Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 1999

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/31/2012

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
S.Davis WAS 526 1 529 1 32.4% 1 32.6% 290 1,407 1,957 17 3 60% 1
M.Faulk STL 339 2 361 2 25.4% 2 27.6% 253 1,381 1,408 7 2 51% 2
E.Smith DAL 261 3 300 3 9.5% 8 12.2% 329 1,397 1,665 11 4 50% 5
C.Garner SF 223 4 225 4 15.2% 4 15.5% 241 1,231 1,166 4 3 44% 18
R.Smith MIN 200 5 195 6 14.5% 5 13.9% 221 1,015 1,072 2 1 48% 6
C.Martin NYJ 192 6 198 5 3.6% 15 4.0% 367 1,469 1,663 5 1 48% 9
E.James IND 184 7 159 8 3.2% 17 1.6% 369 1,554 1,634 13 6 44% 17
O.Gary DEN 163 8 124 14 4.6% 12 1.5% 276 1,159 1,320 7 2 43% 19
T.Wheatley OAK 147 9 121 15 6.9% 10 4.2% 242 937 1,054 8 3 47% 12
E.George TEN 147 10 161 7 2.4% 18 3.5% 320 1,304 1,386 9 5 48% 8
C.Dillon CIN 146 11 155 9 5.1% 11 5.9% 263 1,201 1,159 5 3 43% 21
F.Taylor JAC 140 12 140 11 12.4% 6 12.4% 159 732 799 6 0 42% 24
J.Bettis PIT 138 13 126 13 2.0% 19 1.0% 299 1,091 1,356 7 2 47% 11
N.Kaufman OAK 138 14 130 12 17.6% 3 16.2% 138 714 676 2 1 45% 14
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.Stewart JAC 130 15 151 10 3.7% 14 5.6% 249 931 1,125 13 4 48% 7
D.Bennett KC 130 16 99 16 10.4% 7 6.0% 161 627 795 8 1 42% 23
F.Lane CAR 88 17 72 19 9.5% 9 6.1% 115 475 565 1 1 50% 4
L.Hoard MIN 86 18 82 17 3.9% 13 3.2% 138 555 735 10 3 51% 3
E.Rhett BAL 65 19 66 20 -1.8% 20 -1.8% 236 852 937 5 0 47% 13
T.Biakabutuka CAR 63 20 81 18 3.3% 16 6.5% 138 718 562 6 2 41% 29
D.Levens GB 61 21 58 21 -3.3% 22 -3.5% 278 1,024 1,085 9 5 44% 16
R.Watters SEA 54 22 23 24 -4.3% 24 -6.8% 325 1,210 1,165 5 3 41% 28
T.Kirby CLE 38 23 -7 28 -1.9% 21 -9.9% 131 446 552 6 3 40% 31
D.Staley PHI 26 24 48 22 -6.5% 26 -4.7% 326 1,267 1,117 4 5 41% 27
K.Abdul-Jabbar CLE 25 25 9 25 -4.1% 23 -7.0% 143 445 526 1 0 41% 25
J.Linton BUF 11 26 31 23 -7.3% 27 -5.0% 205 693 766 5 4 44% 15
B.Morris KC 10 27 -5 27 -6.5% 25 -9.8% 120 414 409 3 2 38% 37
A.Smith BUF -3 28 -4 26 -9.1% 28 -9.1% 165 613 556 6 4 39% 34
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.Montgomery NYG -14 29 -10 29 -11.3% 29 -10.6% 115 348 403 3 2 38% 36
K.Oxendine ATL -23 30 -24 32 -12.3% 33 -12.5% 141 458 492 1 5 48% 10
J.J.Johnson MIA -23 31 -10 30 -11.9% 30 -10.1% 164 560 558 4 2 41% 26
N.Means SD -33 32 -21 31 -16.2% 35 -13.4% 112 277 320 4 0 33% 40
M.Alstott TB -36 33 -29 33 -12.1% 32 -11.4% 242 949 824 7 6 39% 35
C.Enis CHI -40 34 -30 34 -12.0% 31 -11.1% 286 909 973 3 3 43% 20
T.Allen NE -44 35 -30 35 -12.6% 34 -11.4% 254 897 855 8 7 40% 33
G.Hill DET -49 36 -33 36 -16.9% 36 -14.3% 144 542 424 2 0 38% 38
B.Hanspard ATL -68 37 -78 38 -20.3% 38 -22.1% 136 383 388 1 1 40% 32
C.Collins MIA -71 38 -61 37 -21.4% 40 -19.6% 131 414 366 2 2 40% 30
A.Murrell ARI -91 39 -117 41 -20.8% 39 -24.3% 193 553 493 0 2 34% 39
R.Williams NO -103 40 -87 39 -18.5% 37 -17.0% 253 890 725 2 6 43% 22
W.Dunn TB -118 41 -105 40 -25.0% 41 -23.3% 195 616 426 0 3 32% 41

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Huntley PIT 192 189 41.9% 40.8% 93 567 641 5 3
P.Holmes BAL 115 108 23.1% 21.1% 89 506 500 1 0
B.Christian ATL 84 86 36.3% 37.8% 38 174 296 5 0
F.Beasley SF 80 82 21.2% 22.2% 58 276 360 4 2
T.Richardson KC 79 83 11.2% 12.1% 84 387 465 1 1
B.Mitchell WAS 70 65 34.8% 32.0% 40 220 252 1 0
Ma.Bates ARI 66 61 8.6% 7.5% 72 202 434 9 0
R.Shehee KC 46 24 11.9% 2.1% 65 238 266 1 0
D.Parker GB 45 46 24.4% 25.2% 36 184 189 2 0
D.Loville DEN 44 45 18.0% 18.9% 40 203 213 1 1
A.Green SEA 35 33 18.9% 17.1% 26 120 166 0 0
B.Parmalee NYJ 31 31 26.3% 25.8% 27 133 128 0 0
W.Perry NO 28 8 7.5% -3.8% 48 180 199 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
T.Thomas BUF 23 20 5.2% 3.4% 36 152 179 0 0
L.Phillips SF 22 23 7.0% 7.9% 30 144 157 2 0
R.Thomas TEN 21 15 3.5% 0.2% 43 164 181 1 0
M.Cloud KC 17 14 3.0% 1.4% 35 128 152 0 0
K.Anders KC 12 20 0.1% 5.7% 32 181 140 0 1
J.Allen CHI 10 5 -0.9% -4.3% 32 119 126 0 0
Bas.Mitchell GB 10 17 -0.5% 5.4% 29 117 121 0 1
Z.Crockett OAK 8 -1 -5.7% -9.0% 45 91 261 4 0
T.Stephens SD 8 10 -2.4% -0.9% 24 66 124 3 1
C.Evans BAL 8 3 -3.3% -6.9% 38 134 144 0 0
S.Bennett NYG 7 10 -3.0% -0.7% 28 128 126 1 0
R.Rivers DET 7 -3 -6.5% -9.4% 82 295 298 0 0
T.Barber NYG 7 16 -5.8% -2.2% 62 258 232 0 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
L.Warren NE 7 8 -3.6% -2.3% 36 124 126 0 0
R.Holcombe STL 6 -2 -6.8% -9.0% 78 294 318 4 2
S.Hicks WAS 6 -2 -6.8% -9.2% 78 257 286 3 1
M.Basnight CIN 5 12 -6.6% -4.1% 62 308 246 0 1
M.Pittman ARI 5 2 -6.5% -7.9% 64 289 220 2 2
M.Williams MIN 2 0 -7.3% -8.7% 24 69 99 1 0
C.Way NYG 1 14 -8.0% -2.3% 49 141 195 2 0
S.Pritchett MIA 1 -4 -8.1% -10.4% 47 158 187 1 0
S.Irvin DET 0 -1 -8.4% -8.9% 36 133 149 4 2
T.Davis DEN -1 -2 -8.8% -9.5% 67 211 230 2 1
A.Denson MIA -3 2 -11.6% -6.7% 28 98 91 0 0
J.Fazande SD -4 11 -9.5% -5.8% 91 365 337 2 2
Ta.Banks JAC -6 -5 -15.7% -14.8% 23 82 63 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
L.Smith NO -15 -22 -14.6% -17.4% 60 206 191 0 1
K.Bynum SD -22 -7 -14.3% -10.5% 92 287 289 1 1
C.Warren DAL -24 -9 -14.5% -10.7% 99 409 314 2 4
A.Johnson CAR -27 -29 -37.6% -39.2% 25 72 37 0 1
W.Floyd CAR -30 -31 -25.0% -25.1% 35 78 110 3 1
G.Brown NYG -32 -32 -22.5% -22.2% 55 177 146 0 1
Tr.Davis NO -40 -40 -54.5% -54.6% 20 32 10 0 0
J.Watson STL -56 -52 -39.1% -37.0% 47 179 66 0 2
LeShon Johnson NYG -58 -52 -31.6% -29.5% 61 148 122 2 2
T.Fletcher SD -60 -48 -40.9% -34.6% 48 130 62 0 1
C.Schlesinger DET -75 -70 -47.3% -44.5% 43 127 45 0 3
K.Faulk NE -77 -62 -37.1% -31.6% 67 230 108 1 3

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 59 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 STL 418 1 450 1 64.7% 1 70.6% 104 1,048 1,245 5 84%
W.Dunn TB 214 2 210 2 36.7% 4 35.6% 83 589 743 2 77%
T.Barber NYG 197 3 174 3 24.7% 8 20.2% 91 615 770 2 73%
E.George TEN 185 4 172 5 43.7% 2 39.8% 64 436 611 4 73%
D.Levens GB 157 5 134 8 16.8% 16 12.3% 93 583 689 1 77%
C.Garner SF 149 6 173 4 21.5% 12 27.2% 76 535 611 2 74%
L.Centers WAS 147 7 145 7 14.8% 18 14.3% 90 544 672 3 77%
J.Ritchie OAK 138 8 159 6 27.9% 7 34.0% 61 408 523 1 74%
S.Pritchett MIA 135 9 109 9 30.7% 6 22.3% 57 312 495 4 75%
E.James IND 116 10 92 11 10.5% 21 5.6% 87 586 578 4 71%
T.Kirby CLE 101 11 102 10 12.1% 20 12.2% 76 522 476 3 75%
R.Anderson NYJ 79 12 83 13 16.1% 17 17.6% 46 302 351 3 63%
S.Irvin DET 75 13 75 14 38.3% 3 38.0% 32 233 258 0 78%
B.Christian ATL 75 14 74 15 9.6% 22 9.3% 62 354 384 2 65%
S.Gash BUF 73 15 57 21 24.1% 9 16.1% 29 163 287 2 69%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
R.Huntley PIT 72 16 89 12 22.2% 11 30.7% 39 253 291 3 69%
M.Alstott TB 72 17 74 16 23.1% 10 24.3% 34 239 287 2 79%
B.Mitchell WAS 68 18 60 20 19.0% 14 15.1% 40 305 288 0 78%
R.Watters SEA 67 19 68 17 5.0% 27 5.3% 64 387 394 2 63%
E.Rhett BAL 60 20 65 18 18.6% 15 21.3% 32 169 255 2 75%
R.Rivers DET 59 21 63 19 31.8% 5 34.3% 25 173 215 1 88%
C.Dillon CIN 59 22 57 22 9.5% 23 8.7% 49 290 301 1 63%
L.Warren NE 59 23 44 26 9.3% 25 3.4% 48 262 303 1 60%
J.Linton BUF 53 24 50 24 14.1% 19 12.4% 39 228 244 1 74%
T.Wheatley OAK 47 25 44 25 9.3% 24 7.9% 38 196 241 3 55%
M.Edwards CLE 43 26 39 29 5.0% 26 3.3% 40 212 253 2 68%
N.Kaufman OAK 42 27 42 28 19.7% 13 19.8% 25 181 177 1 72%
W.Henderson GB 38 28 37 31 3.7% 29 3.0% 40 203 232 1 75%
H.Griffith DEN 36 29 33 33 1.8% 31 0.6% 39 192 241 1 67%
F.Beasley SF 34 30 52 23 -2.0% 34 4.0% 51 282 274 0 63%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
W.Floyd CAR 34 31 32 34 4.4% 28 3.4% 32 179 203 0 66%
D.Staley PHI 30 32 25 37 -5.5% 38 -6.8% 65 294 316 2 63%
T.Fletcher SD 28 33 43 27 -5.9% 39 -1.8% 65 360 311 0 69%
M.Pittman ARI 27 34 25 35 3.1% 30 1.9% 27 196 172 0 59%
C.Evans BAL 25 35 39 30 -4.1% 36 1.2% 47 235 238 1 68%
R.Brown SEA 24 36 13 39 -5.4% 37 -9.3% 47 228 248 1 72%
T.Biakabutuka CAR 20 37 35 32 -1.4% 33 8.3% 29 189 155 0 79%
R.Smith MIN 19 38 10 41 -1.2% 32 -7.2% 30 166 145 0 80%
O.Gary DEN 17 39 25 36 -3.7% 35 1.5% 29 159 152 0 72%
C.Enis CHI 13 40 13 40 -10.5% 41 -10.5% 69 351 294 2 67%
L.Smith NO 10 41 17 38 -7.2% 40 -3.3% 30 151 136 1 67%
F.Lane CAR -6 42 3 43 -17.5% 42 -12.3% 30 163 112 0 77%
R.Holcombe STL -7 43 7 42 -17.6% 43 -9.6% 27 162 111 1 52%
C.Schlesinger DET -8 44 -7 45 -18.3% 44 -17.6% 34 151 113 1 62%
C.Groce CIN -15 45 -24 50 -20.8% 46 -25.2% 40 154 121 0 63%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
C.Warren DAL -17 46 -3 44 -21.3% 47 -15.3% 46 224 124 0 74%
T.Richardson KC -17 47 -13 47 -25.2% 49 -22.4% 29 141 71 0 83%
F.McCrary SD -18 48 -17 48 -20.0% 45 -19.6% 50 201 173 1 74%
G.Milburn CHI -19 49 -9 46 -25.2% 50 -19.2% 30 151 81 0 67%
J.Stewart JAC -21 50 -29 52 -28.7% 52 -34.0% 28 108 59 0 75%
J.Bettis PIT -23 51 -23 49 -28.4% 51 -28.7% 28 110 65 0 75%
T.Carter NE -31 52 -40 55 -31.6% 53 -36.7% 29 99 61 0 62%
R.Konrad MIA -33 53 -62 57 -23.0% 48 -30.9% 66 253 191 1 52%
E.Smith 2TM -34 54 -26 51 -34.3% 56 -29.5% 32 119 48 2 84%
S.Davis WAS -37 55 -39 54 -39.5% 58 -41.0% 28 111 27 0 82%
R.Williams NO -45 56 -39 53 -34.8% 57 -32.2% 40 172 60 0 70%
C.Martin NYJ -60 57 -67 58 -34.0% 55 -36.0% 60 259 90 0 75%
A.Murrell ARI -72 58 -56 56 -32.1% 54 -28.1% 71 336 132 0 69%
A.Craver NO -89 59 -69 59 -51.9% 59 -43.4% 42 154 -17 0 45%

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
K.Oxendine ATL 55 62 35.5% 41.6% 22 172 194 1 77%
L.Hoard MIN 53 38 46.8% 29.8% 20 171 171 0 85%
M.Basnight CIN 47 43 38.9% 34.9% 19 172 160 0 84%
Ta.Banks JAC 41 41 27.5% 27.2% 18 137 155 0 78%
J.Allen CHI 39 34 43.1% 36.8% 11 91 128 0 82%
K.Faulk NE 37 19 23.4% 4.8% 19 98 148 1 63%
P.Holmes BAL 35 37 24.5% 26.4% 17 104 139 1 76%
W.Oliver ATL 34 29 40.6% 33.9% 13 74 113 0 62%
D.Shelton JAC 32 31 25.3% 23.9% 15 87 126 0 80%
S.Hicks WAS 31 29 41.6% 37.3% 10 72 104 0 80%
N.Williams CIN 30 30 27.8% 27.4% 12 96 113 0 83%
R.Thomas TEN 30 26 31.8% 25.9% 11 72 109 0 82%
T.Stephens SD 20 27 1.9% 6.7% 23 133 135 1 78%
LeShon Johnson NYG 18 28 12.2% 26.5% 15 86 87 1 80%
A.Johnson CAR 14 13 0.9% 0.1% 18 106 95 0 72%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
K.Bynum SD 13 13 -2.4% -2.4% 23 209 111 2 70%
T.Allen NE 13 9 -3.1% -6.2% 20 130 110 1 75%
R.Shehee KC 11 5 -2.5% -8.8% 21 138 90 0 86%
Z.Crockett OAK 8 5 -0.9% -5.9% 12 56 63 1 67%
N.Means SD 8 9 -3.9% -1.8% 13 51 71 1 69%
L.Phillips SF 7 16 -6.8% 1.6% 20 154 91 0 75%
K.Abdul-Jabbar 2TM 7 3 -8.1% -11.6% 22 84 104 1 77%
R.Jordan OAK 6 -1 -6.8% -14.7% 16 82 68 0 50%
F.Taylor JAC 4 6 -8.3% -5.9% 15 83 66 0 67%
L.Neal TEN 0 1 -13.9% -12.3% 11 27 56 2 64%
E.Bennett CHI -3 -1 -16.1% -14.6% 21 116 83 0 67%
J.J.Johnson MIA -5 -16 -17.8% -27.9% 23 100 72 0 65%
B.Parmalee NYJ -5 3 -18.3% -11.5% 19 113 68 0 79%
B.Hanspard ATL -9 -15 -22.8% -28.3% 18 93 55 0 56%
G.Comella NYG -10 -13 -31.0% -35.7% 10 39 22 0 80%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
J.Witman PIT -16 -12 -27.2% -23.5% 22 106 54 0 55%
K.Turner PHI -18 -22 -37.9% -44.4% 14 46 16 0 64%
T.Vardell SF -20 -15 -45.9% -37.3% 11 36 3 0 64%
D.Bennett KC -21 -17 -45.2% -39.5% 12 41 4 0 83%
C.Way NYG -23 -22 -35.2% -33.9% 20 59 30 0 55%
D.Loville DEN -24 -24 -38.0% -38.8% 16 50 21 0 69%
J.Makovicka ARI -24 -18 -34.1% -29.6% 19 70 34 1 53%
Tr.Davis NO -31 -32 -55.9% -57.4% 15 53 -11 0 47%
B.Morris KC -37 -35 -79.1% -76.2% 11 37 -36 0 64%
G.Hill DET -39 -41 -46.7% -48.3% 23 77 4 0 57%
R.Thomas DAL -40 -39 -51.8% -50.1% 20 64 -7 0 50%
J.Kleinsasser MIN -52 -53 -92.2% -94.6% 11 32 -59 0 55%
Ce.Martin PHI -64 -57 -86.5% -77.8% 16 22 -70 0 69%