Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2008

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, 49 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Williams CAR 350 1 409 1 24.9% 1 30.5% 273 1,515 1,467 18 0 47% 19
B.Jacobs NYG 271 2 217 3 19.4% 3 13.8% 219 1,090 1,273 15 3 51% 7
D.Ward NYG 249 3 196 5 23.8% 2 16.9% 182 1,027 1,066 2 2 51% 8
C.Portis WAS 245 4 191 6 8.8% 8 5.0% 342 1,487 1,609 9 3 48% 16
T.Jones NYJ 215 5 226 2 8.9% 7 9.8% 290 1,312 1,409 13 2 54% 3
M.Turner ATL 155 6 212 4 1.1% 19 4.6% 376 1,699 1,632 17 3 48% 18
C.Johnson TEN 154 7 141 8 7.0% 9 5.7% 251 1,228 1,096 9 1 44% 34
S.Morris NE 146 8 134 9 12.1% 5 10.4% 156 728 846 7 1 49% 10
P.Thomas NO 142 9 172 7 14.0% 4 18.7% 129 625 773 9 1 62% 1
L.McClain BAL 137 10 68 23 5.1% 11 -1.8% 232 907 1,087 10 3 51% 9
B.Westbrook PHI 130 11 108 13 4.8% 12 2.5% 232 942 1,046 9 1 48% 15
S.Slaton HOU 124 12 106 14 2.2% 16 0.7% 267 1,281 1,188 9 2 44% 36
M.Moore PIT 119 13 85 17 11.0% 6 5.4% 139 580 714 5 0 52% 6
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
L.White TEN 115 14 124 12 4.3% 14 5.2% 200 774 955 15 0 54% 4
R.Brown MIA 100 15 105 15 2.2% 17 2.8% 214 916 960 10 1 49% 11
J.Stewart CAR 99 16 128 11 4.6% 13 8.4% 184 838 807 10 2 45% 31
A.Peterson MIN 83 17 133 10 -2.9% 22 0.5% 363 1,761 1,394 10 9 46% 23
M.Jones-Drew JAC 80 18 75 20 0.7% 20 0.1% 197 826 873 12 4 46% 22
F.Jackson BUF 71 19 74 22 3.6% 15 4.0% 130 583 619 3 1 53% 5
D.McAllister NO 69 20 91 16 6.0% 10 10.8% 106 418 516 5 0 59% 2
W.McGahee BAL 68 21 75 19 1.3% 18 2.3% 170 671 702 7 2 46% 25
L.Tomlinson SD 56 22 76 18 -4.0% 28 -2.3% 292 1,110 1,140 11 0 45% 32
K.Smith DET 54 23 65 24 -3.0% 23 -1.9% 237 979 926 8 2 44% 35
F.Gore SF 48 24 49 25 -3.8% 27 -3.7% 240 1,038 942 6 6 47% 20
M.Lynch BUF 47 25 75 21 -4.1% 29 -1.4% 250 1,036 970 8 2 46% 24
E.James ARI 34 26 27 29 -2.2% 21 -3.5% 133 515 516 3 1 44% 33
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.Addai IND 33 27 28 28 -3.7% 26 -4.5% 155 544 636 5 1 48% 14
S.Jackson STL 30 28 9 35 -5.8% 33 -7.8% 252 1,042 981 7 5 46% 27
M.Morris SEA 27 29 13 34 -3.2% 24 -6.0% 132 577 476 0 1 45% 30
W.Parker PIT 25 30 19 30 -5.5% 31 -6.3% 209 789 745 5 0 41% 41
W.Dunn TB 21 31 47 26 -5.7% 32 -2.1% 186 786 656 2 0 46% 21
C.Taylor MIN 21 32 29 27 -3.4% 25 -1.2% 101 399 374 4 0 43% 38
R.Rice BAL 16 33 8 36 -4.7% 30 -6.5% 108 462 373 0 1 42% 40
R.Williams MIA 10 34 16 33 -7.0% 34 -6.1% 159 654 573 4 4 48% 17
M.Barber DAL 9 35 -4 40 -7.7% 35 -9.0% 238 885 893 7 3 41% 42
D.Rhodes IND 3 36 -3 39 -8.1% 36 -9.0% 152 538 584 6 0 49% 12
J.Lewis CLE -5 37 -85 47 -9.0% 37 -16.0% 279 1,002 978 4 1 40% 45
D.McFadden OAK -9 38 19 31 -10.7% 39 -4.4% 111 498 366 4 3 39% 47
R.Bush NO -13 39 -2 38 -11.6% 40 -9.1% 106 404 356 2 2 45% 28
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
M.Forte CHI -16 40 17 32 -9.8% 38 -7.3% 316 1,239 1,144 8 1 43% 37
E.Graham TB -17 41 7 37 -11.6% 41 -7.4% 132 563 453 4 2 48% 13
J.Jones SEA -23 42 -14 41 -12.5% 42 -11.0% 158 697 476 2 4 39% 46
F.Taylor JAC -48 43 -40 43 -17.0% 46 -15.6% 143 556 412 1 0 41% 43
R.Grant GB -57 44 -59 44 -13.0% 43 -13.2% 312 1,204 1,018 4 4 46% 26
C.Benson CIN -57 45 -95 48 -15.2% 44 -19.5% 214 747 653 2 2 40% 44
L.Johnson KC -66 46 -31 42 -16.1% 45 -12.1% 193 874 651 5 5 45% 29
T.Hightower ARI -100 47 -81 46 -23.8% 48 -20.9% 142 399 402 10 1 37% 48
J.Fargas OAK -104 48 -72 45 -20.3% 47 -16.7% 219 841 593 1 4 42% 39
C.Perry CIN -149 49 -187 49 -41.8% 49 -50.2% 103 267 144 2 5 29% 49

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
K.Faulk NE 168 183 43.4% 48.2% 83 507 549 3 0
T.Choice DAL 146 93 29.1% 15.5% 93 471 569 2 1
P.Hillis DEN 143 147 38.2% 39.6% 68 343 494 5 0
F.Jones DAL 115 115 79.2% 79.7% 30 266 298 3 0
L.Jordan NE 103 94 19.6% 17.1% 80 363 482 4 1
L.Washington NYJ 82 86 19.6% 20.8% 76 448 385 6 1
M.Pittman DEN 79 75 12.0% 11.0% 76 320 459 4 0
J.Harrison CLE 75 72 49.6% 47.6% 34 246 232 1 0
A.Green HOU 68 70 11.0% 11.4% 74 294 410 3 0
T.Bell DEN 62 72 25.8% 31.1% 44 249 256 2 0
B.Jackson GB 57 60 22.8% 24.4% 45 248 250 1 1
C.Buckhalter PHI 57 43 7.6% 3.6% 76 369 397 2 0
J.Charles KC 55 59 12.2% 13.6% 67 361 317 0 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Sproles SD 54 72 13.5% 21.0% 61 330 296 1 0
B.Green-Ellis NE 49 60 5.1% 8.3% 73 277 386 5 0
J.Norwood ATL 46 61 4.0% 8.4% 95 489 387 4 1
T.J.Duckett SEA 42 65 3.3% 9.8% 62 172 370 8 0
J.J.Arrington ARI 41 46 28.8% 33.2% 30 188 161 1 0
R.Moats HOU 36 25 29.2% 17.5% 25 92 142 1 0
S.Young DEN 34 41 6.6% 9.9% 61 303 248 1 1
L.Polite MIA 33 37 16.1% 19.3% 23 85 167 0 0
A.Peterson CHI 15 22 11.4% 19.7% 20 100 91 0 0
A.Bradshaw NYG 15 -7 -3.1% -11.2% 67 356 262 1 2
J.Wright CLE 13 6 5.3% -1.9% 23 85 104 0 0
G.Russell PIT 7 5 -4.3% -5.7% 28 77 154 3 0
M.Bush OAK 7 11 -6.8% -5.7% 95 421 331 3 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
K.Darby STL 6 0 -4.6% -8.4% 32 140 130 0 1
L.Betts WAS 1 -20 -8.3% -15.5% 61 206 245 1 1
A.Pittman STL 0 -18 -8.5% -14.0% 78 290 285 0 0
C.Williams TB -2 31 -9.2% 2.5% 63 233 241 4 1
A.Hall DEN -2 0 -10.1% -9.0% 35 152 106 0 2
L.Maroney NE -5 -7 -12.4% -14.3% 28 93 96 0 0
L.Weaver SEA -5 -5 -12.2% -12.3% 30 130 100 0 1
K.Eckel PHI -5 -4 -13.0% -12.5% 24 79 87 0 0
L.Booker PHI -12 -17 -25.9% -32.6% 20 53 41 0 0
K.Jones CHI -32 -23 -32.1% -26.0% 34 109 64 0 0
K.Smith KC -32 -38 -28.9% -32.4% 35 100 85 1 0
R.Johnson DET -40 -53 -23.1% -28.1% 76 237 170 1 1
D.Foster SF -89 -77 -35.1% -31.6% 76 238 144 1 2

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 52 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
M.Jones-Drew JAC 213 1 219 1 42.1% 4 43.5% 75 568 714 2 83% 1
M.Forte CHI 192 2 202 2 31.0% 7 33.2% 76 477 703 4 83% 0
K.Faulk NE 190 3 187 3 33.5% 6 32.8% 74 486 674 3 78% 0
D.Sproles SD 166 4 169 4 70.5% 1 71.8% 34 348 485 5 85% 1
C.Buckhalter PHI 148 5 149 5 59.1% 2 59.8% 32 324 449 2 81% 0
P.Thomas NO 123 6 141 6 35.0% 5 42.4% 41 284 432 3 76% 0
R.Bush NO 122 7 102 8 16.4% 15 11.5% 72 440 542 4 72% 1
D.Ward NYG 109 8 99 9 24.7% 9 21.1% 55 384 427 0 75% 0
C.Taylor MIN 102 9 97 10 24.6% 10 22.8% 55 399 401 2 82% 2
P.Cobbs MIA 98 10 115 7 46.0% 3 56.4% 27 275 318 2 70% 0
D.McFadden OAK 96 11 94 11 26.2% 8 25.7% 41 287 368 0 78% 0
J.J.Arrington ARI 78 12 79 12 21.8% 12 22.4% 40 254 323 1 75% 0
R.Rice BAL 74 13 77 13 22.5% 11 24.1% 43 273 298 0 77% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
L.Washington NYJ 73 14 62 17 8.9% 19 5.3% 61 355 382 2 77% 1
T.Jones NYJ 69 15 64 15 11.7% 17 9.9% 42 207 334 2 86% 0
F.Jackson BUF 58 16 65 14 8.9% 20 11.4% 45 321 304 0 82% 1
C.Portis WAS 54 17 48 22 15.5% 16 12.2% 36 218 244 0 78% 0
M.Barber DAL 54 18 46 24 3.7% 24 1.0% 61 417 334 2 85% 4
J.Norwood ATL 54 19 39 28 4.4% 23 -0.6% 54 338 320 2 67% 0
R.Brown MIA 52 20 56 18 9.3% 18 10.9% 43 254 269 0 77% 0
F.Gore SF 50 21 63 16 -0.7% 28 2.7% 66 373 378 2 65% 0
L.Tomlinson SD 48 22 47 23 -2.6% 31 -2.6% 77 415 400 1 68% 1
L.Weaver SEA 47 23 40 27 16.8% 14 12.2% 32 222 208 2 63% 0
M.Moore PIT 45 24 51 21 1.0% 27 2.9% 54 328 312 1 76% 1
M.Morris SEA 45 25 42 26 16.9% 13 14.6% 27 136 198 2 70% 0
D.Rhodes IND 43 26 53 19 -1.0% 29 2.1% 59 302 327 3 76% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
S.Jackson STL 42 27 52 20 -1.4% 30 1.6% 63 384 328 1 65% 0
B.Westbrook PHI 35 28 44 25 -5.7% 35 -3.5% 74 394 378 5 74% 1
M.Bush OAK 34 29 24 33 7.4% 21 1.0% 30 162 187 0 63% 0
J.Addai IND 34 30 38 29 2.3% 25 4.4% 39 206 221 2 64% 0
W.Dunn TB 33 31 31 31 -5.1% 34 -5.7% 68 330 343 0 69% 0
T.Choice DAL 32 32 18 36 5.4% 22 -3.0% 30 185 184 0 70% 0
J.Lewis CLE 26 33 30 32 1.3% 26 4.0% 32 178 174 0 72% 1
E.Graham TB 18 34 21 34 -4.2% 32 -2.4% 33 174 169 0 70% 0
S.Slaton HOU 17 35 34 30 -8.5% 38 -3.0% 60 381 254 1 85% 1
J.Charles KC 15 36 10 38 -6.4% 37 -9.1% 40 274 178 1 68% 1
C.Benson CIN 12 37 16 37 -4.8% 33 -2.2% 26 185 123 0 77% 0
L.Betts WAS 12 38 18 35 -6.3% 36 -1.8% 35 200 133 0 63% 0
T.Hightower ARI 6 39 -10 45 -11.7% 40 -17.3% 51 246 211 0 69% 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Williams MIA 6 40 9 39 -11.1% 39 -9.6% 40 228 157 1 75% 1
M.Lynch BUF 1 41 -3 42 -13.5% 42 -14.7% 67 300 267 1 70% 0
A.Pittman STL 1 42 0 40 -13.2% 41 -14.2% 28 143 111 0 68% 1
D.Williams CAR -3 43 -1 41 -15.4% 43 -14.5% 30 121 112 2 73% 0
B.Jackson GB -4 44 -5 43 -15.9% 44 -16.3% 39 185 126 0 77% 0
K.Smith DET -10 45 -7 44 -16.9% 45 -16.0% 55 282 202 0 73% 0
W.McGahee BAL -17 46 -22 47 -23.3% 46 -26.0% 32 173 93 0 75% 1
J.Wright CLE -22 47 -22 48 -25.1% 48 -25.4% 37 155 93 1 59% 1
L.McClain BAL -26 48 -24 49 -29.8% 49 -28.7% 30 123 64 1 63% 1
C.Johnson TEN -34 49 -20 46 -23.8% 47 -19.7% 62 260 176 1 69% 0
J.Jones SEA -51 50 -58 50 -49.6% 51 -54.9% 25 66 -3 0 56% 0
A.Peterson MIN -72 51 -74 51 -47.3% 50 -48.2% 39 125 5 0 54% 0
C.Perry CIN -76 52 -86 52 -54.4% 52 -59.6% 35 76 -23 0 60% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Robinson SF 84 77 54.6% 48.4% 20 202 261 0 85% 0
P.Hillis DEN 79 85 53.9% 59.0% 19 179 248 1 74% 0
M.Tolbert SD 79 80 68.5% 70.0% 15 171 232 1 87% 0
K.Darby STL 74 69 43.2% 39.6% 21 183 246 0 90% 0
G.Jones JAC 63 58 55.2% 50.0% 16 116 195 1 81% 0
J.Hester SD 45 53 39.3% 49.2% 13 91 152 1 92% 0
J.Griffith OAK 43 37 38.5% 31.4% 13 85 146 1 69% 0
D.McAllister NO 40 27 15.4% 6.0% 23 128 182 1 78% 0
S.Morris NE 38 39 14.7% 16.2% 24 161 172 0 71% 0
D.Foster SF 36 32 13.7% 10.2% 20 133 169 1 80% 0
A.Hall TEN 30 38 10.0% 15.8% 18 138 153 2 72% 0
R.Johnson DET 27 26 21.3% 20.2% 14 88 111 1 86% 0
J.Harrison CLE 26 26 11.5% 12.4% 18 116 125 1 67% 0
J.Snelling ATL 22 23 39.0% 42.0% 11 89 74 0 73% 0
M.Sellers WAS 17 20 4.8% 8.5% 15 98 100 1 80% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
A.Stecker NO 17 16 10.2% 8.8% 12 52 84 1 75% 0
V.Leach HOU 13 9 -2.6% -6.2% 18 103 107 0 67% 0
O.Mughelli ATL 12 8 9.9% 1.0% 10 57 62 0 80% 0
L.Vickers CLE 8 9 -4.5% -4.1% 15 78 80 0 67% 0
R.Grant GB 4 17 -10.2% 1.8% 22 116 87 1 82% 0
T.Bell DEN 1 -1 -12.4% -15.8% 14 57 55 0 71% 0
E.James ARI 1 -4 -12.7% -17.9% 18 85 68 0 67% 1
K.Smith KC 0 0 -13.3% -13.2% 11 52 35 0 91% 0
M.Pittman DEN -3 4 -19.2% -6.4% 13 112 35 0 77% 0
B.Hoover CAR -5 -13 -21.6% -32.9% 11 39 38 0 55% 0
M.Hedgecock NYG -7 -3 -20.2% -16.5% 15 52 63 1 53% 0
J.McKie CHI -8 -11 -22.4% -25.5% 15 64 51 1 73% 1
L.Lawton OAK -9 -14 -28.8% -35.6% 11 30 26 0 55% 0
J.Fargas OAK -11 -7 -29.2% -23.7% 15 52 27 0 67% 0
B.Askew TB -11 -8 -25.4% -22.4% 18 66 47 0 72% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
A.Peterson CHI -21 -16 -50.8% -41.8% 10 45 -3 0 60% 0
L.Johnson KC -22 -20 -39.5% -36.3% 16 66 16 0 75% 0
B.Jacobs NYG -25 -21 -47.7% -42.5% 12 36 1 0 50% 0
F.Taylor JAC -30 -21 -38.0% -30.5% 22 98 27 0 73% 1
A.Green HOU -31 -34 -58.4% -61.8% 14 32 -15 0 79% 0
W.Parker PIT -34 -39 -72.5% -82.0% 11 15 -29 0 36% 0
J.Stewart CAR -34 -39 -46.4% -51.4% 17 47 4 0 47% 0
L.Booker PHI -34 -38 -74.7% -80.8% 10 11 -30 0 60% 0
L.Neal BAL -35 -39 -54.6% -59.9% 15 35 -11 0 47% 0
M.Karney NO -36 -33 -63.9% -59.4% 12 18 -23 0 75% 0
L.White TEN -46 -43 -96.8% -91.1% 10 16 -56 0 50% 1
M.Cox KC -48 -49 -69.6% -70.7% 13 19 -38 0 62% 0
N.Tahi MIN -80 -79 -77.4% -76.0% 21 37 -76 0 76% 1