Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2011

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/29/2012

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, 51 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
L.McCoy PHI 304 1 262 1 15.8% 4 12.4% 273 1,309 1,564 17 1 51% 15
M.Lynch SEA 201 2 159 9 8.9% 12 5.2% 285 1,204 1,317 12 3 46% 27
M.Jones-Drew JAC 197 3 199 2 5.1% 15 5.3% 343 1,604 1,554 8 3 49% 20
J.Stewart CAR 194 4 178 5 23.4% 2 20.8% 142 762 836 4 1 53% 8
P.Thomas NO 180 5 180 4 30.0% 1 30.0% 110 562 693 5 1 61% 1
R.Mathews SD 171 6 134 11 10.8% 10 6.6% 222 1,091 1,033 6 5 50% 17
F.Jackson BUF 161 7 165 6 13.7% 6 14.1% 170 936 886 6 2 54% 7
D.Williams CAR 158 8 147 10 18.0% 3 16.0% 155 831 769 7 0 46% 28
A.Peterson MIN 153 9 190 3 10.4% 11 15.0% 208 973 943 12 1 47% 25
B.Tate HOU 151 10 162 7 12.5% 8 14.1% 175 949 862 4 4 53% 9
D.Murray DAL 149 11 162 8 12.6% 7 14.4% 164 896 846 2 1 58% 2
W.McGahee DEN 131 12 117 14 4.3% 17 3.0% 249 1,206 1,081 4 3 47% 26
R.Rice BAL 129 13 108 16 2.1% 26 0.3% 291 1,364 1,253 12 2 45% 33
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
A.Foster HOU 122 14 126 13 2.3% 24 2.6% 277 1,237 1,167 10 4 44% 39
D.Brown IND 119 15 101 18 13.9% 5 10.5% 134 645 646 5 0 37% 49
S.Greene NYJ 113 16 127 12 2.2% 25 3.5% 252 1,053 1,087 6 1 50% 16
R.Mendenhall PIT 106 17 88 21 2.3% 23 0.4% 228 928 1,015 9 1 52% 11
B.Green-Ellis NE 106 18 115 15 3.9% 18 5.0% 181 667 900 11 0 54% 6
C.Wells ARI 101 19 99 19 1.0% 27 0.8% 245 1,048 1,066 10 4 51% 12
D.McFadden OAK 87 20 88 22 11.6% 9 11.8% 113 616 513 4 1 44% 38
A.Bradshaw NYG 80 21 83 23 2.5% 21 3.0% 171 659 752 9 0 45% 32
J.Battle KC 76 22 78 24 4.3% 16 4.6% 149 597 632 2 0 44% 40
C.J.Spiller BUF 68 23 62 28 6.4% 13 5.1% 106 538 499 3 2 51% 13
L.Blount TB 67 24 54 29 0.6% 28 -1.2% 184 796 736 5 3 47% 23
M.Turner ATL 66 25 101 17 -3.4% 36 -0.7% 301 1,349 1,203 11 3 45% 34
M.Bush OAK 65 26 45 33 -2.7% 33 -4.5% 256 980 1,059 7 1 45% 36
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
S.Jackson STL 64 27 67 26 -2.3% 31 -1.9% 259 1,146 968 5 1 39% 48
R.Grant GB 63 28 41 35 2.9% 20 -1.1% 134 561 571 2 1 46% 31
M.Ingram NO 63 29 47 32 2.3% 22 -0.4% 122 474 595 5 1 56% 3
T.Gerhart MIN 60 30 42 34 5.4% 14 1.2% 109 531 466 1 1 40% 47
I.Redman PIT 55 31 67 25 3.1% 19 5.4% 109 478 500 3 2 54% 5
R.Bush MIA 51 32 91 20 -2.1% 30 3.1% 216 1,089 756 6 4 44% 37
P.Hillis CLE 50 33 48 31 -1.7% 29 -2.0% 161 587 708 3 1 55% 4
B.Jacobs NYG 35 34 29 38 -3.2% 35 -4.0% 152 571 607 7 3 49% 18
M.Tolbert SD 30 35 49 30 -3.1% 34 0.5% 121 492 512 8 1 48% 22
D.McCluster KC 27 36 34 36 -2.3% 32 -0.5% 112 507 406 1 1 43% 41
R.Helu WAS 25 37 14 39 -4.6% 38 -6.3% 152 639 577 2 2 47% 24
M.Forte CHI 24 38 64 27 -5.6% 40 -0.5% 202 994 722 3 1 45% 35
J.Starks GB 22 39 6 42 -4.5% 37 -7.6% 132 572 510 1 2 49% 19
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
R.Williams BAL 15 40 10 40 -5.2% 39 -6.3% 108 445 408 2 2 51% 14
K.Hunter SF 9 41 31 37 -6.5% 41 -1.4% 112 473 390 2 0 46% 30
M.Barber CHI 3 42 6 43 -7.9% 42 -7.4% 114 422 416 6 1 42% 44
F.Jones DAL -3 43 10 41 -9.1% 43 -6.8% 127 575 462 1 3 52% 10
B.Scott CIN -11 44 -6 45 -11.0% 46 -10.0% 112 380 362 3 0 43% 42
D.Carter IND -13 45 -20 47 -11.6% 48 -13.3% 101 377 348 2 3 46% 29
J.Addai IND -13 46 -13 46 -11.5% 47 -11.4% 118 433 362 1 1 34% 51
F.Gore SF -17 47 3 44 -10.0% 44 -8.4% 282 1,211 975 8 2 42% 45
C.Benson CIN -21 48 -21 48 -10.4% 45 -10.3% 273 1,065 992 6 5 49% 21
C.Johnson TEN -67 49 -51 49 -15.1% 49 -13.5% 262 1,047 781 4 3 41% 46
T.Jones KC -104 50 -98 50 -26.1% 51 -25.2% 153 478 341 0 0 35% 50
D.Thomas MIA -110 51 -100 51 -24.7% 50 -23.2% 165 581 408 0 2 42% 43

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Sproles NO 193 194 46.2% 46.4% 87 603 615 2 0
E.Royster WAS 122 119 45.7% 44.6% 56 328 390 0 0
D.Woodhead NE 100 93 22.6% 20.4% 77 351 440 1 0
C.Ivory NO 64 74 10.4% 13.1% 79 374 396 1 0
C.Williams STL 52 49 6.2% 5.3% 87 361 391 1 0
K.Smith DET 42 72 5.1% 14.6% 72 356 336 4 0
L.Ball DEN 42 43 2.8% 3.0% 96 408 389 1 1
J.Best DET 38 24 3.0% -1.3% 84 390 342 2 0
M.Morris DET 34 28 2.1% 0.4% 80 322 325 1 1
E.Graham TB 33 29 13.9% 11.2% 37 206 180 0 1
S.Ridley NE 31 44 -0.1% 3.4% 87 441 366 1 1
M.Moore PIT 29 29 28.5% 28.5% 22 157 113 0 1
B.Smith BUF 26 24 17.7% 15.3% 20 87 128 1 0
D.Lewis PHI 25 23 18.3% 16.1% 23 102 119 1 0
C.Ogbonnaya CLE 11 9 -4.9% -5.6% 76 347 279 1 2
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
L.Tomlinson NYJ 10 12 -5.2% -4.6% 75 280 281 1 0
A.Smith ARI 8 4 -3.3% -5.9% 30 102 139 1 0
D.Ward HOU 5 15 -5.9% -0.7% 45 154 174 2 0
J.Kuhn GB 5 13 -5.7% -0.7% 30 78 145 4 0
D.J.Ware NYG 3 0 -7.1% -8.3% 46 163 158 0 0
K.Lumpkin TB 2 -2 -6.6% -10.1% 31 105 109 0 0
C.Taylor ARI 2 0 -7.0% -8.6% 20 77 83 1 0
L.Washington SEA -1 0 -9.1% -8.6% 53 248 164 1 0
J.Rodgers ATL -3 -3 -9.8% -10.0% 56 195 196 1 1
S.Morris DAL -5 -3 -12.5% -10.9% 28 98 107 0 0
T.Hightower WAS -6 9 -10.4% -5.9% 84 321 275 1 0
S.Slaton HOU -6 -16 -14.6% -23.5% 24 84 80 1 0
J.Hester SD -8 -8 -14.0% -14.1% 28 90 110 0 0
K.Moreno DEN -9 -5 -16.0% -12.6% 37 179 91 0 1
A.Dixon SF -9 -1 -15.6% -9.2% 29 87 101 2 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.McKnight NYJ -11 -8 -14.9% -13.4% 43 134 132 0 0
R.Brown PHI -12 -26 -14.9% -22.3% 42 136 141 1 1
C.Brinkley SD -12 -7 -18.7% -14.2% 30 101 84 1 0
P.Tanner DAL -12 -2 -20.2% -10.5% 22 76 71 1 0
L.Stephens-Howling ARI -14 -17 -16.7% -18.3% 43 167 128 0 0
J.Norwood STL -15 -21 -27.8% -36.0% 24 61 43 0 0
K.Bell CHI -20 -21 -15.1% -15.2% 79 337 237 0 2
J.Snelling ATL -25 -22 -22.9% -21.0% 44 151 111 0 0
J.Forsett SEA -27 -27 -24.7% -24.8% 46 145 100 1 0
K.Williams DET -53 -68 -29.2% -34.7% 58 194 136 2 2
J.Ringer TEN -54 -46 -33.4% -29.6% 59 185 99 1 0
R.Torain WAS -60 -53 -34.1% -31.1% 59 198 105 1 1
M.Hardesty CLE -79 -77 -32.2% -31.6% 88 267 160 0 1
D.Karim JAC -84 -90 -41.0% -43.4% 63 130 86 0 0
T.Choice BUF -85 -96 -42.4% -47.0% 56 156 78 1 3

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 50 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
D.Sproles NO 279 1 246 1 25.3% 7 23.4% 111 710 1,048 7 77% 0
R.Rice BAL 252 2 211 2 29.0% 5 24.4% 104 704 914 3 73% 0
M.Bush OAK 148 3 153 4 44.1% 3 49.3% 47 418 479 1 79% 0
R.Mathews SD 146 4 155 3 27.8% 6 34.2% 59 455 531 0 85% 0
A.Foster HOU 135 5 116 6 18.6% 14 16.0% 73 621 556 2 74% 1
C.Clay MIA 123 6 123 5 62.1% 1 65.1% 25 233 365 3 64% 0
P.Thomas NO 112 7 108 7 15.5% 18 17.6% 59 425 478 1 85% 0
J.Stewart CAR 110 8 89 11 18.2% 15 14.2% 61 413 455 1 77% 0
F.Jackson BUF 105 9 92 10 22.5% 9 21.3% 50 442 404 0 78% 0
T.Gerhart MIN 94 10 98 8 46.5% 2 49.8% 28 190 304 3 82% 0
L.Tomlinson NYJ 91 11 95 9 15.5% 17 19.8% 60 449 391 2 70% 0
C.J.Spiller BUF 88 12 68 13 10.4% 21 7.1% 54 289 416 2 74% 0
K.Lumpkin TB 85 13 61 18 16.7% 16 9.6% 53 291 362 0 77% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Reece OAK 77 14 81 12 20.4% 11 25.0% 36 313 307 2 75% 1
M.Jones-Drew JAC 67 15 48 22 1.9% 26 0.5% 63 374 378 3 68% 2
J.Snelling ATL 64 16 53 21 24.7% 8 20.1% 32 179 244 1 81% 0
J.Rodgers ATL 62 17 62 17 32.1% 4 33.6% 28 199 220 1 79% 0
M.Morris DET 60 18 64 16 19.0% 13 24.9% 35 230 242 1 74% 0
M.Tolbert SD 60 19 53 20 -2.6% 29 -2.2% 79 433 450 2 68% 1
L.McCoy PHI 58 20 40 28 -2.8% 30 -4.0% 69 315 412 3 70% 0
K.Smith DET 56 21 66 15 19.4% 12 28.3% 28 180 228 3 79% 1
J.Best DET 56 22 68 14 12.0% 20 19.0% 40 287 263 1 68% 0
K.Hunter SF 54 23 43 24 21.2% 10 16.7% 26 195 214 0 62% 0
S.Jackson STL 52 24 41 27 0.1% 27 -0.6% 58 333 327 1 72% 1
C.Johnson TEN 49 25 14 35 -4.1% 32 -10.6% 79 418 397 0 72% 0
B.Leonard CIN 49 26 32 30 12.7% 19 6.0% 31 210 216 0 71% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Helu WAS 49 27 44 23 -1.3% 28 -0.1% 59 379 329 1 83% 1
A.Bradshaw NYG 47 28 43 26 3.7% 24 5.6% 44 267 254 2 77% 1
M.Forte CHI 46 29 39 29 -5.7% 34 -4.1% 76 492 381 1 68% 1
J.Starks GB 44 30 58 19 6.4% 23 16.2% 38 225 225 0 79% 0
F.Jones DAL 38 31 17 33 -3.0% 31 -7.2% 44 231 262 0 75% 1
E.Graham TB 37 32 29 31 3.0% 25 1.7% 31 163 208 0 84% 0
M.Turner ATL 36 33 43 25 6.9% 22 14.8% 26 168 182 0 65% 0
M.Lynch SEA 27 34 -9 44 -7.3% 35 -17.4% 41 212 229 1 68% 0
S.Greene NYJ 22 35 16 34 -8.6% 36 -6.8% 41 211 210 0 73% 0
R.Mendenhall PIT 22 36 13 36 -5.4% 33 -6.1% 28 154 160 0 64% 0
D.McCluster KC 17 37 4 41 -12.6% 40 -12.6% 63 350 279 1 75% 1
R.Bush MIA 13 38 23 32 -12.4% 39 -5.9% 52 296 237 1 83% 0
D.Woodhead NE 9 39 10 38 -11.3% 38 -7.9% 31 157 144 0 58% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
C.Ogbonnaya CLE 8 40 6 40 -9.4% 37 -10.3% 31 165 133 0 74% 0
D.J.Ware NYG 8 41 10 39 -13.8% 42 -9.2% 37 170 166 0 73% 0
J.Ringer TEN 4 42 -1 42 -13.2% 41 -14.2% 36 187 147 0 78% 1
L.Ball DEN -3 43 -6 43 -19.3% 45 -17.4% 31 148 117 1 52% 1
D.Murray DAL -4 44 12 37 -17.8% 43 -7.8% 35 183 136 0 74% 0
F.Gore SF -4 45 -20 45 -18.1% 44 -25.2% 31 114 119 0 55% 0
J.Forsett SEA -20 46 -34 46 -26.5% 46 -31.9% 34 128 93 0 68% 0
P.Hillis CLE -29 47 -61 48 -33.2% 47 -47.1% 34 130 71 0 65% 1
L.Blount TB -36 48 -39 47 -45.4% 48 -42.2% 25 148 24 0 60% 2
V.Leach BAL -54 49 -65 49 -51.7% 49 -53.4% 27 69 6 0 56% 0
T.Choice 3TM -68 50 -79 50 -62.6% 50 -67.3% 31 119 -41 0 65% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Grant GB 105 104 56.4% 60.0% 24 268 318 1 79% 0
L.Stephens-Howling ARI 104 102 85.3% 86.8% 17 234 288 2 76% 0
B.Green-Ellis NE 67 64 72.6% 73.0% 13 159 191 0 69% 0
J.McKnight NYJ 46 48 31.2% 36.0% 18 139 164 0 72% 0
D.Young WAS 38 39 15.6% 21.1% 20 146 159 0 75% 0
K.Moreno DEN 38 37 44.3% 45.0% 15 101 123 1 73% 0
H.Hynoski NYG 36 18 17.3% 4.5% 16 83 147 0 75% 0
D.McFadden OAK 35 45 12.2% 22.0% 23 154 162 1 83% 0
A.Peterson MIN 30 25 9.6% 7.7% 23 131 146 1 78% 0
T.Hightower WAS 29 24 14.6% 13.0% 15 78 122 1 67% 0
L.Booker MIN 28 19 27.4% 14.7% 14 82 105 0 57% 0
M.Hardesty CLE 27 21 2.5% 1.0% 21 122 161 0 67% 0
B.Jacobs NYG 23 10 -0.1% -6.2% 22 128 138 1 68% 0
J.Kuhn GB 22 20 2.5% 2.9% 18 77 132 2 83% 0
D.Thomas MIA 22 24 11.5% 16.8% 16 72 101 1 75% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Robinson SEA 22 17 5.7% 3.0% 14 74 116 1 64% 0
J.Collins NO 19 16 3.6% 2.6% 14 50 109 2 79% 0
M.Moore PIT 17 23 3.8% 12.7% 14 104 97 1 79% 1
B.Tate HOU 15 9 -3.3% -5.2% 19 98 107 0 68% 0
B.Miller SF 14 8 -0.4% -3.6% 15 83 86 1 73% 0
B.Saine GB 14 6 3.9% -4.1% 12 69 72 0 83% 0
D.Karim JAC 7 -1 -5.6% -15.1% 19 120 72 0 74% 0
E.Royster WAS 6 9 -7.4% -1.3% 13 68 66 0 69% 0
M.Madu TB 6 11 -9.2% 3.6% 12 72 58 0 83% 0
E.Lorig TB 5 9 -6.4% 3.6% 9 53 46 0 67% 0
L.McClain KC 0 -1 -15.2% -14.3% 22 82 102 1 64% 0
R.Williams BAL -3 1 -17.9% -13.0% 20 83 83 0 65% 0
D.Brown IND -3 -17 -19.8% -30.9% 19 86 63 0 84% 0
J.Addai IND -3 -13 -19.3% -25.7% 22 93 74 0 68% 0
C.Benson CIN -5 -17 -23.5% -28.4% 22 82 72 0 68% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Ingram NO -7 -11 -27.5% -26.8% 13 46 45 0 85% 0
I.Redman PIT -8 -11 -21.9% -22.4% 23 79 78 0 83% 0
L.Washington SEA -9 -18 -29.8% -34.7% 14 48 43 0 71% 0
K.Bell CHI -13 1 -29.6% -12.6% 23 133 49 1 83% 1
A.Hall TEN -14 -20 -31.0% -37.2% 14 46 33 0 64% 0
T.Clutts CHI -14 -12 -36.7% -31.6% 10 48 19 0 80% 1
J.Battle KC -15 -15 -37.0% -34.9% 13 68 20 0 69% 0
C.Wells ARI -19 -20 -44.0% -41.3% 16 52 13 0 63% 0
C.Williams STL -35 -39 -42.7% -42.5% 23 97 25 0 61% 1
B.Scott CIN -38 -45 -62.9% -65.7% 17 38 -17 0 76% 0
W.McGahee DEN -54 -60 -67.9% -69.2% 20 51 -33 1 60% 1
C.Taylor ARI -56 -39 -65.6% -49.7% 24 91 -36 0 58% 0
J.Hester SD -58 -62 -75.0% -74.2% 18 48 -46 1 67% 2