Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2016

Regular season totals, through Week 12

Revised as of 11/29/2016

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 24 passes, 40 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Graham SEA 175 1 159 2 31.4% 5 27.9% 70 706 761 4 73% 2 1/7
G.Olsen CAR 155 2 132 3 18.6% 8 14.7% 90 790 843 3 64% 0 2/25
R.Gronkowski NE 146 3 161 1 48.3% 1 54.2% 38 540 539 3 66% 0 1/9
M.Bennett NE 130 4 121 6 29.5% 6 27.1% 54 540 579 4 78% 0 2/7
T.Kelce KC 118 5 99 10 14.0% 11 10.6% 82 675 722 3 70% 0 0/0
E.Ebron DET 117 6 104 7 32.2% 4 27.9% 49 451 503 1 71% 0 1/13
D.Walker TEN 115 7 122 5 17.9% 9 19.3% 72 657 637 6 68% 1 1/27
V.Davis WAS 111 8 123 4 37.8% 2 42.5% 37 448 449 2 84% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND 109 9 99 9 26.9% 7 23.8% 49 411 505 4 80% 0 1/3
H.Henry SD 105 10 92 11 33.1% 3 28.1% 38 371 448 5 68% 1 0/0
Z.Miller CHI 90 11 82 12 13.7% 12 11.8% 64 486 558 4 73% 0 0/0
C.Brate TB 89 12 78 13 16.7% 10 13.7% 57 442 509 5 72% 1 1/4
J.Reed WAS 77 13 101 8 7.3% 14 11.7% 81 630 615 5 73% 0 0/0
G.Barnidge CLE 48 14 41 16 4.7% 15 3.0% 62 468 440 1 65% 0 1/12
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
V.McDonald SF 47 15 38 17 10.2% 13 6.9% 41 382 328 4 54% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL 45 16 61 14 2.4% 18 5.7% 73 553 493 2 71% 0 0/0
D.Allen IND 32 17 23 19 4.7% 16 1.6% 37 256 293 2 65% 1 1/35
C.Fleener NO 29 18 22 20 0.5% 19 -1.5% 58 463 380 3 64% 2 0/0
J.Tamme ATL 23 19 14 22 3.4% 17 -0.5% 31 210 228 3 71% 0 0/0
C.J.Fiedorowicz HOU 19 20 41 15 -2.0% 21 4.0% 59 429 350 3 66% 0 0/0
T.Eifert CIN 16 21 31 18 -1.1% 20 5.0% 36 312 248 2 58% 0 1/7
C.Walford OAK 11 22 -14 27 -2.5% 22 -13.1% 38 270 226 2 68% 0 0/0
V.Green DEN 2 23 9 23 -6.1% 23 -2.3% 28 211 152 0 64% 0 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI -2 24 19 21 -7.8% 24 -1.5% 52 373 276 1 73% 0 1/8
K.Rudolph MIN -9 25 -8 24 -9.1% 25 -8.7% 77 468 411 5 62% 0 1/6
M.Lewis JAC -11 26 -25 29 -12.5% 27 -19.3% 30 169 152 1 67% 0 0/0
T.Burton PHI -13 27 -12 25 -14.8% 28 -13.8% 28 165 120 1 61% 0 0/0
A.Gates SD -14 28 -29 34 -10.7% 26 -14.8% 56 290 300 5 54% 1 1/5
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.J.Uzomah CIN -16 29 -26 30 -15.8% 31 -20.6% 29 193 126 0 59% 0 0/0
J.Cook GB -20 30 -14 26 -18.8% 35 -15.1% 24 165 103 1 54% 1 1/30
G.Celek SF -21 31 -29 32 -15.8% 32 -18.9% 35 282 162 1 60% 2 0/0
J.James PIT -24 32 -18 28 -15.5% 30 -13.3% 44 236 196 3 66% 0 0/0
J.Thomas JAC -29 33 -43 35 -15.4% 29 -19.3% 51 281 236 4 59% 0 1/17
W.Tye NYG -31 34 -27 31 -17.3% 34 -16.2% 47 259 190 1 66% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks LARM -41 35 -54 37 -16.4% 33 -19.3% 68 420 291 2 60% 1 1/24
R.Griffin HOU -56 36 -48 36 -23.4% 36 -21.1% 52 289 170 1 65% 0 0/0
C.Clay BUF -59 37 -69 39 -23.7% 37 -26.6% 57 323 174 0 63% 0 1/22
J.Gresham ARI -61 38 -56 38 -32.0% 40 -29.9% 37 211 75 2 59% 1 0/0
R.Rodgers GB -62 39 -29 33 -31.5% 39 -18.7% 39 203 80 1 59% 0 1/18
D.Pitta BAL -109 40 -74 40 -29.9% 38 -22.5% 76 439 169 0 68% 0 2/33

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 8-23 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Hooper ATL 100 90 56.6% 50.2% 22 257 349 2 77% 0 0/0
L.Toilolo ATL 44 42 45.4% 42.9% 12 145 165 2 67% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins 2TM 35 32 46.9% 42.8% 8 70 129 1 75% 0 1/25
B.Koyack JAC 30 29 34.1% 33.8% 11 99 125 0 91% 0 0/0
M.Rivera OAK 24 22 30.2% 27.8% 10 85 105 1 90% 0 0/0
E.Swoope IND 23 22 14.9% 14.1% 14 165 139 0 57% 0 1/0
S.Anderson HOU 22 29 21.3% 30.7% 12 86 113 1 83% 0 0/0
N.O'Leary BUF 20 18 27.8% 24.6% 9 94 89 0 78% 0 0/0
M.Gray MIA 19 14 12.5% 7.6% 13 126 124 0 77% 0 0/0
S.DeValve CLE 19 20 26.0% 28.2% 8 77 88 1 75% 0 0/0
E.Dickson CAR 19 21 14.3% 16.6% 14 106 113 1 64% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.J.Derby DEN 13 8 19.3% 8.7% 8 65 69 0 75% 0 0/0
Dar.Fells ARI 11 10 6.1% 4.2% 11 83 96 0 91% 0 1/5
D.Sims MIA 10 15 -0.4% 3.0% 21 167 145 1 71% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI 9 7 5.9% 3.7% 10 107 74 0 70% 1 0/0
T.Kroft CIN 4 5 -1.2% -1.1% 12 92 72 0 83% 0 0/0
A.Fasano TEN 3 4 -4.1% -3.1% 11 54 80 2 55% 0 2/19
G.Swaim DAL 1 4 -6.1% -1.3% 8 69 50 0 75% 0 0/0
R.Higgins CLE 1 0 -6.5% -7.7% 10 77 59 0 60% 0 0/0
J.Phillips 2TM -4 0 -12.4% -7.3% 9 40 55 1 67% 0 2/21
J.Cameron MIA -5 -2 -13.6% -9.8% 11 60 52 1 73% 0 0/0
J.Adams NYG -7 0 -17.2% -7.7% 11 74 42 1 82% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
L.Green PIT -7 8 -20.3% 7.6% 9 97 31 0 56% 0 0/0
D.Jones MIA -9 -12 -20.8% -24.6% 9 54 38 1 67% 0 1/2
J.Hill NO -13 -6 -16.2% -11.4% 20 146 92 1 70% 0 0/0
L.Willson SEA -16 -20 -26.4% -30.6% 14 73 36 0 57% 0 0/0
R.Ellison MIN -19 -25 -37.1% -47.0% 10 51 12 0 70% 0 0/0
C.Gillmore BAL -22 -7 -32.6% -15.7% 14 71 25 1 57% 0 0/0
X.Grimble PIT -24 -26 -26.1% -27.2% 19 98 55 1 53% 0 0/0
D.Harris KC -40 -35 -38.5% -34.4% 20 80 21 0 50% 0 0/0
L.Donnell NYG -52 -58 -44.2% -48.9% 21 92 5 1 71% 1 0/0
L.Paulsen CHI -58 -54 -85.2% -80.3% 10 15 -64 0 30% 0 0/0
T.Higbee LARM -87 -89 -81.9% -83.6% 18 41 -91 0 28% 0 0/0

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