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RUNNING BACKS 2018

Regular season totals, through Week 14

Revised as of 12/11/2018

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, 40 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
T.Gurley LAR 316 1 320 1 20.5% 5 20.9% 244 1,203 1,446 15 0 57% 2
P.Lindsay DEN 216 2 248 2 22.8% 2 27.4% 168 967 941 9 0 50% 14
D.Henry TEN 193 3 141 6 24.2% 1 15.3% 145 712 819 9 0 48% 22
A.Kamara NO 179 4 221 4 14.5% 7 20.0% 173 793 955 11 0 57% 1
M.Gordon LAC 171 5 222 3 18.9% 6 27.1% 153 802 812 9 0 54% 6
A.Jones GB 164 6 192 5 21.0% 3 26.2% 129 721 741 9 1 57% 3
K.Johnson DET 140 7 109 13 20.7% 4 14.3% 118 641 637 3 1 53% 10
S.Barkley NYG 139 8 90 16 7.6% 10 1.9% 209 1,124 965 9 0 43% 31
M.Mack IND 130 9 116 11 14.3% 8 11.8% 131 616 699 5 0 54% 7
K.Hunt KC 128 10 132 8 8.3% 9 8.8% 181 840 861 8 0 55% 5
E.Elliott DAL 123 11 115 12 2.1% 18 1.5% 268 1,264 1,184 6 4 50% 15
J.Mixon CIN 110 12 105 15 5.7% 11 5.0% 180 866 843 6 0 49% 16
C.Carson SEA 106 13 74 18 5.2% 13 1.0% 179 794 833 5 3 52% 11
C.McCaffrey CAR 105 14 137 7 5.4% 12 9.7% 179 927 816 7 2 54% 8
J.Conner PIT 87 15 124 9 1.7% 19 6.0% 201 908 873 12 3 48% 23
F.Gore MIA 75 16 71 19 4.2% 15 3.5% 151 708 626 0 1 51% 13
N.Chubb CLE 62 17 116 10 1.4% 20 10.0% 144 760 639 8 0 49% 20
M.Breida SF 62 18 108 14 3.4% 17 12.5% 132 744 543 3 1 47% 25
M.Ingram NO 60 19 81 17 3.7% 16 7.9% 110 519 516 5 1 55% 4
K.Drake MIA 50 20 30 23 4.8% 14 -0.5% 102 463 401 4 1 45% 27
L.Miller HOU 50 21 53 21 -2.1% 23 -1.7% 190 909 735 4 0 45% 26
I.Crowell NYJ 43 22 27 24 -0.7% 22 -3.6% 143 685 536 7 0 36% 39
A.Peterson WAS 42 23 -11 28 -3.4% 24 -9.9% 202 872 777 7 2 44% 28
L.Fournette JAX 39 24 9 25 -0.2% 21 -6.6% 104 350 460 5 0 49% 17
S.Michel NE 25 25 59 20 -5.5% 26 -1.2% 164 708 718 5 1 53% 9
R.Freeman DEN 19 26 38 22 -4.3% 25 -0.2% 102 433 419 5 1 49% 18
L.Murray MIN 7 27 9 26 -7.1% 27 -6.7% 114 470 409 5 0 44% 29
A.Collins BAL 1 28 -14 29 -8.4% 28 -11.7% 114 417 393 7 3 47% 24
C.Ivory BUF -8 29 -42 33 -10.5% 29 -18.9% 101 340 336 1 1 44% 30
T.J.Yeldon JAX -13 30 -17 30 -11.7% 30 -12.6% 101 408 338 1 1 49% 21
C.Hyde 2TM -22 31 -74 36 -12.0% 31 -20.0% 154 528 524 5 2 40% 35
D.Martin OAK -33 32 -18 31 -14.5% 32 -11.8% 121 477 423 3 2 51% 12
T.Coleman ATL -39 33 -53 34 -15.5% 33 -18.0% 138 559 422 2 1 42% 34
A.Blue HOU -53 34 -74 35 -17.6% 37 -21.1% 134 467 422 2 0 43% 33
L.Blount DET -54 35 -86 37 -18.5% 38 -24.5% 125 365 379 5 1 38% 37
P.Barber TB -58 36 -90 38 -16.3% 34 -20.5% 183 677 558 5 1 43% 32
Da.Johnson ARI -71 37 -9 27 -16.7% 35 -9.6% 220 811 637 6 2 38% 38
J.Howard CHI -72 38 -24 32 -17.0% 36 -11.4% 197 713 613 5 1 49% 19
D.Lewis TEN -78 39 -137 40 -22.6% 39 -33.3% 145 477 351 1 1 33% 40
L.McCoy BUF -82 40 -94 39 -23.2% 40 -25.4% 145 479 348 2 0 39% 36

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Penny SEA 66 59 13.0% 10.7% 81 413 372 2 0
G.Edwards BAL 63 124 7.6% 23.1% 92 446 439 1 0
M.Davis SEA 63 87 8.0% 14.2% 93 418 430 3 0
K.Bibbs WAS 62 51 58.3% 46.0% 20 101 181 3 0
J.Adams PHI 55 39 6.8% 2.3% 83 412 394 2 0
J.Wilkins IND 50 50 11.6% 11.9% 57 318 291 1 0
G.Bernard CIN 46 41 15.0% 12.3% 47 197 244 3 0
M.Murphy BUF 45 36 23.9% 17.2% 41 215 193 0 0
A.Ekeler LAC 42 57 1.9% 5.8% 98 496 410 2 0
S.Ware KC 38 32 8.8% 6.0% 51 246 249 2 0
M.Brown LAR 37 37 10.5% 10.2% 43 212 228 0 0
R.Mostert SF 34 60 15.1% 32.9% 34 261 179 1 1
J.Jackson LAC 34 35 22.9% 24.2% 27 139 147 1 0
J.Williams GB 32 10 0.8% -5.8% 86 310 349 1 0
J.White NE 32 28 0.9% -0.4% 80 342 347 4 0
M.Lynch OAK 32 50 -0.4% 3.9% 90 376 393 3 0
W.Smallwood PHI 23 9 0.7% -5.2% 64 260 252 1 1
K.Dixon BAL 23 35 10.2% 20.2% 29 140 143 2 1
C.J.Anderson CAR 12 3 4.3% -5.4% 24 104 101 0 0
J.Richard OAK 11 19 -2.9% 1.5% 44 238 180 0 1
D.Booker DEN 8 28 -1.0% 16.3% 26 148 109 1 0
T.Montgomery 2TM 5 19 -5.6% 2.5% 40 175 152 1 1
J.Rodgers TB -1 -4 -9.6% -12.5% 28 101 81 0 0
Du.Johnson CLE -1 0 -9.7% -9.0% 30 140 94 0 0
E.McGuire NYJ -2 -8 -9.9% -13.2% 42 158 153 1 0
W.Gallman NYG -4 -13 -11.2% -17.5% 43 141 119 0 0
T.Riddick DET -5 1 -15.0% -7.5% 25 102 59 0 0
R.Smith DAL -5 -13 -13.2% -19.8% 27 85 91 0 0
J.Wilson SF -5 -11 -11.6% -14.7% 45 184 145 0 2
T.Cannon NYJ -7 -22 -14.4% -28.0% 27 80 85 1 0
R.Burkhead NE -9 -41 -15.1% -38.9% 35 108 101 0 1
T.Cohen CHI -11 10 -11.9% -5.6% 83 388 265 2 1
C.Edmonds ARI -11 -3 -14.7% -10.3% 42 152 139 2 1
D.Washington OAK -12 -14 -19.6% -21.0% 23 81 77 0 1
N.Hines IND -13 -13 -12.4% -12.4% 76 288 268 1 1
I.Smith ATL -13 -8 -12.3% -10.9% 81 284 283 4 1
B.Allen BAL -13 -18 -15.2% -17.4% 41 113 152 3 0
R.Jones TB -15 -24 -25.2% -34.0% 23 44 55 1 0
J.Ajayi PHI -21 5 -18.7% -6.0% 45 184 143 3 1
S.Ridley PIT -21 -16 -33.5% -27.4% 23 60 39 1 0
C.Clement PHI -23 -29 -16.9% -19.2% 68 259 201 2 2
C.Thompson WAS -30 -33 -33.6% -35.9% 32 139 55 0 1
B.Powell NYJ -33 -35 -19.6% -20.4% 80 343 204 0 2
J.Samuels PIT -37 -31 -47.5% -41.0% 23 59 22 0 0
D.Cook MIN -90 -72 -34.0% -29.0% 87 367 159 0 2
A.Morris SF -93 -71 -31.7% -26.3% 95 318 195 1 1

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 1 195 2 78.6% 1 78.2% 35 378 556 7 74% 0
T.Cohen CHI 187 2 197 1 27.3% 4 29.4% 79 679 712 4 80% 1
C.McCaffrey CAR 170 3 169 4 15.5% 8 15.2% 99 701 767 6 87% 2
J.White NE 167 4 181 3 12.9% 10 15.2% 107 674 790 6 71% 0
A.Kamara NO 140 5 157 5 14.0% 9 17.5% 90 591 647 4 78% 0
A.Ekeler LAC 127 6 115 6 30.0% 3 25.8% 52 404 471 3 75% 1
S.Barkley NYG 111 7 104 7 7.6% 14 6.3% 96 629 598 4 81% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 101 8 102 8 21.0% 7 21.4% 47 347 416 3 77% 1
J.Richard OAK 95 9 102 10 11.2% 11 13.2% 68 483 465 0 84% 0
J.Conner PIT 85 10 82 14 9.3% 12 8.4% 68 467 434 1 76% 1
M.Breida SF 84 11 93 11 43.5% 2 49.3% 25 209 280 2 84% 0
T.Coleman ATL 83 12 83 13 22.4% 5 22.6% 41 267 334 5 76% 1
T.J.Yeldon JAX 78 13 70 16 4.5% 16 2.5% 75 467 466 4 72% 0
K.Juszczyk SF 76 14 83 12 21.8% 6 25.4% 37 306 309 1 76% 1
T.Gurley LAR 69 15 102 9 4.1% 17 12.6% 68 504 419 4 72% 1
K.Drake MIA 56 16 35 19 1.7% 21 -4.3% 61 366 377 5 68% 0
M.Gordon LAC 54 17 81 15 1.8% 20 9.8% 60 453 356 4 73% 1
E.Elliott DAL 39 18 42 17 -4.6% 26 -3.7% 81 502 378 3 80% 0
N.Hines IND 38 19 25 26 -3.4% 25 -7.0% 65 314 338 2 80% 0
D.Lewis TEN 35 20 34 22 -2.1% 24 -2.6% 56 348 285 1 89% 0
D.Booker DEN 35 21 14 29 2.7% 19 -7.0% 36 217 223 0 78% 1
W.Smallwood PHI 32 22 24 27 8.7% 13 3.2% 25 173 167 2 72% 0
J.Rodgers TB 32 23 34 21 3.3% 18 4.5% 36 246 199 0 81% 1
D.Cook MIN 32 24 29 24 0.2% 22 -1.2% 39 222 228 2 82% 0
C.Clement PHI 28 25 27 25 5.0% 15 4.7% 25 192 161 0 88% 0
A.Jones GB 26 26 29 23 -0.8% 23 0.5% 35 206 199 1 74% 0
J.Mixon CIN 22 27 34 20 -6.4% 30 -2.1% 48 283 255 1 79% 0
P.Lindsay DEN 18 28 17 28 -5.9% 28 -6.2% 39 210 193 1 74% 0
K.Johnson DET 17 29 37 18 -6.4% 29 2.6% 39 213 196 1 82% 0
M.Davis SEA 15 30 -1 33 -4.7% 27 -14.2% 30 139 149 1 80% 0
T.Riddick DET 14 31 -3 34 -9.7% 31 -14.8% 67 368 274 0 82% 0
I.Crowell NYJ 5 32 -5 35 -10.4% 32 -17.5% 28 152 115 0 75% 0
T.Montgomery 2TM 4 33 9 31 -11.7% 33 -9.5% 36 225 153 0 67% 0
C.Thompson WAS 2 34 14 30 -12.9% 34 -7.7% 45 242 170 1 78% 0
I.Smith ATL -1 35 3 32 -14.5% 35 -12.3% 29 147 126 0 86% 0
G.Bernard CIN -7 36 -5 36 -17.1% 37 -16.5% 39 185 130 0 74% 0
B.Allen BAL -7 37 -18 39 -16.9% 36 -21.3% 43 204 157 2 81% 1
L.Miller HOU -9 38 -11 37 -19.8% 39 -20.9% 33 163 88 1 70% 1
L.McCoy BUF -17 39 -22 40 -21.5% 40 -24.0% 40 210 121 0 73% 0
Da.Johnson ARI -20 40 -16 38 -19.6% 38 -18.6% 61 337 203 2 70% 1

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 9-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
S.Ware KC 78 76 50.4% 49.1% 23 224 247 0 87% 0
J.Samuels PIT 54 63 44.3% 53.4% 16 118 179 2 88% 0
F.Gore MIA 51 53 37.9% 40.0% 16 124 176 1 75% 0
N.Chubb CLE 49 49 29.3% 28.6% 22 150 184 2 73% 0
L.Fournette JAX 45 44 25.2% 24.6% 17 139 174 1 94% 0
A.Peterson WAS 37 37 20.1% 20.4% 21 180 155 1 81% 1
C.Carson SEA 36 28 27.7% 19.0% 17 127 136 0 76% 0
D.Hilliard CLE 34 30 61.3% 52.4% 9 90 103 0 89% 0
C.Ivory BUF 25 33 10.2% 18.0% 20 160 124 0 60% 0
Da.Williams KC 22 10 23.9% 3.2% 10 41 87 1 90% 0
J.Wilson SF 22 32 15.1% 29.2% 12 87 98 0 83% 0
C.Grant JAX 17 9 8.0% -2.5% 12 67 88 0 75% 0
D.Martin OAK 15 9 1.3% -4.8% 19 106 102 0 84% 0
M.Mack IND 11 2 -3.0% -12.4% 19 90 99 1 63% 0
C.J.Ham MIN 11 3 -2.4% -10.6% 15 85 91 0 73% 0
R.Penny SEA 10 9 4.9% 3.2% 12 75 56 0 75% 0
A.Blue HOU 6 1 -7.6% -12.5% 17 107 75 0 71% 0
D.Sproles PHI 5 11 -5.4% 4.1% 10 56 56 1 70% 0
A.Collins BAL 4 12 -10.7% -4.3% 21 105 100 1 71% 0
Z.Line NO 2 -2 -11.1% -16.5% 9 14 51 2 56% 0
B.Powell NYJ 1 -6 -13.0% -20.0% 18 110 75 1 61% 0
L.Murray MIN 1 5 -13.3% -10.0% 24 135 96 0 83% 0
R.Burkhead NE 1 0 -12.9% -14.7% 10 55 43 0 60% 0
A.Morris SF -1 -4 -14.6% -19.1% 13 69 58 0 54% 0
L.Blount DET -2 -8 -17.1% -25.1% 10 72 45 0 80% 1
R.Smith DAL -2 -7 -18.9% -28.1% 9 46 28 0 78% 0
C.Edmonds ARI -3 -9 -16.5% -22.5% 17 76 68 0 88% 0
S.Michel NE -3 -2 -18.7% -17.5% 11 50 40 0 64% 0
E.McGuire NYJ -6 -16 -18.5% -26.6% 20 90 77 0 55% 0
K.Bibbs WAS -11 -20 -25.5% -35.2% 18 102 44 1 72% 1
M.Lynch OAK -11 -10 -24.0% -23.4% 19 84 55 0 79% 0
J.Williams GB -11 -20 -21.8% -27.9% 24 91 77 0 58% 0
J.Howard CHI -12 -4 -24.0% -17.2% 21 108 60 0 76% 0
D.Henry TEN -17 -22 -36.1% -42.5% 15 78 19 0 80% 1
M.Ingram NO -18 -12 -29.0% -23.6% 21 136 47 1 76% 1
T.Cannon NYJ -20 -20 -34.5% -35.2% 18 115 22 0 72% 0
P.Barber TB -21 -17 -30.9% -27.4% 23 73 46 1 61% 0
J.Wilkins IND -45 -41 -64.6% -60.7% 15 74 -29 0 93% 2
J.Develin NE -47 -41 -62.7% -56.2% 15 41 -29 0 60% 0
W.Gallman NYG -49 -47 -69.1% -67.3% 21 82 -38 0 62% 2
C.Hyde 2TM -49 -54 -82.3% -88.2% 14 27 -51 0 57% 0
M.Murphy BUF -78 -76 -84.0% -82.7% 19 26 -81 0 58% 0