Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 6

Revised as of 10/14/2014

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 60 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 12 passes, 43 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Thomas DEN 122 1 121 1 51.8% 1 51.3% 30 277 440 9 80% 1 0/0
T.Kelce KC 84 2 85 2 37.9% 2 38.5% 27 274 340 3 74% 0 0/0
J.Graham NO 78 3 63 7 17.2% 11 12.5% 47 376 440 3 72% 1 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 72 4 81 3 28.5% 5 33.3% 31 306 325 2 61% 1 2/38
D.Allen IND 69 5 54 8 30.5% 4 22.6% 27 253 303 4 67% 1 0/0
A.Gates SD 60 6 78 4 18.0% 9 25.8% 37 302 330 6 65% 0 0/0
N.Paul WAS 58 7 48 9 19.0% 8 14.3% 32 326 314 1 72% 1 0/0
G.Olsen CAR 57 8 70 5 9.3% 12 13.2% 51 388 411 5 65% 0 0/0
O.Daniels BAL 50 9 64 6 20.2% 7 27.7% 27 217 263 2 78% 0 0/0
D.Walker TEN 45 10 39 11 8.1% 13 5.8% 44 421 347 3 66% 1 0/0
M.Bennett CHI 40 11 42 10 3.7% 20 4.2% 50 364 394 4 72% 0 2/28
L.Green SD 40 12 37 12 32.2% 3 29.9% 14 156 170 0 79% 0 1/7
R.Gronkowski NE 38 13 33 14 5.1% 15 3.2% 46 341 345 4 57% 0 1/17
L.Donnell NYG 30 14 29 15 5.5% 14 5.1% 34 242 266 4 76% 1 0/0
J.Cook STL 30 15 -7 31 3.8% 17 -9.9% 42 295 290 0 55% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Harbor JAC 29 16 33 13 23.1% 6 27.6% 16 182 143 1 88% 0 1/11
C.Fleener IND 24 17 2 26 5.0% 16 -6.3% 25 150 219 3 52% 0 1/14
J.Amaro NYJ 21 18 18 17 3.8% 18 2.0% 29 212 206 1 83% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC 20 19 8 22 17.5% 10 3.0% 12 106 111 1 67% 0 0/0
H.Miller PIT 14 20 18 16 -0.8% 24 0.6% 35 262 220 1 74% 2 0/0
A.Fasano KC 14 21 -11 36 2.2% 23 -14.8% 20 123 152 1 60% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks STL 13 22 8 23 3.3% 21 -0.7% 17 110 132 2 76% 0 0/0
V.Davis SF 11 23 9 20 2.6% 22 0.3% 18 121 123 2 67% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL 10 24 17 18 -2.3% 25 1.0% 33 239 193 1 64% 0 0/0
J.Reed WAS 8 25 9 21 3.8% 19 4.3% 12 96 81 0 75% 0 0/0
A.Quarless GB 6 26 6 25 -3.1% 26 -2.9% 18 107 126 2 67% 0 0/0
J.Carlson ARI 3 27 7 24 -4.0% 27 -0.2% 16 129 89 0 75% 0 0/0
C.Ford MIN 1 28 -1 29 -5.5% 28 -8.9% 13 85 75 0 62% 0 0/0
B.Myers TB -1 29 -1 28 -8.1% 31 -8.0% 18 136 89 0 83% 0 0/0
S.Chandler BUF -1 30 16 19 -7.8% 29 1.2% 28 242 159 0 68% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Cameron CLE -1 31 -8 32 -8.0% 30 -12.8% 20 205 122 1 45% 0 2/13
B.Watson NO -8 32 -7 30 -17.5% 34 -15.6% 12 64 49 0 75% 0 1/21
J.Gresham CIN -10 33 -9 33 -15.4% 33 -14.3% 20 129 82 0 70% 0 0/0
D.Pitta BAL -10 34 -18 37 -14.1% 32 -19.2% 22 125 103 0 73% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins TB -17 35 -9 34 -22.4% 35 -15.2% 17 139 58 0 53% 0 0/0
G.Graham HOU -21 36 1 27 -32.0% 38 -6.1% 14 98 26 0 71% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN -24 37 -10 35 -28.7% 37 -15.8% 17 96 42 1 59% 0 0/0
E.Ebron DET -27 38 -23 38 -27.2% 36 -24.1% 20 103 55 1 50% 0 0/0
L.Toilolo ATL -58 39 -46 39 -47.8% 40 -38.8% 21 103 -6 1 52% 1 0/0
C.Clay MIA -62 40 -47 40 -43.9% 39 -34.9% 27 146 7 0 63% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI -65 41 -67 42 -52.0% 41 -53.2% 19 75 -19 0 53% 0 0/0
J.Cumberland NYJ -72 42 -63 41 -58.4% 42 -51.5% 22 104 -39 0 55% 0 0/0
M.Rivera OAK -84 43 -80 43 -63.0% 43 -60.3% 23 83 -56 0 52% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 5-11 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Wright NE 53 50 61.7% 58.1% 11 121 181 2 91% 0 0/0
Dan.Fells NYG 42 38 63.1% 56.9% 8 78 141 3 100% 1 0/0
J.Hill NO 39 42 58.6% 63.0% 8 112 136 2 88% 0 0/0
J.Dray CLE 19 29 21.4% 36.7% 9 91 96 1 78% 0 0/0
R.Ellison MIN 15 10 20.2% 10.2% 8 81 81 0 63% 0 0/0
Z.Miller SEA 12 11 17.8% 15.9% 7 76 68 0 86% 0 0/0
G.Barnidge CLE 11 16 25.4% 40.4% 6 54 51 0 83% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND 7 3 5.5% -2.4% 8 38 64 1 100% 0 0/0
D.Rosario CHI 7 2 7.3% -2.1% 8 49 53 0 75% 0 0/0
J.Tamme DEN 2 9 -3.0% 14.7% 6 43 40 2 67% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Fauria DET -5 -6 -19.5% -22.0% 6 49 23 0 50% 0 0/0
B.Pettigrew DET -11 -11 -30.6% -31.0% 8 40 16 0 63% 0 0/0
G.Escobar DAL -15 -11 -34.6% -27.3% 6 20 13 1 67% 0 0/0
D.Carrier SF -19 -11 -34.8% -23.7% 10 90 17 0 70% 1 0/0
R.Housler ARI -22 -24 -54.0% -57.6% 7 31 -8 0 43% 0 0/0
D.Sims MIA -24 -23 -45.3% -43.6% 10 32 1 1 30% 0 0/0
L.Willson SEA -33 -38 -57.7% -65.2% 11 40 -17 0 55% 0 0/0
V.McDonald SF -37 -39 -92.0% -98.7% 6 30 -43 0 33% 1 0/0
L.Paulsen WAS -40 -40 -67.6% -66.6% 10 46 -32 0 90% 1 0/0

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