Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2011

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/29/2012

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, 47 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Gronkowski NE 459 1 469 1 45.9% 1 47.1% 125 1,329 1,726 18 73% 0 1/10
J.Graham NO 244 2 273 2 16.6% 8 19.4% 149 1,310 1,392 11 66% 1 0/0
A.Gates SD 231 3 264 3 30.9% 3 36.5% 88 778 1,011 7 73% 0 4/45
T.Gonzalez ATL 181 4 183 4 15.6% 10 15.8% 116 875 1,063 7 69% 0 3/14
J.Finley GB 163 5 153 5 18.0% 7 16.3% 92 767 900 8 60% 0 1/5
F.Davis WAS 128 6 113 10 15.0% 11 12.4% 88 798 765 3 67% 1 0/0
J.Ballard NYG 127 7 136 6 22.5% 5 24.6% 61 604 635 4 62% 0 1/8
O.Daniels HOU 122 8 109 11 14.3% 14 12.0% 85 677 743 3 64% 0 0/0
J.Dreessen HOU 119 9 116 8 40.5% 2 39.5% 39 353 468 6 72% 0 0/0
S.Chandler BUF 113 10 115 9 27.0% 4 27.8% 46 389 522 6 83% 1 0/0
A.Hernandez NE 107 11 117 7 6.0% 19 7.2% 113 910 917 7 70% 1 1/38
J.Witten DAL 102 12 75 19 5.6% 20 2.2% 117 942 891 5 68% 1 2/29
J.Cook TEN 100 13 88 16 12.1% 17 9.8% 81 760 654 3 60% 2 2/31
H.Miller PIT 99 14 99 12 13.2% 15 13.2% 76 637 624 2 68% 1 0/0
A.Fasano MIA 84 15 85 17 16.5% 9 16.6% 54 451 482 5 59% 0 0/0
D.Pitta BAL 72 16 78 18 12.2% 16 13.8% 56 405 467 3 71% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Boss OAK 72 17 98 14 22.3% 6 33.2% 39 368 360 3 72% 0 0/0
V.Davis SF 70 18 24 24 3.9% 21 -3.4% 95 792 685 6 71% 3 1/24
B.Celek PHI 70 19 99 13 3.7% 22 8.3% 97 811 689 5 64% 0 1/17
T.Scheffler DET 66 20 92 15 14.5% 13 23.4% 43 347 396 6 60% 0 0/0
E.Moore CLE 59 21 40 21 11.3% 18 5.4% 47 324 393 4 72% 0 0/0
J.King ARI 53 22 43 20 14.6% 12 10.5% 34 271 318 3 79% 0 0/0
J.Shockey CAR 36 23 31 22 1.6% 23 0.2% 62 461 423 4 60% 2 1/17
E.Dickson BAL 31 24 13 26 -1.7% 25 -4.9% 89 528 536 5 61% 0 0/0
L.Pope KC 19 25 25 23 0.9% 24 3.5% 33 247 241 1 73% 0 1/10
K.Davis CHI 10 26 11 28 -2.9% 26 -2.7% 35 206 225 5 51% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN 7 27 5 30 -4.6% 27 -5.4% 39 249 252 3 67% 0 1/10
D.Fells DEN 4 28 11 27 -5.3% 28 -1.6% 31 256 174 3 61% 2 0/0
A.Smith CLE -1 29 -11 32 -7.6% 29 -14.0% 25 131 141 1 56% 0 0/0
T.Heap ARI -3 30 16 25 -8.7% 31 -0.7% 36 283 197 1 67% 0 0/0
J.Gresham CIN -8 31 -4 31 -8.5% 30 -7.9% 92 596 488 6 61% 1 1/5
D.Keller NYJ -11 32 10 29 -8.7% 32 -6.0% 115 815 632 5 57% 1 2/57
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.McMichael SD -19 33 -29 36 -14.1% 36 -17.7% 44 271 194 0 68% 0 0/0
M.Bennett DAL -27 34 -16 33 -23.7% 41 -17.2% 26 144 79 0 65% 0 0/0
D.Walker SF -27 35 -32 37 -19.5% 39 -21.5% 36 192 129 3 56% 0 0/0
J.Tamme IND -29 36 -33 38 -20.8% 40 -23.1% 31 177 115 1 61% 0 1/5
G.Olsen CAR -38 37 -47 39 -13.9% 35 -15.4% 89 540 402 5 51% 1 2/20
B.Pettigrew DET -43 38 -18 34 -12.6% 33 -9.5% 126 777 586 5 66% 0 0/0
B.Watson CLE -47 39 -66 43 -17.3% 37 -21.6% 71 410 288 2 52% 0 1/3
R.Housler ARI -47 40 -58 42 -39.7% 47 -47.5% 26 133 19 0 46% 1 0/0
Z.Miller SEA -49 41 -68 44 -25.4% 42 -32.8% 44 233 119 0 57% 0 0/0
K.Winslow TB -52 42 -56 41 -13.6% 34 -14.2% 120 771 568 2 63% 2 1/8
V.Shiancoe MIN -52 43 -28 35 -18.0% 38 -13.1% 71 409 293 3 51% 0 1/6
B.Myers OAK -52 44 -48 40 -35.1% 45 -33.0% 27 151 44 0 59% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks STL -72 45 -81 45 -27.2% 44 -30.0% 58 352 145 0 48% 1 1/16
D.Clark IND -84 46 -83 46 -25.5% 43 -25.2% 65 352 205 2 52% 1 1/6
M.Lewis JAC -162 47 -176 47 -35.7% 46 -38.0% 85 460 127 0 46% 0 1/12

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Casey HOU 66 60 33.3% 30.1% 24 260 279 1 75% 0 0/0
C.Stevens TEN 35 35 31.7% 31.2% 14 166 153 1 64% 0 0/0
C.Harbor PHI 30 35 16.5% 20.7% 19 163 172 1 68% 0 0/0
B.Pascoe NYG 21 25 12.7% 15.8% 16 136 136 0 75% 0 0/0
D.Johnson PIT 16 16 8.9% 9.1% 14 91 118 1 86% 0 0/0
D.Lee CIN 15 9 9.3% 3.3% 13 115 108 0 85% 0 0/0
D.Rosario DEN 12 16 10.1% 16.1% 11 117 82 0 64% 0 0/0
M.Spaeth CHI 5 7 -0.3% 1.4% 11 50 76 2 64% 0 0/0
L.Paulsen WAS 3 -5 -4.9% -11.5% 19 138 111 0 58% 0 0/0
J.Phillips DAL -6 -10 -11.8% -15.1% 18 101 91 1 83% 0 0/0
B.Eldridge IND -12 -11 -24.1% -23.7% 10 45 33 0 90% 0 0/0
T.Beckum NYG -15 -10 -28.5% -20.6% 10 93 27 1 50% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
L.Stocker TB -16 -23 -21.1% -26.5% 17 92 63 0 71% 0 0/0
B.Bajema STL -19 -21 -28.7% -30.7% 14 71 33 0 64% 0 0/0
C.Morrah SEA -22 -19 -31.8% -29.2% 13 74 27 0 46% 0 0/0
J.O'Connell KC -22 -18 -34.9% -29.6% 12 52 19 0 58% 0 0/0
M.Palmer ATL -23 -17 -28.8% -23.4% 16 72 40 1 63% 0 0/0
M.Hoomanawanui STL -25 -17 -35.4% -27.0% 13 83 20 0 54% 0 0/0
C.Cooley WAS -25 -26 -36.4% -37.3% 13 65 18 0 62% 0 0/0
W.Heller DET -32 -42 -43.4% -54.5% 12 42 5 0 50% 0 0/0
D.Thomas NO -40 -41 -78.5% -79.5% 9 16 -40 0 56% 0 0/0
A.McCoy SEA -41 -42 -32.7% -33.3% 24 146 46 0 54% 0 0/0
J.Cameron CLE -43 -51 -52.9% -61.5% 13 33 -14 0 46% 0 1/6

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