1985 NFL RUNNING BACK RATINGS

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 2/7/2020

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.

Clicking on a player's name will bring you to his FO player page with advanced stats through the most recent season.

RUSHING: Minimum 100 rushes, 50 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
G.Riggs ATL 457 1 366 2 17.3% 8 12.1% 397 1,722 2,260 10 0 52% 18
J.Morris NYG 347 2 309 3 18.7% 6 15.7% 294 1,336 1,656 21 6 57% 6
M.Allen LARD 337 3 404 1 13.1% 11 17.5% 380 1,759 1,880 11 3 55% 13
W.Payton CHI 279 4 308 4 11.4% 14 13.5% 324 1,551 1,652 9 5 56% 12
W.Tyler SF 244 5 233 5 24.8% 1 23.3% 171 867 1,023 6 5 57% 9
K.Mack CLE1 234 6 198 8 18.9% 5 14.7% 223 1,106 1,112 7 2 48% 34
S.Mitchell STLC 234 7 228 6 21.2% 2 20.5% 183 1,006 1,053 7 4 56% 11
R.Craig SF 225 8 210 7 15.5% 10 13.9% 214 1,050 1,168 9 4 57% 7
L.Kinnebrew CIN 201 9 185 9 16.7% 9 14.6% 170 714 1,012 9 4 60% 1
E.Dickerson LARM 174 10 136 14 5.4% 20 2.3% 292 1,235 1,360 12 10 50% 25
G.Wonsley IND 162 11 179 10 17.5% 7 20.2% 139 717 796 6 3 59% 3
Ti.Spencer SD 160 12 166 11 20.8% 3 22.0% 124 488 728 10 0 59% 4
R.McMillan IND 154 13 160 12 10.3% 15 11.1% 190 858 950 7 0 52% 16
J.Brooks CIN 153 14 117 17 12.0% 13 7.2% 192 935 886 7 6 50% 26
G.Rogers WAS 148 15 144 13 5.8% 18 5.4% 232 1,095 1,124 7 9 57% 8
G.Ellis GB 133 16 135 15 20.6% 4 21.2% 104 571 606 5 2 58% 5
T.Nathan MIA 125 17 109 19 13.1% 12 10.3% 143 666 701 5 4 52% 15
J.Riggins WAS 115 18 86 21 5.4% 19 1.9% 175 675 896 8 3 54% 14
T.Dorsett DAL 115 19 53 30 1.2% 26 -4.1% 305 1,307 1,197 7 6 48% 33
J.R.Jones DET 104 20 25 36 1.3% 25 -6.2% 244 886 1,079 6 5 50% 24
E.Byner CLE1 104 21 84 22 1.5% 24 -0.4% 244 1,002 1,052 8 5 43% 45
E.L.Ivery GB 101 22 96 20 9.3% 16 8.4% 132 636 648 2 2 49% 27
J.Hector NYJ 85 23 80 25 5.1% 21 4.3% 145 572 670 6 2 48% 32
C.James NE 75 24 80 24 -1.8% 31 -1.2% 264 1,227 1,062 5 8 52% 19
M.Suhey CHI 73 25 82 23 5.1% 22 6.6% 115 471 580 1 1 59% 2
E.Campbell NO 66 26 44 32 0.9% 27 -2.3% 158 643 710 1 4 56% 10
D.Nelson MIN 64 27 111 18 -0.8% 30 4.9% 200 893 813 5 6 52% 17
L.James SD 62 28 57 29 6.5% 17 5.4% 104 515 451 2 3 47% 36
K.Griffin WAS 55 29 64 28 4.4% 23 6.6% 102 473 454 3 1 51% 21
J.Clark GB 54 30 34 35 -0.3% 29 -3.4% 148 626 646 5 3 48% 29
L.Hampton MIA 41 31 40 34 0.4% 28 0.2% 106 371 456 3 2 51% 22
F.Pollard PIT 37 32 129 16 -5.0% 32 4.0% 235 999 939 3 2 51% 20
F.McNeil NYJ 23 33 45 31 -6.6% 36 -4.7% 294 1,331 1,020 3 7 48% 31
W.Wilson NO 23 34 -28 45 -5.3% 33 -12.7% 168 645 629 1 2 46% 40
T.Collins NE 21 35 0 40 -5.4% 34 -8.5% 163 662 595 3 5 46% 39
E.Jackson PHI 16 36 -8 42 -7.2% 39 -9.3% 282 1,028 1,037 5 3 42% 46
S.Winder DEN 15 37 65 27 -6.9% 37 -1.1% 199 714 773 8 2 48% 30
O.Anderson STLC 14 38 -23 44 -5.7% 35 -13.1% 117 479 457 4 3 44% 42
L.Moriarty HOIL 8 39 43 33 -6.9% 38 0.7% 106 381 410 3 1 46% 37
C.Warner SEA -6 40 66 26 -9.0% 40 -3.5% 291 1,094 1,095 9 5 51% 23
G.Bell BUF -6 41 22 37 -9.3% 41 -6.2% 223 883 801 8 7 45% 41
M.Rozier HOIL -13 42 -2 41 -10.9% 43 -9.0% 133 462 465 8 3 41% 48
J.Wilder TB -32 43 -73 47 -10.7% 42 -13.4% 366 1,301 1,257 10 8 44% 44
G.Adams NYG -33 44 -17 43 -14.7% 44 -11.8% 128 498 411 2 3 49% 28
G.W.Anderson SD -45 45 -54 46 -18.2% 46 -20.1% 117 432 332 4 4 39% 50
M.Pruitt 2TM -47 46 0 39 -17.8% 45 -8.5% 112 390 361 2 0 47% 35
W.Abercrombie PIT -89 47 7 38 -18.4% 47 -7.9% 226 844 636 7 4 46% 38
B.Woolfolk HOIL -103 48 -83 49 -34.1% 50 -29.3% 103 392 177 1 4 40% 49
H.Heard KC -113 49 -77 48 -25.1% 48 -19.9% 164 593 406 4 4 41% 47
J.Cribbs BUF -123 50 -96 50 -33.2% 49 -27.9% 122 399 230 1 5 44% 43

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Davenport MIA 136 136 19.3% 19.2% 97 367 640 11 1
O.Gill IND 91 73 37.5% 28.3% 45 262 317 2 0
J.Washington ATL 68 54 25.9% 18.6% 52 210 280 1 0
S.Sewell DEN 67 43 9.7% 3.0% 81 275 425 4 1
D.Gentry CHI 63 68 39.5% 42.6% 30 160 216 2 0
A.Bentley IND 59 78 15.4% 22.9% 53 286 309 2 0
W.Bennett MIA 57 50 16.4% 13.4% 54 256 287 0 0
C.Alexander CIN 52 25 20.1% 5.1% 44 157 242 2 0
Ca.Thomas CHI 51 60 27.5% 34.4% 31 125 202 4 0
G.Willhite DEN 50 40 10.0% 6.5% 66 237 310 3 0
C.Austin ATL 50 42 54.0% 43.8% 20 110 149 0 0
T.Galbreath NYG 44 44 33.5% 33.2% 29 187 159 0 0
T.Paige NYJ 44 53 6.8% 9.9% 55 158 319 8 0
R.Morris SEA 44 -8 12.1% -12.5% 55 236 255 0 2
E.Ferrell STLC 40 29 11.2% 5.6% 46 208 239 2 2
H.Gajan NO 38 51 9.0% 15.1% 50 251 247 2 2
C.White LARM 32 43 2.3% 5.9% 70 310 305 3 1
F.Hawkins LARD 31 18 -0.4% -3.9% 84 269 380 4 0
G.Ellerson GB 19 46 5.4% 24.9% 32 205 149 2 2
R.Weathers NE 19 27 0.5% 4.2% 41 174 210 1 0
M.Tatupu NE 12 24 -4.3% -0.1% 47 153 257 2 1
J.Smith KC 12 7 -0.6% -3.5% 30 118 144 0 0
R.Carpenter NYG 7 -12 -5.7% -13.5% 60 201 220 0 0
T.Newsome DAL 6 -4 -7.2% -9.5% 88 252 389 2 1
S.Edwards HOIL 5 15 -3.3% 6.3% 26 96 95 1 0
A.Rice MIN 5 20 -5.5% 3.2% 31 104 154 3 0
B.King KC 3 -12 -5.8% -20.3% 28 83 94 0 0
D.Bligen NYJ 3 3 -5.6% -5.2% 22 107 78 1 1
A.Anderson MIN 0 -3 -8.6% -9.7% 50 121 205 4 0
T.Sanders CHI -2 -8 -10.2% -16.5% 25 104 88 1 1
T.Brown MIN -9 11 -10.8% -6.0% 93 336 345 7 1
M.Haddix PHI -14 -39 -14.2% -24.4% 67 213 190 0 2
S.Jennings CIN -14 -19 -19.1% -22.8% 31 92 92 1 1
H.Hunter PHI -14 -18 -20.4% -23.2% 27 121 80 1 0
B.McGee SD -15 -13 -16.1% -15.1% 42 181 143 3 3
W.Montgomery DET -19 -6 -14.8% -10.4% 75 251 233 0 0
G.Lang DEN -33 13 -17.4% -5.1% 84 318 267 5 3
B.Redden LARM -34 -7 -20.5% -11.0% 87 380 187 0 1
R.Wolfley STLC -36 -35 -47.7% -47.0% 23 63 21 0 1
A.Moore DET -41 -52 -19.9% -22.9% 80 221 247 4 3
D.Harmon SF -42 -36 -47.6% -41.7% 29 95 25 0 1
E.Horton KC -43 -40 -29.7% -28.4% 48 146 105 3 1
D.Hughes SEA -48 -38 -36.0% -30.1% 40 128 73 0 2
M.Carthon NYG -48 -43 -40.2% -36.9% 27 70 53 0 1

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 61 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
R.Craig SF 349 1 348 1 40.0% 2 39.9% 117 1,016 1,187 6 79% 1
L.James SD 320 2 316 2 32.2% 4 31.6% 123 1,028 1,157 6 71% 2
G.Bell BUF 175 3 160 4 27.4% 6 23.9% 75 576 664 1 77% 1
J.Brooks CIN 174 4 161 3 22.3% 8 19.6% 82 576 702 5 67% 1
G.Adams NYG 146 5 157 5 52.7% 1 57.8% 41 389 459 2 76% 1
B.Woolfolk HOIL 128 6 137 7 6.8% 27 8.2% 114 814 707 4 70% 1
T.Galbreath NYG 123 7 137 6 39.6% 3 45.9% 37 327 419 1 81% 0
F.McNeil NYJ 108 8 105 8 18.0% 11 17.1% 56 427 466 2 69% 2
E.L.Ivery GB 102 9 97 11 31.0% 5 28.9% 40 270 373 2 70% 0
T.Collins NE 95 10 102 10 9.4% 21 11.0% 73 549 490 2 71% 1
T.Brown MIN 85 11 80 14 20.5% 10 18.5% 44 291 352 3 68% 0
W.Payton CHI 81 12 104 9 10.1% 20 16.9% 62 483 408 2 79% 1
E.Ferrell STLC 79 13 84 12 20.5% 9 22.7% 40 277 327 2 63% 0
S.Mitchell STLC 74 14 81 13 5.0% 30 6.7% 73 502 433 3 64% 0
C.James NE 72 15 71 17 16.7% 13 16.2% 44 361 319 2 61% 0
J.Washington ATL 72 16 70 19 14.1% 17 13.2% 46 328 333 1 80% 1
G.W.Anderson SD 72 17 80 15 8.9% 23 11.4% 52 422 373 2 69% 2
K.Mack CLE1 70 18 51 26 14.3% 15 6.9% 39 297 321 3 74% 2
T.Nathan MIA 68 19 55 25 -3.0% 39 -5.1% 102 651 590 1 71% 3
M.Allen LARD 66 20 37 32 -3.5% 40 -8.0% 107 555 594 3 63% 0
M.Suhey CHI 62 21 73 16 12.4% 19 16.9% 41 295 297 1 80% 1
F.Pollard PIT 60 22 70 18 12.5% 18 16.8% 37 250 288 0 65% 0
J.R.Jones DET 57 23 65 21 5.6% 28 8.5% 54 334 327 3 83% 2
J.Morris NYG 55 24 62 23 14.2% 16 17.8% 34 212 255 0 65% 0
R.Erenberg PIT 53 25 64 22 3.1% 32 6.7% 52 326 331 3 63% 0
D.Hughes SEA 51 26 57 24 24.5% 7 28.7% 25 184 202 0 76% 0
O.Anderson STLC 51 27 49 29 16.6% 14 15.3% 32 225 225 0 72% 0
H.Heard KC 46 28 50 27 6.8% 26 8.7% 40 258 253 2 78% 0
R.Carpenter NYG 45 29 50 28 17.7% 12 20.8% 25 162 197 0 80% 0
G.Riggs ATL 45 30 42 31 5.3% 29 3.9% 41 267 261 0 80% 0
E.Byner CLE1 42 31 68 20 -1.7% 37 5.7% 67 463 319 2 67% 0
L.Kinnebrew CIN 40 32 43 30 9.1% 22 11.2% 30 187 206 1 73% 0
K.Griffin WAS 36 33 27 33 0.1% 35 -3.4% 48 285 261 0 77% 0
J.Smith KC 34 34 26 34 8.1% 24 3.0% 28 157 182 2 64% 0
J.Hector NYJ 34 35 24 37 8.1% 25 1.6% 27 164 180 0 63% 0
G.Ellis GB 30 36 3 48 0.2% 34 -12.5% 36 206 213 0 67% 0
G.Lang DEN 27 37 14 40 -1.0% 36 -7.2% 35 180 204 2 66% 0
W.Tyler SF 26 38 15 39 2.0% 33 -4.8% 31 154 173 2 65% 1
E.Lane SEA 26 39 5 47 3.7% 31 -10.2% 25 153 161 0 60% 0
H.Hunter PHI 21 40 26 35 -6.0% 41 -4.2% 54 405 237 1 52% 1
M.Haddix PHI 20 41 15 38 -7.8% 43 -9.3% 61 330 281 0 70% 0
T.Anthony NO 20 42 12 43 -1.8% 38 -6.3% 33 185 158 0 85% 0
F.Hawkins LARD 15 43 13 41 -6.2% 42 -7.2% 33 173 175 0 82% 0
S.Sewell DEN 12 44 12 44 -8.8% 44 -8.6% 40 224 191 1 60% 0
G.Wonsley IND 7 45 5 46 -10.9% 45 -11.6% 43 257 193 0 70% 1
G.Willhite DEN 2 46 26 36 -13.2% 46 -4.9% 52 297 208 1 67% 1
Ja.Jones DAL 0 47 2 49 -13.9% 47 -12.6% 33 169 128 0 73% 0
A.Moore DET 0 48 -23 55 -13.9% 48 -24.4% 34 154 156 1 56% 1
D.Nelson MIN -3 49 9 45 -14.8% 49 -11.2% 59 301 227 1 73% 1
E.Dickerson LARM -6 50 -13 52 -18.4% 50 -23.1% 26 126 86 0 77% 0
W.Abercrombie PIT -11 51 12 42 -19.3% 53 -7.7% 38 209 122 2 63% 1
J.Clark GB -13 52 -10 51 -18.9% 51 -17.6% 46 252 156 2 52% 1
T.Newsome DAL -22 53 -2 50 -19.2% 52 -14.3% 71 361 248 1 65% 1
J.Cribbs BUF -33 54 -15 54 -33.9% 59 -23.0% 32 142 50 0 56% 0
J.Wilder TB -37 55 -32 56 -23.9% 54 -22.5% 68 341 190 0 78% 1
C.Warner SEA -39 56 -64 59 -24.8% 55 -31.8% 61 307 173 1 77% 3
T.Dorsett DAL -49 57 -13 53 -24.8% 56 -16.8% 80 449 218 3 58% 1
S.Winder DEN -51 58 -56 58 -33.6% 58 -35.5% 47 197 80 0 66% 1
E.Horton KC -52 59 -55 57 -32.1% 57 -33.3% 49 185 95 1 57% 1
W.Wilson NO -73 60 -89 60 -36.1% 60 -41.0% 65 228 87 2 58% 0
R.McMillan IND -120 61 -127 61 -57.1% 61 -59.7% 50 115 -50 0 44% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
B.Redden LARM 50 47 32.4% 30.3% 20 162 179 0 80% 0
E.Jackson PHI 41 44 29.3% 33.3% 16 126 151 1 63% 0
A.Anderson MIN 34 25 15.1% 7.2% 22 175 154 1 73% 0
S.Jennings CIN 31 34 14.2% 17.2% 22 101 143 3 55% 0
E.Campbell NO 25 25 27.9% 28.2% 10 88 95 0 60% 0
M.Rozier HOIL 20 27 15.7% 26.3% 11 96 90 0 82% 0
S.Edwards HOIL 20 31 32.8% 60.4% 10 71 71 0 70% 0
C.Alexander CIN 19 30 5.8% 17.0% 17 110 110 0 88% 0
T.Paige NYJ 17 28 -1.0% 7.5% 22 120 127 2 82% 1
A.Bentley IND 16 6 2.5% -8.2% 18 85 103 0 61% 0
D.Doornink SEA 10 4 0.3% -8.6% 12 52 70 0 67% 0
M.Pruitt 2TM 2 -1 -10.0% -16.1% 10 43 47 0 70% 0
M.Carthon NYG 2 9 -11.1% -2.8% 14 81 62 0 57% 0
D.Harmon SF 2 -11 -12.6% -22.4% 22 123 94 0 64% 0
H.Gajan NO -1 -2 -16.1% -16.8% 12 87 39 0 67% 1
Ti.Spencer SD -3 -1 -16.2% -14.5% 18 135 71 0 61% 1
R.Davenport MIA -3 0 -16.3% -13.7% 16 74 74 2 81% 1
D.Gentry CHI -3 0 -19.2% -13.2% 11 77 32 0 45% 0
W.Bennett MIA -4 -7 -17.4% -19.8% 20 101 75 1 50% 0
A.Rice MIN -6 -7 -20.4% -21.3% 17 61 54 1 53% 0
R.Kane DET -6 -1 -25.5% -15.6% 10 56 25 0 50% 0
B.King KC -10 -11 -29.7% -31.6% 11 45 25 0 64% 0
L.Moriarty HOIL -12 -8 -24.2% -20.6% 21 112 58 0 81% 1
Bo.Moore BUF -18 -13 -39.2% -32.8% 12 44 13 0 58% 0
C.Monroe SF -59 -69 -72.6% -82.0% 21 51 -51 0 48% 0
W.Montgomery DET -61 -57 -68.5% -64.1% 19 55 -47 0 37% 0