Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2017

Regular season totals, through Week 6

Revised as of 10/17/2017

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.

Opponent adjustments are currently at 60 percent strength and will increase 10 percent each week until they are 100 percent after Week 10.

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.

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

RECEIVING: Minimum 12 passes, 42 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Gronkowski NE 100 1 101 1 29.7% 7 30.2% 40 401 443 4 65% 1 2/57
C.Brate TB 82 2 84 2 32.3% 6 33.6% 30 281 352 4 70% 0 0/0
T.Kelce KC 78 3 71 4 19.3% 10 16.8% 44 390 418 2 75% 0 0/0
E.Dickson CAR 78 4 76 3 44.1% 2 42.8% 22 307 297 0 68% 0 0/0
V.Davis WAS 53 5 49 9 52.6% 1 48.7% 14 225 189 1 79% 1 0/0
T.Kroft CIN 52 6 52 8 39.0% 5 38.3% 17 139 209 2 82% 0 0/0
C.Fleener NO 50 7 53 6 40.7% 4 43.0% 16 129 197 2 69% 0 0/0
H.Henry LACH 49 8 52 7 21.8% 8 23.6% 25 228 249 2 68% 0 1/3
Z.Ertz PHI 43 9 60 5 5.6% 15 10.6% 53 410 378 4 64% 1 0/0
A.Hooper ATL 43 10 36 11 21.4% 9 17.0% 22 242 218 1 77% 0 0/0
C.Clay BUF 41 11 36 12 15.4% 12 12.6% 28 258 239 2 71% 1 0/0
D.Fells DET 40 12 43 10 43.7% 3 47.2% 13 101 153 3 77% 0 0/0
S.Anderson HOU 22 13 24 13 17.7% 11 20.0% 14 136 124 0 64% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN 20 14 11 17 2.3% 18 -1.9% 33 201 220 2 64% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
E.Engram NYG 16 15 9 19 -1.1% 20 -3.8% 41 282 260 2 59% 0 0/0
Z.Miller CHI 16 16 17 15 1.7% 19 2.1% 30 207 187 2 60% 0 0/0
G.Everett LARM 14 17 24 14 9.5% 13 21.2% 13 154 100 1 54% 0 0/0
N.Boyle BAL 11 18 9 20 3.9% 17 1.3% 14 97 111 0 86% 0 0/0
J.Smith TEN 9 19 6 23 5.8% 14 1.2% 12 85 81 2 75% 0 0/0
D.Walker TEN 9 20 10 18 -3.6% 22 -3.6% 39 261 237 0 64% 0 0/0
O.J.Howard TB 9 21 6 22 4.8% 16 1.1% 12 107 82 1 42% 0 0/0
D.Njoku CLE 5 22 12 16 -4.4% 23 0.6% 20 118 142 3 70% 0 2/21
D.Sims CHI 3 23 5 26 -2.9% 21 -1.4% 13 98 74 1 46% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL 2 24 5 25 -6.3% 24 -5.3% 38 229 212 2 71% 0 0/0
S.DeValve CLE 1 25 6 24 -6.6% 25 -3.3% 25 167 130 1 56% 0 1/15
A.Gates LACH -2 26 -7 30 -9.0% 26 -12.1% 21 115 112 1 57% 0 0/0
A.J.Derby DEN -3 27 2 27 -10.2% 27 -5.1% 16 124 80 1 56% 0 0/0
J.James PIT -9 28 7 21 -12.4% 28 -3.0% 25 151 122 2 72% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Griffin HOU -9 29 -4 28 -13.4% 30 -10.3% 24 148 106 1 50% 0 0/0
B.Watson BAL -11 30 -19 33 -12.8% 29 -17.1% 30 176 142 1 80% 1 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins NYJ -16 31 -12 31 -15.3% 31 -13.3% 29 152 136 2 79% 1 0/0
T.Higbee LARM -19 32 -21 35 -19.5% 34 -21.0% 24 166 90 0 46% 0 0/0
G.Kittle SF -19 33 -6 29 -16.8% 32 -10.0% 31 212 129 1 68% 0 1/22
M.Lewis JAC -23 34 -16 32 -27.6% 40 -21.5% 17 76 46 3 29% 0 0/0
E.Ebron DET -25 35 -35 37 -22.5% 37 -28.4% 26 102 83 1 50% 0 0/0
M.Bennett GB -29 36 -36 39 -19.1% 33 -22.0% 35 216 143 0 63% 0 1/8
J.Doyle IND -30 37 -30 36 -21.1% 35 -21.3% 34 213 116 1 71% 2 0/0
J.Reed WAS -30 38 -41 41 -26.9% 39 -33.9% 24 142 64 0 75% 1 0/0
J.Cook OAK -32 39 -20 34 -21.2% 36 -15.9% 34 209 125 1 62% 1 1/12
J.Thomas MIA -33 40 -36 38 -31.7% 41 -33.2% 21 108 42 0 57% 0 0/0
J.Graham SEA -34 41 -43 42 -22.6% 38 -26.7% 34 179 114 1 62% 0 0/0
J.Gresham ARI -36 42 -36 40 -32.7% 42 -33.0% 20 122 41 0 70% 0 1/5

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 5-11 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
N.Oleary BUF 38 36 59.3% 56.1% 9 107 131 0 78% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks GB 32 32 36.9% 36.7% 9 94 130 1 67% 0 1/33
V.Green DEN 30 33 43.9% 47.7% 8 97 116 1 88% 0 0/0
J.Heuerman DEN 29 28 90.1% 88.3% 5 59 87 1 80% 0 0/0
L.Willson SEA 28 25 36.3% 31.4% 10 84 114 2 70% 0 0/0
B.Williams IND 25 20 49.2% 38.2% 7 76 92 0 86% 0 0/0
R.Ellison NYG 22 24 38.3% 42.2% 7 50 89 1 86% 0 0/0
T.Niklas ARI 21 23 40.9% 45.0% 6 46 84 1 67% 0 1/13
M.Hoomanawanui NO 10 10 15.2% 15.2% 7 48 59 1 57% 0 0/0
T.Burton PHI 10 10 12.6% 13.6% 7 42 63 1 86% 0 0/0
T.Eifert CIN 9 12 22.1% 30.3% 5 46 47 0 80% 0 0/0
E.Tomlinson NYJ 7 10 15.0% 21.7% 5 59 44 0 60% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Rodgers GB 4 2 7.7% 0.3% 5 38 35 0 60% 0 0/0
J.O'Shaughnessy JAC 1 2 -4.0% -3.3% 7 41 39 0 57% 0 0/0
G.Olsen CAR -4 -11 -17.1% -31.5% 6 28 28 0 50% 0 1/4
G.Celek SF -8 -6 -22.7% -19.5% 6 26 26 1 67% 0 0/0
D.Harris KC -8 -12 -19.4% -25.4% 10 36 39 1 50% 0 0/0
W.Tye NYJ -10 -9 -29.0% -28.2% 6 38 16 0 67% 0 0/0
M.Williams BAL -19 -15 -57.8% -48.4% 6 32 -10 0 100% 1 0/0
V.McDonald PIT -19 -19 -59.7% -58.0% 6 26 -11 0 17% 0 0/0
J.Hollister NE -19 -15 -56.2% -46.1% 5 24 -9 0 40% 0 0/0
D.Daniels IND -22 -28 -52.6% -65.4% 7 19 -7 0 29% 0 0/0
D.Allen NE -38 -42 -97.7% -105.5% 6 0 -48 0 0% 0 0/0

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