Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 15

Revised as of 12/16/2014

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.

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, 84 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Brown PIT 471 1 471 1 24.8% 7 24.8% 159 1,497 1,719 11 72% 1 4/73
E.Sanders DEN 405 2 381 4 27.8% 6 25.4% 125 1,261 1,413 7 71% 1 2/22
R.Cobb GB 399 3 411 2 35.0% 2 36.4% 108 1,076 1,270 10 70% 1 1/44
J.Nelson GB 383 4 384 3 22.9% 10 23.0% 134 1,320 1,444 12 62% 0 5/128
O.Beckham NYG 358 5 380 5 33.1% 4 35.9% 97 972 1,167 9 73% 0 4/71
D.Bryant DAL 349 6 370 6 22.3% 11 24.4% 125 1,148 1,327 13 63% 0 4/72
D.Hopkins HOU 329 7 305 7 24.6% 8 21.8% 109 1,167 1,205 6 63% 1 2/26
D.Thomas DEN 325 8 296 10 14.6% 17 12.2% 153 1,389 1,450 11 63% 0 3/50
T.Y.Hilton IND 323 9 302 9 19.2% 14 17.1% 128 1,348 1,301 7 64% 3 1/25
J.Jones ATL 314 10 302 8 15.6% 16 14.6% 147 1,428 1,366 6 63% 2 0/0
T.Smith BAL 280 11 280 11 31.0% 5 31.0% 73 625 936 8 55% 0 11/229
M.Floyd SD 272 12 264 12 35.1% 1 33.7% 74 777 865 5 61% 0 3/66
K.Stills NO 256 13 260 13 35.0% 3 35.8% 68 781 814 3 76% 1 1/11
A.Jeffery CHI 247 14 255 14 11.8% 22 12.5% 125 1,027 1,189 9 62% 0 4/125
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Jackson WAS 231 15 217 19 21.0% 12 19.1% 85 957 897 5 59% 0 4/78
C.Johnson DET 219 16 225 18 13.8% 18 14.7% 105 935 994 6 58% 0 2/15
G.Tate DET 215 17 238 15 9.3% 29 11.7% 128 1,226 1,113 4 71% 1 1/31
A.Boldin SF 213 18 233 16 11.5% 23 13.8% 113 920 1,030 4 65% 0 1/19
J.Maclin PHI 209 19 230 17 8.0% 31 10.0% 131 1,207 1,132 10 60% 0 0/0
A.J.Green CIN 205 20 208 20 12.7% 19 13.1% 99 959 960 6 62% 1 3/36
M.Colston NO 186 21 190 22 15.8% 15 16.5% 82 771 804 4 62% 1 1/24
M.Evans TB 182 22 199 21 9.3% 28 11.3% 110 948 939 11 54% 0 2/48
B.LaFell NE 157 23 137 27 6.2% 33 3.9% 103 819 908 7 61% 1 3/38
M.Wallace MIA 157 24 160 25 5.6% 34 5.9% 109 806 931 8 57% 1 3/62
J.Matthews PHI 151 25 162 24 9.3% 27 10.9% 88 709 781 7 64% 0 1/40
T.Williams DAL 150 26 164 23 20.8% 13 23.7% 58 501 588 6 55% 0 1/40
J.Landry MIA 146 27 137 28 7.6% 32 6.3% 94 674 802 5 76% 3 1/25
J.Edelman NE 140 28 100 38 0.5% 41 -3.3% 133 974 1,072 4 69% 2 3/59
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Johnson SF 138 29 140 26 23.2% 9 23.7% 50 435 517 3 70% 0 0/0
E.Royal SD 136 30 121 32 12.0% 21 9.2% 71 590 650 6 68% 1 1/23
R.White ATL 126 31 122 31 2.4% 39 1.9% 104 764 867 7 63% 2 1/20
H.Douglas ATL 124 32 111 36 12.6% 20 10.0% 61 481 584 2 69% 0 2/22
B.Cooks NO 123 33 123 30 9.5% 26 9.6% 69 550 632 3 77% 0 1/34
E.Decker NYJ 119 34 92 40 2.6% 38 -0.9% 99 720 812 4 63% 0 1/6
K.Britt STL 117 35 118 33 9.8% 25 10.0% 68 607 599 3 51% 0 2/52
M.Austin CLE 116 36 127 29 9.2% 30 11.3% 72 568 601 2 65% 0 0/0
N.Washington TEN 115 37 117 34 10.7% 24 11.0% 66 629 571 2 58% 0 0/0
S.Smith BAL 110 38 91 41 -0.5% 44 -2.5% 110 929 894 6 60% 1 2/46
D.Baldwin SEA 102 39 112 35 3.5% 36 5.1% 83 669 664 3 67% 0 1/44
L.Fitzgerald ARI 89 40 98 39 0.9% 40 2.3% 88 723 659 2 65% 1 1/16
G.Jennings MIN 84 41 102 37 0.1% 42 2.9% 84 643 657 6 63% 1 0/0
D.Bowe KC 80 42 73 46 -0.2% 43 -1.3% 82 667 638 0 62% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Sanu CIN 79 43 80 43 -2.2% 46 -2.1% 95 758 731 5 57% 0 1/13
B.Marshall CHI 77 44 80 44 -3.3% 48 -3.0% 106 721 787 8 58% 1 0/0
M.Wheaton PIT 63 45 57 47 -2.3% 47 -3.3% 79 610 590 2 61% 0 0/0
C.Hogan BUF 63 46 44 50 4.5% 35 -0.7% 49 387 388 4 76% 1 1/5
P.Parker NYG 63 47 75 45 2.9% 37 6.1% 49 366 420 2 63% 0 1/17
K.Wright TEN 59 48 36 54 -3.4% 50 -7.1% 83 633 605 5 61% 1 0/0
K.Benjamin CAR 51 49 85 42 -7.5% 57 -4.2% 128 953 886 9 52% 1 2/17
W.Welker DEN 50 50 44 49 -1.7% 45 -3.0% 58 392 445 2 74% 0 1/9
A.Holmes OAK 49 51 32 57 -5.5% 53 -8.0% 86 610 626 4 49% 0 4/55
S.Watkins BUF 47 52 20 62 -7.6% 58 -10.5% 116 850 817 5 51% 1 0/0
B.Hartline MIA 43 53 36 53 -3.4% 49 -4.7% 56 391 437 2 61% 0 1/6
K.Allen SD 42 54 26 60 -8.1% 59 -9.8% 122 805 808 4 64% 1 0/0
D.Hester ATL 35 55 43 52 -3.4% 51 -1.4% 50 447 361 2 64% 1 0/0
T.Gabriel CLE 34 56 29 59 -5.8% 54 -6.8% 65 566 452 1 52% 0 1/19
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Wright MIN 32 57 50 48 -5.4% 52 -1.3% 56 527 400 1 64% 0 0/0
J.Cotchery CAR 31 58 33 56 -7.1% 56 -6.8% 71 509 501 1 58% 0 1/5
D.Adams GB 30 59 31 58 -6.5% 55 -6.4% 62 429 444 3 58% 0 0/0
A.Robinson JAC 19 60 7 66 -9.7% 60 -11.5% 81 548 546 2 59% 0 2/14
A.Hawkins CLE 17 61 43 51 -10.5% 62 -7.1% 101 763 647 2 57% 0 0/0
A.Hurns JAC 14 62 12 65 -10.5% 63 -10.9% 87 636 549 6 53% 0 0/0
J.Kearse SEA 12 63 15 64 -10.3% 61 -9.8% 68 529 455 1 54% 0 1/36
M.Crabtree SF 9 64 34 55 -11.6% 64 -8.5% 103 652 680 4 61% 0 4/88
M.Floyd ARI 5 65 16 63 -11.8% 65 -10.0% 79 650 489 4 47% 3 2/51
Jo.Brown ARI 1 66 7 67 -12.5% 66 -11.6% 86 591 545 5 48% 0 3/96
H.Nicks IND 0 67 1 68 -12.6% 67 -12.5% 51 287 334 4 51% 0 3/65
A.Roberts WAS -1 68 -20 72 -12.8% 68 -16.2% 68 432 458 2 50% 1 1/14
J.Jones OAK -2 69 -26 75 -12.9% 69 -15.9% 103 646 655 5 68% 2 1/16
J.Hunter TEN -3 70 -24 73 -13.2% 70 -17.2% 67 498 422 3 42% 0 1/29
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Avant 2TM -11 71 -27 76 -15.3% 72 -19.6% 53 309 307 1 55% 0 0/0
L.Murphy TB -11 72 -4 69 -15.4% 73 -13.7% 56 380 320 2 55% 1 0/0
V.Jackson TB -15 73 22 61 -14.1% 71 -10.6% 134 931 818 2 49% 1 2/33
M.Lee JAC -21 74 -13 70 -17.7% 77 -15.8% 54 349 317 1 57% 0 0/0
R.Woods BUF -24 75 -25 74 -15.9% 74 -16.0% 91 608 565 3 59% 1 1/11
P.Garcon WAS -26 76 -17 71 -16.3% 75 -15.1% 95 638 549 3 65% 0 0/0
R.Wayne IND -34 77 -35 77 -16.7% 76 -16.8% 108 683 636 2 56% 1 1/9
P.Harvin 2TM -61 78 -73 80 -23.2% 80 -25.1% 73 439 385 1 64% 1 0/0
C.Patterson MIN -65 79 -49 78 -25.5% 81 -22.4% 65 366 315 1 49% 0 2/41
J.Kerley NYJ -70 80 -83 83 -25.7% 82 -28.1% 67 322 332 1 51% 0 2/35
A.Johnson HOU -73 81 -80 81 -20.2% 78 -20.8% 119 740 685 2 58% 3 5/54
R.Randle NYG -82 82 -67 79 -22.1% 79 -20.4% 108 648 581 2 55% 0 0/0
R.Cooper PHI -93 83 -83 82 -26.8% 83 -25.3% 84 487 395 1 57% 1 1/35
C.Shorts JAC -141 84 -151 84 -31.8% 84 -33.1% 93 495 393 1 49% 1 1/23

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 9-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Quick STL 114 117 24.4% 25.4% 39 375 420 3 64% 0 1/16
M.Bryant PIT 112 106 20.0% 18.3% 44 484 444 7 55% 0 0/0
C.Beasley DAL 109 115 22.6% 24.4% 37 334 414 3 78% 2 1/26
S.Bailey STL 107 108 23.6% 24.0% 39 396 398 1 69% 0 0/0
K.Aiken BAL 89 80 25.8% 21.6% 30 254 321 2 73% 0 0/0
D.Moncrief IND 76 87 11.4% 14.7% 41 423 370 3 66% 0 0/0
R.Lockette SEA 70 69 63.9% 63.2% 13 190 178 2 69% 0 0/0
M.Brown BAL 65 71 22.9% 26.1% 25 228 245 0 88% 0 0/0
B.Butler OAK 57 43 9.3% 3.7% 32 274 297 2 63% 0 0/0
N.Toon NO 47 50 25.0% 27.6% 15 147 170 1 87% 1 0/0
B.Bersin CAR 45 40 18.7% 15.2% 18 137 185 1 67% 0 0/0
A.Wilson KC 44 41 26.3% 24.0% 17 173 156 0 65% 0 0/0
E.Weems ATL 37 41 31.4% 37.3% 10 99 121 1 90% 0 0/0
C.Brown CAR 33 43 0.5% 4.3% 32 246 253 2 56% 0 1/29
Ja.Brown ARI 29 36 -0.1% 2.6% 30 225 235 2 70% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Benjamin CLE 28 24 -3.6% -5.1% 41 305 295 3 41% 0 0/0
C.Fuller DET 27 42 0.3% 7.0% 28 221 213 1 50% 1 1/9
S.Moss WAS 27 24 31.5% 26.4% 9 91 91 0 78% 0 0/0
B.Tate CIN 23 31 1.3% 6.5% 22 159 166 1 64% 0 0/0
T.J.Graham NYJ 22 28 20.0% 27.8% 8 87 89 1 38% 0 1/32
L.Moore PIT 20 16 -2.9% -5.0% 26 198 195 2 54% 0 0/0
D.Hagan TEN 19 17 -0.7% -1.5% 22 191 154 1 64% 0 0/0
R.Streater OAK 13 17 0.2% 4.2% 13 84 104 1 69% 0 0/0
D.Harris DAL 13 14 5.9% 7.9% 10 108 75 0 60% 0 0/0
V.Cruz NYG 11 19 -9.5% -7.0% 41 337 294 1 56% 0 2/47
A.Pettis STL 10 18 -5.9% 0.2% 18 118 131 1 67% 0 0/0
J.Ross DET 8 16 -9.4% -5.9% 32 270 208 1 66% 1 0/0
Tav.Austin STL 6 0 -10.7% -12.8% 40 214 258 0 70% 0 1/30
D.Amendola NE 3 0 -10.8% -12.5% 24 113 151 1 63% 0 2/54
J.Jones BAL 3 -13 -10.1% -23.5% 16 103 103 0 44% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Lloyd SF 3 -13 -11.5% -17.5% 34 280 214 1 38% 0 0/0
A.Thielen MIN 2 3 -9.7% -8.2% 9 57 56 0 44% 0 0/0
J.Morgan NO -2 3 -14.7% -8.1% 10 92 58 0 40% 0 0/0
R.Herron TB -2 -3 -14.9% -16.3% 12 58 70 1 50% 0 0/0
T.Ginn ARI -2 4 -13.9% -10.5% 23 184 146 0 57% 0 1/15
J.Jernigan NYG -3 -8 -15.7% -22.4% 9 40 66 0 67% 0 2/19
R.Matthews MIA -3 -12 -14.3% -19.6% 22 135 138 2 55% 1 1/20
S.Holmes CHI -5 -7 -17.1% -19.0% 14 67 83 0 57% 0 0/0
C.Johnson MIN -6 12 -14.3% -9.3% 49 415 292 2 53% 1 0/0
K.Ogletree NYG -8 -3 -24.7% -16.5% 9 50 43 0 56% 0 0/0
A.J.Jenkins KC -9 -9 -20.5% -21.1% 15 93 78 0 60% 0 0/0
D.Johnson HOU -11 -25 -16.3% -21.1% 40 271 223 1 60% 1 0/0
V.Brown OAK -12 -17 -20.9% -23.7% 21 118 104 0 57% 0 0/0
D.Avery KC -13 -13 -19.2% -19.3% 26 176 141 0 58% 1 0/0
G.Little CIN -14 -13 -28.5% -26.8% 12 69 52 0 50% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Hemingway KC -15 -16 -21.3% -22.3% 21 108 116 0 57% 0 0/0
K.Martin HOU -16 -13 -30.0% -27.6% 12 78 50 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Morgan CHI -16 -15 -26.4% -24.9% 15 55 73 1 47% 0 0/0
G.Salas NYJ -17 -15 -22.4% -21.6% 23 167 115 0 35% 0 0/0
P.Richardson SEA -17 -15 -20.3% -19.2% 30 159 159 1 63% 0 0/0
F.Hammond KC -22 -21 -41.2% -39.3% 10 45 31 0 40% 0 0/0
R.Grant WAS -23 -14 -37.2% -27.3% 13 61 43 0 46% 0 0/0
B.Walters SEA -24 -27 -42.9% -47.3% 10 44 29 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Gordon CLE -24 -28 -20.4% -21.9% 40 258 213 0 50% 0 0/0
D.Sanzenbacher CIN -26 -19 -40.1% -32.2% 12 87 40 0 58% 1 0/0
M.Williams BUF -27 -25 -31.7% -30.5% 19 142 75 1 42% 0 0/0
J.Wright CIN -27 -23 -35.3% -31.6% 16 91 58 0 31% 0 0/0
A.Caldwell DEN -29 -37 -39.3% -47.3% 14 47 45 0 36% 0 0/0
R.Meachem NO -30 -31 -33.4% -34.0% 18 85 73 0 28% 0 1/32
M.Wilson CHI -30 -26 -31.0% -28.5% 19 56 89 1 42% 0 1/26
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Boykin GB -31 -31 -45.2% -45.4% 11 23 32 0 27% 0 1/34
J.Huff PHI -42 -43 -48.6% -49.6% 16 92 33 0 44% 1 0/0
M.Brown JAC -43 -36 -50.9% -44.5% 15 88 28 0 47% 1 0/0
DA.Thomas KC -45 -37 -38.7% -34.1% 22 98 74 1 68% 0 0/0
C.Givens STL -46 -52 -45.7% -50.1% 18 94 45 0 44% 0 0/0
B.Gibson MIA -49 -51 -29.2% -29.8% 39 218 168 1 62% 2 0/0
Ju.Brown PIT -57 -58 -46.6% -47.7% 21 94 52 0 57% 1 0/0
M.Goodwin BUF -58 -62 -95.5% -100.9% 9 42 -29 0 11% 1 0/0
D.Moore OAK -58 -54 -40.0% -38.1% 27 115 88 0 44% 0 1/31
K.Thompkins 2TM -73 -85 -38.0% -42.5% 38 170 126 0 39% 0 0/0
D.Nelson NYJ -77 -71 -75.8% -71.0% 16 70 -14 0 50% 2 0/0

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 4 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
Tav.Austin STL 169 1 160 1 56.1% 6 50.7% 7 31 198 2 0
P.Harvin 2TM 140 2 141 2 39.5% 9 39.9% 9 31 201 1 0
J.Edelman NE 79 3 79 3 94.9% 2 94.1% 2 10 94 0 0
C.Patterson MIN 62 4 59 4 74.5% 4 68.6% 4 9 119 1 0
DA.Thomas KC 61 5 56 5 70.0% 5 61.2% 5 11 84 0 0
B.Cooks NO 53 6 54 6 54.4% 7 57.2% 6 7 73 1 0
C.Brown CAR 38 7 37 7 126.5% 1 125.2% 1 5 54 0 0
E.Sanders DEN 32 8 32 8 44.6% 8 44.2% 8 8 44 0 0
M.Sanu CIN 24 9 25 9 28.2% 10 29.3% 10 7 51 0 0
J.Wright MIN 24 10 22 10 83.1% 3 72.4% 3 4 44 0 0
D.Hester ATL 19 11 18 11 4.8% 15 2.2% 14 6 36 1 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
O.Beckham NYG 18 12 16 13 13.6% 12 8.8% 12 6 35 0 0
G.Tate DET 16 13 17 12 21.3% 11 25.7% 11 5 30 0 0
D.Archer PIT 11 14 16 14 -17.5% 17 -9.1% 16 9 41 0 0
M.Wheaton PIT 10 15 9 15 4.9% 14 2.0% 15 4 19 0 0
D.Moncrief IND 9 16 8 16 13.5% 13 7.1% 13 4 17 0 0
R.Cobb GB 5 17 2 19 -28.7% 18 -35.1% 19 10 31 0 0
A.Brown PIT 5 18 2 17 -11.6% 16 -26.4% 17 4 13 0 0
D.Johnson HOU 1 19 2 18 -35.5% 19 -31.2% 18 5 19 0 0
D.Jackson WAS -1 20 -1 20 -44.1% 20 -42.3% 20 4 7 0 0
A.Jeffery CHI -4 21 -4 21 -50.9% 21 -50.7% 21 6 33 0 1
M.Wallace MIA -21 22 -18 22 -130.9% 22 -121.1% 22 4 15 0 1