Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 4

Revised as of 9/30/2014

Tight ends are ranked according to DYAR, or Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement. This gives the value of the performance on plays where this TE caught the ball, compared to a replacement-level TE in the same game situations and then translated into yardage. DYAR (and its cousin, YAR, which isn't adjusted based on opponent) is further explained here.

The other statistic given is DVOA, or Defense-adjusted Value Over Average. This number represents value, per play, over an average TE in the same game situations. The more positive the DVOA rating, the better the player's performance. DVOA (and its cousin, VOA, which isn't adjusted based on opponent) is further explained here.

The simple version: DYAR means a tight end with more total value. DVOA means a tight end 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.

DYAR and DVOA include all passes intended for the receiver, both complete and incomplete. Catch Rate represents the percentage of passes to this receiver completed. This is a reference to incomplete passes, not dropped passes: dropped passes are not specified in publicly available play-by-play, and unfortunately we cannot yet correct for this.

  • We cannot yet fully separate the performance of a receiver from the performance of his quarterback. Be aware that one will affect the other.
  • These statistics measure only passes thrown to a receiver, not performance on plays when he is not thrown the ball, such as blocking and drawing double teams.
  • All fumbles are considered equal, whether recovered by the offense or defense.
  • DPI lists the number of plays and yards where the tight end drew Defensive Pass Interference. These plays are incorporated into DVOA and DYAR, but are not included in the totals for Passes or Yards.
  • Opponent adjustments are currently at 40 percent strength and will increase gradually until after Week 10.

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

RECEIVING: Minimum 8 passes, 41 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Bennett CHI 97 1 79 2 28.4% 4 21.9% 37 295 440 4 78% 0 2/28
J.Graham NO 83 2 68 3 21.7% 9 16.5% 42 340 420 3 76% 1 0/0
T.Kelce KC 75 3 81 1 39.4% 1 43.3% 24 259 297 2 75% 0 0/0
A.Gates SD 57 4 57 5 31.9% 2 32.1% 23 215 245 3 74% 0 0/0
L.Donnell NYG 52 5 44 8 16.5% 11 12.6% 31 236 300 4 81% 1 0/0
G.Olsen CAR 46 6 45 7 15.4% 13 15.1% 31 254 270 2 68% 0 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 44 7 48 6 26.9% 5 30.4% 20 220 203 1 65% 1 1/21
N.Paul WAS 42 8 32 11 14.3% 14 9.0% 28 285 255 1 71% 1 0/0
J.Thomas DEN 37 9 61 4 25.7% 8 46.8% 17 160 177 5 82% 1 0/0
D.Allen IND 35 10 28 12 26.8% 6 19.3% 15 145 165 3 73% 1 0/0
O.Daniels BAL 34 11 42 9 20.8% 10 27.4% 17 113 175 2 82% 0 0/0
D.Walker TEN 27 12 34 10 5.3% 19 8.5% 32 317 241 3 69% 1 0/0
V.Davis SF 26 13 22 13 26.5% 7 20.6% 12 91 124 2 75% 0 0/0
L.Green SD 22 14 18 14 29.4% 3 22.9% 8 88 100 0 75% 0 1/7
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Fasano KC 21 15 6 20 16.0% 12 -0.5% 13 91 124 1 62% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC 17 16 8 19 13.8% 15 2.5% 12 106 104 1 67% 0 0/0
J.Amaro NYJ 15 17 15 16 9.0% 17 9.1% 14 125 111 0 79% 0 0/0
J.Cook STL 14 18 17 15 3.1% 20 5.5% 21 177 143 0 71% 0 0/0
C.Fleener IND 13 19 -12 30 1.9% 22 -15.3% 19 109 150 2 53% 0 0/0
S.Chandler BUF 12 20 10 18 5.7% 18 3.6% 13 116 103 0 69% 0 0/0
J.Cameron CLE 11 21 -12 31 13.3% 16 -29.2% 8 70 71 0 38% 0 1/3
H.Miller PIT 9 22 5 21 -1.8% 23 -4.2% 27 197 164 1 78% 2 0/0
A.Quarless GB 9 23 5 22 2.9% 21 -1.4% 11 77 92 1 73% 0 0/0
E.Ebron DET 3 24 -1 25 -3.6% 24 -8.3% 12 72 74 1 50% 0 0/0
D.Pitta BAL 2 25 -20 36 -5.6% 25 -20.7% 22 125 130 0 73% 0 0/0
G.Graham HOU -4 26 11 17 -12.9% 26 7.8% 12 95 53 0 75% 0 0/0
D.Carrier SF -7 27 4 23 -19.1% 28 -0.8% 8 74 32 0 63% 0 0/0
C.Harbor JAC -9 28 1 24 -31.5% 32 -3.6% 8 69 12 0 100% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Gresham CIN -11 29 -18 35 -28.4% 31 -40.7% 9 46 20 0 67% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks STL -13 30 -13 32 -20.0% 29 -20.0% 14 66 57 1 79% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL -17 31 -6 26 -18.8% 27 -11.1% 23 156 85 0 65% 0 0/0
D.Sims MIA -18 32 -16 34 -44.1% 36 -39.0% 8 27 2 1 25% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins TB -27 33 -11 29 -53.9% 38 -27.2% 9 70 -10 0 44% 0 0/0
L.Toilolo ATL -27 34 -24 37 -35.3% 34 -31.8% 13 69 23 1 62% 1 0/0
B.Myers TB -30 35 -10 27 -38.3% 35 -17.9% 16 107 16 0 81% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN -30 36 -10 28 -34.0% 33 -16.5% 17 96 29 1 59% 0 0/0
R.Gronkowski NE -33 37 -14 33 -25.1% 30 -14.7% 26 147 83 3 50% 0 0/0
J.Cumberland NYJ -44 38 -31 38 -56.4% 40 -41.8% 14 82 -21 0 57% 0 0/0
M.Rivera OAK -63 39 -64 40 -55.3% 39 -55.9% 20 83 -27 0 60% 1 0/0
C.Clay MIA -64 40 -44 39 -51.3% 37 -37.2% 22 111 -17 0 64% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI -70 41 -75 41 -84.3% 41 -90.0% 11 15 -76 0 27% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 5-7 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
Dan.Fells NYG 43 40 78.3% 72.3% 6 38 137 3 100% 0 0/0
J.Carlson ARI 31 32 63.2% 66.4% 7 96 105 0 86% 0 0/0
J.Hill NO 23 21 49.1% 45.1% 5 59 85 2 80% 0 0/0
Z.Miller SEA 16 10 24.9% 13.3% 7 76 76 0 86% 0 0/0
G.Barnidge CLE 8 14 18.6% 36.7% 6 54 46 0 83% 0 0/0
R.Ellison MIN 8 14 16.1% 33.5% 5 65 45 0 60% 0 0/0
T.Wright NE 6 2 10.0% -2.3% 5 35 41 0 80% 0 0/0
J.Fauria DET 4 -6 1.9% -22.0% 6 49 41 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND 3 6 0.6% 7.6% 6 29 44 1 100% 0 0/0
B.Pettigrew DET -2 -6 -11.9% -27.4% 5 28 24 0 60% 0 0/0
B.Watson NO -5 -9 -21.9% -30.9% 5 21 19 0 80% 0 1/21
L.Paulsen WAS -27 -32 -65.0% -75.1% 7 35 -19 0 100% 1 0/0

Any tight end rushing numbers are listed on the wide receiver page for that particular year.