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RUNNING BACKS 2018

Regular season totals, through Week 13

Revised as of 12/4/2018

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, 35 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
T.Gurley LAR 307 1 322 1 21.1% 4 22.6% 233 1,175 1,388 15 0 58% 2
P.Lindsay DEN 225 2 261 2 27.6% 2 33.3% 154 937 901 8 0 52% 11
A.Kamara NO 189 3 221 4 17.3% 6 21.6% 161 742 934 11 0 57% 3
A.Jones GB 182 4 188 5 29.3% 1 30.6% 112 643 708 8 1 58% 1
M.Gordon LAC 165 5 221 3 17.9% 5 26.9% 153 802 802 9 0 54% 7
K.Johnson DET 143 6 108 11 21.4% 3 14.1% 118 641 642 3 1 53% 10
E.Elliott DAL 142 7 122 8 5.3% 11 3.4% 240 1,151 1,108 6 4 50% 14
K.Hunt KC 128 8 129 6 8.3% 9 8.4% 181 840 861 8 0 55% 6
M.Mack IND 117 9 122 7 14.5% 7 15.6% 117 583 626 4 0 56% 4
D.Henry TEN 100 10 42 20 10.6% 8 -0.6% 128 474 613 5 0 46% 22
S.Barkley NYG 96 11 49 18 3.3% 13 -2.5% 195 954 851 8 0 42% 28
J.Mixon CIN 93 12 94 14 5.6% 10 5.7% 154 755 715 5 0 51% 12
J.Conner PIT 86 13 121 9 1.5% 16 5.6% 201 908 870 12 3 48% 17
C.McCaffrey CAR 78 14 112 10 2.8% 15 7.7% 163 864 719 5 2 53% 8
M.Breida SF 63 15 107 12 3.6% 12 12.3% 132 744 544 3 1 47% 21
F.Gore MIA 62 16 56 17 2.8% 14 1.7% 139 616 565 0 0 49% 15
L.Miller HOU 60 17 64 16 -0.1% 17 0.5% 176 876 699 3 0 45% 23
A.Peterson WAS 50 18 10 23 -2.2% 21 -7.3% 192 856 759 7 2 45% 24
S.Michel NE 50 19 75 15 -1.5% 19 2.1% 144 651 685 5 1 56% 5
C.Carson SEA 44 20 44 19 -2.1% 20 -2.1% 157 704 652 4 3 50% 13
I.Crowell NYJ 39 21 29 21 -1.3% 18 -3.2% 141 680 525 7 0 37% 34
N.Chubb CLE 28 22 98 13 -3.7% 22 8.7% 131 694 531 7 0 49% 16
L.Murray MIN 12 23 16 22 -5.8% 23 -5.0% 111 466 404 5 0 44% 25
A.Collins BAL -10 24 -16 26 -10.8% 24 -12.2% 114 417 376 7 3 47% 19
T.J.Yeldon JAX -12 25 -21 27 -11.4% 25 -13.6% 100 401 337 1 1 48% 18
D.Martin OAK -25 26 -1 25 -13.8% 28 -8.8% 105 445 369 2 2 53% 9
C.Hyde 2TM -33 27 -77 32 -13.6% 26 -20.4% 154 528 507 5 2 40% 31
L.Blount DET -39 28 -74 31 -16.4% 29 -23.4% 113 332 366 5 1 40% 30
Da.Johnson ARI -42 29 2 24 -13.7% 27 -8.3% 205 762 640 6 2 39% 33
D.Lewis TEN -45 30 -102 35 -17.5% 31 -28.8% 135 464 363 1 1 34% 35
T.Coleman ATL -50 31 -66 29 -18.1% 33 -21.2% 128 514 370 2 1 41% 29
P.Barber TB -59 32 -71 30 -17.1% 30 -18.7% 169 635 507 5 1 43% 26
L.McCoy BUF -66 33 -86 33 -20.8% 34 -24.3% 143 478 362 2 0 39% 32
J.Howard CHI -72 34 -45 28 -18.0% 32 -14.4% 178 612 543 5 1 47% 20
A.Blue HOU -74 35 -87 34 -21.6% 35 -24.0% 128 446 367 1 0 42% 27

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
G.Edwards BAL 74 113 14.3% 26.5% 76 379 397 1 0
M.Ingram NO 71 80 8.0% 10.1% 97 467 486 4 1
K.Bibbs WAS 59 50 54.3% 45.6% 20 101 175 3 0
M.Murphy BUF 56 41 36.0% 23.7% 37 205 199 0 0
J.Adams PHI 54 38 7.9% 3.1% 76 376 369 2 0
G.Bernard CIN 52 46 21.2% 17.7% 44 190 237 3 0
J.Wilkins IND 48 50 11.0% 11.7% 57 318 289 1 0
R.Penny SEA 47 46 8.3% 8.0% 73 369 315 2 0
M.Davis SEA 47 75 4.2% 12.1% 90 396 391 3 0
L.Fournette JAX 45 20 3.6% -3.1% 90 314 396 5 0
J.Jackson LAC 43 42 49.5% 48.7% 20 127 132 1 0
J.White NE 40 35 3.7% 2.2% 76 329 348 4 0
J.Williams GB 40 10 3.3% -5.7% 82 293 351 1 0
K.Drake MIA 39 22 2.2% -2.5% 96 439 370 4 1
M.Brown LAR 36 37 10.1% 10.3% 43 212 226 0 0
R.Mostert SF 34 59 14.8% 32.6% 34 261 178 1 1
M.Lynch OAK 28 49 -1.5% 3.8% 90 376 386 3 0
W.Smallwood PHI 27 8 2.5% -5.4% 63 257 257 1 1
A.Ekeler LAC 27 39 -0.4% 3.2% 83 430 328 1 0
J.Richard OAK 20 29 4.4% 10.6% 36 214 164 0 1
R.Freeman DEN 19 36 -4.0% -0.1% 96 397 393 5 1
T.Montgomery 2TM 15 25 0.9% 6.8% 38 174 163 1 1
R.Burkhead NE 12 -24 1.4% -29.3% 31 106 120 0 1
C.J.Anderson CAR 10 3 2.2% -5.9% 24 104 98 0 0
W.Gallman NYG 9 -5 1.8% -13.8% 29 103 92 0 0
D.Booker DEN 8 27 -1.0% 15.6% 26 148 109 1 0
Du.Johnson CLE 8 10 -0.7% 1.0% 28 146 104 0 0
C.Ivory BUF 7 -40 -6.6% -19.7% 89 298 323 1 1
C.Edmonds ARI 7 12 -4.8% -1.5% 39 138 161 2 0
J.Wilson SF -2 0 -10.6% -8.4% 22 94 76 0 1
S.Ware KC -2 7 -9.9% -3.8% 36 171 127 2 0
K.Dixon BAL -5 -3 -13.9% -12.4% 21 81 67 1 1
J.Rodgers TB -7 -5 -16.4% -14.4% 24 85 62 0 0
T.Cannon NYJ -7 -17 -15.9% -26.8% 22 77 68 0 0
E.McGuire NYJ -9 -7 -17.3% -15.2% 25 98 73 0 0
D.Washington OAK -10 -14 -17.8% -21.3% 23 81 80 0 1
N.Hines IND -11 -6 -11.9% -10.4% 73 287 261 1 1
C.Clement PHI -14 -22 -13.7% -16.7% 67 263 212 2 2
R.Smith DAL -14 -22 -23.3% -31.0% 23 58 60 0 0
T.Cohen CHI -14 0 -13.5% -8.5% 74 319 230 2 1
I.Smith ATL -15 -20 -13.5% -15.1% 70 224 242 4 1
R.Jones TB -18 -24 -27.9% -34.4% 23 44 51 1 0
B.Allen BAL -19 -19 -17.9% -17.9% 41 113 143 3 0
J.Ajayi PHI -20 5 -18.1% -6.1% 45 184 144 3 1
C.Thompson WAS -33 -37 -38.2% -41.8% 29 116 42 0 1
B.Powell NYJ -35 -36 -20.3% -20.7% 80 343 201 0 2
A.Morris SF -88 -70 -31.0% -26.3% 93 314 196 1 1
D.Cook MIN -93 -75 -39.2% -33.4% 74 312 110 0 2

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 40 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 196 1 192 1 78.6% 1 76.9% 35 378 556 7 74% 0
C.McCaffrey CAR 178 2 165 4 18.9% 8 16.5% 92 663 756 6 87% 2
T.Cohen CHI 169 3 185 2 25.7% 4 29.4% 75 659 656 4 79% 1
J.White NE 161 4 181 3 13.0% 9 16.3% 103 659 764 6 72% 0
A.Ekeler LAC 135 5 113 6 37.2% 3 29.1% 47 376 466 3 79% 1
A.Kamara NO 123 6 135 5 12.3% 10 14.9% 84 555 591 4 77% 0
S.Barkley NYG 118 7 99 8 10.3% 11 6.3% 91 602 593 4 81% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 104 8 99 7 21.9% 6 20.4% 47 347 422 3 77% 1
J.Richard OAK 88 9 95 10 9.8% 12 11.7% 67 478 447 0 84% 0
T.Coleman ATL 87 10 88 12 24.5% 5 25.2% 40 271 341 5 75% 1
M.Breida SF 79 11 91 11 39.8% 2 47.8% 25 209 269 2 84% 0
T.J.Yeldon JAX 74 12 63 16 3.7% 17 0.9% 74 457 456 4 72% 0
J.Conner PIT 73 13 76 14 6.1% 13 6.7% 68 467 410 1 76% 1
K.Juszczyk SF 69 14 75 15 20.3% 7 23.1% 34 285 287 1 76% 1
T.Gurley LAR 68 15 96 9 5.1% 15 13.1% 61 474 396 4 75% 1
M.Gordon LAC 49 16 76 13 0.6% 21 8.5% 60 453 347 4 73% 1
N.Hines IND 36 17 24 24 -3.0% 25 -6.5% 60 298 311 2 82% 0
D.Cook MIN 32 18 26 22 3.7% 18 0.3% 32 194 198 1 84% 0
Da.Johnson ARI 31 19 42 17 -3.1% 26 0.8% 51 328 270 2 69% 0
D.Booker DEN 30 20 9 31 1.1% 20 -9.2% 34 206 204 0 76% 1
P.Lindsay DEN 30 21 30 19 2.2% 19 2.4% 32 189 193 1 78% 0
W.Smallwood PHI 27 22 22 26 5.4% 14 1.7% 25 173 158 2 72% 0
C.Clement PHI 27 23 26 23 4.3% 16 3.5% 25 192 158 0 88% 0
D.Lewis TEN 26 24 23 25 -4.1% 27 -5.1% 51 309 244 1 88% 0
T.Montgomery 2TM 21 25 22 27 -2.8% 23 -2.3% 33 224 177 0 70% 0
K.Drake MIA 20 26 3 33 -8.1% 32 -13.0% 59 311 292 4 68% 0
E.Elliott DAL 20 27 27 21 -8.1% 31 -6.2% 68 423 289 3 78% 0
J.Mixon CIN 19 28 30 20 -6.5% 29 -2.2% 42 256 222 1 79% 0
A.Jones GB 18 29 15 30 -4.4% 28 -6.0% 32 178 170 1 72% 0
M.Davis SEA 18 30 0 34 -2.7% 22 -13.6% 29 134 150 1 79% 0
J.Rodgers TB 17 31 19 29 -2.9% 24 -2.1% 31 208 148 0 81% 1
K.Johnson DET 13 32 34 18 -7.9% 30 1.4% 39 213 189 1 82% 0
C.Thompson WAS 11 33 21 28 -8.3% 33 -3.8% 40 227 170 1 80% 0
I.Smith ATL 5 34 9 32 -10.2% 34 -7.7% 25 133 114 0 88% 0
I.Crowell NYJ 2 35 -4 36 -12.2% 35 -16.9% 27 150 105 0 74% 0
L.Miller HOU 0 36 -2 35 -14.1% 36 -15.8% 27 144 86 1 67% 1
T.Riddick DET -3 37 -18 38 -14.6% 37 -19.5% 63 338 226 0 81% 0
L.McCoy BUF -12 38 -20 39 -19.6% 39 -23.2% 39 210 126 0 74% 0
B.Allen BAL -14 39 -20 40 -19.5% 38 -22.3% 43 204 145 2 81% 1
G.Bernard CIN -19 40 -14 37 -23.7% 40 -21.4% 37 172 97 0 73% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 8-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
N.Chubb CLE 61 61 59.0% 58.8% 16 133 187 2 75% 0
L.Fournette JAX 48 55 35.4% 42.4% 14 134 170 1 100% 0
S.Ware KC 47 53 39.5% 46.1% 18 170 160 0 83% 0
A.Peterson WAS 37 38 21.4% 22.4% 20 177 151 1 80% 1
J.Samuels PIT 37 38 53.3% 56.5% 9 54 115 2 78% 0
F.Gore MIA 36 39 25.0% 28.3% 15 100 141 1 73% 0
C.Carson SEA 33 27 24.9% 17.1% 17 127 131 0 76% 0
C.Ivory BUF 28 36 15.1% 22.9% 19 160 128 0 63% 0
J.Wilson SF 22 32 22.1% 38.7% 10 81 88 0 90% 0
C.Grant JAX 20 8 12.1% -3.4% 12 67 95 0 75% 0
M.Mack IND 17 5 3.4% -8.9% 18 90 109 1 67% 0
A.Blue HOU 15 6 3.6% -7.0% 16 107 90 0 75% 0
D.Martin OAK 13 7 -0.5% -6.9% 19 106 98 0 84% 0
C.J.Ham MIN 12 2 -1.2% -11.4% 15 85 93 0 73% 0
R.Penny SEA 9 8 2.6% 0.4% 12 75 54 0 75% 0
R.Burkhead NE 8 7 3.3% 0.9% 8 52 50 0 63% 0
A.Morris SF 2 -1 -11.3% -15.2% 12 66 58 0 50% 0
L.Murray MIN 0 3 -13.6% -11.6% 24 135 95 0 83% 0
A.Collins BAL 0 10 -13.9% -5.8% 21 105 91 1 71% 0
M.Ingram NO -1 3 -15.2% -10.4% 18 135 68 1 83% 1
B.Powell NYJ -1 -7 -15.2% -20.4% 18 110 71 1 61% 0
C.Edmonds ARI -4 -10 -17.5% -23.9% 17 76 66 0 88% 0
S.Michel NE -5 -3 -21.6% -19.1% 11 50 36 0 64% 0
K.Bibbs WAS -8 -21 -21.9% -36.6% 18 102 51 1 72% 1
E.McGuire NYJ -8 -22 -22.4% -36.2% 16 67 53 0 50% 0
J.Williams GB -8 -16 -20.1% -25.8% 23 91 79 0 61% 0
M.Walton CIN -11 -12 -43.2% -44.9% 8 41 4 0 63% 0
J.Howard CHI -12 -2 -24.6% -15.6% 20 106 57 0 75% 0
Z.Line NO -14 -17 -37.8% -43.7% 8 13 13 1 50% 0
P.Barber TB -15 -10 -27.3% -22.7% 21 71 50 1 62% 0
M.Lynch OAK -16 -12 -28.5% -25.0% 19 84 45 0 79% 0
D.Henry TEN -17 -23 -36.5% -44.3% 15 78 19 0 80% 1
T.Cannon NYJ -18 -16 -33.6% -32.1% 17 111 22 0 71% 0
J.Adams PHI -31 -28 -73.8% -67.7% 8 25 -27 0 50% 0
W.Gallman NYG -35 -36 -60.6% -61.7% 19 82 -19 0 68% 2
C.Hyde 2TM -38 -42 -72.8% -79.7% 13 30 -32 0 54% 0
J.Wilkins IND -45 -42 -65.0% -62.0% 15 74 -30 0 93% 2
J.Develin NE -47 -42 -62.5% -57.3% 15 41 -28 0 60% 0
M.Murphy BUF -90 -84 -99.0% -94.1% 18 18 -110 0 56% 0