Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 1997

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, 45 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
T.Davis DEN 526 1 498 1 24.3% 3 22.6% 369 1,743 2,226 15 4 56% 2
B.Sanders DET 447 2 455 2 25.3% 2 25.9% 335 2,053 1,857 11 2 46% 16
C.Dillon CIN 281 3 250 5 19.7% 4 16.6% 233 1,129 1,310 10 1 51% 10
J.Bettis PIT 280 4 309 3 8.9% 9 10.7% 375 1,665 1,834 7 6 54% 4
R.Smith MIN 244 5 267 4 17.3% 6 19.8% 232 1,266 1,205 6 0 48% 12
M.Allen KC 229 6 205 6 28.8% 1 24.8% 124 505 900 11 4 61% 1
J.Stewart JAC 154 7 145 8 16.2% 7 14.8% 136 555 784 8 0 49% 11
R.Harris CHI 134 8 133 12 3.2% 15 3.2% 275 1,033 1,192 10 0 43% 29
F.Lane CAR 133 9 134 11 8.7% 10 8.8% 182 810 878 7 4 53% 7
G.Hearst SF 133 10 147 7 5.9% 12 7.5% 234 1,019 1,000 4 2 45% 20
C.Garner PHI 131 11 141 9 17.5% 5 19.3% 116 547 647 3 1 53% 6
S.Davis WAS 129 12 127 13 13.7% 8 13.3% 141 567 710 3 0 55% 3
C.Warren SEA 124 13 96 18 6.3% 11 3.0% 199 836 917 4 1 48% 13
D.Levens GB 120 14 138 10 0.4% 16 1.7% 329 1,428 1,343 7 5 44% 23
M.Faulk IND 99 15 82 19 -0.3% 17 -1.8% 264 1,054 1,192 7 5 48% 14
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
E.George TEN 87 16 96 17 -2.7% 22 -2.0% 357 1,399 1,405 6 4 47% 15
E.Smith DAL 84 17 116 15 -0.6% 18 2.5% 261 1,074 1,039 4 1 46% 18
R.Watters PHI 79 18 100 16 -2.0% 20 -0.3% 285 1,108 1,168 7 3 44% 24
T.Thomas BUF 77 19 80 20 4.4% 13 4.9% 154 643 637 1 2 42% 32
C.Way NYG 76 20 120 14 3.3% 14 10.3% 152 689 671 4 3 54% 5
N.Means JAC 66 21 28 29 -2.4% 21 -6.0% 244 823 1,028 9 4 51% 9
K.Abdul-Jabbar MIA 64 22 48 24 -3.6% 26 -4.8% 283 892 1,220 15 3 46% 17
A.Smith BUF 60 23 65 22 -1.4% 19 -0.8% 194 851 815 8 4 45% 21
C.Martin NE 53 24 68 21 -3.8% 27 -2.5% 274 1,164 1,048 4 3 44% 25
B.Morris BAL 49 25 51 23 -3.1% 24 -2.8% 204 774 839 4 4 51% 8
M.Alstott TB 44 26 39 26 -3.0% 23 -3.6% 176 669 750 7 4 42% 33
G.Brown SD 41 27 45 25 -4.7% 28 -4.4% 253 945 994 4 2 43% 28
K.Carter CIN 29 28 12 32 -3.2% 25 -6.3% 128 464 513 7 2 41% 38
A.Murrell NYJ 24 29 34 27 -6.6% 30 -5.8% 300 1,079 1,079 7 4 43% 27
W.Dunn TB 19 30 24 30 -6.3% 29 -5.6% 225 971 742 4 3 37% 43
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
L.Phillips 2TM 13 31 -8 36 -7.1% 31 -9.5% 201 677 786 8 3 41% 36
J.Anderson ATL 9 32 15 31 -7.9% 32 -7.3% 288 989 1,095 7 2 45% 22
T.Barber NYG 2 33 28 28 -8.3% 33 -3.5% 136 511 483 3 2 43% 30
N.Kaufman OAK 1 34 -20 37 -8.5% 34 -10.4% 272 1,294 945 6 6 39% 40
T.Kirby SF -2 35 1 35 -9.0% 35 -8.5% 125 418 423 6 2 42% 34
S.Williams DAL -4 36 3 34 -9.4% 36 -8.0% 121 469 447 2 2 45% 19
Ma.Bates NO -6 37 -22 38 -9.7% 37 -12.9% 119 440 423 4 2 39% 39
G.Hill KC -25 38 -50 41 -12.6% 39 -16.6% 157 550 494 0 1 38% 42
T.Wheatley NYG -25 39 6 33 -12.4% 38 -7.7% 152 584 527 4 3 44% 26
T.Allen WAS -60 40 -41 39 -15.3% 40 -13.1% 210 724 673 4 1 41% 37
J.Moore STL -67 41 -49 40 -23.1% 43 -19.2% 104 380 290 3 4 42% 31
L.McElroy ARI -68 42 -59 42 -21.7% 42 -19.9% 135 423 337 2 3 39% 41
L.Centers ARI -72 43 -68 43 -25.2% 44 -24.3% 101 276 255 1 1 34% 45
R.Zellars NO -72 44 -72 44 -19.3% 41 -19.3% 157 554 460 4 6 41% 35
D.Autry CHI -97 45 -96 45 -30.9% 45 -30.6% 112 319 217 1 2 34% 44

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.Broussard SEA 128 122 32.3% 30.2% 70 418 478 5 0
D.Bennett KC 97 81 17.6% 13.2% 94 369 477 1 0
R.Thomas TEN 83 84 24.3% 24.6% 67 310 352 3 0
K.Anders KC 78 76 17.7% 17.0% 79 397 380 0 1
D.Holmes BUF 65 67 56.0% 57.6% 22 106 193 2 0
E.Byner BAL 48 44 4.4% 3.2% 84 313 399 0 1
L.Smith SEA 48 47 3.0% 2.9% 91 392 432 2 0
C.Evans MIN 47 39 15.0% 11.3% 43 157 247 2 0
V.Hebron DEN 42 26 10.6% 3.1% 49 222 256 1 0
D.Loville DEN 41 37 34.2% 29.3% 25 124 151 1 0
T.Hall OAK 37 36 26.5% 25.6% 23 120 152 0 0
R.Rivers DET 37 39 22.7% 24.2% 29 166 163 1 0
T.Vardell DET 36 37 9.4% 9.8% 32 121 231 6 1
S.Greene CAR 33 35 6.1% 6.6% 45 157 251 1 1
D.Cullors NE 32 26 26.6% 20.5% 22 101 129 0 0
T.Biakabutuka CAR 31 23 1.6% -1.2% 75 302 314 2 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Hayden GB 28 29 15.2% 15.6% 32 148 147 1 0
W.Henderson GB 17 22 2.2% 4.9% 31 113 166 0 0
L.Warren IND 14 9 1.5% -2.5% 28 80 144 2 0
B.Hanspard ATL 13 8 -1.6% -4.5% 53 335 179 0 2
Ja.Graham BAL 12 31 -5.4% -0.3% 81 299 345 2 0
A.Johnson CAR 12 3 -5.2% -7.7% 97 358 320 0 1
LeShon Johnson ARI 6 5 -2.5% -3.8% 23 81 96 0 0
L.Hoard MIN 6 2 -7.0% -7.9% 80 235 312 4 0
E.Rhett TB 4 9 -6.0% -2.5% 31 96 131 3 0
L.Bowie WAS 4 6 -6.2% -4.9% 28 100 138 2 1
R.Hampton NYG 2 12 -6.4% 2.8% 23 81 97 1 0
M.Williams MIN 2 1 -6.6% -7.9% 22 59 94 1 0
D.Meggett NE 2 1 -6.3% -6.8% 20 60 67 1 0
K.Bynum SD 1 -9 -8.0% -16.5% 30 97 103 0 0
E.Pegram 2TM -2 6 -10.0% -3.5% 28 95 93 2 0
A.Craver SD -3 -8 -12.9% -18.5% 20 71 61 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
B.Mitchell WAS -4 -4 -14.4% -13.8% 23 108 58 1 1
A.Lee STL -8 -10 -17.3% -18.5% 28 104 69 0 0
Leon Johnson NYJ -10 -19 -13.1% -17.4% 47 158 171 2 1
Z.Crockett IND -11 -16 -11.2% -12.4% 95 300 349 1 1
E.Bieniemy CIN -11 -12 -24.0% -24.2% 21 97 45 1 1
Ron.Moore ARI -15 -23 -13.4% -15.9% 81 278 242 1 0
R.Anderson NYJ -16 -15 -29.9% -28.4% 21 70 39 0 1
M.Grier NE -24 -34 -26.6% -34.4% 33 75 75 1 0
I.Spikes MIA -27 -27 -18.3% -18.6% 63 180 193 2 0
R.Salaam CHI -28 -27 -34.6% -33.2% 31 115 48 0 2
T.Fletcher SD -33 -39 -26.9% -30.7% 51 161 100 0 2
W.Floyd SF -38 -31 -19.4% -17.4% 78 231 243 3 2
C.Heyward STL -42 -37 -32.8% -29.9% 34 84 81 1 1
Tr.Davis NO -44 -42 -22.5% -22.1% 75 271 199 0 2
G.Jones PIT -53 -58 -28.1% -30.1% 72 235 147 1 2
H.Green ATL -69 -64 -49.0% -45.8% 36 78 35 1 0

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
A.Lee STL 232 1 240 1 33.6% 8 35.3% 93 825 828 3 66%
B.Mitchell WAS 185 2 169 2 61.6% 3 55.1% 50 438 558 1 72%
L.Bowie WAS 174 3 157 3 61.6% 2 54.1% 40 388 524 2 85%
J.Anderson ATL 141 4 128 6 66.2% 1 59.0% 37 284 416 3 78%
B.Parmalee MIA 140 5 141 4 55.4% 4 56.3% 35 301 433 1 80%
W.Henderson GB 139 6 117 7 36.9% 7 28.5% 49 367 484 1 84%
K.Turner PHI 136 7 131 5 22.3% 13 21.1% 62 443 549 3 77%
D.Levens GB 125 8 94 13 17.8% 15 9.9% 67 370 541 5 79%
H.Green ATL 116 9 97 11 51.5% 5 40.8% 36 360 371 0 81%
W.Dunn TB 111 10 99 10 23.2% 12 19.3% 56 464 443 3 70%
J.Stewart JAC 101 11 109 8 25.7% 10 28.9% 49 336 392 1 84%
R.Watters PHI 90 12 76 15 9.6% 22 6.0% 73 440 462 0 66%
C.Dillon CIN 90 13 96 12 37.9% 6 41.3% 33 259 311 0 82%
K.Anders KC 82 14 101 9 7.5% 27 12.5% 72 453 446 2 82%
S.Gash NE 73 15 69 17 24.4% 11 22.3% 29 154 288 3 76%
M.Alstott TB 65 16 53 23 17.5% 17 11.7% 33 178 283 3 70%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
E.Bieniemy CIN 61 17 71 16 17.6% 16 22.5% 37 249 266 0 84%
C.Way NYG 61 18 52 24 6.3% 29 3.5% 51 304 341 1 73%
L.Warren IND 59 19 61 21 29.1% 9 30.4% 26 192 220 0 77%
D.Johnston DAL 59 20 51 25 19.0% 14 14.6% 29 166 249 1 62%
C.Garner PHI 58 21 63 18 16.5% 18 18.8% 34 225 259 0 71%
W.Floyd SF 57 22 62 19 6.2% 30 8.0% 53 321 321 1 70%
N.Kaufman OAK 54 23 78 14 7.6% 26 17.1% 50 403 293 2 80%
J.McPhail MIA 54 24 43 29 8.2% 25 3.9% 48 262 285 1 71%
L.Centers ARI 49 25 58 22 -1.6% 34 0.5% 75 409 388 1 72%
C.Martin NE 49 26 62 20 4.0% 32 8.6% 51 296 297 1 80%
B.Sanders DET 49 27 41 30 6.0% 31 2.9% 50 305 277 3 66%
G.Hearst SF 48 28 44 28 15.1% 19 12.7% 27 194 216 2 78%
C.Evans MIN 42 29 34 34 9.1% 23 4.8% 30 152 217 0 70%
L.Smith SEA 41 30 46 27 13.3% 20 16.1% 28 183 194 0 82%
T.Vardell DET 40 31 36 31 10.0% 21 7.7% 30 218 203 0 53%
M.Faulk IND 39 32 49 26 -3.1% 37 -0.3% 72 471 340 1 65%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
T.Barber NYG 37 33 31 35 -0.3% 33 -2.7% 54 299 274 1 63%
T.Allen WAS 36 34 35 32 8.3% 24 7.8% 28 172 189 1 71%
T.Kirby SF 35 35 34 33 6.4% 28 5.7% 34 279 197 1 68%
K.Abdul-Jabbar MIA 31 36 28 36 -1.7% 35 -2.9% 49 261 249 1 59%
S.Greene CAR 30 37 21 38 -5.1% 41 -8.0% 57 277 312 1 70%
T.Thomas BUF 23 38 23 37 -3.9% 38 -3.9% 40 208 210 0 75%
R.Smith MIN 22 39 5 42 -4.9% 40 -12.0% 44 197 223 1 84%
R.Zellars NO 22 40 17 40 -3.1% 36 -5.6% 43 263 193 0 72%
T.Fletcher SD 16 41 17 39 -7.7% 42 -7.1% 48 292 213 0 81%
T.Wheatley NYG 14 42 9 41 -4.0% 39 -7.3% 25 140 132 0 64%
B.Christian ATL 9 43 -1 46 -8.5% 43 -14.4% 31 154 136 1 71%
G.Brown SD 0 44 0 45 -13.7% 44 -13.7% 30 137 126 0 70%
Tony Carter CHI -11 45 -10 50 -18.4% 45 -18.1% 38 152 143 0 63%
K.Byars NE -14 46 -9 49 -19.2% 46 -17.6% 40 189 151 3 50%
E.Smith DAL -15 47 -16 52 -20.2% 47 -20.5% 48 234 142 0 83%
C.Warren SEA -17 48 2 44 -20.2% 48 -13.3% 53 257 155 0 85%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
A.Johnson CAR -18 49 -23 56 -25.1% 53 -28.1% 33 161 78 1 64%
S.Broussard SEA -19 50 -5 47 -24.8% 52 -16.7% 30 143 84 1 80%
B.Morris BAL -20 51 4 43 -23.4% 50 -11.7% 38 176 109 0 76%
R.Anderson NYJ -23 52 -15 51 -26.4% 54 -21.9% 34 150 83 1 76%
A.Smith BUF -26 53 -22 53 -23.7% 51 -22.0% 47 177 135 0 60%
T.Davis DEN -26 54 -9 48 -22.2% 49 -16.7% 57 287 172 0 74%
B.Milne CIN -30 55 -28 57 -31.2% 55 -29.6% 32 138 62 0 72%
S.Williams DAL -32 56 -22 55 -33.7% 56 -27.9% 28 159 49 0 75%
K.Carter CIN -33 57 -22 54 -34.3% 57 -27.5% 31 157 46 0 68%
E.Byner BAL -47 58 -33 59 -41.2% 59 -33.2% 31 128 26 0 68%
H.Williams OAK -54 59 -33 58 -37.8% 58 -28.5% 38 147 49 2 42%
E.Pegram 2TM -71 60 -58 60 -60.4% 61 -52.1% 29 90 -38 0 72%
R.Harris CHI -77 61 -92 61 -45.8% 60 -51.9% 41 115 13 0 68%
A.Murrell NYJ -104 62 -101 62 -61.4% 62 -59.9% 42 106 -59 0 64%

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
R.Harmon 2TM 66 65 41.5% 40.6% 21 167 221 0 86%
D.Meggett NE 57 62 30.5% 34.5% 24 203 209 1 79%
Leon Johnson NYJ 46 42 24.8% 21.8% 21 142 180 0 76%
T.Hallock JAC 30 28 8.3% 6.3% 23 131 160 1 78%
M.Allen KC 26 25 12.7% 11.9% 14 86 122 0 79%
J.Moore STL 24 15 27.9% 11.6% 12 69 90 0 67%
M.Strong SEA 22 29 4.2% 9.4% 21 91 135 2 62%
I.Spikes MIA 22 28 27.9% 40.8% 10 70 82 0 70%
J.Bettis PIT 21 19 2.0% 0.7% 24 110 139 2 63%
G.Milburn DET 19 13 28.6% 15.9% 10 77 68 0 50%
H.Walker DAL 18 29 -1.3% 6.8% 23 149 138 2 61%
C.Heyward STL 17 15 8.5% 5.0% 13 77 92 0 62%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
L.Hoard MIN 17 4 9.5% -7.8% 15 84 88 0 73%
D.Holmes BUF 15 11 -1.8% -4.6% 20 106 119 0 65%
R.Thomas TEN 12 14 -0.9% 1.4% 18 111 91 0 78%
S.Davis WAS 10 18 -5.5% 1.0% 24 134 110 0 75%
E.George TEN 5 5 -5.4% -5.9% 12 44 54 1 58%
T.Hughes CHI 4 1 -8.6% -12.3% 16 68 67 0 50%
G.Hill KC 1 7 -12.9% -8.5% 24 126 99 0 50%
Ma.Bates NO -1 -9 -16.0% -30.8% 11 42 36 0 45%
M.Edwards SF -2 -9 -17.0% -28.3% 10 48 39 0 60%
G.Jones PIT -3 -2 -17.0% -16.1% 18 96 60 1 89%
D.Fenner OAK -6 -6 -22.7% -21.9% 17 92 36 0 82%
D.Autry CHI -11 -8 -28.7% -24.3% 14 59 30 0 64%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
T.Lester PIT -11 -12 -26.7% -28.2% 15 51 39 0 67%
N.Means JAC -12 -16 -24.2% -27.7% 20 104 56 0 75%
L.Neal NYJ -20 -16 -37.2% -32.7% 13 40 20 1 62%
Tr.Davis NO -20 -4 -35.2% -18.3% 18 85 25 0 72%
L.McElroy ARI -25 -28 -51.5% -56.8% 12 32 -4 0 58%
Ja.Graham BAL -25 -25 -48.6% -47.9% 14 51 0 0 86%
F.Lane CAR -27 -30 -52.2% -56.1% 13 27 -6 0 62%
H.Griffith DEN -31 -26 -43.7% -38.9% 17 55 10 0 65%
Z.Crockett IND -38 -34 -42.8% -39.4% 24 112 15 0 63%
L.Phillips 2TM -55 -55 -65.2% -65.4% 18 39 -37 0 61%