Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2017

Regular season totals, through Week 14

Revised as of 12/12/2017

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
A.Collins BAL 202 1 189 1 23.0% 2 21.0% 162 832 876 5 2 52% 6
J.Howard CHI 180 2 159 7 10.4% 8 8.2% 235 1,034 1,108 7 1 44% 17
E.Elliott DAL 176 3 172 4 12.6% 6 12.1% 191 783 1,000 7 1 59% 1
M.Ingram NO 174 4 181 3 12.6% 5 13.4% 192 974 989 9 2 52% 7
D.Lewis NE 170 5 168 5 27.4% 1 27.0% 117 607 683 3 0 56% 2
L.Bell PIT 165 6 182 2 5.8% 13 7.2% 283 1,105 1,256 7 2 48% 10
T.Gurley LARM 154 7 119 9 6.9% 12 3.3% 236 1,035 1,108 10 5 53% 4
L.Fournette JAC 147 8 58 13 7.4% 11 -2.3% 231 923 1,030 8 1 44% 19
K.Hunt KC 142 9 164 6 8.2% 10 10.9% 218 1,046 956 5 1 45% 13
D.Henry TEN 141 10 104 11 16.9% 3 10.1% 133 649 705 5 1 50% 8
M.Lynch OAK 137 11 114 10 13.7% 4 10.0% 147 619 753 7 0 49% 9
D.Freeman ATL 134 12 156 8 11.7% 7 14.9% 151 672 788 6 1 54% 3
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.Williams GB 83 13 65 12 8.3% 9 4.7% 106 386 555 4 0 53% 5
J.Mixon CIN 72 14 -9 27 2.7% 14 -9.9% 157 518 664 4 0 39% 29
O.Darkwa NYG 51 15 52 14 0.3% 15 0.4% 136 580 574 3 1 45% 15
C.Hyde SF 46 16 12 22 -2.7% 18 -7.1% 188 773 746 5 1 43% 23
D.Murray TEN 41 17 -8 26 -1.9% 16 -9.9% 151 552 600 5 1 38% 30
F.Gore IND 40 18 19 21 -3.8% 21 -6.3% 210 756 788 3 3 45% 16
I.Crowell CLE 35 19 42 15 -3.4% 19 -2.5% 174 716 650 2 1 41% 26
B.Allen BAL 32 20 24 19 -2.5% 17 -4.1% 127 447 509 4 0 43% 24
L.Miller HOU 32 21 26 18 -5.0% 23 -5.7% 211 764 821 3 1 46% 11
J.Ajayi 2TM 31 22 39 16 -4.2% 22 -3.0% 182 784 655 1 2 45% 14
T.Coleman ATL 28 23 32 17 -3.8% 20 -2.9% 139 593 539 5 1 42% 25
L.Blount PHI 21 24 -2 23 -5.3% 24 -8.9% 152 696 588 2 1 43% 21
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
L.Murray MIN 11 25 -3 24 -7.0% 25 -9.1% 155 586 596 5 1 44% 18
L.McCoy BUF -17 26 20 20 -10.3% 26 -6.5% 239 1,007 808 5 3 43% 22
A.Abdullah DET -22 27 -56 33 -12.4% 27 -18.6% 150 506 449 3 2 33% 35
J.McKinnon MIN -24 28 -45 32 -13.7% 29 -18.1% 122 460 370 3 2 41% 27
B.Powell NYJ -39 29 -20 28 -16.1% 30 -12.4% 133 537 388 3 0 36% 32
M.Gordon LACH -40 30 -32 31 -13.0% 28 -12.1% 229 853 723 6 0 35% 34
D.Martin TB -58 31 -59 34 -19.8% 33 -19.9% 129 401 351 3 1 36% 33
J.Stewart CAR -60 32 -30 30 -16.4% 31 -12.5% 180 635 562 6 3 46% 12
C.J.Anderson DEN -73 33 -6 25 -18.9% 32 -9.4% 181 700 491 2 1 38% 31
A.Peterson 2TM -78 34 -80 35 -20.8% 34 -21.1% 156 534 422 3 3 40% 28
S.Perine WAS -90 35 -25 29 -23.8% 35 -12.7% 142 508 362 1 1 44% 20

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Kamara NO 259 253 65.8% 64.3% 87 608 719 7 1
A.Jones GB 111 112 24.6% 24.8% 75 388 468 4 0
A.Morris DAL 86 103 13.3% 17.6% 97 485 479 1 0
R.Smith DAL 74 71 27.0% 25.5% 46 209 300 3 0
C.Clement PHI 67 65 15.6% 14.8% 67 290 347 4 0
Du.Johnson CLE 65 59 12.7% 10.7% 65 285 366 2 1
P.Barber TB 56 56 10.4% 10.7% 65 248 342 2 0
A.Ekeler LACH 51 56 19.5% 22.6% 45 247 238 2 1
C.Grant JAC 50 44 55.1% 48.1% 20 179 148 1 0
R.Burkhead NE 48 52 9.1% 10.4% 60 252 312 4 1
M.Breida SF 46 20 6.8% -1.8% 77 303 334 1 1
T.Montgomery GB 46 41 5.5% 4.1% 71 273 355 3 0
D.Cook MIN 44 66 6.1% 13.4% 74 354 327 2 1
G.Bernard CIN 37 19 9.0% 0.6% 58 260 242 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
C.Carson SEA 28 20 4.9% 1.0% 49 208 227 0 0
T.Riddick DET 20 11 0.0% -3.9% 64 211 237 3 0
J.D.McKissic SEA 20 18 5.5% 4.4% 36 158 154 1 0
J.Conner PIT 19 16 10.5% 7.3% 29 131 117 0 0
M.Gillislee NE 19 38 -4.6% -0.5% 98 355 435 4 1
J.Richard OAK 18 18 0.7% 0.3% 52 233 202 1 0
R.Kelley WAS 16 8 -2.5% -5.4% 62 194 256 3 0
T.West BAL 15 18 0.9% 2.7% 39 139 159 2 1
K.Williams ARI 13 15 -3.8% -2.9% 64 239 247 1 0
M.Forte NYJ 10 38 -5.4% 3.2% 88 338 294 2 0
R.Turbin IND 8 0 -1.6% -8.6% 23 53 115 1 0
T.J.Yeldon JAC 5 -2 -4.5% -10.3% 33 208 111 1 2
T.Cohen CHI 4 -1 -7.2% -9.0% 80 349 255 2 2
J.Rodgers TB 3 18 -7.5% -1.7% 63 242 231 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Brown LARM 1 5 -7.5% -4.9% 38 143 123 1 1
C.Thompson WAS 1 8 -8.0% -5.2% 64 296 207 2 1
J.Hill CIN 1 -20 -7.7% -21.1% 37 121 138 0 1
D.Foreman HOU 0 -5 -8.4% -10.1% 78 327 284 2 2
W.Gallman NYG -2 15 -9.2% -4.1% 78 330 281 0 2
D.Booker DEN -3 18 -9.8% -0.7% 57 192 193 1 0
J.Charles DEN -3 38 -9.6% 4.7% 69 305 239 1 2
C.Ivory JAC -7 -32 -10.3% -17.0% 95 344 312 1 2
T.Ward ATL -7 -5 -16.1% -14.7% 22 89 64 0 1
W.Smallwood PHI -7 1 -12.9% -8.1% 43 168 134 1 0
A.Ellington 2TM -8 -5 -18.8% -15.0% 20 55 55 1 0
J.White NE -8 8 -13.6% -3.8% 43 171 131 0 0
B.Oliver LACH -14 -12 -25.6% -22.5% 20 61 49 0 0
M.Tolbert BUF -16 -36 -15.8% -25.2% 56 212 160 1 2
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.Vereen NYG -16 -4 -21.1% -11.9% 37 135 84 0 0
M.Mack IND -17 -7 -14.2% -10.8% 76 306 232 3 1
A.Blue HOU -19 -28 -26.9% -36.5% 25 60 56 0 0
M.Davis SEA -19 -15 -22.0% -19.6% 38 148 90 0 0
K.Drake MIA -21 -8 -14.5% -10.9% 90 438 275 2 2
C.Johnson ARI -26 -35 -23.4% -28.5% 45 114 109 0 0
C.McCaffrey CAR -28 -11 -16.5% -11.7% 90 319 260 2 1
P.Perkins NYG -33 -38 -32.8% -36.7% 35 73 63 0 0
Da.Williams MIA -35 -28 -28.2% -24.3% 46 181 96 0 0
Dw.Washington DET -36 -33 -49.3% -45.2% 20 44 18 0 0
D.Washington OAK -44 -25 -30.2% -21.1% 52 150 102 2 1
E.McGuire NYJ -53 -40 -26.3% -21.9% 80 297 171 1 1
T.Rawls SEA -74 -80 -42.3% -44.8% 50 129 69 0 1
E.Lacy SEA -76 -72 -35.9% -34.5% 69 179 116 0 0

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 52 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
C.Thompson WAS 214 1 199 2 64.0% 1 58.6% 54 510 638 4 72% 0
A.Kamara NO 213 2 207 1 36.1% 5 34.7% 77 639 744 4 81% 0
T.Gurley LARM 144 3 160 3 23.3% 9 27.4% 71 602 574 3 72% 0
L.Miller HOU 139 4 144 4 51.0% 2 53.2% 40 316 441 3 83% 0
R.Burkhead NE 104 5 100 6 35.2% 6 33.3% 35 249 367 3 83% 0
J.White NE 103 6 96 8 11.4% 13 9.6% 69 421 500 3 78% 0
A.Ekeler LACH 101 7 102 5 38.8% 4 39.0% 34 273 348 3 76% 0
C.McCaffrey CAR 95 8 90 10 3.8% 20 2.9% 94 519 579 4 71% 0
T.Coleman ATL 81 9 59 16 30.4% 7 18.5% 33 245 293 2 64% 0
J.Williams GB 80 10 98 7 39.1% 3 51.1% 26 231 272 2 85% 0
L.Bell PIT 79 11 76 12 0.9% 24 0.2% 92 579 550 2 82% 1
K.Hunt KC 77 12 94 9 14.2% 12 20.2% 50 389 357 2 84% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 70 13 77 11 2.7% 21 4.5% 73 497 445 3 77% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
M.Forte NYJ 69 14 73 13 20.4% 11 22.4% 39 276 285 1 87% 0
J.Richard OAK 61 15 59 15 23.5% 8 22.6% 31 215 242 1 71% 0
D.Booker DEN 58 16 57 17 22.3% 10 21.3% 28 216 236 0 82% 0
A.Ellington 2TM 58 17 61 14 5.4% 17 6.3% 58 369 337 1 67% 0
T.Riddick DET 46 18 49 20 -0.7% 25 0.4% 61 397 341 2 74% 0
D.Murray TEN 40 19 55 18 5.0% 18 11.6% 42 251 237 1 83% 0
Da.Williams MIA 38 20 39 22 8.7% 15 9.6% 28 155 198 1 71% 0
A.Abdullah DET 37 21 22 28 9.8% 14 0.1% 27 133 189 1 74% 0
G.Bernard CIN 31 22 54 19 2.0% 22 13.4% 39 298 206 2 69% 0
M.Gordon LACH 29 23 29 25 -5.6% 29 -5.7% 65 307 311 4 66% 0
M.Mack IND 28 24 42 21 7.4% 16 18.0% 27 178 152 1 63% 0
C.Ivory JAC 26 25 22 27 3.9% 19 1.0% 28 175 160 1 75% 0
J.D.McKissic SEA 24 26 29 24 -3.5% 27 -1.1% 39 208 211 2 72% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
D.Freeman ATL 23 27 18 29 1.2% 23 -1.9% 26 144 156 0 77% 0
T.Montgomery GB 16 28 1 39 -5.0% 28 -13.3% 31 173 165 1 74% 0
C.J.Anderson DEN 15 29 17 31 -2.4% 26 -0.7% 29 179 125 1 72% 0
K.Juszczyk SF 12 30 15 32 -6.6% 30 -4.2% 29 206 138 1 76% 2
B.Allen BAL 11 31 -8 42 -10.3% 34 -16.2% 55 236 253 2 80% 0
L.Fournette JAC 10 32 18 30 -9.4% 31 -5.8% 40 213 181 1 73% 0
D.Washington OAK 9 33 6 35 -9.6% 32 -10.7% 36 179 162 1 81% 1
C.Sims TB 8 34 1 38 -10.4% 35 -13.3% 41 227 188 1 73% 1
J.Mixon CIN 6 35 26 26 -10.2% 33 2.1% 30 266 128 0 90% 2
I.Crowell CLE 4 36 2 37 -11.6% 38 -13.0% 33 190 141 0 70% 0
F.Gore IND 4 37 8 34 -11.1% 36 -8.6% 29 179 112 0 72% 0
K.Drake MIA 4 38 8 33 -11.4% 37 -8.2% 31 189 110 1 74% 0
J.McKinnon MIN 3 39 33 23 -12.9% 39 -2.3% 57 298 211 2 75% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
E.Elliott DAL -2 40 -6 41 -15.2% 40 -17.7% 26 190 99 2 73% 0
M.Breida SF -3 41 4 36 -15.6% 41 -11.4% 33 140 105 1 58% 0
L.McCoy BUF -6 42 -5 40 -15.8% 43 -15.6% 62 304 206 1 77% 0
M.Ingram NO -6 43 -22 46 -15.7% 42 -20.2% 58 300 228 0 79% 1
J.Charles DEN -9 44 -17 44 -20.7% 45 -27.3% 28 129 69 0 82% 0
S.Vereen NYG -13 45 -12 43 -19.2% 44 -18.6% 46 238 152 0 85% 0
W.Gallman NYG -20 46 -29 49 -25.3% 48 -30.6% 31 109 83 1 71% 0
B.Powell NYJ -23 47 -27 48 -28.1% 49 -30.7% 29 160 67 0 76% 1
T.Cohen CHI -28 48 -22 47 -23.8% 47 -21.6% 55 314 144 1 75% 0
C.West KC -30 49 -17 45 -33.6% 50 -25.5% 29 122 46 2 83% 1
C.Hyde SF -34 50 -65 52 -21.8% 46 -28.9% 79 307 239 0 66% 0
J.Ajayi 2TM -57 51 -52 50 -50.8% 51 -47.4% 29 97 -7 0 69% 0
J.Howard CHI -72 52 -62 51 -72.0% 52 -63.6% 27 94 -54 0 67% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 9-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
C.Clement PHI 70 67 98.9% 94.3% 11 116 189 2 73% 0
S.Perine WAS 54 55 35.1% 35.8% 19 132 192 1 89% 0
D.Lewis NE 47 43 24.2% 20.8% 21 137 186 1 95% 0
R.Smith DAL 26 37 13.0% 24.7% 17 158 122 1 76% 0
K.Williams ARI 20 18 25.1% 22.1% 10 73 77 0 70% 0
O.Darkwa NYG 20 1 0.5% -13.0% 24 107 138 0 75% 0
J.Rodgers TB 17 14 23.7% 18.3% 9 54 67 0 78% 0
P.Barber TB 17 18 18.1% 21.4% 10 77 72 0 90% 0
D.Woodhead BAL 16 26 0.9% 9.5% 20 120 114 0 90% 0
T.Rawls SEA 15 18 13.8% 17.8% 10 74 72 0 70% 0
T.Cadet 2TM 15 8 4.2% -4.2% 17 105 91 0 88% 0
T.J.Yeldon JAC 14 25 -2.8% 6.2% 24 137 120 0 75% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
W.Smallwood PHI 13 6 1.6% -6.8% 15 79 90 0 67% 0
E.McGuire NYJ 12 15 0.5% 3.7% 16 113 86 0 69% 0
D.Sproles PHI 9 5 1.7% -4.7% 12 73 61 0 58% 0
D.Foster ARI 9 4 -1.0% -8.8% 13 70 69 0 69% 0
B.Cunningham CHI 6 18 -6.7% 6.1% 18 139 77 1 72% 1
C.J.Prosise SEA 4 11 -6.8% 3.9% 11 87 51 0 55% 0
T.Bonahon JAC 3 -2 -9.5% -17.1% 11 43 58 1 55% 0
R.Turbin IND 0 5 -14.1% -1.9% 11 56 32 0 82% 0
M.Lynch OAK 0 0 -14.2% -13.4% 21 120 82 0 62% 0
D.Cook MIN -3 -8 -16.8% -21.7% 16 90 67 0 69% 0
T.Ervin HOU -4 -6 -21.6% -24.7% 11 38 31 0 73% 0
Da.Johnson ARI -5 -5 -24.2% -24.9% 9 67 22 0 67% 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
A.Ripkowski GB -6 -10 -24.2% -30.6% 9 35 30 0 67% 0
D.Henry TEN -7 0 -25.1% -13.8% 12 55 29 0 58% 0
L.Murray MIN -13 -7 -29.6% -22.6% 14 65 32 0 86% 0
M.Tolbert BUF -15 -17 -36.5% -40.0% 13 61 16 0 92% 0
P.Perkins NYG -16 -19 -48.7% -55.2% 9 35 0 0 78% 0
J.Stewart CAR -18 -15 -39.6% -34.6% 13 44 13 1 46% 0
D.Martin TB -19 -13 -30.7% -25.6% 18 84 40 0 50% 0
A.Peterson 2TM -23 -32 -35.3% -43.4% 19 70 29 0 58% 0
A.Collins BAL -26 -27 -37.1% -37.7% 18 121 26 0 72% 1
A.Jones GB -59 -64 -83.8% -89.1% 16 16 -62 0 50% 0