Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 1998

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/25/2012

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, 39 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
T.Davis DEN 602 1 550 1 26.5% 1 23.1% 392 2,008 2,478 21 1 52% 3
J.Anderson ATL 307 2 347 2 8.5% 8 11.7% 410 1,848 1,941 14 5 52% 4
G.Hearst SF 282 3 268 4 12.3% 2 12.1% 310 1,570 1,548 7 4 52% 5
E.Smith DAL 257 4 331 3 9.9% 5 15.3% 321 1,331 1,613 13 3 55% 2
M.Faulk IND 226 5 148 8 9.1% 7 2.8% 324 1,319 1,491 6 3 44% 23
F.Taylor JAC 220 6 202 5 11.5% 3 10.0% 264 1,223 1,287 14 3 42% 26
G.Brown NYG 167 7 192 6 7.4% 9 10.1% 247 1,063 1,152 5 1 51% 7
C.Dillon CIN 156 8 111 15 6.3% 11 1.6% 263 1,130 1,191 4 2 44% 21
R.Watters SEA 151 9 126 11 3.0% 15 0.6% 319 1,239 1,432 9 4 46% 15
R.Smith MIN 127 10 153 7 4.1% 13 6.8% 249 1,187 1,061 6 1 43% 25
A.Smith BUF 120 11 111 16 0.1% 21 0.2% 300 1,125 1,260 8 4 48% 12
N.Means SD 117 12 128 10 4.0% 14 6.5% 212 886 900 5 1 42% 27
D.Staley PHI 111 13 124 12 0.8% 19 3.1% 259 1,064 1,075 5 1 46% 17
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
T.Allen WAS 105 14 117 13 9.9% 6 11.3% 148 697 680 2 3 51% 6
L.Hoard MIN 99 15 98 18 11.2% 4 9.4% 115 479 644 9 1 56% 1
M.Alstott TB 95 16 109 17 -1.0% 23 2.7% 215 846 952 8 4 49% 8
P.Holmes BAL 83 17 132 9 0.8% 18 5.8% 233 1,008 928 7 3 47% 13
B.Morris CHI 83 18 41 24 6.0% 12 -1.6% 132 489 647 8 3 45% 18
W.Dunn TB 81 19 116 14 1.0% 17 3.8% 245 1,029 946 2 1 40% 31
C.Way NYG 77 20 84 19 7.4% 10 8.9% 113 432 535 3 0 49% 10
N.Kaufman OAK 64 21 50 23 -2.2% 24 -2.4% 217 921 781 2 1 41% 29
T.Fletcher SD 64 22 73 21 0.1% 22 3.3% 153 546 614 5 1 44% 20
D.Bennett KC 58 23 3 29 1.6% 16 -8.1% 148 527 676 5 3 45% 19
E.George TEN 53 24 -9 31 -3.4% 26 -9.2% 348 1,294 1,357 5 7 41% 30
S.Hicks WAS 49 25 61 22 0.8% 20 3.6% 122 433 507 8 0 40% 32
J.Bettis PIT 46 26 39 25 -6.1% 27 -5.7% 316 1,191 1,197 3 2 43% 24
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
T.Biakabutuka CAR 36 27 75 20 -2.5% 25 9.0% 101 429 413 3 1 49% 11
E.Bennett CHI 16 28 16 27 -6.7% 29 -6.3% 173 611 619 2 1 38% 37
B.Sanders DET 15 29 19 26 -6.4% 28 -7.2% 343 1,491 1,198 4 3 39% 35
C.Martin NYJ 14 30 -2 30 -7.8% 31 -8.7% 369 1,289 1,352 8 5 46% 16
H.Williams OAK 7 31 8 28 -7.2% 30 -7.2% 128 496 520 2 2 49% 9
C.Enis CHI -10 32 -10 32 -9.9% 32 -10.5% 133 499 444 0 1 41% 28
R.Edwards NE -19 33 -22 34 -10.5% 33 -10.3% 291 1,115 1,062 9 5 46% 14
F.Lane CAR -40 34 -73 37 -14.0% 36 -17.9% 205 717 611 5 4 38% 38
D.Levens GB -44 35 -33 35 -16.8% 37 -15.4% 115 378 355 1 0 40% 33
K.Abdul-Jabbar MIA -44 36 -63 36 -12.0% 34 -14.1% 270 964 921 6 2 39% 36
A.Murrell ARI -61 37 -15 33 -13.4% 35 -9.9% 274 1,047 860 8 6 39% 34
J.Avery MIA -85 38 -96 38 -24.1% 38 -25.1% 143 508 355 2 4 44% 22
L.Smith NO -141 39 -126 39 -36.3% 39 -33.4% 138 453 209 1 3 31% 39

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
G.Hill STL 86 94 37.5% 42.6% 40 240 295 4 0
T.Kirby SF 79 88 35.4% 39.4% 48 258 290 3 0
B.Mitchell WAS 69 77 39.1% 41.9% 39 208 251 2 0
T.Thomas BUF 49 52 7.2% 6.0% 93 371 398 2 0
R.Chancey CHI 48 41 26.6% 20.3% 29 122 203 2 1
D.Holmes BUF 47 78 6.5% 11.3% 95 395 436 1 1
C.Warren DAL 36 54 6.4% 12.2% 59 291 286 4 0
J.Linton BUF 35 37 12.7% 11.3% 45 195 221 1 0
W.Henderson GB 31 41 19.3% 23.8% 23 70 165 2 0
J.Allen CHI 30 3 4.7% -7.2% 58 270 253 1 1
J.Stewart JAC 30 26 2.8% 1.8% 52 217 261 2 1
T.Richardson KC 27 26 14.5% 13.8% 20 45 146 2 0
M.Edwards SF 26 24 18.6% 15.7% 22 94 129 1 0
T.Jervey GB 25 18 -0.2% -3.3% 83 325 331 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
K.Turner PHI 25 25 27.6% 30.9% 20 94 93 0 0
C.Garner PHI 24 41 -2.4% 2.7% 96 381 352 4 1
J.Henley STL 24 19 -4.1% -3.8% 88 313 375 3 1
E.Rhett BAL 24 14 8.0% -1.0% 44 180 202 0 0
L.Centers ARI 24 26 5.7% 9.1% 31 110 158 0 0
A.Craver NO 24 22 2.2% 2.8% 45 180 203 2 1
C.Levy SF 22 20 15.0% 15.4% 25 112 101 1 0
R.Thomas TEN 21 28 17.8% 22.2% 24 100 116 2 0
W.Perry NO 19 14 5.4% 1.3% 30 122 152 0 1
R.Jordan OAK 18 -12 1.4% -14.8% 47 159 191 1 1
Leon Johnson NYJ 13 12 -0.9% -1.3% 41 185 157 2 1
A.Green SEA 13 10 -1.6% -1.0% 35 209 134 1 1
C.Evans MIN 12 12 8.8% 2.9% 23 67 116 1 0
Ta.Banks JAC 12 6 0.7% -2.4% 26 139 97 1 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Loville DEN 11 18 -2.8% -1.3% 53 161 232 2 0
K.Anders KC 11 3 -3.1% -7.2% 58 230 232 1 2
S.Davis WAS 8 9 -1.8% -2.3% 34 109 142 0 0
T.Stephens SD 4 -4 -8.4% -11.1% 35 122 127 1 1
W.Floyd CAR 2 1 -8.5% -8.1% 28 71 131 3 1
A.Lee STL 2 10 -6.6% -2.5% 44 180 148 2 1
B.Bennett CIN -6 -10 -7.9% -11.6% 77 243 281 2 1
L.Warren IND -8 -7 -17.1% -15.4% 25 61 75 1 0
Ma.Bates ARI -9 20 -10.8% -1.9% 60 165 251 6 0
R.Huntley PIT -9 -13 -12.3% -14.5% 55 242 181 1 4
D.Shelton JAC -11 0 -17.8% -8.7% 30 95 89 1 0
Ja.Graham BAL -12 -13 -16.9% -16.3% 35 109 118 0 0
A.Johnson CAR -20 -9 -23.3% -16.0% 36 138 75 0 2
R.Shehee KC -27 -27 -43.3% -40.1% 22 57 25 0 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.Shaw NE -32 -34 -29.0% -27.9% 47 236 93 0 1
T.Barber NYG -33 -33 -23.1% -24.7% 52 166 129 0 1
M.Pittman ARI -34 -32 -37.5% -35.9% 29 91 45 0 1
S.Williams DAL -34 -7 -21.0% -11.1% 63 222 176 1 0
G.Jones JAC -35 -32 -32.2% -30.9% 39 121 69 0 0
J.Sowell NYJ -44 -35 -33.3% -29.4% 40 164 77 0 1
H.Green ATL -54 -54 -68.2% -76.3% 20 37 -9 0 1
R.Potts BAL -58 -57 -38.2% -38.7% 36 115 72 0 3
Tr.Davis NO -66 -64 -33.8% -33.7% 55 143 115 1 1
J.Moore STL -71 -75 -36.1% -37.5% 55 144 107 2 3
R.Holcombe STL -74 -81 -25.8% -27.5% 98 230 249 2 0
R.Zellars NO -79 -68 -42.2% -38.3% 56 164 72 1 2
R.Harris GB -125 -101 -43.3% -37.9% 79 228 102 1 3

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 54 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
M.Faulk IND 417 1 391 1 59.8% 1 55.3% 105 908 1,259 4 82%
A.Lee STL 205 2 218 2 32.3% 7 35.1% 84 667 742 2 76%
G.Hearst SF 138 3 134 3 33.8% 6 32.4% 56 535 491 2 70%
F.Taylor JAC 132 4 129 4 35.8% 5 34.7% 53 421 459 3 83%
S.Davis WAS 116 5 122 5 51.7% 2 55.1% 31 263 366 2 68%
R.Smith MIN 110 6 121 6 43.4% 3 48.9% 35 291 365 2 80%
L.Centers ARI 110 7 106 8 7.7% 22 7.0% 94 559 590 2 73%
C.Martin NYJ 100 8 112 7 18.1% 16 21.7% 57 365 432 1 75%
E.George TEN 88 9 89 11 20.1% 14 20.5% 49 310 367 1 76%
R.Edwards NE 88 10 87 12 15.8% 18 15.6% 52 331 393 3 67%
J.Anderson ATL 82 11 93 9 18.7% 15 22.9% 46 319 351 2 59%
M.Edwards SF 79 12 85 13 30.0% 8 33.0% 31 218 293 2 71%
K.Byars NYJ 76 13 72 15 15.1% 19 13.6% 40 258 344 3 65%
L.Hoard MIN 72 14 74 14 36.7% 4 38.5% 26 198 250 1 85%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
A.Johnson CAR 72 15 51 21 22.7% 13 12.2% 35 242 288 1 77%
T.Barber NYG 70 16 49 22 7.6% 23 1.1% 59 348 376 3 71%
T.Thomas BUF 70 17 66 19 25.3% 10 23.0% 32 220 271 1 81%
B.Christian ATL 67 18 71 17 24.6% 11 27.0% 28 214 262 1 68%
R.Watters SEA 61 19 64 20 3.6% 27 4.4% 73 373 379 0 71%
A.Murrell ARI 60 20 69 18 27.4% 9 33.6% 27 169 227 2 67%
L.Smith NO 60 21 72 16 22.9% 12 30.4% 36 249 239 2 67%
W.Dunn TB 58 22 90 10 4.6% 25 14.8% 57 330 345 0 77%
E.Smith DAL 44 23 48 23 10.5% 21 12.9% 32 175 219 2 84%
T.Davis DEN 44 24 42 24 5.6% 24 4.7% 38 217 251 2 66%
D.Staley PHI 43 25 40 25 -2.5% 29 -3.2% 70 432 361 1 81%
B.Parmalee MIA 39 26 36 28 17.0% 17 14.4% 25 221 170 0 84%
W.Henderson GB 37 27 39 26 -0.9% 28 -0.4% 49 243 284 1 76%
T.Carter NE 37 28 38 27 11.8% 20 11.9% 25 166 181 0 72%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
D.Levens GB 29 29 30 29 4.1% 26 4.5% 30 162 177 0 90%
A.Craver NO 11 30 -6 37 -10.1% 32 -15.9% 47 214 222 2 70%
C.Garner PHI 10 31 7 31 -6.5% 30 -8.9% 25 110 119 0 76%
N.Kaufman OAK 10 32 4 33 -8.8% 31 -11.6% 36 191 159 0 69%
K.Anders KC 7 33 -6 38 -12.3% 33 -15.2% 84 462 329 2 76%
B.Mitchell WAS 3 34 3 35 -12.9% 35 -13.0% 62 306 236 0 71%
J.Henley STL 3 35 15 30 -12.6% 34 -7.3% 45 252 171 0 78%
R.Potts BAL 2 36 -5 36 -13.0% 36 -16.1% 38 168 145 2 79%
H.Griffith DEN 0 37 6 32 -13.7% 37 -10.8% 30 97 140 3 50%
M.Alstott TB -4 38 -10 39 -16.4% 39 -19.9% 30 152 111 1 73%
B.Sanders DET -6 39 4 34 -16.0% 38 -12.4% 56 289 178 0 66%
J.Ritchie OAK -21 40 -20 42 -21.5% 40 -21.3% 47 225 147 0 62%
T.Fletcher SD -21 41 -17 41 -22.6% 41 -20.8% 43 188 128 0 70%
H.Williams OAK -23 42 -26 44 -25.7% 44 -26.8% 39 173 92 0 67%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
W.Floyd CAR -27 43 -35 46 -25.4% 43 -28.6% 37 123 112 1 65%
E.Bieniemy CIN -29 44 -13 40 -28.7% 46 -20.6% 35 153 80 0 77%
K.Turner PHI -30 45 -35 47 -22.7% 42 -24.2% 59 235 180 0 58%
E.Bennett CHI -32 46 -45 50 -26.6% 45 -32.0% 44 209 113 0 64%
K.Abdul-Jabbar MIA -34 47 -33 45 -33.5% 50 -32.7% 31 102 53 0 68%
C.Dillon CIN -37 48 -25 43 -29.7% 47 -24.4% 43 178 91 1 65%
T.Hallock CHI -37 49 -35 48 -30.8% 49 -29.8% 35 166 80 0 71%
S.Pritchett MIA -39 50 -52 52 -36.7% 52 -44.2% 30 97 42 0 57%
B.Milne CIN -47 51 -50 51 -36.2% 51 -37.5% 39 124 54 0 67%
P.Holmes BAL -51 52 -38 49 -30.5% 48 -26.2% 62 260 114 0 69%
C.Way NYG -52 53 -55 53 -40.1% 53 -41.7% 40 131 34 1 78%
G.Brown NYG -68 54 -76 54 -66.2% 54 -72.7% 26 36 -48 0 50%

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
S.Gash BUF 119 130 73.3% 82.0% 21 165 342 3 90%
D.Holmes 2TM 76 79 47.8% 50.8% 24 188 244 0 83%
Leon Johnson NYJ 75 84 55.2% 64.1% 21 222 231 2 62%
T.Biakabutuka CAR 63 69 92.4% 103.6% 10 138 172 1 80%
B.Bennett CIN 58 56 78.1% 75.0% 12 153 165 0 67%
R.Chancey CHI 44 46 33.5% 35.3% 15 102 159 0 73%
B.Morris KC 39 35 47.2% 40.8% 13 95 127 0 92%
T.Kirby SF 38 35 22.1% 19.7% 19 134 154 0 84%
L.Bowie WAS 32 26 34.8% 25.6% 10 53 112 1 70%
R.Harris GB 30 26 36.2% 28.8% 11 68 106 0 91%
F.Lane CAR 30 17 20.9% 6.4% 15 85 124 0 80%
C.Fuamatu-Ma'afala PIT 26 17 30.7% 15.2% 12 84 97 1 75%
T.Vardell DET 23 31 4.6% 10.6% 24 143 140 1 58%
T.Allen WAS 20 9 4.7% -5.3% 22 119 121 0 77%
S.Williams DAL 20 24 15.9% 21.9% 15 102 89 0 80%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
C.Evans MIN 19 23 11.4% 16.1% 13 84 93 0 92%
C.Warren DAL 19 21 12.8% 16.3% 16 66 90 1 81%
D.Shelton JAC 15 10 4.2% -1.6% 15 79 92 0 67%
D.Harris STL 15 18 1.6% 4.1% 17 57 101 2 71%
J.Allen CHI 13 19 4.6% 12.0% 14 77 79 1 57%
D.Cullors NE 12 5 -4.2% -10.3% 24 146 117 1 58%
J.Sowell NYJ 6 4 -3.9% -7.5% 12 59 58 0 83%
J.Moore STL 4 9 -7.5% -0.4% 12 60 55 0 75%
Tr.Davis NO 4 -8 -10.4% -21.0% 21 99 84 0 76%
J.Avery MIA 1 8 -12.9% -3.1% 15 67 57 1 67%
E.Rhett BAL 0 2 -13.8% -11.9% 14 65 55 0 79%
M.Strong SEA -3 -8 -17.1% -23.5% 14 48 54 2 57%
D.Bennett KC -3 -6 -16.3% -19.0% 21 91 83 1 76%
Ja.Graham BAL -5 0 -23.1% -14.1% 10 41 28 0 50%
S.Shaw NE -5 -12 -21.8% -31.5% 11 30 36 0 55%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
L.Warren IND -7 -13 -21.1% -27.2% 17 44 54 1 65%
J.Witman PIT -8 -5 -21.2% -18.8% 20 74 57 0 65%
R.Holcombe STL -10 -8 -31.3% -28.0% 11 34 21 0 55%
J.Bettis PIT -11 -5 -23.3% -18.0% 23 90 63 0 70%
R.Shehee KC -12 -16 -24.5% -27.8% 21 73 57 0 48%
C.Levy SF -18 -17 -30.9% -30.3% 18 64 38 0 83%
T.Lester PIT -18 -10 -37.3% -26.2% 13 46 18 0 69%
T.Jervey GB -22 -24 -45.4% -47.2% 12 33 4 0 75%
D.Johnston DAL -24 -25 -32.4% -33.0% 23 60 43 1 78%
R.Zellars NO -27 -22 -45.6% -40.3% 16 50 5 0 63%
A.Smith BUF -33 -40 -67.6% -78.5% 11 11 -25 0 45%
F.McAfee PIT -45 -44 -88.8% -86.7% 13 27 -51 0 69%
N.Means SD -49 -56 -54.8% -60.5% 22 91 -16 0 73%