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RUNNING BACKS 2019

Regular season totals, through Week 2

Revised as of 9/17/2019

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.

Because it is early in the season, there are currently no opponent adjustments. Opponent adjustments will begin after Week 4.

Clicking on a player's name will bring you to his FO player page with advanced stats through the most recent season.

RUSHING: Minimum 16 rushes, 39 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Cook MIN 70 1 34.2% 4 41 265 255 3 0 49% 24
S.Barkley NYG 64 2 39.1% 2 29 227 220 1 0 62% 3
M.Ingram BAL 52 3 39.1% 3 27 154 179 2 0 48% 26
C.Hyde HOU 49 4 28.8% 5 30 173 194 0 0 70% 2
T.Gurley LAR 45 5 28.3% 6 30 160 178 1 0 60% 4
M.Brown LAR 41 6 48.8% 1 17 90 127 2 0 71% 1
J.Jacobs OAK 40 7 15.0% 12 35 184 210 2 0 57% 7
E.Elliott DAL 39 8 16.7% 11 36 164 197 2 0 58% 6
D.Henry TEN 39 9 20.0% 9 34 168 181 2 1 56% 10
M.Breida SF 36 10 26.9% 7 27 158 144 0 0 56% 11
M.Mack IND 34 11 8.2% 15 45 225 230 1 0 53% 13
C.McCaffrey CAR 33 12 14.2% 13 35 165 180 2 0 49% 25
R.Mostert SF 31 13 26.4% 8 22 123 126 0 0 55% 12
R.Freeman DEN 19 14 17.7% 10 21 110 94 0 0 48% 27
R.Jones TB 16 15 14.0% 14 17 84 84 0 0 59% 5
A.Jones GB 14 16 0.7% 18 36 155 154 1 0 53% 14
L.McCoy KC 12 17 5.1% 16 21 104 94 0 0 52% 16
Da.Johnson ARI 9 18 0.5% 19 25 96 104 1 0 40% 32
R.Penny SEA 9 19 4.2% 17 16 80 73 1 0 56% 9
A.Ekeler LAC 9 20 -2.1% 20 29 126 127 2 1 52% 17
L.Bell NYJ 6 21 -4.4% 21 38 128 127 0 0 50% 18
P.Barber TB 2 22 -6.4% 22 31 115 101 2 0 39% 34
A.Kamara NO -2 23 -10.7% 23 26 144 80 0 1 50% 18
L.Fournette JAX -3 24 -11.1% 24 28 113 97 0 0 43% 30
D.Montgomery CHI -6 25 -14.3% 26 24 80 86 1 0 46% 29
N.Chubb CLE -7 26 -14.1% 25 35 137 99 1 0 31% 37
P.Lindsay DEN -10 27 -16.9% 27 24 79 86 0 0 50% 18
G.Edwards BAL -14 28 -23.3% 30 20 67 59 0 0 50% 18
K.Johnson DET -14 29 -20.1% 28 28 90 83 0 0 57% 7
J.Conner PIT -19 30 -28.7% 33 21 54 52 1 0 48% 27
C.Carson SEA -20 31 -25.7% 32 30 106 69 1 1 40% 32
F.Gore BUF -21 32 -23.7% 31 30 88 84 2 0 50% 18
T.Pollard DAL -22 33 -42.0% 35 17 46 21 0 0 24% 39
S.Michel NE -24 34 -22.6% 29 36 99 107 1 1 53% 14
Da.Williams KC -25 35 -32.4% 34 22 34 49 1 0 50% 18
C.J.Anderson DET -26 36 -48.0% 36 16 43 15 0 0 38% 35
J.Mixon CIN -37 37 -54.1% 38 17 27 10 0 0 35% 36
M.Sanders PHI -41 38 -54.1% 37 21 53 11 0 0 29% 38
D.Freeman ATL -44 39 -65.9% 39 19 41 -5 0 1 42% 31

RUSHING, OTHERS: 3-15 rushes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Singletary BUF 59 119.9% 10 127 134 1 0
J.Jackson LAC 31 54.7% 13 116 91 0 0
J.Wilkins IND 28 138.5% 5 82 62 0 0
J.Wilson SF 16 24.2% 10 34 66 2 0
R.Burkhead NE 12 14.2% 13 65 64 0 0
J.Howard PHI 10 10.1% 14 62 63 0 0
A.Mattison MIN 9 12.4% 13 74 53 0 0
I.Smith ATL 9 8.3% 10 63 61 0 0
T.Johnson DET 9 26.7% 6 36 36 0 0
Du.Johnson HOU 8 8.7% 15 88 53 0 0
J.Samuels PIT 8 29.5% 5 22 30 0 0
J.White NE 7 24.8% 7 36 31 0 0
M.Walton MIA 6 23.7% 4 16 25 0 0
T.Montgomery NYJ 6 29.0% 5 29 20 0 0
L.Murray NO 5 2.6% 11 50 45 1 0
T.Cohen CHI 5 28.1% 4 18 19 0 0
D.Sproles PHI 4 0.2% 9 47 41 0 0
N.Hines IND 3 1.4% 6 22 29 0 0
J.Hill BAL 0 -7.0% 8 31 27 0 0
D.Washington OAK -1 -13.0% 5 17 15 0 0
J.Richard OAK -2 -25.6% 3 6 6 0 0
A.Abdullah MIN -3 -71.6% 3 10 -1 0 0
A.Peterson WAS -3 -15.2% 10 25 36 1 0
D.Lewis TEN -4 -27.1% 6 16 13 0 0
D.Johnson CLE -5 -59.4% 4 21 0 0 0
T.Coleman SF -6 -28.5% 6 23 15 0 0
C.Thompson WAS -6 -31.8% 5 13 13 0 0
K.Drake MIA -8 -32.6% 10 31 15 0 0
M.Davis CHI -15 -52.9% 8 20 5 0 0
D.Guice WAS -17 -55.9% 10 18 3 0 0
K.Ballage MIA -22 -77.9% 9 5 -8 0 0
J.Williams GB -27 -56.7% 14 28 5 0 0
G.Bernard CIN -29 -68.5% 13 27 -5 0 0

RECEIVING: Minimum 4 passes, 48 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 DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
A.Ekeler LAC 77 1 87.7% 3 13 163 212 2 92% 0
R.Mostert SF 40 2 119.5% 1 5 68 105 1 80% 0
J.White NE 36 3 41.8% 6 11 75 121 1 73% 0
K.Johnson DET 36 4 85.6% 4 5 60 99 1 80% 0
R.Burkhead NE 30 5 43.3% 5 10 88 100 0 70% 0
D.Henry TEN 28 6 99.7% 2 5 87 75 1 60% 0
A.Kamara NO 21 7 22.2% 15 11 87 85 0 73% 0
C.McCaffrey CAR 21 8 10.6% 19 17 97 105 0 71% 0
Da.Johnson ARI 21 9 36.5% 8 8 55 72 1 88% 0
N.Chubb CLE 18 10 28.7% 12 8 46 69 0 88% 0
Da.Williams KC 17 11 6.7% 21 11 87 94 0 82% 0
J.Conner PIT 15 12 20.7% 16 8 56 61 0 88% 0
D.Johnson CLE 15 13 37.3% 7 6 65 51 0 83% 0
R.Freeman DEN 14 14 17.6% 17 8 53 62 0 75% 0
C.Thompson WAS 13 15 2.3% 24 18 116 85 0 67% 0
J.Williams GB 12 16 25.5% 13 6 28 48 1 83% 0
J.Samuels PIT 11 17 33.9% 10 3 15 41 0 67% 0
C.Carson SEA 11 18 5.4% 22 10 62 63 1 90% 1
D.Ogunbowale TB 11 19 30.1% 11 6 42 39 0 83% 0
D.Cook MIN 10 20 34.5% 9 5 46 35 0 100% 0
W.Gallman NYG 8 21 22.3% 14 4 24 33 0 75% 0
Du.Johnson HOU 7 22 11.7% 18 6 33 34 0 67% 0
A.Jones GB 5 23 -0.3% 25 7 34 39 0 71% 0
I.Smith ATL 4 24 8.1% 20 4 22 21 0 75% 0
D.Montgomery CHI 4 25 3.9% 23 4 33 22 0 50% 0
T.Cohen CHI 3 26 -10.2% 28 15 56 63 0 67% 0
J.Howard PHI 2 27 -2.7% 26 4 19 17 0 75% 0
E.Elliott DAL 2 28 -5.4% 27 4 19 20 0 75% 0
K.Drake MIA 1 29 -12.5% 30 9 44 41 0 78% 0
D.Singletary BUF 0 30 -12.2% 29 6 28 23 0 83% 0
D.Freeman ATL 0 31 -13.4% 31 8 54 31 0 75% 0
P.Lindsay DEN 0 32 -14.5% 32 13 53 54 0 62% 0
P.Barber TB -1 33 -18.4% 33 5 19 14 0 60% 0
L.Murray NO -4 34 -31.4% 36 4 20 8 0 75% 0
D.Sproles PHI -5 35 -29.3% 35 6 21 13 0 83% 0
L.McCoy KC -6 36 -41.7% 39 4 12 3 0 100% 0
K.Ballage MIA -7 37 -36.9% 37 6 19 7 0 33% 0
J.Jackson LAC -10 38 -61.9% 42 4 9 -6 0 50% 0
L.Bell NYJ -10 39 -23.3% 34 19 93 56 1 84% 1
M.Davis CHI -12 40 -43.6% 40 7 17 4 0 86% 0
N.Hines IND -16 41 -67.5% 43 6 9 -12 0 83% 0
T.Gurley LAR -16 42 -71.1% 44 5 8 -13 0 80% 0
M.Sanders PHI -18 43 -57.0% 41 6 11 -7 0 67% 0
J.Mixon CIN -18 44 -73.4% 46 8 17 -15 0 63% 0
D.Lewis TEN -18 45 -103.1% 48 5 11 -23 0 80% 0
L.Fournette JAX -19 46 -40.3% 38 12 68 12 0 67% 1
G.Bernard CIN -26 47 -96.2% 47 6 49 -31 0 50% 1
S.Barkley NYG -40 48 -71.7% 45 13 47 -33 0 54% 1

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 3-3 passes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
T.Coleman SF 12 56.1% 3 33 38 0 67% 0
D.Guice WAS 11 57.5% 3 20 33 0 100% 0
C.Edmonds ARI 4 11.9% 3 15 17 0 67% 0
C.J.Prosise SEA 0 -13.6% 3 13 13 0 100% 0
P.DiMarco BUF -2 -25.2% 3 12 9 0 100% 0
M.Mack IND -3 -29.8% 3 12 7 0 67% 0
T.Montgomery NYJ -5 -49.1% 3 15 0 0 100% 0
C.J.Ham MIN -16 -108.7% 3 0 -21 0 0% 0
J.Richard OAK -28 -193.6% 3 2 -47 0 67% 1