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RUNNING BACKS 2018

Regular season totals, through Week 6

Revised as of 10/16/2018

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.
  • Opponent adjustments are currently at 60 percent strength and will increase each week through Week 10.

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RUSHING: Minimum 48 rushes, 37 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
T.Gurley LAR 148 1 172 1 16.4% 6 20.5% 129 623 750 9 0 60% 1
S.Barkley NYG 101 2 32 17 20.8% 3 0.8% 84 438 459 4 0 40% 30
E.Elliott DAL 100 3 85 6 12.2% 10 9.2% 117 586 576 3 2 47% 16
M.Breida SF 86 4 116 3 27.9% 2 40.8% 63 430 342 2 0 51% 12
M.Gordon LAC 84 5 122 2 14.2% 8 24.6% 91 466 453 6 0 49% 14
K.Hunt KC 81 6 74 7 9.9% 12 8.2% 103 456 510 5 0 57% 2
J.Mixon CIN 78 7 41 14 18.3% 5 5.5% 71 336 377 2 0 52% 7
K.Johnson DET 77 8 70 8 33.1% 1 29.6% 50 286 283 1 0 52% 8
P.Lindsay DEN 67 9 89 5 19.2% 4 28.4% 61 346 314 1 0 51% 11
A.Kamara NO 65 10 102 4 13.1% 9 25.2% 62 299 365 5 0 56% 3
F.Gore MIA 56 11 51 13 15.8% 7 13.7% 62 303 288 0 0 50% 13
I.Crowell NYJ 53 12 66 10 10.8% 11 15.7% 70 430 320 6 0 41% 29
R.Freeman DEN 43 13 52 12 8.0% 13 11.2% 58 272 293 3 0 52% 9
A.Peterson WAS 42 14 39 15 4.8% 15 3.8% 77 339 341 3 0 47% 18
J.Williams GB 38 15 23 18 8.0% 14 1.3% 59 224 260 0 0 47% 15
S.Michel NE 34 16 69 9 -1.1% 18 6.7% 91 400 445 4 0 53% 5
C.Carson SEA 30 17 18 19 1.1% 16 -2.7% 78 352 315 1 1 44% 26
M.Lynch OAK 28 18 56 11 -1.5% 19 5.7% 90 376 386 3 0 53% 4
D.Henry TEN 24 19 -30 31 -0.6% 17 -18.8% 72 240 293 0 0 43% 28
C.Hyde CLE 16 20 -24 28 -5.4% 22 -13.5% 114 399 440 5 1 38% 32
L.Murray MIN 15 21 9 21 -1.9% 20 -4.4% 54 261 210 1 0 46% 20
L.McCoy BUF 9 22 2 23 -4.3% 21 -7.8% 61 243 203 0 0 46% 22
T.J.Yeldon JAX 2 23 6 22 -7.8% 23 -6.6% 67 299 246 1 1 52% 6
C.McCaffrey CAR 1 24 13 20 -8.1% 24 -3.9% 71 349 243 0 1 46% 19
L.Miller HOU 1 25 -21 27 -8.1% 25 -16.3% 73 271 242 0 0 36% 35
A.Blue HOU 1 26 -36 34 -8.1% 26 -23.0% 56 188 215 1 0 38% 33
C.Ivory BUF -9 27 -21 26 -13.2% 28 -18.7% 51 129 162 1 0 43% 27
J.Conner PIT -11 28 35 16 -11.2% 27 -0.6% 103 452 360 7 2 46% 23
K.Drake MIA -19 29 -17 24 -17.9% 31 -16.7% 52 210 148 1 1 46% 21
J.Howard CHI -22 30 -26 29 -14.7% 29 -15.9% 78 272 270 1 1 51% 10
Da.Johnson ARI -25 31 -33 32 -15.3% 30 -17.3% 92 297 282 5 2 37% 34
D.Lewis TEN -26 32 -69 37 -20.5% 32 -40.1% 60 186 145 1 1 30% 37
A.Morris SF -43 33 -19 25 -24.2% 33 -15.4% 62 229 169 1 1 47% 17
T.Coleman ATL -47 34 -68 35 -25.5% 34 -32.9% 71 260 164 1 1 34% 36
P.Barber TB -47 35 -69 36 -27.3% 35 -35.8% 63 230 140 0 0 40% 31
A.Collins BAL -63 36 -28 30 -29.0% 36 -17.7% 76 272 164 4 2 45% 24
B.Powell NYJ -67 37 -33 33 -32.6% 37 -20.4% 75 323 131 0 2 44% 25

RUSHING, OTHERS: 9-47 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
N.Chubb CLE 65 62 91.0% 86.0% 16 173 162 2 0
M.Davis SEA 58 66 23.0% 27.6% 42 193 252 3 0
A.Jones GB 54 61 30.3% 35.7% 32 188 206 1 0
T.Cohen CHI 49 43 24.7% 21.0% 32 170 204 1 0
G.Bernard CIN 43 59 20.5% 31.3% 34 155 198 3 0
A.Ekeler LAC 40 43 15.3% 17.5% 41 263 207 0 0
W.Smallwood PHI 38 30 14.1% 9.1% 43 201 207 1 1
C.Clement PHI 32 33 13.7% 13.9% 38 155 178 2 0
C.J.Anderson CAR 21 18 23.7% 19.1% 16 84 92 0 0
M.Mack IND 19 31 11.0% 22.8% 22 123 115 0 0
M.Brown LAR 19 21 9.6% 11.0% 23 117 121 0 0
K.Dixon BAL 18 6 25.6% 2.2% 13 44 76 1 0
Du.Johnson CLE 17 10 14.6% 5.5% 19 111 88 0 0
J.White NE 15 19 4.3% 8.2% 29 149 122 1 0
R.Burkhead NE 14 -13 6.5% -22.7% 24 86 104 0 1
W.Gallman NYG 9 -3 13.6% -16.9% 14 49 52 0 0
G.Edwards BAL 7 10 7.2% 15.5% 10 42 48 0 0
R.Jones II TB 7 4 7.8% 0.7% 11 32 45 0 0
M.Ingram NO 7 22 0.0% 20.6% 16 53 76 2 0
L.Fournette JAX 6 3 -0.7% -4.4% 20 71 74 0 0
M.Murphy BUF 6 -3 2.5% -13.9% 17 70 54 0 0
T.Montgomery GB 0 1 -8.3% -7.5% 24 99 86 1 1
C.Thompson WAS 0 -11 -8.4% -20.3% 23 100 83 0 0
D.Booker DEN -2 2 -12.3% -4.6% 13 51 39 0 0
S.Ware KC -4 -6 -18.0% -24.0% 10 47 27 0 0
D.Freeman ATL -4 -3 -14.5% -13.1% 14 68 51 0 0
C.Edmonds ARI -4 -5 -14.4% -15.7% 15 43 52 0 0
R.Smith DAL -4 -6 -15.2% -17.9% 15 41 50 0 0
I.Smith ATL -8 1 -14.2% -8.2% 32 105 106 3 1
N.Hines IND -9 -4 -14.3% -11.1% 36 113 122 1 0
J.Richard OAK -11 -6 -29.8% -19.2% 11 32 27 0 0
R.Mostert SF -12 -1 -24.1% -10.6% 18 98 46 0 1
J.Rodgers TB -13 -15 -50.4% -59.0% 9 13 5 0 0
B.Allen BAL -15 -5 -17.0% -11.5% 35 100 125 3 0
C.Grant JAX -15 -9 -37.2% -25.2% 13 40 21 0 0
S.Ridley PIT -16 -7 -52.6% -28.9% 10 30 5 0 0
J.Ajayi PHI -17 9 -16.8% -4.1% 45 184 149 3 1
R.Penny SEA -17 -12 -19.9% -16.5% 38 135 101 0 0
J.Wilkins IND -17 -5 -17.9% -11.3% 44 175 131 0 0
D.Martin OAK -27 -14 -32.7% -20.7% 27 99 52 0 0
M.Gillislee NO -37 -32 -56.9% -49.7% 16 43 6 0 1
L.Blount DET -40 -45 -28.7% -31.0% 47 117 107 2 1
D.Cook MIN -67 -59 -54.6% -48.6% 36 98 17 0 1

RECEIVING: Minimum 12 passes, 45 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
A.Ekeler LAC 97 1 103 2 92.4% 1 98.9% 17 207 265 3 82% 1
J.White NE 90 2 109 1 17.2% 11 23.7% 51 323 394 4 73% 0
A.Kamara NO 88 3 102 3 16.6% 12 21.5% 51 351 387 1 75% 0
C.McCaffrey CAR 83 4 66 8 21.3% 9 14.2% 40 238 339 1 85% 0
S.Barkley NYG 79 5 74 5 16.1% 14 14.1% 51 373 353 2 78% 0
K.Hunt KC 74 6 72 7 60.2% 2 58.1% 15 171 225 2 67% 0
T.Cohen CHI 67 7 74 6 32.9% 5 37.3% 25 259 242 1 84% 1
J.Richard OAK 62 8 53 12 16.1% 13 11.6% 37 253 277 0 84% 0
K.Juszczyk SF 54 9 76 4 23.7% 7 38.5% 23 227 215 1 74% 1
C.Thompson WAS 48 10 60 10 15.5% 15 22.2% 31 200 218 1 84% 0
M.Gordon LAC 46 11 61 9 4.4% 22 10.5% 42 279 273 3 71% 1
J.Conner PIT 46 12 56 11 11.5% 17 17.5% 35 257 217 0 74% 0
T.J.Yeldon JAX 44 13 36 18 7.0% 19 3.0% 37 213 244 3 68% 0
D.Booker DEN 43 14 34 20 21.8% 8 14.7% 20 127 174 0 75% 0
D.Cook MIN 42 15 38 16 50.3% 3 44.4% 12 107 135 0 75% 0
M.Breida SF 42 16 47 14 38.5% 4 45.0% 13 90 143 1 85% 0
T.Montgomery GB 39 17 34 19 20.6% 10 16.3% 21 167 163 0 67% 0
T.Coleman ATL 36 18 47 13 27.5% 6 40.3% 16 105 137 2 81% 0
N.Hines IND 32 19 38 17 0.7% 25 3.4% 38 185 227 2 82% 0
T.Gurley LAR 30 20 46 15 3.0% 24 12.3% 30 247 187 2 70% 1
Du.Johnson CLE 23 21 28 21 3.4% 23 7.9% 22 164 140 0 64% 1
P.Lindsay DEN 21 22 14 23 4.5% 21 -1.4% 19 113 123 1 74% 0
J.Howard CHI 20 23 14 22 13.8% 16 6.0% 13 78 94 0 77% 0
C.Grant JAX 17 24 12 25 8.6% 18 1.8% 12 67 89 0 75% 0
A.Blue HOU 16 25 7 27 5.6% 20 -5.7% 15 94 91 0 73% 0
C.Clement PHI 8 26 13 24 -3.4% 27 3.3% 13 100 69 0 85% 0
L.Miller HOU 7 27 6 28 -1.3% 26 -2.5% 13 79 55 1 77% 1
K.Johnson DET 6 28 6 29 -7.2% 28 -7.3% 15 68 72 0 87% 0
A.Collins BAL 5 29 12 26 -7.6% 29 0.0% 14 77 71 1 64% 0
K.Drake MIA 3 30 -10 39 -11.9% 30 -19.2% 31 145 137 1 68% 0
J.Mixon CIN 2 31 -1 30 -12.2% 31 -14.5% 19 99 85 1 68% 0
B.Powell NYJ 1 32 -1 31 -13.3% 32 -15.0% 17 105 71 1 59% 0
W.Smallwood PHI 0 33 -5 34 -13.6% 33 -19.5% 17 96 66 1 65% 0
C.J.Ham MIN -1 34 -3 33 -15.7% 34 -18.4% 12 61 51 0 67% 0
W.Gallman NYG -2 35 -1 32 -17.9% 37 -16.5% 12 62 33 0 67% 1
B.Allen BAL -4 36 -11 40 -16.2% 35 -19.9% 30 149 119 1 80% 1
Da.Johnson ARI -6 37 -13 41 -17.6% 36 -22.3% 27 135 96 1 63% 0
M.Lynch OAK -7 38 -7 37 -19.8% 39 -20.1% 19 84 65 0 79% 0
D.Lewis TEN -8 39 -6 35 -19.4% 38 -17.7% 27 135 87 0 85% 0
L.Murray MIN -9 40 -8 38 -26.3% 42 -25.1% 13 63 34 0 77% 0
E.Elliott DAL -12 41 -6 36 -21.6% 40 -18.1% 30 166 83 1 77% 0
J.Williams GB -13 42 -19 42 -28.3% 43 -35.2% 16 57 37 0 50% 0
T.Riddick DET -15 43 -22 43 -23.0% 41 -27.7% 30 138 85 0 77% 0
G.Bernard CIN -22 44 -24 44 -33.1% 44 -35.0% 21 78 36 0 67% 0
L.McCoy BUF -29 45 -36 45 -40.3% 45 -46.9% 21 85 18 0 62% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 5-11 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
C.Ivory BUF 36 45 82.8% 106.3% 7 104 102 0 71% 0
F.Gore MIA 33 38 92.5% 109.7% 5 53 90 1 80% 0
A.Peterson WAS 28 32 35.7% 43.5% 10 136 98 0 70% 1
C.Carson SEA 19 17 24.1% 21.2% 9 61 73 0 67% 0
A.Jones GB 14 15 25.7% 29.2% 6 41 53 0 67% 0
P.Barber TB 12 10 6.6% 3.4% 10 37 68 1 60% 0
I.Smith ATL 12 10 6.0% 2.3% 11 66 69 0 91% 0
A.Morris SF 11 13 2.8% 7.4% 10 66 67 0 60% 0
S.Ware KC 10 9 12.1% 8.9% 8 59 49 0 75% 0
R.Penny SEA 10 8 11.6% 7.6% 9 62 42 0 67% 0
J.Rodgers TB 2 0 -7.7% -15.5% 7 43 26 0 86% 0
I.Crowell NYJ 0 -3 -14.0% -18.8% 10 48 39 0 80% 0
C.Edmonds ARI -5 -14 -21.7% -34.7% 10 39 36 0 90% 0
R.Burkhead NE -6 -3 -29.9% -21.0% 6 31 14 0 50% 0
Z.Line NO -6 -5 -29.0% -26.8% 6 10 15 1 50% 0
R.Freeman DEN -6 -5 -28.4% -25.6% 6 21 16 0 67% 0
M.Davis SEA -7 -12 -27.1% -36.5% 11 41 24 0 82% 0
J.Ajayi PHI -7 -10 -35.8% -44.3% 6 20 9 0 83% 0
R.Jones II TB -8 -12 -40.8% -54.8% 5 15 5 0 80% 0
M.Walton CIN -8 -11 -37.5% -44.8% 7 31 8 0 57% 0
D.Henry TEN -14 -16 -54.2% -59.6% 6 17 -4 0 67% 0
C.Hyde CLE -17 -21 -48.6% -58.6% 10 29 0 0 60% 0
D.Martin OAK -17 -20 -93.3% -105.8% 5 5 -20 0 80% 0
S.Michel NE -18 -16 -59.6% -53.6% 7 18 -9 0 43% 0
D.Sproles PHI -23 -16 -64.4% -50.2% 7 22 -15 0 57% 0
D.Freeman ATL -27 -29 -101.6% -107.3% 7 23 -35 0 71% 0
J.Develin NE -27 -27 -57.7% -56.5% 9 25 -12 0 67% 0
J.Wilkins IND -31 -31 -72.0% -72.0% 10 34 -26 0 90% 1
M.Murphy BUF -33 -37 -85.1% -92.7% 8 8 -36 0 25% 0