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RUNNING BACKS 2019

Regular season totals, through Week 6

Revised as of 10/15/2019

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, opponent adjustments are currently at 60% strength.

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

RUSHING: Minimum 48 rushes, 34 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM Suc
Rate
Rk
D.Cook MIN 150 1 106 3 26.6% 2 16.3% 108 583 611 6 2 48% 18
A.Jones GB 105 2 73 7 18.8% 5 10.5% 89 356 499 8 1 56% 4
C.McCaffrey CAR 102 3 38 15 11.5% 10 -1.1% 127 618 605 7 0 43% 29
N.Chubb CLE 100 4 62 10 13.6% 8 5.3% 114 607 547 6 0 37% 34
M.Breida SF 96 5 62 9 29.7% 1 16.3% 65 376 371 1 0 52% 12
J.Howard PHI 93 6 84 5 24.0% 3 21.1% 66 297 395 4 0 56% 5
E.Elliott DAL 91 7 109 2 9.7% 12 13.3% 113 492 576 5 1 55% 6
M.Ingram BAL 91 8 123 1 13.6% 9 21.3% 87 424 500 7 1 59% 1
J.Jacobs OAK 76 9 88 4 10.1% 11 13.1% 88 430 473 4 0 52% 13
R.Jones TB 65 10 40 14 16.9% 6 7.3% 63 279 323 2 0 54% 8
P.Lindsay DEN 61 11 76 6 7.9% 13 12.2% 84 397 415 4 0 52% 11
M.Mack IND 58 12 64 8 3.9% 16 5.2% 101 470 492 2 0 57% 3
L.McCoy KC 52 13 53 11 14.9% 7 15.3% 48 258 273 2 0 54% 7
A.Mattison MIN 50 14 16 20 20.0% 4 0.8% 48 252 231 1 1 38% 33
F.Gore BUF 47 15 15 22 5.3% 14 -4.1% 75 333 366 3 0 49% 17
T.Gurley LAR 34 16 49 13 4.3% 15 10.0% 64 271 284 5 1 53% 10
C.Carson SEA 21 17 22 19 -4.4% 18 -4.2% 118 505 463 2 2 53% 9
A.Kamara NO 14 18 -7 24 -4.6% 19 -10.7% 86 378 328 1 2 51% 15
R.Freeman DEN 12 19 25 17 -3.8% 17 1.1% 66 288 240 0 0 44% 25
P.Barber TB 9 20 9 23 -5.3% 20 -5.4% 69 242 258 4 0 45% 21
L.Fournette JAX 6 21 29 16 -7.4% 21 -2.4% 115 584 417 1 0 41% 32
D.Montgomery CHI 3 22 -16 26 -7.4% 22 -14.4% 69 225 247 2 0 43% 28
C.Hyde HOU 3 23 50 12 -8.0% 23 2.9% 99 442 382 3 2 59% 2
Da.Johnson ARI -3 24 22 18 -9.4% 24 -1.9% 76 298 283 2 0 45% 22
A.Ekeler LAC -9 25 16 21 -11.8% 25 -3.3% 64 243 238 3 1 50% 16
A.Peterson WAS -18 26 -10 25 -15.3% 27 -12.3% 63 226 200 1 0 44% 24
D.Freeman ATL -19 27 -25 28 -14.6% 26 -16.6% 77 280 243 0 1 42% 31
L.Bell NYJ -29 28 -35 30 -17.8% 29 -19.8% 85 257 224 1 0 44% 27
S.Michel NE -31 29 -27 29 -15.7% 28 -14.9% 100 350 321 3 1 45% 20
D.Henry TEN -52 30 -20 27 -20.0% 30 -13.0% 113 418 308 4 2 45% 19
J.Mixon CIN -53 31 -43 32 -25.2% 32 -21.9% 74 253 188 0 0 45% 23
M.Sanders PHI -56 32 -65 34 -31.8% 34 -35.6% 57 199 116 0 2 44% 26
J.Conner PIT -60 33 -43 33 -27.2% 33 -22.0% 74 235 181 3 1 42% 30
K.Johnson DET -63 34 -38 31 -24.6% 31 -18.4% 87 285 234 2 1 52% 14

RUSHING, OTHERS: 9-47 rushes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Singletary BUF 63 60 130.2% 123.3% 10 127 142 1 0
S.Barkley NYG 55 51 25.5% 23.3% 37 237 227 1 0
C.Edmonds ARI 48 55 48.5% 57.8% 24 161 149 1 0
R.Mostert SF 46 33 19.4% 11.1% 45 249 218 0 1
R.Burkhead NE 40 28 37.2% 23.3% 24 112 139 1 0
Du.Johnson HOU 38 48 20.4% 27.6% 37 239 175 0 0
M.Brown LAR 37 33 13.2% 10.8% 37 154 206 2 0
J.Jackson LAC 34 39 43.2% 50.7% 18 142 111 0 0
T.Pollard DAL 32 32 12.8% 12.5% 37 181 182 1 0
J.Williams GB 30 24 11.5% 7.1% 40 191 181 0 0
I.Smith ATL 27 18 14.1% 6.9% 21 99 144 1 0
L.Murray NO 25 18 8.8% 4.0% 32 138 167 1 0
J.Wilson SF 22 25 14.5% 16.9% 18 52 119 4 0
J.Wilkins IND 21 19 17.9% 15.9% 19 125 100 0 0
B.Bolden NE 19 15 26.7% 19.9% 12 45 76 2 0
T.Coleman SF 15 -5 -0.2% -11.4% 40 165 176 2 0
J.Richard OAK 14 17 20.1% 27.1% 11 52 64 0 0
M.Walton MIA 13 11 11.7% 8.6% 16 71 78 0 0
R.Penny SEA 8 6 0.3% -1.7% 22 98 92 1 0
D.Washington OAK 6 11 -2.6% 2.6% 23 74 95 1 0
W.Gallman NYG 4 -6 -4.8% -13.8% 27 108 108 2 1
J.D.McKissic DET 4 9 2.5% 18.8% 10 80 35 0 0
T.Johnson DET 3 4 -2.5% -1.2% 13 54 47 0 0
G.Edwards BAL 2 31 -7.9% 5.4% 44 199 196 0 0
B.Snell PIT 0 6 -8.2% -2.4% 23 105 92 0 0
Dar.Williams KC 0 0 -8.1% -8.7% 17 75 72 2 1
D.Sproles PHI 0 -3 -8.7% -12.9% 15 59 50 0 0
R.Armstead JAX -2 -1 -14.6% -11.9% 11 49 31 0 0
J.Hill BAL -4 4 -14.5% -2.1% 18 78 51 0 0
E.Penny NYG -6 -10 -22.5% -32.6% 11 36 25 0 0
D.Lewis TEN -6 0 -17.1% -8.4% 16 55 47 0 0
J.White NE -7 -2 -19.3% -11.0% 16 62 45 0 0
T.Montgomery NYJ -7 -8 -29.4% -31.2% 9 31 17 0 0
D.Guice WAS -8 -18 -30.9% -58.3% 10 18 18 0 0
N.Hines IND -8 -11 -22.0% -25.4% 13 30 41 0 0
C.Thompson WAS -11 -14 -20.6% -23.7% 23 79 61 0 0
T.J.Yeldon BUF -13 -9 -43.5% -32.9% 10 45 11 0 1
J.Hilliman NYG -17 -28 -21.3% -30.0% 30 91 85 1 1
M.Davis CHI -19 -15 -57.6% -48.5% 9 22 2 0 0
J.Samuels PIT -22 -12 -36.1% -23.5% 18 50 33 1 0
T.Cohen CHI -24 -30 -45.5% -55.6% 17 37 17 0 0
M.Gordon LAC -24 -29 -40.6% -47.4% 20 49 26 0 0
T.Pope LAC -24 -18 -81.5% -62.8% 10 20 -11 0 0
K.Drake MIA -25 -17 -24.4% -19.5% 41 153 95 0 2
K.Ballage MIA -26 -28 -35.4% -37.6% 22 36 41 1 0
C.J.Anderson DET -27 -25 -49.3% -46.5% 16 43 13 0 0
C.J.Prosise SEA -34 -34 -65.4% -66.4% 12 24 -4 1 1
G.Bernard CIN -42 -37 -53.2% -48.4% 23 49 13 0 0
Dam.Williams KC -44 -22 -39.0% -23.9% 32 63 54 1 0

RECEIVING: Minimum 12 passes, 41 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.Ekeler LAC 111 1 121 1 28.2% 9 32.0% 45 370 420 3 93% 1
Da.Johnson ARI 107 2 93 4 32.9% 5 26.7% 41 315 383 3 73% 0
J.Conner PIT 95 3 103 2 45.6% 2 50.6% 28 231 311 2 93% 0
C.McCaffrey CAR 82 4 95 3 20.6% 12 26.2% 45 305 339 2 78% 0
M.Sanders PHI 72 5 71 6 52.8% 1 52.3% 18 219 226 1 72% 0
D.Freeman ATL 67 6 74 5 28.4% 8 33.3% 29 203 250 3 86% 0
A.Kamara NO 63 7 59 7 15.5% 16 13.3% 39 276 285 1 85% 0
D.Cook MIN 51 8 58 8 26.3% 10 32.2% 26 213 195 0 88% 0
Dam.Williams KC 47 9 45 12 28.7% 7 26.2% 16 116 178 1 81% 0
K.Johnson DET 41 10 46 10 36.0% 3 42.4% 13 126 144 1 69% 0
J.White NE 36 11 48 9 2.3% 21 7.6% 39 224 236 1 79% 0
M.Breida SF 34 12 29 18 35.8% 4 29.0% 12 73 118 1 83% 0
C.Carson SEA 33 13 45 11 18.1% 15 29.3% 21 141 143 2 90% 1
C.Thompson WAS 31 14 31 16 3.2% 20 3.0% 38 276 197 0 71% 0
J.Williams GB 30 15 31 17 26.3% 10 27.5% 14 87 115 2 86% 0
Du.Johnson HOU 29 16 32 14 19.6% 13 23.4% 17 105 122 1 65% 0
W.Gallman NYG 28 17 24 20 32.9% 6 27.6% 12 79 99 1 75% 0
E.Elliott DAL 24 18 32 15 5.5% 19 11.3% 24 138 142 0 75% 0
J.Samuels PIT 22 19 33 13 8.6% 18 19.5% 15 83 118 0 87% 0
T.J.Yeldon BUF 21 20 24 21 19.1% 14 23.4% 12 100 91 0 83% 0
M.Ingram BAL 17 21 26 19 12.5% 17 25.8% 12 89 83 0 92% 0
P.Lindsay DEN 15 22 12 23 -3.4% 23 -5.5% 26 147 133 0 73% 0
R.Burkhead NE 12 23 16 22 -0.8% 22 3.6% 18 117 93 0 78% 0
N.Hines IND 11 24 9 24 -4.3% 26 -5.7% 21 120 105 0 86% 0
R.Freeman DEN 10 25 6 25 -6.9% 29 -9.6% 26 145 127 0 81% 0
J.Mixon CIN 10 26 1 28 -3.8% 24 -12.8% 19 97 91 1 74% 0
D.Ogunbowale TB 9 27 0 30 -6.0% 28 -13.9% 21 130 101 0 76% 0
D.Montgomery CHI 7 28 4 26 -4.2% 25 -8.4% 13 72 63 0 69% 0
D.Henry TEN 5 29 0 29 -5.1% 27 -13.4% 12 102 53 1 50% 0
I.Smith ATL 2 30 4 27 -11.0% 30 -8.5% 14 87 52 0 79% 0
L.Fournette JAX -3 31 -10 34 -15.5% 31 -18.6% 37 189 139 0 73% 1
A.Jones GB -5 32 -9 33 -17.0% 32 -19.1% 30 163 111 0 77% 0
L.McCoy KC -9 33 -9 32 -24.4% 34 -24.0% 16 94 44 1 88% 1
N.Chubb CLE -11 34 -4 31 -22.3% 33 -16.7% 26 128 69 0 77% 1
T.Cohen CHI -18 35 -23 35 -24.5% 35 -27.8% 31 128 83 1 65% 0
L.Bell NYJ -21 36 -28 37 -25.2% 36 -28.6% 33 169 90 1 85% 1
K.Drake MIA -27 37 -24 36 -30.0% 37 -28.4% 29 137 63 0 66% 0
D.Lewis TEN -33 38 -39 38 -54.3% 40 -61.7% 18 61 -10 0 78% 0
T.Gurley LAR -38 39 -45 40 -44.2% 38 -49.4% 22 68 11 0 64% 0
G.Bernard CIN -41 40 -41 39 -52.8% 39 -52.7% 20 108 -10 0 70% 1
S.Barkley NYG -43 41 -48 41 -58.1% 41 -63.7% 18 74 -19 0 61% 1

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 5-11 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM
Dar.Williams KC 50 57 69.9% 82.3% 11 142 146 0 82% 0
B.Bolden NE 44 46 126.0% 134.5% 6 72 112 1 83% 0
R.Jones TB 41 45 129.9% 142.7% 6 92 106 0 83% 0
C.Edmonds ARI 30 34 32.9% 40.2% 11 76 106 1 73% 0
R.Mostert SF 29 33 67.7% 78.0% 6 68 86 1 67% 0
K.Juszczyk SF 28 28 38.1% 39.0% 8 76 96 0 75% 0
J.Jacobs OAK 21 20 25.4% 24.6% 9 77 81 0 67% 0
D.Washington OAK 20 13 29.0% 13.6% 8 53 75 0 88% 0
L.Murray NO 18 14 16.3% 10.8% 10 67 78 0 90% 0
D.Hilliard CLE 15 15 14.2% 12.4% 8 58 72 0 63% 0
S.Michel NE 15 18 20.1% 26.1% 7 59 64 0 71% 0
D.Vitale GB 14 13 29.1% 25.3% 5 51 52 0 80% 0
D.Johnson CLE 14 12 32.9% 26.0% 7 71 50 0 86% 0
J.Howard PHI 11 8 7.2% 1.0% 9 47 60 1 67% 0
T.Coleman SF 10 9 14.1% 10.4% 6 49 47 0 67% 0
M.Walton MIA 9 9 2.7% 3.9% 10 66 56 0 80% 0
C.J.Prosise SEA 7 4 -3.3% -8.1% 11 66 63 0 82% 0
T.Pollard DAL 7 13 10.5% 34.6% 4 28 34 0 100% 0
M.Mack IND 4 -4 -5.2% -23.1% 9 42 42 0 78% 0
D.Singletary BUF -2 0 -20.8% -15.2% 6 28 17 0 83% 0
F.Gore BUF -4 -3 -23.7% -22.9% 7 37 18 0 86% 0
J.Hill BAL -10 -9 -41.6% -40.4% 7 19 5 0 43% 0
T.Montgomery NYJ -10 -12 -41.8% -46.4% 7 32 5 0 86% 0
J.D.McKissic DET -11 -8 -51.2% -43.1% 7 42 -2 0 71% 0
M.Davis CHI -11 -15 -40.1% -49.0% 7 17 7 0 86% 0
A.Peterson WAS -12 -10 -37.5% -32.4% 7 22 12 0 71% 0
M.Gordon LAC -15 -23 -42.4% -56.1% 10 37 7 0 70% 0
C.Hyde HOU -16 -24 -47.6% -64.2% 8 22 1 0 75% 0
P.Barber TB -18 -23 -55.4% -67.4% 9 25 -6 0 67% 0
T.Johnson DET -19 -19 -100.6% -101.4% 5 7 -24 0 80% 0
N.Bawden DET -19 -17 -73.6% -65.6% 5 14 -17 0 60% 0
K.Ballage MIA -20 -18 -52.4% -49.7% 10 29 -4 0 30% 0
D.Sproles PHI -25 -24 -65.2% -63.2% 8 21 -16 0 63% 0
J.Jackson LAC -26 -28 -78.4% -83.2% 8 13 -25 0 75% 0
J.Richard OAK -30 -33 -87.4% -92.9% 9 35 -33 0 89% 1
C.J.Ham MIN -39 -42 -83.4% -88.2% 10 9 -41 0 50% 0