Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 1986

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 9/14/2017

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. Please note that not all Defensive Pass Interference penalties prior to 1996 list the intended receiver.

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RECEIVING: Minimum 50 passes, 65 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Morgan NE 544 1 550 1 40.1% 1 40.7% 135 1,492 1,641 10 62% 0 0/0
M.Duper MIA 366 2 359 3 23.6% 6 22.9% 131 1,313 1,362 11 51% 0 3/70
J.Rice SF 364 3 369 2 18.6% 8 19.0% 152 1,567 1,486 15 57% 2 0/0
W.Walker NYJ 334 4 334 4 34.9% 2 34.9% 85 1,015 1,065 12 58% 3 3/107
G.Clark WAS 309 5 299 5 14.3% 14 13.5% 145 1,265 1,386 7 51% 1 6/164
B.Brennan CLE1 267 6 286 6 26.9% 4 29.7% 87 838 943 6 63% 1 1/41
M.Clayton MIA 263 7 274 7 16.2% 9 17.5% 118 1,150 1,130 10 51% 0 0/0
C.Collinsworth CIN 257 8 242 8 15.1% 12 13.6% 117 1,024 1,131 10 53% 1 5/110
E.Brown CIN 218 9 211 10 15.9% 10 14.9% 102 964 943 4 57% 0 1/19
A.Carter MIN 208 10 192 13 22.9% 7 20.2% 74 686 782 7 51% 1 2/24
S.Largent SEA 207 11 212 9 10.5% 17 11.1% 119 1,070 1,032 9 59% 3 0/0
B.Brooks IND 202 12 185 17 8.0% 21 6.3% 128 1,131 1,090 8 51% 0 2/18
E.Givins HOIL 197 13 209 11 8.5% 19 9.9% 121 1,062 1,044 3 50% 0 2/52
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
W.Stanley GB 180 14 188 15 27.6% 3 29.3% 61 723 629 2 57% 0 0/0
A.Toon NYJ 179 15 195 12 4.2% 29 5.7% 137 1,176 1,130 8 62% 3 3/46
J.Chadwick DET 176 16 178 18 8.4% 20 8.6% 106 995 940 5 50% 1 1/9
C.Burkett BUF 173 17 189 14 25.2% 5 28.8% 60 778 627 4 57% 1 0/0
D.Hill HOIL 164 18 186 16 3.6% 30 5.7% 132 1,111 1,064 5 49% 0 3/35
A.Reed BUF 156 19 166 19 7.3% 24 8.6% 96 739 867 7 55% 1 4/106
J.T.Smith STLC 155 20 143 23 2.7% 32 1.5% 137 1,014 1,048 6 58% 1 1/30
Dok.Williams LARD 143 21 164 20 8.6% 18 11.8% 88 842 756 8 49% 2 0/0
S.Watson DEN 136 22 149 22 7.5% 23 9.5% 85 699 748 3 53% 0 2/74
C.Brown ATL 132 23 110 28 2.1% 33 -0.3% 117 917 920 4 54% 1 2/30
S.Paige KC 131 24 162 21 1.7% 34 5.1% 112 829 936 11 46% 0 4/73
N.Moore MIA 129 25 132 24 13.2% 15 13.7% 61 431 597 7 62% 0 0/0
P.Epps GB 122 26 103 29 7.7% 22 4.4% 76 612 670 4 64% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Hill DAL 121 27 101 30 3.5% 31 0.8% 98 770 791 3 50% 1 5/68
Bo.Johnson NYG 120 28 117 25 15.9% 11 15.3% 58 534 518 5 53% 1 0/0
I.Fryar NE 118 29 116 26 5.6% 27 5.4% 86 737 700 6 50% 1 0/0
H.Jones MIN 107 30 99 32 14.9% 13 12.9% 54 570 473 4 52% 1 0/0
S.Robinson NYG 101 31 114 27 10.6% 16 13.5% 55 494 503 2 53% 1 2/68
M.Jackson DEN 90 32 96 33 5.2% 28 6.4% 70 742 544 1 54% 2 1/10
J.Hester LARD 89 33 93 34 5.6% 26 6.3% 62 632 529 6 37% 0 0/0
R.Green STLC 88 34 49 42 1.6% 35 -4.7% 77 517 631 6 55% 1 2/64
M.Sherrard DAL 82 35 73 36 -0.4% 37 -1.8% 90 744 663 5 46% 0 0/0
D.Clark SF 81 36 100 31 -3.1% 39 -0.9% 109 794 808 2 56% 0 1/5
J.Stallworth PIT 74 37 54 41 1.0% 36 -2.8% 66 466 550 1 52% 0 6/67
L.Thompson DET 72 38 58 40 5.8% 25 2.3% 52 320 425 5 48% 0 0/0
B.Franklin SEA 52 39 74 35 -1.3% 38 3.5% 59 547 453 2 56% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Langhorne CLE1 49 40 65 37 -3.7% 40 -0.9% 71 678 523 1 55% 1 2/12
M.Jones NO 47 41 59 39 -5.2% 43 -3.1% 80 625 574 3 60% 2 2/30
G.Carter TB 43 42 26 48 -6.7% 46 -9.1% 91 640 657 2 46% 2 6/145
K.Jackson PHI 43 43 40 44 -4.8% 42 -5.3% 73 506 502 6 41% 0 0/0
E.Martin NO 40 44 29 46 -5.9% 45 -7.7% 80 675 546 5 46% 2 1/23
V.Johnson DEN 35 45 46 43 -4.3% 41 -1.7% 52 363 394 2 60% 0 1/38
W.Chandler SD 35 46 27 47 -9.0% 50 -9.8% 123 874 815 4 46% 1 2/38
C.Joiner SD 34 47 34 45 -5.8% 44 -5.8% 63 440 454 2 54% 0 0/0
W.Gault CHI 32 48 63 38 -8.4% 48 -4.2% 96 818 656 5 44% 1 1/15
R.Brown LARM 22 49 0 53 -8.4% 47 -12.7% 64 396 455 3 39% 0 3/108
F.Dixon ATL 16 50 -8 57 -10.0% 52 -14.0% 84 617 537 2 50% 0 1/5
Tru.Johnson SD 15 51 1 52 -8.8% 49 -12.4% 56 399 342 1 54% 1 0/0
D.Turner SEA 14 52 11 49 -9.3% 51 -10.1% 52 334 355 7 35% 0 2/39
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
L.Lipps PIT 10 53 2 51 -11.3% 53 -12.4% 92 590 603 3 41% 1 1/35
K.House 2TM -1 54 -1 54 -13.0% 54 -13.0% 51 384 310 2 35% 0 0/0
W.Slaughter CLE1 -4 55 -2 55 -13.2% 55 -13.0% 82 579 495 4 49% 1 3/71
L.Lewis MIN -13 56 -25 60 -14.9% 57 -16.9% 78 600 458 2 41% 2 2/62
M.Quick PHI -21 57 -24 59 -14.6% 56 -14.9% 138 932 846 9 43% 1 0/0
H.Ellard LARM -29 58 -53 62 -17.7% 60 -21.8% 75 447 430 4 45% 1 0/0
C.Bland DET -32 59 2 50 -18.2% 62 -12.2% 77 511 429 2 57% 1 1/19
M.Bouza IND -35 60 -20 58 -16.0% 58 -14.6% 139 830 801 5 51% 0 2/31
A.Monk WAS -39 61 -53 63 -16.0% 59 -17.2% 147 1,066 879 4 50% 1 2/30
H.Marshall KC -40 62 -3 56 -17.8% 61 -13.0% 100 652 564 1 46% 0 2/30
C.Sweeney PIT -51 63 -59 64 -24.2% 64 -26.0% 57 337 284 1 37% 0 2/33
K.Ortego CHI -54 64 -38 61 -24.8% 65 -21.2% 58 430 279 2 40% 1 1/7
J.Lofton GB -111 65 -151 65 -22.8% 63 -26.5% 142 840 723 4 45% 3 1/16

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Butler SEA 105 114 26.5% 29.6% 37 351 367 4 51% 0 1/47
M.Renfro DAL 89 86 16.5% 15.5% 38 325 380 3 58% 0 1/14
R.Sanders WAS 85 79 31.9% 28.7% 25 286 282 2 56% 0 0/0
P.McConkey NYG 83 80 21.6% 20.2% 33 279 321 1 48% 0 1/33
J.Butler BUF 79 88 23.9% 28.1% 28 302 291 2 54% 0 0/0
G.Garrity PHI 77 79 47.0% 48.9% 18 227 217 0 67% 0 0/0
T.McGee CIN 64 55 16.3% 12.4% 32 276 274 1 50% 0 0/0
C.Carson KC 64 77 6.0% 10.1% 47 497 370 4 45% 1 0/0
P.Skansi SEA 61 65 14.8% 16.3% 30 271 272 0 73% 1 0/0
K.Sohn NYJ 60 58 40.0% 38.7% 13 117 180 2 62% 0 2/20
C.Jones NE 52 49 17.6% 15.6% 23 221 218 1 61% 1 1/32
S.Starring NE 50 44 8.0% 5.5% 31 295 273 2 52% 1 0/0
G.Banks DAL 45 40 8.4% 5.9% 26 202 242 0 65% 1 1/19
K.Williams ATL 33 37 11.8% 14.5% 18 164 160 1 67% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Jones ATL 32 23 13.4% 5.9% 15 141 145 0 47% 0 0/0
R.Barksdale LARD 27 33 -4.9% -3.2% 47 434 326 2 38% 1 1/21
E.Harry KC 26 33 3.0% 7.5% 23 211 172 1 39% 0 0/0
A.Allen ATL 25 32 3.1% 7.2% 21 156 169 2 48% 0 0/0
W.Thompson PIT 23 12 -5.8% -9.1% 42 191 312 5 40% 0 2/22
J.Gustafson MIN 23 26 19.5% 23.5% 10 61 92 2 50% 0 0/0
H.Harris NO 21 27 3.7% 9.0% 16 148 134 0 69% 1 1/1
D.Crawford SF 18 10 9.6% -0.5% 10 70 90 0 50% 0 0/0
R.Johnson PHI 13 12 -6.3% -6.8% 28 207 177 1 39% 0 0/0
E.Goodlow NO 12 6 -8.8% -10.7% 44 306 283 2 45% 1 0/0
S.Kreider CIN 9 6 -2.8% -6.1% 13 96 89 0 38% 0 0/0
W.Drewrey HOIL 9 4 -9.9% -11.4% 42 299 268 0 43% 0 0/0
P.Smith PHI 8 3 -2.8% -9.2% 10 99 74 0 60% 1 0/0
Da.Williams TB 5 3 -7.0% -9.4% 13 91 85 0 46% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
L.Manuel NYG -2 7 -13.7% -9.7% 31 181 187 3 35% 0 0/0
J.Jensen MIA -4 -9 -17.0% -22.1% 12 50 69 1 42% 0 0/0
M.Young LARM -4 -18 -14.6% -20.7% 30 183 181 3 50% 2 0/0
J.Pruitt MIA -12 -9 -16.8% -15.8% 38 235 215 2 39% 0 0/0
J.Teal BUF -14 -16 -26.4% -28.0% 13 60 64 1 46% 0 0/0
Mi.Wilson SF -16 -3 -23.0% -14.7% 21 104 105 1 43% 0 0/0
B.Duckworth 2TM -18 -26 -20.2% -23.3% 31 148 169 1 32% 0 1/21
L.Barnes CHI -19 -16 -33.4% -30.0% 12 54 46 0 33% 0 0/0
M.Akiu HOIL -19 -13 -34.1% -27.5% 12 67 44 0 33% 0 0/0
K.Edwards NO -19 -16 -23.4% -22.0% 24 132 116 0 42% 0 1/25
T.Smith HOIL -21 -14 -36.9% -28.6% 12 72 39 0 33% 0 0/0
P.Freeman TB -21 -11 -20.7% -16.8% 36 229 184 2 39% 0 0/0
P.Mandley DET -30 -32 -41.8% -44.0% 14 106 40 0 50% 1 0/0
C.Weathers CLE1 -30 -28 -31.3% -29.9% 22 100 88 0 41% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
E.Richardson BUF -30 -29 -55.6% -52.9% 10 49 13 0 30% 1 1/47
C.Fox STLC -32 -25 -47.4% -39.9% 11 59 28 1 45% 0 0/0
Bi.Johnson ATL -34 -42 -49.0% -57.3% 13 57 26 0 46% 0 0/0
J.Harbour IND -34 -32 -59.3% -56.3% 10 46 9 0 40% 0 0/0
Troy Johnson STLC -37 -33 -26.4% -24.9% 38 203 165 0 37% 0 2/37
De.Williams NE -37 -39 -58.9% -61.3% 10 35 11 0 20% 0 0/0
W.Capers IND -43 -44 -36.3% -36.8% 25 118 84 0 36% 0 1/12
B.Rhymes MIN -47 -44 -72.5% -69.7% 10 25 -5 0 30% 0 0/0
V.Heflin TB -61 -59 -65.2% -63.8% 15 42 4 0 20% 0 0/0
C.Sampson DEN -62 -61 -34.5% -34.2% 41 259 138 0 51% 1 0/0
T.Moffett LARD -68 -69 -55.7% -56.3% 20 77 28 0 30% 0 0/0
S.Miller NYG -72 -62 -43.2% -39.1% 33 144 86 2 27% 0 0/0
D.Gentry CHI -77 -72 -34.0% -32.3% 47 238 181 0 40% 0 0/0

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 5 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards TD FUM
E.Givins HOIL 96 1 99 1 149.3% 1 156.0% 9 148 1 0
J.Rice SF 68 2 63 3 87.8% 3 79.1% 10 72 1 0
D.Gentry CHI 63 3 70 2 63.9% 4 74.5% 11 103 1 0
W.Gault CHI 60 4 60 4 142.5% 2 140.8% 8 79 0 0
F.Dixon ATL 33 5 36 5 16.2% 5 20.3% 11 67 0 0
E.Brown CIN 15 6 12 6 9.5% 6 1.1% 8 32 0 0
V.Johnson DEN 4 7 4 7 -18.2% 7 -19.6% 5 15 0 0
Bi.Johnson ATL -5 8 -8 8 -57.6% 8 -68.2% 6 25 0 0
T.Fowler DAL -43 9 -47 9 -107.3% 9 -112.3% 6 5 0 1