 -9 42 -27.1% 46 -20.7% 25 154 58 0 64%
L.Hoard CLE1 -20 44 -17 44 -20.6% 43 -19.3% 48 310 173 1 54%
H.Green CIN -20 45 -20 45 -21.2% 44 -21.0% 48 214 155 0 85%
R.Bernstine SD -26 46 -36 48 -32.0% 49 -38.6% 26 86 50 0 46%
J.Stephens NE -34 47 -21 46 -34.6% 50 -26.8% 33 161 47 0 64%
G.W.Anderson TB -40 48 -24 47 -28.9% 47 -22.6% 53 284 106 0 64%
C.Warren SEA -53 49 -58 49 -46.7% 52 -49.6% 28 134 6 0 57%
J.L.Williams SEA -57 50 -77 51 -23.0% 45 -26.1% 120 556 329 2 62%
E.Smith DAL -69 51 -63 50 -31.3% 48 -29.8% 74 337 140 1 81%
D.Meggett NYG -114 52 -129 52 -46.2% 51 -50.3% 65 229 17 2 58%

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
D.Thompson GB 52 53 34.1% 35.8% 16 129 183 1 81%
T.Vardell CLE1 49 51 49.5% 52.7% 13 128 155 0 100%
H.Sherman PHI 44 51 18.1% 23.4% 23 219 189 1 78%
V.Sikahema PHI 29 36 9.4% 15.1% 20 142 150 0 65%
M.Green CHI 25 26 25.8% 27.4% 10 85 97 0 70%
E.Bennett GB 18 21 9.7% 13.6% 14 93 92 0 93%
B.Word KC 17 13 9.1% 3.3% 14 80 88 0 64%
M.Higgs MIA 14 19 -2.1% 2.0% 20 142 116 0 80%
M.Butts SD 14 13 8.7% 7.7% 11 73 71 0 82%
G.Green DEN 7 0 -4.6% -13.7% 13 79 68 0 77%
K.Henderson 2TM 5 4 -1.9% -2.6% 10 64 37 0 50%
K.Turner NE -1 2 -16.1% -10.1% 11 52 40 2 64%
D.Fenner CIN -1 -6 -15.9% -22.4% 12 41 48 1 58%
J.Johnson PHX -2 1 -15.5% -12.4% 18 103 70 0 78%
E.Dickerson LARD -5 -6 -17.7% -18.3% 22 85 84 1 64%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
V.Dunbar NO -5 -7 -20.7% -22.1% 14 62 45 0 64%
K.Jones ATL -7 0 -22.9% -14.4% 14 94 42 0 86%
P.Chaffey NYJ -11 -3 -32.3% -19.4% 12 56 19 0 58%
B.Thomas NYJ -11 -7 -34.8% -27.4% 10 49 14 0 70%
E.Ball CIN -13 -19 -27.7% -33.9% 17 66 41 2 35%
K.Mack CLE1 -14 -20 -31.0% -39.6% 15 81 29 0 87%
S.Broussard ATL -15 -9 -30.4% -24.1% 16 96 33 1 69%
J.Bunch NYG -17 -20 -32.3% -34.6% 16 50 32 1 69%
B.Baxter NYJ -20 -20 -48.3% -47.5% 10 32 0 0 40%
S.Jennings TB -22 -16 -40.0% -33.0% 16 69 14 1 56%
K.Anders KC -26 -24 -46.1% -43.9% 13 65 4 0 38%
L.Russell NE -43 -48 -69.6% -77.0% 14 24 -33 0 79%
K.Davis BUF -53 -47 -78.9% -72.4% 18 80 -51 0 83%
J.Vaughn NE -67 -61 -69.3% -64.2% 21 84 -52 0 62%