Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2014

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 3/29/2015

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.

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 554 1 525 1 25.7% 10 23.7% 181 1,697 1,992 13 71% 1 5/97
J.Nelson GB 482 2 487 3 26.8% 8 27.2% 151 1,519 1,708 13 65% 0 6/129
E.Sanders DEN 481 3 457 4 29.6% 4 27.5% 141 1,404 1,637 9 72% 1 3/58
R.Cobb GB 479 4 501 2 35.7% 1 37.8% 127 1,287 1,514 12 72% 1 1/44
D.Bryant DAL 430 5 456 5 27.0% 5 29.4% 137 1,320 1,519 16 64% 0 4/72
O.Beckham NYG 396 6 429 6 25.8% 9 28.9% 130 1,305 1,423 12 70% 0 4/71
J.Jones ATL 356 7 353 7 16.2% 15 16.0% 163 1,593 1,530 6 64% 2 0/0
D.Thomas DEN 317 8 282 12 9.2% 29 6.9% 184 1,619 1,646 11 60% 0 4/51
T.Smith BAL 310 9 304 8 26.8% 7 25.9% 92 767 1,099 11 53% 0 11/229
D.Jackson WAS 306 10 300 10 27.0% 6 26.2% 95 1,171 1,080 6 60% 0 5/88
T.Y.Hilton IND 303 11 283 11 16.5% 14 14.6% 131 1,348 1,292 7 63% 3 1/25
K.Stills NO 285 12 301 9 30.3% 3 32.6% 84 931 962 3 75% 1 1/11
A.Jeffery CHI 278 13 266 13 11.1% 22 10.0% 145 1,133 1,364 11 59% 0 4/125
M.Floyd SD 252 14 245 16 23.1% 12 22.1% 91 856 945 6 57% 0 3/66
D.Hopkins HOU 237 15 223 21 10.3% 23 8.9% 127 1,210 1,189 6 60% 2 2/26
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Johnson DET 231 16 253 14 10.2% 24 12.3% 128 1,077 1,165 8 55% 0 3/30
M.Evans TB 222 17 234 20 11.4% 21 12.7% 123 1,051 1,078 12 55% 0 2/48
J.Maclin PHI 222 18 245 15 7.4% 30 9.5% 143 1,318 1,227 10 59% 0 0/0
A.Boldin SF 222 19 240 18 9.3% 28 11.1% 131 1,062 1,150 5 63% 0 1/19
M.Wallace MIA 221 20 216 22 11.8% 19 11.2% 115 864 1,063 10 58% 1 4/77
T.Williams DAL 220 21 239 19 30.6% 2 34.4% 65 621 738 8 57% 0 2/66
G.Tate DET 214 22 244 17 6.7% 31 9.3% 144 1,333 1,217 4 69% 1 1/31
M.Colston NO 201 23 211 24 13.0% 16 14.3% 99 902 935 5 60% 1 1/24
E.Decker NYJ 199 24 176 25 9.4% 27 6.8% 115 962 1,029 5 64% 0 1/6
J.Matthews PHI 194 25 214 23 11.6% 20 14.1% 103 872 937 8 65% 0 1/40
E.Royal SD 183 26 159 28 12.8% 17 9.5% 91 779 854 7 68% 1 1/23
B.LaFell NE 174 27 158 29 5.7% 33 3.9% 119 953 1,032 7 62% 1 3/38
K.Britt STL 163 28 161 27 12.4% 18 12.0% 84 748 772 3 57% 0 2/52
A.J.Green CIN 158 29 161 26 4.1% 38 4.4% 116 1,041 1,001 6 59% 2 3/36
S.Johnson SF 139 30 140 31 23.4% 11 23.8% 50 435 518 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 137 31 102 38 0.2% 42 -3.1% 133 974 1,069 4 69% 2 3/59
D.Baldwin SEA 137 32 140 32 5.5% 34 5.9% 99 833 814 3 68% 0 1/44
G.Jennings MIN 125 33 148 30 5.0% 36 8.2% 92 744 764 7 64% 1 0/0
B.Cooks NO 124 34 125 35 9.7% 26 9.9% 69 550 634 3 77% 0 1/34
M.Austin CLE 120 35 127 34 10.1% 25 11.3% 72 568 607 2 65% 0 0/0
C.Beasley DAL 117 36 134 33 16.7% 13 21.1% 49 420 497 4 76% 2 1/26
R.White ATL 113 37 115 36 -1.3% 46 -1.1% 125 923 977 7 64% 3 1/20
H.Douglas ATL 108 38 102 37 5.9% 32 4.8% 74 556 635 2 69% 0 2/22
J.Landry MIA 102 39 86 42 -0.8% 45 -2.7% 112 760 854 5 75% 3 1/25
M.Sanu CIN 99 40 91 40 0.1% 43 -0.9% 98 790 780 5 57% 0 1/13
N.Washington TEN 97 41 94 39 5.3% 35 4.6% 72 647 585 2 56% 0 0/0
W.Welker DEN 86 42 76 46 4.4% 37 2.4% 64 464 538 2 77% 0 1/9
M.Wheaton PIT 84 43 69 48 -0.2% 44 -2.4% 86 654 673 2 62% 0 1/10
M.Floyd ARI 81 44 81 45 -1.9% 47 -2.0% 100 846 737 6 48% 3 3/87
S.Smith BAL 79 45 57 50 -5.4% 53 -7.4% 134 1,068 998 6 59% 2 3/54
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Marshall CHI 78 46 82 44 -3.3% 48 -2.8% 106 721 788 8 58% 1 0/0
B.Hartline MIA 77 47 73 47 2.6% 40 1.8% 63 485 524 2 62% 0 1/6
S.Watkins BUF 71 48 48 56 -5.7% 54 -7.9% 128 982 928 6 51% 1 0/0
P.Parker NYG 70 49 82 43 3.2% 39 5.8% 56 418 466 2 64% 0 1/17
K.Wright TEN 67 50 48 57 -3.3% 49 -6.0% 93 715 679 6 61% 1 0/0
J.Wright MIN 64 51 86 41 0.7% 41 5.3% 62 588 485 2 68% 0 0/0
D.Bowe KC 62 52 57 51 -4.4% 52 -5.1% 95 754 698 0 63% 2 0/0
J.Cotchery CAR 55 53 49 54 -3.7% 50 -4.7% 78 571 578 1 62% 0 1/5
L.Fitzgerald ARI 54 54 58 49 -5.8% 55 -5.4% 104 785 721 2 61% 1 2/19
K.Allen SD 43 55 29 61 -8.0% 57 -9.5% 122 805 809 4 64% 1 0/0
A.Holmes OAK 42 56 22 64 -7.2% 56 -9.8% 98 693 689 4 48% 0 4/55
D.Hester ATL 38 57 48 55 -4.3% 51 -1.9% 59 504 423 2 64% 1 0/0
R.Randle NYG 34 58 54 52 -9.3% 62 -7.3% 127 938 870 3 56% 0 0/0
M.Crabtree SF 24 59 50 53 -9.9% 63 -6.8% 108 702 730 4 64% 0 4/88
C.Hogan BUF 21 60 10 67 -8.1% 58 -10.5% 61 433 402 4 67% 1 1/5
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Gabriel CLE 21 61 19 65 -9.0% 60 -9.2% 74 633 492 1 51% 0 1/19
J.Kearse SEA 19 62 22 63 -9.1% 61 -8.5% 69 537 472 1 55% 0 1/36
D.Adams GB 19 63 28 62 -9.0% 59 -7.2% 66 446 452 3 58% 0 0/0
R.Woods BUF 11 64 12 66 -11.4% 65 -11.3% 104 699 695 5 63% 1 1/11
A.Hawkins CLE 11 65 29 60 -11.4% 66 -9.3% 113 829 714 2 57% 0 0/0
A.Robinson JAC 10 66 9 68 -11.1% 64 -11.3% 81 548 533 2 59% 0 2/14
K.Benjamin CAR 9 67 33 58 -11.8% 67 -9.7% 145 1,010 930 9 50% 1 2/17
V.Jackson TB 4 68 30 59 -12.3% 68 -9.9% 142 1,002 896 2 49% 1 2/33
Jo.Brown ARI 1 69 -5 73 -12.5% 69 -13.3% 103 696 643 5 47% 0 3/96
H.Nicks IND 0 70 3 69 -12.7% 70 -12.2% 68 405 446 4 56% 0 4/75
R.Wayne IND -3 71 -9 74 -13.0% 71 -13.6% 116 797 739 2 56% 1 2/31
J.Hunter TEN -4 72 -22 77 -13.4% 72 -16.8% 67 498 420 3 42% 0 1/29
A.Roberts WAS -9 73 -27 78 -14.2% 73 -17.2% 73 453 476 2 49% 1 1/14
L.Murphy TB -11 74 -3 72 -15.3% 77 -13.3% 56 380 321 2 55% 1 0/0
A.Hurns JAC -13 75 -16 75 -14.4% 74 -14.9% 97 677 568 6 53% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
P.Garcon WAS -15 76 0 71 -14.6% 75 -12.7% 105 752 632 3 65% 0 0/0
C.Johnson MIN -16 77 2 70 -16.2% 78 -12.2% 59 475 339 2 53% 1 0/0
J.Avant 2TM -18 78 -29 79 -16.5% 79 -18.8% 62 353 354 1 55% 0 0/0
J.Jones OAK -18 79 -45 81 -14.7% 76 -17.8% 112 666 692 6 65% 2 1/16
R.Cooper PHI -38 80 -20 76 -17.8% 80 -15.4% 95 577 548 3 58% 1 2/76
M.Lee JAC -41 81 -37 80 -20.3% 82 -19.5% 68 422 377 1 54% 0 1/7
J.Kerley NYJ -51 82 -67 85 -21.2% 83 -24.0% 75 409 409 1 51% 0 2/35
P.Harvin 2TM -55 83 -65 84 -21.4% 84 -23.1% 78 483 426 1 65% 1 0/0
B.Gibson MIA -56 84 -59 83 -27.3% 86 -28.1% 51 295 231 1 57% 2 0/0
C.Patterson MIN -64 85 -46 82 -25.0% 85 -21.4% 67 384 329 1 49% 0 2/41
A.Johnson HOU -86 86 -81 86 -19.8% 81 -19.3% 147 939 854 3 58% 3 5/54
C.Shorts JAC -183 87 -187 87 -33.7% 87 -34.2% 110 557 437 1 48% 1 1/23

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Bryant PIT 137 129 22.9% 20.8% 49 549 515 8 53% 0 0/0
B.Quick STL 115 119 24.5% 25.7% 39 375 420 3 64% 0 1/16
K.Aiken BAL 106 100 29.7% 27.2% 32 267 361 3 75% 0 0/0
S.Bailey STL 103 98 16.8% 15.3% 46 435 436 1 65% 0 0/0
R.Lockette SEA 66 65 50.4% 48.9% 15 195 183 2 73% 0 0/0
M.Brown BAL 61 59 13.9% 12.9% 31 255 277 0 77% 0 0/0
C.Brown CAR 59 67 7.7% 10.4% 36 296 324 2 58% 0 2/38
A.Wilson KC 57 56 14.8% 14.3% 28 260 253 0 57% 0 1/6
N.Toon NO 52 61 15.7% 20.5% 23 215 227 1 74% 1 0/0
E.Weems ATL 50 54 41.5% 46.5% 11 102 148 2 91% 0 0/0
D.Inman SD 49 42 24.0% 19.0% 17 158 182 0 71% 0 1/12
D.Moncrief IND 47 61 -0.2% 3.5% 49 444 374 3 65% 0 0/0
A.Thielen MIN 43 44 31.3% 32.4% 13 137 142 1 62% 0 0/0
B.Butler OAK 42 24 1.9% -4.5% 36 280 298 2 58% 0 0/0
B.Bersin CAR 42 39 13.0% 11.5% 20 151 194 1 65% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Tate CIN 42 46 8.5% 10.7% 26 193 221 1 65% 0 0/0
J.Ross DET 34 41 0.2% 2.8% 35 314 266 1 69% 1 0/0
Ja.Brown ARI 27 28 -2.0% -1.2% 32 231 241 2 69% 1 0/0
K.Norwood SEA 25 31 19.4% 27.3% 10 102 98 0 90% 0 0/0
Tav.Austin STL 24 13 -5.8% -8.8% 44 242 315 0 70% 0 2/56
L.Moore PIT 20 16 -2.8% -4.8% 26 198 195 2 54% 0 0/0
S.Moss WAS 15 16 1.4% 1.7% 15 116 112 0 67% 0 0/0
R.Streater OAK 15 18 2.0% 4.4% 13 84 107 1 69% 0 0/0
V.Cruz NYG 13 21 -9.0% -6.6% 41 337 297 1 56% 0 2/47
B.Lloyd SF 12 -5 -8.1% -14.7% 35 294 233 1 40% 0 0/0
J.Jones BAL 11 -1 -4.1% -13.2% 18 131 125 0 50% 0 0/0
B.Ellington SF 11 4 -1.5% -8.2% 12 62 94 2 50% 0 0/0
A.Pettis STL 10 18 -6.0% 0.2% 18 118 131 1 67% 0 0/0
T.Benjamin CLE 9 5 -10.2% -11.1% 46 314 296 3 39% 0 0/0
D.Harris DAL 8 8 -2.3% -2.2% 11 108 73 0 55% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Fuller DET 8 23 -9.5% -3.2% 31 221 206 1 45% 1 2/55
B.Tyms NE 6 5 -5.6% -6.4% 11 82 76 1 45% 0 0/0
J.Morgan NO 1 4 -11.5% -7.8% 10 92 62 0 40% 0 0/0
D.Hagan TEN 0 -6 -12.5% -15.0% 34 254 202 1 56% 0 0/0
C.Givens STL 0 -4 -12.9% -15.6% 20 159 123 1 55% 0 0/0
J.Jernigan NYG -2 -8 -15.4% -22.2% 9 40 66 0 67% 0 2/19
R.Herron TB -3 -3 -15.5% -16.3% 12 58 69 1 50% 0 0/0
R.Matthews MIA -3 -15 -14.5% -20.8% 23 138 144 2 57% 1 1/20
S.Holmes CHI -4 -6 -16.6% -18.4% 14 67 84 0 57% 0 0/0
T.Ginn ARI -6 -4 -15.5% -14.8% 26 190 160 0 54% 0 1/15
A.J.Jenkins KC -7 -9 -19.0% -20.7% 15 93 81 0 60% 0 0/0
P.Richardson SEA -8 -1 -15.2% -13.0% 44 271 264 1 66% 0 0/0
G.Little CIN -11 -13 -24.9% -26.7% 12 69 57 0 50% 0 0/0
B.Walters SEA -12 -19 -27.2% -35.4% 11 57 51 0 55% 0 0/0
R.Meachem NO -12 -13 -20.2% -20.5% 20 114 114 0 35% 0 1/32
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Salas NYJ -13 -15 -20.1% -21.3% 23 167 121 0 35% 0 0/0
D.Avery KC -13 -12 -19.4% -18.9% 26 176 140 0 58% 1 0/0
J.Hemingway KC -14 -16 -21.2% -22.3% 21 108 117 0 57% 0 0/0
V.Brown OAK -15 -16 -22.5% -23.3% 21 118 101 0 57% 0 0/0
D.Amendola NE -16 -14 -17.7% -17.0% 42 200 235 1 64% 0 2/54
K.Martin HOU -16 -13 -30.4% -27.6% 12 78 50 0 50% 0 0/0
S.Ajirotutu SD -17 -22 -32.2% -38.0% 12 45 45 0 33% 0 0/0
D.Sanzenbacher CIN -23 -18 -31.7% -27.5% 15 105 64 0 60% 1 0/0
M.Williams BUF -26 -25 -30.7% -30.3% 19 142 78 1 42% 0 0/0
J.Wright CIN -27 -23 -34.6% -31.4% 16 91 59 0 31% 0 0/0
J.Morgan CHI -27 -27 -30.4% -30.1% 19 70 84 1 53% 0 0/0
R.Grant WAS -27 -18 -37.3% -29.0% 15 68 50 0 47% 0 0/0
K.Durham TEN -28 -26 -46.1% -44.0% 11 54 27 0 55% 0 0/0
F.Hammond KC -29 -27 -46.7% -44.4% 11 45 27 0 36% 0 0/0
M.Wilson CHI -31 -34 -25.0% -26.1% 32 140 159 1 53% 0 1/26
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Gordon CLE -35 -38 -22.7% -23.4% 47 303 236 0 51% 0 0/0
A.Caldwell DEN -37 -44 -44.8% -50.6% 15 47 39 0 33% 0 0/0
J.Boykin GB -38 -37 -49.9% -48.9% 12 23 27 0 25% 0 1/34
D.Johnson HOU -39 -46 -23.5% -25.3% 49 331 237 1 63% 1 0/0
M.Brown JAC -43 -36 -50.4% -44.0% 15 88 29 0 47% 1 0/0
D.Archer PIT -45 -47 -74.0% -75.8% 10 23 -7 0 70% 0 0/0
J.Huff PHI -49 -51 -48.9% -50.5% 18 98 37 0 44% 1 0/0
Ju.Brown PIT -54 -58 -45.0% -47.2% 21 94 56 0 57% 1 0/0
DA.Thomas KC -55 -44 -34.9% -30.3% 32 173 121 1 75% 0 0/0
K.Thompkins 2TM -56 -66 -28.4% -31.3% 47 262 207 0 45% 0 0/0
D.Moore OAK -57 -54 -39.4% -37.8% 27 115 89 0 44% 0 1/31
D.Nelson NYJ -76 -71 -74.4% -70.8% 16 70 -12 0 50% 2 0/0

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 5 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
Tav.Austin STL 175 1 168 1 46.7% 9 43.4% 10 36 224 2 0
P.Harvin 2TM 138 2 137 2 34.9% 11 34.5% 11 33 202 1 0
J.Edelman NE 80 3 80 3 95.5% 4 95.0% 4 10 94 0 0
DA.Thomas KC 66 4 61 6 62.3% 6 54.8% 7 13 96 0 0
C.Brown CAR 63 5 65 4 169.6% 2 176.5% 1 8 95 0 0
J.Kerley NYJ 62 6 62 5 174.8% 1 174.1% 2 5 88 0 0
C.Patterson MIN 53 7 51 8 47.6% 8 44.2% 9 10 117 1 0
B.Cooks NO 53 8 54 7 55.3% 7 57.6% 6 7 73 1 0
J.Wright MIN 41 9 39 9 126.5% 3 117.3% 3 5 71 0 0
E.Sanders DEN 31 10 32 11 43.2% 10 44.2% 8 8 44 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
B.Ellington SF 31 11 32 10 66.4% 5 69.5% 5 6 28 1 0
M.Sanu CIN 24 12 25 12 28.3% 12 29.3% 12 7 51 0 0
D.Hester ATL 20 13 18 13 6.4% 15 2.5% 15 6 36 1 0
O.Beckham NYG 19 14 16 15 17.7% 14 8.7% 14 7 35 0 0
G.Tate DET 16 15 17 14 21.1% 13 25.4% 13 5 30 0 0
R.Cobb GB 9 16 5 17 -22.6% 16 -29.5% 17 11 37 0 0
D.Archer PIT 9 17 13 16 -23.0% 17 -16.4% 16 10 40 0 0
D.Johnson HOU 0 18 2 18 -37.0% 18 -31.5% 18 5 19 0 0
A.Jeffery CHI -4 19 -4 19 -49.8% 19 -50.3% 19 6 33 0 1