Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 1995

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/24/2012

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 505 1 466 1 21.5% 2 19.2% 375 1,770 2,262 25 7 53% 4
R.Hampton NYG 265 2 248 2 10.4% 9 9.2% 305 1,196 1,627 10 4 56% 2
T.Davis DEN 263 3 239 3 16.6% 4 14.3% 237 1,117 1,327 7 4 52% 7
C.Warren SEA 255 4 224 5 11.3% 7 8.9% 309 1,340 1,517 15 4 45% 28
C.Heyward ATL 211 5 228 4 12.7% 6 14.4% 236 1,085 1,195 6 3 53% 5
M.Allen KC 209 6 217 6 14.1% 5 14.9% 207 890 1,134 5 1 54% 3
B.Sanders DET 200 7 171 9 6.8% 12 4.5% 314 1,500 1,447 11 2 44% 32
H.Williams OAK 189 8 185 8 9.0% 10 8.6% 255 1,114 1,230 9 5 49% 17
C.Garner PHI 170 9 187 7 30.8% 1 34.6% 108 588 648 6 1 56% 1
C.Martin NE 170 10 121 13 2.0% 17 -1.1% 368 1,489 1,658 14 5 43% 34
E.Rhett TB 131 11 165 10 0.7% 20 3.1% 332 1,207 1,424 11 2 47% 25
R.Green CHI 119 12 139 11 18.7% 3 23.3% 107 570 568 3 2 52% 6
B.Parmalee MIA 112 13 83 20 2.2% 16 -0.7% 236 881 1,080 9 4 50% 14
N.Means SD 98 14 68 23 3.8% 15 0.1% 186 730 838 5 2 44% 33
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.Stewart JAC 89 15 83 19 7.2% 11 6.1% 137 525 633 2 1 48% 21
T.Allen WAS 89 16 103 14 -2.4% 26 -1.4% 338 1,310 1,372 10 6 46% 27
N.Kaufman OAK 85 17 82 21 10.7% 8 10.1% 109 486 515 1 0 51% 8
R.Watters PHI 84 18 138 12 -2.8% 29 0.9% 336 1,279 1,399 11 4 51% 12
Ma.Bates NO 84 19 34 28 -0.7% 21 -5.4% 246 951 1,050 7 2 46% 26
R.Smith MIN 80 20 84 18 4.8% 14 5.4% 139 632 648 5 1 43% 35
A.Hayden SD 79 21 80 22 6.7% 13 7.0% 128 470 571 3 0 45% 29
T.Thomas BUF 72 22 67 24 -2.3% 25 -2.7% 267 1,005 1,108 6 6 48% 20
B.Morris PIT 64 23 88 16 1.2% 19 4.9% 148 559 668 9 3 51% 9
D.Loville SF 63 24 91 15 -2.3% 24 0.4% 218 723 966 10 1 49% 19
G.Hill KC 60 25 85 17 1.8% 18 6.1% 155 667 595 1 2 51% 10
A.Murrell NYJ 55 26 67 25 -1.8% 22 -0.3% 192 795 785 1 1 51% 13
D.Holmes BUF 44 27 47 26 -2.6% 27 -2.1% 172 698 699 4 3 50% 15
R.Salaam CHI 42 28 24 30 -5.3% 31 -6.7% 296 1,075 1,158 10 9 49% 18
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
H.Green CIN 41 29 28 29 -2.7% 28 -4.6% 171 661 668 2 2 48% 22
T.Kirby MIA 32 30 23 32 -1.9% 23 -3.8% 108 414 465 4 2 44% 30
E.Byner CLE1 19 31 23 31 -4.6% 30 -3.8% 115 432 439 2 1 40% 40
M.Faulk IND 12 32 -5 34 -7.7% 33 -8.9% 289 1,078 1,160 11 7 47% 24
S.Graham MIN 10 33 37 27 -6.6% 32 -1.2% 110 406 444 2 0 51% 11
E.Pegram PIT 5 34 5 33 -8.0% 34 -8.0% 213 813 738 5 6 47% 23
L.Hoard CLE1 0 35 -15 35 -8.7% 35 -11.1% 136 547 500 0 5 50% 16
De.Moore CAR -8 36 -20 37 -9.5% 36 -11.0% 195 740 701 4 4 42% 39
V.Dunbar JAC -36 37 -17 36 -16.2% 40 -12.1% 110 361 352 2 0 43% 36
J.Bettis STL -53 38 -69 40 -15.5% 39 -17.6% 183 637 568 3 4 39% 41
R.Thomas HOIL -57 39 -64 39 -14.0% 37 -14.7% 249 938 813 5 5 43% 38
E.Bennett GB -77 40 -33 38 -14.5% 38 -11.1% 316 1,067 994 3 1 43% 37
G.Hearst ARI -118 41 -97 41 -18.4% 41 -16.6% 284 1,069 844 1 10 44% 31

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Craver DEN 150 137 35.8% 32.1% 73 333 532 5 1
J.Ellison TB 104 111 82.0% 87.8% 26 218 267 5 0
B.Mitchell WAS 100 102 44.1% 45.0% 46 301 323 1 0
K.Anders KC 82 95 34.0% 40.5% 58 398 300 2 1
J.Bailey STL 75 77 34.9% 36.0% 36 182 271 2 0
S.Broussard SEA 61 50 24.3% 18.6% 46 221 257 1 0
G.Milburn DEN 54 53 20.3% 19.6% 49 266 250 0 1
D.Levens GB 51 50 16.2% 16.0% 36 120 258 3 0
R.Potts IND 49 54 9.4% 11.4% 65 309 311 0 0
D.Johnston DAL 47 39 24.3% 19.1% 25 111 198 2 1
R.Culver SD 46 35 11.0% 6.0% 47 155 279 3 0
E.Bieniemy CIN 40 28 1.2% -1.6% 98 381 414 3 0
R.Zellars NO 36 40 8.8% 10.6% 48 162 239 2 0
T.Fletcher SD 34 37 23.4% 26.4% 26 140 145 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Lee MIN 32 41 3.0% 6.0% 69 371 291 2 2
D.Meggett NE 31 26 4.2% 2.3% 60 250 258 2 1
I.Spikes MIA 26 31 10.5% 14.0% 32 126 160 1 0
J.Anderson ATL 25 34 6.1% 11.2% 39 161 189 1 0
B.Thomas CAR 19 19 12.2% 12.4% 22 90 109 0 0
B.Christian CAR 15 13 1.6% 0.5% 40 157 151 0 0
M.Butts HOIL 15 20 -4.8% -3.4% 71 185 353 4 0
B.Baxter NYJ 13 19 -5.1% -3.7% 85 296 350 1 0
W.Floyd SF 13 29 -4.4% 1.0% 64 237 279 2 1
R.Harmon SD 12 4 -3.0% -6.8% 51 187 200 1 0
B.Moss STL 12 13 4.3% 5.5% 22 90 96 0 0
C.Gardner BUF 10 12 1.5% 3.6% 20 77 105 0 0
R.Bernstine DEN 8 12 0.0% 3.7% 23 76 98 1 0
G.Robinson STL 8 3 -3.9% -6.7% 40 165 163 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
V.Workman CAR 8 8 -3.1% -3.3% 44 165 138 1 0
F.McAfee PIT 7 11 -4.2% -2.0% 38 148 153 1 0
H.Walker NYG 6 3 -3.6% -6.1% 31 126 113 0 0
L.Smith SEA 6 11 -4.8% -1.9% 36 215 146 0 1
A.Johnson CAR 4 -1 -4.6% -9.7% 30 140 103 1 2
L.Tillman CHI 3 -10 -6.4% -16.7% 29 78 111 0 0
T.Wheatley NYG -3 -8 -9.4% -10.9% 78 245 290 3 2
M.Logan WAS -3 4 -11.1% -4.9% 23 72 93 1 1
G.Brown HOIL -10 -6 -11.0% -10.0% 86 293 324 0 1
L.Maston JAC -10 -4 -15.8% -11.4% 41 186 103 0 2
R.Ervins SF -10 -6 -19.6% -15.1% 23 88 63 0 0
L.White CLE1 -14 -16 -13.7% -14.5% 62 163 214 1 0
S.Williams DAL -17 -29 -17.0% -23.1% 48 208 143 1 2
J.L.Williams PIT -20 -17 -24.1% -21.3% 29 110 80 0 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Jordan JAC -22 -12 -37.5% -25.0% 21 62 30 0 0
D.Brown NO -28 -29 -24.4% -24.9% 49 159 107 1 0
R.Baldwin CAR -30 -29 -42.2% -41.5% 23 61 28 0 1
H.Griffith CAR -32 -33 -21.0% -21.2% 65 197 171 1 1
L.Thompson KC -35 -29 -41.7% -36.4% 28 73 34 0 0
L.Warren IND -35 -34 -25.5% -24.8% 47 152 121 1 1
L.Centers ARI -38 -35 -19.3% -18.5% 78 253 241 2 2
J.Stewart MIN -40 -33 -41.1% -35.4% 31 144 41 0 2
E.Hunter CLE1 -60 -58 -60.8% -58.8% 30 100 2 0 3
D.Fenner OAK -64 -56 -50.5% -45.3% 39 110 27 0 1
L.Russell STL -88 -84 -38.5% -37.2% 66 203 110 0 2
Ron.Moore NYJ -91 -91 -60.0% -59.5% 42 107 5 0 3

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 57 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
L.Centers ARI 354 1 319 1 43.3% 3 37.7% 119 962 1,164 2 85%
R.Harmon SD 255 2 262 2 43.2% 4 44.8% 89 673 839 5 71%
D.Loville SF 218 3 227 3 17.8% 13 19.1% 110 662 942 3 79%
D.Levens GB 215 4 208 6 52.1% 1 50.0% 57 434 676 4 84%
E.Bennett GB 213 5 213 5 32.8% 5 32.8% 79 652 765 4 77%
T.Kirby MIA 201 6 219 4 31.6% 7 35.6% 82 614 735 3 80%
C.Heyward ATL 159 7 165 7 50.0% 2 52.4% 46 350 506 2 80%
E.Byner CLE1 133 8 130 8 16.0% 16 15.4% 84 494 594 2 73%
E.Bieniemy CIN 131 9 126 9 22.7% 10 21.3% 60 424 526 0 72%
A.Lee MIN 110 10 111 11 6.2% 24 6.3% 95 558 619 1 75%
M.Faulk IND 108 11 122 10 13.3% 19 16.7% 74 475 508 3 76%
A.Craver DEN 103 12 110 12 17.2% 14 19.3% 57 369 450 1 75%
B.Mitchell WAS 102 13 97 14 28.5% 8 26.3% 50 324 385 1 76%
M.Logan WAS 98 14 97 15 32.1% 6 31.4% 40 276 355 2 63%
T.McNair HOIL 90 15 102 13 6.0% 26 8.5% 84 501 514 1 71%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
B.Christian CAR 80 16 86 16 25.9% 9 28.9% 35 255 310 1 83%
T.Allen WAS 73 17 63 22 18.5% 12 14.3% 40 232 311 1 78%
D.Fenner OAK 71 18 71 19 13.6% 18 13.3% 45 252 334 3 78%
B.Parmalee MIA 70 19 74 18 11.8% 20 13.3% 46 345 338 1 85%
H.Williams OAK 65 20 76 17 5.7% 27 8.9% 60 375 374 0 90%
D.Brown NO 64 21 40 30 11.5% 21 2.0% 49 266 308 1 71%
S.Gash NE 64 22 65 21 10.5% 22 11.1% 43 242 318 1 60%
T.Carter CHI 58 23 51 24 2.1% 30 0.2% 57 329 378 1 70%
R.Green CHI 56 24 44 27 15.8% 17 9.8% 38 246 249 0 74%
G.Milburn DEN 55 25 43 29 17.1% 15 10.3% 32 191 240 0 69%
B.Sanders DET 50 26 32 33 -0.3% 31 -5.1% 70 398 367 1 69%
J.Stewart JAC 47 27 53 23 19.7% 11 23.8% 27 190 197 1 78%
D.Johnston DAL 43 28 47 25 2.6% 29 4.4% 46 248 274 1 65%
W.Floyd SF 41 29 69 20 -2.7% 34 4.9% 62 348 349 1 76%
K.Byars MIA 39 30 47 26 -4.4% 36 -2.5% 70 362 376 2 73%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
A.Johnson 2TM 37 31 22 35 6.4% 23 -2.0% 34 207 208 0 85%
T.Thomas BUF 37 32 33 32 2.6% 28 0.9% 41 220 235 2 63%
R.Potts IND 36 33 44 28 6.0% 25 10.3% 32 228 206 1 66%
G.Hearst ARI 36 34 21 36 -0.6% 32 -6.1% 47 243 266 1 62%
H.Walker NYG 33 35 35 31 -1.7% 33 -1.3% 44 234 265 1 70%
J.Joseph CIN 16 36 11 38 -3.3% 35 -6.6% 25 118 140 0 80%
R.Hampton NYG 14 37 18 37 -5.2% 37 -3.2% 28 142 149 0 86%
D.Holmes BUF 9 38 22 34 -8.2% 38 0.0% 33 214 134 0 73%
C.Martin NE 8 39 -7 42 -11.2% 39 -16.4% 51 261 222 1 59%
H.Green CIN 4 40 -2 41 -12.3% 40 -14.6% 41 182 171 1 66%
C.Warren SEA 2 41 9 39 -13.0% 41 -10.3% 50 257 185 1 70%
C.Evans MIN 0 42 3 40 -13.7% 42 -12.3% 28 119 129 1 64%
E.Smith DAL -3 43 -32 50 -14.7% 43 -21.6% 78 375 288 0 79%
M.Allen KC -9 44 -10 43 -18.0% 44 -18.1% 42 210 142 0 64%
J.Bailey STL -20 45 -28 45 -20.6% 45 -23.1% 55 269 173 0 69%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
L.Maston JAC -21 46 -25 44 -32.4% 51 -35.6% 25 131 38 0 72%
K.Anders KC -30 47 -31 48 -20.8% 46 -21.0% 81 349 247 1 68%
J.L.Williams PIT -30 48 -30 47 -30.0% 50 -29.8% 36 127 72 1 67%
E.Rhett TB -31 49 -34 51 -33.1% 53 -35.1% 29 110 51 0 48%
T.Davis DEN -34 50 -39 52 -21.0% 47 -21.9% 82 367 274 1 60%
E.Pegram PIT -35 51 -32 49 -32.9% 52 -30.9% 35 206 61 1 74%
B.Baxter NYJ -44 52 -30 46 -33.2% 54 -26.8% 40 160 72 0 65%
L.Russell STL -48 53 -56 54 -48.1% 57 -53.7% 31 89 1 0 52%
A.Murrell NYJ -75 54 -47 53 -28.0% 48 -22.7% 100 465 236 2 71%
R.Watters PHI -78 55 -63 55 -29.2% 49 -26.2% 92 424 201 1 66%
D.Meggett NE -91 56 -81 56 -33.5% 55 -31.4% 84 334 142 0 62%
R.Thomas HOIL -101 57 -101 57 -45.1% 56 -45.2% 59 204 22 2 66%

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
L.Warren IND 53 52 33.5% 32.7% 23 159 188 0 74%
M.Strong SEA 47 59 31.2% 43.6% 16 117 170 3 75%
L.Neal NO 44 42 35.1% 33.0% 13 123 156 1 92%
L.Hoard CLE1 27 30 14.0% 16.8% 16 103 127 0 81%
S.Avery PIT 25 31 15.4% 23.2% 14 82 111 1 79%
Ron.Moore NYJ 21 19 21.2% 17.7% 12 64 88 0 75%
K.Elias NYG 20 18 21.0% 18.0% 12 69 80 0 75%
Ma.Bates NO 17 6 0.5% -8.8% 21 114 122 0 86%
H.Griffith CAR 13 12 1.3% 0.3% 14 63 90 1 79%
S.Smith SEA 12 20 6.0% 19.1% 10 59 69 1 70%
C.Way NYG 11 12 -0.8% 1.2% 12 76 82 1 58%
R.Salaam CHI 10 11 0.7% 2.2% 12 56 70 0 58%
J.Bettis STL 3 -3 -11.0% -16.6% 23 106 91 0 78%
F.McCrary PHI 1 3 -12.8% -9.5% 13 60 57 0 69%
R.Jordan JAC -1 4 -15.4% -7.8% 12 89 49 1 42%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
B.Morris PIT -6 -12 -26.7% -36.9% 10 36 23 0 80%
S.Broussard SEA -10 -13 -23.8% -27.4% 18 94 50 0 56%
F.McAfee PIT -12 -12 -25.5% -26.0% 20 96 43 0 80%
R.Smith MIN -12 -15 -33.6% -39.0% 11 35 19 0 64%
J.Ellison TB -15 -16 -34.1% -35.3% 13 44 22 0 54%
N.Kaufman OAK -16 -18 -30.8% -32.4% 16 62 35 0 56%
L.Thompson KC -17 -20 -35.1% -38.4% 13 37 23 0 69%
C.Garner PHI -20 -23 -35.7% -38.6% 15 61 24 0 67%
T.Vardell CLE1 -20 -28 -50.6% -64.7% 10 18 -2 0 60%
G.Hill KC -22 -21 -41.0% -39.9% 14 45 12 0 50%
A.Walker SF -23 -29 -32.3% -36.8% 21 78 42 0 52%
R.Zellars NO -36 -36 -64.7% -64.4% 11 33 -24 0 64%
V.Workman 2TM -36 -37 -44.8% -45.7% 22 74 9 0 59%
J.Cothran CIN -40 -40 -54.2% -54.0% 18 44 -12 0 44%