Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2009

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/28/2012

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, 49 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Gates SD 336 1 326 1 35.6% 2 34.4% 114 1,157 1,392 8 69% 1 3/30
V.Shiancoe MIN 210 2 212 3 30.8% 3 31.0% 79 566 924 11 71% 0 2/29
D.Clark IND 204 3 243 2 15.9% 10 20.2% 133 1,106 1,188 10 75% 1 0/0
J.Witten DAL 198 4 183 4 17.8% 7 16.0% 124 1,030 1,095 2 76% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI 169 5 179 5 15.5% 11 16.9% 112 968 992 8 68% 0 1/15
J.Finley GB 164 6 148 8 25.6% 5 22.5% 72 676 778 5 76% 1 0/0
B.Watson NE 157 7 153 7 47.8% 1 46.5% 41 404 581 5 71% 0 1/30
T.Heap BAL 151 8 153 6 23.5% 6 23.9% 75 593 743 6 71% 0 1/21
T.Gonzalez ATL 150 9 106 13 9.4% 14 4.5% 134 867 1,086 6 62% 0 4/24
H.Miller PIT 142 10 141 9 14.9% 12 14.6% 98 789 850 6 78% 2 1/9
O.Daniels HOU 130 11 112 12 26.3% 4 21.7% 58 519 607 5 69% 1 0/0
K.Winslow TB 121 12 104 14 7.7% 16 5.7% 127 894 942 5 61% 0 1/24
J.Shockey NO 109 13 126 10 17.3% 8 21.2% 67 569 610 3 72% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
V.Davis SF 91 14 119 11 3.9% 19 7.3% 129 965 885 13 60% 0 0/0
T.Scheffler DEN 84 15 71 17 17.2% 9 13.4% 50 416 474 2 62% 0 2/21
F.Davis WAS 76 16 73 16 8.1% 15 7.4% 76 509 582 6 63% 0 0/0
K.Boss NYG 76 17 61 18 9.7% 13 6.4% 69 567 542 5 61% 0 0/0
Z.Miller OAK 56 18 77 15 1.7% 23 5.0% 99 805 649 3 67% 0 1/24
J.Dreessen HOU 35 19 45 19 5.4% 18 8.8% 39 320 311 1 67% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC 34 20 32 23 1.7% 22 1.1% 59 518 394 2 54% 1 1/22
D.Thomas NO 31 21 42 20 1.9% 20 5.1% 48 356 355 1 73% 0 2/12
Z.Miller JAC 25 22 39 21 5.7% 17 13.4% 27 212 213 2 78% 0 1/7
D.Fells STL 22 23 26 25 1.9% 21 3.5% 35 273 256 3 60% 1 0/0
J.King CAR 13 24 16 26 -1.6% 24 -0.3% 33 202 221 3 76% 1 0/0
J.Carlson SEA 11 25 36 22 -5.3% 28 -0.8% 83 574 498 7 61% 0 0/0
J.P.Foschi CIN 10 26 7 28 -2.4% 25 -4.0% 37 260 199 2 73% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Cooley WAS 10 27 28 24 -3.6% 26 3.0% 45 332 252 2 64% 1 0/0
D.Graham DEN 7 28 -1 29 -4.7% 27 -7.5% 43 289 237 1 65% 0 0/0
D.Rosario CAR 5 29 15 27 -5.6% 29 -2.3% 48 313 267 2 54% 0 0/0
W.Heller DET -7 30 -14 31 -9.3% 31 -11.6% 50 296 260 3 58% 0 0/0
D.Keller NYJ -7 31 -9 30 -8.7% 30 -9.1% 81 522 422 2 56% 1 1/15
A.Crumpler TEN -14 32 -26 35 -12.9% 33 -17.4% 37 222 183 1 73% 1 0/0
R.Royal CLE -16 33 -20 34 -17.2% 36 -19.8% 26 130 101 1 42% 0 0/0
S.Ryan KC -23 34 -32 36 -21.3% 39 -26.5% 27 135 89 2 52% 0 0/0
B.Pettigrew DET -29 35 -20 33 -15.6% 34 -12.9% 54 346 231 2 56% 1 0/0
C.FitzSimmons DET -32 36 -37 37 -25.8% 41 -28.5% 27 129 76 0 67% 1 0/0
D.Walker SF -33 37 -43 40 -21.7% 40 -26.0% 33 233 120 0 64% 1 0/0
L.Pope KC -38 38 -19 32 -27.6% 42 -17.5% 30 174 74 1 67% 0 1/6
A.Fasano MIA -40 39 -41 39 -18.2% 37 -18.5% 53 345 220 2 58% 2 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Olsen CHI -41 40 -40 38 -12.6% 32 -12.5% 108 612 557 8 56% 0 2/36
M.Bennett DAL -41 41 -47 42 -29.0% 43 -32.4% 30 159 69 0 50% 0 0/0
B.Scaife TEN -43 42 -45 41 -16.7% 35 -17.2% 70 440 289 1 64% 1 0/0
R.McMichael STL -52 43 -62 47 -19.9% 38 -22.3% 62 332 231 1 55% 0 1/13
J.Stevens TB -54 44 -57 44 -33.4% 47 -34.4% 32 130 57 1 47% 0 0/0
D.Clark CHI -59 45 -59 45 -31.5% 46 -31.3% 34 145 77 2 56% 0 0/0
J.Haynos MIA -64 46 -60 46 -30.8% 44 -29.4% 37 162 89 2 51% 1 1/9
S.Nelson BUF -66 47 -49 43 -46.5% 48 -36.4% 29 158 -2 1 59% 2 0/0
D.Lee GB -74 48 -69 48 -31.1% 45 -29.6% 54 260 100 1 69% 0 0/0
D.Coats CIN -89 49 -80 49 -54.7% 49 -49.9% 30 150 -36 0 53% 2 1/17

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Havner GB 59 65 67.7% 74.7% 10 112 195 4 70% 0 0/0
B.Patrick ARI 34 42 26.4% 33.6% 16 146 161 2 75% 0 0/0
C.Baker NE 33 29 20.8% 17.5% 19 142 172 2 74% 0 0/0
J.Peelle ATL 26 24 13.4% 11.9% 15 115 161 2 80% 0 1/2
B.Bajema STL 21 21 23.2% 24.2% 11 94 102 0 73% 0 0/0
T.Santi IND 17 8 13.6% 2.7% 11 110 105 0 73% 1 0/0
K.Davis CHI 17 18 9.8% 11.1% 14 75 119 3 64% 0 0/0
G.Barnidge CAR 14 21 4.0% 9.1% 21 242 140 0 57% 1 0/0
D.Schouman BUF 14 15 12.4% 13.4% 11 103 90 0 82% 0 0/0
E.Moore CLE 0 2 -7.1% -5.5% 23 158 115 0 52% 0 0/0
T.Beckum NYG -1 -4 -9.4% -13.8% 10 55 49 0 80% 0 0/0
B.Cottam KC -2 1 -9.2% -6.0% 15 120 87 0 60% 0 0/0
T.Stewart OAK -4 -12 -10.9% -19.0% 15 78 76 0 67% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Becht ARI -7 -14 -14.9% -22.1% 12 64 63 1 58% 1 1/19
J.Casey HOU -10 -6 -19.9% -14.1% 12 64 46 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Cook TEN -12 -11 -18.7% -17.4% 15 74 63 0 60% 0 0/0
E.Wilford JAC -18 -13 -20.1% -17.0% 21 123 77 1 52% 0 0/0
S.Spach ARI -18 -23 -37.0% -45.8% 10 38 12 0 40% 0 0/0
J.Tamme IND -18 -25 -36.4% -47.7% 10 35 13 0 30% 0 0/0
J.Stupar BUF -22 -23 -39.4% -39.9% 11 40 10 0 55% 0 0/0
S.Heiden CLE -25 -39 -26.8% -38.3% 17 73 53 1 59% 1 0/0
G.Estandia 2TM -34 -38 -45.6% -49.3% 13 45 1 0 31% 0 0/0
G.Robinson IND -37 -32 -46.8% -41.2% 15 62 -2 0 60% 0 0/0
J.Kleinsasser MIN -39 -41 -43.7% -45.2% 16 70 5 0 63% 0 0/0
D.Fine BUF -52 -49 -56.8% -53.9% 18 64 -25 0 50% 0 0/0
J.O'Connell KC -58 -58 -93.5% -93.7% 10 7 -70 0 20% 0 0/0

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