Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 1990

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, 70 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Rice SF 323 1 345 1 10.6% 16 12.2% 174 1,502 1,606 13 57% 1 4/68
M.Jackson DEN 289 2 271 3 27.3% 2 24.7% 93 926 1,016 4 61% 0 2/44
H.Jeffires HOIL 288 3 261 4 18.4% 8 15.5% 119 1,048 1,180 8 62% 0 2/27
E.Givins HOIL 268 4 248 6 18.1% 9 15.7% 113 979 1,106 9 64% 1 0/0
W.Gault LARD 261 5 257 5 23.3% 4 22.8% 91 985 974 3 55% 1 4/116
A.Reed BUF 259 6 271 2 19.2% 7 20.7% 103 945 1,044 8 69% 1 1/33
D.Hill HOIL 255 7 239 7 14.5% 13 12.8% 120 1,019 1,140 5 62% 0 1/32
C.Duncan HOIL 228 8 227 8 17.7% 10 17.6% 94 785 949 1 70% 1 2/56
J.Taylor SF 208 9 200 11 20.8% 5 19.6% 79 748 811 7 62% 0 1/14
J.Lofton BUF 207 10 218 9 31.2% 1 33.4% 61 712 690 4 57% 0 3/56
F.Anderson LARM 204 11 166 17 11.3% 15 6.8% 116 1,097 996 4 44% 0 2/65
F.Barnett PHI 204 12 201 10 25.3% 3 24.6% 69 721 737 8 52% 0 1/12
V.Johnson DEN 189 13 160 22 17.0% 11 12.6% 84 747 796 3 64% 1 0/0
G.Clark WAS 185 14 161 20 4.2% 29 2.1% 140 1,112 1,161 8 54% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Carter MIN 184 15 170 16 7.2% 26 5.7% 120 1,013 1,027 8 58% 2 0/0
L.Lipps PIT 183 16 198 12 16.5% 12 18.8% 78 682 781 3 64% 0 1/14
H.Ellard LARM 180 17 156 23 3.3% 32 1.2% 144 1,283 1,185 4 52% 4 5/95
R.Sanders WAS 173 18 151 24 10.2% 18 7.3% 95 727 870 3 59% 0 0/0
M.Fernandez LARD 170 19 161 21 11.5% 14 10.2% 95 839 822 5 55% 0 0/0
A.Toon NYJ 167 20 165 18 8.9% 21 8.7% 100 757 877 6 57% 0 3/50
B.Brooks IND 166 21 190 13 10.0% 20 13.2% 96 823 842 5 65% 0 2/25
H.Jones MIN 157 22 163 19 8.6% 22 9.4% 95 809 832 7 54% 0 1/10
S.Paige KC 150 23 174 15 6.8% 27 9.9% 100 1,021 848 5 65% 3 0/0
St.Sharpe GB 144 24 181 14 1.9% 37 5.6% 127 1,105 1,019 6 53% 0 2/46
E.Jones PHX 135 25 125 30 10.1% 19 8.4% 78 724 683 4 55% 0 0/0
E.Brown CIN 135 26 128 27 7.6% 24 6.5% 89 706 742 9 49% 0 0/0
J.Hester IND 134 27 147 25 5.1% 28 6.8% 98 924 813 6 55% 0 1/2
J.Query GB 133 28 132 26 20.7% 6 20.5% 53 458 521 2 64% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Rison ATL 132 29 122 31 -1.9% 43 -2.7% 156 1,217 1,192 10 53% 2 2/60
R.Proehl PHX 121 30 87 38 4.0% 30 -0.6% 98 802 767 4 57% 0 0/0
M.Carrier TB 120 31 125 29 3.8% 31 4.4% 95 813 772 4 52% 0 3/72
R.Clark DET 110 32 126 28 0.0% 41 1.8% 114 914 870 8 46% 0 1/23
T.Kane SEA 104 33 111 32 2.8% 36 3.9% 93 774 698 4 56% 1 0/0
R.Moore NYJ 98 34 93 35 3.2% 33 2.4% 81 691 646 6 54% 1 0/0
H.L.Dykes NE 96 35 70 42 7.5% 25 1.9% 68 549 531 2 50% 0 0/0
C.Williams PHI 96 36 98 34 3.1% 34 3.6% 81 585 634 9 46% 0 0/0
T.Jones HOIL 91 37 90 36 10.5% 17 10.1% 52 409 456 6 58% 0 0/0
A.Monk WAS 83 38 81 41 -3.6% 47 -3.8% 118 770 874 5 58% 0 2/32
M.Duper MIA 83 39 110 33 -2.6% 45 0.7% 105 810 791 5 50% 1 2/47
B.Brennan CLE1 79 40 84 40 0.8% 38 1.7% 79 568 595 2 57% 0 2/22
M.Irvin DAL 79 41 85 39 7.7% 23 9.4% 48 413 430 5 42% 0 2/53
W.Davis CHI 74 42 88 37 0.3% 40 2.9% 72 572 569 3 54% 1 2/40
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Green PHX 74 43 38 54 -4.1% 48 -8.3% 111 798 806 4 48% 1 2/55
I.Fryar NE 70 44 61 46 -4.6% 49 -5.7% 114 856 812 4 47% 0 0/0
E.Martin NO 65 45 67 43 -5.6% 52 -5.4% 120 912 849 5 53% 3 0/0
M.Young DEN 61 46 51 51 3.0% 35 0.4% 52 385 404 4 54% 1 0/0
B.Hill TB 59 47 60 47 -3.1% 46 -3.0% 82 641 593 5 51% 0 0/0
C.Weathers GB 52 48 56 49 0.4% 39 1.4% 55 390 403 1 60% 0 1/29
E.Harry KC 52 49 67 44 -2.0% 44 1.1% 65 519 471 2 63% 0 0/0
M.Clayton MIA 49 50 58 48 -1.4% 42 0.4% 54 406 432 3 59% 1 1/22
Ti.McGee CIN 45 51 62 45 -5.6% 51 -2.9% 84 737 586 1 51% 1 1/33
A.Miller SD 37 52 38 52 -9.2% 58 -9.2% 140 933 944 7 45% 2 3/78
T.Martin MIA 31 53 38 53 -5.2% 50 -3.6% 56 388 386 2 52% 0 0/0
S.Baker NYG 31 54 51 50 -6.1% 53 -1.8% 61 541 431 4 43% 0 1/9
F.Dixon ATL 28 55 10 60 -7.6% 55 -10.9% 70 399 488 4 54% 0 1/45
C.Carter MIN 26 56 8 61 -6.3% 54 -10.8% 56 413 377 3 48% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Collins ATL 23 57 25 56 -7.9% 56 -7.5% 66 503 430 2 52% 0 0/0
Br.Blades SEA 19 58 14 58 -9.9% 59 -10.7% 89 525 585 3 55% 0 1/3
S.Morgan IND 17 59 30 55 -8.5% 57 -5.3% 52 364 359 5 44% 1 1/12
M.Haynes ATL 5 60 14 57 -11.6% 60 -9.5% 58 445 369 0 53% 0 0/0
R.Langhorne CLE1 3 61 -14 63 -12.1% 61 -14.9% 85 585 515 2 53% 2 0/0
R.Thomas KC -3 62 11 59 -13.1% 62 -10.9% 85 545 504 4 48% 0 0/0
J.Jensen MIA -26 63 -1 62 -18.3% 66 -12.9% 62 365 339 1 71% 0 0/0
P.Kemp GB -31 64 -27 64 -18.1% 65 -17.4% 77 527 415 2 57% 2 1/27
K.Martin DAL -38 65 -32 65 -17.3% 63 -16.6% 110 732 617 0 58% 1 0/0
R.Johnson DET -45 66 -33 66 -17.5% 64 -16.3% 118 727 687 6 54% 2 0/0
A.Matthews DET -54 67 -55 67 -27.1% 68 -27.2% 50 349 227 1 60% 2 0/0
W.Slaughter CLE1 -79 68 -87 69 -20.3% 67 -21.1% 135 847 726 4 44% 2 2/21
R.Morris CHI -83 69 -61 68 -27.9% 69 -23.9% 70 437 323 3 44% 0 1/7
B.Perriman NO -129 70 -132 70 -35.0% 70 -35.5% 79 382 279 2 46% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Chadwick SEA 129 129 23.7% 23.7% 48 480 480 4 56% 0 1/6
M.Ingram NYG 121 139 20.2% 25.0% 47 499 479 5 55% 1 0/0
T.Brown LARD 112 106 34.9% 32.2% 29 265 357 3 62% 0 1/17
A.Cox LARM 87 66 22.2% 13.7% 32 266 332 0 53% 0 2/49
J.Pruitt MIA 78 83 31.4% 34.0% 24 235 261 3 54% 0 0/0
J.J.Birden KC 71 76 18.9% 20.9% 28 352 290 3 54% 0 0/0
M.Farr DET 57 53 31.7% 28.7% 17 170 189 0 71% 0 0/0
L.Harris HOIL 53 53 17.8% 17.9% 21 172 218 3 62% 0 0/0
J.Campbell DET 52 46 9.9% 7.3% 29 236 265 2 66% 0 1/3
G.Thomas ATL 52 59 6.3% 9.0% 36 383 300 1 50% 0 0/0
J.T.Smith PHX 50 42 9.0% 5.4% 30 225 262 2 60% 0 0/0
F.Turner NO 48 47 1.0% 0.5% 46 396 358 4 46% 0 0/0
P.Skansi SEA 36 42 0.9% 3.0% 37 257 272 2 59% 0 1/29
C.Wilson GB 33 38 27.0% 33.1% 9 84 115 0 78% 0 1/9
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Beebe BUF 29 22 3.9% -0.3% 24 221 186 1 46% 0 0/0
R.Nattiel DEN 29 22 -3.3% -5.4% 41 297 293 2 44% 0 1/24
T.Greer DET 27 26 -4.8% -5.1% 44 332 315 3 45% 0 0/0
D.Stone PIT 16 29 -7.5% -3.5% 39 332 282 1 49% 0 2/27
L.Manuel NYG 16 10 -3.2% -6.8% 24 169 160 0 46% 0 0/0
M.Sherrard SF 16 30 -5.8% 0.6% 31 264 206 2 55% 0 0/0
C.Jones NE 15 25 -7.6% -4.2% 41 301 263 0 51% 0 1/8
M.Timpson NE 15 10 4.1% -1.0% 11 91 94 0 45% 0 0/0
D.Gentry CHI 11 20 -9.3% -6.4% 41 320 269 2 56% 0 0/0
M.Barber CIN 8 20 -9.0% -3.3% 28 196 183 1 50% 0 0/0
M.Quick PHI 7 9 -8.1% -6.5% 18 135 128 1 50% 0 0/0
V.Joines CLE1 -1 0 -13.2% -12.8% 14 86 88 0 43% 0 1/13
S.Schwedes MIA -3 0 -15.7% -12.2% 13 66 71 1 46% 0 0/0
C.Burkett NYJ -3 4 -14.1% -10.8% 27 204 175 0 52% 0 1/11
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
W.Drewrey TB -4 -17 -14.9% -22.6% 23 182 131 1 30% 0 0/0
D.Peebles TB -4 -10 -16.7% -23.0% 12 50 73 1 50% 0 0/0
De.Hill PIT -4 5 -13.8% -11.2% 48 391 274 0 52% 1 0/0
B.Ford HOIL -9 -15 -19.1% -23.3% 17 98 100 1 59% 1 0/0
C.Calloway PIT -10 -7 -18.9% -16.9% 20 124 112 1 50% 0 0/0
K.Smith CIN -16 -18 -32.1% -33.5% 11 45 45 0 64% 0 0/0
C.Verdin IND -17 -6 -19.6% -15.4% 32 178 171 1 44% 0 1/18
F.Pillow TB -19 -28 -25.2% -30.5% 21 118 97 0 38% 0 1/9
F.Banks MIA -20 -6 -22.1% -15.7% 25 131 140 0 52% 0 1/25
G.Alphin NO -21 -26 -34.2% -38.9% 13 57 49 0 31% 0 0/0
O.Turner NYG -23 -32 -31.1% -38.5% 16 69 68 0 38% 0 0/0
J.Milling ATL -23 -34 -21.0% -25.0% 35 161 193 1 51% 0 0/0
T.Mathis NYJ -24 -25 -20.1% -20.5% 42 245 224 0 45% 0 1/29
J.Townsell NYJ -25 -20 -40.4% -34.7% 12 57 37 0 33% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.McNeil HOIL -30 -37 -38.0% -43.8% 15 63 52 0 33% 0 0/0
D.Faison LARM -31 -39 -47.3% -56.5% 11 27 27 1 27% 0 0/0
D.McKinnon DAL -33 -22 -27.1% -22.2% 29 172 137 1 48% 0 1/21
G.Kozlowski CHI -33 -31 -38.0% -35.9% 17 83 58 0 41% 0 0/0
P.Mandley KC -36 -24 -41.6% -32.1% 17 97 48 0 41% 0 0/0
A.Wright DAL -38 -40 -33.5% -34.7% 25 104 92 0 44% 0 0/0
J.Phillips DET -38 -29 -42.7% -35.9% 19 112 47 0 42% 0 0/0
L.Hill NO -39 -44 -54.0% -58.8% 13 35 19 0 23% 0 0/0
N.Lewis SD -49 -53 -31.5% -33.1% 32 192 139 1 44% 1 2/26
Q.Early SD -51 -49 -28.4% -27.7% 42 238 190 1 36% 0 1/32
Mi.Wilson SF -54 -56 -50.6% -52.4% 19 89 36 0 37% 0 0/0
G.McMurtry NE -58 -45 -30.6% -26.4% 41 240 178 0 54% 1 2/20

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 5 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
A.Monk WAS 34 1 34 1 61.6% 2 59.5% 2 7 59 0 0
M.Jackson DEN 27 2 27 2 80.8% 1 80.2% 1 5 28 1 0
W.Slaughter CLE1 11 3 10 3 2.8% 3 2.1% 3 5 29 0 0
J.Dixon DAL -1 4 5 4 -39.5% 4 -30.8% 4 11 43 0 1
D.Gentry CHI -23 5 -20 5 -72.7% 5 -67.7% 5 11 43 0 1