Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2017

Regular season totals, through Week 11

Revised as of 11/21/2017

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 88 rushes, 34 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
M.Ingram NO 197 1 199 1 21.1% 1 21.4% 155 809 892 8 2 55% 3
J.Howard CHI 178 2 129 6 14.3% 5 7.9% 192 840 960 5 1 45% 17
E.Elliott DAL 168 3 182 2 11.7% 10 13.3% 191 783 987 7 1 59% 1
L.Fournette JAC 149 4 61 12 12.7% 8 0.1% 175 740 844 6 1 43% 19
K.Hunt KC 140 5 138 4 12.4% 9 12.2% 173 873 798 4 1 46% 14
L.Bell PIT 128 6 146 3 5.0% 11 6.9% 232 886 1,016 5 1 49% 9
A.Collins BAL 126 7 94 7 20.2% 2 12.8% 113 577 581 1 2 50% 6
D.Freeman ATL 115 8 136 5 14.2% 6 18.5% 115 507 618 5 0 52% 5
D.Henry TEN 97 9 67 11 14.7% 4 7.3% 101 441 517 3 0 47% 11
M.Lynch OAK 94 10 90 8 14.9% 3 13.8% 97 390 497 4 0 49% 7
O.Darkwa NYG 89 11 83 9 13.0% 7 11.6% 101 489 500 2 0 47% 11
T.Gurley LARM 73 12 71 10 0.6% 15 0.5% 187 791 796 8 5 53% 4
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
F.Gore IND 60 13 -4 24 1.7% 12 -9.2% 144 503 599 2 2 46% 13
L.Blount PHI 48 14 27 17 0.6% 16 -3.5% 122 561 525 2 0 48% 10
D.Murray TEN 46 15 5 19 0.7% 14 -7.5% 117 443 501 4 1 40% 26
L.Murray MIN 44 16 -5 25 0.9% 13 -9.6% 110 412 473 4 1 43% 21
B.Allen BAL 33 17 -8 26 -1.2% 17 -10.3% 109 385 437 1 0 40% 25
L.Miller HOU 30 18 31 16 -4.3% 18 -4.1% 162 604 643 2 1 49% 8
C.Hyde SF 20 19 10 18 -5.2% 19 -6.8% 141 594 543 4 1 43% 22
L.McCoy BUF 18 20 5 20 -6.0% 21 -7.9% 170 709 620 4 3 43% 20
M.Gillislee NE 13 21 44 13 -5.7% 20 0.7% 98 355 426 4 1 57% 2
J.Ajayi 2TM 10 22 38 15 -7.0% 23 -2.2% 153 645 531 1 1 45% 15
J.McKinnon MIN 7 23 -25 29 -6.7% 22 -15.7% 93 367 314 3 2 42% 23
J.Mixon CIN 1 24 -50 31 -8.3% 24 -18.4% 127 370 440 3 0 34% 32
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
A.Abdullah DET -11 25 -42 30 -10.7% 25 -16.3% 144 492 447 3 2 34% 31
I.Crowell CLE -13 26 -19 28 -11.2% 26 -12.4% 129 459 418 2 1 39% 27
T.Coleman ATL -16 27 -1 21 -12.2% 27 -8.9% 103 444 348 3 1 38% 28
M.Gordon LACH -37 28 -8 27 -14.1% 28 -9.8% 167 633 523 5 0 34% 30
S.Perine WAS -39 29 -3 22 -18.9% 30 -9.3% 89 325 262 1 1 45% 16
B.Powell NYJ -42 30 -3 23 -20.6% 33 -9.4% 93 420 234 2 0 33% 33
A.Peterson 2TM -49 31 -80 34 -17.5% 29 -23.0% 136 455 394 3 3 38% 29
D.Martin TB -52 32 -52 32 -20.5% 32 -20.4% 112 343 291 2 0 33% 34
C.J.Anderson DEN -65 33 40 14 -20.4% 31 -1.3% 139 573 367 2 1 41% 24
J.Stewart CAR -124 34 -67 33 -30.6% 34 -20.5% 138 461 285 1 3 44% 18

RUSHING, OTHERS: 17-87 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Kamara NO 186 191 55.2% 57.0% 72 459 551 4 1
D.Lewis NE 123 118 28.6% 27.2% 82 386 484 3 0
Du.Johnson CLE 113 102 44.6% 39.1% 46 240 367 2 0
A.Jones GB 92 110 20.2% 26.0% 70 370 422 3 0
T.Montgomery GB 63 46 10.7% 5.4% 71 273 382 3 0
D.Cook MIN 59 68 11.3% 14.2% 74 354 352 2 1
C.Grant JAC 49 45 54.4% 49.0% 20 179 147 1 0
A.Morris DAL 45 46 21.3% 21.9% 42 260 204 0 0
C.Clement PHI 45 54 11.0% 15.0% 54 232 270 4 0
J.Williams GB 32 24 6.3% 2.3% 49 158 240 1 0
T.West BAL 32 20 11.5% 4.3% 39 139 186 2 1
A.Ekeler LACH 25 35 12.8% 21.0% 31 164 142 2 1
M.Breida SF 25 13 3.7% -2.2% 52 219 215 1 1
J.Conner PIT 24 17 20.9% 12.1% 24 113 109 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
C.Ivory JAC 21 -12 -2.2% -12.1% 84 286 321 1 1
T.Cohen CHI 21 5 0.4% -6.5% 64 275 233 2 2
R.Burkhead NE 19 14 5.7% 1.6% 30 116 148 0 1
C.Carson SEA 18 23 0.0% 2.5% 49 208 210 0 0
K.Drake MIA 15 6 3.2% -3.9% 33 180 135 1 1
R.Kelley WAS 14 12 -3.3% -4.0% 62 194 252 3 0
D.Booker DEN 13 34 -0.8% 12.2% 40 151 163 1 0
R.Smith DAL 13 8 5.7% -0.2% 21 94 98 0 0
M.Forte NYJ 12 48 -2.9% 13.4% 57 241 208 2 0
J.Hill CIN 8 -17 -3.2% -19.6% 37 121 149 0 1
T.Riddick DET 8 -3 -2.8% -10.4% 40 141 137 0 0
J.D.McKissic SEA 8 11 -1.3% 1.2% 28 122 109 1 0
M.Mack IND 7 -8 -5.6% -11.7% 59 226 220 3 1
M.Tolbert BUF 6 -14 -5.4% -15.8% 50 180 177 1 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Foreman HOU 6 -1 -6.9% -8.8% 78 327 292 2 2
J.Richard OAK 5 10 -6.2% -3.2% 49 212 171 1 0
T.J.Yeldon JAC 2 -3 -6.7% -11.5% 28 189 94 1 2
R.Turbin IND 0 2 -8.8% -6.9% 23 53 101 1 0
C.Thompson WAS -1 11 -8.9% -4.2% 64 296 204 2 1
K.Williams ARI -5 -10 -13.7% -17.9% 25 61 81 1 0
W.Gallman NYG -7 -3 -11.4% -9.9% 54 223 188 0 2
G.Bernard CIN -7 -23 -14.4% -28.5% 31 109 87 0 0
W.Smallwood PHI -7 2 -12.8% -7.5% 43 168 135 1 0
J.White NE -8 7 -14.6% -3.5% 35 140 107 0 0
P.Barber TB -11 -1 -18.5% -9.6% 25 81 79 0 0
J.Charles DEN -13 39 -13.4% 5.6% 65 290 212 1 2
B.Oliver LACH -13 -10 -24.6% -20.8% 20 61 50 0 0
M.Brown LARM -14 2 -18.7% -6.9% 37 138 94 1 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.Vereen NYG -14 -7 -22.8% -15.8% 27 97 61 0 0
J.Rodgers TB -21 5 -17.9% -6.3% 52 186 158 1 0
Da.Williams MIA -29 -38 -29.6% -36.5% 38 143 71 0 0
Dw.Washington DET -30 -32 -41.6% -44.1% 20 44 29 0 0
P.Perkins NYG -32 -39 -34.2% -39.6% 32 61 55 0 0
C.Johnson ARI -40 -33 -31.2% -27.2% 45 114 87 0 0
D.Washington OAK -45 -25 -43.2% -27.6% 36 102 39 1 1
E.McGuire NYJ -49 -34 -27.4% -21.7% 69 259 143 1 1
E.Lacy SEA -59 -51 -36.5% -32.8% 51 130 85 0 0
C.McCaffrey CAR -69 -32 -32.7% -19.8% 69 206 134 2 1
T.Rawls SEA -71 -77 -41.2% -44.2% 49 125 72 0 1

RECEIVING: Minimum 22 passes, 43 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
C.Thompson WAS 216 1 206 1 64.7% 2 61.4% 54 510 642 4 72% 0
L.Miller HOU 136 2 136 2 68.3% 1 68.0% 31 264 400 3 84% 0
A.Kamara NO 112 3 114 3 19.0% 10 19.8% 62 447 473 3 77% 0
A.Ekeler LACH 108 4 103 5 60.9% 3 57.4% 25 197 326 3 84% 0
J.White NE 105 5 102 6 18.0% 12 17.0% 57 376 450 2 81% 0
T.Gurley LARM 96 6 113 4 19.8% 9 25.6% 52 425 402 3 73% 0
C.McCaffrey CAR 79 7 91 7 3.5% 20 6.0% 79 433 491 3 72% 0
T.Coleman ATL 74 8 68 10 35.0% 4 30.7% 27 218 257 2 67% 0
K.Hunt KC 72 9 82 8 18.2% 11 22.4% 41 335 310 2 85% 0
R.Burkhead NE 67 10 65 11 34.2% 5 32.7% 24 176 238 2 79% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 64 11 69 9 4.3% 19 5.6% 60 414 385 2 77% 0
J.Richard OAK 60 12 56 12 29.1% 6 25.9% 26 197 225 0 73% 0
D.Booker DEN 55 13 51 15 28.0% 7 25.2% 23 182 207 0 78% 0
Da.Williams MIA 50 14 53 14 23.5% 8 25.6% 23 141 201 1 74% 0
C.Ivory JAC 45 15 28 22 17.1% 13 5.6% 27 172 196 1 74% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Forte NYJ 42 16 55 13 12.1% 15 20.5% 32 222 200 0 91% 0
J.D.McKissic SEA 39 17 40 16 13.8% 14 14.1% 24 149 182 1 75% 0
T.Riddick DET 37 18 34 20 1.2% 21 -0.2% 44 282 256 2 75% 0
M.Gordon LACH 36 19 31 21 -1.6% 25 -3.3% 55 250 287 4 64% 0
A.Abdullah DET 31 20 24 24 11.0% 16 5.8% 22 104 152 1 77% 0
G.Bernard CIN 29 21 36 19 7.7% 17 12.7% 27 196 156 2 67% 0
A.Ellington ARI 29 22 38 17 -2.8% 27 0.8% 50 297 245 1 66% 0
F.Gore IND 23 23 20 27 5.2% 18 2.6% 23 152 134 0 78% 0
T.Montgomery GB 22 24 4 31 -1.6% 26 -11.4% 31 173 178 1 74% 0
D.Murray TEN 22 25 36 18 -1.1% 24 6.9% 33 192 172 1 85% 0
D.Freeman ATL 21 26 24 25 1.2% 22 3.3% 24 137 144 0 79% 0
L.Fournette JAC 20 27 25 23 -0.9% 23 2.2% 27 156 152 1 70% 0
J.McKinnon MIN 14 28 22 26 -7.7% 29 -4.2% 46 230 194 1 76% 0
I.Crowell CLE 10 29 13 29 -7.4% 28 -5.9% 27 167 136 0 67% 0
L.McCoy BUF 10 30 14 28 -9.9% 30 -8.3% 53 265 201 1 79% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
C.Hyde SF 4 31 -16 39 -12.5% 32 -18.7% 60 274 246 0 70% 0
E.Elliott DAL 4 32 -3 35 -10.9% 31 -16.1% 26 190 112 2 73% 0
M.Ingram NO -1 33 -9 37 -14.3% 33 -17.3% 43 215 173 0 79% 1
C.West KC -1 34 7 30 -14.8% 35 -8.1% 23 115 84 2 91% 1
S.Vereen NYG -2 35 -4 36 -14.6% 34 -15.7% 37 192 141 0 86% 0
M.Breida SF -2 36 0 34 -15.3% 36 -14.1% 31 124 102 1 55% 0
D.Washington OAK -4 37 2 32 -15.9% 37 -13.0% 31 146 121 1 81% 1
B.Allen BAL -7 38 -15 38 -16.3% 38 -18.7% 51 198 200 2 78% 0
J.Mixon CIN -8 39 0 33 -19.9% 39 -13.6% 26 207 82 0 88% 2
T.Cohen CHI -19 40 -19 41 -21.7% 40 -21.7% 47 262 137 1 70% 0
B.Powell NYJ -22 41 -17 40 -29.9% 43 -26.1% 25 146 53 0 76% 1
C.Sims TB -27 42 -23 42 -28.7% 42 -26.4% 31 155 75 1 74% 1
L.Bell PIT -30 43 -43 43 -22.1% 41 -25.5% 62 308 198 0 79% 1

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 7-21 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
S.Perine WAS 40 42 68.5% 72.5% 8 64 118 1 88% 0
D.Lewis NE 31 32 25.6% 26.8% 14 86 122 1 100% 0
D.Foreman HOU 28 29 44.4% 46.3% 8 83 91 0 75% 0
C.Carson SEA 27 36 36.1% 53.1% 8 59 94 1 88% 0
J.Williams GB 27 29 26.6% 29.9% 11 83 102 0 82% 0
T.Cadet 2TM 21 22 28.7% 32.6% 9 65 77 0 100% 0
D.Woodhead BAL 20 21 26.4% 29.4% 9 54 76 0 89% 0
J.Rodgers TB 18 15 33.5% 25.3% 7 48 66 0 86% 0
W.Smallwood PHI 17 7 6.1% -5.4% 15 79 98 0 67% 0
O.Darkwa NYG 17 -1 2.1% -15.0% 19 84 112 0 74% 0
T.Rawls SEA 16 19 15.7% 20.8% 10 74 74 0 70% 0
J.Develin NE 15 13 19.4% 15.7% 7 36 63 0 71% 0
B.Cunningham CHI 12 15 3.7% 8.0% 14 116 74 1 71% 1
M.Mack IND 12 26 -1.6% 13.7% 20 129 92 1 60% 0
D.Sproles PHI 8 7 -0.1% -1.9% 12 73 59 0 58% 0
E.McGuire NYJ 7 9 -4.6% -2.8% 15 100 72 0 67% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
C.J.Prosise SEA 5 12 -5.5% 5.9% 11 87 53 0 55% 0
A.Ripkowski GB 5 5 -3.1% -3.4% 7 35 41 0 86% 0
T.Bonahon JAC 4 -1 -7.9% -15.0% 11 43 61 1 55% 0
K.Williams ARI 4 4 -4.6% -2.3% 8 48 35 0 63% 0
R.Turbin IND 2 6 -9.5% 1.8% 11 56 35 0 82% 0
D.Cook MIN -1 -6 -14.6% -20.1% 16 90 72 0 69% 0
Da.Johnson ARI -1 -4 -16.5% -21.9% 9 67 29 0 67% 1
C.J.Anderson DEN -4 5 -18.2% -8.5% 20 111 56 1 75% 0
L.Murray MIN -4 -3 -23.3% -21.0% 8 38 23 0 88% 0
D.Henry TEN -4 -1 -22.8% -15.5% 10 45 27 0 60% 0
T.Ervin HOU -5 -5 -23.6% -22.8% 11 38 29 0 73% 0
J.Charles DEN -7 -18 -23.3% -37.9% 17 71 36 0 76% 0
R.Kelley WAS -7 -11 -26.7% -32.6% 7 18 26 0 57% 0
R.Smith DAL -8 -3 -29.0% -19.9% 9 38 21 0 67% 0
M.Tolbert BUF -9 -15 -28.0% -36.8% 13 61 27 0 92% 0
J.Stewart CAR -11 -3 -32.8% -18.1% 11 44 19 1 55% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Lynch OAK -12 -15 -30.1% -34.1% 13 54 28 0 54% 0
B.Oliver LACH -13 -34 -40.3% -80.5% 8 20 9 0 63% 0
K.Juszczyk SF -15 -9 -27.5% -21.9% 20 114 47 1 70% 2
P.Perkins NYG -15 -18 -46.2% -53.0% 9 35 2 0 78% 0
A.Peterson 2TM -15 -22 -34.3% -43.0% 14 50 22 0 50% 0
T.J.Yeldon JAC -17 -8 -34.7% -22.9% 16 70 24 0 69% 0
W.Gallman NYG -23 -35 -36.7% -48.2% 19 55 25 1 63% 0
A.Collins BAL -24 -22 -49.9% -46.8% 12 55 -2 0 58% 0
K.Drake MIA -25 -20 -42.6% -36.6% 16 62 10 0 75% 0
D.Martin TB -28 -23 -43.3% -38.4% 15 60 10 0 47% 0
B.Rainey BAL -31 -28 -93.8% -85.3% 7 18 -36 0 71% 0
J.Ajayi 2TM -34 -29 -44.9% -39.9% 21 77 8 0 71% 0
J.Howard CHI -40 -33 -55.0% -47.9% 21 78 -8 0 67% 0
A.Jones GB -60 -62 -84.5% -86.9% 16 16 -63 0 50% 0