Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2006

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, 47 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
L.Tomlinson SD 460 1 504 1 23.1% 3 26.1% 347 1,813 1,942 28 2 49% 10
B.Westbrook PHI 311 2 306 2 24.0% 2 22.3% 239 1,219 1,336 7 1 49% 12
T.Barber NYG 298 3 277 4 14.6% 6 12.4% 327 1,665 1,612 5 3 50% 8
J.Addai IND 266 4 293 3 17.8% 5 18.8% 226 1,074 1,321 7 2 62% 1
S.Jackson STL 250 5 246 9 7.3% 14 7.0% 346 1,528 1,641 13 2 48% 13
M.Barber DAL 242 6 262 8 29.0% 1 28.0% 135 654 967 14 0 56% 2
F.Gore SF 239 7 265 7 9.6% 12 11.0% 312 1,696 1,501 8 5 47% 15
L.Johnson KC 236 8 276 5 5.9% 15 6.4% 416 1,789 1,863 17 2 45% 27
M.Jones-Drew JAC 213 9 268 6 21.7% 4 28.3% 166 941 957 13 1 51% 6
D.McAllister NO 211 10 196 10 11.1% 9 8.4% 245 1,061 1,303 11 2 54% 3
L.Betts WAS 179 11 174 12 11.0% 10 9.5% 245 1,157 1,134 4 4 46% 20
F.Taylor JAC 165 12 191 11 10.5% 11 12.9% 231 1,146 1,022 5 2 44% 30
W.Parker PIT 152 13 141 15 2.6% 18 0.3% 337 1,495 1,451 13 6 45% 28
T.Jones CHI 147 14 149 14 2.4% 19 2.3% 296 1,210 1,300 6 1 48% 14
L.Washington NYJ 130 15 127 17 13.3% 7 12.7% 150 648 712 4 1 49% 9
A.Green GB 125 16 89 22 1.5% 21 -1.6% 266 1,063 1,088 5 2 43% 35
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
C.Dillon NE 119 17 162 13 4.0% 17 9.3% 199 812 910 13 2 52% 5
C.Benson CHI 115 18 127 16 7.7% 13 10.6% 157 647 708 6 0 47% 16
C.Portis WAS 107 19 86 23 11.1% 8 6.7% 127 523 647 7 0 44% 31
J.Jones DAL 97 20 90 21 1.4% 22 -0.1% 267 1,084 1,085 4 1 45% 24
T.Henry TEN 96 21 109 20 0.6% 23 1.0% 270 1,211 1,063 7 3 43% 33
R.Dayne HOU 87 22 120 19 4.2% 16 8.4% 151 612 719 5 1 54% 4
W.McGahee BUF 83 23 28 29 -3.7% 29 -6.4% 259 996 1,002 6 4 45% 25
R.Johnson CIN 73 24 80 24 -1.9% 24 -3.4% 341 1,309 1,326 12 6 44% 29
M.Bell DEN 72 25 123 18 2.0% 20 6.6% 157 677 731 8 1 51% 7
W.Dunn ATL 54 26 5 36 -3.5% 28 -9.4% 286 1,140 1,086 4 1 39% 45
D.Foster CAR 51 27 16 31 -2.2% 26 -7.5% 227 900 930 3 3 45% 23
D.Williams CAR 31 28 31 28 -2.0% 25 -3.1% 121 501 496 1 1 47% 17
T.Bell DEN 26 29 55 26 -5.0% 32 -3.3% 233 1,031 784 2 3 41% 39
R.Bush NO 25 30 10 34 -2.9% 27 -7.7% 154 559 592 6 2 44% 32
W.Lundy HOU 22 31 26 30 -4.3% 30 -4.4% 124 476 473 4 1 40% 42
L.Maroney NE 18 32 57 25 -4.4% 31 -1.1% 175 749 717 6 1 46% 19
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
C.Houston NYJ 10 33 -1 37 -8.0% 33 -9.4% 112 374 435 5 0 46% 22
C.Taylor MIN 7 34 10 33 -8.2% 34 -8.7% 303 1,219 1,122 6 4 46% 18
R.Brown MIA -4 35 47 27 -9.0% 36 -5.3% 241 995 861 5 4 46% 21
L.Jordan OAK -10 36 -2 38 -8.3% 35 -9.8% 114 434 365 2 0 34% 47
M.Morris SEA -13 37 -25 42 -11.9% 40 -12.8% 161 604 515 0 1 39% 44
D.Rhodes IND -15 38 6 35 -9.3% 37 -8.2% 187 641 684 5 2 49% 11
E.James ARI -20 39 13 32 -11.1% 39 -8.0% 337 1,162 1,162 6 3 45% 26
J.Fargas OAK -26 40 -10 40 -12.4% 42 -9.7% 178 652 562 1 1 40% 40
K.Barlow NYJ -31 41 -31 44 -14.3% 43 -14.9% 131 368 421 6 1 42% 37
J.Lewis BAL -40 42 -7 39 -10.4% 38 -9.7% 314 1,130 1,058 9 4 42% 38
C.Williams TB -53 43 -74 46 -12.3% 41 -16.9% 226 799 701 1 3 39% 43
Sh.Alexander SEA -57 44 -25 43 -14.4% 44 -12.8% 252 901 778 7 5 43% 34
R.Droughns CLE -58 45 -18 41 -14.8% 45 -12.4% 219 761 664 4 5 42% 36
A.Thomas BUF -75 46 -33 45 -26.3% 47 -17.4% 107 378 233 2 1 37% 46
K.Jones DET -104 47 -84 47 -22.4% 46 -19.6% 181 688 513 6 4 40% 41

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Norwood ATL 163 149 34.6% 29.5% 99 633 608 2 0
M.Turner SD 144 139 33.9% 32.2% 80 502 509 2 0
B.Jacobs NYG 115 127 15.8% 13.7% 96 424 630 9 2
V.Morency GB 53 57 4.5% 4.1% 96 434 420 2 2
L.Neal SD 49 49 16.0% 15.4% 29 140 256 1 1
C.Buckhalter PHI 43 44 4.4% 2.2% 83 345 379 2 1
M.Bennett KC 35 35 17.8% 16.4% 36 200 168 0 1
K.Watson CIN 34 42 33.7% 34.2% 25 138 145 1 0
K.Faulk NE 32 32 25.5% 25.4% 24 122 130 1 0
M.Strong SEA 31 41 15.2% 15.5% 33 149 174 1 0
A.Pinner MIN 31 43 6.7% 11.9% 43 190 216 3 1
M.Moore MIN 31 28 36.4% 29.7% 24 131 105 0 0
M.Pittman TB 28 30 8.8% 8.3% 49 242 213 1 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.Davis STL 21 22 4.2% 3.9% 40 177 171 0 1
M.Anderson BAL 17 12 2.2% -1.8% 39 183 179 1 0
C.Taylor HOU 16 30 6.9% 18.6% 28 123 125 1 0
Z.Crockett OAK 10 21 -4.9% -2.0% 39 158 184 0 2
L.White TEN 9 22 -3.0% -0.5% 62 244 230 0 1
A.Cason DET 5 -5 -4.6% -12.5% 24 94 91 0 0
B.Hoover CAR 3 9 -5.5% -3.0% 22 73 109 1 1
N.Herron GB 2 16 -8.3% -0.3% 37 150 132 1 0
R.Moats PHI -5 -2 -11.3% -10.5% 22 69 76 0 0
H.Evans NE -9 -5 -14.4% -14.9% 27 117 108 0 1
M.Smith BAL -9 -11 -14.0% -16.8% 36 153 101 0 1
R.Lee OAK -13 -9 -23.6% -19.1% 21 72 62 2 1
C.Brown TEN -17 -7 -17.6% -13.2% 41 156 118 0 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.Gado GB -19 -29 -18.4% -21.1% 56 210 165 1 1
T.Duckett WAS -20 -22 -19.4% -23.3% 38 133 113 2 1
A.Harris DET -21 -29 -16.3% -22.6% 49 158 165 1 0
M.Alstott TB -23 -21 -13.4% -17.1% 60 171 272 3 1
M.Hicks SF -24 -17 -29.1% -23.1% 29 82 63 0 0
J.Wright CLE -25 -50 -18.9% -30.5% 62 189 169 0 1
J.Harrison CLE -27 -28 -47.5% -51.1% 20 60 16 0 1
M.Robinson SF -40 -32 -28.6% -26.3% 37 115 103 2 0
S.Morris MIA -50 -19 -21.1% -14.9% 92 403 264 1 2
D.Blaylock NYJ -50 -43 -63.5% -56.8% 25 44 -3 0 0
N.Davenport PIT -79 -79 -36.8% -38.9% 59 213 109 1 1

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 55 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
FUM
S.Jackson STL 206 1 217 1 19.6% 13 21.5% 110 806 864 3 82% 2
B.Westbrook PHI 183 2 183 2 14.4% 16 14.5% 110 698 840 4 71% 1
K.Jones DET 171 3 169 3 24.0% 9 23.6% 78 520 676 2 78% 1
J.Addai IND 145 4 141 5 35.3% 3 34.1% 50 325 510 1 80% 0
T.Barber NYG 124 5 121 8 13.9% 17 13.2% 81 465 575 0 72% 0
D.Williams CAR 120 6 109 10 44.3% 2 39.0% 36 313 396 1 92% 0
L.Tomlinson SD 119 7 147 4 12.9% 18 19.1% 81 510 566 3 70% 0
K.Faulk NE 116 8 117 9 20.9% 11 21.1% 57 357 479 2 77% 0
M.Jones-Drew JAC 107 9 126 7 18.9% 14 24.7% 62 436 456 2 74% 0
C.Buckhalter PHI 102 10 95 12 55.5% 1 51.3% 28 260 315 1 86% 1
R.Bush NO 99 11 136 6 0.5% 29 5.8% 123 754 700 2 73% 0
F.Gore SF 88 12 103 11 5.3% 24 8.6% 86 485 508 1 71% 1
L.Betts WAS 78 13 69 16 10.2% 20 7.6% 64 445 392 1 83% 2
F.Taylor JAC 76 14 78 14 31.3% 4 32.4% 28 242 278 1 82% 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Pittman TB 75 15 26 32 3.9% 26 -7.7% 78 411 457 0 63% 0
N.Herron GB 72 16 65 20 21.7% 10 18.3% 35 211 294 2 83% 1
K.Watson CIN 71 17 69 17 29.7% 5 28.3% 32 213 264 0 72% 0
J.Griffith ATL 69 18 65 19 26.4% 7 24.1% 28 168 265 3 82% 1
M.Barber DAL 68 19 53 25 29.3% 6 19.3% 32 196 251 2 72% 0
R.Brown MIA 63 20 82 13 16.1% 15 25.1% 38 276 280 0 87% 0
C.Taylor MIN 62 21 58 23 6.9% 22 5.3% 51 288 343 0 82% 1
A.Stecker NO 60 22 60 22 20.6% 12 20.6% 28 190 249 0 68% 0
W.Dunn ATL 59 23 62 21 25.1% 8 27.1% 27 164 231 1 81% 0
L.Johnson KC 58 24 70 15 1.8% 28 5.0% 67 410 384 2 61% 0
M.Moore MIN 57 25 66 18 4.3% 25 7.3% 62 468 341 1 74% 0
L.Maroney NE 45 26 56 24 12.1% 19 18.4% 30 194 217 1 73% 0
L.Washington NYJ 41 27 45 26 7.8% 21 10.3% 32 267 219 0 81% 1
A.Green GB 39 28 23 33 -1.6% 32 -6.5% 63 375 305 1 73% 2
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
W.Parker PIT 34 29 36 27 2.0% 27 2.8% 42 222 224 3 74% 1
D.Rhodes IND 29 30 32 29 -2.2% 33 -0.8% 47 251 235 0 77% 1
W.Lundy HOU 27 31 16 34 -0.4% 30 -6.1% 39 204 202 0 85% 0
R.Lee OAK 26 32 35 28 5.4% 23 12.0% 25 138 151 0 80% 0
D.McAllister NO 26 33 28 31 -0.7% 31 0.2% 36 198 196 0 83% 1
R.Droughns CLE 18 34 29 30 -4.9% 34 0.4% 34 168 182 0 82% 0
C.Williams TB 12 35 -16 43 -9.0% 36 -20.2% 44 196 201 0 68% 1
J.Lewis BAL 9 36 8 35 -7.5% 35 -8.6% 26 115 126 0 69% 0
A.Harris DET 6 37 7 36 -10.0% 37 -8.7% 25 132 114 0 72% 0
W.McGahee BUF 3 38 -2 40 -12.0% 38 -15.2% 28 156 123 0 64% 0
C.Portis WAS 1 39 0 38 -13.1% 39 -14.1% 26 170 108 0 65% 0
M.Bell DEN 0 40 5 37 -13.7% 40 -10.2% 27 158 98 0 74% 0
M.Smith BAL -2 41 -1 39 -15.2% 41 -14.6% 25 135 86 0 88% 0
R.Johnson CIN -3 42 -3 41 -15.8% 42 -15.3% 31 124 118 0 74% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
B.Hoover CAR -11 43 -17 44 -19.7% 43 -23.5% 29 122 107 0 69% 0
E.James ARI -22 44 -23 45 -20.9% 44 -21.2% 60 217 179 0 63% 0
J.McKie CHI -27 45 -13 42 -24.6% 45 -19.1% 38 162 123 0 66% 0
J.Cook HOU -37 46 -49 49 -37.9% 50 -45.5% 26 107 34 0 69% 2
T.Tapeh PHI -38 47 -41 47 -37.9% 49 -39.7% 25 85 34 1 64% 0
L.Neal SD -41 48 -46 48 -42.0% 51 -45.5% 26 83 19 0 65% 1
T.Henry TEN -41 49 -36 46 -46.1% 52 -42.2% 25 78 6 0 72% 0
S.Morris MIA -42 50 -52 50 -35.9% 47 -41.4% 35 162 49 0 60% 2
T.Jones CHI -52 51 -54 51 -32.5% 46 -33.0% 47 154 93 0 77% 0
D.Foster CAR -58 52 -71 53 -37.7% 48 -43.2% 46 159 54 0 70% 1
T.Bell DEN -64 53 -64 52 -51.5% 55 -51.4% 31 115 -11 0 77% 2
M.Alstott TB -71 54 -89 55 -46.1% 53 -54.8% 38 85 10 0 55% 0
M.Strong SEA -84 55 -72 54 -47.3% 54 -42.6% 44 159 6 0 66% 2

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
N.Davenport PIT 82 86 62.3% 66.2% 22 201 247 1 73% 0
J.Jones DAL 64 60 64.1% 59.1% 15 142 192 0 60% 0
O.Mughelli BAL 61 60 30.7% 30.5% 24 182 223 2 88% 1
M.Hicks SF 60 65 64.3% 70.1% 15 137 180 1 87% 0
B.Jacobs NYG 56 45 69.9% 54.2% 14 149 163 0 79% 0
M.Karney NO 48 47 23.7% 22.5% 20 96 192 2 75% 0
A.Thomas BUF 46 40 20.7% 15.6% 24 139 192 0 92% 0
T.Fisher STL 43 39 39.3% 33.9% 18 159 149 0 78% 0
T.Richardson MIN 40 42 34.1% 36.5% 15 114 141 0 93% 0
C.Dillon NE 39 49 28.0% 38.3% 16 147 148 0 94% 0
N.Goings CAR 38 35 31.0% 27.8% 15 107 139 1 67% 0
S.Davis STL 29 27 17.7% 14.8% 17 90 126 1 71% 0
J.J.Arrington ARI 26 28 46.4% 50.4% 10 58 85 0 80% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
J.Norwood ATL 26 25 17.1% 16.9% 15 102 112 0 80% 0
V.Morency 2TM 23 32 9.0% 18.9% 18 114 117 0 94% 0
M.Bennett KC 12 19 7.2% 18.1% 12 77 67 0 75% 0
O.Ayanbadejo ARI 12 13 -2.6% -1.4% 19 141 98 0 89% 1
A.Hall TEN 11 14 -5.1% -1.9% 21 138 108 0 71% 1
C.Benson CHI 10 17 5.0% 16.9% 10 54 60 0 80% 0
J.Dugan MIN 7 6 -6.0% -7.5% 13 40 82 1 62% 0
C.Perry CIN 6 -8 -4.7% -25.5% 11 42 58 0 82% 0
M.Shipp ARI 5 6 -4.3% -3.6% 11 60 52 0 55% 0
J.Wright CLE 4 6 -7.2% -3.5% 11 82 53 0 55% 0
B.Askew NYJ 4 3 -9.0% -10.4% 12 50 62 0 75% 0
J.Finn NYG 2 6 -11.2% -6.3% 14 54 65 0 57% 0
B.Miree GB 2 -3 -11.4% -17.5% 13 57 66 0 69% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
K.Johnson DEN -1 0 -14.8% -14.3% 11 37 49 1 64% 0
R.Dayne HOU -2 -2 -15.6% -15.5% 18 77 69 0 78% 0
D.Kreider PIT -2 0 -16.4% -13.6% 13 62 52 0 62% 0
V.Haynes PIT -3 -14 -16.6% -27.4% 22 95 66 0 82% 0
M.Robinson SF -6 -5 -21.5% -20.1% 13 48 44 0 77% 0
M.Sellers WAS -7 0 -19.4% -14.2% 22 105 77 1 82% 1
C.Sapp DEN -7 -5 -26.2% -21.5% 10 34 27 0 80% 0
M.Hedgecock STL -8 -10 -26.3% -31.0% 10 29 28 0 70% 0
J.Fargas OAK -9 0 -21.5% -13.7% 21 91 64 0 62% 0
W.Henderson GB -10 -13 -23.1% -26.2% 18 62 56 0 67% 0
J.Harrison CLE -11 -13 -27.8% -30.3% 14 47 34 0 64% 0
L.Jordan OAK -14 -11 -30.6% -27.4% 16 74 31 0 63% 1
C.Schlesinger DET -14 -13 -37.5% -35.6% 11 36 14 0 73% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
S.Gado 2TM -15 -22 -26.8% -32.6% 23 85 49 0 74% 0
D.Shelton BUF -18 -9 -45.7% -29.9% 10 35 3 0 70% 0
M.Anderson BAL -20 -22 -44.6% -47.2% 14 54 5 0 64% 0
L.White TEN -27 -32 -46.5% -53.3% 20 60 3 0 70% 0
K.Barlow NYJ -27 -25 -60.5% -56.4% 10 21 -15 0 70% 0
A.Cason DET -28 -28 -63.5% -63.2% 10 26 -17 0 50% 0
Z.Crockett OAK -33 -24 -47.3% -38.1% 17 53 2 0 59% 0
T.Smith CLE -38 -34 -73.7% -66.9% 11 21 -33 0 73% 0
M.Morris SEA -48 -48 -59.1% -59.5% 20 46 -23 0 55% 0
Sh.Alexander SEA -52 -47 -70.6% -65.1% 16 46 -42 0 75% 1