Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2016

Regular season totals, through Week 3

Revised as of 9/27/2016

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, 44 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Kelce KC 57 1 33.0% 6 21 197 242 1 81% 0 0/0
E.Ebron DET 46 2 32.6% 7 20 168 198 1 70% 0 0/0
G.Olsen CAR 45 3 21.3% 11 27 259 233 1 67% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND 45 4 40.6% 4 15 137 178 2 87% 0 0/0
D.Walker TEN 36 5 43.9% 3 11 125 139 1 82% 0 0/0
Z.Miller CHI 34 6 18.7% 12 18 125 184 2 83% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC 31 7 52.3% 1 8 85 112 1 88% 0 0/0
J.Graham SEA 25 8 22.9% 9 14 153 123 1 71% 1 0/0
V.McDonald SF 24 9 47.0% 2 7 93 88 2 71% 0 0/0
M.Bennett NE 22 10 13.4% 16 14 138 140 1 71% 0 2/7
B.Celek PHI 19 11 39.9% 5 6 72 74 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Tamme ATL 17 12 4.6% 19 20 154 157 1 70% 0 0/0
J.Thomas JAC 16 13 6.3% 18 17 148 137 1 65% 0 0/0
V.Davis WAS 16 14 31.4% 8 6 71 70 0 100% 0 0/0
D.Allen IND 15 15 7.0% 17 15 113 120 1 60% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Rodgers GB 13 16 16.8% 13 8 56 72 1 63% 0 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 12 17 22.7% 10 7 58 59 0 86% 0 0/0
H.Henry SD 11 18 15.7% 14 7 96 62 0 86% 1 0/0
V.Green DEN 10 19 14.4% 15 8 74 63 0 88% 0 0/0
D.Pitta BAL 10 20 -0.9% 22 24 183 156 0 75% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN 9 21 -2.3% 24 26 166 163 2 54% 0 0/0
G.Barnidge CLE 6 22 -0.1% 21 13 103 82 0 69% 0 0/0
Dar.Fells ARI 5 23 0.9% 20 7 46 59 0 86% 0 1/5
T.Burton PHI 5 24 -1.4% 23 13 68 75 1 54% 0 0/0
J.Reed WAS 2 25 -5.8% 26 25 190 134 0 64% 0 0/0
S.Anderson HOU 1 26 -4.3% 25 7 40 40 0 71% 0 0/0
J.Gresham ARI -1 27 -9.5% 28 6 41 32 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL -2 28 -8.7% 27 20 142 94 0 70% 0 0/0
J.Cameron MIA -3 29 -10.9% 30 11 60 56 1 73% 0 0/0
R.Griffin HOU -3 30 -10.0% 29 14 74 76 0 79% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Gates SD -4 31 -13.6% 33 9 35 46 1 67% 0 0/0
C.Walford OAK -6 32 -13.5% 31 15 102 63 1 73% 0 0/0
D.Harris KC -6 33 -20.4% 36 7 34 26 0 57% 0 0/0
C.Brate TB -8 34 -13.5% 32 18 92 88 2 61% 0 0/0
L.Willson SEA -9 35 -24.4% 37 8 41 24 0 63% 0 0/0
J.James PIT -13 36 -18.9% 35 16 70 64 1 63% 0 0/0
J.Cook GB -14 37 -25.8% 38 11 53 33 0 55% 0 1/30
W.Tye NYG -17 38 -28.2% 39 11 40 31 0 73% 0 0/0
C.Fleener NO -17 39 -18.8% 34 23 144 86 1 43% 0 0/0
L.Donnell NYG -19 40 -31.5% 41 11 50 25 1 73% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks LARM -21 41 -30.7% 40 13 76 30 0 46% 0 1/24
G.Celek SF -22 42 -38.0% 42 10 52 12 0 50% 0 0/0
C.Clay BUF -31 43 -47.5% 44 12 67 -3 0 58% 0 0/0
C.J.Uzomah CIN -39 44 -39.6% 43 17 99 17 0 41% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 4-5 passes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Hooper ATL 42 144.2% 4 98 116 0 100% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins TB 37 124.2% 3 44 104 1 100% 0 1/25
J.Amaro TEN 18 80.4% 4 59 56 0 75% 0 0/0
D.Sims MIA 16 38.7% 5 67 64 0 100% 0 0/0
X.Grimble PIT 9 22.7% 4 26 43 1 50% 0 0/0
J.Phillips DEN 6 7.6% 4 9 45 1 50% 0 1/21
T.Kroft CIN 5 15.6% 4 35 32 0 75% 0 0/0
B.Myers TB 2 0.6% 4 11 31 1 50% 0 0/0
C.Gillmore BAL -4 -23.3% 4 27 12 0 50% 0 0/0
L.Smith OAK -6 -28.6% 5 28 11 0 100% 0 0/0
C.J.Fiedorowicz HOU -16 -64.3% 4 7 -11 0 50% 0 0/0
T.Higbee LARM -25 -100.0% 4 2 -32 0 25% 0 0/0

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