Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 12

Revised as of 11/25/2014

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 48 passes, 72 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Cobb GB 364 1 366 1 46.7% 1 46.9% 79 837 1,038 10 73% 1 1/44
E.Sanders DEN 356 2 338 3 29.4% 4 27.4% 105 1,079 1,212 7 72% 1 2/22
J.Nelson GB 334 3 330 4 26.3% 6 25.8% 106 1,066 1,191 9 64% 0 5/128
A.Brown PIT 324 4 349 2 20.5% 11 22.9% 123 1,160 1,276 9 72% 1 4/73
D.Thomas DEN 317 5 299 5 19.9% 12 18.2% 124 1,192 1,258 9 66% 0 3/50
T.Y.Hilton IND 278 6 264 6 24.6% 8 22.7% 96 1,085 1,018 4 66% 2 1/25
D.Bryant DAL 246 7 242 8 16.9% 16 16.4% 103 879 1,041 10 61% 0 4/72
O.Beckham NYG 238 8 225 11 38.4% 3 35.6% 59 609 730 5 69% 0 2/31
M.Floyd SD 228 9 227 10 40.3% 2 40.2% 55 604 686 4 65% 0 3/66
T.Smith BAL 223 10 201 12 28.9% 5 24.7% 62 544 767 6 52% 0 8/161
A.Boldin SF 223 11 246 7 17.2% 15 20.3% 95 825 936 4 68% 0 1/19
D.Jackson WAS 211 12 194 13 24.3% 9 21.4% 71 858 774 4 59% 0 3/50
M.Evans TB 204 13 242 9 20.7% 10 26.9% 82 841 795 8 60% 0 1/10
D.Hopkins HOU 194 14 181 15 17.3% 14 15.3% 81 803 815 4 63% 1 1/14
G.Tate DET 170 15 193 14 8.6% 24 11.4% 106 1,049 902 3 68% 1 1/31
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Maclin PHI 160 16 177 16 6.2% 28 8.2% 109 980 928 9 58% 0 0/0
K.Stills NO 157 17 153 20 25.9% 7 25.0% 51 529 563 2 76% 1 1/11
A.J.Green CIN 155 18 155 19 16.0% 18 16.0% 65 629 669 4 63% 1 3/36
B.LaFell NE 152 19 134 23 11.6% 22 8.7% 79 674 736 5 61% 0 2/21
J.Matthews PHI 150 20 159 18 12.5% 21 14.0% 77 635 708 6 65% 0 1/40
A.Jeffery CHI 149 21 164 17 7.0% 27 9.0% 94 783 839 5 62% 0 3/96
M.Colston NO 147 22 141 21 16.1% 17 15.0% 63 618 633 2 60% 1 1/24
L.Fitzgerald ARI 138 23 139 22 14.2% 19 14.5% 69 659 616 2 67% 1 1/16
R.White ATL 126 24 114 27 4.8% 30 3.2% 89 662 771 5 63% 1 1/20
J.Landry MIA 120 25 106 30 10.8% 23 8.0% 66 450 593 5 74% 2 0/0
T.Williams DAL 117 26 127 25 17.6% 13 20.0% 50 444 489 6 56% 0 0/0
J.Jones ATL 116 27 130 24 0.5% 34 2.1% 118 980 891 4 61% 2 0/0
S.Smith BAL 114 28 96 32 2.9% 31 0.6% 90 820 761 5 59% 1 1/28
B.Cooks NO 112 29 118 26 7.5% 25 8.6% 69 550 616 3 77% 0 1/34
E.Royal SD 104 30 100 31 13.9% 20 12.8% 52 451 471 5 65% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Wallace MIA 97 31 106 29 1.4% 32 2.7% 87 594 707 7 55% 1 2/45
J.Edelman NE 96 32 63 41 -0.9% 38 -5.0% 101 697 808 2 69% 1 3/59
M.Austin CLE 92 33 110 28 7.4% 26 11.3% 63 482 510 2 63% 0 0/0
S.Watkins BUF 84 34 74 35 -0.8% 37 -2.2% 89 684 698 5 54% 0 0/0
M.Sanu CIN 81 35 94 33 -0.8% 36 1.0% 86 719 678 5 57% 0 1/13
C.Johnson DET 77 36 63 39 0.4% 35 -1.9% 74 578 591 3 51% 0 2/15
K.Britt STL 73 37 72 36 5.2% 29 4.9% 53 477 442 3 51% 0 1/24
K.Benjamin CAR 70 38 86 34 -3.5% 44 -1.3% 98 769 722 8 53% 1 2/17
E.Decker NYJ 69 39 51 46 -1.1% 41 -4.2% 76 513 587 4 62% 0 0/0
T.Gabriel CLE 62 40 58 43 1.4% 33 0.5% 58 548 449 1 53% 0 1/19
Jo.Brown ARI 60 41 57 44 -2.0% 43 -2.4% 71 529 542 5 52% 0 3/96
A.Holmes OAK 58 42 39 48 -0.9% 39 -4.8% 63 474 485 4 51% 0 3/46
D.Bowe KC 58 43 63 40 -1.8% 42 -0.9% 67 551 520 0 66% 1 0/0
B.Marshall CHI 56 44 71 37 -4.8% 47 -2.6% 91 618 662 8 57% 1 0/0
A.Hurns JAC 52 45 31 51 -1.1% 40 -5.8% 60 488 442 5 52% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Jennings MIN 43 46 62 42 -4.2% 46 -0.4% 66 501 472 4 61% 0 0/0
D.Baldwin SEA 38 47 53 45 -5.1% 48 -2.1% 66 491 463 2 70% 0 0/0
B.Hartline MIA 34 48 35 49 -4.1% 45 -3.9% 49 371 375 1 63% 0 0/0
A.Robinson JAC 32 49 5 57 -7.6% 51 -11.9% 81 548 567 2 59% 0 2/14
P.Garcon WAS 32 50 33 50 -6.4% 49 -6.4% 68 498 471 3 68% 0 0/0
M.Wheaton PIT 26 51 25 52 -7.3% 50 -7.6% 62 452 433 2 58% 0 0/0
A.Hawkins CLE 25 52 67 38 -8.9% 54 -2.6% 87 694 579 2 57% 0 0/0
M.Crabtree SF 25 53 42 47 -8.9% 53 -6.2% 83 567 573 4 58% 0 3/67
K.Allen SD 23 54 19 54 -9.4% 55 -10.0% 96 663 617 2 65% 1 0/0
J.Cotchery CAR 21 55 22 53 -8.1% 52 -7.9% 59 433 406 0 56% 0 1/5
R.Wayne IND 8 56 11 55 -11.6% 56 -11.1% 90 623 579 2 57% 0 0/0
J.Hunter TEN 5 57 -22 60 -11.6% 57 -17.0% 64 480 414 3 42% 0 1/29
K.Wright TEN 0 58 -26 63 -12.7% 58 -17.2% 74 501 459 4 59% 1 0/0
J.Jones OAK -1 59 -12 59 -12.8% 59 -14.5% 82 545 529 4 66% 2 1/16
J.Kearse SEA -2 60 6 56 -13.1% 60 -11.0% 50 380 319 1 52% 0 1/36
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Floyd ARI -16 61 -9 58 -16.2% 61 -14.7% 59 457 335 4 44% 2 1/15
H.Nicks IND -16 62 -22 61 -16.9% 62 -18.5% 47 243 285 3 51% 0 3/65
A.Roberts WAS -21 63 -36 64 -17.0% 63 -20.3% 57 294 354 2 49% 1 1/14
A.Johnson HOU -40 64 -57 68 -17.3% 64 -19.3% 104 667 642 1 56% 2 5/54
R.Cooper PHI -49 65 -44 67 -22.2% 68 -21.1% 68 425 351 1 57% 1 1/35
R.Woods BUF -53 66 -43 66 -21.5% 65 -19.8% 75 479 410 3 60% 1 0/0
C.Shorts JAC -55 67 -81 71 -23.4% 69 -28.4% 64 381 337 1 53% 1 1/23
C.Patterson MIN -58 68 -39 65 -24.7% 70 -20.8% 61 350 304 1 49% 0 2/41
J.Kerley NYJ -72 69 -77 70 -27.9% 71 -29.0% 60 303 278 1 52% 0 0/0
V.Jackson TB -73 70 -22 62 -22.0% 66 -15.5% 103 678 532 2 47% 1 1/9
R.Randle NYG -74 71 -75 69 -22.1% 67 -22.3% 97 557 525 2 55% 0 0/0
P.Harvin 2TM -89 72 -86 72 -32.0% 72 -31.4% 58 309 244 0 69% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 7-47 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Johnson SF 148 153 33.3% 34.9% 42 407 481 3 76% 0 0/0
B.Quick STL 115 116 24.6% 25.0% 39 375 421 3 64% 0 1/16
M.Bryant PIT 103 100 32.9% 31.4% 29 321 338 6 55% 0 0/0
C.Beasley DAL 80 77 27.2% 26.0% 23 209 280 1 78% 1 1/26
H.Douglas ATL 61 50 10.5% 6.4% 32 223 305 1 66% 0 2/22
C.Hogan BUF 60 50 11.9% 7.7% 34 319 284 2 79% 1 0/0
R.Lockette SEA 59 59 58.3% 57.9% 12 171 156 2 67% 0 0/0
B.Butler OAK 58 45 15.9% 9.2% 25 224 252 2 60% 0 0/0
B.Bersin CAR 54 44 30.2% 22.4% 16 128 182 1 69% 0 0/0
D.Adams GB 54 54 2.9% 3.1% 43 296 358 3 65% 0 0/0
P.Parker NYG 52 56 5.2% 6.3% 36 288 316 1 64% 0 1/17
N.Washington TEN 50 41 2.4% -0.4% 44 410 346 1 55% 0 0/0
C.Brown CAR 49 49 21.8% 22.3% 17 160 186 1 71% 0 1/29
D.Moncrief IND 44 49 7.1% 9.5% 29 256 247 1 72% 0 0/0
S.Bailey STL 44 39 12.0% 9.3% 23 175 210 1 65% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Hagan TEN 43 41 80.5% 75.4% 7 90 101 1 86% 0 0/0
L.Moore PIT 42 40 20.5% 19.4% 17 156 163 2 65% 0 0/0
T.Benjamin CLE 38 47 2.7% 6.1% 33 269 259 3 45% 0 0/0
K.Aiken BAL 31 22 9.0% 2.9% 18 138 164 1 72% 0 0/0
B.Tate CIN 31 42 8.0% 15.6% 20 159 167 1 70% 0 0/0
W.Welker DEN 29 22 -4.8% -6.8% 47 282 344 2 72% 0 0/0
D.Harris DAL 28 26 38.8% 33.9% 8 108 87 0 75% 0 0/0
B.Lloyd SF 27 18 1.2% -3.6% 26 262 201 1 42% 0 0/0
D.Amendola NE 27 21 5.6% 2.0% 19 95 158 1 58% 0 2/54
L.Murphy TB 26 32 -5.0% -3.5% 46 355 319 2 59% 1 0/0
M.Brown BAL 25 23 10.9% 9.4% 14 107 122 0 79% 0 0/0
V.Cruz NYG 25 17 -5.5% -7.6% 41 337 315 1 56% 0 2/47
Tav.Austin STL 22 12 -2.7% -7.1% 29 175 210 0 76% 0 1/30
E.Weems ATL 21 27 25.8% 35.2% 7 85 77 0 86% 0 0/0
D.Hester ATL 20 33 -5.3% -0.3% 38 352 250 1 68% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Washington NYG 19 17 20.2% 17.0% 7 48 74 1 57% 0 0/0
B.Ellington SF 16 12 12.0% 5.5% 8 54 75 1 63% 0 0/0
C.Fuller DET 15 37 -5.0% 6.0% 26 200 185 1 50% 1 1/9
R.Streater OAK 13 17 -0.3% 3.5% 13 84 103 1 69% 0 0/0
D.Avery KC 11 6 -6.4% -9.5% 24 156 164 0 58% 0 0/0
R.Matthews MIA 10 3 -5.3% -10.6% 16 106 121 2 56% 1 1/20
R.Herron TB 9 13 0.3% 5.5% 9 58 71 1 67% 0 0/0
J.Ross DET 9 22 -8.3% -2.1% 28 239 182 1 71% 1 0/0
A.Pettis STL 9 18 -6.5% -0.3% 18 118 130 1 67% 0 0/0
T.Ginn ARI 8 6 -5.3% -7.7% 14 111 103 0 50% 0 1/15
D.Johnson HOU 8 -3 -9.5% -13.9% 35 239 217 1 60% 0 0/0
J.Morgan CHI 8 10 -3.2% -0.7% 10 47 77 1 60% 0 0/0
J.Jernigan NYG 1 -9 -11.1% -23.2% 9 40 72 0 67% 0 2/19
A.Thielen MIN 0 3 -12.9% -8.7% 9 57 53 0 44% 0 0/0
M.Lee JAC -8 -11 -16.2% -17.5% 29 193 178 0 55% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Holmes CHI -12 -9 -23.4% -20.5% 14 67 73 0 57% 0 0/0
A.J.Jenkins KC -13 -10 -24.1% -21.7% 15 93 72 0 60% 0 0/0
V.Brown OAK -14 -20 -27.0% -33.0% 14 72 59 0 57% 0 0/0
J.Gordon CLE -16 -3 -24.8% -15.2% 16 120 81 0 50% 0 0/0
G.Little CIN -16 -14 -32.0% -30.1% 11 63 43 0 45% 0 0/0
Ja.Brown ARI -16 -13 -23.8% -22.0% 18 102 93 1 67% 1 0/0
R.Grant WAS -17 -9 -35.6% -24.4% 10 57 36 0 50% 0 0/0
G.Salas NYJ -20 -17 -24.0% -22.8% 23 167 111 0 35% 0 0/0
J.Hemingway KC -20 -17 -24.4% -22.9% 21 108 109 0 57% 0 0/0
A.Caldwell DEN -21 -31 -33.8% -43.6% 13 47 50 0 38% 0 0/0
K.Martin HOU -21 -24 -48.7% -52.7% 8 34 17 0 50% 0 0/0
DA.Thomas KC -23 -13 -30.1% -22.4% 16 82 72 1 69% 0 0/0
J.Jones BAL -23 -36 -36.1% -49.9% 13 50 45 0 31% 0 0/0
B.Walters SEA -23 -28 -42.2% -48.1% 10 44 29 0 50% 0 0/0
M.Wilson CHI -23 -21 -52.7% -47.8% 7 21 13 0 43% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Meachem NO -24 -23 -30.5% -29.7% 17 85 74 0 29% 0 1/32
J.Boykin GB -25 -24 -45.2% -42.8% 9 17 26 0 22% 0 1/34
M.Williams BUF -26 -26 -30.9% -30.8% 19 142 77 1 42% 0 0/0
F.Hammond KC -27 -27 -51.7% -50.7% 9 38 17 0 33% 0 0/0
B.Gibson MIA -30 -34 -26.0% -27.6% 29 165 139 1 62% 2 0/0
D.Sanzenbacher CIN -31 -19 -45.1% -32.7% 12 87 32 0 58% 1 0/0
K.Thompkins 2TM -32 -39 -28.3% -31.8% 26 142 117 0 50% 0 0/0
C.Johnson MIN -33 -17 -27.4% -20.4% 30 199 132 1 50% 0 0/0
J.Avant CAR -34 -50 -24.3% -29.5% 40 201 189 1 53% 0 0/0
C.Givens STL -36 -44 -40.3% -47.0% 17 94 52 0 47% 0 0/0
M.Brown JAC -38 -36 -45.8% -44.8% 15 88 37 0 47% 1 0/0
J.Wright CIN -42 -44 -63.3% -65.1% 11 32 6 0 18% 0 0/0
J.Wright MIN -43 -23 -25.5% -19.4% 43 315 208 0 60% 0 0/0
P.Richardson SEA -48 -40 -43.8% -38.8% 21 96 55 0 62% 0 0/0
D.Archer PIT -50 -50 -96.1% -97.3% 8 4 -25 0 63% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Huff PHI -52 -56 -62.9% -65.9% 14 48 8 0 43% 1 0/0
Ju.Brown PIT -63 -60 -50.3% -48.6% 21 94 43 0 57% 1 0/0
D.Moore OAK -63 -56 -42.4% -39.1% 27 115 80 0 44% 0 1/31
D.Nelson NYJ -75 -72 -73.6% -71.7% 16 70 -10 0 50% 2 0/0

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 3 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
P.Harvin 2TM 110 1 109 1 47.4% 10 46.7% 11 22 161 1 0
Tav.Austin STL 97 2 96 2 34.9% 12 33.9% 12 23 120 1 0
J.Edelman NE 70 3 69 3 108.6% 3 105.7% 3 8 84 0 0
C.Patterson MIN 56 4 54 4 72.3% 6 68.7% 7 8 113 1 0
B.Cooks NO 54 5 54 5 56.5% 9 56.8% 8 7 73 1 0
DA.Thomas KC 48 6 43 6 96.3% 4 83.6% 5 7 65 0 0
D.Hester ATL 29 7 28 7 111.3% 2 108.4% 2 4 32 1 0
C.Brown CAR 27 8 26 8 199.0% 1 187.5% 1 3 33 0 0
E.Sanders DEN 21 9 22 10 24.3% 14 25.8% 14 7 31 0 0
D.Archer PIT 20 10 23 9 9.6% 15 17.1% 15 8 41 0 0
M.Sanu CIN 19 11 19 11 29.7% 13 30.2% 13 5 41 0 0
K.Wright TEN 17 12 18 12 82.7% 5 87.3% 4 3 44 0 0
G.Tate DET 16 13 17 13 68.4% 7 69.8% 6 3 25 0 0
O.Beckham NYG 15 14 14 14 63.3% 8 52.6% 9 3 22 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
B.Tate CIN 13 15 14 15 45.6% 11 50.9% 10 3 21 0 0
M.Wheaton PIT 10 16 9 16 7.8% 16 2.5% 16 4 19 0 0
D.Moncrief IND 5 17 4 17 -2.4% 17 -9.1% 17 3 11 0 0
A.Brown PIT 4 18 2 20 -17.0% 18 -26.4% 20 4 13 0 0
T.Benjamin CLE 3 19 3 19 -26.1% 21 -28.4% 21 3 11 0 0
E.Royal SD 3 20 2 22 -21.7% 19 -28.7% 22 3 14 0 0
D.Johnson HOU 3 21 3 18 -23.5% 20 -20.3% 18 3 14 0 0
B.Ellington SF 2 22 2 21 -29.8% 22 -26.2% 19 3 16 0 0
R.Cobb GB -2 23 -4 24 -46.2% 23 -55.6% 24 4 9 0 0
D.Harris DAL -3 24 -3 23 -58.6% 25 -56.2% 25 3 6 0 0
A.Jeffery CHI -3 25 -4 25 -48.8% 24 -50.2% 23 6 33 0 1
D.Jackson WAS -9 26 -10 26 -94.5% 26 -97.8% 26 3 -2 0 0
M.Wallace MIA -15 27 -15 27 -133.2% 27 -128.3% 27 3 15 0 1
Jo.Brown ARI -18 28 -18 28 -146.6% 28 -147.7% 28 3 -6 0 0