Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2017

Regular season totals, through Week 14

Revised as of 12/12/2017

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.

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 25 passes, 44 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Gronkowski NE 237 1 241 1 35.3% 2 36.0% 85 849 984 7 65% 1 3/74
T.Kelce KC 176 2 183 2 17.4% 9 18.5% 107 945 982 7 68% 0 0/0
H.Henry LACH 135 3 163 3 26.8% 4 33.9% 59 551 628 4 71% 0 2/13
Z.Ertz PHI 132 4 120 4 16.6% 10 14.4% 85 668 755 7 67% 1 0/0
C.Brate TB 120 5 89 7 22.3% 5 14.7% 63 492 604 6 60% 0 0/0
C.Fleener NO 95 6 95 5 43.5% 1 43.9% 30 295 363 2 73% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN 91 7 94 6 10.7% 13 11.3% 75 506 623 7 71% 0 0/0
O.J.Howard TB 72 8 65 10 21.9% 6 19.1% 38 403 365 5 66% 3 0/0
T.Burton PHI 70 9 73 8 33.2% 3 34.9% 27 224 298 4 74% 0 0/0
T.Kroft CIN 65 10 61 11 14.1% 11 12.6% 45 347 401 5 73% 0 0/0
E.Dickson CAR 63 11 60 12 13.5% 12 12.6% 45 415 392 1 62% 0 0/0
V.Davis WAS 62 12 49 17 9.8% 16 6.1% 58 568 444 2 64% 1 0/0
C.Clay BUF 55 13 58 14 10.3% 15 11.1% 47 389 383 2 72% 1 1/13
A.Hooper ATL 54 14 40 18 7.7% 17 3.7% 56 461 425 3 73% 0 0/0
E.Ebron DET 48 15 20 22 4.5% 19 -2.3% 65 449 448 2 65% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
N.Oleary BUF 47 16 52 15 21.8% 7 24.8% 27 263 240 1 70% 1 0/0
D.Fells DET 44 17 29 20 21.0% 8 11.2% 25 165 229 3 64% 0 0/0
J.Cook OAK 44 18 70 9 1.3% 22 6.5% 76 621 524 2 63% 1 2/23
J.Witten DAL 43 19 50 16 2.0% 21 3.4% 70 457 486 5 74% 0 0/0
G.Celek SF 37 20 32 19 10.4% 14 8.0% 29 245 255 3 59% 0 0/0
D.Walker TEN 23 21 59 13 -3.4% 24 2.7% 91 718 547 2 69% 1 0/0
G.Everett LARM 22 22 19 23 6.4% 18 4.5% 25 228 186 2 52% 0 0/0
Z.Miller CHI 20 23 15 25 2.6% 20 0.0% 35 236 215 2 57% 0 0/0
S.Anderson HOU 12 24 16 24 -3.2% 23 -1.8% 46 338 277 1 52% 0 2/18
J.Gresham ARI 9 25 9 27 -4.1% 25 -4.0% 42 294 262 2 69% 0 1/5
J.Doyle IND 8 26 8 28 -5.8% 26 -5.7% 85 564 465 3 75% 2 0/0
J.Graham SEA 6 27 -6 32 -6.4% 27 -8.3% 85 473 521 9 61% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC 1 28 13 26 -6.8% 28 -2.8% 42 265 244 5 45% 0 1/18
J.James PIT 1 29 25 21 -7.1% 30 -0.7% 56 356 318 3 70% 0 0/0
N.Boyle BAL 1 30 -12 35 -7.0% 29 -13.8% 28 161 163 0 79% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Bennett 2TM -8 31 -18 37 -9.7% 31 -13.0% 44 286 241 0 68% 0 2/33
D.Njoku CLE -10 32 3 29 -10.1% 32 -6.5% 51 335 279 4 57% 0 3/40
J.Reed WAS -10 33 -23 40 -11.7% 34 -17.1% 35 211 174 2 77% 1 0/0
R.Griffin HOU -10 34 -12 34 -14.0% 39 -14.9% 26 158 108 1 50% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks GB -12 35 -1 31 -14.4% 40 -8.0% 24 162 119 1 54% 0 1/33
S.DeValve CLE -16 36 -1 30 -12.6% 37 -7.5% 49 351 218 1 57% 1 1/15
B.Watson BAL -16 37 -18 38 -11.3% 33 -11.9% 59 347 299 3 76% 1 0/0
J.Thomas MIA -18 38 -19 39 -12.0% 36 -12.1% 58 373 281 3 67% 1 0/0
G.Kittle SF -18 39 -11 33 -13.0% 38 -10.8% 49 321 228 1 65% 0 1/22
T.Higbee LARM -23 40 -36 42 -15.6% 41 -20.3% 42 268 180 1 52% 0 0/0
A.J.Derby DEN -24 41 -17 36 -19.4% 42 -15.5% 31 224 116 2 61% 1 0/0
E.Engram NYG -32 42 -33 41 -12.0% 35 -12.1% 100 623 496 6 55% 0 0/0
A.Gates LACH -42 43 -39 43 -25.8% 44 -24.5% 35 179 98 1 54% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins NYJ -65 44 -73 44 -21.8% 43 -23.6% 64 323 232 3 69% 1 2/23

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 9-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Seals-Jones ARI 47 53 28.6% 32.8% 20 190 215 3 50% 0 0/0
A.Shaheen CHI 39 50 25.2% 34.7% 14 127 186 3 86% 0 1/1
E.Tomlinson NYJ 39 30 55.0% 41.7% 9 111 136 1 67% 0 0/0
L.Toilolo ATL 36 35 28.5% 27.5% 14 122 165 1 86% 0 0/0
N.Vannett SEA 34 28 29.1% 23.1% 15 124 153 1 80% 0 0/0
R.Ellison NYG 24 27 11.0% 13.4% 19 112 164 2 79% 0 0/0
L.Willson SEA 24 17 13.3% 7.4% 17 118 152 3 71% 0 0/0
V.Green DEN 15 23 3.4% 9.4% 20 185 151 1 65% 0 0/0
D.Brown CHI 14 11 8.1% 5.6% 15 97 105 0 67% 0 0/0
A.Traylor DEN 13 13 8.9% 9.5% 11 86 94 0 64% 0 1/15
B.Williams IND 10 11 3.0% 3.8% 16 121 101 0 81% 0 0/0
V.McDonald PIT 6 20 -1.4% 10.8% 17 131 107 1 53% 0 0/0
L.Thomas BUF 4 6 0.5% 2.6% 9 67 57 1 78% 0 0/0
T.Niklas ARI 3 -2 -4.8% -9.2% 16 91 103 1 50% 0 1/13
D.Sims CHI 1 -5 -6.6% -10.8% 24 147 125 1 54% 0 0/0
N.Paul WAS -2 -2 -9.0% -9.5% 14 83 77 0 79% 0 1/25
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Fasano MIA -2 -1 -10.0% -8.1% 11 94 53 1 82% 1 0/0
J.Heuerman DEN -2 -4 -9.7% -12.6% 13 79 61 1 54% 0 0/0
J.O'Shaughnessy JAC -5 0 -13.1% -7.2% 14 95 59 0 57% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI -6 -2 -11.9% -8.9% 18 105 94 1 50% 0 1/13
C.J.Fiedorowicz HOU -10 -9 -13.6% -13.1% 23 127 106 0 61% 0 0/0
C.Walford OAK -11 -18 -22.6% -31.5% 13 80 38 0 69% 0 0/0
R.Rodgers GB -13 -11 -23.4% -20.6% 15 83 40 0 53% 0 0/0
M.Hoomanawanui NO -14 -14 -25.6% -25.4% 10 52 35 1 60% 0 1/1
G.Olsen CAR -24 -32 -37.7% -48.3% 11 38 14 0 36% 0 1/4
D.Harris KC -30 -30 -28.1% -28.7% 22 110 55 1 45% 0 0/0
M.Williams BAL -31 -28 -41.3% -38.5% 14 80 9 0 93% 1 0/0
J.Smith TEN -36 -32 -31.8% -28.8% 24 127 46 2 54% 0 0/0
D.Daniels IND -41 -52 -55.8% -69.1% 12 26 -18 0 25% 0 0/0
R.Travis 2TM -48 -49 -71.2% -72.6% 13 43 -41 0 42% 1 0/0
J.Hill NO -54 -62 -58.3% -65.5% 16 76 -29 1 81% 2 0/0
D.Allen NE -67 -64 -57.7% -55.2% 18 50 -34 1 39% 0 0/0

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