Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2000

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, 38 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
M.Faulk STL 501 1 542 1 36.6% 1 41.3% 253 1,359 1,729 18 0 61% 1
E.James IND 351 2 355 2 12.8% 6 12.2% 387 1,718 2,061 13 5 55% 2
F.Taylor JAC 331 3 297 5 17.3% 3 14.7% 292 1,408 1,633 12 2 48% 14
M.Anderson DEN 283 4 325 3 14.2% 4 17.3% 297 1,500 1,544 15 5 49% 9
R.Smith MIN 261 5 299 4 13.5% 5 16.7% 295 1,529 1,436 7 4 53% 4
J.Bettis PIT 250 6 148 10 9.4% 8 1.3% 354 1,330 1,731 8 1 50% 6
R.Watters SEA 192 7 148 11 8.7% 9 5.0% 278 1,242 1,241 7 5 43% 25
J.Lewis BAL 184 8 160 7 7.1% 11 3.7% 309 1,359 1,456 6 4 50% 8
A.Green GB 178 9 230 6 7.3% 10 12.5% 263 1,175 1,218 10 3 48% 11
S.Davis WAS 175 10 157 8 2.7% 14 2.5% 332 1,318 1,473 11 3 48% 10
T.Richardson KC 158 11 138 12 17.9% 2 15.2% 147 700 746 3 1 50% 7
C.Dillon CIN 130 12 96 16 3.4% 13 -1.0% 315 1,442 1,339 7 4 45% 22
E.George TEN 124 13 70 18 -0.3% 16 -4.4% 404 1,507 1,663 14 6 43% 26
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
W.Dunn TB 120 14 156 9 4.4% 12 8.0% 248 1,122 1,004 8 1 46% 18
L.Smith MIA 103 15 64 20 -0.7% 17 -3.9% 309 1,140 1,349 14 3 48% 15
P.Holmes BAL 101 16 103 15 10.3% 7 9.3% 137 588 667 2 1 52% 5
T.Wheatley OAK 97 17 117 14 1.2% 15 2.8% 232 1,051 1,042 9 4 48% 16
E.Smith DAL 96 18 93 17 -0.8% 18 -1.1% 294 1,205 1,227 9 6 47% 17
C.Garner SF 83 19 133 13 -2.2% 19 4.0% 258 1,142 1,023 7 4 48% 13
C.Martin NYJ 77 20 35 22 -3.6% 20 -5.9% 317 1,205 1,211 9 2 39% 33
J.Allen CHI 47 21 11 24 -5.8% 21 -7.6% 290 1,120 1,084 2 5 45% 20
R.Williams NO 32 22 62 21 -6.1% 22 -2.7% 248 999 948 8 6 45% 21
T.Barber NYG 26 23 64 19 -6.3% 23 -0.5% 213 1,008 711 8 5 42% 28
J.Stewart DET 15 24 31 23 -6.9% 24 -6.5% 339 1,184 1,332 11 4 48% 12
S.Bryson BUF -6 25 -14 26 -8.5% 25 -10.7% 161 591 555 0 0 37% 36
M.Alstott TB -6 26 -9 25 -11.4% 27 -9.9% 131 465 538 5 3 54% 3
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
A.Smith BUF -12 27 -18 27 -11.6% 29 -12.5% 101 354 370 4 1 43% 27
T.Prentice CLE -26 28 -85 37 -10.8% 26 -19.6% 173 512 633 7 1 36% 37
T.Jones ARI -28 29 -46 34 -15.3% 30 -17.7% 112 373 381 2 3 44% 23
M.Pittman ARI -33 30 -24 28 -11.4% 28 -11.7% 184 721 640 4 3 43% 24
T.Fletcher SD -37 31 -49 35 -18.1% 33 -19.1% 116 384 328 3 2 38% 35
K.Faulk NE -56 32 -41 31 -17.0% 32 -14.5% 164 572 495 4 4 41% 32
R.Dayne NYG -63 33 -29 29 -16.8% 31 -11.4% 228 770 741 5 1 45% 19
J.R.Redmond NE -64 34 -58 36 -20.2% 35 -19.9% 125 406 340 1 1 38% 34
J.Fazande SD -67 35 -42 32 -21.0% 36 -16.8% 119 368 338 2 1 36% 38
D.Autry PHI -86 36 -43 33 -26.3% 38 -17.8% 112 334 267 3 2 41% 30
T.Biakabutuka CAR -100 37 -36 30 -24.4% 37 -13.8% 173 631 425 2 1 41% 31
J.Anderson ATL -120 38 -93 38 -20.0% 34 -16.3% 282 1,029 809 6 6 42% 29

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Watson STL 76 55 27.2% 15.8% 54 249 325 4 0
B.Mitchell PHI 61 68 43.5% 52.3% 25 187 190 2 0
C.Fuamatu-Ma'afala PIT 56 49 55.0% 47.4% 21 149 165 1 0
R.Huntley PIT 53 31 24.0% 8.7% 46 215 248 3 1
S.Morris BUF 50 47 4.0% 1.8% 93 339 478 5 1
Z.Crockett OAK 47 51 15.4% 15.7% 43 130 265 7 0
R.Jordan OAK 44 48 13.7% 20.8% 46 213 200 3 0
Ma.Bates DET 42 38 24.1% 20.4% 31 127 182 2 0
S.Alexander SEA 40 30 3.8% 1.7% 64 313 313 2 2
N.Kaufman OAK 36 28 1.1% -0.5% 93 499 355 0 1
R.Holcombe STL 25 36 13.5% 20.3% 21 70 151 3 0
T.Allen NO 21 31 1.5% 7.1% 46 179 203 2 0
T.Davis DEN 19 13 -1.9% -4.5% 78 282 309 2 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Staley PHI 18 23 -5.2% -1.2% 79 344 282 1 1
J.Moore NO 14 23 -1.6% 6.3% 37 156 151 1 0
R.Chancey SD 14 15 -0.2% 1.0% 42 141 151 2 0
F.Beasley SF 14 20 -3.1% -0.8% 50 147 248 3 0
T.Thomas MIA 14 0 3.1% -8.2% 28 136 111 0 1
B.Parmalee NYJ 12 10 -5.3% -0.2% 27 87 105 2 0
T.Smith NO 11 18 0.4% 6.8% 29 131 115 0 1
L.Centers WAS 10 10 8.4% 4.8% 20 103 82 0 0
J.White CLE 10 -12 0.8% -15.5% 47 145 171 0 0
J.J.Johnson MIA 6 6 -5.0% -5.7% 50 168 183 1 0
A.Johnson JAC 5 7 -1.6% -1.9% 28 112 109 1 0
K.Anders KC 4 9 -5.8% -5.5% 76 331 262 2 1
B.Bennett CIN -2 3 -8.7% -7.8% 90 324 309 3 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
C.Hetherington CAR -6 -3 -13.5% -11.1% 23 65 85 2 0
R.Anderson NYJ -6 -8 -13.5% -15.3% 27 63 95 0 0
A.Denson MIA -7 -13 -15.7% -20.0% 31 108 87 0 0
M.Cloud KC -8 -19 -16.3% -23.3% 30 84 94 1 0
M.Wiley DAL -9 -14 -16.8% -22.5% 24 88 74 0 1
E.Rhett CLE -15 -38 -12.5% -21.5% 71 258 231 0 0
T.Carter NE -15 -19 -16.2% -18.4% 37 90 142 2 0
S.Pritchett PHI -16 -8 -15.7% -12.2% 58 225 170 1 1
K.Coleman DEN -17 -34 -18.3% -23.4% 54 189 163 1 2
C.Enis CHI -20 -21 -22.5% -22.2% 36 84 99 1 0
C.Morton NO -20 -11 -26.6% -16.6% 36 136 76 0 0
S.Stith JAC -21 -10 -31.2% -21.0% 20 55 42 1 0
M.Williams MIN -22 -18 -33.7% -26.1% 23 67 48 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
F.Moreau KC -27 -46 -15.8% -22.6% 67 179 244 4 2
S.Hicks WAS -28 -26 -29.1% -27.7% 29 79 72 1 1
A.Murrell WAS -33 -37 -51.2% -52.4% 20 50 14 0 0
D.Levens GB -34 -14 -20.8% -13.6% 77 224 192 3 0
C.Warren DAL -37 -33 -20.3% -19.0% 74 296 214 2 3
B.Hoover CAR -39 -24 -20.9% -15.1% 89 290 249 1 0
C.Howard JAC -45 -45 -60.8% -61.0% 21 52 1 0 2
D.Bennett KC -46 -46 -39.8% -40.4% 27 24 51 1 0
R.Thomas TEN -53 -62 -31.4% -33.9% 61 175 119 0 0
S.Mack JAC -60 -70 -34.9% -40.0% 54 145 96 1 2
J.Linton BUF -71 -66 -51.2% -50.2% 38 112 27 1 3

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 53 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 342 1 327 1 38.4% 2 36.0% 113 830 1,175 8 72%
C.Garner SF 174 2 189 2 19.2% 11 22.1% 93 647 731 3 73%
R.Anderson NYJ 173 3 164 5 10.2% 16 9.0% 125 856 873 2 71%
E.James IND 173 4 175 3 22.4% 9 22.9% 87 594 698 5 72%
T.Barber NYG 172 5 168 4 23.1% 8 22.1% 93 717 683 1 75%
E.George TEN 148 6 139 6 25.9% 5 23.4% 65 453 571 2 77%
R.Williams NO 122 7 134 7 28.5% 3 32.6% 55 409 458 1 80%
L.Centers WAS 120 8 124 8 11.9% 15 12.7% 93 593 581 3 86%
R.Watters SEA 111 9 106 10 9.2% 18 8.1% 91 613 574 2 69%
R.Jordan OAK 111 10 115 9 48.3% 1 50.6% 32 304 357 1 84%
R.Smith MIN 101 11 98 11 26.6% 4 25.5% 44 348 387 3 82%
J.Anderson ATL 91 12 83 13 16.5% 12 13.9% 57 382 403 0 74%
K.Faulk NE 88 13 87 12 9.5% 17 9.4% 68 465 451 1 75%
D.Autry PHI 79 14 81 15 24.7% 7 25.5% 37 275 312 1 65%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
C.Martin NYJ 77 15 78 16 0.0% 25 0.1% 97 516 562 2 72%
L.Smith MIA 73 16 65 18 25.5% 6 20.9% 37 201 285 2 81%
T.Richardson KC 73 17 82 14 4.4% 20 6.8% 74 462 434 3 78%
C.Warren 2TM 65 18 72 17 13.3% 14 15.9% 43 303 307 1 74%
S.Pritchett PHI 62 19 63 20 20.0% 10 20.3% 30 193 261 0 83%
M.Pittman ARI 52 20 63 19 -2.9% 30 -0.6% 91 585 454 2 80%
F.McCrary SD 47 21 41 24 15.6% 13 11.5% 26 141 212 2 69%
A.Green GB 45 22 41 23 -5.4% 34 -6.1% 99 560 471 3 74%
S.Morris 2TM 40 23 32 27 0.8% 24 -2.0% 48 268 276 1 77%
W.Henderson GB 39 24 32 29 1.3% 22 -1.4% 45 234 263 1 78%
C.Morton NO 37 25 32 28 4.4% 19 2.1% 37 213 220 0 81%
J.Allen CHI 36 26 39 25 -3.2% 33 -2.3% 60 291 314 1 65%
J.Stewart DET 35 27 45 21 1.0% 23 5.2% 47 287 242 1 68%
S.Davis WAS 33 28 30 31 -1.4% 28 -2.6% 49 313 259 0 67%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
W.Dunn TB 31 29 44 22 -5.5% 35 -1.8% 67 388 307 1 66%
Ce.Martin PHI 28 30 33 26 -2.2% 29 -0.2% 39 219 234 0 79%
O.Ayanbadejo BAL 28 31 28 32 3.9% 21 3.6% 29 168 173 1 79%
J.Lewis BAL 27 32 31 30 -0.4% 26 1.4% 36 297 201 0 75%
D.Staley PHI 19 33 17 34 -3.0% 31 -4.0% 33 201 162 0 76%
M.Anderson DEN 18 34 17 35 -3.0% 32 -3.7% 32 169 156 0 72%
C.Dillon CIN 17 35 22 33 -0.7% 27 3.2% 26 158 127 0 69%
T.Biakabutuka CAR 10 36 14 36 -10.7% 38 -9.5% 58 343 248 2 59%
J.Ritchie OAK 7 37 -1 43 -10.2% 37 -14.5% 33 173 160 0 79%
W.Floyd CAR 6 38 -9 45 -10.2% 36 -19.1% 27 114 132 1 63%
R.Thomas DAL 5 39 6 39 -11.2% 39 -10.2% 31 117 132 2 74%
S.Bryson BUF 4 40 -1 42 -12.1% 40 -14.2% 46 271 174 2 70%
G.Comella NYG 4 41 8 38 -12.4% 41 -10.9% 50 277 210 0 70%
B.Christian ATL 0 42 11 37 -13.7% 42 -10.5% 63 315 228 0 70%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
T.Fletcher SD -8 43 5 40 -15.7% 43 -12.5% 72 355 272 1 67%
T.Wheatley OAK -8 44 -8 44 -18.4% 44 -18.2% 34 156 110 1 59%
M.Strong SEA -11 45 0 41 -19.3% 45 -13.7% 30 141 115 1 77%
J.R.Redmond NE -11 46 -33 52 -20.2% 47 -33.0% 29 132 99 2 69%
F.Taylor JAC -18 47 -30 50 -20.1% 46 -24.5% 53 237 165 2 68%
H.Griffith DEN -21 48 -25 47 -24.2% 50 -26.3% 31 101 102 2 52%
B.Bennett CIN -24 49 -32 51 -32.0% 53 -37.8% 29 168 46 0 66%
T.Prentice CLE -25 50 -16 46 -25.7% 52 -21.4% 43 191 99 1 86%
T.Jones ARI -26 51 -36 53 -23.9% 49 -27.5% 46 208 133 0 70%
P.Holmes BAL -28 52 -26 48 -24.6% 51 -24.0% 46 221 127 0 70%
F.Beasley SF -29 53 -28 49 -23.7% 48 -23.2% 51 233 150 3 61%

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
A.Johnson JAC 50 53 35.1% 38.5% 16 153 176 0 75%
C.Hetherington CAR 47 46 23.4% 22.6% 21 116 187 1 67%
S.Irvin DET 44 37 67.0% 53.2% 12 90 131 0 67%
D.Levens GB 43 38 24.7% 20.1% 21 146 169 0 76%
R.Holcombe STL 41 41 49.3% 49.7% 11 79 130 1 73%
C.Fuamatu-Ma'afala PIT 26 26 18.6% 17.7% 16 107 112 0 69%
B.Hoover CAR 24 38 9.8% 23.9% 19 112 122 0 79%
N.Kaufman OAK 23 18 4.5% 0.5% 24 127 140 1 54%
M.Edwards CLE 20 23 2.1% 4.2% 22 128 132 2 73%
J.Kleinsasser MIN 19 15 13.9% 7.1% 14 98 90 0 71%
E.Smith DAL 14 16 6.6% 9.7% 14 79 79 0 79%
C.Enis CHI 11 19 3.6% 16.5% 11 68 69 0 73%
J.Fazande SD 11 12 -1.5% 0.1% 18 104 85 0 89%
J.Bettis PIT 8 9 -6.2% -5.0% 20 108 92 0 70%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
B.Mitchell PHI 8 5 -7.1% -9.5% 21 89 100 1 62%
D.Parker GB 6 7 -6.1% -3.4% 12 50 62 0 75%
J.J.Johnson MIA 4 1 -8.3% -12.2% 12 61 57 0 83%
T.Thomas MIA 3 16 -11.2% -0.9% 24 117 93 1 67%
J.Watson STL 2 2 -10.1% -9.9% 11 56 36 0 91%
B.Parmalee NYJ 2 -2 -11.2% -16.3% 13 66 51 0 69%
A.Denson MIA 1 -7 -12.7% -21.0% 23 105 76 0 61%
Z.Crockett OAK 0 -6 -13.8% -21.6% 15 62 60 0 67%
D.Shelton JAC -1 2 -15.1% -10.4% 10 48 39 0 40%
T.Carter NE -2 -6 -16.1% -20.9% 15 73 57 0 60%
M.Alstott TB -6 -1 -19.3% -14.4% 19 93 66 0 68%
Sh.Alexander SEA -7 -8 -26.9% -28.4% 11 41 23 0 45%
Ma.Bates DET -10 -3 -24.9% -16.9% 20 109 46 0 75%
S.Gash BAL -12 -12 -32.7% -33.2% 11 30 20 1 55%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
R.Huntley PIT -12 -3 -26.5% -16.6% 19 91 42 0 53%
C.Schlesinger DET -13 -10 -26.7% -24.1% 18 73 44 0 67%
C.Groce CIN -14 -16 -33.6% -36.2% 13 45 21 0 85%
J.White CLE -14 -5 -27.9% -19.2% 19 100 43 0 68%
N.Williams CIN -15 -14 -29.4% -29.0% 19 84 37 0 37%
T.Smith NO -19 -19 -31.8% -31.5% 18 65 36 0 67%
K.Anders KC -19 -21 -32.7% -34.8% 19 76 33 0 79%
L.Neal TEN -19 -19 -32.6% -32.1% 13 31 34 2 69%
R.Thomas TEN -20 -20 -45.8% -46.3% 11 35 3 1 73%
A.Murrell WAS -24 -36 -34.7% -44.9% 22 93 33 0 73%
E.Rhett CLE -24 -15 -41.7% -31.7% 19 78 12 0 74%
R.Konrad MIA -32 -39 -38.2% -43.5% 24 83 28 0 58%
M.Wiley DAL -37 -36 -53.2% -52.2% 18 72 -9 1 78%