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Running Back Consistency
David Dorey
June 8, 2009
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Below lists out each notable running back who played at least eight games and their categories list the number of games in which they had at least the stated topic. The consistency rating comes from the number of times where they had either a 100 total yards game and/or a touchdown game, all divided by the number of games that they played.

The Column for "Either" shows how many times they had either 100 total yards and/or a touchdown game.

RB Consistency - 2008 Season

NAME CON Gms Either 100 Rush Yd 100 Total Yd 150 Total Yd 1+ TD 2 + TD
Matt Forte 75% 16 12 3 11 1 8 2
Adrian Peterson 69% 16 11 10 11 3 8 2
Steven Jackson 67% 12 8 4 8 3 4 2
LaDainian Tomlinson 63% 16 10 2 8 1 5 3
Steve Slaton 63% 16 10 5 9 3 6 2
DeAngelo Williams 56% 16 9 8 8 2 8 5
Michael Turner 56% 16 9 8 8 3 7 4
Brandon Jacobs 54% 13 7 4 4 0 6 5
Marion Barber 53% 15 8 3 8 3 6 2
Clinton Portis 50% 16 8 6 7 3 4 2
Maurice Jones-Drew 50% 16 8 2 5 2 6 4
Thomas Jones 50% 16 8 5 7 2 7 3
Frank Gore 50% 14 7 3 7 3 4 1
Chris Johnson 47% 15 7 4 6 3 6 2
Brian Westbrook 43% 14 6 3 5 2 5 5
Pierre Thomas 43% 14 6 1 5 0 6 4
Reggie Bush 40% 10 4 0 3 1 4 2
Willie Parker 36% 11 4 4 4 0 2 1
Kevin Faulk 33% 15 5 0 4 0 4 1
Marshawn Lynch 33% 15 5 3 5 1 3 1
Cedric Benson 33% 12 4 3 4 2 2 0
Larry Johnson 33% 12 4 3 4 1 3 1
LenDale White 31% 16 5 2 3 1 5 4
Edgerrin James 31% 13 4 2 3 0 1 1
Earnest Graham 30% 10 3 2 3 0 2 0
Tashard Choice 27% 11 3 0 3 1 2 0
Jamal Lewis 25% 16 4 0 0 0 4 0
Derrick Ward 25% 16 4 2 4 1 0 0
Kevin Smith 25% 16 4 2 4 0 3 0
Le'Ron McClain 25% 16 4 1 2 0 3 2
Ryan Grant 25% 16 4 4 4 1 3 0
Joseph Addai 25% 12 3 1 2 1 2 2
Michael Pittman 25% 8 2 1 1 0 1 1
Darren McFadden 23% 13 3 1 2 1 3 1
Sammy Morris 23% 13 3 2 3 0 2 0
Willis McGahee 23% 13 3 3 3 1 3 1
Mewelde Moore 21% 14 3 1 3 0 2 2
Darren Sproles 20% 15 3 1 2 0 3 2
Dominic Rhodes 20% 15 3 0 3 0 2 2
Fred Jackson 20% 15 3 1 3 0 1 0
Warrick Dunn 20% 15 3 1 3 0 1 0
Jerious Norwood 19% 16 3 0 2 0 2 1
Jonathan Stewart 19% 16 3 2 2 0 3 2
Ronnie Brown 19% 16 3 3 3 0 2 1
Tim Hightower 19% 16 3 1 1 0 3 2
J.J. Arrington 18% 11 2 0 1 0 1 1
Michael Bush 18% 11 2 1 2 1 1 1
Maurice Morris 15% 13 2 2 2 0 1 0
Ray Rice 15% 13 2 1 2 1 0 0
Correll Buckhalter 14% 14 2 0 2 1 2 0
Julius Jones 14% 14 2 2 2 0 2 0
Justin Fargas 14% 14 2 1 2 0 0 0
T.J. Duckett 13% 15 2 0 0 0 2 2
Chester Taylor 13% 16 2 0 2 0 2 0
Jamaal Charles 13% 16 2 1 2 0 0 0
Leon Washington 13% 16 2 0 1 0 2 2
Ricky Williams 13% 16 2 1 2 0 1 0
Ahman Green 13% 8 1 0 0 0 1 1
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 13% 8 1 1 1 0 1 0
LaMont Jordan 13% 8 1 0 0 0 1 1
Antonio Pittman 11% 9 1 0 1 0 0 0

It was obvious that 2008 was to be the year of the rookie running back. What was less obvious was that Matt Forte was going to be used so much that he ranked as the most consistent fantasy tailback last year despite only only gaining 3.9 yards per carry ( the league leading 63 catches proved crucial). LaDainian Tomlinson seemed like such a terrible disappointment but really was one of the best - just maybe not worthy of that #1 draft slot and his week 17 stats really pumped up his final stats. Steve Slaton, Michael Turner and DeAngelo Williams all took their first turns in the NFL as starters to turn in surprisingly consistent numbers.

Perhaps not surprising was the high number of the best running backs who did not play a full 16 game season. That's why drafting early and often for running backs will never change.

NAME 100 total NAME 150 total NAME 1+ TD NAME 2 + TD
Matt Forte 11 Adrian Peterson 3 Matt Forte 8 DeAngelo Williams 5
Adrian Peterson 11 Steven Jackson 3 Adrian Peterson 8 Brandon Jacobs 5
Steve Slaton 9 Steve Slaton 3 DeAngelo Williams 8 Brian Westbrook 5
Steven Jackson 8 Michael Turner 3 Michael Turner 7 Michael Turner 4
LaDainian Tomlinson 8 Marion Barber 3 Thomas Jones 7 Maurice Jones-Drew 4
DeAngelo Williams 8 Clinton Portis 3 Steve Slaton 6 Pierre Thomas 4
Michael Turner 8 Frank Gore 3 Brandon Jacobs 6 LenDale White 4
Marion Barber 8 Chris Johnson 3 Marion Barber 6 LaDainian Tomlinson 3
Clinton Portis 7 DeAngelo Williams 2 Maurice Jones-Drew 6 Thomas Jones 3
Thomas Jones 7 Maurice Jones-Drew 2 Chris Johnson 6    
Frank Gore 7 Thomas Jones 2 Pierre Thomas 6    
Chris Johnson 6 Brian Westbrook 2        
Maurice Jones-Drew 5 Cedric Benson 2        
Brian Westbrook 5            
Pierre Thomas 5            
Marshawn Lynch 5            

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