Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 3

Revised as of 9/23/2014

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.
  • Please note there are no opponent adjustments until 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.

RECEIVING: Minimum 8 passes, 36 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Gates SD 74 1 61.4% 2 18 185 252 3 78% 0 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 66 2 63.5% 1 14 177 222 1 64% 0 1/21
J.Graham NO 65 3 23.5% 9 31 254 321 2 77% 0 0/0
J.Thomas DEN 57 4 43.2% 5 17 160 220 5 82% 1 0/0
M.Bennett CHI 52 5 21.1% 11 26 161 268 4 77% 0 1/28
G.Olsen CAR 49 6 21.2% 10 26 224 252 2 73% 0 0/0
T.Kelce KC 48 7 41.7% 6 15 166 185 1 67% 0 0/0
V.Davis SF 37 8 56.3% 3 9 83 129 2 78% 0 0/0
O.Daniels BAL 36 9 36.2% 7 11 70 147 2 91% 0 0/0
N.Paul WAS 33 10 12.3% 12 24 253 216 1 75% 1 0/0
S.Chandler BUF 30 11 45.6% 4 8 101 114 0 88% 0 0/0
J.Cook STL 20 12 7.4% 14 21 177 155 0 71% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
L.Green SD 19 13 24.6% 8 8 88 93 0 75% 0 1/7
D.Walker TEN 13 14 0.4% 17 25 233 173 2 68% 1 0/0
A.Fasano KC 13 15 7.5% 13 12 91 101 1 67% 0 0/0
L.Donnell NYG 9 16 -1.5% 18 23 182 152 1 78% 1 0/0
M.Lewis JAC 9 17 4.0% 15 12 106 87 1 67% 0 0/0
A.Quarless GB 7 18 1.1% 16 11 77 88 1 73% 0 0/0
D.Allen IND -1 19 -8.1% 19 12 107 74 2 67% 1 0/0
B.Myers TB -2 20 -8.9% 20 15 107 72 0 87% 0 0/0
J.Amaro NYJ -4 21 -13.2% 21 9 67 43 0 67% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN -10 22 -16.0% 22 17 96 74 1 59% 0 0/0
J.Cameron CLE -11 23 -27.0% 26 8 70 23 0 38% 0 1/3
L.Kendricks STL -11 24 -18.2% 23 14 66 61 1 79% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Gresham CIN -18 25 -40.5% 33 9 46 6 0 67% 0 0/0
E.Ebron DET -18 26 -40.7% 34 8 38 6 0 38% 0 0/0
H.Miller PIT -20 27 -27.6% 28 16 112 39 0 69% 1 0/0
D.Pitta BAL -22 28 -22.1% 24 22 125 77 0 73% 0 0/0
L.Toilolo ATL -23 29 -35.8% 31 11 57 17 1 64% 1 0/0
J.Cumberland NYJ -23 30 -35.4% 30 13 82 19 0 62% 0 0/0
C.Fleener IND -24 31 -27.5% 27 16 83 48 1 50% 0 0/0
R.Gronkowski NE -25 32 -22.9% 25 23 116 81 2 48% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL -29 33 -32.6% 29 18 95 33 0 56% 0 0/0
C.Clay MIA -37 34 -39.4% 32 18 79 16 0 67% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI -47 35 -75.5% 36 9 15 -45 0 33% 0 0/0
M.Rivera OAK -50 36 -53.9% 35 16 73 -19 0 63% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 5-7 passes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Carlson ARI 34 69.9% 7 96 111 0 86% 0 0/0
G.Graham HOU 18 35.0% 7 67 76 0 86% 0 0/0
G.Barnidge CLE 16 41.9% 6 54 62 0 83% 0 0/0
Z.Miller SEA 12 16.6% 7 76 67 0 86% 0 0/0
D.Carrier SF 9 13.3% 6 64 55 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND 6 9.1% 5 22 44 1 100% 0 0/0
T.Wright NE 4 4.2% 5 35 37 0 80% 0 0/0
B.Watson NO -4 -21.5% 4 14 16 0 75% 0 1/21
J.Fauria DET -7 -24.8% 6 49 18 0 50% 0 0/0
D.Sims MIA -30 -84.6% 6 9 -32 0 17% 0 0/0

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