Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

RUNNING BACKS 2017

Regular season totals, through Week 6

Revised as of 10/17/2017

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. Opponent adjustments are currently at 60 percent strength and will increase 10 percent each week until they are 100 percent after Week 10.

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 48 rushes, 34 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
K.Hunt KC 135 1 137 1 23.6% 2 24.0% 106 630 581 4 1 51% 7
D.Freeman ATL 118 2 107 3 25.3% 1 22.2% 78 345 491 5 0 51% 5
D.Cook MIN 82 3 67 7 19.0% 4 14.1% 74 354 389 2 1 55% 3
L.Fournette JAC 82 4 75 6 6.9% 9 5.6% 130 596 590 6 1 46% 14
L.Bell PIT 77 5 119 2 5.6% 12 13.2% 134 550 593 4 0 49% 12
J.Howard CHI 74 6 80 5 6.8% 10 8.0% 118 494 534 4 1 45% 17
L.Blount PHI 70 7 54 9 14.6% 6 9.3% 70 390 371 1 0 53% 4
D.Henry TEN 68 8 86 4 18.8% 5 26.2% 62 318 325 2 0 50% 9
A.Collins BAL 62 9 58 8 22.6% 3 20.4% 52 342 272 0 2 46% 14
M.Ingram NO 60 10 17 20 12.5% 7 -2.7% 67 284 342 2 0 45% 18
A.Peterson 2TM 50 11 18 18 12.5% 8 -0.9% 53 215 288 2 1 49% 11
E.Elliott DAL 45 12 47 10 1.0% 15 1.4% 105 393 476 2 0 50% 8
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
M.Lynch OAK 33 13 34 14 2.8% 14 3.1% 70 257 302 2 0 47% 13
D.Murray TEN 33 14 32 15 3.2% 13 2.8% 68 313 291 2 1 44% 20
M.Gillislee NE 31 15 41 11 -0.4% 16 2.2% 79 290 374 4 1 58% 1
C.Carson SEA 30 16 23 17 5.8% 11 2.3% 49 208 230 0 0 43% 22
M.Gordon LACH 30 17 18 19 -0.8% 17 -3.8% 99 356 375 3 0 31% 34
L.Miller HOU 25 18 38 12 -2.6% 18 0.3% 98 372 407 1 0 51% 6
B.Allen BAL 16 19 3 25 -3.2% 19 -7.5% 76 281 286 1 0 42% 23
F.Gore IND 16 20 -33 32 -3.6% 20 -18.8% 85 282 299 2 2 38% 30
T.Montgomery GB 12 21 15 22 -3.8% 21 -2.8% 56 180 238 2 0 45% 19
B.Powell NYJ 9 22 6 24 -3.9% 22 -5.7% 51 240 187 2 0 37% 31
J.Mixon CIN 2 23 -24 30 -7.8% 23 -17.2% 67 187 239 1 0 34% 33
I.Crowell CLE 2 24 -3 26 -7.8% 24 -9.7% 74 252 254 0 0 42% 24
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
C.Hyde SF 1 25 -5 27 -8.4% 25 -10.0% 86 362 329 4 1 42% 25
A.Abdullah DET -2 26 7 23 -9.3% 26 -6.4% 90 342 280 1 0 36% 32
T.Cohen CHI -4 27 -11 28 -10.6% 27 -14.9% 50 228 145 0 2 44% 21
D.Foreman HOU -5 28 -18 29 -11.0% 28 -16.9% 50 207 175 0 1 46% 16
T.Gurley LARM -14 29 17 21 -11.2% 29 -5.4% 123 521 433 4 5 57% 2
L.McCoy BUF -23 30 -33 31 -15.2% 30 -18.1% 87 279 259 0 1 41% 26
C.J.Anderson DEN -28 31 23 16 -16.9% 32 -1.7% 82 347 242 1 0 40% 28
J.Ajayi MIA -31 32 36 13 -16.2% 31 0.2% 102 403 299 0 1 50% 9
J.Stewart CAR -45 33 -58 34 -21.2% 33 -25.0% 85 247 233 0 1 41% 27
S.Perine WAS -61 34 -42 33 -37.6% 34 -28.7% 55 164 82 0 1 38% 29

RUSHING, OTHERS: 9-47 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Kamara NO 73 64 66.5% 57.5% 25 158 201 1 0
O.Darkwa NYG 60 30 26.4% 9.1% 42 239 246 1 0
D.Lewis NE 60 60 38.2% 38.2% 30 151 206 2 0
Du.Johnson CLE 56 52 43.2% 39.6% 21 117 183 2 0
A.Jones GB 49 60 14.6% 20.3% 45 215 259 2 0
J.Charles DEN 42 56 18.1% 27.3% 38 194 203 1 1
D.Martin TB 40 35 27.8% 23.2% 27 127 161 2 0
T.Coleman ATL 40 26 16.2% 7.6% 38 215 205 1 1
T.West BAL 36 20 14.4% 3.9% 39 139 194 2 1
M.Breida SF 31 21 15.8% 8.1% 34 141 160 0 0
C.Grant JAC 28 30 74.8% 79.8% 9 97 75 0 0
C.Thompson WAS 26 25 10.7% 10.3% 36 177 156 2 1
R.Kelley WAS 19 24 6.9% 11.5% 29 131 134 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
C.Ivory JAC 13 12 0.0% -0.7% 40 162 157 0 0
J.Richard OAK 10 12 1.2% 2.6% 26 127 108 1 0
J.Conner PIT 10 6 12.9% 4.7% 14 69 57 0 0
W.Gallman NYG 10 -2 -1.1% -10.0% 31 126 129 0 1
Dw.Washington DET 7 2 9.5% -2.5% 9 31 45 0 0
M.Forte NYJ 6 1 -4.0% -7.8% 32 116 121 0 0
G.Bernard CIN 6 -4 -0.9% -13.2% 20 91 75 0 0
S.Vereen NYG 5 0 -0.4% -8.7% 18 69 66 0 0
J.Hill CIN 5 -8 -4.4% -14.7% 29 103 117 0 1
M.Mack IND 4 -2 -4.7% -10.9% 27 137 100 3 1
D.Sproles PHI 3 16 -3.5% 22.6% 15 61 48 0 0
E.McGuire NYJ 0 -12 -8.6% -15.4% 44 198 156 1 1
P.Barber TB 0 4 -8.9% -0.6% 12 49 45 0 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
B.Oliver LACH -1 -4 -9.9% -14.7% 17 58 56 0 0
M.Tolbert BUF -2 -11 -9.8% -16.3% 37 136 118 1 1
M.Brown LARM -2 6 -12.8% 7.2% 11 33 32 1 0
J.Williams GB -2 3 -13.3% -2.4% 10 33 36 0 0
J.White NE -3 8 -12.1% 0.8% 23 99 72 0 0
A.Ellington ARI -3 2 -15.8% -3.6% 13 49 35 0 0
R.Turbin IND -4 -3 -11.6% -11.1% 23 53 96 1 0
K.Barner PHI -7 -11 -28.9% -41.4% 10 30 18 0 0
Da.Williams MIA -9 -1 -34.8% -10.4% 10 30 15 0 0
C.Clement PHI -10 -2 -18.3% -10.7% 25 71 71 1 0
W.Smallwood PHI -10 12 -17.2% 1.9% 29 113 84 1 0
Z.Zenner DET -10 -16 -29.2% -41.9% 10 16 26 1 0
K.Williams ARI -14 -15 -23.6% -23.8% 22 46 59 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
E.Lacy SEA -20 -13 -28.9% -22.0% 25 74 51 0 0
J.Rodgers TB -21 3 -18.7% -7.3% 46 168 141 1 0
T.Riddick DET -22 -20 -52.4% -47.7% 18 39 8 0 0
J.McKinnon MIN -23 -16 -23.4% -18.7% 42 190 98 2 2
T.Rawls SEA -26 -27 -60.7% -63.6% 13 24 1 0 0
Da.Johnson ARI -32 -33 -81.7% -83.5% 11 23 -14 0 1
C.Johnson ARI -34 -32 -27.7% -27.0% 45 114 97 0 0
C.McCaffrey CAR -35 -41 -30.9% -34.6% 38 104 78 0 1
P.Perkins NYG -38 -39 -39.1% -39.5% 32 61 45 0 0
D.Washington OAK -47 -42 -98.1% -88.0% 14 20 -31 0 1
L.Murray MIN -57 -53 -42.9% -40.4% 41 97 50 0 1

RECEIVING: Minimum 12 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
C.Thompson WAS 142 1 151 1 92.9% 1 99.1% 26 340 389 2 69% 0
K.Hunt KC 94 2 93 2 57.1% 4 56.1% 23 255 289 2 91% 0
L.Miller HOU 88 3 88 3 76.4% 2 76.3% 18 175 251 1 83% 0
M.Gordon LACH 83 4 84 4 25.6% 7 25.9% 39 222 322 4 72% 0
G.Bernard CIN 60 5 57 7 59.0% 3 55.7% 14 156 183 2 71% 0
C.McCaffrey CAR 53 6 59 6 4.1% 16 6.2% 50 293 320 2 74% 0
T.Gurley LARM 50 7 75 5 17.0% 10 31.9% 30 245 221 3 77% 0
T.Coleman ATL 49 8 43 8 27.3% 6 22.1% 20 157 188 1 70% 0
Du.Johnson CLE 48 9 43 9 7.0% 15 4.9% 36 269 261 1 72% 0
C.Ivory JAC 38 10 34 11 19.7% 8 16.3% 21 143 159 1 76% 0
J.White NE 36 11 32 12 1.1% 18 -0.8% 42 252 250 0 79% 0
L.Fournette JAC 34 12 34 10 15.6% 12 16.1% 20 136 152 1 75% 0
D.Freeman ATL 26 13 25 15 27.7% 5 26.5% 13 81 98 0 85% 0
K.Juszczyk SF 21 14 26 14 16.4% 11 23.3% 12 80 93 1 67% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
A.Ekeler LACH 20 15 20 18 18.9% 9 20.1% 13 83 83 0 69% 0
L.McCoy BUF 19 16 6 24 -1.4% 19 -9.8% 32 189 151 0 84% 0
M.Ingram NO 18 17 19 19 -2.1% 20 -1.8% 27 163 150 0 74% 1
M.Forte NYJ 15 18 21 17 3.3% 17 10.4% 16 117 94 0 88% 0
F.Gore IND 15 19 15 20 8.0% 14 8.3% 14 100 79 0 71% 0
C.Hyde SF 14 20 10 22 -4.5% 22 -7.0% 29 142 136 0 79% 0
D.Sproles PHI 13 21 6 25 8.9% 13 -4.0% 12 73 70 0 58% 0
A.Ellington ARI 13 22 26 13 -7.9% 24 -2.1% 41 257 187 1 68% 0
S.Vereen NYG 13 23 23 16 -2.8% 21 5.7% 22 134 111 0 86% 0
J.McKinnon MIN 7 24 9 23 -8.1% 25 -6.1% 24 121 98 1 79% 0
B.Allen BAL 4 25 -2 31 -11.6% 27 -15.0% 28 114 127 1 82% 0
C.J.Anderson DEN 3 26 13 21 -7.7% 23 10.9% 12 67 45 1 83% 0
A.Abdullah DET 3 27 2 28 -9.5% 26 -10.9% 14 68 55 0 71% 0
T.Montgomery GB 2 28 -16 36 -12.6% 29 -24.3% 26 132 114 1 73% 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
I.Crowell CLE 1 29 -1 30 -12.1% 28 -15.7% 13 72 58 0 69% 0
D.Washington OAK -1 30 4 26 -15.7% 31 -8.9% 13 67 55 0 85% 0
T.Riddick DET -2 31 1 29 -15.0% 30 -13.4% 33 180 136 1 70% 0
A.Kamara NO -6 32 -7 32 -16.9% 32 -17.5% 32 159 119 1 75% 0
D.Murray TEN -8 33 3 27 -22.1% 33 -11.2% 17 86 54 0 82% 0
D.Cook MIN -10 34 -8 33 -23.1% 34 -21.3% 16 90 54 0 69% 0
B.Powell NYJ -14 35 -16 37 -26.8% 35 -28.5% 18 72 50 0 72% 0
M.Breida SF -15 36 -14 34 -29.2% 36 -28.2% 18 64 38 0 56% 0
C.Sims TB -19 37 -16 35 -33.6% 39 -30.1% 17 99 30 0 76% 1
E.Elliott DAL -21 38 -21 39 -31.6% 38 -31.8% 21 114 40 1 81% 0
T.Cohen CHI -28 39 -19 38 -30.0% 37 -24.7% 33 161 65 1 79% 0
J.Howard CHI -35 40 -33 40 -61.8% 41 -58.9% 16 59 -18 0 69% 0
J.Ajayi MIA -42 41 -43 41 -78.0% 42 -78.3% 12 23 -40 0 58% 0
L.Bell PIT -48 42 -64 42 -35.1% 40 -42.3% 39 156 61 0 77% 1

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 5-11 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
J.Richard OAK 51 49 71.9% 68.5% 11 108 147 0 73% 0
J.D.McKissic SEA 37 39 79.9% 85.8% 6 63 104 1 67% 0
C.Carson SEA 27 34 36.3% 48.8% 8 59 94 1 88% 0
B.Cunningham CHI 27 29 57.5% 63.7% 7 66 81 1 71% 0
D.Booker DEN 25 27 58.2% 63.8% 6 78 77 0 67% 0
J.Rodgers TB 21 22 64.9% 65.6% 5 44 64 0 80% 0
C.West KC 21 18 19.3% 13.7% 11 72 89 2 100% 1
J.Mixon CIN 19 22 20.4% 25.3% 11 78 81 0 100% 0
S.Perine WAS 18 23 35.7% 48.5% 5 30 64 1 100% 0
R.Burkhead NE 15 13 21.0% 17.7% 7 49 60 1 57% 0
E.McGuire NYJ 13 12 17.3% 13.2% 7 55 58 0 71% 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
D.Lewis NE 13 12 21.4% 17.5% 7 42 55 0 100% 0
W.Smallwood PHI 13 2 5.0% -10.9% 11 56 76 0 64% 0
C.Johnson ARI 11 15 17.0% 27.7% 6 43 49 0 83% 0
C.J.Prosise SEA 3 9 -9.5% 1.5% 11 87 48 0 55% 0
M.Mack IND 2 2 -6.7% -7.9% 5 34 23 0 60% 0
L.Murray MIN 1 3 -8.7% -3.9% 5 29 22 0 100% 0
R.Turbin IND 1 4 -12.4% -4.3% 11 56 33 0 82% 0
T.Ervin HOU 0 -8 -13.5% -28.5% 11 38 40 0 73% 0
M.Tolbert BUF 0 -3 -14.0% -21.7% 6 32 25 0 83% 0
Da.Williams MIA -1 -3 -16.0% -20.3% 8 33 33 0 63% 0
Da.Johnson ARI -2 -4 -18.0% -22.5% 9 67 28 0 67% 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
W.Gallman NYG -4 -6 -20.8% -26.2% 10 38 29 1 90% 0
T.Bonahon JAC -4 -8 -21.4% -27.6% 8 23 32 1 50% 0
J.Stewart CAR -8 -5 -28.0% -21.6% 11 44 25 1 55% 0
O.Darkwa NYG -9 -11 -35.0% -40.4% 8 29 12 0 63% 0
A.Jones GB -10 -15 -47.8% -63.4% 5 10 0 0 40% 0
D.Martin TB -13 -10 -53.5% -43.0% 5 19 -4 0 40% 0
M.Lynch OAK -14 -21 -39.0% -51.1% 10 38 11 0 40% 0
J.Charles DEN -18 -14 -61.2% -50.8% 7 23 -10 0 57% 0
P.Perkins NYG -20 -20 -57.5% -56.7% 9 35 -9 0 78% 0
B.Oliver LACH -21 -35 -55.5% -82.4% 8 20 -7 0 63% 0
K.Drake MIA -22 -25 -97.4% -105.9% 5 7 -27 0 60% 0