Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2017

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 1/1/2018

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 25 passes, 51 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Gronkowski NE 340 1 348 1 40.6% 2 41.7% 105 1,084 1,339 8 66% 1 5/126
T.Kelce KC 198 2 207 2 17.1% 12 18.2% 122 1,038 1,117 8 68% 0 0/0
H.Henry LACH 165 3 184 3 32.4% 4 36.9% 62 579 711 4 73% 0 2/13
C.Brate TB 155 4 115 5 24.9% 8 16.5% 77 591 744 6 62% 0 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 155 5 130 4 14.3% 13 10.9% 110 829 941 8 67% 1 0/0
C.Fleener NO 107 6 99 6 50.3% 1 46.0% 30 295 391 2 73% 0 0/0
O.J.Howard TB 101 7 91 8 32.2% 5 28.3% 39 433 436 6 67% 3 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN 90 8 92 7 9.1% 15 9.5% 81 532 658 8 70% 0 0/0
G.Celek SF 89 9 83 10 31.5% 6 28.8% 33 336 387 4 64% 0 0/0
T.Burton PHI 85 10 87 9 35.0% 3 35.8% 31 248 354 5 74% 0 0/0
E.Dickson CAR 84 11 78 11 18.2% 10 16.6% 48 437 459 1 63% 0 1/10
N.Oleary BUF 73 12 77 13 30.0% 7 32.1% 32 322 323 2 69% 1 0/0
A.Hooper ATL 71 13 47 16 9.5% 14 3.9% 65 526 511 3 75% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
V.Davis WAS 61 14 38 21 6.8% 16 1.3% 69 648 501 3 62% 2 0/0
R.Ellison NYG 56 15 57 15 17.7% 11 18.4% 32 235 309 2 75% 0 0/0
G.Kittle SF 55 16 59 14 5.7% 17 6.7% 63 515 477 2 68% 0 1/22
J.Cook OAK 54 17 77 12 2.2% 20 6.3% 86 688 595 2 63% 1 2/23
E.Ebron DET 51 18 25 25 2.3% 19 -2.7% 86 574 565 4 62% 1 0/0
D.Fells DET 48 19 38 19 22.0% 9 16.2% 26 177 243 3 65% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL 41 20 38 20 -0.2% 24 -0.8% 87 560 575 5 72% 0 1/5
T.Kroft CIN 37 21 46 17 1.7% 21 3.9% 62 404 428 7 68% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC 27 22 42 18 0.9% 22 5.7% 48 318 332 5 50% 0 1/18
Z.Miller CHI 24 23 20 27 4.7% 18 2.4% 35 236 225 2 57% 0 0/0
J.Gresham ARI 22 24 16 28 0.0% 23 -2.2% 46 322 311 2 72% 0 1/5
C.Clay BUF 22 25 37 22 -2.7% 25 0.3% 74 558 462 2 66% 1 1/13
A.Gates LACH 13 26 5 30 -3.2% 26 -5.6% 52 316 303 3 58% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Graham SEA 9 27 -3 33 -5.9% 28 -7.7% 96 520 600 10 59% 0 1/10
R.Seals-Jones ARI 5 28 14 29 -4.6% 27 0.0% 28 201 167 3 43% 0 0/0
M.Bennett 2TM 0 29 -11 38 -7.3% 29 -10.8% 44 286 257 0 68% 0 2/33
J.Doyle IND 0 30 32 24 -7.3% 30 -2.6% 108 690 576 4 74% 2 0/0
B.Watson BAL -1 31 20 26 -7.4% 31 -3.3% 79 522 436 4 77% 1 0/0
D.Walker TEN -2 32 34 23 -7.6% 32 -2.5% 111 807 606 3 67% 2 0/0
E.Engram NYG -5 33 -19 42 -7.9% 33 -9.7% 115 722 638 6 56% 0 0/0
R.Griffin HOU -5 34 -9 36 -10.7% 37 -13.3% 26 158 119 1 50% 0 0/0
J.Reed WAS -7 35 -17 41 -10.1% 35 -14.7% 35 211 182 2 77% 1 0/0
T.Higbee LARM -9 36 -19 43 -10.3% 36 -13.6% 45 295 233 1 56% 0 0/0
D.Njoku CLE -9 37 -1 32 -9.5% 34 -7.6% 60 386 327 4 53% 0 3/40
D.Sims CHI -12 38 -10 37 -14.2% 40 -12.9% 29 180 122 1 52% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI -14 39 -9 35 -15.6% 43 -12.9% 24 130 108 1 54% 0 1/13
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.DeValve CLE -14 40 -5 34 -11.3% 38 -8.5% 58 395 268 1 57% 1 1/15
A.J.Derby DEN -15 41 -12 39 -15.0% 42 -13.1% 31 224 136 2 61% 1 0/0
G.Everett LARM -20 42 -35 46 -16.9% 45 -24.7% 32 244 128 2 50% 1 0/0
J.James PIT -23 43 2 31 -12.7% 39 -6.7% 63 372 304 3 68% 0 0/0
S.Anderson HOU -29 44 -17 40 -15.6% 44 -12.3% 53 342 226 1 47% 0 2/18
J.Thomas MIA -30 45 -27 44 -14.5% 41 -13.8% 62 388 282 3 66% 1 0/0
N.Boyle BAL -31 46 -36 47 -19.1% 46 -20.9% 37 203 155 0 76% 0 0/0
D.Harris KC -36 47 -29 45 -23.0% 48 -20.0% 35 224 115 1 51% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks GB -39 48 -42 50 -22.6% 47 -23.7% 35 203 130 1 51% 0 1/33
J.Smith TEN -44 49 -37 48 -30.6% 51 -27.0% 30 157 63 2 60% 0 0/0
G.Olsen CAR -44 50 -38 49 -24.3% 50 -22.2% 38 191 121 1 45% 0 2/8
A.Seferian-Jenkins NYJ -83 51 -82 51 -23.3% 49 -23.2% 74 357 253 3 68% 1 3/48

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Shaheen CHI 40 52 26.2% 36.3% 14 127 189 3 86% 0 1/1
L.Toilolo ATL 38 37 29.7% 29.5% 14 122 168 1 86% 0 0/0
E.Tomlinson NYJ 38 27 44.0% 30.0% 11 121 143 1 73% 0 0/0
N.Vannett SEA 36 30 31.2% 24.8% 15 124 157 1 80% 0 0/0
R.Rodgers GB 28 30 18.8% 20.2% 19 160 154 1 63% 0 0/0
D.Morgan MIN 24 21 20.6% 17.1% 12 95 124 1 83% 0 0/0
J.Heuerman DEN 20 16 11.6% 7.8% 18 142 131 2 50% 0 0/0
L.Willson SEA 19 19 5.0% 5.3% 22 153 171 4 68% 0 0/0
J.Adams NYG 18 17 17.0% 15.5% 11 92 102 0 73% 0 0/0
A.Traylor DEN 17 15 9.7% 7.5% 13 100 119 0 62% 0 1/15
V.Green DEN 12 20 0.8% 5.8% 22 191 157 1 64% 0 0/0
D.Brown CHI 12 14 2.4% 4.2% 20 129 127 0 65% 0 0/0
L.Smith OAK 9 8 4.7% 2.9% 11 76 85 0 73% 0 1/18
N.Sterling NYJ 8 6 4.5% 1.5% 11 82 79 0 55% 0 0/0
V.McDonald PIT 7 25 -2.4% 9.0% 24 188 145 1 58% 0 0/0
C.J.Uzomah CIN 7 7 -1.0% -0.7% 15 92 104 1 67% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.O'Shaughnessy JAC 5 4 -4.0% -4.8% 24 149 148 1 58% 0 0/0
D.Carrier LARM 5 -1 -0.8% -8.4% 11 71 76 0 73% 0 0/0
B.Williams IND 5 6 -2.6% -1.4% 17 121 96 0 76% 0 0/0
C.J.Fiedorowicz HOU -2 2 -8.5% -6.0% 22 127 117 0 64% 0 0/0
T.Niklas ARI -7 -12 -11.5% -14.7% 23 132 122 1 48% 0 1/13
C.Walford OAK -11 -17 -22.2% -29.6% 13 80 38 0 69% 0 0/0
M.Hoomanawanui NO -13 -13 -23.7% -23.8% 10 52 38 1 60% 0 1/1
N.Paul WAS -16 -17 -20.0% -20.6% 19 94 71 0 68% 0 1/25
A.Fasano MIA -21 -19 -27.5% -24.9% 16 110 42 1 75% 1 0/0
J.Hollister NE -40 -35 -57.9% -51.8% 11 42 -21 0 36% 0 0/0
M.Williams BAL -43 -35 -42.8% -36.0% 18 86 8 1 83% 1 0/0
D.Daniels IND -55 -63 -65.3% -73.2% 13 26 -40 0 23% 0 0/0
J.Hill NO -56 -65 -45.2% -51.1% 23 117 2 1 74% 2 0/0
R.Travis 2TM -57 -52 -59.4% -54.9% 17 76 -32 0 41% 1 0/0
D.Allen NE -57 -57 -42.6% -42.5% 22 86 12 1 45% 0 0/0

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