Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2001

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, 43 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
P.Holmes KC 426 1 348 1 23.7% 1 19.5% 327 1,555 1,823 8 2 51% 4
M.Faulk STL 347 2 334 2 21.6% 2 22.8% 260 1,382 1,551 12 2 56% 1
G.Hearst SF 278 3 269 3 19.1% 3 20.6% 252 1,206 1,314 4 0 50% 5
C.Martin NYJ 192 4 242 4 5.6% 13 11.6% 333 1,502 1,472 10 2 47% 15
Sh.Alexander SEA 178 5 130 9 6.0% 10 4.3% 309 1,323 1,338 14 4 46% 17
A.Thomas CHI 178 6 175 5 7.7% 9 8.9% 278 1,183 1,231 7 0 45% 21
D.Rhodes IND 176 7 173 6 9.5% 8 10.8% 233 1,099 1,124 9 5 48% 8
T.Barber NYG 169 8 172 7 18.5% 4 20.6% 166 868 810 4 3 48% 10
M.Alstott TB 167 9 164 8 15.4% 6 16.7% 165 680 871 10 0 48% 9
J.Bettis PIT 135 10 122 10 5.8% 11 5.9% 225 1,068 1,029 4 3 46% 16
T.Hambrick DAL 120 11 95 11 16.9% 5 13.8% 113 579 598 2 1 44% 25
S.Davis WAS 117 12 42 22 -0.9% 20 -3.7% 356 1,433 1,505 5 6 47% 12
M.Bennett MIN 96 13 56 18 5.8% 12 1.0% 172 682 729 2 0 44% 26
K.Barlow SF 94 14 84 14 9.5% 7 9.4% 125 512 603 4 1 53% 3
C.Garner OAK 92 15 47 20 2.1% 16 -1.6% 211 843 890 1 2 49% 7
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
A.Green GB 89 16 57 17 -1.6% 23 -2.0% 304 1,387 1,231 9 5 44% 24
A.Smith NE 87 17 93 12 -1.6% 24 1.1% 287 1,158 1,215 12 4 47% 13
S.Mack JAC 83 18 71 15 0.0% 19 0.5% 213 877 964 9 2 48% 11
J.White CLE 74 19 36 23 5.1% 14 0.7% 126 446 585 5 1 44% 23
C.Dillon CIN 73 20 -11 33 -3.3% 29 -7.5% 340 1,316 1,321 10 5 41% 32
C.Buckhalter PHI 68 21 57 16 4.8% 15 4.9% 129 586 552 2 2 44% 27
T.Allen BAL 61 22 27 27 0.2% 18 -2.4% 168 658 696 3 1 43% 29
M.Anderson DEN 49 23 32 25 -1.9% 25 -2.5% 175 678 722 4 1 42% 31
R.Dayne NYG 48 24 18 29 -2.3% 26 -4.6% 179 690 737 7 1 41% 34
T.Jones ARI 45 25 22 28 1.1% 17 -1.7% 112 380 475 5 2 44% 28
T.Davis DEN 44 26 36 24 -2.3% 28 -1.4% 167 701 673 0 2 47% 14
E.James IND 43 27 85 13 -2.3% 27 5.8% 151 664 661 3 2 54% 2
J.Stewart DET 41 28 47 19 -1.1% 22 2.0% 143 685 539 1 0 39% 36
C.Fuamatu-Ma'afala PIT 41 29 30 26 -0.9% 21 -0.6% 120 453 524 3 0 45% 20
E.Smith DAL 37 30 5 31 -5.0% 30 -6.5% 261 1,021 936 3 1 40% 35
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.Brookins BAL 16 31 -8 32 -6.3% 31 -7.0% 152 557 610 5 3 49% 6
R.Williams NO 9 32 43 21 -7.9% 32 -3.4% 314 1,249 1,091 6 6 43% 30
M.Pittman ARI -1 33 -61 38 -8.7% 33 -12.5% 241 853 848 5 4 41% 33
J.Allen CHI -10 34 5 30 -10.4% 35 -5.7% 135 469 465 1 1 44% 22
D.Staley PHI -17 35 -34 35 -11.0% 36 -11.3% 166 599 575 2 2 45% 18
L.Tomlinson SD -24 36 -26 34 -10.2% 34 -8.2% 339 1,242 1,241 10 5 45% 19
R.Huntley CAR -47 37 -42 36 -15.7% 38 -12.5% 166 661 490 2 3 39% 37
T.Henry BUF -52 38 -58 37 -14.7% 37 -13.8% 213 733 648 4 5 38% 39
J.Jackson CLE -66 39 -129 40 -17.0% 39 -23.3% 195 555 565 2 1 35% 41
W.Dunn TB -87 40 -119 39 -23.0% 41 -26.9% 157 437 380 3 2 34% 42
M.Smith ATL -132 41 -138 41 -21.5% 40 -20.2% 237 760 668 5 1 36% 40
E.George TEN -199 42 -241 43 -25.0% 42 -26.5% 315 940 722 5 8 34% 43
L.Smith MIA -233 43 -185 42 -26.8% 43 -21.3% 313 968 725 6 4 39% 38

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
T.Canidate STL 104 100 23.2% 24.5% 78 397 448 5 1
L.Jordan NYJ 94 101 50.4% 56.6% 39 292 291 1 0
B.Christian ATL 94 92 42.5% 43.6% 44 284 311 2 0
K.Carter WAS 82 66 24.6% 21.1% 63 308 347 3 0
M.Wiley DAL 80 78 51.2% 53.9% 34 247 244 0 0
Z.Crockett OAK 78 39 15.2% 5.8% 57 145 408 6 1
T.Richardson KC 63 41 8.8% 6.1% 66 191 416 7 0
S.Hicks TEN 53 62 16.6% 23.2% 56 341 266 1 0
A.Zereoue PIT 50 35 5.3% 3.1% 85 441 389 1 3
C.Schlesinger DET 46 38 11.7% 10.0% 47 154 271 3 0
T.Jackson SF 44 47 40.6% 46.2% 22 138 148 1 1
L.Centers BUF 40 36 21.6% 20.9% 34 160 181 2 0
E.Joseph JAC 40 27 5.9% 3.0% 68 294 300 0 1
L.Johnson CHI 39 36 21.4% 21.8% 20 99 174 4 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Watters SEA 36 21 3.6% 0.5% 72 318 316 1 1
O.Gary DEN 33 31 4.2% 5.9% 57 228 273 1 0
T.Wheatley OAK 30 27 -1.4% -0.1% 88 278 401 5 2
B.Bennett CIN 28 12 5.2% -0.6% 50 232 222 0 1
T.Fletcher SD 20 11 10.1% 4.9% 29 107 127 0 0
O.Ayanbadejo BAL 20 7 2.5% -1.9% 46 173 189 1 1
T.Minor MIA 19 41 -0.8% 10.7% 59 281 237 2 0
T.Biakabutuka CAR 13 9 -1.7% -2.5% 53 230 187 1 1
F.Beasley SF 10 12 -0.4% 2.5% 23 73 126 1 0
L.Warren DET 8 -6 -5.5% -8.7% 61 191 237 3 0
K.Faulk NE 8 14 -3.9% 2.9% 41 169 155 1 0
R.Anderson NYJ 4 9 -4.4% 1.5% 26 102 94 0 0
R.Thomas ATL 3 4 -6.8% -4.7% 37 126 126 0 0
J.Kleinsasser MIN 0 -6 -9.0% -9.9% 23 72 104 1 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Stecker TB -1 -5 -9.6% -12.3% 24 72 78 1 0
F.Taylor JAC -5 -19 -12.8% -23.0% 30 116 95 0 1
J.Anderson ATL -14 -22 -14.6% -16.0% 55 190 178 1 1
M.Edwards NE -15 -20 -14.3% -14.5% 51 141 202 1 2
S.Bryson BUF -17 -2 -14.0% -7.4% 80 341 234 2 0
J.R.Redmond NE -20 -23 -23.9% -22.8% 35 119 80 0 0
S.Morris BUF -20 -22 -31.4% -31.2% 20 72 44 0 1
D.Washington NYG -23 -29 -28.4% -30.9% 28 89 72 0 1
D.Chapman MIN -26 -32 -19.1% -19.8% 63 196 169 0 1
D.Levens GB -26 -32 -23.6% -23.9% 44 165 106 0 0
M.Williams BAL -38 -18 -23.7% -13.7% 65 291 154 0 1
R.Droughns DET -46 -52 -44.8% -46.7% 30 72 34 0 0
B.Gay CLE -55 -78 -33.8% -43.0% 51 176 98 1 3
N.Goings CAR -93 -74 -41.0% -31.3% 66 197 95 0 1

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 357 1 351 1 46.7% 2 45.7% 103 765 1,160 9 81%
C.Garner OAK 166 2 153 4 17.2% 13 14.7% 91 578 728 2 79%
L.Centers BUF 161 3 141 6 14.0% 16 10.6% 104 619 745 2 76%
J.White CLE 150 4 142 5 35.3% 5 32.5% 59 418 529 1 75%
P.Holmes KC 149 5 153 3 24.9% 8 26.0% 75 614 583 2 83%
D.Staley PHI 148 6 129 7 16.2% 15 12.5% 89 615 655 2 70%
A.Green GB 147 7 154 2 17.8% 12 19.2% 82 594 638 2 76%
B.Christian ATL 115 8 112 9 20.9% 9 20.1% 60 392 476 2 75%
J.Stewart DET 107 9 106 10 55.3% 1 54.5% 26 242 333 1 88%
W.Dunn TB 100 10 91 11 5.0% 24 3.2% 98 569 588 3 70%
T.Barber NYG 94 11 113 8 2.9% 30 6.4% 98 578 593 0 73%
K.Barlow SF 93 12 89 12 42.3% 4 40.2% 28 247 310 1 79%
E.Joseph JAC 82 13 73 14 43.8% 3 37.8% 24 183 270 2 75%
T.Minor MIA 75 14 88 13 27.7% 7 34.5% 37 263 288 1 78%
T.Richardson KC 73 15 65 17 19.3% 11 15.8% 40 265 307 0 75%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
M.Williams BAL 64 16 67 16 16.9% 14 18.4% 35 210 281 0 66%
M.Smith ATL 61 17 68 15 32.1% 6 37.4% 26 230 220 1 73%
G.Hearst SF 61 18 59 18 3.8% 29 3.4% 55 349 370 1 75%
E.James IND 53 19 42 23 19.5% 10 12.2% 29 193 224 0 83%
E.George TEN 50 20 41 24 4.3% 27 0.9% 50 268 300 0 74%
Sh.Alexander SEA 44 21 50 19 -0.1% 31 1.7% 59 343 323 2 75%
L.Smith MIA 42 22 38 27 7.5% 20 5.3% 35 234 227 2 86%
W.Henderson GB 40 23 50 20 9.1% 19 14.8% 28 193 207 0 75%
S.Davis WAS 40 24 35 28 7.4% 23 4.8% 37 205 217 0 76%
M.Bennett MIN 39 25 38 26 4.4% 26 3.9% 38 226 235 1 76%
J.Kleinsasser MIN 38 26 46 22 13.8% 17 19.0% 28 187 179 0 86%
A.Thomas CHI 36 27 39 25 7.5% 21 9.0% 30 178 195 0 73%
B.Bennett CIN 33 28 30 32 11.8% 18 9.9% 26 150 157 0 77%
T.Henry BUF 28 29 26 33 7.5% 22 5.6% 27 179 153 0 81%
T.Fletcher SD 27 30 24 34 4.5% 25 2.6% 29 184 161 0 79%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
J.Ritchie OAK 27 31 34 30 4.0% 28 8.8% 27 154 161 2 70%
R.Williams NO 24 32 33 31 -8.1% 36 -6.1% 88 511 355 1 68%
K.Faulk NE 24 33 49 21 -2.6% 33 9.5% 36 189 198 2 83%
L.Warren DET 23 34 34 29 -7.0% 34 -3.6% 59 336 283 1 68%
A.Smith NE 20 35 23 35 -0.2% 32 1.4% 28 192 146 1 68%
J.Allen CHI 11 36 5 38 -9.5% 37 -12.1% 42 196 208 1 71%
D.Levens GB 11 37 11 37 -7.7% 35 -7.7% 35 159 152 1 69%
S.Mack JAC 8 38 3 39 -9.7% 38 -12.1% 34 165 153 1 68%
C.Dillon CIN 7 39 -7 44 -11.7% 39 -16.0% 61 228 252 3 56%
C.Schlesinger DET 5 40 12 36 -12.7% 40 -11.2% 83 451 348 0 71%
O.Ayanbadejo BAL 1 41 3 40 -13.2% 41 -12.3% 33 121 124 1 73%
M.Alstott TB 0 42 -12 46 -13.8% 42 -18.3% 50 231 190 1 70%
M.Strong SEA -1 43 -4 42 -14.4% 43 -16.1% 29 141 111 0 59%
L.Neal CIN -2 44 -13 47 -15.0% 44 -21.7% 27 101 114 1 70%
R.Anderson NYJ -6 45 -2 41 -15.8% 45 -14.5% 56 246 216 2 70%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
Ce.Martin PHI -9 46 -5 43 -18.6% 46 -16.2% 34 124 123 2 71%
D.Bennett WAS -16 47 -17 49 -25.4% 50 -26.1% 25 112 68 0 60%
J.Makovicka ARI -23 48 -26 52 -28.2% 53 -30.1% 28 95 67 1 57%
B.Hoover CAR -25 49 -26 51 -23.3% 49 -23.7% 47 185 135 0 55%
C.Martin NYJ -28 50 -11 45 -21.4% 47 -16.7% 63 320 207 0 84%
M.Edwards NE -28 51 -17 48 -26.3% 51 -21.4% 39 166 103 2 64%
G.Comella NYG -32 52 -29 53 -23.3% 48 -22.4% 55 253 174 1 71%
M.Wiley DAL -34 53 -22 50 -40.1% 57 -30.9% 27 99 22 1 59%
F.Beasley SF -35 54 -33 54 -35.8% 56 -34.5% 28 98 42 0 57%
D.Rhodes IND -44 55 -58 59 -28.4% 54 -33.0% 55 224 124 0 62%
M.Pittman ARI -47 56 -50 56 -27.6% 52 -28.7% 65 264 146 0 65%
R.Huntley CAR -51 57 -55 58 -46.7% 58 -49.3% 32 101 6 1 66%
C.Hetherington CAR -69 58 -47 55 -54.9% 59 -42.1% 35 124 -23 0 66%
L.Tomlinson SD -69 59 -53 57 -30.9% 55 -26.8% 74 367 148 0 80%

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
T.Jackson SF 64 58 62.2% 54.9% 14 91 192 2 86%
B.Johnson WAS 61 62 78.8% 80.9% 11 129 173 0 82%
D.McAllister NO 59 64 42.4% 47.7% 20 166 194 1 75%
A.Zereoue PIT 53 57 65.7% 71.6% 14 154 157 1 93%
A.Stecker TB 47 51 49.9% 54.2% 13 101 151 1 77%
T.Canidate STL 37 28 13.4% 6.9% 23 154 172 0 74%
H.Morrow MIN 35 29 22.2% 15.8% 18 142 144 0 72%
P.Hape DEN 31 34 7.8% 9.8% 19 96 168 3 79%
T.Jones ARI 30 31 10.4% 11.3% 24 151 150 0 88%
J.R.Redmond NE 29 28 12.2% 11.5% 21 132 137 0 62%
D.Chapman MIN 21 16 9.5% 4.0% 18 126 108 1 89%
P.Pass NE 20 15 18.6% 10.3% 10 66 87 1 60%
S.Gash BAL 19 21 10.9% 14.7% 14 80 92 1 64%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
J.Jackson CLE 16 16 16.3% 15.3% 10 56 73 0 70%
C.Fuamatu-Ma'afala PIT 15 14 1.1% 0.0% 20 127 105 1 80%
R.Dayne NYG 15 15 10.4% 10.3% 11 67 75 0 73%
M.Green TEN 13 5 6.9% -5.7% 13 64 73 1 92%
S.Trejo DET 9 9 0.0% -0.8% 10 61 67 0 50%
R.Konrad MIA 9 9 -1.0% -0.9% 13 52 71 1 38%
C.Buckhalter PHI 6 19 -8.5% 3.3% 21 130 92 0 62%
J.Bettis PIT 5 8 -4.0% 3.7% 10 48 42 0 80%
E.Smith DAL 2 11 -12.3% -5.2% 21 116 92 0 81%
T.Carter DEN 2 -2 -11.9% -15.8% 16 83 66 0 69%
K.Coleman DEN -2 -7 -16.6% -25.0% 11 45 39 0 55%
L.Jordan NYJ -2 -3 -17.8% -20.5% 10 44 32 1 70%
R.Watters SEA -2 -4 -15.7% -17.4% 22 107 86 0 50%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
S.Bryson BUF -6 1 -23.4% -12.2% 11 59 33 0 82%
J.Cook TB -9 -14 -21.2% -25.0% 23 89 71 0 74%
M.Anderson DEN -13 -6 -33.0% -22.7% 12 46 21 0 67%
K.Carter WAS -13 -6 -26.8% -19.3% 21 83 53 0 62%
R.Thomas DAL -13 -10 -36.3% -31.0% 10 19 15 1 50%
T.Hambrick DAL -19 -12 -37.0% -29.3% 12 62 19 0 33%
T.Wheatley OAK -20 -11 -36.6% -25.6% 15 61 22 1 80%
T.Davis DEN -22 -28 -32.9% -38.7% 21 69 37 0 57%
T.Allen BAL -22 -29 -33.1% -39.7% 20 68 36 0 85%
R.Jordan OAK -24 -21 -45.9% -41.0% 15 63 4 0 60%
T.Biakabutuka CAR -37 -37 -57.0% -58.0% 17 121 -19 0 71%
F.McCrary SD -39 -37 -44.9% -42.9% 23 71 9 0 57%
D.Shelton CHI -40 -42 -51.3% -53.5% 18 76 -6 1 67%