Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 16

Revised as of 12/23/2014

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, 85 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Brown PIT 511 1 502 1 25.4% 10 24.8% 168 1,569 1,846 12 73% 1 5/97
E.Sanders DEN 457 2 429 4 30.5% 4 27.9% 132 1,331 1,535 9 72% 1 2/22
J.Nelson GB 450 3 460 2 26.3% 7 27.3% 143 1,433 1,602 13 64% 0 5/128
R.Cobb GB 419 4 442 3 31.4% 3 33.8% 122 1,207 1,392 10 71% 1 1/44
D.Bryant DAL 404 5 422 5 26.2% 8 28.0% 130 1,221 1,442 14 65% 0 4/72
O.Beckham NYG 389 6 416 6 31.9% 2 35.0% 109 1,120 1,285 11 72% 0 4/71
J.Jones ATL 350 7 341 7 17.1% 14 16.4% 155 1,535 1,470 6 65% 2 0/0
D.Thomas DEN 346 8 301 9 13.7% 17 10.3% 167 1,504 1,577 11 62% 0 4/51
T.Y.Hilton IND 324 9 303 8 19.3% 13 17.3% 128 1,348 1,303 7 64% 3 1/25
T.Smith BAL 280 10 280 10 25.7% 9 25.6% 85 684 1,009 10 53% 0 11/229
D.Jackson WAS 278 11 269 12 25.0% 11 23.7% 91 1,083 1,013 5 59% 0 5/88
K.Stills NO 271 12 278 11 32.6% 1 33.8% 76 849 887 3 76% 1 1/11
A.Jeffery CHI 269 13 254 13 11.1% 22 9.8% 140 1,099 1,316 10 59% 0 4/125
D.Hopkins HOU 267 14 252 15 14.4% 15 12.9% 121 1,205 1,196 6 61% 2 2/26
M.Floyd SD 261 15 252 14 27.4% 6 26.0% 84 827 915 6 58% 0 3/66
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Johnson DET 233 16 251 16 12.5% 19 14.4% 117 1,038 1,099 6 57% 0 3/30
M.Wallace MIA 223 17 219 20 12.1% 21 11.7% 114 864 1,062 10 59% 1 4/77
J.Maclin PHI 221 18 245 17 8.3% 31 10.5% 137 1,269 1,188 10 60% 0 0/0
A.Boldin SF 207 19 233 19 9.0% 28 11.8% 122 981 1,083 4 66% 0 1/19
G.Tate DET 203 20 235 18 6.4% 32 9.4% 138 1,288 1,165 4 70% 1 1/31
T.Williams DAL 199 21 210 21 30.2% 5 32.6% 60 553 672 8 57% 0 1/40
M.Colston NO 198 22 206 22 14.4% 16 15.4% 92 851 888 4 62% 1 1/24
A.J.Green CIN 186 23 183 24 9.5% 25 9.1% 103 959 956 6 59% 1 3/36
M.Evans TB 185 24 198 23 8.5% 30 9.9% 117 997 983 11 54% 0 2/48
E.Royal SD 166 25 144 27 13.0% 18 9.5% 83 684 773 7 70% 1 1/23
J.Matthews PHI 160 26 179 25 9.5% 26 12.1% 93 767 824 7 63% 0 1/40
B.LaFell NE 155 27 141 28 4.5% 36 2.9% 113 883 966 7 62% 1 3/38
K.Britt STL 152 28 154 26 12.1% 20 12.4% 79 710 723 3 56% 0 2/52
J.Landry MIA 145 29 126 32 5.6% 33 3.3% 103 705 860 5 77% 1 1/25
S.Johnson SF 137 30 139 29 23.0% 12 23.5% 50 435 516 3 70% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Edelman NE 136 31 100 38 0.1% 42 -3.3% 133 974 1,066 4 69% 2 3/59
D.Baldwin SEA 128 32 129 31 5.3% 34 5.4% 94 782 772 3 67% 0 1/44
B.Cooks NO 124 33 124 34 9.7% 24 9.8% 69 550 634 3 77% 0 1/34
R.White ATL 118 34 116 36 0.4% 41 0.2% 113 819 913 7 64% 2 1/20
M.Austin CLE 118 35 125 33 9.7% 23 11.0% 72 568 604 2 65% 0 0/0
G.Jennings MIN 117 36 135 30 4.7% 35 7.4% 87 699 720 7 64% 1 0/0
H.Douglas ATL 115 37 107 37 8.7% 29 7.3% 68 528 606 2 68% 0 2/22
N.Washington TEN 114 38 117 35 9.4% 27 9.9% 69 647 587 2 58% 0 0/0
E.Decker NYJ 111 39 87 39 1.1% 40 -1.9% 103 741 825 4 62% 0 1/6
M.Sanu CIN 85 40 80 44 -1.6% 45 -2.2% 97 774 752 5 57% 0 1/13
D.Bowe KC 85 41 82 42 -0.7% 44 -1.1% 90 724 700 0 63% 1 0/0
B.Marshall CHI 79 42 80 43 -3.1% 48 -2.9% 106 721 790 8 58% 1 0/0
M.Wheaton PIT 78 43 68 45 -0.3% 43 -1.9% 82 637 628 2 61% 0 0/0
S.Smith BAL 76 44 65 46 -5.0% 54 -6.0% 122 978 917 6 58% 1 2/46
P.Parker NYG 71 45 83 41 4.2% 37 7.2% 52 398 446 2 65% 0 1/17
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
W.Welker DEN 70 46 59 48 1.7% 38 -0.6% 62 422 501 2 76% 0 1/9
J.Wright MIN 66 47 84 40 1.6% 39 5.6% 59 565 471 2 66% 0 0/0
K.Wright TEN 65 48 51 50 -3.1% 47 -5.0% 88 706 643 5 63% 1 0/0
A.Holmes OAK 64 49 48 52 -3.7% 50 -6.1% 92 683 681 4 49% 0 4/55
S.Watkins BUF 64 50 39 54 -6.1% 55 -8.6% 123 925 884 6 50% 1 0/0
L.Fitzgerald ARI 59 51 65 47 -4.8% 52 -3.9% 99 756 689 2 62% 1 1/16
J.Cotchery CAR 56 52 47 53 -3.2% 49 -4.7% 76 555 568 1 60% 0 1/5
D.Hester ATL 42 53 49 51 -2.3% 46 -0.4% 53 472 389 2 64% 1 0/0
K.Allen SD 41 54 26 60 -8.2% 56 -9.8% 122 805 807 4 64% 1 0/0
B.Hartline MIA 36 55 30 57 -4.9% 53 -6.3% 57 391 434 2 60% 0 1/6
C.Hogan BUF 35 56 21 62 -4.7% 51 -7.9% 58 430 401 4 69% 1 1/5
K.Benjamin CAR 31 57 52 49 -9.8% 60 -7.9% 140 1,001 931 9 51% 1 2/17
D.Adams GB 22 58 27 58 -8.5% 57 -7.5% 66 446 456 3 58% 0 0/0
J.Kearse SEA 20 59 21 61 -9.0% 58 -8.7% 69 537 473 1 55% 0 1/36
T.Gabriel CLE 18 60 16 63 -9.1% 59 -9.6% 67 567 441 1 52% 0 1/19
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Hawkins CLE 14 61 37 55 -10.9% 61 -8.0% 105 791 667 2 56% 0 0/0
A.Robinson JAC 10 62 7 67 -11.1% 62 -11.5% 81 548 533 2 59% 0 2/14
M.Floyd ARI 8 63 12 66 -11.4% 63 -10.8% 87 691 549 4 45% 3 3/87
Jo.Brown ARI 6 64 4 71 -11.8% 64 -12.1% 94 645 597 5 47% 0 3/96
A.Roberts WAS 3 65 -17 74 -12.2% 65 -15.6% 70 446 474 2 50% 1 1/14
M.Crabtree SF 2 66 31 56 -12.4% 67 -8.9% 105 661 682 4 62% 0 4/88
H.Nicks IND 2 67 5 70 -12.4% 66 -11.7% 62 359 411 4 56% 0 4/75
R.Randle NYG 0 68 15 64 -12.7% 68 -11.1% 114 780 739 3 57% 0 0/0
C.Johnson MIN 0 69 13 65 -12.8% 69 -9.6% 55 453 338 2 53% 1 0/0
J.Avant 2TM -2 70 -18 75 -13.1% 71 -16.7% 58 346 356 1 57% 0 0/0
V.Jackson TB -3 71 26 59 -13.0% 70 -10.2% 140 991 871 2 49% 1 2/33
J.Hunter TEN -4 72 -23 76 -13.5% 72 -17.1% 67 498 420 3 42% 0 1/29
M.Lee JAC -5 73 6 69 -13.7% 73 -11.4% 60 414 382 1 58% 0 1/7
A.Hurns JAC -9 74 -6 73 -13.9% 74 -13.5% 93 662 549 6 53% 0 0/0
P.Garcon WAS -11 75 6 68 -14.1% 75 -11.9% 100 699 604 3 66% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
L.Murphy TB -11 76 -4 72 -15.3% 77 -13.6% 56 380 320 2 55% 1 0/0
J.Jones OAK -18 77 -43 80 -14.8% 76 -17.7% 108 649 666 6 66% 2 1/16
R.Woods BUF -24 78 -23 77 -15.7% 78 -15.6% 100 660 619 4 61% 1 1/11
R.Wayne IND -30 79 -37 78 -16.0% 79 -16.8% 113 706 679 2 56% 1 2/31
C.Patterson MIN -56 80 -40 79 -23.5% 83 -20.5% 66 384 335 1 50% 0 2/41
P.Harvin 2TM -59 81 -67 82 -22.1% 81 -23.4% 78 483 420 1 65% 1 0/0
J.Kerley NYJ -63 82 -76 83 -23.5% 82 -25.9% 73 376 377 1 51% 0 2/35
R.Cooper PHI -63 83 -48 81 -21.6% 80 -19.5% 91 540 480 3 58% 1 1/35
A.Johnson HOU -126 84 -120 84 -24.2% 84 -23.7% 132 805 698 2 57% 3 5/54
C.Shorts JAC -165 85 -173 85 -33.4% 85 -34.5% 100 510 402 1 48% 1 1/23

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 9-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Bryant PIT 127 120 22.7% 20.9% 46 528 480 7 54% 0 0/0
C.Beasley DAL 121 127 23.9% 25.6% 40 363 448 4 78% 2 1/26
B.Quick STL 114 118 24.3% 25.6% 39 375 420 3 64% 0 1/16
S.Bailey STL 93 94 15.4% 15.6% 44 418 407 1 66% 0 0/0
K.Aiken BAL 79 73 20.0% 17.6% 31 254 312 2 71% 0 0/0
A.Wilson KC 74 74 30.9% 30.8% 24 260 247 0 67% 0 0/0
R.Lockette SEA 66 65 50.6% 48.9% 15 195 183 2 73% 0 0/0
D.Moncrief IND 66 80 6.9% 11.0% 44 428 372 3 66% 0 0/0
B.Bersin CAR 52 48 21.6% 18.8% 19 151 202 1 68% 0 0/0
M.Brown BAL 50 49 9.9% 9.5% 30 238 256 0 77% 0 0/0
E.Weems ATL 49 54 41.1% 46.4% 11 102 147 2 91% 0 0/0
B.Butler OAK 48 29 4.6% -1.9% 34 274 294 2 59% 0 0/0
N.Toon NO 47 54 15.2% 19.6% 21 191 206 1 76% 1 0/0
C.Brown CAR 44 52 2.8% 5.6% 35 268 295 2 57% 0 2/38
D.Inman SD 36 29 33.7% 25.4% 9 79 115 0 78% 0 1/12
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Tate CIN 34 38 7.2% 9.7% 23 171 189 1 65% 0 0/0
C.Fuller DET 32 49 0.9% 8.4% 30 221 237 1 47% 1 2/55
Ja.Brown ARI 26 28 -2.3% -1.5% 32 231 240 2 69% 1 0/0
Tav.Austin STL 24 14 -5.4% -8.6% 42 229 304 0 69% 0 2/56
T.J.Graham NYJ 23 28 20.7% 27.8% 8 87 90 1 38% 0 1/32
S.Moss WAS 21 19 17.7% 15.1% 10 91 86 0 70% 0 0/0
L.Moore PIT 20 16 -2.9% -5.0% 26 198 195 2 54% 0 0/0
D.Hagan TEN 17 18 -4.6% -4.0% 29 238 193 1 59% 0 0/0
R.Streater OAK 16 17 2.4% 4.3% 13 84 107 1 69% 0 0/0
J.Ross DET 14 22 -7.0% -3.9% 33 281 224 1 67% 1 0/0
V.Cruz NYG 12 20 -9.1% -6.9% 41 337 296 1 56% 0 2/47
J.Jones BAL 12 -1 -3.7% -13.6% 18 131 126 0 50% 0 0/0
T.Benjamin CLE 11 11 -9.4% -9.5% 43 305 282 3 40% 0 0/0
A.Pettis STL 11 18 -5.3% -0.1% 18 118 133 1 67% 0 0/0
A.Thielen MIN 10 10 1.3% 0.8% 10 69 75 0 50% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Ellington SF 10 4 -2.6% -8.4% 12 62 92 2 50% 0 0/0
D.Harris DAL 8 8 -2.3% -2.4% 11 108 73 0 55% 0 0/0
D.Amendola NE 6 10 -10.3% -8.9% 35 176 225 1 66% 0 2/54
B.Lloyd SF 3 -13 -11.7% -17.8% 34 280 213 1 38% 0 0/0
J.Morgan NO 0 4 -12.8% -7.9% 10 92 61 0 40% 0 0/0
R.Matthews MIA -1 -12 -13.0% -19.4% 22 135 142 2 55% 1 1/20
J.Jernigan NYG -2 -8 -14.8% -22.3% 9 40 67 0 67% 0 2/19
R.Herron TB -3 -3 -15.7% -16.4% 12 58 69 1 50% 0 0/0
S.Holmes CHI -4 -7 -16.4% -18.8% 14 67 84 0 57% 0 0/0
A.J.Jenkins KC -8 -9 -19.6% -20.9% 15 93 80 0 60% 0 0/0
K.Ogletree NYG -9 -3 -25.9% -16.9% 9 50 42 0 56% 0 0/0
G.Little CIN -12 -13 -26.0% -27.1% 12 69 55 0 50% 0 0/0
T.Ginn ARI -13 -10 -19.2% -17.5% 25 184 143 0 52% 0 1/15
B.Walters SEA -13 -20 -28.5% -35.9% 11 57 49 0 55% 0 0/0
P.Richardson SEA -13 -10 -17.4% -16.2% 37 211 212 1 65% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Avery KC -14 -12 -19.5% -19.0% 26 176 140 0 58% 1 0/0
V.Brown OAK -14 -17 -22.0% -23.7% 21 118 102 0 57% 0 0/0
C.Givens STL -15 -22 -22.7% -27.4% 19 141 97 1 47% 0 0/0
J.Hemingway KC -15 -17 -21.7% -22.6% 21 108 115 0 57% 0 0/0
G.Salas NYJ -16 -15 -21.8% -21.6% 23 167 117 0 35% 0 0/0
K.Martin HOU -17 -14 -31.0% -28.0% 12 78 49 0 50% 0 0/0
K.Durham TEN -18 -12 -39.2% -30.7% 9 54 29 0 67% 0 0/0
R.Meachem NO -20 -21 -25.9% -26.5% 19 98 95 0 32% 0 1/32
M.Wilson CHI -22 -25 -22.3% -23.3% 29 122 156 1 52% 0 1/26
S.Ajirotutu SD -23 -28 -41.9% -47.9% 11 36 30 0 27% 0 0/0
R.Grant WAS -24 -15 -37.9% -28.0% 13 61 42 0 46% 0 0/0
M.Williams BUF -25 -25 -30.4% -30.5% 19 142 78 1 42% 0 0/0
D.Sanzenbacher CIN -26 -20 -35.6% -30.4% 14 98 53 0 57% 1 0/0
J.Wright CIN -27 -23 -34.9% -31.8% 16 91 59 0 31% 0 0/0
J.Morgan CHI -27 -27 -32.9% -32.8% 17 57 70 1 53% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
F.Hammond KC -30 -27 -47.4% -44.6% 11 45 26 0 36% 0 0/0
A.Caldwell DEN -31 -37 -41.3% -47.3% 14 47 42 0 36% 0 0/0
J.Boykin GB -38 -37 -49.6% -49.1% 12 23 27 0 25% 0 1/34
D.Johnson HOU -39 -49 -24.3% -27.0% 46 298 218 1 61% 1 0/0
J.Gordon CLE -41 -38 -24.1% -23.5% 47 303 228 0 51% 0 0/0
J.Huff PHI -41 -43 -47.5% -49.6% 16 92 35 0 44% 1 0/0
B.Gibson MIA -43 -49 -25.5% -27.4% 44 268 209 1 59% 2 0/0
M.Brown JAC -45 -36 -52.5% -44.4% 15 88 26 0 47% 1 0/0
K.Thompkins 2TM -50 -63 -27.5% -31.4% 45 260 201 0 44% 0 0/0
DA.Thomas KC -55 -44 -37.2% -32.3% 29 145 102 1 72% 0 0/0
Ju.Brown PIT -55 -58 -45.7% -47.5% 21 94 54 0 57% 1 0/0
D.Moore OAK -57 -54 -39.2% -38.0% 27 115 90 0 44% 0 1/31
M.Goodwin BUF -59 -62 -96.0% -100.9% 9 42 -29 0 11% 1 0/0
D.Nelson NYJ -76 -71 -75.0% -71.0% 16 70 -13 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 180 1 173 1 55.0% 6 51.4% 6 34 223 2 0
P.Harvin 2TM 136 2 137 2 34.1% 10 34.6% 10 33 202 1 0
J.Edelman NE 79 3 79 3 94.1% 3 94.7% 3 10 94 0 0
C.Patterson MIN 53 4 52 5 47.5% 8 44.7% 7 10 117 1 0
B.Cooks NO 53 5 54 4 55.1% 5 57.5% 5 7 73 1 0
DA.Thomas KC 52 6 47 6 47.6% 7 39.0% 9 12 78 0 0
J.Wright MIN 41 7 39 7 127.5% 1 118.0% 1 5 71 0 0
C.Brown CAR 36 8 37 8 110.8% 2 114.4% 2 6 54 0 0
E.Sanders DEN 32 9 32 9 45.0% 9 44.7% 8 8 44 0 0
B.Ellington SF 31 10 32 10 68.0% 4 69.9% 4 6 28 1 0
M.Sanu CIN 25 11 25 11 28.9% 11 29.7% 11 7 51 0 0
D.Hester ATL 20 12 18 12 6.5% 15 2.6% 15 6 36 1 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
O.Beckham NYG 19 13 16 14 18.1% 13 8.8% 13 7 35 0 0
G.Tate DET 16 14 17 13 22.0% 12 25.9% 12 5 30 0 0
D.Archer PIT 12 15 16 15 -16.6% 18 -9.0% 17 9 41 0 0
M.Wheaton PIT 10 16 9 16 5.8% 16 2.4% 16 4 19 0 0
D.Moncrief IND 9 17 8 17 12.0% 14 7.6% 14 4 17 0 0
A.Brown PIT 5 18 2 18 -12.9% 17 -26.5% 18 4 13 0 0
R.Cobb GB 5 19 2 19 -29.6% 19 -34.8% 20 10 31 0 0
D.Johnson HOU 0 20 2 20 -37.1% 20 -31.4% 19 5 19 0 0
D.Jackson WAS -1 21 -1 21 -43.3% 21 -42.0% 21 4 7 0 0
A.Jeffery CHI -4 22 -4 22 -49.4% 22 -50.2% 22 6 33 0 1
M.Wallace MIA -20 23 -18 23 -130.2% 23 -120.6% 23 4 15 0 1