Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2015

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 1/4/2016

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 516 1 489 1 19.7% 9 18.0% 193 1,841 2,060 10 70% 1 7/196
D.Baldwin SEA 414 2 391 4 39.6% 1 36.6% 103 1,069 1,253 14 76% 1 0/0
A.J.Green CIN 413 3 403 3 26.5% 7 25.5% 132 1,297 1,470 10 65% 1 1/22
L.Fitzgerald ARI 363 4 356 5 18.9% 10 18.3% 146 1,215 1,471 9 75% 2 5/38
Jo.Brown ARI 351 5 345 7 29.9% 4 29.1% 101 1,003 1,191 7 64% 1 5/136
J.Jones ATL 342 6 408 2 8.5% 34 12.5% 203 1,871 1,824 8 67% 3 3/59
A.Robinson JAC 319 7 343 8 14.1% 15 16.1% 151 1,400 1,444 14 53% 0 2/57
C.Johnson DET 318 8 273 13 14.0% 16 10.2% 149 1,214 1,443 9 59% 1 3/54
S.Watkins BUF 312 9 312 10 28.9% 6 28.9% 96 1,047 1,071 9 63% 0 1/31
O.Beckham NYG 303 10 345 6 10.3% 27 13.4% 158 1,454 1,525 13 61% 2 6/109
B.Marshall NYJ 303 11 342 9 9.4% 30 12.2% 173 1,502 1,566 14 63% 3 2/34
E.Decker NYJ 278 12 290 12 13.7% 17 14.8% 132 1,027 1,270 12 61% 1 3/69
D.Hopkins HOU 268 13 307 11 4.8% 41 7.3% 192 1,522 1,646 11 58% 1 5/77
M.Floyd ARI 256 14 227 17 23.9% 8 19.9% 89 849 945 6 58% 0 2/40
T.Lockett SEA 248 15 242 15 35.1% 3 33.9% 69 664 790 6 74% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Hurns JAC 236 16 243 14 16.1% 12 17.0% 105 1,031 1,014 10 61% 2 2/15
R.Matthews MIA 235 17 237 16 36.5% 2 36.8% 61 662 737 4 70% 0 2/30
J.Maclin KC 233 18 217 18 11.3% 24 9.6% 124 1,095 1,139 8 70% 2 1/9
J.Kearse SEA 227 19 217 19 29.8% 5 27.9% 68 690 771 5 72% 1 1/16
J.Jones GB 206 20 193 22 13.6% 18 11.9% 99 890 942 8 51% 1 3/93
B.Cooks NO 192 21 186 23 7.0% 40 6.5% 130 1,138 1,075 9 65% 1 1/37
M.Evans TB 187 22 153 27 2.8% 44 0.0% 148 1,211 1,261 3 50% 0 5/113
M.Jones CIN 176 23 154 26 8.4% 35 5.7% 103 816 937 4 63% 0 5/122
W.Snead NO 175 24 198 20 10.1% 28 13.1% 101 984 882 3 68% 2 0/0
K.Allen SD 173 25 181 24 11.8% 22 13.0% 89 725 830 4 75% 0 2/27
R.Randle NYG 167 26 193 21 10.0% 29 13.5% 90 801 846 8 63% 0 2/23
M.Wheaton PIT 159 27 140 30 12.3% 21 9.3% 79 749 751 5 56% 0 1/7
J.Edelman NE 144 28 159 25 8.1% 36 10.3% 88 692 776 7 69% 1 1/28
T.Williams DAL 140 29 147 28 7.4% 38 8.4% 93 840 774 3 56% 0 1/16
D.Amendola NE 140 30 132 32 8.6% 33 7.5% 87 648 740 3 75% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Britt STL 139 31 140 29 11.0% 26 11.3% 72 681 681 3 50% 0 3/77
T.Smith SF 134 32 112 42 14.3% 14 9.7% 62 663 604 4 53% 0 2/32
P.Garcon WAS 130 33 131 33 2.6% 45 2.7% 111 782 887 6 65% 0 1/12
M.Wilson CHI 127 34 112 41 17.0% 11 13.5% 51 464 535 1 55% 0 3/66
A.Jeffery CHI 126 35 134 31 4.1% 42 5.2% 94 807 794 4 57% 1 1/18
S.Smith BAL 125 36 113 40 9.3% 31 7.3% 73 670 645 3 63% 0 0/0
A.Cooper OAK 122 37 129 34 -1.0% 50 -0.3% 130 1,082 1,029 6 55% 1 3/86
S.Roberts OAK 114 38 127 35 13.2% 19 16.0% 55 480 527 5 58% 0 2/25
J.Cotchery CAR 112 39 122 36 14.9% 13 17.2% 54 485 499 3 72% 0 0/0
G.Tate DET 112 40 74 55 -1.8% 51 -5.5% 128 813 1,002 6 70% 1 3/35
J.Matthews PHI 112 41 120 38 -1.8% 52 -1.0% 128 1,002 1,003 8 66% 2 4/57
V.Jackson TB 111 42 104 45 11.2% 25 9.8% 62 543 543 3 53% 0 0/0
D.Moncrief IND 110 43 121 37 1.1% 49 2.5% 105 733 810 6 61% 0 0/0
S.Diggs MIN 108 44 85 52 3.7% 43 0.3% 84 720 695 4 62% 2 2/40
M.Colston NO 103 45 106 44 7.1% 39 7.7% 67 520 576 4 67% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Aiken BAL 100 46 118 39 -2.8% 56 -1.0% 127 944 975 5 59% 1 2/32
D.Jackson WAS 97 47 99 47 12.7% 20 13.1% 49 528 455 4 61% 0 2/36
D.Parker MIA 93 48 90 51 11.4% 23 10.6% 50 494 454 3 52% 0 1/3
E.Sanders DEN 89 49 109 43 -4.1% 58 -2.2% 137 1,135 986 6 55% 1 0/0
C.Brown CAR 88 50 101 46 8.7% 32 11.9% 54 447 466 4 57% 0 0/0
J.Wright MIN 78 51 68 57 7.5% 37 4.9% 50 442 430 0 68% 1 0/0
D.Green-Beckham TEN 77 52 90 50 1.8% 47 4.4% 67 549 544 4 48% 0 2/9
R.Cobb GB 76 53 54 61 -5.2% 60 -7.4% 129 829 941 6 61% 0 4/68
S.Johnson SD 76 54 94 49 2.1% 46 5.7% 65 497 529 3 69% 1 0/0
M.Bryant PIT 75 55 47 63 -2.4% 54 -6.2% 92 765 703 6 54% 1 2/64
J.Landry MIA 72 56 55 60 -7.0% 63 -8.4% 167 1,159 1,154 4 66% 0 1/36
T.Ginn CAR 69 57 98 48 -3.7% 57 0.3% 97 739 720 10 45% 0 1/10
C.Beasley DAL 64 58 73 56 -1.9% 53 -0.4% 75 536 581 5 69% 1 0/0
A.Wilson KC 60 59 59 59 1.4% 48 1.0% 57 451 438 2 61% 0 1/16
D.Thomas DEN 55 60 80 53 -8.8% 69 -7.0% 177 1,316 1,231 6 59% 2 4/40
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Y.Hilton IND 52 61 77 54 -7.7% 64 -5.3% 134 1,124 927 5 51% 1 1/6
J.Crowder WAS 52 62 49 62 -4.5% 59 -4.8% 78 604 587 2 76% 2 1/5
D.Harris NYG 45 63 60 58 -2.7% 55 0.4% 57 396 439 4 63% 0 2/19
A.Boldin SF 41 64 13 74 -8.0% 65 -11.2% 111 789 769 4 62% 1 2/24
T.Benjamin CLE 37 65 37 65 -8.8% 70 -8.8% 125 973 836 5 54% 1 1/6
M.Wallace MIN 36 66 16 72 -6.4% 62 -10.0% 72 473 524 2 54% 0 3/42
D.Inman SD 32 67 35 66 -6.3% 61 -5.7% 63 486 453 3 56% 2 2/32
A.Johnson IND 27 68 20 69 -8.2% 67 -9.4% 77 503 540 4 53% 0 0/0
R.White ATL 23 69 37 64 -8.5% 68 -6.0% 70 506 486 1 61% 0 1/6
K.Wright TEN 21 70 17 71 -8.1% 66 -9.0% 60 408 410 3 60% 0 1/15
B.Hartline CLE 20 71 9 75 -9.2% 71 -11.1% 77 523 511 2 60% 1 0/0
M.Floyd SD 15 72 18 70 -9.7% 72 -9.1% 69 561 436 3 43% 1 2/27
C.Shorts HOU 14 73 6 76 -10.3% 73 -11.7% 75 484 483 2 56% 1 0/0
D.Funchess CAR 9 74 32 67 -10.8% 74 -6.1% 63 474 405 5 49% 1 0/0
C.Hogan BUF 1 75 15 73 -12.4% 75 -9.3% 59 450 358 2 61% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
N.Washington HOU -3 76 23 68 -13.1% 77 -9.6% 94 658 606 4 50% 0 1/10
M.Crabtree OAK -4 77 3 77 -13.1% 76 -12.4% 146 922 915 9 58% 1 1/22
Q.Patton SF -9 78 -23 79 -14.8% 79 -18.0% 57 394 343 1 53% 0 0/0
R.Woods BUF -12 79 -3 78 -14.6% 78 -13.2% 80 552 486 3 59% 2 0/0
K.Stills MIA -22 80 -26 81 -17.2% 80 -18.0% 63 440 364 3 43% 0 0/0
H.Douglas TEN -28 81 -24 80 -17.4% 81 -16.7% 72 411 449 2 50% 0 4/69
B.LaFell NE -37 82 -44 82 -19.1% 82 -20.4% 73 515 412 0 51% 0 1/3
C.Givens BAL -69 83 -70 83 -29.5% 85 -29.7% 53 346 231 1 36% 0 0/0
E.Royal CHI -81 84 -83 84 -34.0% 87 -34.5% 50 238 189 1 74% 0 1/12
D.Bryant DAL -86 85 -88 85 -26.8% 83 -27.1% 72 401 370 3 43% 0 4/32
D.Adams GB -109 86 -132 87 -27.8% 84 -31.0% 94 495 424 1 53% 0 0/0
T.Austin STL -122 87 -122 86 -30.6% 86 -30.6% 88 484 374 5 60% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 11-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Coleman NO 113 104 17.8% 15.4% 49 454 469 2 61% 0 0/0
J.Huff PHI 89 102 13.5% 17.2% 40 312 407 3 68% 0 3/72
B.Walters JAC 87 86 11.4% 11.2% 45 368 421 1 71% 0 1/17
J.J.Nelson ARI 84 82 25.7% 24.7% 27 299 303 2 41% 0 3/49
K.Martin NE 84 75 14.9% 12.0% 37 269 372 2 65% 0 3/66
M.Mariani CHI 82 88 18.7% 21.3% 33 300 333 0 67% 0 0/0
L.Moore DET 79 69 10.1% 7.2% 43 340 397 4 67% 1 0/0
T.Montgomery GB 73 67 32.3% 28.4% 19 136 242 2 79% 0 2/66
J.Hunter TEN 70 72 16.9% 17.8% 31 264 295 1 71% 0 1/16
R.Ross WAS 63 62 45.4% 43.9% 13 184 182 1 62% 0 1/42
G.Whalen IND 54 39 13.8% 6.8% 26 205 244 1 73% 1 0/0
L.Hankerson ATL 51 57 1.1% 2.5% 46 327 380 3 57% 0 0/0
A.Dobson NE 49 46 15.1% 13.7% 21 141 214 0 62% 0 2/66
L.Murphy TB 45 45 18.1% 18.6% 18 198 184 0 56% 0 1/40
R.Grant WAS 40 31 -1.1% -3.6% 42 268 341 2 55% 0 1/17
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Conley KC 38 39 2.7% 3.0% 31 199 261 1 55% 0 1/40
J.Butler BAL 38 33 -1.5% -3.0% 44 363 331 0 70% 1 0/0
C.Johnson MIN 37 40 19.4% 21.9% 13 127 147 0 69% 0 1/34
J.Strong HOU 35 45 7.2% 12.4% 24 161 197 3 58% 0 0/0
B.Butler DAL 28 30 0.3% 1.5% 26 258 214 0 46% 0 1/9
N.Williams ATL 28 25 1.0% -0.4% 25 159 206 2 68% 0 1/6
A.Humphries TB 26 24 -4.3% -5.0% 40 260 289 1 68% 0 0/0
D.Heyward-Bey PIT 25 23 -4.6% -5.4% 39 314 293 2 54% 0 1/24
R.Cooper PHI 20 27 -6.2% -4.1% 41 327 283 2 51% 0 0/0
B.Fowler DEN 20 24 -3.4% -1.6% 25 203 205 0 64% 0 2/17
C.Latimer DEN 18 21 7.5% 10.4% 11 59 100 1 55% 0 1/36
M.Sanu CIN 16 14 -8.4% -8.8% 49 394 318 0 67% 1 0/0
P.Harvin BUF 14 24 -6.5% -2.4% 30 218 209 1 63% 1 2/67
J.Kerley NYJ 14 10 -5.3% -7.1% 26 152 174 2 62% 0 0/0
C.Meredith CHI 7 4 -6.4% -9.0% 16 120 100 0 69% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.J.Jones DET 7 -5 -7.9% -16.1% 18 132 121 1 56% 0 0/0
A.Thielen MIN 5 -5 -8.7% -16.8% 18 144 114 0 67% 0 0/0
D.Brown BAL 4 -4 -7.4% -17.6% 11 64 72 0 55% 0 0/0
D.Street DAL 2 5 -10.1% -7.3% 13 114 79 1 54% 1 0/0
M.Lee JAC -2 9 -13.3% -9.3% 32 191 203 1 47% 0 1/34
B.Bersin CAR -2 8 -15.0% -3.0% 11 119 65 0 82% 1 0/0
J.Ross BAL -3 3 -15.0% -10.0% 14 88 86 0 64% 0 0/0
J.Janis GB -4 -7 -17.0% -20.1% 12 79 72 0 17% 0 1/50
J.Norwood DEN -6 -3 -14.9% -13.9% 32 207 195 0 69% 0 0/0
J.Avant KC -6 -9 -15.7% -17.2% 24 119 151 0 63% 0 1/25
Ja.Brown ARI -7 -5 -16.2% -15.3% 23 144 150 1 48% 0 1/32
A.Holmes OAK -8 -7 -15.9% -15.4% 33 201 198 4 42% 0 0/0
C.Matthews 2TM -9 -8 -17.1% -17.0% 25 151 145 1 52% 0 0/0
M.Austin PHI -10 -6 -16.8% -15.4% 31 224 175 1 42% 0 0/0
J.Bellamy CHI -11 -12 -16.9% -17.2% 34 224 195 2 56% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Bailey STL -12 -15 -19.4% -21.1% 25 182 127 1 48% 0 0/0
J.Herndon SD -15 -15 -19.1% -18.8% 33 195 172 0 73% 0 0/0
D.Bowe CLE -22 -26 -35.2% -39.7% 13 53 47 0 38% 0 0/0
A.Roberts WAS -26 -21 -28.6% -25.1% 21 135 95 0 52% 0 0/0
DA.Thomas KC -26 -41 -26.5% -34.2% 25 133 116 1 72% 0 0/0
B.Ellington SF -27 -34 -32.8% -37.7% 19 153 70 0 68% 1 0/0
C.Owusu NYJ -28 -25 -41.1% -37.2% 13 80 39 0 46% 0 0/0
J.Abbrederis GB -29 -27 -36.2% -34.2% 16 111 58 0 56% 1 0/0
N.Agholor PHI -31 -16 -21.4% -17.1% 44 279 244 1 52% 0 2/24
P.Parker NYG -32 -31 -47.6% -47.3% 12 40 27 0 42% 0 0/0
J.Hardy ATL -32 -20 -24.8% -20.1% 36 194 169 0 58% 0 0/0
H.Nicks NYG -36 -39 -44.5% -47.3% 14 54 39 0 50% 0 0/0
W.Welker STL -37 -33 -34.7% -32.6% 22 102 81 0 59% 0 0/0
D.Jennings CLE -40 -34 -36.9% -33.6% 21 118 75 0 67% 1 0/0
A.Hawkins CLE -42 -44 -26.1% -26.7% 43 276 193 0 63% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Simpson SF -43 -59 -42.4% -53.7% 19 54 54 1 26% 0 0/0
M.White NYG -46 -43 -40.2% -38.5% 20 88 68 1 35% 0 1/18
A.Caldwell DEN -46 -42 -39.8% -37.3% 22 72 71 2 45% 0 0/0
Q.Enunwa NYJ -48 -40 -27.0% -24.7% 46 315 202 0 48% 0 0/0
G.Jennings MIA -51 -55 -31.0% -32.6% 36 208 149 1 53% 0 0/0
P.Dorsett IND -59 -49 -32.2% -29.1% 39 225 158 1 46% 0 2/22
R.Greene JAC -60 -66 -33.7% -35.7% 35 93 144 2 54% 0 1/17
B.Marquez STL -61 -60 -51.4% -50.9% 22 88 38 0 59% 0 0/0
K.Thompkins NYJ -68 -69 -38.8% -39.0% 33 165 112 0 52% 0 1/14
D.Smith NYJ -71 -62 -46.1% -41.8% 28 115 68 1 32% 0 0/0
T.Gabriel CLE -74 -95 -31.8% -37.3% 48 238 206 0 58% 1 0/0
D.Dye TB -74 -78 -45.2% -46.9% 30 135 76 1 37% 1 0/0
M.Brown BAL -92 -99 -52.2% -55.2% 30 112 53 0 47% 0 0/0
K.Mumphrey HOU -93 -89 -50.0% -48.3% 32 129 66 0 44% 0 0/0
B.Quick STL -110 -118 -56.8% -60.1% 32 102 41 0 31% 0 0/0

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 5 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards TD FUM
T.Austin STL 254 1 251 1 41.5% 8 40.7% 51 427 4 0
J.Landry MIA 86 2 88 2 62.6% 4 65.6% 17 111 1 0
L.Whitehead DAL 73 3 69 3 87.3% 2 81.8% 10 107 0 0
M.Sanu CIN 62 4 64 4 77.2% 3 81.2% 10 71 2 0
M.Bryant PIT 37 5 35 5 103.6% 1 98.6% 5 37 1 0
G.Tate DET 33 6 28 8 51.0% 6 38.6% 6 41 0 0
DA.Thomas KC 32 7 33 6 40.0% 9 43.5% 8 41 1 0
C.Brown CAR 31 8 30 7 58.3% 5 55.0% 6 38 0 0
P.Harvin BUF 27 9 26 9 47.8% 7 46.0% 5 31 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards TD FUM
R.Cobb GB 22 10 21 11 -9.2% 14 -10.7% 13 50 0 0
M.Lee JAC 19 11 22 10 24.5% 11 34.7% 5 38 0 0
A.Wilson KC 17 12 19 12 30.4% 10 40.1% 5 26 0 0
M.Jones CIN 11 13 12 13 7.4% 12 10.6% 5 33 0 0
T.Lockett SEA 11 14 8 14 -5.6% 13 -13.6% 5 20 0 0
C.Shorts HOU 8 15 -1 16 -27.3% 15 -40.1% 10 47 0 1
K.Wright TEN 2 16 2 15 -31.1% 16 -31.1% 5 17 0 0
B.Cooks NO -4 17 -6 17 -47.8% 17 -52.2% 7 18 0 0