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1988 NFL RUNNING BACK RATINGS

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 1/30/2017

Running backs are ranked according to DYAR, orDefense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement. This gives the value of theperformance on plays where this RB carried/caught the ball compared to replacement level, adjusted for situationand 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 representsvalue, per play, over an average running back in the same gamesituations. The more positive the DVOA rating, the better the player'sperformance. Negative DVOA represents below-average offense. DVOA (and its cousin, VOA, which isn't adjusted based onopponent) is further explainedhere.

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 perattempt figure. This provides an easy comparison: in general, playerswith more Effective Yards than standard yards played better than standardstats would otherwise indicate, while players with fewer Effective Yardsthan standard yards played worse than standard stats would otherwiseindicate. Effective Yards are not the best way to measure total valuebecause 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 runningplays. A player with higher DVOA and a low success rate mixes long runswith downs getting stuffed at the line of scrimmage. A player with lowerDVOA and a high success rate generally gets the yards needed, but doesn't oftenget 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, 50 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
J.Brooks CIN 353 1 276 4 40.2% 1 29.5% 182 931 1,196 8 1 54% 16
I.Woods CIN 349 2 322 3 27.8% 2 25.0% 203 1,069 1,389 15 7 62% 2
R.Craig SF 334 3 368 1 17.3% 6 20.0% 310 1,503 1,650 9 4 55% 10
E.Ferrell PHX 325 4 194 10 26.2% 3 12.2% 202 924 1,329 7 7 60% 5
E.Dickerson IND 270 5 336 2 7.6% 16 11.6% 387 1,664 1,872 14 4 52% 22
G.Bell LARM 241 6 210 7 9.7% 11 7.3% 288 1,212 1,529 16 5 51% 27
H.Walker DAL 210 7 104 17 5.2% 22 -1.8% 361 1,514 1,653 5 6 48% 34
J.Settle ATL 201 8 202 9 12.4% 9 12.5% 233 1,027 1,152 7 1 50% 29
R.Riddick BUF 196 9 232 5 23.0% 4 28.7% 111 438 852 12 1 71% 1
D.Hilliard NO 164 10 129 13 10.7% 10 6.5% 204 823 1,000 5 3 51% 26
S.Mitchell PHX 163 11 76 23 16.0% 7 2.8% 164 726 833 4 3 48% 35
J.L.Williams SEA 148 12 228 6 9.3% 13 19.0% 189 877 952 4 0 59% 7
G.Riggs ATL 138 13 60 28 18.8% 5 3.3% 113 488 658 1 3 49% 33
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
G.W.Anderson SD 123 14 202 8 4.9% 23 13.6% 225 1,119 987 3 4 53% 18
N.Anderson CHI 119 15 72 25 3.0% 26 -1.6% 249 1,106 1,078 12 7 46% 39
M.Rozier HOIL 119 16 109 15 2.0% 27 1.1% 251 1,002 1,161 10 7 52% 21
F.McNeil NYJ 113 17 174 11 5.3% 21 12.8% 219 935 885 6 3 53% 20
C.Okoye KC 105 18 120 14 14.2% 8 17.4% 105 473 569 3 1 57% 8
J.Hector NYJ 104 19 149 12 7.1% 18 13.9% 137 561 737 10 3 59% 6
A.Pinkett HOIL 91 20 103 18 8.4% 14 10.6% 122 514 612 7 2 56% 9
L.Hampton MIA 88 21 61 27 7.3% 17 2.4% 117 412 617 9 2 55% 14
B.Fullwood GB 87 22 76 24 9.4% 12 7.0% 100 471 557 7 5 61% 3
L.Tate TB 82 23 68 26 6.8% 19 4.1% 121 486 593 7 1 44% 44
R.Vick NYJ 82 24 101 19 6.3% 20 9.9% 128 540 604 3 4 61% 4
T.Rathman SF 78 25 88 22 8.1% 15 10.2% 102 427 529 2 0 55% 12
A.Toney PHI 75 26 49 31 4.6% 24 0.0% 139 502 612 4 1 47% 38
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
K.Mack CLE1 51 27 45 33 0.5% 28 -0.5% 123 485 563 3 3 55% 11
K.Bryant WAS 50 28 53 30 3.3% 25 4.2% 108 498 440 1 3 53% 19
H.Heard KC 36 29 38 35 0.0% 29 0.3% 106 438 423 0 2 44% 42
J.Stephens NE 33 30 96 20 -5.9% 32 -0.9% 297 1,168 1,131 4 3 52% 25
W.Howard TB 31 31 33 36 -2.2% 30 -1.8% 115 452 472 1 2 55% 13
S.Wilson CIN 21 32 -23 41 -4.3% 31 -13.4% 112 398 452 2 3 51% 28
M.Hoge PIT 18 33 55 29 -6.2% 33 -1.2% 170 704 672 3 6 54% 15
Jo.Morris NYG 18 34 -13 40 -7.2% 34 -9.6% 307 1,083 1,137 5 7 50% 30
S.Winder DEN 8 35 41 34 -7.3% 35 -2.3% 149 543 577 4 1 53% 17
M.Allen LARD 2 36 91 21 -8.4% 36 0.7% 222 843 845 7 3 52% 24
C.Warner SEA 1 37 108 16 -8.5% 37 0.5% 266 1,021 1,025 10 4 49% 31
K.Byars PHI 0 38 -39 43 -8.6% 38 -14.7% 152 517 548 6 3 44% 43
R.Mayes NO -9 39 6 38 -9.9% 39 -7.8% 170 628 571 4 1 44% 45
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
Ja.Morris WAS -12 40 -42 44 -10.6% 41 -15.8% 126 437 483 2 2 47% 37
T.Thomas BUF -16 41 -3 39 -10.4% 40 -8.9% 207 881 698 2 9 49% 32
D.Nelson MIN -23 42 -46 45 -13.6% 45 -18.7% 112 380 358 1 3 46% 41
B.Jackson LARD -26 43 47 32 -13.5% 44 0.2% 136 578 415 3 4 47% 36
T.Smith WAS -30 44 -122 50 -12.7% 42 -25.4% 155 469 577 3 4 41% 46
T.Dorsett DEN -36 45 20 37 -13.3% 43 -6.0% 181 703 603 5 6 52% 23
A.Rice MIN -40 46 -70 47 -16.5% 47 -22.3% 110 322 372 6 1 36% 50
G.James DET -47 47 -88 49 -14.7% 46 -19.9% 182 552 589 5 3 40% 49
E.Byner CLE1 -55 48 -77 48 -16.8% 48 -20.1% 157 576 484 3 5 40% 48
B.Perryman NE -59 49 -32 42 -17.4% 49 -13.4% 146 448 481 7 3 46% 40
P.Palmer KC -120 50 -62 46 -30.2% 50 -19.7% 134 452 283 2 4 40% 47

RUSHING, OTHERS: 20-99 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Fenney MIN 128 115 37.2% 32.3% 55 271 449 3 0
A.Anderson MIN 120 97 19.1% 13.8% 87 300 566 7 1
O.Anderson NYG 71 95 10.7% 17.1% 65 208 434 8 0
J.Saxon KC 61 61 11.4% 11.3% 60 236 364 2 0
C.Heyward NO 60 58 10.8% 10.0% 74 355 365 1 0
R.Davenport MIA 59 46 17.0% 11.3% 55 279 296 0 1
D.J.Dozier MIN 55 34 22.8% 10.8% 42 167 240 2 0
A.Highsmith HOIL 44 54 2.9% 5.4% 94 466 405 2 5
T.Newsome DAL 38 25 17.2% 8.1% 32 75 189 3 0
A.Bentley IND 38 65 9.7% 23.1% 45 230 238 2 1
D.DuBose SF 37 44 25.1% 31.3% 24 116 155 2 0
E.Jackson PIT 36 18 3.0% -3.0% 74 315 328 3 3
Ro.Carter PIT 34 61 12.4% 29.4% 36 216 194 3 0
S.Smith LARD 32 52 7.6% 17.9% 38 162 220 3 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
T.Spencer SD 31 51 8.8% 20.7% 44 215 201 0 0
B.Muster CHI 30 10 7.7% -3.0% 44 197 204 0 1
M.Carthon NYG 29 33 3.9% 5.4% 46 146 249 2 0
L.Mason GB 24 21 3.9% 2.1% 48 194 207 0 0
M.Tatupu NE 22 30 12.9% 21.0% 22 75 123 2 0
J.Wilder TB 22 29 -2.5% -0.5% 86 343 344 1 1
M.Haddix PHI 21 -8 -0.3% -11.6% 57 185 248 0 0
T.Stradford MIA 20 19 -3.6% -3.9% 95 337 382 2 0
K.Goode TB 15 7 -2.1% -5.3% 63 231 218 0 0
T.Paige DET 14 29 -2.5% 4.2% 52 208 217 0 1
L.White HOIL 14 2 2.5% -7.1% 32 115 128 0 0
D.Harris MIN 11 17 -0.8% 4.2% 34 151 133 1 0
J.Smith TB 10 8 5.1% 2.4% 20 87 79 0 0
C.Adams SD 10 39 -3.3% 12.4% 38 150 174 1 1
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.Sewell DEN 7 18 -2.9% 5.4% 32 135 123 1 0
W.Bennett MIA 7 -6 -4.2% -12.4% 31 115 144 0 1
C.Byrum BUF 6 13 -3.6% 1.6% 28 90 118 0 0
K.Davis GB 5 0 -5.7% -8.6% 39 121 151 1 0
L.Moriarty KC 5 13 -4.3% 3.4% 20 62 104 0 0
To.Jordan PHX 1 -26 -8.3% -17.3% 61 160 259 3 1
R.Delpino LARM 0 6 -8.5% -4.8% 34 147 128 0 2
H.Fontenot CLE1 0 -26 -8.9% -30.6% 28 87 99 0 0
T.Manoa CLE1 -11 0 -11.0% -8.7% 99 389 366 2 4
B.McGee LARM -11 -18 -18.4% -23.7% 22 69 82 0 0
W.Williams PIT -16 14 -13.1% -4.5% 87 409 277 0 2
G.Lang ATL -16 -19 -16.1% -17.8% 53 191 156 0 2
J.Jones DET -18 -38 -13.4% -19.1% 96 314 285 0 2
R.Harmon BUF -18 -6 -16.4% -11.0% 57 212 165 1 0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
G.Green LARM -20 -11 -23.0% -16.5% 35 116 88 0 0
G.Adams NYG -21 -30 -25.6% -32.5% 29 76 72 0 0
M.Suhey CHI -22 -35 -13.9% -17.2% 87 253 316 2 1
J.Mueller BUF -26 -18 -16.3% -13.8% 81 296 248 0 2
R.Dupard NE -33 -31 -23.0% -21.9% 52 151 145 2 1
L.James SD -35 -14 -55.1% -27.5% 23 105 8 0 1
J.Primus ATL -36 -44 -34.1% -39.7% 35 95 63 1 0
C.White LARM -36 -23 -18.4% -14.9% 88 323 259 0 3
G.Wonsley IND -41 -29 -42.2% -32.2% 26 48 39 1 0
F.Pollard PIT -43 -22 -39.9% -24.5% 31 93 49 0 1
T.Sanders CHI -56 -74 -22.1% -26.4% 96 332 266 3 5
D.Stone PIT -57 -50 -44.9% -40.6% 40 127 43 0 3
P.O.Carruth GB -99 -99 -58.9% -59.1% 49 114 9 0 3
K.Woodside GB -101 -115 -35.6% -39.2% 83 195 158 3 3

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 61 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
E.Byner CLE1 186 1 209 1 24.4% 9 29.1% 82 576 732 2 72%
K.Bryant WAS 186 2 198 2 42.5% 2 46.3% 57 447 619 5 74%
J.L.Williams SEA 149 3 178 3 19.9% 15 26.4% 83 651 621 3 70%
P.Palmer KC 147 4 154 4 22.1% 13 23.8% 72 611 591 4 74%
R.Delpino LARM 140 5 138 5 41.0% 3 40.2% 40 312 471 2 75%
K.Byars PHI 129 6 125 8 5.4% 21 4.9% 112 705 742 4 64%
T.Rathman SF 124 7 127 7 28.5% 6 29.5% 53 382 465 0 79%
D.Hilliard NO 124 8 113 10 32.0% 5 28.1% 47 335 448 1 72%
R.Harmon BUF 117 9 103 14 19.1% 16 15.1% 63 427 495 3 59%
S.Smith LARD 112 10 129 6 43.4% 1 52.1% 34 289 370 6 74%
R.Davenport MIA 111 11 105 13 34.7% 4 32.4% 39 282 391 0 77%
J.Brooks CIN 110 12 121 9 25.7% 8 29.8% 46 287 426 6 63%
G.Lang ATL 107 13 111 11 27.2% 7 28.5% 46 398 409 1 80%
S.Sewell DEN 100 14 108 12 11.9% 18 14.1% 65 507 485 5 58%
Ro.Carter PIT 73 15 96 15 9.7% 19 17.1% 55 363 374 2 58%
K.Woodside GB 71 16 61 19 5.3% 23 2.5% 61 352 411 2 64%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
M.Hoge PIT 66 17 82 16 2.4% 25 6.3% 69 491 432 3 72%
B.Muster CHI 63 18 57 21 23.4% 12 20.0% 32 236 249 1 66%
S.Mitchell PHX 62 19 65 18 24.4% 10 26.4% 28 214 244 1 89%
E.Ferrell PHX 62 20 73 17 5.3% 22 8.9% 52 315 359 2 73%
M.Carthon NYG 59 21 51 23 21.7% 14 16.8% 30 194 242 1 63%
T.Thomas BUF 56 22 59 20 23.9% 11 25.6% 27 208 222 0 67%
L.Hampton MIA 48 23 45 25 9.7% 20 7.8% 33 204 247 3 70%
B.McGee LARM 48 24 44 26 14.8% 17 12.9% 25 117 217 3 64%
F.McNeil NYJ 46 25 46 24 1.3% 27 1.2% 52 288 314 1 65%
H.Walker DAL 44 26 27 33 -3.8% 35 -7.6% 83 505 396 2 64%
G.James DET 44 27 31 30 -2.4% 31 -5.6% 69 382 364 2 57%
T.Stradford MIA 37 28 13 42 -5.9% 40 -11.0% 78 425 408 1 72%
A.Bentley IND 32 29 36 27 -0.9% 29 0.6% 46 252 243 1 57%
N.Anderson CHI 32 30 14 40 -4.7% 37 -9.9% 60 371 315 0 65%
H.Fontenot CLE1 32 31 33 29 3.6% 24 4.0% 30 170 196 1 63%
J.Jones DET 31 32 25 34 1.8% 26 -1.1% 41 259 206 0 71%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
R.Riddick BUF 30 33 56 22 0.1% 28 12.0% 38 282 219 1 79%
A.Toney PHI 26 34 27 32 -3.3% 33 -2.6% 45 256 229 1 76%
H.Heard KC 25 35 23 35 -0.9% 29 -1.8% 33 198 188 0 61%
J.Settle ATL 24 36 34 28 -9.6% 43 -7.9% 103 570 455 1 66%
G.Riggs ATL 22 37 16 39 -2.5% 32 -5.8% 33 171 182 0 67%
G.Willhite DEN 21 38 13 41 -4.1% 36 -7.7% 40 238 201 0 80%
A.Anderson MIN 16 39 20 37 -5.9% 39 -3.7% 37 242 179 1 62%
J.Saxon KC 16 40 12 44 -4.9% 38 -7.2% 30 177 159 0 63%
M.Suhey CHI 16 41 18 38 -3.7% 34 -2.4% 26 154 142 0 77%
A.Rice MIN 13 42 22 36 -8.2% 42 -4.3% 44 279 188 0 68%
B.Fullwood GB 12 43 12 43 -6.0% 41 -5.7% 26 140 134 1 81%
L.James SD 10 44 29 31 -10.5% 45 -3.8% 51 279 224 1 71%
T.Newsome DAL 8 45 -5 47 -10.8% 46 -15.6% 43 236 203 0 70%
C.James NE 5 46 11 45 -9.9% 44 -5.8% 24 151 106 0 58%
G.Bell LARM -7 47 -5 48 -17.4% 47 -16.8% 29 124 117 2 83%
J.Hector NYJ -12 48 -4 46 -18.8% 48 -15.5% 46 237 154 0 57%
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
Jo.Morris NYG -13 49 -16 50 -20.1% 50 -21.4% 38 166 123 0 58%
G.Adams NYG -13 50 -23 53 -20.8% 52 -25.8% 38 174 109 0 71%
P.O.Carruth GB -15 51 -32 56 -20.8% 51 -28.1% 37 211 127 0 65%
M.Oliphant WAS -19 52 -32 55 -29.2% 57 -39.2% 25 111 50 0 60%
T.Dorsett DEN -21 53 -29 54 -26.0% 55 -31.2% 29 122 79 0 55%
R.Vick NYJ -23 54 -17 51 -28.4% 56 -24.7% 26 120 64 0 73%
R.Dupard NE -23 55 -5 49 -22.7% 53 -15.9% 47 232 136 0 72%
E.Dickerson IND -29 56 -19 52 -23.5% 54 -20.3% 55 324 153 1 67%
S.Winder DEN -32 57 -34 57 -29.9% 58 -31.1% 31 103 75 1 55%
R.Craig SF -35 58 -63 60 -19.6% 49 -24.1% 111 534 369 1 68%
C.Warner SEA -54 59 -44 58 -39.4% 61 -34.4% 40 154 39 2 55%
G.W.Anderson SD -59 60 -65 61 -36.2% 60 -38.3% 46 182 67 0 70%
M.Allen LARD -68 61 -61 59 -32.9% 59 -30.9% 67 281 128 1 52%

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
R.Fenney MIN 96 95 77.2% 76.6% 21 224 268 0 71%
I.Woods CIN 62 71 34.6% 41.5% 23 199 219 0 91%
S.Wilson CIN 48 46 55.5% 52.1% 13 110 150 1 69%
D.Clack DAL 40 37 26.9% 24.0% 19 126 152 1 89%
M.Rozier HOIL 34 31 20.9% 17.9% 17 99 141 1 65%
R.Mayes NO 30 27 23.2% 19.3% 14 103 119 0 79%
T.Paige DET 28 25 20.9% 17.7% 15 100 116 0 73%
E.Jackson PIT 27 23 28.1% 21.3% 11 84 102 0 82%
J.Wilder TB 27 19 13.9% 6.2% 18 124 124 0 83%
D.Smith TB 26 21 6.7% 3.0% 23 138 145 0 52%
A.Pinkett HOIL 23 22 13.8% 12.7% 16 114 108 2 75%
J.Smith TB 21 10 3.9% -5.5% 24 134 129 0 67%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
M.Tatupu NE 21 23 19.7% 22.4% 10 58 88 0 80%
L.Mason GB 21 9 9.4% -4.0% 14 84 108 1 57%
K.Goode TB 19 15 17.1% 11.2% 11 68 82 0 64%
B.Perryman NE 17 26 1.7% 9.7% 21 134 117 0 81%
K.Davis GB 10 11 -3.4% -1.8% 16 81 87 0 69%
W.Howard TB 10 6 -4.9% -8.6% 19 97 98 0 58%
V.Mueller LARD 8 10 0.8% 4.0% 10 63 56 0 50%
C.Heyward NO 4 2 -10.9% -11.9% 21 105 94 0 62%
D.Stone PIT -2 -4 -15.3% -16.5% 24 196 99 1 46%
T.Sanders CHI -4 -10 -18.1% -25.5% 16 94 55 0 56%
J.Stephens NE -4 6 -17.5% -8.5% 18 98 68 0 78%
A.Highsmith HOIL -5 -6 -19.3% -20.3% 17 131 46 0 71%
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
T.Smith WAS -10 -8 -26.5% -23.5% 13 53 35 0 62%
O.Anderson NYG -13 -13 -29.6% -29.1% 15 57 33 0 60%
C.Okoye KC -16 -13 -34.4% -30.9% 13 51 23 0 62%
T.Manoa CLE1 -21 -22 -34.5% -35.9% 16 54 29 0 63%
W.Williams PIT -21 -21 -32.1% -32.2% 21 66 39 1 52%
D.Nelson MIN -26 -21 -35.2% -31.0% 24 105 33 0 67%
M.Haddix PHI -27 -36 -36.9% -44.4% 20 82 28 0 60%
J.Primus ATL -40 -42 -53.9% -56.2% 18 42 -11 0 44%
L.Tate TB -40 -42 -75.9% -78.9% 10 23 -36 1 50%
B.Jackson LARD -51 -45 -59.7% -54.2% 19 75 -26 0 42%
K.Mack CLE1 -53 -53 -66.7% -67.5% 16 87 -37 0 69%