Innovative Statistics

Football Outsiders exclusive statistics

RUNNING BACKS 2018

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 12/31/2018

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
T.Gurley LAR 367 1 341 1 23.7% 1 21.4% 256 1,251 1,573 17 0 57% 4
D.Henry TEN 280 2 233 4 23.1% 2 17.7% 215 1,059 1,217 12 0 51% 16
A.Kamara NO 237 3 280 2 18.5% 4 23.4% 194 896 1,138 14 0 58% 2
M.Mack IND 215 4 176 9 16.6% 8 12.1% 195 912 1,082 9 1 54% 8
M.Gordon LAC 208 5 238 3 20.5% 3 24.8% 175 885 952 10 0 53% 9
P.Lindsay DEN 201 6 227 5 17.0% 6 20.4% 192 1,037 1,003 9 0 49% 22
C.McCaffrey CAR 167 7 181 8 9.7% 10 11.1% 219 1,099 1,058 7 2 55% 5
J.Mixon CIN 154 8 153 10 6.5% 13 6.3% 237 1,168 1,132 8 0 49% 23
E.Elliott DAL 150 9 120 15 3.0% 18 0.7% 304 1,436 1,356 6 6 50% 18
A.Jones GB 145 10 183 7 16.9% 7 23.7% 133 728 724 9 1 55% 6
K.Hunt KC 131 11 132 13 8.7% 11 8.8% 181 840 866 8 0 55% 7
G.Edwards BAL 130 12 201 6 14.0% 9 26.4% 137 718 707 2 0 63% 1
C.Carson SEA 127 13 133 12 3.3% 17 3.9% 247 1,151 1,123 9 3 51% 15
K.Johnson DET 124 14 111 17 17.3% 5 14.8% 118 641 610 3 1 53% 12
S.Barkley NYG 123 15 43 24 2.9% 19 -4.5% 261 1,307 1,121 11 0 41% 40
J.Conner PIT 100 16 136 11 2.4% 21 6.4% 215 972 944 12 3 49% 24
F.Gore MIA 87 17 70 22 5.8% 14 3.0% 156 722 661 0 1 50% 19
N.Chubb CLE 80 18 128 14 1.1% 24 6.9% 192 996 841 8 0 50% 19
M.Davis SEA 78 19 114 16 8.7% 11 16.6% 112 514 519 4 0 52% 14
M.Ingram NO 71 20 93 20 2.8% 20 6.5% 138 645 648 6 2 57% 3
M.Breida SF 60 21 97 19 1.5% 23 7.8% 153 814 603 3 1 46% 30
K.Drake MIA 58 22 21 29 4.7% 16 -3.8% 120 535 474 4 2 45% 33
A.Ekeler LAC 58 23 72 21 4.7% 15 7.9% 106 554 472 3 0 52% 13
S.Michel NE 58 24 100 18 -2.7% 26 1.6% 209 933 939 6 1 53% 11
J.Williams GB 51 25 25 27 1.7% 22 -3.5% 121 464 513 3 0 45% 32
I.Crowell NYJ 37 26 26 26 -1.8% 25 -3.9% 143 685 526 7 0 36% 46
L.Miller HOU 28 27 45 23 -5.3% 28 -3.2% 210 973 765 5 0 44% 35
L.Murray MIN 25 28 16 31 -4.3% 27 -5.8% 140 578 531 6 0 46% 31
A.Peterson WAS 24 29 -14 36 -6.2% 29 -10.0% 251 1,042 915 7 2 47% 28
T.Coleman ATL 15 30 8 32 -6.4% 30 -7.5% 167 800 602 4 1 43% 37
R.Freeman DEN 9 31 28 25 -7.0% 31 -3.6% 130 521 502 5 1 46% 29
A.Collins BAL -4 32 -13 35 -9.4% 33 -11.3% 114 418 386 7 3 47% 26
L.Fournette JAX -4 33 -5 34 -9.3% 32 -9.4% 133 439 491 6 0 47% 26
J.Adams PHI -13 34 -16 37 -11.2% 35 -11.7% 120 511 421 3 1 50% 19
T.J.Yeldon JAX -17 35 -22 38 -12.5% 38 -13.8% 104 414 341 1 1 48% 25
C.Hyde 2TM -18 36 -94 43 -11.0% 34 -21.5% 172 588 601 5 2 39% 42
C.Ivory BUF -26 37 -46 40 -14.2% 42 -18.4% 115 385 359 1 1 44% 34
J.Howard CHI -28 38 24 28 -11.2% 36 -6.4% 250 935 891 9 2 50% 17
D.Martin OAK -29 39 18 30 -12.5% 37 -6.1% 172 725 598 4 3 53% 10
D.Cook MIN -29 40 -28 39 -14.1% 41 -13.9% 133 616 408 2 2 41% 41
P.Barber TB -40 41 -84 42 -12.7% 39 -17.3% 234 871 768 6 1 44% 36
Da.Johnson ARI -46 42 -2 33 -13.1% 40 -8.7% 258 940 815 7 2 38% 43
D.Lewis TEN -70 43 -130 46 -20.4% 43 -30.5% 155 517 399 1 1 34% 47
A.Blue HOU -94 44 -99 44 -23.2% 44 -23.9% 150 499 403 2 0 41% 39
A.Morris SF -102 45 -60 41 -30.5% 47 -21.5% 111 429 236 2 2 41% 38
L.McCoy BUF -108 46 -119 45 -26.1% 45 -27.9% 161 514 355 3 0 37% 45
L.Blount DET -126 47 -142 47 -28.1% 46 -30.5% 154 418 353 5 1 37% 44

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
C.J.Anderson 2TM 138 135 40.1% 38.9% 67 403 468 2 0
Da.Williams KC 79 66 26.5% 20.6% 50 257 323 4 1
Z.Zenner DET 69 76 19.6% 22.5% 55 265 323 3 0
J.Wilkins IND 61 58 14.9% 13.7% 60 336 324 1 0
K.Bibbs 2TM 58 49 50.7% 41.7% 21 103 178 3 0
R.Penny SEA 55 52 8.6% 7.8% 85 419 365 2 0
J.White NE 42 40 1.7% 1.2% 94 425 421 5 0
W.Smallwood PHI 41 52 3.0% 6.4% 87 364 368 3 1
R.Mostert SF 40 60 19.4% 33.0% 34 261 189 1 1
K.Dixon BAL 38 57 8.1% 16.3% 60 337 260 2 2
S.Ware KC 38 32 9.0% 6.0% 51 246 249 2 0
M.Murphy BUF 36 30 10.7% 7.7% 52 250 219 0 0
M.Brown LAR 34 37 8.7% 10.4% 43 212 222 0 0
W.Gallman NYG 29 11 7.0% -2.9% 51 176 209 1 0
D.Booker DEN 27 43 9.5% 19.7% 34 183 174 1 0
M.Lynch OAK 25 51 -2.2% 4.3% 90 376 381 3 0
Du.Johnson CLE 24 21 7.2% 5.2% 40 201 167 0 0
D.Sproles PHI 19 19 8.4% 7.8% 29 120 128 1 0
J.Samuels PIT 17 15 -1.2% -2.3% 56 256 231 0 0
G.Bernard CIN 16 18 -1.5% -0.8% 56 211 224 3 0
T.Montgomery 2TM 16 25 0.6% 5.7% 42 188 176 1 1
K.Ballage MIA 16 0 1.1% -8.6% 36 186 168 1 1
Dw.Washington NO 12 17 3.2% 8.2% 27 154 109 0 0
J.Jackson LAC 6 38 -6.0% 9.0% 50 206 198 2 0
T.Riddick DET 5 12 -4.7% 0.3% 40 171 130 0 0
R.Burkhead NE 1 -43 -8.1% -27.3% 57 186 200 0 1
J.Rodgers TB 0 -7 -8.4% -14.5% 33 106 104 1 0
B.Hill ATL -2 10 -10.7% 4.7% 20 157 61 0 1
J.Wilson SF -2 -20 -9.3% -16.1% 66 266 232 0 3
K.Ford BUF -6 -2 -14.8% -11.1% 21 79 68 0 0
R.Smith DAL -8 -24 -12.8% -20.9% 44 127 157 1 0
T.Cannon NYJ -9 -32 -14.5% -28.4% 38 113 121 1 0
N.Hines IND -12 -16 -11.9% -12.9% 85 313 304 2 1
R.Jones TB -15 -24 -24.3% -34.2% 23 44 57 1 0
B.Allen BAL -16 -19 -16.3% -18.1% 41 113 148 3 0
D.Washington OAK -16 -5 -20.0% -12.1% 29 111 95 0 1
J.Kelly LAR -17 -23 -24.5% -29.6% 27 74 65 0 0
T.Cohen CHI -18 0 -13.1% -8.6% 99 445 312 3 2
I.Smith ATL -18 -12 -13.4% -11.7% 90 318 302 4 1
J.Ajayi PHI -19 5 -17.8% -6.1% 45 184 145 3 1
C.Edmonds ARI -27 -11 -19.0% -13.0% 60 208 181 2 1
J.Richard OAK -28 -7 -20.5% -11.4% 55 259 159 1 2
C.Clement PHI -32 -29 -20.0% -18.9% 68 259 187 2 2
B.Powell NYJ -34 -33 -19.8% -19.7% 80 343 203 0 2
C.Thompson WAS -35 -45 -30.6% -37.1% 43 178 79 0 1
S.Ridley PIT -44 -40 -47.9% -43.8% 29 80 25 1 1
E.McGuire NYJ -90 -105 -32.1% -36.1% 92 276 183 3 2

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 53 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
K.Hunt KC 198 1 198 4 79.4% 1 79.7% 35 378 560 7 74% 0
A.Kamara NO 197 2 203 2 19.4% 7 20.5% 105 709 831 4 77% 0
J.White NE 194 3 200 3 13.5% 13 14.3% 123 751 907 7 71% 0
T.Cohen CHI 184 4 197 5 21.3% 6 23.6% 91 725 757 5 78% 1
C.McCaffrey CAR 183 5 209 1 11.5% 15 15.2% 124 867 894 6 86% 2
J.Richard OAK 138 6 144 6 17.4% 9 18.9% 81 607 600 0 84% 0
A.Ekeler LAC 131 7 116 8 30.3% 4 25.4% 53 404 481 3 74% 1
K.Drake MIA 123 8 99 12 14.0% 12 8.6% 74 477 568 5 73% 0
J.Conner PIT 112 9 102 10 15.2% 11 12.6% 71 497 503 1 77% 1
M.Breida SF 105 10 113 9 44.8% 2 49.0% 31 261 346 2 87% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 103 11 101 11 12.9% 14 12.4% 62 429 488 3 76% 1
T.Gurley LAR 98 12 119 7 6.9% 20 11.5% 81 580 538 4 73% 1
S.Barkley NYG 86 13 79 17 -0.7% 28 -1.7% 121 721 643 4 75% 0
J.Samuels PIT 79 14 96 13 36.4% 3 47.0% 29 199 274 3 90% 0
N.Hines IND 79 15 62 19 3.5% 23 -0.2% 81 425 488 2 78% 0
T.Coleman ATL 77 16 80 16 17.2% 10 18.4% 44 276 335 5 73% 1
T.J.Yeldon JAX 76 17 70 18 3.0% 24 1.6% 79 482 483 4 71% 0
K.Juszczyk SF 76 18 82 14 18.7% 8 21.6% 41 324 322 1 73% 1
M.Gordon LAC 72 19 82 15 5.5% 22 8.2% 66 490 413 4 76% 1
E.Elliott DAL 52 20 59 20 -3.2% 29 -1.8% 95 567 457 3 81% 0
A.Peterson WAS 50 21 50 23 22.3% 5 22.2% 26 208 203 1 77% 1
J.Rodgers TB 49 22 52 22 7.1% 19 8.5% 45 304 269 0 84% 1
W.Smallwood PHI 49 23 35 26 11.2% 16 4.3% 35 230 241 2 80% 0
D.Cook MIN 45 24 54 21 2.1% 26 5.3% 49 305 297 2 82% 0
E.McGuire NYJ 38 25 29 29 8.1% 18 2.7% 31 193 205 1 61% 0
L.Fournette JAX 37 26 40 25 9.6% 17 11.3% 26 185 191 1 85% 0
A.Jones GB 33 27 32 27 2.2% 25 1.9% 35 206 212 1 74% 0
M.Davis SEA 31 28 16 31 -0.1% 27 -6.7% 42 214 228 1 81% 0
C.Clement PHI 29 29 30 28 5.8% 21 6.4% 25 192 163 0 88% 0
K.Johnson DET 20 30 41 24 -4.8% 31 4.3% 39 213 203 1 82% 0
D.Lewis TEN 15 31 28 30 -9.8% 35 -6.2% 67 400 290 1 88% 0
N.Chubb CLE 14 32 10 34 -4.6% 30 -7.3% 29 149 137 2 69% 0
J.Williams GB 11 33 3 37 -9.3% 34 -12.4% 41 210 189 0 66% 0
I.Crowell NYJ 10 34 -2 38 -6.8% 32 -15.2% 28 152 126 0 75% 0
L.Murray MIN 9 35 8 35 -7.5% 33 -8.7% 26 141 124 0 85% 0
P.Lindsay DEN 9 36 14 33 -10.4% 36 -8.5% 47 241 206 1 74% 0
G.Bernard CIN 5 37 -12 45 -11.8% 37 -18.7% 48 218 179 0 73% 0
T.Riddick DET 4 38 -17 49 -12.7% 38 -18.5% 74 384 276 0 82% 0
D.Booker DEN 1 39 -10 44 -13.5% 39 -17.2% 51 275 210 0 75% 1
T.Montgomery 2TM -1 40 6 36 -14.1% 40 -10.9% 40 235 155 0 63% 0
B.Allen BAL -4 41 -14 47 -15.4% 42 -19.8% 43 204 165 2 81% 1
J.Mixon CIN -5 42 15 32 -15.3% 41 -9.3% 55 296 227 1 78% 0
M.Ingram NO -7 43 -6 43 -18.8% 46 -18.0% 27 170 90 1 78% 1
I.Smith ATL -8 44 -2 39 -17.7% 45 -15.0% 32 152 125 0 84% 0
L.Miller HOU -10 45 -15 48 -19.9% 47 -23.4% 35 163 93 1 71% 1
C.Thompson WAS -10 46 -3 41 -17.3% 44 -15.0% 56 272 186 1 75% 0
A.Blue HOU -10 47 -12 46 -20.5% 48 -21.5% 27 154 87 0 74% 0
M.Mack IND -10 48 -21 50 -21.3% 49 -29.0% 26 110 78 1 65% 1
J.Howard CHI -13 49 -4 42 -21.9% 50 -16.6% 27 145 85 0 74% 0
Da.Johnson ARI -13 50 -3 40 -17.1% 43 -14.5% 76 443 268 3 66% 1
T.Cannon NYJ -23 51 -26 52 -30.2% 52 -32.0% 25 144 47 0 68% 0
L.McCoy BUF -26 52 -21 51 -24.5% 51 -22.5% 46 238 123 0 74% 0
P.Barber TB -34 53 -29 53 -35.1% 53 -31.9% 29 92 44 1 69% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
S.Ware KC 85 79 56.1% 51.2% 23 224 262 0 87% 0
Da.Williams KC 74 60 33.9% 24.9% 24 160 263 2 96% 0
F.Gore MIA 49 55 35.4% 41.5% 16 124 171 1 75% 0
A.Janovich DEN 47 58 75.0% 95.5% 10 112 136 1 80% 0
C.Ivory BUF 47 59 31.3% 42.1% 21 205 173 0 62% 0
D.Hilliard CLE 43 39 70.4% 62.7% 10 105 126 0 90% 0
C.Carson SEA 43 35 21.2% 15.0% 24 163 177 0 83% 0
J.Jackson LAC 37 30 29.9% 22.5% 19 135 135 0 79% 0
J.Wilson SF 17 25 4.9% 14.2% 15 98 99 0 80% 0
D.Sproles PHI 16 16 -3.7% -3.6% 23 160 145 2 65% 0
C.Grant JAX 15 10 6.2% -1.3% 12 67 85 0 75% 0
T.Mizzell CHI 15 18 8.1% 13.6% 10 78 78 1 80% 0
C.J.Ham MIN 14 4 1.3% -9.7% 15 85 98 0 73% 0
R.Penny SEA 12 11 8.3% 7.0% 12 75 60 0 75% 0
A.Collins BAL 9 14 -6.6% -2.5% 21 105 111 1 71% 0
A.Morris SF 6 2 -6.7% -11.8% 13 73 71 0 62% 0
R.Burkhead NE 5 8 -9.1% -6.5% 20 131 92 1 70% 1
R.Smith DAL 3 -3 -9.0% -18.1% 12 60 49 0 75% 0
D.Martin OAK 3 0 -11.7% -13.9% 24 116 95 0 75% 0
B.Powell NYJ -1 -4 -14.4% -17.6% 18 110 72 1 61% 0
Z.Line NO -2 -7 -16.8% -23.8% 10 14 47 2 50% 0
S.Michel NE -3 -1 -18.4% -15.4% 11 50 40 0 64% 0
D.Henry TEN -4 -12 -18.0% -26.6% 18 99 60 0 83% 1
Z.Zenner DET -11 -7 -32.2% -25.2% 10 56 20 0 70% 0
M.Lynch OAK -17 -14 -28.5% -26.0% 20 84 47 0 75% 0
K.Ballage MIA -17 -12 -39.6% -32.1% 11 56 12 0 82% 0
C.Edmonds ARI -19 -23 -27.7% -31.0% 23 103 58 0 87% 0
J.Adams PHI -19 -19 -37.9% -37.4% 13 58 17 0 54% 0
R.Freeman DEN -20 -17 -32.2% -29.3% 20 72 37 0 70% 0
K.Bibbs 2TM -26 -32 -34.8% -39.5% 23 115 35 1 70% 1
J.Develin NE -32 -30 -44.5% -42.2% 17 61 9 0 71% 0
J.Wilkins IND -34 -36 -47.8% -50.3% 17 85 1 0 94% 2
L.Blount DET -38 -43 -52.5% -57.2% 15 67 -8 0 67% 1
W.Gallman NYG -47 -43 -63.8% -59.0% 22 89 -30 0 64% 2
C.Hyde 2TM -51 -60 -73.3% -83.4% 16 33 -44 0 63% 0
M.Murphy BUF -76 -74 -82.6% -80.7% 19 26 -78 0 58% 0