Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 1993

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, 42 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
E.Smith DAL 377 1 395 2 22.0% 2 23.9% 283 1,490 1,648 9 4 60% 2
J.Bettis LARM 371 2 397 1 21.2% 3 22.7% 294 1,429 1,702 7 3 60% 3
G.Brown HOIL 326 3 289 3 29.9% 1 26.0% 195 1,002 1,241 6 4 63% 1
R.Watters SF 193 4 191 4 11.8% 7 12.2% 208 950 1,098 10 5 54% 6
L.Tillman NYG 163 5 169 5 20.7% 4 24.1% 120 585 691 3 0 56% 5
N.Means SD 157 6 145 6 14.9% 5 11.2% 160 645 912 8 1 54% 7
M.Butts SD 151 7 132 9 10.0% 9 8.2% 185 746 912 4 0 48% 21
E.Bennett GB 148 8 145 7 11.5% 8 9.9% 159 550 928 9 0 53% 8
M.Allen KC 135 9 114 11 4.8% 10 4.2% 206 764 958 12 4 47% 26
R.Bernstine DEN 120 10 72 21 4.1% 13 -1.4% 223 816 1,064 4 3 52% 9
C.Warren SEA 111 11 102 15 1.8% 18 0.3% 273 1,072 1,171 7 3 47% 29
Ron.Moore PHX 105 12 128 10 0.2% 21 2.4% 263 1,018 1,167 9 3 48% 22
S.Graham MIN 103 13 110 13 14.0% 6 12.2% 118 488 650 3 0 58% 4
Reg.Brooks WAS 97 14 96 19 1.3% 19 2.6% 223 1,065 879 3 4 46% 30
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
B.Foster PIT 93 15 103 14 1.8% 17 4.8% 177 714 792 8 2 47% 23
R.Hampton NYG 89 16 136 8 -1.7% 24 2.4% 292 1,077 1,207 5 2 48% 17
H.Walker PHI 89 17 99 16 1.9% 16 5.1% 175 738 745 1 1 51% 10
R.Delpino DEN 85 18 72 22 4.3% 11 3.2% 131 445 653 8 1 50% 11
L.Russell NE 82 19 112 12 -1.7% 25 0.1% 300 1,088 1,253 7 2 45% 31
T.Thomas BUF 79 20 86 20 -4.1% 28 -2.7% 355 1,316 1,373 6 6 47% 25
J.Johnson NYJ 77 21 99 17 -0.1% 22 3.4% 198 821 821 3 2 49% 13
B.Sanders DET 70 22 97 18 0.7% 20 1.9% 243 1,115 933 3 2 44% 34
D.Fenner CIN 65 23 68 23 4.2% 12 3.9% 121 482 584 1 0 48% 18
T.Worley CHI 58 24 51 26 2.6% 14 1.7% 120 470 519 2 2 48% 16
G.Robinson LARD 48 25 9 34 -1.1% 23 -7.1% 156 591 613 1 2 47% 28
E.Metcalf CLE1 42 26 56 24 2.5% 15 3.3% 129 611 491 1 2 43% 36
H.Sherman PHI 29 27 42 29 -3.5% 27 -0.5% 115 408 492 2 1 48% 19
D.Brown NO 28 28 50 27 -2.9% 26 -1.7% 180 705 691 2 1 44% 35
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
K.Davis BUF 18 29 10 33 -7.6% 32 -6.5% 109 391 427 6 2 45% 32
M.Higgs MIA 17 30 29 31 -6.6% 30 -4.9% 185 694 713 3 1 44% 33
T.Vardell CLE1 16 31 54 25 -4.9% 29 -1.4% 171 644 699 3 2 49% 15
B.Baxter NYJ 2 32 43 28 -7.1% 31 -3.4% 173 560 725 7 0 50% 12
L.White HOIL -8 33 13 32 -8.2% 33 -6.3% 131 465 502 2 1 49% 14
E.Pegram ATL -13 34 39 30 -9.0% 34 -5.5% 291 1,185 1,061 3 5 47% 24
R.Potts IND -20 35 -25 36 -12.8% 37 -12.0% 179 714 575 0 6 47% 27
T.Kirby MIA -23 36 -29 37 -13.2% 38 -14.5% 119 390 389 3 2 39% 40
D.Thompson GB -27 37 -24 35 -10.7% 35 -12.0% 169 654 571 3 2 43% 38
L.Thompson PIT -33 38 -59 39 -11.2% 36 -15.3% 205 763 725 3 7 48% 20
N.Anderson CHI -56 39 -80 40 -14.2% 39 -18.3% 202 652 634 4 2 34% 42
B.Word MIN -60 40 -49 38 -15.1% 40 -16.4% 142 458 471 2 2 43% 37
R.Cobb TB -141 41 -154 41 -23.0% 41 -25.3% 221 658 579 3 5 39% 39
H.Green CIN -191 42 -199 42 -29.5% 42 -31.6% 215 589 448 0 3 35% 41

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Smith MIN 121 127 27.3% 28.5% 82 399 493 2 0
J.L.Williams SEA 97 81 20.1% 13.9% 82 371 479 3 2
M.Logan SF 88 92 22.8% 23.5% 58 280 394 7 2
S.Broussard ATL 83 96 38.7% 47.8% 39 206 276 1 0
C.Gary LARM 77 60 16.3% 10.4% 79 293 401 1 0
D.Meggett NYG 73 62 15.4% 14.9% 69 329 328 0 0
B.Mitchell WAS 72 71 13.5% 13.0% 63 246 399 3 0
M.Hoge PIT 63 61 23.8% 23.3% 52 253 266 1 0
T.McNair KC 63 60 20.1% 18.8% 51 278 289 2 2
L.Centers PHX 63 60 42.7% 41.7% 25 152 200 0 0
R.Harmon SD 52 49 17.2% 16.5% 46 216 248 0 0
J.Bailey PHX 50 67 17.8% 20.6% 49 253 295 1 1
De.Moore DET 49 52 3.3% 4.1% 88 405 435 3 3
D.Johnston DAL 49 53 19.8% 23.8% 24 74 215 3 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
L.Neal NO 38 27 32.7% 22.0% 21 175 135 1 1
K.Turner NE 34 37 6.1% 8.0% 50 231 248 0 1
J.Vaughn SEA 33 11 13.3% -1.3% 36 153 187 0 0
B.Muster NO 28 41 2.0% 5.5% 64 214 300 3 0
C.Heyward CHI 25 8 -3.8% -6.2% 68 206 313 0 1
V.Workman TB 24 18 -1.8% -3.4% 78 284 329 2 1
E.Lynch DET 24 19 0.3% -1.1% 53 207 250 2 1
K.Byars MIA 21 21 -1.2% -1.9% 64 269 307 3 0
B.Thomas NYJ 21 27 -0.6% 3.1% 59 221 224 1 0
J.Bunch NYG 20 26 4.6% 8.9% 33 128 161 2 1
L.Coleman DAL 20 15 5.1% 1.7% 34 132 162 2 1
J.Stephens GB 19 10 0.9% -3.8% 54 191 220 1 0
A.Lee SF 16 9 -1.4% -5.7% 72 230 303 1 1
D.Hilliard NO 16 28 1.9% 4.8% 50 165 213 2 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Royster TB 11 12 0.2% -0.8% 33 115 154 1 0
J.Joseph PHI 10 19 -1.8% 3.0% 39 140 159 0 0
V.Hebron PHI 10 1 -7.1% -8.3% 84 297 319 3 2
A.Murrell NYJ 8 23 -0.1% 8.1% 34 157 137 1 0
G.Milburn DEN 5 -4 -7.6% -10.8% 52 230 169 0 1
K.Anders KC 3 6 -7.0% -6.3% 75 291 242 0 1
S.Smith LARD 1 0 -7.4% -8.8% 47 156 186 0 1
E.Dickerson ATL 1 2 -7.2% -7.0% 26 91 92 0 0
E.Bieniemy SD 1 10 -9.7% -1.7% 33 135 118 1 1
E.Byner WAS -1 7 -9.2% 1.1% 23 105 63 1 0
D.Lassic DAL -4 1 -10.9% -8.4% 75 269 262 3 2
N.McCallum LARD -6 -2 -4.2% -9.8% 37 114 160 3 1
O.Miles CIN -11 -15 -15.8% -25.8% 22 56 63 1 0
R.Craig MIN -12 -19 -16.4% -20.0% 38 119 119 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Ervins WAS -13 -15 -13.1% -15.8% 50 201 162 0 2
C.Gardner BUF -18 -14 -25.2% -21.6% 20 56 65 0 1
T.Montgomery LARD -18 -27 -20.8% -26.0% 37 106 102 0 1
A.Johnson IND -22 -28 -14.1% -16.0% 95 332 289 1 4
F.McAfee NO -27 -33 -21.3% -24.6% 51 160 134 1 1
S.Gash NE -30 -12 -20.7% -13.6% 48 149 163 1 1
L.Hoard CLE1 -38 -40 -28.3% -27.7% 56 227 112 0 3
C.Croom NE -39 -22 -24.9% -17.5% 60 200 150 1 1
H.Williams KC -56 -59 -44.9% -44.9% 41 146 44 0 3
G.W.Anderson TB -56 -52 -55.1% -52.2% 28 56 13 0 1
N.Bell LARD -59 -57 -30.8% -28.4% 67 180 143 1 1
R.Culver IND -67 -67 -25.3% -26.9% 65 150 214 3 2
G.Hearst PHX -79 -71 -33.9% -29.2% 76 264 156 1 2

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
T.Kirby MIA 289 1 295 1 38.6% 2 39.6% 95 874 991 3 79%
K.Byars MIA 224 2 210 2 33.2% 3 30.3% 84 613 803 3 73%
R.Harmon SD 212 3 187 4 25.5% 5 20.8% 103 671 823 2 71%
L.Centers PHX 207 4 208 3 28.2% 4 28.4% 86 603 781 3 77%
H.Walker PHI 189 5 178 5 21.9% 8 19.8% 91 610 767 3 82%
J.Johnson NYJ 128 6 148 6 12.5% 16 16.6% 83 641 614 1 81%
M.Logan SF 104 7 112 8 23.2% 7 26.3% 47 348 414 0 79%
D.Johnston DAL 103 8 125 7 17.4% 13 24.1% 60 372 448 1 83%
R.Watters SF 97 9 87 14 24.9% 6 20.8% 45 326 381 1 69%
E.Bennett GB 92 10 65 17 8.1% 18 1.7% 74 457 489 1 80%
G.Brown HOIL 91 11 89 12 45.1% 1 43.4% 30 240 300 2 70%
E.Metcalf CLE1 90 12 111 9 7.4% 19 12.2% 83 539 485 2 76%
A.Johnson IND 90 13 107 10 8.8% 17 13.2% 68 443 468 0 81%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
J.Joseph PHI 89 14 94 11 21.9% 9 23.6% 41 291 363 1 71%
M.Allen KC 85 15 87 15 18.8% 10 19.4% 46 238 364 3 74%
R.Bernstine DEN 77 16 58 20 6.9% 21 1.8% 61 372 425 0 72%
E.Pegram ATL 66 17 59 19 13.7% 15 10.9% 42 302 308 0 79%
J.Bailey PHX 63 18 64 18 14.4% 14 14.8% 40 243 282 0 80%
D.Fenner CIN 61 19 79 16 3.9% 24 9.3% 64 427 371 0 75%
T.Thomas BUF 58 20 34 30 0.8% 28 -5.3% 71 387 402 0 68%
K.Turner NE 58 21 87 13 3.2% 25 11.9% 57 333 362 2 68%
K.Anders KC 57 22 48 23 2.3% 26 -0.4% 56 326 371 1 71%
D.Meggett NYG 53 23 38 28 6.2% 22 0.3% 50 319 297 0 76%
E.Smith DAL 42 24 52 21 -1.9% 31 1.0% 65 414 341 1 88%
S.Smith LARD 40 25 43 27 18.5% 11 21.0% 25 187 167 0 72%
De.Moore DET 39 26 47 24 17.4% 12 23.8% 25 169 168 1 84%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
B.Foster PIT 38 27 51 22 6.9% 20 14.1% 34 217 210 1 79%
B.Muster NO 38 28 45 25 5.8% 23 9.6% 33 195 217 0 70%
L.Thompson PIT 34 29 45 26 -0.3% 29 3.9% 46 259 252 0 83%
V.Workman TB 30 30 21 33 -5.9% 35 -8.4% 76 411 337 2 71%
J.Bettis LARM 30 31 30 32 1.6% 27 1.9% 34 244 200 0 76%
M.Hoge PIT 29 32 32 31 -4.3% 33 -3.2% 56 247 277 4 59%
G.Milburn DEN 28 33 13 36 -4.8% 34 -9.6% 54 300 278 3 70%
D.Brown NO 25 34 36 29 -0.4% 30 5.7% 32 170 181 1 66%
T.Lester LARM 19 35 20 34 -1.9% 32 -1.5% 28 154 156 0 64%
L.White HOIL 17 36 13 35 -6.2% 36 -7.7% 44 229 189 0 77%
R.Delpino DEN 9 37 9 37 -9.5% 37 -9.4% 36 195 170 0 72%
C.Gary LARM 9 38 -1 38 -10.2% 38 -14.1% 48 289 199 1 75%
R.Craig MIN 4 39 -15 41 -11.4% 39 -22.7% 32 169 131 1 59%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds/b> TD Catch
Rate
R.Potts IND -7 40 -23 43 -17.5% 41 -25.8% 34 189 122 0 76%
Reg.Brooks WAS -8 41 -9 40 -17.6% 42 -18.5% 35 186 129 0 60%
J.L.Williams SEA -9 42 -2 39 -15.8% 40 -14.2% 90 450 327 1 64%
D.Thompson GB -21 43 -20 42 -27.6% 44 -26.7% 29 129 65 0 62%
H.Green CIN -34 44 -38 46 -34.1% 48 -36.2% 31 115 50 0 71%
R.Smith MIN -40 45 -49 48 -40.2% 49 -45.7% 32 111 26 0 75%
L.Russell NE -42 46 -40 47 -32.7% 47 -32.0% 37 179 72 0 70%
L.Hoard CLE1 -46 47 -37 45 -26.5% 43 -24.2% 69 351 166 0 51%
B.Baxter NYJ -51 48 -52 50 -40.4% 50 -41.3% 35 158 32 0 57%
E.Byner WAS -51 49 -49 49 -32.2% 46 -31.5% 53 194 94 0 51%
D.Hilliard NO -55 50 -29 44 -29.7% 45 -22.1% 66 296 133 1 61%
B.Sanders DET -69 51 -70 51 -40.5% 51 -40.8% 49 205 42 0 73%
N.Anderson CHI -78 52 -72 52 -44.3% 52 -42.0% 48 160 22 0 65%

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
B.Mitchell WAS 61 59 38.6% 36.7% 21 157 209 0 95%
R.Hampton NYG 52 53 28.5% 29.4% 23 210 196 0 78%
A.Lee SF 45 46 25.7% 26.6% 20 115 173 2 80%
C.Heyward CHI 39 37 17.6% 16.2% 21 132 168 0 76%
G.W.Anderson TB 32 35 33.8% 39.2% 15 89 113 1 73%
R.Culver IND 30 24 19.7% 13.6% 15 111 124 1 73%
T.Rathman SF 28 27 23.5% 21.8% 14 86 113 0 71%
G.Robinson LARD 23 17 6.9% 1.9% 21 142 126 0 71%
N.Bell LARD 23 20 15.9% 12.9% 15 111 101 0 73%
C.Croom NE 20 21 10.0% 11.0% 18 92 102 0 44%
S.Gash NE 17 15 4.0% 1.3% 17 93 105 0 82%
B.Christian CHI 16 16 -2.0% -1.9% 24 160 132 0 67%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
T.Vardell CLE1 15 25 -3.2% 3.8% 23 151 130 1 83%
M.Higgs MIA 15 16 8.6% 11.0% 12 72 77 0 83%
E.Lynch DET 13 14 1.6% 3.1% 16 82 87 0 81%
R.Cobb TB 6 2 -5.1% -10.6% 14 61 67 1 64%
J.Bunch NYG 4 11 -9.5% -3.5% 18 98 82 1 72%
R.Ervins WAS 0 12 -14.1% -3.3% 20 116 80 0 80%
S.Graham MIN -1 0 -15.4% -13.2% 12 46 41 0 58%
T.McNair KC -3 -2 -17.2% -16.4% 15 74 57 0 67%
B.Word MIN -8 -2 -23.8% -16.1% 17 105 39 0 53%
D.Lang LARM -9 -6 -27.0% -23.0% 10 45 29 0 40%
H.Sherman PHI -17 -21 -34.7% -39.5% 14 78 24 0 86%
R.Green CHI -20 -34 -35.5% -49.9% 18 63 25 0 72%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
T.Worley 2TM -23 -27 -42.7% -47.4% 15 64 9 0 73%
C.Warren SEA -24 -27 -37.0% -39.5% 21 99 20 0 71%
N.Means SD -26 -21 -38.3% -34.1% 18 59 22 0 56%
M.Butts SD -27 -27 -33.8% -34.3% 24 105 40 0 63%
B.Thomas NYJ -32 -27 -62.5% -55.9% 11 25 -19 0 64%
A.McDowell TB -34 -36 -58.1% -61.6% 13 26 -15 1 62%
D.Ned NO -34 -25 -62.0% -48.6% 13 56 -20 0 69%
D.Lassic DAL -34 -28 -61.1% -52.4% 13 37 -19 0 69%
V.Hebron PHI -35 -38 -52.3% -55.0% 17 82 -7 0 65%
K.Davis BUF -36 -36 -40.1% -39.6% 24 95 24 0 88%
T.Montgomery LARD -72 -83 -70.9% -79.4% 23 43 -59 0 43%