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RUNNING BACKS 2018

Regular season totals, through Week 10

Revised as of 11/13/2018

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 80 rushes, 36 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
T.Gurley LAR 277 1 272 1 22.6% 1 22.1% 198 988 1,213 13 0 59% 1
A.Kamara NO 140 2 176 3 15.8% 4 22.1% 123 546 721 11 0 54% 3
K.Hunt KC 122 3 121 5 8.9% 7 8.8% 167 754 800 8 0 55% 2
M.Gordon LAC 118 4 177 2 14.8% 5 26.6% 125 672 623 7 0 53% 5
E.Elliott DAL 113 5 98 8 7.4% 9 5.3% 168 831 789 4 3 48% 17
P.Lindsay DEN 110 6 136 4 16.7% 2 22.9% 110 591 551 3 0 48% 14
K.Johnson DET 102 7 67 11 16.0% 3 7.6% 103 554 524 2 1 51% 7
M.Breida SF 86 8 104 7 10.9% 6 14.9% 113 632 522 3 1 49% 12
J.Mixon CIN 76 9 82 10 7.1% 10 8.3% 116 570 541 4 0 52% 6
F.Gore MIA 71 10 59 13 7.0% 11 4.4% 117 528 505 0 0 50% 10
D.Henry TEN 69 11 20 20 7.8% 8 -3.9% 101 358 472 4 0 48% 18
L.Murray MIN 53 12 41 16 6.1% 13 2.8% 92 417 396 5 0 45% 24
K.Drake MIA 46 13 22 19 6.1% 12 -1.5% 81 376 346 3 1 47% 20
J.Conner PIT 44 14 97 9 -2.2% 21 5.5% 164 770 665 10 3 48% 15
C.McCaffrey CAR 43 15 61 12 -0.1% 16 3.6% 123 579 499 4 1 51% 8
A.Peterson WAS 42 16 6 22 -2.0% 20 -7.6% 155 672 611 4 1 46% 22
C.Ivory BUF 40 17 -7 24 3.5% 14 -10.7% 80 280 354 1 0 46% 23
N.Chubb CLE 39 18 106 6 1.3% 15 18.2% 94 579 403 5 0 48% 16
C.Carson SEA 38 19 39 17 -0.3% 17 -0.1% 111 497 459 2 1 47% 21
L.Miller HOU 36 20 18 21 -1.5% 19 -5.0% 125 525 492 2 0 44% 25
I.Crowell NYJ 34 21 25 18 -0.8% 18 -2.9% 114 552 431 7 0 35% 36
S.Barkley NYG 29 22 -2 23 -3.3% 22 -9.0% 131 586 517 5 0 38% 32
M.Lynch OAK 12 23 51 14 -5.6% 23 4.2% 90 376 360 3 0 53% 4
A.Collins BAL -5 24 -14 26 -9.7% 24 -11.9% 107 399 363 6 3 49% 13
C.Hyde 2TM -6 25 -49 31 -9.8% 25 -18.1% 123 415 438 5 1 37% 33
T.J.Yeldon JAX -10 26 -11 25 -11.3% 27 -11.8% 84 346 285 1 1 50% 11
S.Michel NE -13 27 42 15 -11.2% 26 -0.5% 106 455 424 4 1 51% 9
D.Lewis TEN -15 28 -68 35 -12.2% 28 -24.6% 112 396 341 1 1 36% 35
L.McCoy BUF -22 29 -63 32 -14.0% 29 -23.8% 111 380 319 2 0 39% 29
J.Howard CHI -39 30 -29 28 -15.1% 30 -13.4% 137 460 455 5 1 47% 19
Da.Johnson ARI -46 31 -21 27 -16.4% 31 -12.1% 143 493 431 6 2 38% 31
B.Powell NYJ -50 32 -33 29 -25.4% 34 -19.5% 80 343 177 0 2 44% 26
A.Blue HOU -62 33 -84 36 -23.3% 32 -28.6% 94 297 261 1 0 37% 34
T.Coleman ATL -67 34 -47 30 -24.3% 33 -19.6% 106 442 258 2 1 39% 30
A.Morris SF -78 35 -67 34 -28.4% 36 -25.5% 93 314 213 1 1 40% 28
P.Barber TB -83 36 -63 33 -26.2% 35 -22.0% 117 437 269 2 0 40% 27

RUSHING, OTHERS: 15-79 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Jones GB 137 162 34.5% 42.6% 73 495 495 5 1
M.Mack IND 103 94 22.1% 19.5% 78 410 456 3 0
M.Davis SEA 64 87 11.1% 18.0% 78 346 388 3 0
J.Williams GB 62 28 12.0% 0.8% 73 270 357 1 0
M.Murphy BUF 59 39 39.2% 23.4% 36 198 200 0 0
M.Brown LAR 53 39 23.1% 14.7% 37 189 230 0 0
G.Bernard CIN 46 53 20.7% 25.6% 36 161 209 3 0
R.Mostert SF 44 60 22.2% 33.3% 34 261 195 1 1
R.Freeman DEN 41 52 4.5% 8.1% 71 309 335 4 0
K.Bibbs WAS 39 35 46.2% 40.4% 16 84 124 2 0
A.Ekeler LAC 34 47 5.6% 11.3% 59 345 260 0 0
N.Hines IND 33 33 5.5% 5.2% 55 241 257 1 0
W.Smallwood PHI 31 18 4.4% -1.1% 62 261 260 1 1
J.Wilkins IND 28 32 3.5% 5.4% 53 288 241 0 0
J.Adams PHI 27 12 14.6% 2.0% 27 154 144 0 0
J.White NE 25 20 0.8% -1.2% 61 230 273 4 0
R.Penny SEA 24 22 2.8% 2.0% 54 254 222 1 0
T.Cohen CHI 19 22 -0.3% 0.8% 56 244 234 2 0
R.Burkhead NE 19 -14 11.5% -23.6% 24 86 111 0 1
G.Edwards BAL 17 15 16.5% 14.0% 15 64 87 0 0
M.Ingram NO 16 31 -2.5% 3.0% 63 285 255 2 1
S.Ware KC 11 16 4.4% 9.2% 22 124 94 1 0
K.Barner NE 10 -1 4.6% -9.8% 19 71 83 0 0
C.J.Anderson CAR 10 4 2.1% -4.6% 24 104 98 0 0
D.Booker DEN 8 27 -1.5% 16.2% 25 144 105 1 0
Du.Johnson CLE 3 -1 -5.1% -9.8% 26 130 89 0 0
I.Smith ATL 0 13 -8.7% -3.2% 53 192 201 4 1
T.Montgomery GB 0 -3 -8.9% -11.4% 26 105 91 1 1
C.Thompson WAS -4 -10 -12.3% -18.4% 26 113 83 0 0
W.Gallman NYG -4 -14 -16.3% -35.8% 17 51 38 0 0
R.Smith DAL -5 -6 -15.6% -17.0% 17 49 54 0 0
T.Cannon NYJ -9 -21 -20.0% -36.1% 18 59 51 0 0
R.Jones TB -9 -10 -19.5% -21.8% 19 42 54 1 0
C.Edmonds ARI -12 -10 -19.6% -18.1% 24 68 74 0 0
J.Ajayi PHI -12 6 -14.5% -5.5% 45 184 156 3 1
J.Richard OAK -13 -7 -23.9% -17.4% 18 57 52 0 0
L.Fournette JAX -14 -17 -16.4% -18.3% 44 124 130 1 0
B.Allen BAL -18 -18 -17.8% -17.8% 39 109 135 3 0
S.Ridley PIT -21 -12 -40.4% -26.8% 18 56 22 0 0
J.Rodgers TB -24 -19 -49.6% -40.7% 16 39 11 0 0
C.Clement PHI -26 -24 -20.8% -19.8% 55 180 141 2 1
M.Gillislee NO -40 -33 -60.7% -51.4% 16 43 1 0 1
D.Martin OAK -40 -27 -22.6% -18.0% 66 281 180 0 1
L.Blount DET -53 -68 -25.2% -30.1% 71 182 187 3 1
D.Cook MIN -84 -58 -53.2% -39.2% 46 187 26 0 1

RECEIVING: Minimum 20 passes, 37 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 167 1 167 2 73.2% 1 73.3% 31 337 483 6 74% 0
C.McCaffrey CAR 165 2 136 3 31.3% 4 23.4% 63 439 601 4 86% 0
J.White NE 156 3 174 1 15.7% 9 19.2% 89 562 699 6 74% 0
A.Kamara NO 129 4 133 4 18.1% 8 19.1% 71 473 556 3 77% 0
J.Conner PIT 120 5 111 5 30.7% 5 27.4% 51 387 435 1 76% 0
A.Ekeler LAC 109 6 93 9 62.2% 2 51.3% 26 246 327 3 77% 1
S.Barkley NYG 98 7 80 10 10.1% 14 5.8% 76 530 492 2 82% 0
T.Coleman ATL 94 8 97 8 42.7% 3 44.6% 30 224 312 4 77% 0
T.Cohen CHI 94 9 102 6 18.8% 7 21.8% 49 435 398 3 76% 1
Du.Johnson CLE 91 10 99 7 21.2% 6 24.1% 42 312 374 3 79% 1
T.J.Yeldon JAX 71 11 68 13 6.8% 18 5.8% 59 382 394 4 71% 0
J.Richard OAK 69 12 77 11 9.1% 15 11.7% 55 400 357 0 87% 0
T.Gurley LAR 59 13 68 12 5.2% 20 8.1% 53 402 346 4 75% 1
Da.Johnson ARI 59 14 56 15 10.3% 13 9.4% 43 292 295 2 72% 0
D.Lewis TEN 53 15 54 16 11.2% 12 11.8% 39 270 259 1 90% 0
K.Juszczyk SF 49 16 66 14 12.3% 10 21.9% 31 265 233 1 74% 1
C.Thompson WAS 35 17 40 18 5.5% 19 8.5% 34 209 201 1 82% 0
P.Lindsay DEN 32 18 24 21 8.0% 17 2.8% 26 160 171 1 77% 0
J.Rodgers TB 30 19 30 20 12.2% 11 11.9% 23 177 144 0 91% 1
T.Montgomery GB 29 20 20 23 9.1% 16 2.1% 23 169 150 0 65% 0
M.Gordon LAC 27 21 48 17 -4.9% 25 1.9% 52 361 276 4 69% 1
W.Smallwood PHI 25 22 22 22 4.0% 21 1.6% 25 173 153 2 72% 0
K.Johnson DET 20 23 34 19 -4.4% 23 2.1% 37 203 194 1 81% 0
L.Murray MIN 11 24 11 24 -4.8% 24 -5.2% 22 132 113 0 82% 0
I.Smith ATL 11 25 10 26 -4.0% 22 -4.9% 20 114 104 0 85% 0
A.Collins BAL 4 26 10 25 -10.7% 26 -5.9% 21 105 100 1 71% 0
M.Davis SEA 3 27 -5 28 -12.0% 27 -17.3% 26 110 103 1 81% 0
B.Allen BAL -1 28 -20 32 -14.1% 28 -22.0% 43 204 172 2 81% 1
D.Booker DEN -2 29 -13 30 -14.9% 29 -21.4% 29 158 120 0 76% 1
L.Miller HOU -3 30 -11 29 -17.0% 31 -26.0% 20 105 57 1 65% 1
N.Hines IND -6 31 6 27 -16.2% 30 -11.4% 46 206 172 2 80% 0
L.McCoy BUF -15 32 -15 31 -21.9% 34 -22.1% 34 191 100 0 71% 0
K.Drake MIA -16 33 -24 35 -19.2% 32 -21.9% 49 234 178 2 67% 0
E.Elliott DAL -16 34 -21 34 -20.5% 33 -22.4% 48 262 142 2 73% 0
T.Riddick DET -20 35 -24 36 -22.5% 35 -24.5% 45 234 122 0 80% 0
G.Bernard CIN -24 36 -21 33 -32.7% 36 -30.5% 24 108 41 0 67% 0
J.Mixon CIN -44 37 -31 37 -38.8% 37 -31.3% 30 139 35 1 70% 0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 7-19 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
S.Ware KC 55 54 51.5% 49.6% 17 165 175 0 82% 0
M.Breida SF 45 58 26.5% 37.8% 18 124 173 2 83% 0
A.Peterson WAS 37 38 25.4% 26.7% 18 168 143 1 78% 1
D.Cook MIN 31 34 21.9% 25.2% 16 127 127 0 81% 0
C.Carson SEA 25 21 27.7% 20.7% 11 80 95 0 73% 0
L.Fournette JAX 24 37 26.8% 47.3% 9 75 93 1 100% 0
M.Brown LAR 21 24 38.0% 44.2% 7 52 73 1 71% 0
F.Gore MIA 20 29 12.7% 24.6% 12 80 95 1 75% 0
C.Ivory BUF 17 36 3.2% 22.7% 19 160 104 0 63% 0
A.Blue HOU 15 3 4.6% -10.3% 15 94 89 0 73% 0
C.Grant JAX 14 8 5.2% -3.4% 12 67 84 0 75% 0
R.Penny SEA 12 7 7.4% -0.8% 12 75 58 0 75% 0
J.Howard CHI 11 16 -2.5% 2.3% 16 98 92 0 75% 0
E.McGuire NYJ 10 7 1.7% -3.3% 11 64 68 0 55% 0
I.Crowell NYJ 9 5 -4.7% -8.8% 18 111 87 0 72% 0
M.Mack IND 9 3 -1.9% -9.6% 13 65 69 1 62% 0
M.Ingram NO 7 16 -4.3% 6.7% 13 120 70 1 85% 1
N.Chubb CLE 7 8 -0.2% 2.5% 10 48 51 1 60% 0
K.Bibbs WAS 7 3 -2.8% -8.8% 12 77 56 1 67% 0
A.Jones GB 6 2 -7.7% -12.3% 17 78 81 0 65% 0
B.Powell NYJ 5 -7 -8.9% -20.2% 18 110 84 1 61% 0
D.Martin OAK 4 6 -8.1% -4.8% 12 73 53 0 83% 0
C.J.Ham MIN 1 -7 -12.6% -22.5% 12 61 56 0 67% 0
A.Morris SF -1 0 -14.9% -13.5% 12 66 52 0 50% 0
P.Barber TB -5 -1 -19.3% -14.6% 16 51 53 1 56% 0
D.Henry TEN -5 -4 -22.5% -21.2% 10 54 31 0 80% 0
M.Lynch OAK -5 -11 -18.7% -24.4% 19 84 67 0 79% 0
R.Jones TB -7 -7 -31.6% -31.0% 7 34 14 0 86% 0
C.Edmonds ARI -8 -21 -22.3% -37.8% 15 63 48 0 87% 0
Z.Line NO -8 -17 -27.9% -43.5% 8 13 25 1 50% 0
R.Mostert SF -8 -15 -37.9% -55.4% 7 25 8 0 86% 0
W.Gallman NYG -9 -9 -29.4% -30.0% 13 62 23 0 62% 1
T.Cannon NYJ -9 -6 -26.2% -21.3% 15 107 30 0 67% 0
J.Williams GB -9 -17 -22.5% -28.9% 19 77 59 0 53% 0
M.Walton CIN -10 -12 -41.7% -46.2% 8 41 5 0 63% 0
C.Clement PHI -13 -9 -25.4% -21.7% 18 110 51 0 83% 0
S.Michel NE -14 -10 -45.0% -36.0% 8 31 3 0 50% 0
D.Sproles PHI -23 -18 -66.4% -54.4% 7 22 -17 0 57% 0
D.Freeman ATL -28 -30 -105.1% -109.7% 7 23 -36 0 71% 0
J.Wilkins IND -32 -28 -67.3% -59.9% 11 42 -23 0 91% 1
C.Hyde 2TM -32 -38 -67.4% -76.2% 12 29 -24 0 50% 0
J.Develin NE -47 -48 -66.8% -67.3% 14 32 -34 0 57% 0
M.Murphy BUF -93 -84 -102.7% -93.7% 18 18 -118 0 56% 0