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RUNNING BACKS 2018

Regular season totals, through Week 2

Revised as of 9/18/2018

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 16 rushes, 37 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
P.Lindsay DEN 57 1 39.9% 3 29 178 193 0 0 59% 4
M.Breida SF 51 2 59.7% 1 22 184 149 1 0 45% 17
E.Elliott DAL 43 3 25.2% 5 32 147 179 2 0 44% 18
A.Ekeler LAC 41 4 55.1% 2 16 116 122 0 0 69% 1
J.Mixon CIN 35 5 13.5% 9 38 179 196 1 0 58% 6
J.Ajayi PHI 34 6 23.1% 6 22 85 147 3 0 50% 12
I.Crowell NYJ 31 7 31.3% 4 22 137 115 2 0 41% 23
T.Gurley LAR 30 8 8.1% 13 39 150 206 3 0 49% 13
A.Kamara NO 29 9 18.0% 7 21 75 141 2 0 57% 7
M.Lynch OAK 29 10 12.5% 11 29 106 166 2 0 52% 11
L.Miller HOU 29 11 13.8% 8 34 166 156 0 0 38% 27
Da.Johnson ARI 17 12 12.8% 10 22 85 95 1 0 36% 29
R.Freeman DEN 14 13 4.9% 14 23 99 112 1 0 48% 14
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
F.Gore MIA 14 14 10.2% 12 18 86 86 0 0 61% 2
J.Howard CHI 13 15 1.6% 16 29 117 132 0 0 59% 4
K.Drake MIA 13 16 4.7% 15 25 101 106 1 0 60% 3
J.Conner PIT 7 17 -3.9% 17 39 151 141 3 1 41% 22
S.Barkley NYG 4 18 -5.1% 19 29 134 115 1 0 41% 21
K.Hunt KC 4 19 -5.5% 20 34 124 119 1 0 53% 10
J.Williams GB 4 20 -5.8% 21 31 106 116 0 0 39% 26
M.Gordon LAC 3 21 -5.0% 18 24 92 82 1 0 33% 32
T.J.Yeldon JAX 1 22 -7.1% 22 24 109 80 0 0 46% 16
J.Wilkins IND -1 23 -9.2% 23 24 101 83 0 0 54% 9
C.McCaffrey CAR -2 24 -11.6% 24 18 87 60 0 1 56% 8
D.Lewis TEN -4 25 -12.5% 25 30 117 81 1 0 27% 34
B.Powell NYJ -6 26 -17.5% 28 17 66 45 0 0 35% 30
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
C.Hyde CLE -6 27 -12.5% 26 38 105 119 2 0 26% 35
L.McCoy BUF -7 28 -20.3% 31 16 61 39 0 0 25% 36
T.Coleman ATL -8 29 -17.4% 27 25 126 68 1 1 40% 25
R.Burkhead NE -9 30 -18.5% 30 24 86 66 0 1 42% 20
D.Henry TEN -12 31 -17.9% 29 28 82 89 0 0 43% 19
R.Penny SEA -16 32 -33.2% 33 17 38 30 0 0 24% 37
A.Peterson WAS -21 33 -22.8% 32 37 116 93 1 0 41% 24
A.Collins BAL -23 34 -45.1% 36 16 49 17 1 1 31% 33
A.Morris SF -32 35 -35.6% 34 26 87 49 0 1 46% 15
D.Cook MIN -33 36 -39.0% 35 26 78 40 0 1 35% 31
P.Barber TB -62 37 -52.0% 37 35 91 22 0 0 37% 28

RUSHING, OTHERS: 3-15 rushes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Blue HOU 37 61.8% 12 72 105 1 0
C.Clement PHI 28 64.5% 11 56 79 1 0
C.J.Anderson CAR 25 52.5% 10 66 76 0 0
B.Allen BAL 20 30.5% 10 25 75 2 0
C.Edmonds ARI 18 66.7% 5 29 50 0 0
N.Chubb CLE 15 64.1% 5 35 43 0 0
C.Thompson WAS 13 30.6% 9 66 51 0 0
L.Fournette JAX 12 24.7% 9 41 51 0 0
T.Montgomery GB 10 25.2% 7 38 42 0 0
K.Dixon BAL 10 9.7% 13 44 62 1 0
J.Hill NE 9 44.3% 4 25 31 0 0
C.Ivory BUF 9 32.3% 5 10 33 1 0
S.Ware KC 8 42.6% 4 35 27 0 0
T.Riddick DET 6 34.2% 4 20 22 0 0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Martin OAK 6 6.0% 11 44 45 0 0
N.Hines IND 6 3.8% 9 26 47 1 0
T.Cohen CHI 4 2.0% 9 33 40 0 0
W.Smallwood PHI 4 7.5% 7 28 27 0 0
C.Carson SEA 4 -1.1% 13 75 50 0 1
L.Murray MIN 4 -2.6% 15 61 60 0 0
J.Richard OAK 3 -0.1% 7 27 35 0 0
K.Johnson DET 3 -2.7% 13 60 48 0 0
D.Freeman ATL 2 -3.9% 6 36 32 0 0
D.Booker DEN 1 -4.8% 5 21 16 0 0
G.Bernard CIN -1 -12.1% 7 25 25 0 0
D.Sproles PHI -2 -16.1% 5 10 17 0 0
M.Mack IND -3 -15.0% 10 34 32 0 0
M.Murphy BUF -3 -19.5% 9 37 20 0 0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Davis SEA -4 -26.9% 3 3 11 0 0
R.Kelley WAS -4 -26.9% 4 8 11 0 0
M.Brown LAR -4 -15.3% 13 51 44 0 0
J.Stewart NYG -4 -40.1% 4 9 5 0 0
C.Grant JAX -4 -32.1% 5 16 9 0 0
L.Blount DET -5 -20.1% 12 35 32 0 0
S.Michel NE -6 -20.6% 10 34 32 0 0
J.Rodgers TB -6 -36.6% 7 14 9 0 0
I.Smith ATL -7 -26.1% 9 49 22 0 1
B.Wilds JAX -7 -78.7% 3 4 -3 0 0
T.Cannon NYJ -14 -62.9% 6 15 -1 0 0
J.White NE -17 -56.2% 9 29 3 0 0
Du.Johnson CLE -20 -72.6% 8 20 -6 0 0
M.Gillislee NO -31 -66.7% 11 27 -4 0 1

RECEIVING: Minimum 6 passes, 38 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 DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
A.Kamara NO 80 1 58.5% 4 18 165 243 1 83% 0
C.Thompson WAS 74 2 50.2% 7 21 155 236 1 90% 0
A.Ekeler LAC 60 3 139.1% 1 8 108 153 1 100% 0
M.Gordon LAC 53 4 29.1% 12 20 140 199 2 75% 0
J.Conner PIT 45 5 65.8% 3 11 105 129 0 91% 0
C.McCaffrey CAR 41 6 16.9% 13 24 147 178 0 83% 0
B.Powell NYJ 38 7 84.1% 2 8 79 106 1 75% 0
D.Cook MIN 36 8 41.4% 10 12 107 123 0 75% 0
T.Gurley LAR 29 9 51.4% 6 8 70 92 1 75% 0
J.White NE 29 10 14.9% 14 17 111 131 1 65% 0
C.Grant JAX 29 11 52.7% 5 7 56 90 0 86% 0
A.Peterson WAS 22 12 50.2% 8 6 100 69 0 83% 1
K.Juszczyk SF 20 13 47.2% 9 6 69 63 0 67% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
C.Clement PHI 14 14 38.1% 11 6 55 48 0 83% 0
J.Howard CHI 8 15 2.3% 16 9 58 51 0 89% 0
J.Mixon CIN 7 16 0.5% 17 8 57 53 0 75% 0
T.Coleman ATL 6 17 7.9% 15 6 44 34 0 83% 0
M.Breida SF 4 18 -4.6% 18 6 26 38 0 67% 0
J.Richard OAK 3 19 -9.4% 19 11 55 58 0 82% 0
K.Johnson DET -2 20 -18.6% 20 9 43 29 0 89% 0
C.Carson SEA -4 21 -25.7% 24 6 28 16 0 50% 0
R.Penny SEA -5 22 -36.1% 28 7 35 3 0 57% 0
K.Drake MIA -6 23 -24.6% 22 8 35 27 0 88% 0
D.Lewis TEN -6 24 -27.6% 25 9 36 19 0 67% 0
C.Edmonds ARI -7 25 -25.3% 23 9 39 27 0 100% 0
L.McCoy BUF -9 26 -45.1% 31 7 28 2 0 71% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
Du.Johnson CLE -9 27 -31.8% 26 8 15 18 0 38% 0
N.Hines IND -11 28 -34.0% 27 10 31 16 0 80% 0
S.Barkley NYG -12 29 -24.0% 21 22 102 61 0 73% 0
D.Sproles PHI -14 30 -45.7% 32 7 22 2 0 57% 0
J.Williams GB -15 31 -63.5% 36 6 12 -9 0 50% 0
G.Bernard CIN -15 32 -49.8% 33 8 26 -1 0 63% 0
B.Allen BAL -18 33 -36.3% 29 13 51 20 0 77% 0
E.Elliott DAL -29 34 -77.9% 37 10 26 -27 0 80% 0
Da.Johnson ARI -29 35 -58.4% 35 11 33 -13 0 55% 0
T.J.Yeldon JAX -29 36 -50.1% 34 12 31 -3 1 42% 0
M.Murphy BUF -31 37 -90.6% 38 7 7 -35 0 14% 0
T.Riddick DET -33 38 -42.9% 30 19 62 13 0 74% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 3-5 passes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
A.Collins BAL 27 81.3% 5 61 76 0 80% 0
T.Montgomery GB 13 40.6% 5 30 44 0 60% 0
T.Cohen CHI 12 30.7% 5 33 44 0 80% 0
P.Lindsay DEN 12 37.6% 4 35 40 1 75% 0
C.J.Prosise SEA 10 41.6% 3 22 33 0 100% 0
L.Fournette JAX 9 34.7% 3 14 31 0 100% 0
M.Brown LAR 5 9.8% 3 18 26 0 67% 0
W.Gallman NYG 3 13.8% 3 20 15 0 100% 0
J.Wilkins IND 2 -7.6% 5 24 21 0 100% 0
K.Smith OAK -2 -21.0% 3 12 13 0 67% 0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
J.Rodgers TB -2 -25.1% 4 25 9 0 100% 0
J.Develin NE -3 -24.0% 5 22 15 0 80% 0
C.Hyde CLE -6 -56.4% 3 10 -2 0 67% 0
M.Lynch OAK -9 -55.5% 4 11 -3 0 100% 0
I.Crowell NYJ -10 -71.1% 3 4 -8 0 67% 0
L.Miller HOU -12 -89.0% 4 13 -13 0 75% 0
R.Burkhead NE -13 -89.0% 3 5 -14 0 33% 0
D.Martin OAK -17 -144.5% 3 -3 -26 0 100% 0
D.Freeman ATL -23 -117.1% 5 14 -32 0 60% 0