Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2017

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 4/13/2018

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, 47 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Lewis NE 273 1 280 1 27.6% 2 28.6% 180 896 1,090 6 0 56% 4
T.Gurley LARM 268 2 205 6 13.9% 4 8.6% 279 1,305 1,444 13 5 53% 5
A.Kamara NO 255 3 255 3 44.5% 1 44.4% 120 728 828 8 1 53% 6
K.Hunt KC 222 4 248 4 11.9% 6 14.3% 272 1,327 1,292 8 1 47% 18
L.Bell PIT 214 5 261 2 7.9% 11 11.5% 321 1,315 1,462 9 2 49% 11
A.Collins BAL 205 6 181 8 15.1% 3 12.3% 212 980 1,075 6 2 51% 8
E.Elliott DAL 205 7 198 7 11.1% 8 10.5% 242 983 1,228 7 1 57% 2
M.Ingram NO 193 8 210 5 11.2% 7 12.8% 230 1,127 1,157 12 2 49% 12
M.Lynch OAK 165 9 131 9 10.1% 9 6.3% 207 891 1,022 7 1 49% 13
J.Howard CHI 160 10 122 10 5.8% 14 2.4% 276 1,124 1,219 9 1 42% 35
L.Fournette JAC 115 11 57 22 2.1% 17 -3.3% 268 1,040 1,109 9 2 44% 26
J.Williams GB 108 12 86 13 7.4% 12 4.1% 153 556 760 4 0 48% 14
B.Allen BAL 96 13 67 16 6.2% 13 1.8% 153 591 714 4 0 47% 17
D.Freeman ATL 89 14 105 11 1.5% 18 3.4% 195 862 895 7 4 51% 9
M.Breida SF 87 15 79 14 13.0% 5 11.1% 104 471 486 2 1 47% 16
A.Morris DAL 79 16 99 12 8.4% 10 12.6% 115 547 531 1 0 51% 7
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.Mixon CIN 68 17 -1 37 1.0% 19 -8.7% 177 606 722 4 1 41% 37
F.Gore IND 66 18 46 23 -2.3% 23 -4.2% 261 955 1,012 3 3 44% 23
P.Barber TB 63 19 58 20 4.4% 15 3.3% 108 423 522 3 2 57% 3
L.Murray MIN 59 20 58 18 -2.3% 24 -2.3% 216 842 901 8 1 44% 23
L.Miller HOU 57 21 42 25 -2.8% 25 -4.4% 238 892 941 3 1 45% 21
D.Henry TEN 56 22 37 26 -1.2% 21 -3.7% 176 744 737 5 1 48% 15
O.Darkwa NYG 53 23 61 17 -1.3% 22 -0.3% 171 751 714 5 1 46% 19
G.Bernard CIN 48 24 43 24 3.4% 16 1.9% 105 458 427 2 0 40% 40
I.Crowell CLE 46 25 57 21 -2.9% 26 -1.4% 205 851 763 2 1 40% 38
M.Gillislee NE 39 26 58 19 -0.8% 20 3.1% 104 383 492 5 1 58% 1
J.Ajayi 2TM 27 27 21 29 -5.1% 28 -5.9% 208 885 725 1 3 43% 30
D.Murray TEN 27 28 -1 38 -5.0% 27 -8.8% 184 659 698 6 1 39% 43
M.Gordon LACH 21 29 30 28 -6.8% 33 -6.0% 284 1,105 1,039 8 1 40% 41
C.J.Anderson DEN 16 30 74 15 -6.9% 34 -0.9% 245 1,007 862 3 1 42% 34
W.Gallman NYG 15 31 21 30 -5.2% 29 -3.9% 111 476 415 0 3 50% 10
T.Coleman ATL 14 32 9 35 -6.5% 31 -7.2% 156 628 576 5 1 40% 39
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
C.Hyde SF 12 33 14 33 -7.4% 35 -7.2% 239 940 865 8 2 44% 27
C.McCaffrey CAR 11 34 14 32 -6.2% 30 -5.6% 117 435 413 2 1 45% 22
K.Williams ARI 10 35 17 31 -6.6% 32 -5.1% 120 426 436 1 0 43% 28
A.Abdullah DET -9 36 -47 43 -10.0% 37 -16.0% 165 553 525 4 2 35% 47
L.Blount PHI -9 37 -5 39 -9.8% 36 -9.2% 173 766 619 2 1 43% 33
K.Drake MIA -14 38 30 27 -11.3% 39 -3.0% 133 648 441 3 2 44% 25
M.Forte NYJ -20 39 11 34 -13.9% 41 -5.7% 103 382 297 2 1 41% 36
J.McKinnon MIN -24 40 -25 41 -12.7% 40 -12.8% 150 570 460 3 2 43% 28
L.McCoy BUF -26 41 -7 40 -10.8% 38 -9.2% 286 1,138 962 6 3 43% 32
C.Ivory JAC -38 42 -50 44 -17.0% 44 -19.7% 112 386 327 1 2 38% 44
B.Powell NYJ -43 43 5 36 -14.8% 42 -7.9% 178 772 526 5 0 35% 45
J.Stewart CAR -54 44 -34 42 -14.8% 43 -12.6% 198 681 650 6 3 45% 20
D.Martin TB -77 45 -83 47 -22.5% 47 -23.5% 138 405 352 3 1 35% 46
A.Peterson 2TM -85 46 -79 46 -21.9% 46 -20.9% 156 534 411 3 3 40% 42
S.Perine WAS -85 47 -63 45 -20.5% 45 -17.4% 174 599 478 1 2 43% 31

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Jones GB 143 134 31.3% 28.7% 81 448 542 4 0
Du.Johnson CLE 90 92 15.7% 16.1% 81 344 467 4 1
R.Smith DAL 81 82 23.9% 24.2% 55 232 347 4 0
C.Grant JAC 79 75 53.6% 51.1% 30 248 236 2 0
C.Clement PHI 71 71 14.5% 14.3% 74 321 382 4 0
A.Ekeler LACH 59 61 22.7% 24.0% 47 260 257 2 1
R.Burkhead NE 56 65 10.5% 13.6% 64 264 344 5 1
D.Cook MIN 48 66 7.4% 13.5% 74 354 333 2 1
T.Montgomery GB 37 41 2.8% 4.0% 71 273 341 3 0
S.Ridley PIT 34 12 27.1% 4.3% 26 108 135 1 0
C.Carson SEA 33 21 7.0% 1.3% 49 208 234 0 0
E.Penny ARI 33 44 15.8% 24.1% 31 124 168 2 0
J.D.McKissic SEA 31 26 8.2% 5.4% 45 186 209 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Conner PIT 20 18 10.2% 7.9% 32 144 125 0 0
T.Green DET 17 19 0.0% 1.4% 42 165 192 2 0
J.Richard OAK 15 15 -1.4% -1.4% 56 275 209 1 1
R.Kelley WAS 15 9 -2.8% -5.0% 62 194 254 3 0
A.Blue HOU 14 6 -4.0% -6.8% 71 262 286 1 0
T.West BAL 14 18 0.2% 3.0% 39 139 158 2 1
T.Ward ATL 10 7 -0.3% -2.7% 30 129 121 0 1
D.Foreman HOU 10 -5 -5.5% -10.0% 78 327 300 2 2
C.Sims TB 9 12 2.9% 6.4% 21 95 82 0 0
C.Thompson WAS 9 8 -4.9% -5.2% 64 296 219 2 1
K.Bibbs WAS 9 4 2.2% -3.6% 21 79 83 0 0
R.Turbin IND 7 0 -2.4% -8.9% 23 53 114 1 0
M.Mack IND 6 11 -6.9% -5.8% 93 365 342 4 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
T.Cohen CHI 6 4 -6.8% -7.3% 87 372 284 2 2
M.Brown LARM 4 -3 -6.9% -9.7% 63 246 201 1 1
T.J.Yeldon JAC 4 -3 -6.7% -10.4% 49 253 172 2 2
J.Rodgers TB 2 15 -7.7% -2.8% 64 244 233 1 0
J.Charles DEN 2 37 -7.9% 4.6% 69 305 247 1 2
J.White NE -1 8 -9.3% -3.6% 43 171 143 0 0
D.Booker DEN -2 25 -9.2% -0.5% 79 299 262 1 1
T.Cadet 2TM -3 10 -11.2% 1.4% 23 96 80 0 0
T.Riddick DET -3 -8 -9.5% -11.3% 84 286 258 3 1
A.Ellington 2TM -6 -5 -16.3% -15.0% 20 55 58 1 0
J.Hill CIN -9 -19 -14.2% -20.8% 37 121 121 0 1
M.Tolbert BUF -9 -31 -12.1% -21.0% 66 248 204 1 2
C.Johnson ARI -19 -34 -19.6% -28.1% 45 114 120 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
W.Smallwood PHI -20 -3 -19.5% -10.1% 47 174 127 1 0
S.Vereen NYG -22 -13 -22.6% -16.5% 45 164 101 0 0
Da.Williams MIA -25 -28 -22.7% -24.4% 46 181 112 0 0
P.Perkins NYG -29 -39 -27.1% -33.6% 41 90 88 0 0
B.Oliver LACH -32 -35 -31.4% -33.4% 35 83 69 0 0
Dw.Washington DET -36 -33 -49.1% -45.2% 20 44 18 0 0
M.Davis SEA -38 -53 -23.1% -29.2% 69 240 161 0 0
D.Washington OAK -55 -34 -33.1% -23.9% 57 153 103 2 1
E.McGuire NYJ -56 -38 -25.8% -20.3% 88 315 191 1 1
E.Lacy SEA -81 -71 -37.9% -34.1% 69 179 107 0 0
T.Rawls SEA -83 -86 -40.9% -41.8% 58 157 87 0 1

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 62 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
A.Kamara NO 278 1 277 1 36.4% 6 36.3% 100 826 969 5 81% 0
T.Gurley LARM 236 2 258 2 35.9% 7 40.5% 87 788 826 6 74% 0
C.Thompson WAS 223 3 201 3 67.3% 1 59.5% 54 510 657 4 72% 0
L.Miller HOU 134 4 137 4 42.7% 2 44.2% 45 327 446 3 80% 0
C.McCaffrey CAR 128 5 135 5 5.7% 21 6.8% 113 651 730 5 71% 0
T.Coleman ATL 121 6 97 11 41.2% 4 30.3% 39 299 403 3 69% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 110 7 123 6 6.7% 19 9.1% 94 697 611 3 80% 2
R.Burkhead NE 102 8 99 9 33.7% 8 32.1% 36 254 365 3 83% 0
K.Hunt KC 102 9 107 7 15.6% 14 16.8% 63 455 460 3 84% 0
D.Freeman ATL 102 10 98 10 23.6% 13 22.0% 47 317 406 1 77% 0
L.Bell PIT 101 11 99 8 2.5% 29 2.1% 106 655 652 2 80% 1
D.Lewis NE 90 12 89 12 32.0% 10 31.4% 35 214 326 3 91% 0
J.White NE 86 13 87 13 6.4% 20 6.7% 72 429 475 3 78% 0
J.Richard OAK 86 14 82 15 33.3% 9 31.0% 36 266 308 1 75% 0
S.Perine WAS 84 15 78 17 42.6% 3 38.7% 25 184 280 1 92% 0
A.Ekeler LACH 84 16 85 14 27.1% 12 27.8% 35 279 320 3 77% 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
J.Williams GB 84 17 81 16 29.9% 11 28.4% 34 262 310 2 74% 0
M.Gordon LACH 76 18 69 20 3.0% 28 1.4% 83 476 482 4 70% 0
B.Cunningham CHI 72 19 74 19 39.6% 5 40.6% 26 240 246 2 77% 1
A.Ellington 2TM 59 20 59 22 5.3% 23 5.4% 59 369 343 1 66% 0
L.Fournette JAC 58 21 67 21 7.2% 18 10.5% 48 302 317 1 75% 0
J.D.McKissic SEA 49 22 45 27 3.9% 26 2.5% 47 267 297 2 74% 0
J.McKinnon MIN 48 23 74 18 -0.4% 31 6.8% 68 421 355 2 75% 0
L.McCoy BUF 48 24 53 26 -1.8% 33 -0.3% 78 448 378 2 77% 0
D.Booker DEN 45 25 37 33 7.7% 17 3.7% 38 277 243 0 79% 1
M.Forte NYJ 44 26 57 23 5.6% 22 11.2% 45 293 254 1 82% 0
Da.Williams MIA 44 27 42 28 12.2% 15 11.3% 28 155 210 1 71% 0
K.Juszczyk SF 41 28 56 24 3.7% 27 9.8% 42 317 253 1 79% 2
M.Mack IND 38 29 55 25 9.2% 16 19.4% 33 225 197 1 64% 0
T.Riddick DET 37 30 42 29 -4.6% 36 -3.3% 71 444 362 2 75% 0
F.Gore IND 35 31 41 30 4.1% 25 7.2% 38 245 211 1 76% 0
A.Abdullah DET 33 32 15 40 1.7% 30 -6.9% 35 162 219 1 71% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
C.Ivory JAC 27 33 23 37 4.4% 24 2.0% 28 175 162 1 75% 0
D.Murray TEN 25 34 40 31 -3.3% 34 3.0% 47 266 224 1 83% 0
T.Montgomery GB 19 35 3 43 -3.7% 35 -12.4% 31 173 170 1 74% 0
E.McGuire NYJ 18 36 29 34 -1.4% 32 6.6% 26 177 137 1 65% 0
M.Breida SF 16 37 17 39 -4.8% 37 -4.0% 37 174 158 1 59% 0
J.Mixon CIN 13 38 39 32 -6.8% 38 6.7% 35 307 163 0 89% 2
M.Ingram NO 13 39 5 41 -10.7% 42 -12.7% 71 418 317 0 82% 1
G.Bernard CIN 11 40 27 36 -10.3% 41 -5.3% 60 381 251 2 72% 0
O.Darkwa NYG 10 41 -10 47 -7.3% 39 -20.2% 28 116 135 0 68% 0
T.J.Yeldon JAC 8 42 28 35 -9.9% 40 -1.0% 41 224 171 0 73% 0
E.Elliott DAL 5 43 -17 52 -11.2% 43 -21.8% 38 249 161 2 68% 0
C.J.Anderson DEN 1 44 4 42 -13.2% 44 -11.8% 40 224 136 1 70% 0
C.Sims TB 1 45 -2 44 -13.4% 45 -14.5% 47 252 197 1 74% 1
D.Washington OAK 1 46 -4 45 -13.6% 46 -15.6% 45 197 173 1 76% 1
D.Foster ARI -1 47 -13 48 -14.3% 47 -21.4% 28 133 119 0 61% 0
W.Gallman NYG -2 48 -20 53 -14.6% 48 -21.4% 48 193 183 1 71% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
J.Charles DEN -6 49 -15 50 -18.5% 51 -26.2% 28 129 75 0 82% 0
D.Woodhead BAL -9 50 19 38 -18.0% 50 -5.1% 39 200 137 0 85% 0
B.Allen BAL -10 51 -17 51 -16.7% 49 -18.5% 60 250 232 2 77% 0
K.Drake MIA -13 52 -14 49 -19.1% 52 -19.8% 48 239 143 1 67% 0
J.Ajayi 2TM -18 53 -8 46 -23.6% 55 -18.3% 34 158 94 1 71% 0
M.Lynch OAK -23 54 -26 55 -27.2% 56 -29.5% 31 151 74 0 65% 0
S.Vereen NYG -26 55 -27 56 -22.7% 54 -23.3% 53 253 154 0 83% 0
B.Powell NYJ -30 56 -31 57 -30.4% 57 -31.0% 33 170 67 0 70% 1
C.West KC -31 57 -23 54 -31.6% 59 -27.1% 34 150 61 2 79% 1
C.Hyde SF -43 58 -65 60 -22.4% 53 -26.7% 89 350 271 0 67% 0
I.Crowell CLE -52 59 -59 59 -35.9% 60 -38.5% 43 184 62 0 67% 0
J.Howard CHI -60 60 -51 58 -53.3% 61 -47.1% 32 125 -12 0 72% 0
T.Cohen CHI -64 61 -81 61 -30.6% 58 -35.1% 71 356 140 1 75% 0
A.Collins BAL -92 62 -85 62 -55.6% 62 -52.3% 36 187 -32 0 64% 2

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
C.Clement PHI 50 50 41.7% 41.8% 15 123 168 2 67% 0
R.Smith DAL 50 56 26.9% 31.6% 23 202 190 1 83% 0
K.Bibbs WAS 36 35 32.7% 30.3% 17 128 131 1 82% 0
D.Henry TEN 31 32 23.6% 24.4% 17 136 123 1 65% 0
W.Smallwood PHI 30 19 14.2% 4.0% 18 103 139 0 72% 0
T.Rawls SEA 28 27 26.8% 24.9% 13 94 107 0 69% 0
M.Davis SEA 26 33 15.2% 24.0% 18 131 116 0 83% 0
J.Rodgers TB 24 23 30.5% 28.3% 11 74 89 0 82% 0
K.Williams ARI 21 18 11.6% 7.9% 15 93 103 0 67% 0
D.Sproles PHI 16 6 12.7% -4.4% 12 73 74 0 58% 0
T.Cadet 2TM 15 9 0.9% -4.9% 19 119 101 0 84% 0
C.J.Prosise SEA 6 11 -4.2% 5.4% 11 87 55 0 55% 0
P.Barber TB 3 10 -11.1% -4.3% 19 114 85 0 84% 0
L.Murray MIN 2 10 -11.6% -3.3% 17 103 73 0 88% 0
T.Bonahon JAC 0 -2 -13.2% -17.2% 11 43 53 1 55% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
R.Turbin IND -1 6 -16.9% 0.7% 11 56 28 0 82% 0
J.Develin NE -2 -2 -16.9% -16.7% 10 38 40 0 60% 0
D.Cook MIN -5 -7 -19.0% -20.6% 16 90 62 0 69% 0
A.Ripkowski GB -6 -10 -23.6% -29.1% 10 39 33 0 70% 0
M.Brown LARM -7 -7 -24.6% -25.7% 11 53 31 0 82% 0
P.Perkins NYG -7 -10 -26.5% -32.0% 10 46 24 0 80% 0
T.Ervin HOU -10 -5 -32.0% -23.3% 11 38 19 0 73% 0
D.Martin TB -18 -13 -30.4% -25.3% 18 84 41 0 50% 0
J.Stewart CAR -20 -14 -38.8% -31.5% 15 52 16 1 53% 0
A.Peterson 2TM -23 -31 -35.7% -43.2% 19 70 28 0 58% 0
M.Tolbert BUF -24 -20 -44.2% -38.7% 17 78 7 0 82% 0
P.DiMarco BUF -25 -28 -49.0% -54.0% 10 28 -1 0 70% 0
B.Oliver LACH -29 -40 -56.3% -71.4% 11 26 -11 0 55% 0
A.Jones GB -60 -64 -75.4% -79.7% 18 22 -54 0 50% 0