Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2014

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 12/29/2014

Wide receivers are ranked according to DYAR, or Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement. This gives the value of the performance on plays where this WR caught the ball, compared to replacement level, adjusted for situation and opponent 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 WR 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 wide receiver with more total value. DVOA means a wide receiver 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 receiver 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 50 passes, 87 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Brown PIT 553 1 523 1 25.6% 9 23.6% 181 1,697 1,990 13 71% 1 5/97
J.Nelson GB 481 2 486 3 26.6% 7 27.1% 151 1,519 1,705 13 65% 0 6/129
E.Sanders DEN 480 3 455 5 29.5% 4 27.3% 141 1,404 1,635 9 72% 1 3/58
R.Cobb GB 478 4 499 2 35.5% 1 37.7% 127 1,287 1,513 12 72% 1 1/44
D.Bryant DAL 435 5 460 4 27.6% 6 29.9% 136 1,320 1,521 16 65% 0 4/72
O.Beckham NYG 394 6 427 6 25.6% 10 28.8% 130 1,305 1,420 12 70% 0 4/71
J.Jones ATL 353 7 351 7 15.9% 15 15.8% 163 1,593 1,525 6 64% 2 0/0
D.Thomas DEN 317 8 280 12 9.2% 28 6.7% 184 1,619 1,646 11 60% 0 4/51
D.Jackson WAS 310 9 303 9 27.9% 5 27.0% 94 1,169 1,080 6 60% 0 5/88
T.Smith BAL 309 10 303 10 26.5% 8 25.8% 92 767 1,096 11 53% 0 11/229
T.Y.Hilton IND 300 11 282 11 16.2% 14 14.5% 131 1,348 1,287 7 63% 3 1/25
K.Stills NO 295 12 309 8 32.4% 2 34.5% 83 931 969 3 76% 1 1/11
A.Jeffery CHI 273 13 264 13 10.6% 22 9.9% 145 1,133 1,357 11 59% 0 4/125
M.Floyd SD 236 14 228 20 20.4% 12 19.3% 92 846 928 6 57% 0 3/66
D.Hopkins HOU 235 15 221 21 10.1% 24 8.8% 127 1,210 1,186 6 60% 2 2/26
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Johnson DET 231 16 251 14 10.2% 23 12.2% 128 1,077 1,165 8 55% 0 3/30
A.Boldin SF 221 17 239 17 9.2% 29 11.0% 131 1,062 1,149 5 63% 0 1/19
M.Evans TB 221 18 233 19 11.2% 21 12.5% 123 1,051 1,075 12 55% 0 2/48
J.Maclin PHI 220 19 243 16 7.2% 30 9.4% 143 1,318 1,223 10 59% 0 0/0
T.Williams DAL 219 20 239 18 30.5% 3 34.3% 65 621 737 8 57% 0 2/66
M.Wallace MIA 219 21 215 22 11.5% 19 11.1% 115 864 1,059 10 58% 1 4/77
G.Tate DET 218 22 248 15 7.2% 31 9.9% 143 1,333 1,217 4 69% 1 1/31
E.Decker NYJ 203 23 180 25 10.0% 26 7.4% 114 962 1,029 5 65% 0 1/6
M.Colston NO 197 24 208 24 12.5% 17 13.9% 99 902 929 5 60% 1 1/24
J.Matthews PHI 193 25 213 23 11.4% 20 13.9% 103 872 935 8 65% 0 1/40
E.Royal SD 183 26 158 28 12.8% 16 9.4% 91 779 854 7 68% 1 1/23
B.LaFell NE 173 27 156 29 5.5% 33 3.7% 119 953 1,029 7 62% 1 3/38
K.Britt STL 163 28 160 26 12.3% 18 11.8% 84 748 771 3 57% 0 2/52
A.J.Green CIN 155 29 159 27 3.8% 38 4.2% 116 1,041 997 6 59% 2 3/36
S.Johnson SF 139 30 140 31 23.4% 11 23.6% 50 435 518 3 70% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Landry MIA 138 31 121 36 3.3% 39 1.4% 112 760 905 5 75% 1 1/25
J.Edelman NE 135 32 100 39 0.0% 44 -3.2% 133 974 1,065 4 69% 2 3/59
D.Baldwin SEA 134 33 136 32 5.4% 34 5.6% 98 825 804 3 67% 0 1/44
G.Jennings MIN 124 34 147 30 4.7% 36 8.0% 92 744 762 7 64% 1 0/0
B.Cooks NO 123 35 124 35 9.6% 27 9.7% 69 550 633 3 77% 0 1/34
M.Austin CLE 120 36 126 34 10.0% 25 11.2% 72 568 607 2 65% 0 0/0
C.Beasley DAL 117 37 134 33 16.6% 13 21.0% 49 420 497 4 76% 2 1/26
R.White ATL 112 38 114 37 -1.4% 46 -1.2% 125 923 976 7 64% 3 1/20
H.Douglas ATL 108 39 101 38 5.7% 32 4.7% 74 556 634 2 69% 0 2/22
S.Smith BAL 101 40 78 46 -3.4% 48 -5.4% 134 1,068 1,030 6 59% 1 3/54
M.Sanu CIN 99 41 91 41 0.0% 43 -1.0% 98 790 779 5 57% 0 1/13
N.Washington TEN 96 42 93 40 5.1% 35 4.5% 72 647 584 2 56% 0 0/0
W.Welker DEN 86 43 75 47 4.3% 37 2.3% 64 464 537 2 77% 0 1/9
M.Floyd ARI 84 44 84 43 -1.5% 47 -1.4% 99 844 733 6 47% 3 3/87
M.Wheaton PIT 82 45 68 49 -0.4% 45 -2.6% 86 654 671 2 62% 0 1/10
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Hartline MIA 77 46 72 48 2.5% 41 1.6% 63 485 524 2 62% 0 1/6
B.Marshall CHI 75 47 81 45 -3.6% 51 -2.9% 106 721 784 8 58% 1 0/0
S.Watkins BUF 70 48 47 56 -5.7% 55 -8.0% 128 982 927 6 51% 1 0/0
P.Parker NYG 70 49 82 44 3.0% 40 5.7% 56 418 466 2 64% 0 1/17
K.Wright TEN 66 50 47 55 -3.4% 50 -6.1% 93 715 678 6 61% 1 0/0
J.Wright MIN 63 51 86 42 0.5% 42 5.2% 62 588 483 2 68% 0 0/0
L.Fitzgerald ARI 60 52 63 50 -5.0% 54 -4.6% 103 785 724 2 61% 1 2/19
D.Bowe KC 60 53 56 51 -4.6% 53 -5.2% 95 754 695 0 63% 2 0/0
J.Cotchery CAR 57 54 52 53 -3.4% 49 -4.3% 79 580 588 1 62% 0 1/5
K.Allen SD 42 55 27 62 -8.1% 56 -9.7% 122 805 808 4 64% 1 0/0
D.Hester ATL 38 56 48 54 -4.3% 52 -2.1% 59 504 422 2 64% 1 0/0
A.Holmes OAK 35 57 14 65 -8.2% 57 -10.9% 99 693 685 4 47% 0 4/55
R.Randle NYG 33 58 53 52 -9.4% 62 -7.4% 127 938 868 3 56% 0 0/0
C.Hogan BUF 20 59 9 67 -8.2% 58 -10.7% 61 433 402 4 67% 1 1/5
T.Gabriel CLE 20 60 19 64 -9.1% 60 -9.4% 74 633 491 1 51% 0 1/19
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Adams GB 19 61 28 61 -9.0% 59 -7.4% 66 446 452 3 58% 0 0/0
J.Kearse SEA 19 62 22 63 -9.2% 61 -8.7% 69 537 471 1 55% 0 1/36
M.Crabtree SF 17 63 44 57 -10.7% 63 -7.6% 109 702 725 4 63% 0 4/88
R.Woods BUF 10 64 11 66 -11.5% 65 -11.4% 104 699 695 5 63% 1 1/11
A.Hawkins CLE 9 65 28 60 -11.6% 66 -9.4% 112 824 706 2 56% 0 0/0
A.Robinson JAC 9 66 8 68 -11.3% 64 -11.4% 81 548 532 2 59% 0 2/14
K.Benjamin CAR 8 67 32 58 -12.0% 67 -9.9% 145 1,010 928 9 50% 1 2/17
V.Jackson TB 2 68 28 59 -12.5% 68 -10.1% 142 1,002 893 2 49% 1 2/33
H.Nicks IND -1 69 2 69 -12.9% 70 -12.3% 68 405 444 4 56% 0 4/75
Jo.Brown ARI -2 70 -6 73 -12.9% 69 -13.5% 103 696 639 5 47% 0 3/96
R.Wayne IND -4 71 -10 74 -13.1% 71 -13.8% 116 797 737 2 56% 1 2/31
J.Hunter TEN -5 72 -23 78 -13.5% 72 -17.0% 67 498 419 3 42% 0 1/29
A.Roberts WAS -10 73 -28 79 -14.3% 74 -17.3% 73 453 475 2 49% 1 1/14
J.Avant 2TM -11 74 -22 77 -15.0% 77 -17.5% 61 353 359 1 56% 0 0/0
L.Murphy TB -11 75 -3 72 -15.4% 78 -13.5% 56 380 320 2 55% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Jones OAK -12 76 -38 81 -14.0% 73 -17.0% 111 666 694 6 66% 2 1/16
A.Hurns JAC -13 77 -17 76 -14.5% 75 -15.0% 97 677 567 6 53% 0 0/0
P.Garcon WAS -17 78 -2 71 -14.7% 76 -12.9% 105 752 630 3 65% 0 0/0
C.Johnson MIN -17 79 1 70 -16.4% 79 -12.4% 59 475 338 2 53% 1 0/0
R.Cooper PHI -33 80 -15 75 -17.2% 80 -14.7% 94 577 549 3 59% 1 2/76
M.Lee JAC -42 81 -38 80 -20.5% 82 -19.7% 68 422 375 1 54% 0 1/7
J.Kerley NYJ -52 82 -68 85 -21.3% 83 -24.1% 75 409 407 1 51% 0 2/35
P.Harvin 2TM -55 83 -66 84 -21.5% 84 -23.2% 78 483 426 1 65% 1 0/0
B.Gibson MIA -57 84 -60 83 -27.4% 86 -28.2% 51 295 230 1 57% 2 0/0
C.Patterson MIN -65 85 -46 82 -25.2% 85 -21.6% 67 384 327 1 49% 0 2/41
A.Johnson HOU -89 86 -82 86 -20.1% 81 -19.5% 147 939 849 3 58% 3 5/54
C.Shorts JAC -184 87 -189 87 -33.9% 87 -34.4% 110 557 435 1 48% 1 1/23

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Bryant PIT 145 136 25.9% 23.4% 48 549 520 8 54% 0 0/0
B.Quick STL 115 118 24.5% 25.6% 39 375 421 3 64% 0 1/16
S.Bailey STL 103 97 16.7% 15.2% 46 435 436 1 65% 0 0/0
K.Aiken BAL 97 92 24.8% 22.8% 33 267 354 3 73% 0 0/0
R.Lockette SEA 66 64 50.1% 48.7% 15 195 183 2 73% 0 0/0
M.Brown BAL 61 59 13.8% 12.8% 31 255 277 0 77% 0 0/0
C.Brown CAR 59 67 7.5% 10.2% 36 296 323 2 58% 0 2/38
A.Wilson KC 57 56 14.7% 14.1% 28 260 252 0 57% 0 1/6
N.Toon NO 52 61 15.7% 20.4% 23 215 227 1 74% 1 0/0
E.Weems ATL 50 54 41.4% 46.3% 11 102 148 2 91% 0 0/0
D.Inman SD 49 42 24.2% 18.9% 17 158 182 0 71% 0 1/12
B.Butler OAK 49 30 4.8% -2.0% 35 280 302 2 60% 0 0/0
D.Moncrief IND 46 60 -0.4% 3.4% 49 444 373 3 65% 0 0/0
A.Thielen MIN 42 44 30.9% 32.3% 13 137 141 1 62% 0 0/0
B.Tate CIN 42 46 8.5% 10.7% 26 193 221 1 65% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Bersin CAR 41 39 12.5% 11.4% 20 151 193 1 65% 0 0/0
J.Ross DET 34 40 0.0% 2.6% 35 314 266 1 69% 1 0/0
C.Fuller DET 30 45 0.0% 6.4% 31 221 239 1 45% 1 2/55
Ja.Brown ARI 26 28 -2.0% -1.3% 32 231 241 2 69% 1 0/0
K.Norwood SEA 25 30 19.4% 27.1% 10 102 99 0 90% 0 0/0
Tav.Austin STL 24 13 -5.8% -8.9% 44 242 315 0 70% 0 2/56
L.Moore PIT 20 16 -3.0% -4.9% 26 198 195 2 54% 0 0/0
R.Streater OAK 15 17 1.9% 4.2% 13 84 106 1 69% 0 0/0
S.Moss WAS 15 16 1.1% 1.5% 15 116 111 0 67% 0 0/0
V.Cruz NYG 12 20 -9.0% -6.7% 41 337 297 1 56% 0 2/47
B.Lloyd SF 12 -6 -8.2% -14.8% 35 294 233 1 40% 0 0/0
J.Jones BAL 11 -1 -4.1% -13.3% 18 131 125 0 50% 0 0/0
B.Ellington SF 11 4 -1.5% -8.3% 12 62 94 2 50% 0 0/0
A.Pettis STL 10 18 -6.0% 0.0% 18 118 131 1 67% 0 0/0
T.Benjamin CLE 8 5 -10.3% -11.3% 46 314 295 3 39% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Harris DAL 8 8 -2.4% -2.4% 11 108 73 0 55% 0 0/0
B.Tyms NE 5 5 -6.3% -6.6% 11 82 76 1 45% 0 0/0
J.Morgan NO 1 3 -11.6% -8.0% 10 92 62 0 40% 0 0/0
R.Matthews MIA 0 -11 -12.4% -19.1% 22 135 143 2 55% 1 1/20
D.Hagan TEN 0 -6 -12.7% -15.1% 34 254 201 1 56% 0 0/0
R.Herron TB -3 -3 -15.6% -16.5% 12 58 69 1 50% 0 0/0
J.Jernigan NYG -3 -8 -15.8% -22.4% 9 40 66 0 67% 0 2/19
S.Holmes CHI -5 -6 -16.7% -18.5% 14 67 84 0 57% 0 0/0
T.Ginn ARI -6 -5 -15.6% -14.9% 26 190 160 0 54% 0 1/15
A.J.Jenkins KC -8 -9 -19.5% -20.8% 15 93 80 0 60% 0 0/0
C.Givens STL -8 -14 -17.7% -21.1% 21 159 120 1 52% 0 0/0
P.Richardson SEA -8 -1 -15.1% -13.1% 44 271 264 1 66% 0 0/0
G.Little CIN -11 -13 -25.3% -26.8% 12 69 56 0 50% 0 0/0
B.Walters SEA -12 -19 -27.2% -35.5% 11 57 51 0 55% 0 0/0
R.Meachem NO -13 -13 -20.5% -20.6% 20 114 113 0 35% 0 1/32
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Salas NYJ -13 -15 -20.3% -21.4% 23 167 121 0 35% 0 0/0
D.Avery KC -13 -13 -19.5% -19.1% 26 176 140 0 58% 1 0/0
V.Brown OAK -15 -16 -22.3% -23.4% 21 118 101 0 57% 0 0/0
J.Hemingway KC -15 -17 -21.4% -22.5% 21 108 116 0 57% 0 0/0
K.Martin HOU -16 -14 -30.6% -27.7% 12 78 49 0 50% 0 0/0
D.Amendola NE -17 -14 -17.9% -17.1% 42 200 234 1 64% 0 2/54
S.Ajirotutu SD -17 -22 -32.4% -38.1% 12 45 45 0 33% 0 0/0
D.Sanzenbacher CIN -23 -18 -31.7% -27.7% 15 105 64 0 60% 1 0/0
M.Williams BUF -26 -25 -30.7% -30.5% 19 142 77 1 42% 0 0/0
J.Wright CIN -27 -23 -34.6% -31.5% 16 91 59 0 31% 0 0/0
R.Grant WAS -27 -18 -37.5% -29.1% 15 68 49 0 47% 0 0/0
J.Morgan CHI -28 -27 -31.1% -30.3% 19 70 83 1 53% 0 0/0
K.Durham TEN -28 -27 -46.3% -44.1% 11 54 27 0 55% 0 0/0
F.Hammond KC -29 -27 -46.6% -44.6% 11 45 27 0 36% 0 0/0
M.Wilson CHI -32 -34 -25.3% -26.2% 32 140 158 1 53% 0 1/26
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Gordon CLE -36 -38 -22.9% -23.5% 47 303 234 0 51% 0 0/0
A.Caldwell DEN -37 -44 -44.7% -50.8% 15 47 39 0 33% 0 0/0
J.Boykin GB -38 -37 -50.0% -49.0% 12 23 27 0 25% 0 1/34
D.Johnson HOU -40 -46 -23.7% -25.5% 49 331 236 1 63% 1 0/0
M.Brown JAC -43 -36 -50.5% -44.2% 15 88 29 0 47% 1 0/0
D.Archer PIT -46 -47 -74.6% -76.1% 10 23 -7 0 70% 0 0/0
J.Huff PHI -49 -51 -49.1% -50.7% 18 98 37 0 44% 1 0/0
Ju.Brown PIT -54 -58 -45.3% -47.4% 21 94 56 0 57% 1 0/0
DA.Thomas KC -55 -44 -34.9% -30.4% 32 173 121 1 75% 0 0/0
D.Moore OAK -57 -54 -39.5% -38.0% 27 115 89 0 44% 0 1/31
K.Thompkins 2TM -63 -75 -30.0% -33.3% 48 262 203 0 44% 0 0/0
D.Nelson NYJ -76 -71 -74.5% -71.0% 16 70 -12 0 50% 2 0/0

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 5 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
Tav.Austin STL 175 1 168 1 46.8% 9 43.5% 10 36 224 2 0
P.Harvin 2TM 137 2 137 2 34.6% 11 34.4% 11 33 202 1 0
J.Edelman NE 80 3 79 3 95.1% 4 94.9% 4 10 94 0 0
DA.Thomas KC 67 4 62 5 62.6% 6 54.9% 7 13 96 0 0
C.Brown CAR 63 5 65 4 169.5% 2 176.6% 1 8 95 0 0
J.Kerley NYJ 61 6 61 6 174.0% 1 173.3% 2 5 86 0 0
C.Patterson MIN 53 7 51 8 47.5% 8 44.3% 9 10 117 1 0
B.Cooks NO 53 8 54 7 55.2% 7 57.7% 6 7 73 1 0
J.Wright MIN 41 9 39 9 126.7% 3 117.4% 3 5 71 0 0
E.Sanders DEN 31 10 32 11 43.5% 10 44.3% 8 8 44 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
B.Ellington SF 31 11 32 10 66.5% 5 69.5% 5 6 28 1 0
M.Sanu CIN 24 12 25 12 28.2% 12 29.4% 12 7 51 0 0
D.Hester ATL 20 13 18 13 6.3% 15 2.5% 15 6 36 1 0
O.Beckham NYG 19 14 16 15 17.9% 14 8.7% 14 7 35 0 0
G.Tate DET 16 15 17 14 21.3% 13 25.5% 13 5 30 0 0
D.Archer PIT 9 16 13 16 -22.9% 16 -16.3% 16 10 40 0 0
R.Cobb GB 6 17 2 18 -29.0% 17 -35.8% 18 12 37 0 0
D.Johnson HOU 0 18 2 17 -36.9% 18 -31.4% 17 5 19 0 0
A.Jeffery CHI -4 19 -4 19 -50.2% 19 -50.3% 19 6 33 0 1