Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 1989

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 9/1/2013

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, 73 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Rice SF 563 1 590 1 45.1% 2 47.8% 129 1,483 1,626 17 64% 0 1/8
St.Sharpe GB 425 2 419 3 25.5% 5 25.0% 145 1,423 1,534 12 62% 1 2/63
J.Taylor SF 409 3 421 2 56.3% 1 58.3% 75 1,077 1,085 10 80% 1 0/0
F.Anderson LARM 341 4 328 5 38.4% 3 36.5% 86 1,146 1,042 5 51% 0 4/123
H.Ellard LARM 340 5 343 4 21.0% 6 21.4% 134 1,382 1,322 8 52% 0 2/44
Dr.Hill HOIL 306 6 300 7 25.8% 4 25.0% 104 938 1,099 8 63% 1 1/36
Ti.McGee CIN 302 7 314 6 17.4% 8 18.6% 127 1,212 1,263 8 51% 0 6/156
A.Monk WAS 281 8 281 8 13.6% 17 13.7% 136 1,190 1,284 8 63% 2 2/41
V.Johnson DEN 250 9 238 12 13.8% 16 12.5% 122 1,095 1,140 7 62% 0 1/4
M.Carrier TB 249 10 280 9 8.5% 23 11.1% 153 1,422 1,326 9 56% 1 3/45
E.Martin NO 243 11 254 11 14.6% 14 15.9% 113 1,090 1,082 8 60% 1 3/28
R.Johnson DET 241 12 259 10 16.3% 11 18.5% 109 1,091 1,032 8 64% 2 0/0
A.Reed BUF 214 13 211 14 5.1% 30 4.9% 152 1,313 1,295 9 58% 4 2/49
J.T.Smith PHX 205 14 227 13 17.6% 7 20.9% 88 777 854 5 70% 0 1/11
R.Sanders WAS 197 15 185 18 5.0% 31 3.9% 139 1,138 1,202 4 58% 0 1/35
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Toon NYJ 194 16 187 17 17.3% 9 16.2% 87 693 814 2 72% 0 0/0
L.Lipps PIT 194 17 194 15 12.4% 19 12.4% 97 944 916 5 52% 1 3/72
A.Miller SD 191 18 188 16 4.3% 33 4.1% 148 1,252 1,197 10 51% 0 0/0
W.Slaughter CLE1 190 19 185 19 7.4% 24 6.9% 120 1,236 1,049 6 54% 2 3/76
Br.Blades SEA 189 20 141 28 6.0% 27 1.2% 133 1,063 1,104 5 58% 3 1/19
G.Clark WAS 187 21 172 21 3.7% 35 2.4% 148 1,229 1,205 9 53% 1 1/14
J.Townsell NYJ 177 22 171 23 16.5% 10 15.5% 82 787 755 5 55% 0 0/0
M.Fernandez LARD 168 23 172 22 5.8% 28 6.4% 116 1,069 984 9 49% 3 4/41
A.Carter MIN 159 24 179 20 3.9% 34 6.0% 126 1,066 1,015 4 52% 0 0/0
M.Haynes ATL 150 25 161 24 15.0% 13 17.0% 68 681 662 4 59% 0 2/26
C.Duncan HOIL 149 26 133 31 15.4% 12 12.4% 70 613 651 5 61% 1 2/23
E.Brown CIN 147 27 141 27 7.3% 25 6.5% 95 814 816 6 55% 0 0/0
M.Clayton MIA 147 28 143 26 2.8% 38 2.5% 122 1,011 988 9 52% 1 1/15
S.Paige KC 137 29 136 30 12.8% 18 12.8% 69 759 638 2 64% 3 0/0
L.Hill NO 134 30 146 25 10.9% 20 13.0% 74 636 660 4 65% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
E.Givins HOIL 127 31 113 36 2.3% 40 0.6% 105 804 876 3 52% 0 2/28
R.Clark DET 124 32 137 29 8.6% 22 10.9% 78 748 656 2 53% 2 2/50
S.Collins ATL 124 33 133 32 2.4% 39 3.5% 107 862 850 3 54% 0 1/33
B.Brooks IND 118 34 116 33 0.6% 41 0.3% 112 918 899 4 56% 1 2/14
L.Manuel NYG 114 35 113 35 14.4% 15 14.2% 58 539 511 1 57% 0 0/0
H.Jeffires HOIL 114 36 89 37 6.2% 26 2.1% 79 619 657 2 59% 0 2/47
P.Skansi SEA 109 37 85 40 8.8% 21 4.1% 68 488 573 5 57% 0 0/0
E.Jones PHX 108 38 114 34 4.6% 32 5.5% 85 838 669 3 53% 2 1/16
C.Carter PHI 87 39 88 38 -0.1% 42 0.0% 88 605 693 11 51% 1 1/2
P.Mandley KC 84 40 86 39 5.8% 29 6.4% 59 474 492 1 59% 0 0/0
J.Jensen MIA 78 41 85 41 -1.3% 44 -0.3% 90 558 673 6 68% 0 0/0
E.Harry KC 75 42 63 44 3.6% 36 1.1% 59 430 487 2 56% 1 1/27
W.Gault LARD 72 43 72 42 -0.4% 43 -0.4% 76 690 585 4 37% 0 3/100
H.L.Dykes NE 70 44 63 45 -4.1% 45 -5.0% 106 795 772 5 46% 2 2/39
W.Davis CHI 65 45 66 43 3.1% 37 3.1% 55 398 435 3 47% 0 1/38
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Martin DAL 52 46 59 46 -4.7% 47 -3.6% 85 644 610 2 54% 0 0/0
O.Turner NYG 44 47 46 47 -4.6% 46 -4.1% 68 467 504 4 56% 1 3/31
M.Duper MIA 39 48 38 48 -7.5% 49 -7.6% 97 717 671 1 51% 0 1/34
P.Kemp GB 34 49 31 49 -6.9% 48 -7.4% 77 611 534 3 62% 3 0/0
R.Langhorne CLE1 26 50 11 54 -9.3% 53 -11.2% 102 749 680 2 59% 2 2/32
F.Banks MIA 23 51 23 51 -7.9% 50 -7.8% 61 520 422 1 49% 1 1/26
S.Morgan NE 18 52 21 52 -9.0% 52 -8.4% 64 486 431 3 44% 0 1/22
J.Dixon DAL 16 53 25 50 -8.2% 51 -5.5% 50 477 311 2 48% 2 0/0
S.Largent SEA 13 54 -8 57 -9.7% 54 -14.4% 61 403 386 3 46% 0 0/0
C.Jones NE 13 55 9 55 -11.0% 55 -11.6% 101 672 654 6 48% 1 0/0
R.Green PHX 8 56 18 53 -11.5% 57 -10.1% 92 703 587 7 48% 2 2/30
F.Dixon ATL 6 57 3 56 -11.0% 56 -11.8% 52 357 329 2 48% 0 0/0
I.Fryar NE -23 58 -26 59 -16.7% 59 -17.3% 76 537 422 3 38% 0 0/0
De.Hill PIT -29 59 -34 63 -18.8% 61 -19.9% 61 455 343 1 46% 2 1/10
R.Morris CHI -31 60 -26 60 -18.5% 60 -17.6% 68 486 384 1 44% 0 1/5
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Rison IND -34 61 -14 58 -16.6% 58 -14.3% 112 790 645 4 46% 1 0/0
D.McKinnon CHI -35 62 -29 61 -20.0% 63 -18.8% 65 418 337 3 43% 1 0/0
D.Gentry CHI -37 63 -33 62 -19.6% 62 -18.8% 68 465 386 1 57% 1 1/35
Wa.Walker SD -45 64 -44 65 -23.2% 66 -22.9% 57 395 284 1 42% 0 0/0
H.Jones MIN -54 65 -41 64 -21.2% 64 -19.1% 87 694 433 1 48% 2 0/0
C.Verdin IND -56 66 -62 66 -26.8% 67 -28.6% 50 359 238 1 40% 0 0/0
F.Johnson BUF -75 67 -67 67 -31.4% 70 -29.5% 52 303 214 1 48% 0 0/0
R.Johnson PHI -76 68 -86 70 -32.2% 71 -34.6% 53 295 204 1 38% 1 0/0
J.Holland SD -81 69 -72 68 -29.3% 69 -27.6% 60 336 276 0 43% 0 2/70
B.Hill TB -83 70 -73 69 -22.1% 65 -21.0% 116 673 596 5 43% 1 1/20
M.Jackson DEN -95 71 -107 71 -27.7% 68 -29.6% 80 446 373 2 35% 0 0/0
L.Clark SEA -140 72 -148 72 -41.8% 72 -43.7% 63 260 183 1 40% 0 1/24
W.Stanley DET -161 73 -155 73 -47.8% 73 -46.6% 60 304 135 0 40% 2 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Young DEN 177 179 69.3% 70.2% 31 402 437 2 71% 0 1/36
A.Brown MIA 161 164 41.7% 42.6% 39 410 480 5 62% 1 0/0
K.McKeller BUF 150 151 69.9% 70.4% 25 341 368 2 80% 0 0/0
D.Beebe BUF 107 109 41.7% 43.1% 26 317 317 2 65% 0 0/0
G.Garrity PHI 97 100 61.0% 63.2% 18 209 251 2 72% 0 0/0
J.Query GB 81 93 19.3% 23.8% 33 350 326 3 70% 1 0/0
L.Harris HOIL 78 66 31.6% 24.9% 23 202 257 2 57% 0 0/0
S.Schwedes MIA 75 73 75.2% 72.6% 11 174 181 1 64% 0 0/0
A.Cox LARM 58 67 5.3% 8.1% 41 340 347 3 49% 0 0/0
S.Baker NYG 51 52 9.8% 10.4% 30 255 258 2 43% 0 1/25
C.Bland GB 47 41 21.6% 17.3% 20 164 179 1 55% 0 0/0
M.Irvin DAL 42 48 -0.3% 1.4% 46 378 343 2 57% 0 1/6
M.Alexander LARD 42 45 7.2% 8.5% 32 295 238 1 47% 0 1/25
J.Lofton BUF 39 42 14.8% 16.7% 18 166 174 3 44% 0 0/0
R.Brown LARM 37 38 36.5% 38.7% 10 113 114 1 50% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
Do.Holmes PHX 36 38 8.9% 10.0% 24 271 190 1 54% 0 0/0
K.Smith CIN 35 30 15.0% 10.8% 17 140 156 1 59% 0 0/0
C.Carson 2TM 29 19 7.0% 0.7% 17 107 160 1 47% 0 1/23
D.Shepard 2TM 28 40 -3.5% 0.2% 40 304 293 1 50% 0 1/17
C.Burkett 2TM 16 1 -8.1% -12.3% 46 298 317 1 52% 0 0/0
M.Quick PHI 16 18 -5.9% -5.0% 30 228 217 2 43% 0 0/0
M.Martin CIN 12 12 -6.9% -7.0% 28 160 188 2 54% 0 1/13
R.Nattiel DEN 12 8 -4.6% -7.3% 21 183 137 1 48% 1 0/0
B.Perriman NO 11 15 -9.3% -7.9% 44 356 276 0 45% 0 1/8
B.Brennan CLE1 9 9 -10.1% -9.9% 44 289 288 0 64% 1 1/30
L.Lewis MIN 7 15 -8.6% -3.6% 22 148 144 1 55% 0 1/34
J.Phillips DET 6 11 -11.2% -9.9% 48 352 325 1 63% 1 1/27
P.Epps NYJ -1 -3 -13.7% -14.8% 17 108 103 0 47% 0 0/0
M.Ingram NYG -6 -7 -14.7% -15.1% 40 290 232 1 43% 0 0/0
W.Thompson PIT -6 -9 -19.8% -23.9% 11 74 59 0 36% 0 1/9
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Jackson HOIL -8 -16 -23.0% -34.3% 9 31 50 0 44% 0 1/29
M.Stock PIT -9 -12 -23.4% -26.1% 13 74 58 0 31% 0 0/0
S.Martin NE -10 -11 -16.5% -16.9% 34 229 194 0 38% 0 1/6
Mi.Harper NYJ -12 -10 -20.8% -19.6% 18 127 98 0 39% 0 0/0
K.McDonald DET -16 -16 -22.0% -22.4% 22 138 112 0 55% 0 0/0
T.Kane SEA -16 -16 -25.1% -25.2% 18 94 84 0 39% 0 0/0
F.Turner NO -20 -16 -18.8% -17.5% 42 279 236 1 52% 1 2/23
R.Thomas KC -20 -24 -28.7% -31.3% 16 58 73 2 50% 1 0/0
J.Chadwick 2TM -21 -15 -26.3% -22.9% 20 104 93 0 45% 0 0/0
H.Williams PHI -22 -15 -36.3% -29.3% 11 32 42 0 36% 0 1/40
J.Gustafson MIN -25 -19 -22.8% -20.5% 35 144 164 2 40% 0 0/0
B.Ford DAL -25 -28 -30.1% -31.9% 21 78 82 1 33% 0 0/0
G.McNeil CLE1 -25 -31 -27.9% -31.1% 21 114 99 0 48% 0 0/0
W.Drewrey TB -26 -31 -24.0% -26.1% 31 157 149 1 45% 0 0/0
I.Hillary CIN -33 -36 -26.1% -27.2% 34 162 152 1 50% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
La.Tillman CLE1 -35 -33 -36.3% -34.9% 22 70 70 2 27% 0 0/0
S.Bailey ATL -38 -29 -31.4% -26.5% 27 170 110 0 30% 0 1/21
J.Pruitt IND -41 -37 -41.4% -38.2% 18 71 56 1 28% 0 1/13
Q.Early SD -43 -43 -34.9% -34.9% 26 126 94 0 42% 0 0/0
S.Mobley DET -47 -48 -34.4% -35.1% 28 158 106 0 46% 0 0/0
C.Burbage DAL -47 -46 -31.1% -30.5% 32 134 138 0 53% 0 0/0
D.Stone PIT -48 -53 -44.9% -48.5% 22 92 50 0 32% 0 0/0
A.Matthews GB -54 -63 -31.1% -34.3% 41 200 158 0 44% 0 1/15
D.Brinson SD -58 -61 -48.8% -50.9% 21 71 45 0 57% 0 0/0
Mi.Wilson SF -65 -70 -49.9% -52.8% 23 102 46 1 39% 2 0/0
D.Peebles TB -67 -58 -41.1% -37.0% 31 180 93 0 35% 0 0/0
C.Weathers 2TM -67 -73 -32.2% -33.9% 44 254 182 0 52% 1 0/0
We.Walker NYJ -84 -90 -49.7% -52.6% 27 89 60 0 30% 0 1/30

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 4 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
L.Lipps PIT 99 1 96 1 129.9% 2 123.6% 2 13 180 1 1
D.Gentry CHI 57 2 57 2 20.5% 8 19.9% 8 17 106 0 0
P.Kemp GB 35 3 36 3 143.3% 1 148.0% 1 5 43 0 0
J.Holland SD 33 4 31 5 117.6% 3 106.5% 3 6 46 0 0
J.Jensen MIA 31 5 32 4 33.8% 6 35.6% 6 8 50 0 0
C.Verdin IND 23 6 23 6 58.9% 4 57.3% 4 4 39 0 0
J.Rice SF 18 7 17 8 32.5% 7 28.9% 7 5 33 0 0
M.Haynes ATL 17 8 18 7 39.8% 5 43.2% 5 4 35 0 0
R.Brown LARM 10 9 12 9 -11.3% 11 -4.7% 11 6 27 0 0
R.Langhorne CLE1 9 10 7 11 9.2% 9 -1.4% 10 5 19 0 0
R.Sanders WAS 9 11 10 10 6.1% 10 10.0% 9 4 19 0 0
D.Stone PIT 0 12 6 12 -38.6% 12 -26.8% 12 10 53 0 1
A.Miller SD -4 13 -4 13 -67.4% 14 -69.3% 15 4 21 0 1
D.Brinson SD -4 14 -5 14 -44.5% 13 -45.8% 13 17 64 0 1
M.Jackson DEN -15 15 -15 15 -80.1% 16 -82.2% 16 5 5 0 1
R.Johnson DET -28 16 -24 16 -72.8% 15 -68.5% 14 12 38 0 1