Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 1995

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/24/2012

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
M.Irvin DAL 599 1 585 1 31.2% 2 30.1% 165 1,603 1,996 10 67% 1 10/202
J.Rice SF 512 2 526 2 23.6% 5 24.6% 175 1,848 1,906 15 70% 3 4/51
I.Bruce STL 442 3 409 4 16.2% 11 14.1% 198 1,781 1,897 13 60% 2 2/47
H.Moore DET 426 4 464 3 12.6% 14 14.8% 206 1,686 2,002 14 60% 2 9/158
T.Brown OAK 345 5 326 6 17.3% 9 15.6% 147 1,342 1,447 10 61% 0 1/6
R.Brooks GB 326 6 361 5 12.0% 16 14.6% 167 1,497 1,558 13 61% 0 1/8
A.Miller DEN 314 7 280 10 24.7% 4 20.7% 108 1,079 1,147 14 55% 1 1/36
J.Graham CHI 302 8 286 9 13.8% 13 12.5% 138 1,302 1,372 4 59% 1 2/65
B.Perriman DET 293 9 302 8 7.3% 30 7.9% 179 1,488 1,627 9 60% 1 7/102
C.Pickens CIN 284 10 313 7 8.2% 27 10.3% 167 1,234 1,528 17 59% 1 6/77
Y.Thigpen PIT 282 11 266 12 10.3% 19 9.0% 151 1,307 1,416 5 56% 1 6/135
O.J.McDuffie MIA 281 12 268 11 26.1% 3 24.2% 92 819 1,006 8 67% 2 2/20
C.Carter MIN 276 13 264 13 4.9% 38 4.1% 197 1,371 1,687 17 62% 0 3/32
T.Mathis ATL 273 14 252 14 16.7% 10 14.5% 119 1,039 1,159 9 66% 1 2/15
Q.Early NO 259 15 227 16 11.7% 17 8.6% 134 1,092 1,249 8 60% 1 4/68
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Reed MIN 242 16 233 15 9.4% 21 8.6% 142 1,167 1,249 9 51% 1 6/113
C.Sanders HOIL 212 17 213 17 18.5% 7 18.7% 87 823 866 9 40% 0 6/174
E.Mills PIT 205 18 210 18 22.4% 6 23.3% 69 679 777 8 57% 1 4/43
I.Fryar MIA 199 19 191 19 11.2% 18 10.1% 108 911 975 8 57% 0 2/41
C.Conway CHI 186 20 181 21 7.4% 28 6.8% 117 1,037 1,033 12 53% 0 2/10
R.Moore ARI 186 21 159 28 6.9% 33 4.1% 116 907 1,049 5 54% 0 6/132
S.Dawkins IND 181 22 183 20 14.0% 12 14.3% 85 784 820 3 61% 1 3/48
J.J.Stokes SF 181 23 178 22 32.7% 1 32.0% 52 517 592 4 73% 0 0/0
E.Metcalf ATL 180 24 165 26 2.1% 42 0.8% 153 1,189 1,259 8 68% 0 1/6
H.Ellard WAS 166 25 177 23 6.8% 35 8.0% 112 1,005 941 5 50% 1 2/36
J.Galloway SEA 156 26 125 32 2.8% 41 -0.3% 133 1,036 1,052 7 50% 1 2/35
F.Barnett PHI 149 27 163 27 12.0% 15 14.4% 75 585 709 5 64% 0 2/11
H.Jeffires HOIL 147 28 169 24 7.3% 31 10.2% 96 684 819 8 64% 0 1/17
H.Copeland TB 145 29 135 30 18.2% 8 16.0% 63 605 596 2 56% 0 0/0
K.McCardell CLE1 144 30 117 35 8.5% 23 4.6% 89 709 766 4 63% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
Br.Blades SEA 143 31 114 36 1.5% 46 -1.4% 132 1,002 1,036 4 58% 0 0/0
W.Green CAR 141 32 147 29 7.4% 29 8.1% 93 882 783 6 51% 1 2/30
M.Jackson CLE1 136 33 127 31 8.9% 22 7.4% 81 714 715 9 54% 1 0/0
B.Brooks BUF 134 34 169 25 7.0% 32 12.1% 88 763 754 11 60% 0 1/7
D.Hobbs OAK 129 35 106 37 8.2% 24 4.5% 80 612 691 3 48% 0 4/52
K.Williams DAL 117 36 120 34 9.6% 20 10.1% 67 613 602 2 57% 0 2/26
C.Calloway NYG 106 37 97 38 0.5% 48 -0.6% 104 796 811 3 54% 0 1/6
F.Turner IND 101 38 95 41 8.2% 25 6.9% 63 431 544 4 56% 0 2/66
T.Martin SD 90 39 122 33 -5.5% 54 -3.0% 165 1,224 1,161 6 55% 3 4/86
G.Clark MIA 88 40 92 43 5.8% 36 6.6% 64 525 519 2 58% 0 1/15
J.Morton DET 88 41 94 42 1.9% 44 3.0% 80 590 621 8 55% 0 0/0
E.McCaffrey DEN 88 42 79 45 5.4% 37 3.6% 63 477 525 2 62% 1 1/34
M.Seay SD 87 43 95 40 4.2% 39 5.7% 70 537 551 3 64% 0 1/4
Q.Ismail MIN 77 44 97 39 6.8% 34 11.8% 54 597 438 3 59% 1 1/18
C.Tillman JAC 77 45 75 46 8.2% 26 7.8% 49 368 412 3 61% 0 2/9
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Small NO 73 46 58 49 1.2% 47 -1.8% 69 461 539 5 55% 0 0/0
T.Kinchen STL 71 47 64 47 3.9% 40 2.3% 55 419 454 4 65% 2 1/4
D.Scott CIN 65 48 79 44 -5.5% 53 -3.9% 108 821 829 5 48% 0 5/204
F.Sanders ARI 62 49 30 56 -5.4% 50 -9.1% 110 883 785 2 47% 0 0/0
J.Hester STL 59 50 45 54 1.8% 45 -1.5% 54 394 419 3 56% 0 0/0
J.Taylor SF 58 51 63 48 2.0% 43 3.4% 49 387 404 2 59% 1 2/61
R.Ismail OAK 56 52 46 53 0.0% 49 -2.3% 57 491 441 3 49% 0 1/4
B.Emanuel ATL 49 53 51 52 -8.1% 59 -8.0% 137 1,039 960 5 54% 2 2/50
L.Dawson KC 44 54 54 51 -5.4% 51 -3.6% 75 513 556 5 53% 0 1/6
A.Rison CLE1 40 55 21 59 -8.0% 58 -10.3% 104 701 761 3 45% 1 5/67
A.Hastings PIT 37 56 55 50 -5.4% 52 -1.9% 67 502 469 1 72% 0 0/0
L.Shepherd WAS 30 57 23 57 -6.2% 56 -7.8% 60 486 428 2 48% 0 1/7
A.Wright STL 27 58 20 60 -5.6% 55 -7.6% 51 368 352 2 45% 0 0/0
A.Morgan GB 26 59 37 55 -6.4% 57 -3.8% 53 344 375 4 58% 0 2/55
M.Pritchard DEN 22 60 11 62 -8.6% 60 -10.6% 69 441 473 3 48% 1 3/45
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Sherrard NYG 18 61 12 61 -10.0% 61 -10.8% 86 578 569 4 51% 2 2/33
W.Moore NE 7 62 5 66 -11.6% 62 -11.9% 79 502 516 1 54% 0 1/4
J.J.Birden ATL 2 63 -19 70 -12.3% 63 -16.4% 59 303 408 1 53% 0 3/52
C.Hawkins TB 2 64 6 65 -12.3% 64 -11.5% 64 493 395 0 64% 1 1/7
W.Slaughter KC -6 65 22 58 -13.7% 65 -9.0% 75 514 485 4 45% 0 2/24
W.Jackson JAC -13 66 10 63 -14.5% 67 -11.2% 91 593 549 5 58% 1 2/31
C.Williams PHI -13 67 4 67 -14.2% 66 -12.2% 110 768 684 2 57% 2 2/46
W.Davis KC -14 68 -3 68 -15.0% 68 -13.1% 77 527 470 5 43% 0 0/0
E.Givins JAC -20 69 -22 71 -17.3% 71 -17.9% 56 280 315 3 52% 0 1/6
A.Harper TB -21 70 -28 72 -15.3% 69 -16.2% 103 633 607 2 45% 0 4/99
M.Ingram GB -21 71 6 64 -16.3% 70 -11.6% 76 469 445 3 51% 0 1/25
L.Dawsey TB -37 72 -38 74 -20.7% 77 -20.9% 61 372 322 0 49% 0 1/16
M.Haynes NO -43 73 -59 79 -18.6% 73 -20.8% 95 597 529 4 43% 0 0/0
D.Howard JAC -45 74 -63 80 -23.1% 79 -27.2% 56 276 288 1 46% 0 1/35
M.Carrier CAR -51 75 -6 69 -17.4% 72 -13.2% 141 1,002 801 3 47% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Jefferson SD -51 76 -52 78 -19.5% 75 -19.6% 100 621 529 2 48% 0 0/0
D.Russell HOIL -52 77 -41 75 -24.7% 82 -22.0% 54 321 279 0 44% 0 3/42
C.Johnson PIT -53 78 -36 73 -22.0% 78 -18.9% 76 432 387 0 50% 0 1/31
W.Chrebet NYJ -66 79 -43 76 -19.7% 76 -17.3% 123 726 663 4 54% 1 0/0
V.Brisby NE -76 80 -96 84 -18.6% 74 -20.1% 161 974 938 3 41% 0 8/106
R.Copeland BUF -79 81 -49 77 -23.7% 80 -19.6% 95 646 463 1 44% 0 1/29
R.Carpenter PHI -81 82 -70 83 -31.3% 84 -29.0% 58 318 232 0 50% 1 0/0
C.Wilson NYJ -82 83 -66 81 -24.7% 81 -22.2% 90 484 438 4 46% 1 0/0
E.Guliford CAR -84 84 -68 82 -27.7% 83 -24.9% 70 444 330 1 41% 1 1/18
M.Westbrook WAS -130 85 -114 85 -31.5% 85 -29.2% 88 522 371 1 39% 0 2/12

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Bailey IND 122 122 32.9% 32.9% 36 379 396 3 58% 0 1/31
A.Edwards ARI 81 79 9.4% 9.0% 48 417 418 2 60% 0 0/0
T.Vanover KC 76 74 41.1% 39.9% 18 231 226 2 61% 0 0/0
K.Stewart PIT 68 70 31.2% 33.2% 20 235 225 1 70% 0 1/29
J.Smith JAC 65 83 7.6% 13.3% 41 288 357 3 54% 0 4/111
R.Thomas SEA 59 55 19.4% 17.2% 23 239 235 1 52% 0 0/0
R.Hill MIA 55 53 16.0% 14.6% 24 260 239 0 50% 0 2/46
N.Singleton SF 51 56 51.2% 57.3% 10 108 140 1 80% 0 0/0
T.Hannah HOIL 50 50 28.6% 28.1% 15 142 174 0 67% 0 0/0
C.Jordan GB 47 50 39.6% 42.5% 14 117 143 2 50% 0 0/0
M.Timpson CHI 47 39 0.6% -1.6% 45 289 357 2 53% 0 1/14
F.Anderson IND 47 39 36.4% 28.6% 13 111 146 2 62% 0 0/0
R.Yarborough NYJ 44 53 10.3% 15.0% 25 230 219 2 72% 0 1/7
A.Freeman GB 40 41 30.4% 32.1% 12 106 134 1 67% 0 0/0
V.Johnson DEN 36 32 11.4% 8.7% 21 170 174 0 57% 0 0/0
R.Preston ATL 31 39 26.4% 36.6% 10 129 109 1 70% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Floyd HOIL 30 28 7.0% 5.6% 21 167 168 1 57% 0 0/0
J.Armour BUF 26 32 -4.5% -2.5% 41 300 291 3 63% 1 1/21
S.Tasker BUF 25 31 -3.7% -1.3% 35 255 259 3 57% 0 0/0
A.Monk PHI 20 24 8.8% 13.8% 11 114 104 0 55% 0 0/0
D.Palmer MIN 15 16 -1.4% -0.4% 16 100 131 0 75% 0 0/0
C.Walsh MIN 14 14 5.5% 6.6% 10 66 81 0 70% 0 0/0
C.Marsh JAC 12 16 -3.6% -1.2% 17 127 129 0 41% 0 1/31
M.Dowdell ARI 11 8 -1.3% -4.1% 14 96 96 0 71% 0 0/0
T.Lewis NYG 7 2 -9.3% -11.8% 26 208 174 1 46% 0 0/0
J.Hill CIN -6 -2 -19.2% -14.7% 11 44 63 0 36% 0 1/32
L.Thomas TB -15 -9 -25.9% -20.6% 16 107 70 0 63% 0 0/0
Ty.Brown ATL -16 -18 -19.5% -20.4% 28 198 164 0 61% 1 0/0
D.Hughes KC -17 -16 -22.3% -21.8% 23 103 119 1 61% 0 0/0
A.Reed BUF -20 -12 -18.7% -16.4% 43 308 238 3 56% 2 1/17
H.Graham NE -22 -12 -23.7% -18.9% 27 156 129 2 37% 0 1/11
D.Alexander CLE1 -22 -29 -22.4% -25.6% 29 216 153 0 52% 1 1/16
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Smith CLE1 -25 -34 -23.2% -27.2% 29 173 153 1 45% 1 1/7
T.Brown NE -25 -29 -26.9% -28.8% 24 159 107 0 58% 1 0/0
A.Marshall NYG -27 -29 -22.7% -23.4% 37 195 179 1 46% 0 0/0
O.Truitt WAS -29 -34 -27.6% -30.4% 26 159 115 1 35% 1 0/0
J.McKnight SEA -30 -39 -34.7% -40.9% 19 91 67 0 32% 0 0/0
D.Spencer ATL -32 -34 -42.2% -43.8% 14 60 41 0 36% 0 0/0
C.Fleming DAL -35 -30 -38.8% -35.1% 17 83 56 0 35% 0 1/10
K.Martin PHI -40 -41 -30.2% -30.6% 33 206 123 0 52% 1 0/0
D.Beebe CAR -50 -41 -33.0% -29.1% 34 152 126 1 41% 0 0/0
J.Jett OAK -53 -61 -31.4% -34.1% 37 179 152 1 35% 1 1/29
D.Dunn CIN -53 -43 -31.1% -27.6% 36 209 157 1 47% 1 1/23
T.Winans WAS -57 -59 -68.5% -70.4% 14 77 -1 0 29% 1 0/0
K.Lee NE -61 -64 -40.8% -42.2% 27 107 86 0 30% 0 1/28
J.T.Thomas STL -67 -69 -64.6% -66.6% 16 42 6 0 31% 0 0/0
B.Stablein IND -67 -75 -59.2% -65.0% 21 95 18 0 38% 0 0/0
R.Proehl SEA -71 -78 -64.4% -69.9% 18 29 7 0 28% 0 0/0

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 4 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
J.Galloway SEA 80 1 86 1 112.2% 6 123.8% 5 11 154 1 0
E.Metcalf ATL 78 2 73 2 12.9% 13 9.4% 13 27 127 1 0
M.Westbrook WAS 70 3 70 3 212.7% 1 211.3% 1 6 114 1 0
C.Conway CHI 55 4 54 5 164.5% 3 160.3% 3 5 77 0 0
L.Shepherd WAS 53 5 58 4 108.0% 8 119.6% 6 7 63 1 0
S.Tasker BUF 53 6 54 6 111.7% 7 114.8% 8 8 74 0 0
T.Small NO 51 7 50 7 173.6% 2 169.2% 2 6 75 1 0
A.Reed BUF 39 8 42 8 134.0% 4 145.9% 4 7 48 0 0
J.Rice SF 36 9 37 9 83.9% 10 85.0% 10 5 36 1 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
B.Perriman DET 36 10 36 10 115.8% 5 117.3% 7 5 48 0 0
E.Mills PIT 26 11 28 11 85.4% 9 92.7% 9 5 39 0 0
K.Williams DAL 25 12 22 13 17.0% 12 11.5% 12 10 53 0 1
T.Vanover KC 24 13 24 12 29.1% 11 31.0% 11 6 31 0 0
D.Scott CIN 4 14 2 15 -25.1% 14 -29.7% 15 5 11 0 0
M.Pritchard DEN 4 15 3 14 -25.6% 15 -27.8% 14 6 17 0 0
R.Ismail OAK 1 16 2 16 -35.7% 16 -31.6% 16 6 29 0 1
D.Palmer MIN -1 17 -1 17 -42.7% 17 -42.0% 17 7 15 0 0