Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2012

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 9/1/2013

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, 42 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
A.Peterson MIN 458 1 357 1 24.9% 2 17.5% 348 2,097 1,923 12 3 49% 14
M.Lynch SEA 361 2 267 4 19.2% 3 12.0% 315 1,592 1,702 11 4 50% 11
C.J.Spiller BUF 301 3 291 2 27.6% 1 26.3% 207 1,249 1,205 6 2 55% 3
F.Gore SF 268 4 212 5 17.4% 4 12.0% 258 1,213 1,323 8 3 48% 17
A.Morris WAS 254 5 273 3 10.3% 8 11.7% 335 1,614 1,571 13 4 52% 7
A.Bradshaw NYG 230 6 194 7 15.8% 5 12.0% 221 1,015 1,182 6 3 52% 8
R.Rice BAL 205 7 193 8 11.5% 7 10.3% 257 1,143 1,211 9 1 44% 33
S.Ridley NE 192 8 191 9 6.1% 9 6.0% 290 1,266 1,436 12 4 55% 4
D.Martin TB 155 9 204 6 3.9% 14 7.8% 319 1,454 1,326 11 1 48% 20
S.Jackson STL 147 10 59 20 5.3% 11 -3.0% 257 1,042 1,148 4 0 47% 28
M.Forte CHI 109 11 81 13 3.1% 15 0.0% 248 1,095 982 6 2 44% 32
J.Charles KC 109 12 158 10 1.4% 17 5.9% 284 1,518 1,121 5 5 46% 29
A.Foster HOU 105 13 139 11 -1.6% 20 0.7% 351 1,422 1,461 15 3 47% 27
P.Thomas NO 97 14 80 14 15.1% 6 10.9% 105 473 512 1 0 53% 6
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Murray DAL 72 15 65 18 1.7% 16 0.6% 162 662 720 4 3 54% 5
M.Bush CHI 67 16 48 23 4.5% 12 0.7% 114 411 553 5 1 50% 12
B.Powell NYJ 63 17 71 16 5.6% 10 7.2% 110 437 487 4 0 50% 13
M.LeShoure DET 63 18 60 19 -1.6% 21 -2.0% 215 798 880 9 3 47% 25
M.Ingram NO 62 19 56 21 0.8% 19 0.0% 156 602 668 5 0 49% 15
K.Moreno DEN 56 20 67 17 1.1% 18 3.1% 138 525 584 4 1 56% 2
B.Pierce BAL 54 21 52 22 4.1% 13 3.7% 108 532 454 1 0 47% 24
S.Greene NYJ 49 22 84 12 -4.5% 24 -1.5% 275 1,044 1,104 9 4 52% 9
W.McGahee DEN 49 23 79 15 -2.1% 22 1.9% 167 727 725 4 5 58% 1
B.Brown PHI 29 24 29 24 -2.2% 23 -2.2% 115 564 446 4 4 39% 39
D.Williams CAR 14 25 19 28 -6.7% 26 -5.9% 174 741 630 5 2 48% 22
F.Jones DAL 11 26 28 25 -6.1% 25 -2.7% 111 408 424 3 1 49% 16
V.Ballard IND 10 27 -10 33 -7.4% 27 -9.8% 211 814 767 2 3 48% 18
R.Mathews SD 6 28 25 26 -7.7% 28 -5.2% 184 707 645 1 2 47% 23
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
B.Green-Ellis CIN 6 29 22 27 -8.1% 29 -6.8% 278 1,094 1,066 6 3 48% 21
R.Bush MIA 3 30 18 29 -8.3% 30 -6.7% 227 988 817 6 4 51% 10
D.Brown IND -5 31 -5 31 -9.8% 31 -9.8% 108 417 382 1 0 44% 30
F.Jackson BUF -27 32 -38 36 -14.3% 35 -16.5% 115 438 365 3 4 47% 26
C.Johnson TEN -30 33 -6 32 -11.3% 32 -9.1% 275 1,246 895 6 3 41% 38
I.Redman PIT -31 34 -15 34 -15.0% 36 -11.8% 110 410 361 2 2 43% 35
L.McCoy PHI -34 35 7 30 -12.6% 33 -7.8% 199 834 672 2 4 48% 19
A.Green GB -44 36 -54 38 -16.8% 38 -18.6% 133 451 393 0 0 42% 37
T.Richardson CLE -51 37 -21 35 -13.3% 34 -10.5% 267 954 842 11 3 43% 36
J.Dwyer PIT -60 38 -40 37 -18.0% 39 -14.8% 156 623 451 2 2 44% 31
L.Stephens-Howling ARI -63 39 -72 39 -22.9% 40 -25.2% 110 356 274 4 0 34% 42
M.Turner ATL -79 40 -87 41 -16.6% 37 -17.4% 222 801 721 11 3 43% 34
R.Jennings JAC -97 41 -81 40 -31.8% 42 -28.1% 101 285 202 2 3 38% 40
D.McFadden OAK -153 42 -132 42 -26.7% 41 -24.2% 214 716 480 2 1 36% 41

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Brown NYG 185 173 45.6% 42.1% 73 385 593 8 0
K.Hunter SF 109 108 29.1% 28.9% 72 371 425 2 0
M.Tolbert CAR 103 106 25.8% 26.8% 54 183 423 7 0
D.Woodhead NE 101 75 22.4% 14.6% 76 301 442 4 0
J.Bell DET 71 65 12.6% 10.8% 82 414 405 3 1
C.Peerman CIN 56 71 26.6% 35.7% 36 258 229 1 0
D.Carter IND 55 50 24.7% 21.4% 32 122 232 3 0
J.Forsett HOU 53 69 13.2% 19.8% 63 374 294 1 0
B.Bolden NE 53 54 12.8% 13.5% 56 274 296 2 0
D.Harris GB 50 41 31.1% 23.5% 34 157 191 2 0
S.Vereen NE 47 52 9.6% 11.7% 62 251 295 3 0
M.Owens JAC 41 39 14.5% 13.2% 42 209 222 1 0
D.Richardson STL 40 7 1.7% -6.8% 98 475 398 0 2
M.Goodson OAK 37 42 24.8% 29.4% 33 219 156 0 0
L.Miller MIA 35 48 7.5% 13.4% 51 250 247 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Sproles NO 34 25 10.9% 5.4% 48 244 208 1 0
S.Draughn KC 34 46 5.8% 11.0% 59 240 256 2 1
C.Ivory NO 33 34 12.5% 13.6% 40 217 186 2 0
E.Royster WAS 32 33 23.6% 24.5% 23 88 136 2 0
R.Brown SD 31 47 10.2% 20.0% 45 222 193 0 0
D.Wilson NYG 30 29 1.5% 1.2% 71 359 303 4 1
M.Jones-Drew JAC 27 42 -0.9% 3.4% 86 414 347 1 1
C.Rainey PIT 26 28 16.0% 17.4% 26 102 135 2 0
T.Choice BUF 23 21 3.2% 2.1% 47 193 207 1 0
A.Dixon SF 23 24 15.9% 17.1% 21 78 116 2 0
W.Powell ARI 21 6 0.1% -5.9% 60 217 238 0 0
B.Tate HOU 18 33 -2.2% 3.1% 65 279 274 2 1
R.Grant 2TM 16 19 3.5% 5.5% 32 132 142 2 1
R.Murphy JAC 14 5 5.7% -3.1% 23 92 109 0 0
J.Starks GB 13 -3 -4.3% -9.7% 71 255 279 1 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.McKnight NYJ 12 10 1.7% 0.1% 30 182 118 0 1
R.Turbin SEA 11 8 -5.2% -6.2% 80 354 291 0 0
L.James SF 9 -7 -0.2% -15.0% 27 125 102 0 1
A.Allen CHI 7 6 -2.3% -3.4% 27 124 110 1 0
C.Benson GB 7 6 -6.1% -6.3% 71 248 249 1 1
K.Smith DET 6 -1 -4.4% -9.2% 37 134 136 1 0
M.Reece OAK 4 21 -6.9% -0.4% 59 264 232 0 1
J.Kuhn GB 1 -3 -7.9% -11.4% 23 63 85 1 0
J.Stewart OAK 0 4 -8.3% -4.3% 25 101 80 0 0
L.Washington SEA -1 -1 -9.9% -9.5% 23 83 65 1 0
L.Ball DEN -1 -6 -9.2% -12.1% 41 160 145 1 0
L.Blount TB -2 2 -9.5% -7.3% 41 151 149 2 0
B.Leonard CIN -4 -2 -11.1% -10.2% 33 106 116 0 0
L.Dunbar DAL -5 -2 -13.9% -10.5% 21 75 69 0 0
J.Parmele JAC -7 -22 -12.8% -22.0% 40 143 132 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Thomas MIA -9 3 -10.8% -7.9% 91 326 323 4 3
J.Rodgers ATL -9 -12 -10.9% -11.8% 94 368 316 1 0
B.Batch PIT -21 -16 -28.7% -23.8% 25 49 57 1 0
R.Hillman DEN -24 -15 -15.7% -13.1% 85 330 254 1 2
T.Gerhart MIN -34 -44 -26.0% -30.8% 50 169 114 1 2
J.Stewart CAR -36 -55 -18.4% -23.7% 93 340 256 1 1
M.Hardesty CLE -39 -21 -23.5% -16.6% 65 271 163 1 2
K.Bell CHI -42 -44 -42.7% -44.5% 29 76 38 0 0
C.Brinkley SD -48 -38 -36.7% -30.7% 39 115 68 0 1
C.Wells ARI -48 -68 -21.6% -26.9% 88 234 241 5 1
P.Tanner DAL -53 -44 -58.2% -49.5% 24 57 6 0 0
R.Mendenhall PIT -62 -55 -38.5% -35.2% 51 182 77 0 3
J.Battle SD -67 -48 -23.8% -19.5% 95 311 268 3 0
P.Hillis KC -71 -42 -27.5% -19.7% 85 310 208 1 2
R.Williams ARI -85 -100 -45.5% -52.3% 58 167 60 0 2

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 47 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 214 1 199 1 21.6% 7 19.1% 104 667 873 7 72% 0
J.Bell DET 194 2 184 2 32.9% 3 30.6% 69 485 696 0 75% 0
D.Woodhead NE 149 3 163 3 36.0% 2 40.6% 55 446 522 3 73% 1
J.Rodgers ATL 135 4 136 4 26.2% 4 26.6% 59 402 519 1 90% 0
F.Jones DAL 108 5 93 8 45.0% 1 36.9% 36 262 356 2 69% 0
P.Thomas NO 99 6 108 5 18.6% 8 21.7% 53 354 423 1 74% 0
M.Reece OAK 92 7 100 6 8.0% 19 9.9% 73 497 493 1 71% 1
C.J.Spiller BUF 91 8 97 7 16.4% 9 18.2% 57 459 405 2 75% 1
L.McCoy PHI 90 9 60 15 9.2% 17 1.4% 68 378 464 3 81% 0
R.Brown SD 80 10 81 10 12.3% 13 12.7% 60 369 383 0 83% 0
T.Richardson CLE 74 11 58 16 4.9% 23 0.6% 70 367 438 1 73% 0
S.Jackson STL 72 12 67 12 11.8% 14 10.0% 53 321 348 0 72% 0
D.Martin TB 66 13 88 9 3.1% 24 8.7% 70 472 413 1 70% 0
D.Murray DAL 61 14 44 20 11.0% 15 3.8% 42 251 303 0 83% 1
K.Moreno DEN 58 15 62 13 25.1% 5 27.8% 26 167 227 0 81% 0
T.Gerhart MIN 55 16 33 24 25.0% 6 9.7% 27 155 214 0 74% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Bush MIA 54 17 68 11 7.9% 20 13.5% 51 292 288 2 69% 0
F.Gore SF 50 18 52 17 13.2% 12 14.3% 36 234 235 1 78% 0
M.Lynch SEA 50 19 49 19 13.3% 11 12.8% 30 199 234 1 77% 1
M.Tolbert CAR 48 20 60 14 7.8% 21 12.9% 39 268 261 0 69% 0
W.McGahee DEN 44 21 50 18 7.5% 22 10.4% 33 221 240 0 79% 0
W.Johnson PIT 42 22 37 22 13.8% 10 10.5% 26 137 196 1 58% 0
M.Forte CHI 40 23 29 25 -1.0% 25 -4.5% 60 340 306 1 73% 0
V.Ballard IND 38 24 38 21 10.7% 16 10.8% 27 152 187 1 63% 0
A.Bradshaw NYG 36 25 36 23 8.6% 18 9.1% 31 245 187 0 74% 0
C.Ogbonnaya CLE 24 26 13 31 -1.4% 26 -7.0% 32 187 192 0 75% 1
F.Jackson BUF 13 27 20 27 -8.4% 27 -5.1% 42 219 193 1 81% 1
M.LeShoure DET 10 28 -6 34 -10.1% 30 -16.0% 48 217 219 0 71% 0
R.Rice BAL 10 29 26 26 -11.7% 31 -8.4% 83 478 354 1 73% 0
J.Snelling ATL 10 30 19 29 -8.8% 29 -3.7% 35 203 156 1 89% 1
J.Dwyer PIT 8 31 10 32 -8.4% 28 -6.7% 25 106 116 0 72% 0
J.Charles KC 1 32 20 28 -13.4% 32 -5.9% 49 236 179 1 73% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
A.Peterson MIN -3 33 -39 42 -14.8% 33 -25.8% 51 217 225 1 78% 1
R.Mathews SD -3 34 -3 33 -14.9% 34 -14.9% 57 252 207 0 68% 0
W.Powell ARI -6 35 14 30 -19.2% 36 -2.0% 25 132 70 0 76% 0
C.Johnson TEN -9 36 -20 37 -17.5% 35 -22.1% 49 239 155 0 76% 1
R.Jennings JAC -11 37 -13 36 -22.6% 37 -23.7% 26 130 69 0 73% 0
S.Draughn KC -12 38 -7 35 -22.9% 38 -19.1% 30 158 72 0 80% 0
A.Green GB -20 39 -31 40 -25.5% 40 -32.0% 31 140 81 0 65% 1
B.Powell NYJ -22 40 -21 38 -24.6% 39 -24.2% 36 140 99 0 47% 0
M.Turner ATL -33 41 -47 44 -33.5% 42 -42.1% 30 128 52 1 63% 0
B.Green-Ellis CIN -39 42 -30 39 -37.0% 44 -31.7% 29 104 40 0 76% 0
A.Foster HOU -43 43 -39 43 -27.9% 41 -26.7% 58 217 128 2 69% 0
S.Greene NYJ -47 44 -37 41 -41.3% 45 -35.4% 31 151 25 0 61% 1
L.Stephens-Howling ARI -48 45 -52 46 -45.9% 46 -48.5% 30 106 8 0 57% 0
D.Richardson STL -65 46 -70 47 -46.8% 47 -49.1% 36 163 7 0 67% 1
D.McFadden OAK -82 47 -51 45 -36.7% 43 -27.9% 64 259 87 1 69% 1

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Robinson SEA 85 80 75.6% 70.3% 15 126 243 2 87% 0
M.Goodson OAK 83 90 70.1% 77.7% 18 197 242 1 100% 0
S.Vereen NE 64 63 69.6% 67.5% 13 149 188 1 62% 1
J.Battle SD 63 71 60.3% 70.2% 15 108 191 1 100% 0
D.Williams CAR 60 59 38.9% 38.4% 20 187 205 2 65% 0
J.Kuhn GB 60 55 47.9% 42.9% 18 148 192 0 83% 0
I.Redman PIT 53 59 21.2% 25.7% 23 247 215 0 83% 1
L.Vickers DAL 52 52 41.2% 41.2% 15 104 174 0 87% 0
R.Turbin SEA 48 46 21.3% 20.1% 23 181 196 0 83% 0
C.Benson GB 45 41 38.0% 32.5% 15 97 156 0 93% 0
M.Owens JAC 43 53 62.6% 80.8% 10 113 129 0 80% 0
V.Leach BAL 36 36 12.0% 11.7% 24 143 175 0 88% 0
J.Stewart CAR 34 22 15.0% 4.8% 23 157 154 1 74% 1
K.Smith DET 27 24 17.0% 13.7% 16 79 117 1 63% 0
R.Mendenhall PIT 24 23 22.3% 21.4% 11 62 97 1 82% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
B.Miller SF 23 24 17.8% 18.8% 13 84 102 0 92% 0
M.Bush CHI 23 28 24.9% 32.4% 11 83 91 0 82% 0
K.Hunter SF 21 15 17.9% 8.1% 12 60 91 0 75% 0
M.Jones-Drew JAC 18 8 6.4% -5.0% 18 86 102 1 78% 0
D.Thomas MIA 14 9 0.8% -4.3% 22 156 102 0 68% 0
G.Jones JAC 13 9 2.5% -2.5% 14 64 82 0 79% 0
J.Lane MIA 12 16 1.6% 6.1% 12 79 83 1 92% 1
D.Brown IND 11 13 1.1% 3.0% 13 93 78 0 69% 0
B.Pierce BAL 11 8 3.2% -1.8% 11 47 70 0 64% 0
J.Collins NO 10 8 -3.2% -5.6% 16 70 88 2 88% 1
L.Ball DEN 5 3 -5.5% -8.6% 12 58 58 1 67% 1
R.Williams ARI 0 5 -14.1% -3.4% 10 44 36 0 70% 0
A.Morris WAS -1 -2 -14.7% -16.2% 16 77 58 0 69% 0
A.Brown NYG -2 -2 -15.7% -16.4% 17 86 61 0 71% 0
C.Brinkley SD -2 2 -16.3% -11.5% 15 77 49 0 80% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Hillman DEN -2 -4 -17.2% -19.5% 12 62 46 0 83% 0
E.Lorig TB -6 1 -18.0% -13.4% 19 83 85 1 63% 0
B.Tate HOU -9 3 -27.5% -9.0% 11 49 28 0 100% 0
P.Hillis KC -10 -7 -29.0% -24.6% 13 62 26 0 77% 0
L.McClain SD -10 -11 -31.5% -33.5% 10 29 20 0 80% 0
S.Havili PHI -12 -15 -33.3% -38.7% 12 43 19 0 58% 0
H.Hynoski NYG -14 -12 -26.8% -25.0% 15 50 47 1 73% 0
S.Ridley NE -19 -23 -38.5% -43.2% 14 51 16 0 43% 0
L.Dunbar DAL -21 -21 -41.8% -43.0% 12 33 10 0 50% 0
M.Ingram NO -21 -24 -45.4% -49.7% 10 29 4 0 60% 0
E.Royster WAS -22 -28 -33.4% -39.0% 23 109 34 0 65% 0
B.Leonard CIN -23 -24 -41.4% -42.6% 15 67 12 0 73% 0
B.Brown PHI -25 -28 -38.1% -41.2% 19 56 22 0 68% 0
D.J.Ware TB -27 -8 -42.6% -22.7% 20 100 11 0 70% 0
C.Rainey PIT -102 -107 -97.7% -101.7% 22 60 -127 0 64% 3