Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2016

Regular season totals, through Week 2

Revised as of 9/20/2016

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.

  • Opponent adjustments are not applied until after Week 4 of the season. Therefore, DVOA and DYAR below are the same as VOA and YAR.
  • 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 6 passes, 33 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Olsen CAR 54 1 45.9% 3 17 195 204 1 71% 0 0/0
M.Bennett NE 37 2 48.8% 1 11 128 135 1 73% 0 0/0
E.Ebron DET 33 3 40.1% 5 12 99 132 1 75% 0 0/0
D.Walker TEN 33 4 39.3% 6 11 125 132 1 82% 0 0/0
J.Thomas JAC 31 5 28.2% 8 12 135 143 1 75% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND 30 6 41.4% 4 9 72 118 2 78% 0 0/0
T.Burton PHI 24 7 46.4% 2 7 49 92 1 71% 0 0/0
D.Pitta BAL 16 8 7.3% 14 16 141 126 0 75% 0 0/0
V.Davis WAS 15 9 28.8% 7 6 71 67 0 100% 0 0/0
T.Kelce KC 15 10 8.7% 13 14 108 110 0 79% 0 0/0
J.Tamme ATL 15 11 6.4% 15 16 126 121 1 69% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Allen IND 13 12 11.6% 11 10 78 84 1 60% 0 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 12 13 24.0% 9 7 58 60 0 86% 0 0/0
V.Green DEN 10 14 13.3% 10 8 74 62 0 88% 0 0/0
S.Anderson HOU 7 15 10.3% 12 6 40 47 0 83% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks LARM 5 16 0.6% 16 9 76 63 0 67% 0 1/24
J.James PIT 1 17 -5.8% 17 12 60 74 1 67% 0 0/0
J.Reed WAS 0 18 -7.4% 18 18 134 90 0 67% 0 0/0
L.Donnell NYG -4 19 -14.8% 20 7 39 37 1 71% 0 0/0
A.Gates SD -4 20 -14.0% 19 9 35 45 1 67% 0 0/0
W.Tye NYG -5 21 -18.3% 25 6 26 26 0 83% 0 0/0
Z.Miller CHI -6 22 -17.9% 24 9 47 35 0 78% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Cameron MIA -7 23 -17.1% 21 10 55 42 1 70% 0 0/0
G.Barnidge CLE -7 24 -22.5% 28 7 37 22 0 57% 0 0/0
C.Brate TB -8 25 -22.6% 29 8 46 26 0 75% 0 0/0
J.Cook GB -8 26 -21.9% 27 8 38 28 0 63% 0 1/30
C.Walford OAK -10 27 -21.2% 26 12 75 40 1 75% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL -11 28 -17.5% 23 18 117 64 0 67% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN -11 29 -17.4% 22 16 96 66 1 44% 0 0/0
C.Clay BUF -18 30 -36.4% 30 10 67 13 0 70% 0 0/0
G.Celek SF -19 31 -53.2% 32 6 27 -7 0 33% 0 0/0
C.J.Uzomah CIN -42 32 -51.9% 31 13 68 -12 0 38% 0 0/0
C.Fleener NO -48 33 -72.4% 33 12 35 -42 0 25% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 3-5 passes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Hooper ATL 42 142.9% 4 98 115 0 100% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins TB 35 119.1% 3 44 101 1 100% 0 1/25
V.McDonald SF 33 100.4% 5 89 98 2 60% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC 25 78.3% 5 65 80 1 80% 0 0/0
J.Graham SEA 15 35.5% 5 53 63 0 80% 0 0/0
X.Grimble PIT 9 25.2% 4 26 44 1 50% 0 0/0
R.Rodgers GB 8 20.5% 5 47 42 0 60% 0 0/0
T.Kroft CIN 5 12.5% 4 35 30 0 75% 0 0/0
J.Gresham ARI 4 5.5% 5 41 38 0 80% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
L.Willson SEA -1 -10.8% 5 32 24 0 60% 0 0/0
R.Griffin HOU -4 -21.3% 4 22 14 0 75% 0 0/0
C.Gillmore BAL -5 -25.7% 4 27 11 0 50% 0 0/0
Dar.Fells ARI -5 -20.8% 5 31 20 0 80% 0 0/0
L.Smith OAK -5 -29.5% 4 24 9 0 100% 0 0/0
D.Harris KC -6 -29.8% 4 20 9 0 50% 0 0/0
C.J.Fiedorowicz HOU -12 -60.9% 3 7 -8 0 67% 0 0/0
A.Fasano TEN -20 -110.2% 3 1 -28 0 33% 0 0/0
T.Higbee LARM -25 -101.5% 4 2 -32 0 25% 0 0/0

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