Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 7

Revised as of 10/21/2014

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 70 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 14 passes, 43 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Thomas DEN 138 1 115 1 46.6% 1 37.7% 36 304 515 9 78% 1 0/0
T.Kelce KC 91 2 94 4 35.2% 2 36.8% 31 307 377 3 77% 0 0/0
D.Allen IND 91 3 69 8 33.2% 5 23.4% 33 305 386 5 64% 1 0/0
G.Olsen CAR 88 4 109 2 15.0% 9 20.6% 59 493 522 5 69% 0 0/0
A.Gates SD 87 5 105 3 24.9% 7 31.8% 42 363 416 7 64% 0 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 83 6 85 5 33.9% 4 34.9% 31 306 349 2 61% 1 2/38
N.Paul WAS 83 7 72 7 27.9% 6 23.2% 34 384 377 1 74% 1 0/0
O.Daniels BAL 60 8 73 6 17.8% 8 23.3% 36 275 332 3 75% 0 0/0
J.Graham NO 58 9 55 9 10.2% 12 9.4% 49 376 403 3 69% 1 0/0
C.Fleener IND 48 10 19 21 13.5% 10 1.1% 30 214 299 3 57% 0 1/14
D.Walker TEN 45 11 24 16 6.9% 15 0.3% 49 438 366 3 63% 1 0/0
M.Bennett CHI 45 12 34 11 3.5% 19 0.9% 58 422 445 4 71% 0 2/28
L.Green SD 42 13 36 10 34.5% 3 28.5% 14 156 175 0 79% 0 1/7
R.Gronkowski NE 38 14 21 19 2.7% 20 -1.6% 56 409 401 4 55% 0 1/17
J.Cook STL 37 15 3 25 5.6% 17 -6.1% 45 320 321 0 58% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
L.Donnell NYG 33 16 24 15 4.5% 18 1.3% 41 332 308 4 80% 3 0/0
H.Miller PIT 30 17 25 14 5.7% 16 3.6% 36 275 259 1 75% 2 0/0
J.Reed WAS 23 18 26 13 13.4% 11 15.7% 18 150 144 0 78% 0 0/0
C.Harbor JAC 23 19 23 18 9.7% 13 9.8% 22 216 162 1 91% 0 1/11
L.Kendricks STL 22 20 20 20 7.9% 14 6.4% 20 127 169 3 75% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL 17 21 33 12 0.6% 22 8.3% 35 266 217 1 66% 0 0/0
A.Quarless GB 11 22 9 22 0.8% 21 -0.8% 19 116 144 2 68% 0 0/0
J.Amaro NYJ 9 23 7 23 -3.1% 24 -4.0% 34 234 202 1 79% 0 0/0
S.Chandler BUF 9 24 23 17 -3.2% 25 3.5% 33 278 200 0 67% 0 0/0
A.Fasano KC 8 25 -18 32 -2.2% 23 -18.9% 21 123 145 1 57% 0 0/0
V.Davis SF 4 26 2 26 -4.2% 26 -6.2% 23 142 130 2 61% 0 0/0
B.Myers TB -2 27 0 27 -9.0% 27 -7.3% 18 136 87 0 83% 0 0/0
J.Carlson ARI -6 28 -4 28 -12.0% 28 -10.9% 20 149 91 0 70% 0 0/0
G.Graham HOU -14 29 7 24 -20.4% 30 -0.9% 17 122 60 0 71% 0 0/0
D.Pitta BAL -17 30 -15 31 -19.0% 29 -17.7% 22 125 87 0 73% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Ford MIN -18 31 -18 33 -24.5% 32 -25.2% 16 85 48 0 50% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins TB -18 32 -9 29 -23.4% 31 -14.8% 17 139 56 0 53% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN -21 33 -9 30 -25.4% 33 -15.6% 17 96 51 1 59% 0 0/0
B.Pettigrew DET -21 34 -26 37 -32.7% 37 -37.8% 14 68 24 0 64% 0 0/0
B.Watson NO -22 35 -19 34 -30.4% 36 -27.2% 15 67 32 0 67% 0 1/21
E.Ebron DET -29 36 -22 35 -28.9% 34 -23.3% 20 103 50 1 50% 0 0/0
J.Cameron CLE -42 37 -47 40 -29.4% 35 -32.3% 26 210 68 1 38% 0 2/13
J.Cumberland NYJ -43 38 -32 38 -33.2% 38 -26.6% 26 154 46 1 58% 0 0/0
C.Clay MIA -54 39 -25 36 -33.2% 39 -19.4% 32 204 58 1 66% 0 0/0
J.Gresham CIN -64 40 -44 39 -37.9% 40 -28.3% 32 177 36 0 75% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI -67 41 -68 42 -53.5% 42 -53.6% 19 75 -24 0 53% 0 0/0
M.Rivera OAK -73 42 -69 43 -53.9% 43 -51.1% 24 101 -27 0 54% 1 0/0
L.Toilolo ATL -77 43 -59 41 -51.6% 41 -41.4% 26 123 -22 1 50% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 5-13 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
Dan.Fells NYG 68 63 83.3% 76.1% 9 105 211 4 100% 1 1/11
T.Wright NE 52 50 60.0% 57.2% 11 121 178 2 91% 0 0/0
J.Hill NO 37 41 53.4% 59.1% 9 120 132 2 89% 0 0/0
C.Helfet SEA 34 30 58.6% 49.9% 9 104 119 1 56% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC 23 9 21.5% 4.0% 12 106 118 1 67% 0 0/0
G.Escobar DAL 22 38 24.4% 46.1% 9 85 109 3 78% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND 17 12 19.8% 12.2% 9 58 90 1 100% 0 0/0
C.Gragg BUF 16 14 34.9% 28.4% 5 35 68 1 80% 0 0/0
Z.Miller SEA 12 12 17.6% 16.9% 7 76 68 0 86% 0 0/0
J.Dray CLE 12 29 11.2% 36.7% 9 91 81 1 78% 0 0/0
B.Leonhardt OAK 8 9 16.5% 17.1% 5 26 48 1 80% 0 0/0
G.Barnidge CLE 6 9 6.8% 14.5% 7 54 46 0 71% 0 0/0
R.Ellison MIN 5 3 0.8% -2.1% 9 81 64 0 56% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Tamme DEN -1 9 -8.6% 14.3% 6 43 35 2 67% 0 0/0
J.Fauria DET -5 -6 -20.5% -21.5% 6 49 22 0 50% 0 0/0
D.Rosario CHI -7 -16 -20.2% -35.2% 10 64 32 0 80% 1 0/0
E.Dickson CAR -9 -8 -36.6% -33.2% 5 16 6 0 40% 0 0/0
D.Sims MIA -10 -7 -20.6% -16.1% 12 65 43 1 42% 0 0/0
B.Williams CAR -10 -4 -31.1% -17.3% 6 38 14 0 50% 0 0/0
R.Rodgers GB -15 -12 -38.9% -33.6% 6 53 7 0 50% 0 0/0
R.Housler ARI -19 -23 -42.4% -48.8% 8 38 4 0 50% 0 0/0
D.Carrier SF -26 -21 -36.7% -31.1% 13 99 18 0 62% 1 0/0
L.Willson SEA -30 -38 -53.1% -65.1% 11 40 -10 0 55% 0 0/0
V.McDonald SF -44 -40 -110.1% -100.6% 6 30 -60 0 33% 1 0/0
L.Paulsen WAS -52 -46 -78.2% -70.4% 11 46 -52 0 82% 1 0/0

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