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RUNNING BACKS 2018

Regular season totals, through Week 15

Revised as of 12/18/2018

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 100 rushes, 42 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
T.Gurley LAR 349 1 338 1 22.1% 2 21.1% 256 1,251 1,543 17 0 57% 4
D.Henry TEN 244 2 199 5 24.5% 1 18.5% 178 882 1,028 11 0 52% 12
A.Kamara NO 208 3 256 2 16.2% 8 21.9% 187 873 1,059 12 0 58% 2
M.Mack IND 194 4 142 9 19.8% 4 12.2% 158 759 902 7 1 54% 7
P.Lindsay DEN 187 5 219 4 16.4% 7 20.7% 182 991 948 9 0 49% 17
M.Gordon LAC 179 6 221 3 20.3% 3 27.0% 153 802 826 9 0 54% 8
E.Elliott DAL 156 7 125 11 4.2% 17 1.6% 286 1,351 1,308 6 5 51% 15
A.Jones GB 149 8 182 6 17.6% 6 23.5% 133 729 730 9 1 55% 5
K.Hunt KC 133 9 130 10 8.9% 10 8.6% 181 840 868 8 0 55% 6
C.Carson SEA 129 10 87 18 6.3% 13 1.4% 201 913 957 6 3 51% 13
C.McCaffrey CAR 128 11 143 8 7.2% 12 9.0% 194 980 904 7 2 54% 9
K.Johnson DET 127 12 109 15 18.0% 5 14.3% 118 641 615 3 1 53% 10
S.Barkley NYG 114 13 63 21 4.0% 18 -1.7% 223 1,155 970 9 0 42% 34
J.Mixon CIN 114 14 121 13 4.2% 16 5.0% 207 995 955 8 0 49% 18
G.Edwards BAL 103 15 175 7 13.2% 9 28.4% 111 550 574 2 0 68% 1
J.Conner PIT 102 16 123 12 3.4% 19 5.9% 201 908 896 12 3 48% 19
F.Gore MIA 82 17 66 20 4.9% 15 2.3% 156 722 652 0 1 50% 16
M.Ingram NO 75 18 96 16 5.3% 14 9.2% 122 582 584 5 1 57% 3
N.Chubb CLE 72 19 116 14 1.6% 20 7.9% 164 860 724 8 0 48% 20
K.Drake MIA 61 20 32 23 7.7% 11 -0.2% 103 469 422 4 1 46% 28
I.Crowell NYJ 40 21 26 26 -1.2% 21 -3.9% 143 685 531 7 0 36% 41
L.Miller HOU 40 22 47 22 -3.4% 24 -2.5% 193 917 729 4 0 45% 29
M.Breida SF 39 23 91 17 -1.8% 22 7.2% 149 794 555 3 1 46% 27
L.Murray MIN 29 24 31 24 -3.1% 23 -2.7% 129 538 496 6 0 47% 26
S.Michel NE 25 25 69 19 -5.6% 26 -0.4% 177 767 765 5 1 53% 10
L.Fournette JAX 22 26 0 27 -4.2% 25 -8.5% 115 396 467 5 0 47% 25
A.Peterson WAS 18 27 -25 35 -6.6% 27 -11.4% 221 923 798 7 2 44% 31
A.Collins BAL 8 28 -14 29 -6.8% 28 -11.7% 114 417 405 7 3 47% 24
R.Freeman DEN 2 29 28 25 -8.1% 29 -2.6% 106 440 407 5 1 48% 22
T.Coleman ATL 1 30 -16 30 -8.4% 30 -11.2% 149 704 524 3 1 43% 33
P.Barber TB -11 31 -65 37 -9.9% 31 -16.3% 202 762 705 6 1 44% 30
C.Ivory BUF -12 32 -42 36 -11.4% 32 -19.0% 101 340 329 1 1 44% 32
T.J.Yeldon JAX -22 33 -25 34 -13.7% 34 -14.3% 104 414 332 1 1 48% 23
C.Hyde 2TM -23 34 -76 38 -12.1% 33 -20.2% 154 528 522 5 2 40% 37
D.Martin OAK -45 35 -20 32 -16.2% 36 -12.0% 130 516 432 3 2 51% 14
D.Cook MIN -50 36 -24 33 -20.7% 38 -14.4% 106 503 277 2 2 40% 36
Da.Johnson ARI -59 37 -3 28 -15.0% 35 -8.9% 231 844 695 7 2 38% 39
L.McCoy BUF -75 38 -95 39 -22.0% 39 -25.7% 145 479 359 2 0 39% 38
D.Lewis TEN -78 39 -130 42 -22.1% 40 -31.0% 152 512 372 1 1 34% 42
L.Blount DET -83 40 -107 41 -23.1% 42 -27.2% 132 374 359 5 1 38% 40
A.Blue HOU -86 41 -101 40 -22.5% 41 -24.8% 143 473 394 2 0 41% 35
J.Howard CHI -90 42 -19 31 -18.3% 37 -10.7% 216 773 651 6 1 48% 21

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Penny SEA 62 59 11.7% 10.7% 81 413 365 2 0
K.Bibbs WAS 62 50 58.3% 45.5% 20 101 181 3 0
M.Davis SEA 62 85 7.0% 13.0% 98 439 442 3 0
J.Williams GB 55 20 5.4% -3.5% 98 365 430 2 0
J.Wilkins IND 54 50 13.6% 11.6% 57 318 299 1 0
Z.Zenner DET 54 49 36.9% 32.6% 26 127 189 2 0
A.Ekeler LAC 49 57 3.7% 5.8% 98 496 422 2 0
Da.Williams KC 44 39 26.9% 22.7% 26 102 178 3 0
W.Smallwood PHI 38 38 4.3% 4.2% 74 308 314 3 1
S.Ware KC 37 31 8.5% 5.6% 51 246 248 2 0
R.Mostert SF 37 59 16.8% 32.7% 34 261 183 1 1
M.Brown LAR 36 36 10.0% 10.0% 43 212 226 0 0
J.White NE 36 33 1.6% 0.9% 82 354 362 4 0
M.Murphy BUF 34 30 9.6% 7.4% 52 250 216 0 0
M.Lynch OAK 30 49 -1.0% 3.9% 90 376 389 3 0
G.Bernard CIN 24 24 2.4% 2.6% 53 204 226 3 0
K.Dixon BAL 21 37 4.2% 14.5% 40 188 172 2 1
J.Jackson LAC 20 50 2.2% 18.0% 43 197 194 2 0
K.Ballage MIA 18 13 12.9% 6.3% 20 134 103 1 0
C.J.Anderson CAR 9 3 0.7% -5.5% 24 104 95 0 0
T.Riddick DET 8 11 -1.3% 0.6% 33 149 112 0 0
D.Booker DEN 8 27 -1.4% 15.9% 26 148 109 1 0
Du.Johnson CLE 8 7 -2.6% -3.3% 34 168 120 0 0
J.Adams PHI 7 14 -6.9% -5.2% 98 440 369 3 0
T.Montgomery 2TM 6 18 -5.1% 2.3% 40 175 153 1 1
R.Burkhead NE 4 -30 -5.7% -29.2% 39 133 134 0 1
R.Smith DAL 2 -11 -7.0% -17.0% 30 99 112 0 0
J.Rodgers TB 1 -4 -7.1% -12.8% 28 101 84 0 0
J.Samuels PIT -2 13 -9.7% -1.1% 42 201 150 0 0
W.Gallman NYG -3 -13 -10.3% -17.5% 43 141 121 0 0
T.Cannon NYJ -8 -34 -13.9% -32.3% 34 93 111 1 0
B.Allen BAL -9 -18 -13.0% -17.6% 41 113 159 3 0
J.Wilson SF -10 -13 -13.6% -15.1% 52 230 161 0 3
J.Richard OAK -13 0 -15.0% -8.7% 48 247 157 0 2
R.Jones TB -13 -24 -23.0% -34.2% 23 44 59 1 0
C.Edmonds ARI -16 -4 -16.1% -10.6% 50 174 162 2 1
N.Hines IND -16 -23 -13.1% -14.9% 82 307 283 1 1
E.McGuire NYJ -17 -44 -15.2% -25.5% 60 197 195 2 1
J.Ajayi PHI -18 5 -17.1% -6.4% 45 184 148 3 1
I.Smith ATL -18 -13 -13.3% -11.9% 90 318 302 4 1
D.Washington OAK -19 -18 -25.3% -23.8% 24 82 69 0 1
S.Ridley PIT -21 -14 -30.8% -23.2% 26 76 48 1 0
C.Clement PHI -31 -30 -19.6% -19.5% 68 259 188 2 2
B.Powell NYJ -32 -35 -19.3% -20.4% 80 343 206 0 2
C.Thompson WAS -39 -46 -38.1% -42.7% 37 148 51 0 1
T.Cohen CHI -45 -19 -21.2% -13.8% 88 408 232 2 2
A.Morris SF -102 -71 -34.0% -26.4% 95 318 180 1 1

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 42 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 198 1 196 2 79.8% 1 78.8% 35 378 562 7 74% 0
T.Cohen CHI 192 2 206 1 25.2% 4 28.0% 85 710 750 5 80% 1
J.White NE 171 3 181 4 11.9% 10 13.4% 114 699 828 6 71% 0
C.McCaffrey CAR 168 4 185 3 12.4% 9 15.0% 110 768 805 6 85% 2
A.Ekeler LAC 134 5 118 7 32.1% 3 26.6% 52 404 484 3 75% 1
J.Richard OAK 121 6 129 6 15.7% 8 17.7% 74 550 542 0 84% 0
A.Kamara NO 118 7 143 5 7.8% 12 12.3% 99 627 635 4 78% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 108 8 105 10 19.7% 6 18.9% 52 372 452 3 77% 1
M.Breida SF 102 9 109 9 45.1% 2 48.9% 30 255 336 2 87% 0
S.Barkley NYG 98 10 79 14 3.4% 20 0.0% 106 654 608 4 77% 0
J.Conner PIT 86 11 84 11 9.5% 11 9.1% 68 467 436 1 76% 1
T.Gurley LAR 85 12 114 8 4.3% 16 10.4% 81 580 513 4 73% 1
T.J.Yeldon JAX 80 13 65 16 4.4% 15 1.0% 78 472 480 4 71% 0
T.Coleman ATL 78 14 77 15 19.3% 7 19.0% 42 267 329 5 74% 1
K.Juszczyk SF 76 15 82 13 21.2% 5 24.3% 38 309 310 1 76% 1
M.Gordon LAC 69 16 83 12 6.2% 13 10.4% 60 453 387 4 73% 1
K.Drake MIA 68 17 52 18 4.1% 18 -0.3% 64 394 413 5 70% 0
E.Elliott DAL 53 18 62 17 -2.3% 26 -0.3% 89 543 435 3 81% 0
N.Hines IND 49 19 42 19 -1.4% 25 -3.1% 71 359 383 2 79% 0
D.Cook MIN 40 20 42 20 3.2% 21 3.8% 41 249 252 2 80% 0
M.Davis SEA 38 21 19 26 4.9% 14 -4.4% 38 202 226 1 84% 0
D.Booker DEN 35 22 15 29 0.9% 23 -7.3% 39 234 240 0 77% 1
J.Rodgers TB 31 23 30 22 2.4% 22 1.6% 37 247 201 0 81% 1
W.Smallwood PHI 27 24 19 27 4.0% 19 -1.0% 27 182 163 2 74% 0
D.Lewis TEN 27 25 28 25 -5.3% 27 -5.0% 59 357 280 1 90% 0
C.Clement PHI 27 26 28 24 4.2% 17 5.1% 25 192 158 0 88% 0
A.Jones GB 26 27 29 23 -0.8% 24 0.6% 35 206 200 1 74% 0
K.Johnson DET 17 28 38 21 -6.4% 28 3.1% 39 213 196 1 82% 0
G.Bernard CIN 15 29 8 33 -6.6% 29 -10.3% 41 210 183 0 76% 0
I.Crowell NYJ 7 30 -4 37 -8.7% 30 -16.8% 28 152 120 0 75% 0
P.Lindsay DEN 7 31 9 32 -11.1% 32 -10.1% 45 230 192 1 73% 0
T.Riddick DET 6 32 -10 39 -12.0% 33 -16.8% 70 377 268 0 81% 0
T.Montgomery 2TM 6 33 10 31 -11.0% 31 -8.8% 36 225 156 0 67% 0
C.Thompson WAS 3 34 11 30 -12.7% 35 -9.1% 47 246 174 1 77% 0
J.Williams GB 3 35 -2 35 -12.2% 34 -15.2% 29 133 122 0 62% 0
J.Mixon CIN -2 36 16 28 -14.5% 36 -8.7% 52 284 219 1 77% 0
B.Allen BAL -3 37 -16 40 -14.9% 38 -20.6% 43 204 167 2 81% 1
L.Miller HOU -3 38 -9 38 -15.8% 39 -19.7% 33 163 101 1 70% 1
Da.Johnson ARI -3 39 5 34 -14.7% 37 -12.6% 67 405 255 2 69% 1
I.Smith ATL -7 40 -4 36 -17.4% 40 -15.9% 32 152 126 0 84% 0
L.McCoy BUF -18 41 -21 41 -22.2% 41 -23.5% 40 210 118 0 73% 0
P.Barber TB -28 42 -25 42 -34.0% 42 -31.8% 25 77 41 1 64% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 9-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
S.Ware KC 82 77 53.5% 49.5% 23 224 255 0 87% 0
J.Samuels PIT 76 84 60.1% 67.3% 18 148 232 2 89% 0
F.Gore MIA 51 54 37.4% 40.5% 16 124 175 1 75% 0
Da.Williams KC 49 42 38.2% 31.2% 16 115 168 1 94% 0
N.Chubb CLE 47 46 25.7% 25.6% 23 150 180 2 70% 0
A.Peterson WAS 46 46 22.0% 22.4% 24 200 185 1 79% 1
L.Fournette JAX 44 40 18.2% 15.8% 21 157 187 1 90% 0
C.Carson SEA 38 28 18.6% 9.8% 23 156 162 0 83% 0
D.Hilliard CLE 34 30 61.7% 53.5% 9 90 103 0 89% 0
C.Ivory BUF 23 33 8.6% 18.3% 20 160 121 0 60% 0
J.Jackson LAC 20 29 32.4% 51.7% 9 88 74 0 89% 0
M.Mack IND 19 8 2.8% -6.3% 20 100 118 1 65% 0
J.Wilson SF 18 27 9.0% 19.2% 13 87 95 0 77% 0
C.J.Ham MIN 15 4 2.0% -10.0% 15 85 100 0 73% 0
C.Grant JAX 15 9 5.9% -2.5% 12 67 85 0 75% 0
R.Penny SEA 11 10 6.3% 4.7% 12 75 57 0 75% 0
D.Martin OAK 9 5 -5.0% -8.6% 20 106 93 0 80% 0
A.Collins BAL 8 13 -7.4% -3.5% 21 105 109 1 71% 0
A.Blue HOU 6 2 -8.0% -11.9% 19 116 84 0 74% 0
C.Edmonds ARI 5 1 -9.6% -13.2% 19 98 90 0 89% 0
R.Burkhead NE 3 5 -10.5% -7.7% 13 73 60 0 69% 0
L.Murray MIN 2 6 -12.3% -9.5% 24 135 99 0 83% 0
B.Powell NYJ 1 -5 -12.9% -18.8% 18 110 76 1 61% 0
Z.Line NO 1 -2 -12.6% -16.1% 9 14 49 2 56% 0
A.Morris SF 1 -4 -13.2% -18.8% 13 69 60 0 54% 0
D.Sproles PHI 0 5 -13.3% -7.0% 14 72 57 1 71% 0
E.McGuire NYJ -3 -19 -15.9% -27.0% 24 119 96 0 58% 0
S.Michel NE -3 -2 -18.7% -16.9% 11 50 40 0 64% 0
R.Smith DAL -3 -6 -20.9% -27.4% 9 46 26 0 78% 0
J.Howard CHI -6 5 -18.2% -10.1% 22 123 78 0 77% 0
L.Blount DET -11 -18 -27.4% -36.0% 11 72 34 0 73% 1
M.Lynch OAK -11 -10 -24.0% -22.8% 19 84 55 0 79% 0
R.Freeman DEN -11 -14 -33.4% -38.7% 9 29 18 0 67% 0
T.Cannon NYJ -12 -14 -23.4% -25.4% 22 139 57 0 73% 0
K.Bibbs WAS -14 -19 -28.4% -34.2% 18 102 39 1 72% 1
M.Ingram NO -16 -9 -26.1% -20.8% 23 147 60 1 78% 1
R.Jones TB -19 -18 -48.6% -48.3% 9 33 0 0 78% 0
D.Henry TEN -21 -27 -39.5% -46.8% 16 78 15 0 81% 1
J.Adams PHI -33 -32 -72.1% -70.2% 9 25 -28 0 44% 0
J.Develin NE -39 -34 -50.6% -45.5% 17 59 -5 0 65% 0
J.Wilkins IND -41 -40 -58.3% -56.6% 16 80 -19 0 94% 2
C.Hyde 2TM -48 -53 -80.7% -86.9% 14 27 -48 0 57% 0
W.Gallman NYG -50 -47 -70.6% -67.2% 21 82 -41 0 62% 2
M.Murphy BUF -79 -76 -85.3% -82.4% 19 26 -84 0 58% 0