Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2002

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, 44 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
P.Holmes KC 497 1 510 1 29.3% 1 29.1% 313 1,615 1,998 21 1 55% 3
C.Portis DEN 410 2 426 2 25.5% 2 26.8% 273 1,508 1,699 15 5 61% 1
C.Garner OAK 239 3 264 3 23.6% 3 26.9% 182 978 1,029 7 0 55% 2
R.Williams MIA 211 4 254 4 5.2% 8 7.0% 383 1,856 1,768 16 7 51% 8
L.Tomlinson SD 186 5 197 5 3.1% 13 3.8% 372 1,685 1,667 14 2 46% 22
G.Hearst SF 157 6 167 6 9.4% 5 9.9% 215 972 1,040 8 3 52% 7
M.Faulk STL 143 7 152 7 8.8% 7 8.1% 213 958 1,039 8 2 51% 11
C.Martin NYJ 137 8 144 9 4.0% 10 5.6% 261 1,094 1,079 7 0 44% 24
F.Taylor JAC 132 9 143 10 4.8% 9 4.6% 287 1,314 1,171 8 2 44% 26
M.Bennett MIN 132 10 151 8 3.6% 11 6.4% 255 1,296 1,067 5 3 51% 12
D.McAllister NO 118 11 77 19 -0.1% 18 -2.7% 325 1,383 1,305 13 4 43% 32
K.Barlow SF 108 12 114 11 9.3% 6 10.0% 144 675 704 4 1 53% 5
C.Dillon CIN 103 13 97 14 -0.1% 17 -1.3% 315 1,283 1,320 7 6 49% 16
A.Green GB 102 14 84 17 0.2% 16 -1.5% 286 1,241 1,187 7 3 46% 21
T.Barber NYG 100 15 92 16 -0.2% 19 -1.5% 303 1,386 1,291 11 5 43% 31
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
K.Watson WAS 96 16 104 12 11.1% 4 13.2% 116 534 561 1 0 53% 6
Sh.Alexander SEA 91 17 73 20 -1.5% 21 -2.8% 295 1,175 1,240 16 2 42% 33
T.J.Duckett ATL 90 18 72 21 1.8% 14 4.3% 130 507 573 4 0 51% 9
J.Bettis PIT 86 19 79 18 0.6% 15 1.2% 188 657 817 9 1 49% 17
T.Henry BUF 77 20 99 13 -3.7% 25 -1.2% 325 1,445 1,276 13 11 50% 13
A.Smith NE 70 21 96 15 -1.0% 20 0.2% 252 985 1,079 6 2 50% 14
J.Stewart DET 61 22 68 22 -2.0% 22 -1.1% 231 1,021 882 4 0 41% 40
J.White CLE 57 23 66 23 3.5% 12 6.9% 106 470 454 3 0 47% 19
S.Davis WAS 50 24 44 25 -2.7% 24 -3.9% 207 820 914 7 4 51% 10
M.Shipp ARI 49 25 43 26 -2.1% 23 -3.2% 188 864 774 6 3 42% 34
J.Lewis BAL 44 26 36 28 -5.0% 27 -5.8% 308 1,326 1,169 6 7 49% 15
E.George TEN 41 27 65 24 -5.4% 28 -4.1% 343 1,165 1,327 12 1 46% 20
D.Staley PHI 40 28 38 27 -4.9% 26 -5.3% 268 1,030 1,062 5 1 47% 18
T.Wheatley OAK 6 29 27 29 -5.5% 29 -2.9% 108 427 432 2 1 54% 4
E.James IND -2 30 -16 31 -8.9% 30 -10.0% 277 989 1,005 2 2 45% 23
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
R.Dayne NYG -3 31 -9 30 -9.5% 31 -10.2% 125 428 469 3 1 42% 36
W.Dunn ATL -32 32 -39 34 -12.9% 33 -12.5% 230 927 788 7 3 44% 27
E.Smith DAL -37 33 -36 33 -11.9% 32 -12.0% 254 979 848 5 2 44% 29
A.Zereoue PIT -40 34 -31 32 -14.8% 34 -12.5% 193 762 588 4 1 40% 41
D.Brown CAR -41 35 -49 36 -21.2% 43 -19.8% 101 369 284 4 4 42% 37
T.Jones ARI -44 36 -65 40 -16.7% 37 -19.5% 138 511 431 2 3 41% 39
L.Johnson CHI -46 37 -43 35 -18.5% 39 -17.8% 103 325 324 1 1 42% 35
M.Pittman TB -50 38 -61 39 -15.1% 35 -16.3% 204 717 600 1 3 44% 30
M.Alstott TB -54 39 -55 37 -16.3% 36 -16.2% 146 548 529 5 2 44% 28
L.Smith CAR -57 40 -55 38 -16.8% 38 -15.3% 210 733 591 7 1 39% 42
J.Allen HOU -79 41 -83 41 -21.0% 42 -22.5% 155 519 394 0 1 33% 43
A.Thomas CHI -99 42 -87 42 -19.0% 40 -18.2% 214 725 625 6 5 44% 25
W.Green CLE -106 43 -95 43 -20.1% 41 -17.9% 243 889 682 6 3 42% 38
J.Wells HOU -241 44 -251 44 -40.1% 44 -41.1% 197 536 270 3 3 28% 44

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Williams MIN 210 212 43.0% 42.0% 84 414 713 11 0
S.Mack JAC 155 154 21.5% 22.2% 98 436 674 9 0
Z.Crockett OAK 75 86 15.4% 22.0% 40 118 349 8 0
K.Faulk NE 72 74 23.7% 28.4% 52 271 277 2 0
D.Levens PHI 59 60 13.5% 13.9% 75 411 325 1 1
M.Anderson DEN 53 57 5.8% 6.0% 84 386 428 2 2
B.Christian ATL 51 43 22.6% 22.1% 31 119 190 3 0
T.Minor MIA 46 40 15.3% 14.2% 44 180 217 2 0
M.Strong SEA 45 46 25.7% 27.0% 23 94 183 0 0
R.Holcombe TEN 44 45 13.7% 14.7% 47 242 235 0 0
M.Wiley DAL 42 42 57.1% 54.3% 23 164 128 1 0
T.Fletcher SD 31 33 22.0% 23.1% 26 128 142 1 0
R.Edwards MIA 28 34 28.2% 32.9% 20 107 117 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
F.Beasley SF 27 24 10.6% 6.2% 27 75 189 0 1
J.Mungro IND 25 5 -2.1% -7.6% 97 336 438 8 2
A.Stecker TB 19 16 10.0% 7.1% 28 174 115 0 1
M.Morris SEA 18 25 10.7% 11.8% 32 153 143 0 0
C.Fuamatu-Ma'afala PIT 17 18 8.5% 10.3% 23 115 110 0 0
B.Bennett CIN 17 20 3.4% 5.3% 33 155 149 0 0
N.Davenport GB 15 16 2.3% 0.9% 39 186 171 1 1
O.Gary DEN 13 5 1.4% -4.7% 37 147 143 1 0
T.Richardson KC 8 9 2.8% 0.7% 22 81 100 2 1
M.Edwards NE 6 11 -3.1% -1.4% 31 96 147 0 0
B.Hoover CAR 5 9 -6.8% -2.9% 31 129 136 0 0
C.Taylor BAL 2 -1 -5.5% -9.6% 33 122 113 0 0
B.Westbrook PHI -2 -9 -11.4% -13.5% 46 192 155 0 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
T.Fisher GB -4 -10 -9.6% -11.9% 70 283 257 2 1
A.Cason DET -7 -11 -15.2% -20.5% 26 107 67 0 0
M.Green TEN -9 -3 -18.5% -13.0% 21 71 52 0 0
L.Betts WAS -13 -15 -13.3% -14.4% 65 307 206 1 1
D.Anderson ARI -16 -26 -24.9% -40.5% 24 65 48 0 0
T.Hambrick DAL -18 -10 -13.4% -11.5% 79 309 261 1 1
M.Cloud KC -26 -29 -20.3% -20.6% 49 115 162 2 0
C.Schlesinger DET -57 -66 -33.2% -37.3% 49 138 106 2 2
L.Gordon STL -58 -59 -28.5% -29.5% 65 228 151 1 2
N.Goings CAR -58 -53 -38.9% -36.3% 50 180 71 0 2
L.Jordan NYJ -103 -95 -35.7% -33.3% 84 321 161 3 4

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 58 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
C.Garner OAK 376 1 392 1 46.6% 1 49.2% 110 941 1,221 4 83%
P.Holmes KC 260 2 248 2 44.1% 3 41.4% 81 672 861 3 86%
D.Staley PHI 189 3 181 3 32.1% 7 30.2% 69 541 685 3 74%
L.Gordon STL 133 4 136 4 46.3% 2 47.4% 38 278 434 2 79%
M.Bennett MIN 123 5 133 5 37.1% 6 41.1% 41 351 428 1 90%
M.Shipp ARI 123 6 131 6 39.1% 4 42.7% 50 420 415 3 78%
E.George TEN 114 7 96 9 30.6% 8 23.4% 46 255 420 2 78%
F.Taylor JAC 102 8 81 15 18.8% 13 12.3% 57 408 433 0 86%
C.Portis DEN 100 9 109 7 20.6% 11 23.8% 48 364 414 2 69%
C.Martin NYJ 99 10 100 8 19.2% 12 19.3% 56 362 419 0 88%
R.Williams MIA 92 11 92 11 14.5% 15 14.4% 59 363 421 1 80%
J.Lewis BAL 86 12 87 12 16.4% 14 16.6% 60 442 382 1 78%
W.Henderson GB 84 13 85 13 28.4% 9 29.2% 32 168 314 3 81%
L.Centers BUF 81 14 92 10 9.3% 18 12.5% 63 388 416 0 68%
R.Konrad MIA 73 15 68 17 12.0% 16 10.3% 45 233 353 3 76%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
A.Cason DET 70 16 75 16 37.4% 5 41.3% 32 288 241 2 59%
S.Pritchett CHI 65 17 60 20 27.2% 10 24.0% 27 165 248 1 70%
R.Anderson NYJ 61 18 49 25 4.9% 21 1.1% 56 257 359 1 80%
K.Faulk NE 61 19 82 14 7.1% 20 14.3% 53 379 335 3 70%
Sh.Alexander SEA 59 20 55 22 -0.1% 24 -1.1% 78 460 428 2 76%
A.Smith NE 56 21 64 18 9.5% 17 12.9% 42 243 286 2 74%
W.Dunn ATL 54 22 56 21 2.2% 22 2.7% 65 377 353 2 77%
M.Faulk STL 51 23 54 23 -4.3% 29 -3.8% 102 535 486 2 78%
T.Barber NYG 49 24 51 24 -3.7% 27 -3.2% 95 598 445 0 73%
A.Green GB 37 25 61 19 -4.8% 32 0.9% 74 393 372 2 77%
A.Zereoue PIT 34 26 32 29 -1.8% 25 -2.5% 53 341 273 0 79%
D.Kreider PIT 31 27 28 30 8.3% 19 6.4% 25 122 165 1 72%
J.Allen HOU 27 28 17 37 -4.3% 30 -7.9% 57 302 260 0 82%
L.Neal CIN 27 29 34 28 1.6% 23 5.8% 29 133 181 1 72%
C.Dillon CIN 26 30 20 34 -6.3% 35 -8.0% 61 298 296 0 70%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
D.McAllister NO 23 31 24 32 -8.1% 38 -7.9% 74 352 336 3 64%
T.Henry BUF 22 32 35 26 -7.4% 37 -3.5% 59 309 285 1 73%
M.Edwards NE 21 33 35 27 -2.7% 26 4.9% 32 196 176 0 72%
S.Davis WAS 18 34 4 44 -3.9% 28 -11.6% 33 142 168 1 70%
M.Strong SEA 17 35 14 38 -4.6% 31 -6.2% 32 120 170 2 69%
M.Williams MIN 16 36 17 36 -6.7% 36 -6.1% 42 231 191 0 67%
K.Watson WAS 16 37 22 33 -6.1% 34 -2.8% 43 253 176 1 74%
B.Hoover CAR 15 38 20 35 -5.7% 33 -3.1% 30 187 162 2 57%
F.Beasley SF 10 39 11 39 -9.0% 39 -8.1% 32 152 162 1 69%
J.Stewart DET 8 40 -13 49 -11.8% 43 -17.0% 70 333 304 2 66%
M.Pittman TB 8 41 27 31 -12.1% 44 -7.9% 86 477 346 0 69%
M.Alstott TB 6 42 5 42 -11.7% 42 -12.0% 48 242 220 2 73%
L.Johnson CHI 5 43 1 46 -10.5% 40 -13.1% 26 125 112 0 62%
D.Levens PHI 3 44 0 47 -11.6% 41 -14.0% 28 124 98 1 68%
M.Wiley DAL 2 45 4 43 -12.5% 45 -11.0% 29 144 109 0 45%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
L.Smith CAR -1 46 6 40 -14.9% 47 -9.5% 26 168 98 0 77%
L.Tomlinson SD -3 47 5 41 -14.5% 46 -12.9% 101 489 392 1 78%
F.McCrary SD -12 48 -16 51 -20.7% 51 -23.0% 31 96 99 3 71%
J.White CLE -12 49 -14 50 -16.7% 48 -17.1% 86 452 270 0 73%
C.Schlesinger DET -14 50 2 45 -17.9% 49 -13.1% 54 263 212 0 65%
B.Bennett CIN -16 51 -31 53 -27.6% 55 -39.9% 25 109 52 0 72%
T.Jones ARI -18 52 -25 52 -25.6% 54 -30.4% 30 113 72 0 67%
G.Hearst SF -19 53 -6 48 -18.8% 50 -15.4% 69 317 228 1 70%
A.Thomas CHI -27 54 -32 55 -25.5% 53 -27.6% 41 163 109 0 59%
E.James IND -35 55 -42 56 -21.5% 52 -23.1% 80 352 252 1 76%
N.Goings CAR -40 56 -31 54 -43.7% 56 -37.5% 29 91 14 0 62%
W.Green CLE -50 57 -53 58 -44.7% 58 -46.2% 27 113 13 0 59%
D.Brown CAR -54 58 -47 57 -43.8% 57 -40.0% 33 86 17 1 52%

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
J.Simon TEN 111 110 106.5% 105.7% 17 167 294 3 94%
R.Edwards MIA 59 66 41.0% 47.6% 23 126 198 1 78%
O.Gary DEN 58 51 47.2% 39.9% 20 148 189 0 90%
M.Anderson DEN 58 57 21.7% 21.2% 24 167 235 2 75%
C.Taylor BAL 50 46 31.7% 27.8% 22 129 182 2 64%
L.Betts WAS 50 47 49.3% 45.5% 17 154 158 0 71%
R.Cartwright WAS 47 51 47.3% 52.6% 13 121 153 1 85%
J.Sowell NYJ 46 41 43.5% 37.8% 13 85 152 1 69%
T.Richardson KC 42 36 19.3% 14.4% 23 125 179 1 78%
L.Jordan NYJ 42 46 18.8% 21.7% 23 160 180 0 74%
J.Makovicka ARI 34 29 8.7% 5.5% 19 81 179 3 79%
M.Green TEN 30 25 38.1% 29.3% 10 57 104 1 70%
S.Mack JAC 29 22 28.1% 18.4% 13 79 110 0 85%
C.Stackhouse NYG 26 22 6.5% 3.7% 18 88 144 3 72%
K.Barlow SF 21 30 2.5% 9.6% 21 136 134 1 67%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
R.Holcombe TEN 20 14 28.3% 15.6% 11 87 75 0 91%
T.J.Duckett ATL 19 12 16.1% 5.4% 11 61 86 0 82%
B.Johnson WAS 19 22 3.1% 5.7% 19 114 118 0 79%
L.Warren DET 10 5 0.7% -6.9% 12 56 72 2 33%
B.Christian ATL 8 7 -8.2% -8.9% 24 174 111 0 54%
G.Comella TEN 5 -10 -8.7% -23.5% 15 70 82 0 67%
B.Westbrook PHI 4 3 -7.0% -9.8% 13 86 51 0 69%
R.Thomas DAL 2 2 -12.1% -12.1% 16 80 81 0 75%
A.Ricard BAL 0 1 -13.9% -12.7% 14 60 50 0 71%
J.Hodgins STL -1 0 -15.0% -13.5% 10 47 42 0 90%
T.Kirby OAK -2 -11 -15.5% -24.0% 22 115 74 1 77%
R.Johnson CIN -2 -11 -18.2% -32.6% 10 34 36 0 60%
J.Wells HOU -3 -7 -18.2% -27.0% 12 48 36 0 75%
J.Baxter HOU -4 -5 -20.4% -21.8% 10 33 35 1 50%
A.Stecker TB -4 -10 -19.3% -25.9% 16 69 49 0 81%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
J.Mungro IND -8 -10 -22.3% -25.0% 16 81 51 0 81%
H.Evans SEA -9 -9 -26.0% -27.0% 12 41 32 0 67%
N.Davenport GB -12 3 -33.3% -9.2% 9 33 19 0 56%
R.Dayne NYG -13 -11 -34.3% -30.4% 12 49 19 0 92%
J.Fenderson NO -14 -22 -36.1% -49.6% 10 38 16 0 60%
D.Blaylock KC -16 -11 -38.9% -31.6% 10 47 12 0 50%
T.Wheatley OAK -23 -25 -36.0% -38.0% 20 71 26 0 60%
T.Fletcher SD -24 -17 -40.5% -33.3% 17 62 15 0 59%
E.Smith DAL -29 -32 -38.0% -40.3% 24 91 26 0 67%
Ce.Martin PHI -31 -32 -35.6% -36.3% 22 126 38 0 68%
J.Ritchie OAK -38 -46 -46.6% -53.9% 21 66 4 1 48%
T.Smith NO -44 -50 -67.3% -74.2% 13 30 -32 0 69%
T.Hambrick DAL -58 -51 -66.2% -60.4% 24 99 -40 0 88%
T.Fisher GB -65 -45 -67.8% -51.1% 22 70 -48 0 82%