Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 1996

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, 44 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.Bettis PIT 384 1 321 3 20.3% 4 15.6% 320 1,431 1,766 11 6 53% 3
B.Sanders DET 380 2 373 1 22.7% 2 22.2% 307 1,553 1,660 11 3 51% 10
T.Davis DEN 376 3 330 2 16.0% 7 13.0% 340 1,529 1,927 12 5 52% 6
M.Allen KC 264 4 235 5 20.2% 5 17.1% 206 830 1,214 9 2 53% 4
T.Allen WAS 224 5 248 4 6.9% 13 8.5% 348 1,353 1,612 21 3 45% 27
B.Morris BAL 224 6 197 7 20.5% 3 17.1% 172 737 1,024 4 0 55% 2
E.George HOIL 205 7 175 11 5.9% 14 3.7% 332 1,363 1,560 7 3 48% 14
J.Anderson ATL 188 8 180 8 12.4% 10 11.5% 231 1,052 1,077 5 3 48% 16
G.Hill KC 179 9 175 12 26.2% 1 25.5% 135 645 730 4 1 52% 8
R.Watters PHI 169 10 218 6 2.6% 19 5.9% 349 1,401 1,562 13 5 49% 12
C.Martin NE 168 11 175 10 3.2% 18 3.7% 316 1,152 1,499 14 3 48% 15
E.Byner BAL 164 12 140 15 13.9% 9 10.6% 159 634 894 4 1 55% 1
D.Levens GB 146 13 159 13 19.3% 6 21.6% 121 566 689 5 2 53% 5
E.Smith DAL 142 14 180 9 0.9% 23 3.4% 327 1,208 1,520 12 2 48% 13
A.Johnson CAR 140 15 142 14 2.4% 20 2.6% 300 1,120 1,317 6 2 47% 21
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
N.Kaufman OAK 129 16 124 18 14.3% 8 13.4% 150 874 694 1 3 48% 19
J.Stewart JAC 126 17 104 21 7.9% 12 5.0% 190 723 868 8 2 46% 25
L.Smith SEA 125 18 112 20 11.0% 11 9.0% 153 682 753 8 3 47% 23
G.Hearst CIN 125 19 83 22 4.7% 15 0.3% 225 847 1,010 0 1 52% 7
A.Murrell NYJ 124 20 133 16 1.4% 22 2.1% 299 1,230 1,268 6 5 45% 28
T.Thomas BUF 107 21 132 17 0.1% 24 2.1% 281 1,033 1,239 8 1 47% 24
K.Abdul-Jabbar MIA 93 22 75 23 -1.5% 26 -2.9% 305 1,107 1,282 10 4 48% 20
E.Bennett GB 93 23 121 19 1.4% 21 4.4% 222 893 949 2 2 50% 11
H.Green STL 66 24 68 24 3.4% 17 3.7% 127 523 584 4 2 48% 17
R.Zellars NO 62 25 56 25 3.8% 16 2.6% 121 472 530 4 3 47% 22
C.Warren SEA 57 26 -10 31 -1.6% 27 -9.9% 204 853 789 5 3 39% 40
L.Hoard BAL 45 27 45 28 -0.1% 25 -0.1% 125 492 529 3 3 48% 18
R.Harris CHI 40 28 54 26 -3.7% 29 -1.8% 194 754 753 4 3 45% 26
R.Smith MIN 34 29 50 27 -3.7% 28 -1.4% 162 693 647 3 2 51% 9
T.Kirby SF 26 30 32 29 -4.3% 30 -3.4% 134 559 570 3 1 43% 32
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
Ma.Bates NO -11 31 -14 33 -10.1% 31 -10.6% 164 584 562 4 4 38% 41
R.Salaam CHI -13 32 -17 34 -10.8% 32 -11.5% 143 496 493 3 2 37% 43
N.Means JAC -23 33 -24 36 -12.0% 34 -12.5% 145 484 508 2 3 44% 30
M.Faulk IND -24 34 -40 38 -11.3% 33 -13.1% 198 587 722 7 1 41% 33
L.Centers ARI -36 35 -9 30 -15.8% 37 -10.4% 113 417 377 2 1 39% 38
H.Williams OAK -39 36 -82 43 -17.2% 38 -26.7% 121 431 326 0 3 38% 42
Reg.Brooks TB -42 37 -20 35 -17.5% 40 -12.7% 112 368 342 2 1 40% 37
LeShon Johnson ARI -51 38 -13 32 -17.2% 39 -10.7% 142 628 428 3 4 39% 39
L.Russell SD -52 39 -81 42 -14.1% 35 -17.2% 219 706 724 7 6 40% 36
L.Phillips STL -57 40 -51 39 -15.6% 36 -14.9% 193 632 602 4 2 36% 44
E.Rhett TB -70 41 -68 41 -17.5% 41 -17.1% 176 539 567 3 3 44% 31
D.Holmes BUF -84 42 -39 37 -19.0% 42 -13.5% 189 569 553 4 2 44% 29
R.Hampton NYG -112 43 -55 40 -19.0% 43 -13.6% 254 827 747 1 3 41% 35
T.Wheatley NYG -116 44 -87 44 -32.5% 44 -26.6% 112 392 228 1 5 41% 34

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
E.Pegram PIT 182 153 34.4% 27.5% 97 509 661 1 1
D.Fenner OAK 89 87 18.2% 17.7% 67 245 428 4 0
C.Heyward ATL 86 80 20.1% 17.9% 72 321 400 3 0
C.Garner PHI 84 102 21.4% 28.2% 66 346 375 1 0
S.Davis WAS 75 73 71.4% 69.4% 23 139 202 2 0
E.Bieniemy CIN 66 58 19.6% 16.1% 56 270 309 2 1
V.Hebron DEN 53 43 19.8% 14.1% 49 262 250 0 1
K.Carter CIN 35 20 0.1% -3.5% 91 264 401 8 1
M.Alstott TB 31 35 -1.5% -0.5% 96 377 427 3 2
A.Lynn SF 30 34 24.4% 28.7% 24 164 129 0 0
K.Anders KC 30 22 5.1% 1.3% 54 201 238 2 0
R.Anderson NYJ 30 30 4.1% 4.3% 45 141 252 1 0
C.Gardner BAL 25 21 12.5% 9.4% 26 108 143 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Harmon HOIL 25 26 14.6% 15.4% 29 131 132 1 0
W.Henderson GB 24 28 4.1% 5.9% 39 130 203 0 0
M.Grier NE 23 17 11.9% 7.0% 27 105 132 1 0
D.Bennett KC 22 16 9.6% 4.5% 36 166 138 0 0
W.Floyd SF 21 27 0.6% 3.4% 47 186 227 2 2
R.Cobb NYJ 17 24 5.5% 12.2% 25 85 128 1 0
Z.Crockett IND 17 18 3.2% 3.9% 31 165 149 0 2
B.Mitchell WAS 16 12 1.2% -1.6% 40 186 169 0 0
C.Way NYG 14 17 5.7% 8.8% 22 79 105 1 0
M.Logan WAS 14 17 3.1% 6.3% 20 111 120 2 1
G.Robinson STL 14 20 1.5% 6.1% 32 134 138 1 1
L.Neal NO 8 6 -0.6% -2.8% 21 58 106 1 0
J.Aska OAK 8 23 -5.4% 0.2% 62 326 238 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
C.Groce IND 6 -4 -5.2% -10.9% 46 186 170 0 2
D.Loville SF 4 15 -7.2% -3.4% 70 229 255 2 0
A.Craver DEN 2 4 -7.9% -7.1% 57 225 240 2 1
T.Vardell SF 1 9 -8.0% -5.4% 58 192 243 2 0
A.Lee MIN -6 -10 -12.0% -14.0% 51 161 148 0 0
B.Parmalee MIA -12 -11 -20.2% -19.9% 25 80 68 0 0
G.Downs NYG -12 -12 -17.4% -17.7% 29 94 94 0 0
F.Bradley SD -13 -9 -18.4% -15.8% 32 109 89 0 0
T.Biakabutuka CAR -14 -11 -12.9% -12.1% 71 229 239 0 0
V.Workman IND -15 -14 -22.7% -22.3% 24 70 66 0 0
T.Fletcher SD -15 -13 -13.8% -13.1% 77 282 223 0 0
A.Hayden SD -16 -22 -15.0% -17.7% 55 166 183 0 1
J.Ellison TB -16 -17 -19.8% -20.4% 35 106 98 0 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Meggett NE -16 -20 -18.4% -20.7% 40 122 114 0 0
R.Thomas HOIL -16 -23 -16.4% -19.8% 49 151 150 1 0
M.Hicks CHI -17 -15 -22.4% -20.6% 27 92 77 0 1
D.Johnston DAL -20 -21 -24.7% -25.3% 22 48 75 0 0
T.Jervey GB -24 -25 -33.0% -34.1% 26 106 45 0 2
R.Whittle NO -29 -29 -51.6% -52.0% 20 57 11 0 1
S.Williams DAL -33 -8 -21.1% -11.5% 69 279 178 0 2
L.McElroy ARI -34 -10 -19.3% -11.6% 85 307 223 1 2
W.Oliver CAR -37 -32 -32.4% -29.1% 47 183 74 0 1
I.Spikes MIA -53 -48 -22.4% -21.1% 83 292 247 3 2
S.Graham MIN -58 -66 -33.3% -36.7% 57 138 108 0 0
R.Green CHI -62 -36 -36.3% -24.7% 60 249 92 0 3
L.Warren IND -91 -85 -35.8% -34.2% 67 230 140 1 3

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 62 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 288 1 237 1 24.4% 13 17.7% 130 766 1,130 7 76%
R.Harmon HOIL 197 2 209 2 47.9% 3 51.7% 59 488 635 2 71%
M.Alstott TB 191 3 179 3 26.1% 9 23.6% 81 557 737 3 80%
C.Way NYG 135 4 134 4 37.9% 5 37.4% 45 328 466 1 71%
D.Levens GB 134 5 123 6 52.3% 2 46.7% 33 226 423 5 94%
J.McPhail MIA 118 6 105 8 67.1% 1 58.0% 29 282 348 0 69%
J.Anderson ATL 118 7 93 13 16.2% 16 9.9% 67 473 525 1 73%
K.Turner PHI 116 8 130 5 21.5% 14 25.5% 56 409 476 1 77%
R.Watters PHI 114 9 101 9 15.8% 18 12.3% 70 444 512 0 73%
A.Lee MIN 104 10 82 15 12.9% 23 7.2% 71 432 492 2 76%
K.Anders KC 103 11 97 12 7.0% 27 5.8% 88 529 565 2 68%
S.Gash NE 101 12 113 7 24.9% 11 29.6% 44 276 393 2 75%
D.Fenner OAK 89 13 97 11 20.2% 15 23.4% 45 252 369 4 69%
T.Davis DEN 88 14 98 10 14.9% 20 17.9% 52 310 403 2 69%
B.Mitchell WAS 85 15 77 19 29.3% 6 25.4% 40 286 316 0 80%
K.Byars 2TM 79 16 78 18 13.0% 22 12.9% 48 289 373 2 67%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
C.Martin NE 78 17 81 16 12.6% 24 13.5% 52 335 373 3 88%
M.Allen KC 75 18 80 17 25.1% 10 27.7% 35 270 294 0 77%
B.Morris BAL 75 19 73 21 28.4% 8 27.3% 31 242 280 1 81%
R.Harris CHI 73 20 57 24 15.0% 19 8.4% 44 296 333 1 73%
T.Fletcher SD 73 21 52 27 2.4% 31 -2.2% 86 476 470 2 71%
M.Logan WAS 70 22 90 14 24.6% 12 35.5% 32 269 276 0 72%
T.McNair KC 70 23 73 20 29.3% 7 31.4% 28 181 260 1 75%
T.Kirby SF 65 24 47 28 2.5% 30 -2.0% 69 439 422 1 75%
J.Ellison TB 65 25 67 22 40.7% 4 42.6% 25 208 219 0 72%
A.Craver DEN 56 26 53 26 3.6% 29 2.8% 51 297 345 1 76%
W.Henderson GB 45 27 39 30 6.9% 28 4.3% 33 203 247 1 82%
B.Parmalee MIA 42 28 37 32 15.8% 17 12.0% 27 189 189 0 78%
E.George HOIL 41 29 55 25 11.7% 25 20.6% 28 182 199 0 82%
M.Faulk IND 38 30 29 35 -5.0% 40 -7.1% 80 428 389 0 70%
C.Evans MIN 38 31 35 33 13.8% 21 11.6% 25 135 177 0 88%
E.Bieniemy CIN 36 32 64 23 0.3% 32 11.5% 46 272 255 0 70%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
S.Pritchett MIA 36 33 42 29 -0.6% 33 1.9% 50 354 267 3 66%
N.Kaufman OAK 35 34 31 34 10.1% 26 7.4% 26 143 178 1 85%
H.Green STL 31 35 7 43 -3.3% 37 -11.5% 58 246 277 1 64%
E.Byner BAL 30 36 38 31 -1.7% 34 1.4% 44 270 240 1 68%
T.Thomas BUF 24 37 25 37 -4.4% 39 -4.0% 42 254 228 0 62%
J.Stewart JAC 22 38 28 36 -2.9% 35 0.2% 40 177 186 2 75%
E.Bennett GB 16 39 8 42 -6.1% 42 -10.1% 39 176 187 1 79%
A.Johnson CAR 16 40 9 41 -5.0% 41 -9.0% 33 192 166 0 79%
B.Sanders DET 16 41 0 47 -3.8% 38 -13.9% 32 147 147 0 75%
H.Williams OAK 15 42 11 39 -3.2% 36 -6.1% 29 143 136 0 76%
W.Floyd SF 9 43 -3 48 -9.1% 43 -15.4% 36 198 162 1 72%
L.Warren IND 4 44 15 38 -11.5% 44 -5.4% 35 174 135 0 63%
D.Loville SF 3 45 3 46 -11.7% 45 -11.9% 26 138 121 2 62%
E.Pegram PIT 0 46 4 45 -14.0% 46 -10.9% 27 112 108 0 63%
K.Carter CIN -8 47 6 44 -18.1% 48 -11.0% 35 169 126 1 63%
D.Meggett NE -10 48 -7 50 -17.0% 47 -16.2% 57 292 198 0 58%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
C.Warren SEA -11 49 -16 53 -18.6% 50 -21.0% 46 273 140 0 87%
H.Griffith CAR -13 50 -6 49 -18.3% 49 -16.0% 48 223 176 1 56%
D.Johnston DAL -18 51 -25 54 -19.5% 52 -21.7% 55 278 187 1 78%
R.Anderson NYJ -20 52 11 40 -19.3% 51 -10.9% 70 385 222 0 63%
T.Vardell SF -23 53 -12 52 -23.2% 53 -18.7% 38 179 127 0 74%
L.Neal NO -30 54 -11 51 -25.3% 54 -18.0% 42 194 126 1 74%
R.Whittle NO -43 55 -26 55 -38.7% 58 -29.0% 34 162 34 0 76%
T.Carter CHI -47 56 -68 61 -26.8% 55 -32.5% 59 233 163 0 69%
E.Smith DAL -51 57 -55 57 -29.8% 56 -31.2% 57 251 125 3 82%
T.Allen WAS -51 58 -43 56 -38.1% 57 -34.1% 42 194 45 0 76%
J.Bettis PIT -68 59 -56 58 -52.3% 61 -45.5% 32 122 -14 0 69%
C.Groce IND -71 60 -62 59 -47.6% 60 -43.1% 32 106 4 0 41%
K.Abdul-Jabbar MIA -76 61 -66 60 -44.3% 59 -40.1% 45 139 22 0 51%
A.Murrell NYJ -98 62 -85 62 -65.6% 62 -58.4% 34 81 -67 1 50%

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
H.Walker DAL 68 66 77.8% 75.6% 10 89 192 0 70%
C.Heyward ATL 59 63 42.4% 46.2% 19 168 198 0 84%
LeShon.Johnson ARI 58 60 34.5% 36.1% 20 176 205 1 75%
L.Russell SD 58 58 53.6% 54.2% 18 180 180 0 72%
L.Hoard 2TM 37 36 24.8% 24.3% 16 133 143 0 69%
I.Spikes MIA 34 42 41.0% 54.4% 11 81 114 1 73%
Z.Crockett IND 32 37 21.0% 26.5% 15 96 130 1 73%
G.Hearst CIN 25 28 5.7% 8.0% 22 131 142 1 55%
T.Wheatley NYG 23 15 12.6% 4.2% 17 51 107 2 71%
W.Oliver CAR 17 22 0.3% 4.6% 22 144 118 0 68%
L.McElroy ARI 14 9 11.3% 3.3% 10 41 68 1 50%
V.Hebron DEN 12 15 6.6% 10.0% 11 43 69 0 64%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
M.Strong SEA 11 17 0.1% 7.9% 13 78 80 0 69%
E.Hunter 2TM 11 21 -5.0% 3.0% 23 163 110 0 78%
R.Thomas HOIL 10 10 -0.6% -1.1% 17 128 78 0 76%
J.Cothran CIN 9 13 4.2% 11.3% 10 49 56 0 70%
C.Garner PHI 6 1 -7.9% -12.8% 17 92 85 0 82%
D.Holmes BUF 5 18 -9.2% 4.0% 20 102 81 1 80%
T.Lester PIT 3 10 -10.6% -3.3% 14 70 71 0 50%
L.Maston JAC 1 5 -11.7% -6.4% 11 54 52 0 55%
K.Elias NYG -2 -7 -18.0% -26.7% 11 51 32 0 73%
S.Williams DAL -7 -9 -25.4% -27.3% 12 41 30 0 42%
L.Phillips STL -13 -13 -33.5% -33.0% 12 28 21 1 67%
J.Aska OAK -16 -10 -39.6% -29.2% 11 68 12 0 73%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
L.Thompson TB -18 -12 -42.3% -33.4% 14 36 8 0 36%
R.Hampton NYG -24 -18 -32.7% -28.7% 22 82 40 0 68%
R.Zellars NO -27 -30 -45.1% -49.0% 15 45 6 0 60%
C.Gardner BAL -28 -26 -69.9% -66.6% 10 28 -22 0 70%
R.Green CHI -29 -45 -38.0% -51.8% 24 78 25 0 54%
R.Smith MIN -33 -30 -60.8% -57.4% 13 39 -18 0 54%
Ma.Bates NO -37 -35 -53.8% -51.9% 16 44 -10 0 81%
D.Brown NO -38 -51 -51.2% -64.1% 20 54 -6 0 40%
D.Bennett KC -46 -47 -75.7% -77.1% 14 21 -42 0 57%
L.Smith SEA -50 -44 -83.6% -75.1% 16 58 -52 0 56%