Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 2

Revised as of 9/16/2014

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.
  • Please note there are no opponent adjustments until after Week 4.

Clicking on a player's name will bring you to his FO player page with advanced stats through the most recent season.

RECEIVING: Minimum 8 passes, 79 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Cobb GB 87 1 58.8% 1 15 97 227 3 73% 0 1/44
C.Johnson DET 80 2 30.9% 11 24 247 266 2 54% 0 0/0
A.Brown PIT 71 3 38.4% 5 18 206 217 1 67% 0 0/0
J.Edelman NE 68 4 43.6% 3 15 178 198 1 80% 1 1/16
J.Nelson GB 65 5 13.6% 28 30 292 295 1 60% 0 1/27
A.Johnson HOU 61 6 30.9% 10 16 167 205 0 75% 0 1/1
D.Bryant DAL 56 7 20.3% 19 20 158 220 1 70% 0 1/9
S.Watkins BUF 54 8 31.3% 8 15 148 179 1 73% 0 0/0
E.Sanders DEN 53 9 24.6% 14 18 185 194 0 78% 0 0/0
J.Jones OAK 48 10 22.2% 17 17 146 184 2 71% 1 1/16
E.Decker NYJ 47 11 31.0% 9 13 137 158 1 69% 0 0/0
B.Quick STL 47 12 20.2% 20 18 173 185 0 78% 0 0/0
M.Crabtree SF 44 13 28.6% 12 13 107 153 1 69% 0 1/7
A.Jeffery CHI 44 14 34.7% 7 12 118 141 0 67% 0 1/24
A.Boldin SF 41 15 22.6% 16 15 133 156 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Cotchery CAR 40 16 49.6% 2 8 78 111 0 100% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.J.Green CIN 40 17 43.0% 4 9 131 117 1 67% 0 0/0
D.Hopkins HOU 38 18 35.7% 6 10 111 120 2 70% 0 0/0
B.Marshall CHI 37 19 10.5% 33 20 119 184 4 65% 1 0/0
M.Wheaton PIT 33 20 15.5% 23 15 135 146 0 73% 0 0/0
R.White ATL 32 21 13.6% 27 15 114 147 1 67% 0 0/0
M.Floyd ARI 31 22 18.1% 21 13 138 129 0 46% 0 1/15
K.Benjamin CAR 31 23 13.8% 26 16 138 139 1 50% 0 0/0
J.Jones ATL 30 24 6.4% 37 22 204 175 1 64% 1 0/0
M.Sanu CIN 30 25 27.2% 13 9 120 106 1 78% 0 0/0
A.Roberts WAS 29 26 23.8% 15 8 79 109 0 63% 0 1/14
M.Wallace MIA 27 27 4.6% 41 19 139 166 2 63% 1 0/0
A.Hurns JAC 25 28 10.2% 34 15 123 128 2 40% 0 0/0
M.Colston NO 25 29 20.7% 18 8 110 98 0 63% 1 1/24
C.Patterson MIN 24 30 12.5% 30 12 82 112 0 58% 0 1/34
T.Smith BAL 23 31 13.2% 29 10 60 108 0 40% 0 2/38
K.Wright TEN 22 32 9.3% 35 12 77 112 1 75% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Jackson WAS 21 33 13.9% 25 11 81 97 0 82% 0 0/0
A.Hawkins CLE 21 34 0.5% 43 22 157 159 0 64% 0 0/0
G.Jennings MIN 20 35 11.7% 32 11 62 97 2 64% 0 0/0
R.Woods BUF 20 36 14.9% 24 9 83 88 0 56% 0 0/0
M.Evans TB 19 37 6.1% 39 13 86 110 0 69% 0 0/0
G.Tate DET 18 38 4.8% 40 14 152 110 0 79% 1 0/0
J.Avant CAR 17 39 16.5% 22 8 54 72 1 75% 0 0/0
T.Williams DAL 17 40 7.5% 36 11 70 91 1 55% 0 0/0
B.Cooks NO 15 41 1.5% 42 14 94 112 1 71% 0 0/0
J.Kearse SEA 15 42 12.0% 31 8 69 72 0 63% 0 0/0
H.Douglas ATL 13 43 -1.7% 45 15 107 119 0 67% 0 1/12
R.Grant WAS 11 44 6.3% 38 8 57 64 0 63% 0 0/0
M.Austin CLE 10 45 -3.8% 46 13 64 103 1 62% 0 0/0
Jo.Brown ARI 9 46 0.4% 44 9 57 69 1 56% 0 0/0
P.Garcon WAS 6 47 -7.3% 47 16 89 104 0 69% 0 0/0
J.Maclin PHI 6 48 -8.9% 48 21 142 140 2 38% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Thomas DEN 4 49 -10.0% 49 18 110 128 1 50% 0 1/17
V.Cruz NYG 3 50 -10.4% 51 16 84 122 0 44% 0 2/47
R.Streater OAK 2 51 -10.2% 50 10 52 68 1 60% 0 0/0
K.Allen SD -2 52 -14.1% 52 15 92 94 0 67% 0 0/0
B.Tate CIN -3 53 -16.9% 54 9 69 49 0 56% 0 0/0
J.Matthews PHI -3 54 -17.9% 57 8 54 47 0 38% 0 0/0
J.Jernigan NYG -4 55 -16.8% 53 9 40 65 0 67% 0 2/19
R.Cooper PHI -4 56 -17.0% 55 10 37 62 0 50% 0 1/35
P.Harvin SEA -4 57 -18.6% 59 8 64 47 0 100% 1 0/0
H.Nicks IND -5 58 -21.4% 66 8 32 42 1 75% 0 0/0
M.Lee JAC -6 59 -17.7% 56 14 73 80 0 57% 0 0/0
A.Robinson 2TM -6 60 -20.1% 63 11 81 56 0 55% 0 0/0
R.Randle NYG -6 61 -20.1% 64 10 40 57 1 60% 0 0/0
V.Jackson TB -9 62 -20.0% 62 16 87 91 0 50% 0 0/0
R.Wayne IND -10 63 -19.5% 61 20 126 109 0 60% 0 0/0
S.Smith BAL -11 64 -18.0% 58 25 189 152 1 52% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Y.Hilton IND -11 65 -18.9% 60 22 106 132 0 50% 0 1/25
D.Avery KC -12 66 -20.9% 65 19 98 99 0 53% 0 0/0
J.Hunter TEN -12 67 -23.3% 67 14 89 74 0 36% 0 0/0
B.Hartline MIA -13 68 -25.3% 68 12 62 63 0 58% 0 0/0
J.Kerley NYJ -14 69 -26.2% 69 13 60 63 0 62% 0 0/0
L.Fitzgerald ARI -17 70 -28.3% 70 14 73 63 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Jones BAL -18 71 -43.9% 76 8 20 21 0 38% 0 0/0
K.Thompkins NE -21 72 -37.9% 73 10 37 36 0 50% 0 0/0
M.Brown JAC -22 73 -44.8% 78 9 36 23 0 33% 0 0/0
N.Washington TEN -23 74 -36.4% 71 12 60 44 0 42% 0 0/0
D.Baldwin SEA -24 75 -40.0% 75 11 49 36 0 55% 0 0/0
T.Gabriel CLE -26 76 -44.2% 77 10 26 29 0 50% 0 1/19
D.Moore OAK -27 77 -38.8% 74 13 37 45 0 38% 0 1/31
E.Royal SD -28 78 -36.9% 72 16 89 52 0 50% 0 0/0
Ju.Brown PIT -36 79 -65.1% 79 8 44 3 0 50% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 5-7 passes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Hester ATL 42 68.7% 7 101 103 0 86% 0 0/0
C.Beasley DAL 26 36.8% 6 52 82 0 83% 0 0/0
S.Johnson SF 25 43.7% 6 59 73 0 67% 0 0/0
M.Floyd SD 20 31.0% 7 50 68 1 57% 0 0/0
B.Gibson MIA 15 27.4% 5 36 54 0 80% 0 0/0
D.Adams GB 13 11.5% 7 50 62 0 71% 0 0/0
A.Holmes OAK 6 -1.7% 7 45 52 0 71% 0 0/0
S.Holmes CHI 4 -6.1% 7 41 58 0 57% 0 0/0
C.Givens STL 4 -3.0% 5 45 40 0 60% 0 0/0
T.Benjamin CLE 2 -8.6% 7 26 45 1 43% 0 0/0
M.Williams BUF 1 -10.1% 6 39 37 0 50% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Landry MIA -1 -13.7% 7 49 44 0 71% 0 0/0
D.Bowe KC -1 -14.5% 6 40 40 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Wright MIN -2 -18.0% 6 37 33 0 50% 0 0/0
R.Meachem NO -4 -20.8% 7 37 38 0 43% 0 0/0
A.Caldwell DEN -8 -30.5% 6 16 24 0 33% 0 0/0
D.Amendola NE -14 -44.5% 6 16 15 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Hemingway KC -18 -48.0% 6 21 15 0 33% 0 0/0
D.Johnson HOU -28 -82.7% 5 5 -9 0 40% 0 0/0
R.Matthews MIA -32 -88.1% 5 4 -13 0 20% 0 0/0
B.LaFell NE -37 -92.6% 6 0 -17 0 0% 0 0/0

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 2 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
C.Patterson MIN 59 1 273.7% 1 3 102 1 0
P.Harvin SEA 54 2 133.2% 4 6 86 1 0
B.Cooks NO 29 3 145.9% 3 3 49 0 0
J.Edelman NE 21 4 81.2% 5 3 30 0 0
M.Wheaton PIT 19 5 149.5% 2 2 22 0 0
T.Austin STL 16 6 9.2% 6 5 26 0 0
E.Sanders DEN 4 7 2.8% 7 2 9 0 0
A.Brown PIT 3 8 -7.7% 8 2 10 0 0
R.Cobb GB 1 9 -28.4% 9 2 6 0 0
E.Royal SD -9 10 -115.7% 10 2 -1 0 0