Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 8

Revised as of 10/28/2014

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 80 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 16 passes, 43 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Gates SD 120 1 120 1 29.0% 6 29.0% 50 417 539 9 64% 0 1/11
J.Thomas DEN 118 2 99 5 33.5% 4 26.7% 42 327 503 9 71% 1 0/0
R.Gronkowski NE 113 3 105 2 18.6% 9 16.8% 65 558 613 7 62% 0 1/17
T.Kelce KC 100 4 101 3 32.3% 5 33.0% 37 352 429 3 76% 0 0/0
D.Allen IND 97 5 76 8 33.6% 3 24.9% 35 326 412 6 63% 1 0/0
N.Paul WAS 83 6 73 10 25.7% 7 21.6% 37 411 393 1 76% 1 0/0
M.Bennett CHI 82 7 70 13 10.5% 16 8.0% 65 517 565 5 72% 0 2/28
J.Graham NO 80 8 74 9 14.4% 12 12.9% 55 435 483 4 71% 1 0/0
G.Olsen CAR 75 9 101 4 10.8% 15 17.3% 62 509 510 5 68% 0 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 74 10 84 6 21.6% 8 25.2% 39 354 379 2 62% 1 2/38
H.Miller PIT 74 11 71 12 18.4% 10 17.4% 44 387 403 2 77% 2 0/0
T.Wright NE 65 12 78 7 40.9% 1 50.5% 18 182 255 3 94% 0 0/0
O.Daniels BAL 54 13 71 11 15.2% 11 22.4% 36 275 318 3 75% 0 0/0
L.Green SD 46 14 38 15 35.9% 2 28.6% 15 165 191 0 80% 0 1/7
J.Cook STL 36 15 -3 27 4.7% 18 -8.2% 48 331 332 0 56% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Walker TEN 35 16 11 22 2.0% 22 -4.3% 58 475 394 4 60% 1 0/0
J.Witten DAL 32 17 44 14 4.4% 19 8.8% 43 336 301 2 65% 0 0/0
C.Harbor JAC 32 18 24 19 13.4% 13 8.0% 26 244 200 1 85% 0 1/11
L.Donnell NYG 31 19 21 20 3.8% 20 0.2% 41 332 304 4 80% 3 0/0
L.Kendricks STL 30 20 26 17 12.0% 14 9.4% 21 128 197 4 76% 0 0/0
J.Amaro NYJ 25 21 25 18 3.0% 21 3.0% 39 285 264 1 82% 0 0/0
J.Reed WAS 24 22 13 21 7.9% 17 1.2% 25 190 186 0 84% 0 0/0
C.Fleener IND 17 23 -4 28 -0.8% 23 -8.6% 34 218 252 3 53% 0 1/14
S.Chandler BUF 14 24 31 16 -1.3% 24 6.4% 35 290 220 1 66% 0 0/0
A.Quarless GB 9 25 7 23 -1.4% 25 -2.8% 22 135 156 2 68% 0 0/0
V.Davis SF 0 26 -1 24 -7.5% 26 -7.6% 23 142 120 2 61% 0 0/0
A.Fasano KC -1 27 -24 35 -8.0% 27 -20.6% 25 142 149 1 64% 0 0/0
C.Ford MIN -4 28 -3 26 -10.5% 28 -9.1% 22 146 107 0 64% 0 0/0
B.Myers TB -11 29 -13 30 -16.1% 29 -17.5% 20 139 79 0 80% 0 0/0
D.Pitta BAL -17 30 -16 32 -19.1% 30 -18.4% 22 125 86 0 73% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Rudolph MIN -19 31 -11 29 -24.0% 32 -16.8% 17 96 54 1 59% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins TB -21 32 -14 31 -22.1% 31 -17.5% 21 165 73 1 57% 1 0/0
B.Watson NO -22 33 -20 33 -30.5% 36 -28.6% 15 67 32 0 67% 0 1/21
G.Graham HOU -22 34 -1 25 -26.8% 33 -8.0% 18 122 47 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Carlson ARI -31 35 -31 36 -27.1% 34 -27.4% 26 165 64 0 62% 0 0/0
E.Ebron DET -32 36 -23 34 -31.1% 37 -24.4% 20 103 44 1 50% 0 0/0
J.Cameron CLE -46 37 -54 41 -28.0% 35 -31.5% 31 250 86 1 42% 0 2/13
M.Rivera OAK -50 38 -45 37 -32.8% 38 -30.2% 32 184 55 0 63% 1 0/0
L.Toilolo ATL -63 39 -48 39 -40.5% 40 -32.6% 28 149 22 1 54% 1 0/0
J.Cumberland NYJ -66 40 -53 40 -43.3% 41 -36.0% 29 154 10 1 52% 0 0/0
C.Clay MIA -73 41 -47 38 -39.5% 39 -27.9% 35 205 31 1 63% 0 0/0
J.Gresham CIN -89 42 -70 42 -46.0% 42 -37.4% 36 211 -1 0 78% 1 0/0
B.Celek PHI -101 43 -94 43 -65.6% 43 -61.6% 23 83 -74 0 52% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 5-15 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
Dan.Fells NYG 59 53 98.7% 88.2% 7 97 176 3 100% 1 1/11
J.Hill NO 46 49 56.5% 61.4% 10 122 161 3 90% 0 0/0
J.Dray CLE 25 39 25.9% 45.7% 11 118 116 1 82% 0 0/0
C.Gillmore BAL 24 22 65.1% 58.3% 5 52 80 0 100% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC 23 9 21.8% 3.4% 12 106 118 1 67% 0 0/0
G.Escobar DAL 22 37 24.3% 44.7% 9 85 109 3 78% 0 0/0
C.Helfet SEA 22 13 20.1% 9.4% 13 115 114 1 46% 0 0/0
C.Gragg BUF 17 13 37.3% 26.7% 5 35 70 1 80% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND 17 12 19.2% 11.5% 9 58 89 1 100% 0 0/0
J.Tamme DEN 13 20 16.7% 28.3% 7 47 75 2 71% 0 1/31
D.Sims MIA 11 18 4.6% 12.9% 14 116 97 1 50% 0 0/0
Z.Miller SEA 10 11 12.1% 16.0% 7 76 62 0 86% 0 0/0
B.Leonhardt OAK 7 9 13.0% 16.9% 5 26 45 1 80% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Barnidge CLE 1 4 -5.8% 0.7% 8 54 39 0 63% 0 0/0
R.Ellison MIN -3 -4 -12.1% -12.9% 10 81 51 0 50% 0 0/0
R.Rodgers GB -4 -5 -11.6% -13.0% 11 111 60 0 64% 0 0/0
J.Fauria DET -7 -6 -26.0% -21.7% 6 49 17 0 50% 0 0/0
B.Williams CAR -12 -5 -34.2% -18.5% 6 38 11 0 50% 0 0/0
D.Rosario CHI -16 -23 -30.4% -40.0% 12 70 23 0 75% 1 0/0
R.Housler ARI -22 -29 -43.8% -55.6% 9 38 3 0 44% 0 0/0
B.Pettigrew DET -27 -27 -39.1% -39.1% 14 68 12 0 64% 0 0/0
D.Carrier SF -28 -21 -38.6% -31.2% 13 99 14 0 62% 1 0/0
E.Dickson CAR -28 -24 -76.2% -65.1% 6 29 -27 0 50% 1 0/0
L.Willson SEA -31 -36 -42.1% -48.4% 15 63 7 1 47% 0 0/0
V.McDonald SF -46 -41 -114.0% -102.6% 6 30 -64 0 33% 1 0/0
L.Paulsen WAS -52 -47 -78.7% -71.0% 11 46 -52 0 82% 1 0/0

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