Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 1996

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, 76 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Rice SF 413 1 416 1 20.7% 5 20.9% 153 1,254 1,617 8 71% 0 3/112
J.Reed MIN 382 2 370 2 24.9% 2 23.7% 126 1,320 1,392 7 57% 0 4/62
D.Alexander BAL 380 3 361 3 33.9% 1 31.5% 107 1,099 1,226 9 58% 0 1/27
J.Smith JAC 336 4 360 4 20.9% 4 23.3% 129 1,246 1,309 7 64% 1 0/0
H.Moore DET 308 5 269 9 8.9% 20 6.1% 178 1,296 1,618 9 60% 0 6/96
A.Reed BUF 292 6 301 6 24.2% 3 25.4% 101 1,036 1,075 6 65% 0 1/19
I.Fryar PHI 289 7 298 7 11.3% 14 12.1% 152 1,162 1,407 11 58% 0 2/20
K.McCardell JAC 288 8 321 5 15.3% 10 18.4% 127 1,129 1,265 3 67% 1 4/86
M.Jackson BAL 282 9 271 8 10.9% 15 10.0% 148 1,201 1,389 14 51% 0 3/22
I.Bruce STL 259 10 260 10 10.0% 16 10.1% 150 1,338 1,311 7 56% 1 2/16
H.Ellard WAS 243 11 239 12 19.8% 6 19.3% 99 1,014 966 2 53% 0 1/7
T.Brown OAK 232 12 235 13 7.3% 22 7.5% 146 1,104 1,288 9 62% 1 0/0
C.Johnson PIT 231 13 255 11 16.4% 8 19.4% 101 1,008 988 3 59% 1 3/75
M.Irvin DAL 215 14 224 14 13.7% 11 14.8% 105 968 982 2 61% 1 3/32
B.Emanuel ATL 189 15 171 19 6.4% 26 4.7% 123 921 1,084 6 61% 0 4/36
J.Graham NYJ 185 16 193 15 16.0% 9 17.3% 85 788 798 6 59% 0 1/8
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Carter MIN 180 17 166 21 0.8% 42 -0.3% 167 1,163 1,354 10 57% 1 3/21
C.Jones PHI 178 18 188 16 7.2% 23 8.3% 114 859 994 5 61% 1 2/13
A.Freeman GB 167 19 147 27 7.7% 21 5.2% 107 933 916 9 52% 3 0/0
T.Martin SD 167 20 158 22 0.3% 44 -0.3% 167 1,171 1,289 14 51% 0 3/38
C.Conway CHI 165 21 138 29 1.7% 38 -0.6% 145 1,053 1,179 7 57% 1 3/42
M.Carrier CAR 162 22 173 18 7.2% 24 8.5% 104 808 905 6 56% 0 2/20
O.J.McDuffie MIA 162 23 150 26 5.1% 29 3.8% 119 918 980 8 62% 3 2/13
E.McCaffrey DEN 157 24 170 20 13.6% 12 15.7% 76 553 718 7 63% 0 0/0
T.Mathis ATL 153 25 136 30 3.8% 34 1.9% 114 771 982 7 61% 0 2/19
M.Harrison IND 148 26 155 23 3.4% 35 4.1% 118 836 970 8 54% 0 3/109
W.Green CAR 134 27 151 25 9.6% 18 12.5% 75 614 685 3 61% 0 2/31
M.Haynes NO 133 28 151 24 5.3% 28 7.8% 91 786 798 4 48% 1 5/85
S.Dawkins IND 131 29 134 31 5.4% 27 5.9% 91 751 784 1 59% 1 3/33
C.Penn KC 128 30 96 45 5.0% 31 0.6% 90 628 777 5 54% 2 1/16
C.Pickens CIN 124 31 185 17 -4.2% 54 0.0% 173 1,180 1,367 12 58% 0 8/48
R.Thomas TB 123 32 106 40 19.3% 7 14.9% 52 427 493 2 63% 0 1/33
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Scott CIN 121 33 131 32 0.9% 41 2.0% 115 833 905 5 50% 0 3/65
J.Galloway SEA 115 34 98 43 -0.7% 45 -2.4% 121 989 949 7 47% 2 3/37
S.Jefferson NE 114 35 146 28 2.9% 36 7.2% 92 772 765 4 54% 2 3/67
Q.Early BUF 112 36 126 33 4.1% 33 6.1% 91 798 711 4 55% 0 1/42
M.Westbrook WAS 109 37 114 37 9.6% 17 10.8% 61 505 557 1 56% 0 4/72
T.Lewis NYG 109 38 118 36 1.6% 39 2.8% 98 694 782 4 54% 0 4/69
T.Owens SF 107 39 109 38 12.7% 13 13.2% 57 520 502 4 61% 1 0/0
F.Barnett MIA 106 40 101 42 9.2% 19 8.0% 63 562 553 3 57% 1 3/26
A.Hastings PIT 104 41 120 34 -1.6% 47 0.1% 115 739 920 6 63% 0 2/30
D.Beebe GB 100 42 96 44 5.0% 30 4.3% 76 699 606 4 51% 0 0/0
W.Chrebet NYJ 99 43 118 35 -2.7% 51 -0.7% 129 909 951 3 65% 1 3/50
B.Perriman DET 95 44 59 54 -5.5% 56 -8.2% 170 1,021 1,218 5 55% 0 5/88
J.Jett OAK 92 45 108 39 1.0% 40 3.3% 84 601 684 4 51% 0 3/95
E.Kennison STL 90 46 88 46 -2.5% 49 -2.7% 115 900 849 9 47% 2 5/55
E.Metcalf ATL 81 47 63 51 -1.6% 46 -4.1% 90 599 718 6 60% 0 0/0
T.Glenn NE 80 48 103 41 -6.7% 60 -5.1% 165 1,136 1,224 6 55% 1 8/108
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Williams DAL 80 49 68 49 6.7% 25 3.8% 51 323 456 1 53% 0 3/79
F.Turner BAL 73 50 67 50 1.9% 37 0.6% 65 461 517 2 58% 0 0/0
Br.Blades SEA 71 51 57 55 0.7% 43 -2.0% 70 556 537 2 61% 1 0/0
M.Muhammad CAR 71 52 69 48 4.8% 32 4.4% 49 407 435 1 51% 0 4/72
J.Morton DET 68 53 44 58 -3.2% 53 -6.6% 97 714 684 6 57% 1 0/0
C.Sanders HOIL 57 54 71 47 -5.7% 57 -4.0% 105 882 747 4 46% 0 1/39
K.Johnson NYJ 57 55 62 52 -6.6% 59 -6.0% 125 844 844 8 50% 0 0/0
M.Timpson CHI 54 56 32 62 -6.6% 58 -9.0% 108 808 798 0 57% 2 3/29
D.Russell HOIL 48 57 60 53 -1.8% 48 0.9% 59 421 433 2 58% 0 0/0
B.Engram CHI 48 58 45 57 -2.8% 52 -3.5% 62 389 468 6 53% 2 0/0
W.Slaughter NYJ 46 59 49 56 -2.6% 50 -1.9% 60 434 437 2 53% 0 1/32
C.Jones SD 42 60 36 61 -5.2% 55 -6.2% 76 524 519 4 54% 0 0/0
D.Hobbs OAK 35 61 36 60 -6.8% 61 -6.6% 75 423 538 3 59% 0 2/19
R.Moore ARI 27 62 22 63 -10.2% 64 -10.7% 144 1,016 942 4 40% 0 5/84
W.Davis HOIL 20 63 40 59 -9.2% 62 -5.6% 71 464 486 6 55% 1 1/4
D.Sanders DAL 17 64 12 66 -9.4% 63 -10.5% 67 475 453 1 54% 2 2/14
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
F.Sanders ARI 10 65 13 65 -11.7% 65 -11.4% 129 813 832 4 53% 1 1/18
C.Calloway NYG 6 66 16 64 -11.9% 66 -10.8% 109 739 718 4 49% 1 3/23
A.Coleman SD 2 67 -13 68 -12.2% 67 -15.0% 72 486 438 2 50% 1 0/0
A.Edwards ARI -13 68 -5 67 -16.0% 69 -14.1% 50 311 285 1 58% 1 0/0
R.Proehl SEA -18 69 -19 70 -17.4% 70 -17.7% 49 309 284 2 47% 0 2/19
C.Hawkins TB -20 70 -19 69 -15.3% 68 -15.2% 94 544 570 1 49% 0 1/35
Ty.Brown ATL -34 71 -34 73 -20.7% 74 -20.6% 55 325 295 1 51% 0 1/6
A.Rison GB -41 72 -30 71 -18.4% 72 -17.0% 90 593 512 3 52% 1 2/54
T.Small NO -46 73 -44 74 -19.5% 73 -19.2% 89 558 478 2 56% 1 0/0
A.Miller DEN -48 74 -32 72 -18.4% 71 -16.4% 110 735 614 3 51% 0 0/0
M.Pritchard SEA -100 75 -109 75 -33.0% 75 -34.9% 63 328 252 1 33% 0 2/30
J.J.Birden ATL -100 76 -112 76 -33.4% 76 -35.9% 61 325 246 2 49% 2 3/28

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
W.Jackson JAC 195 200 45.8% 47.6% 42 486 558 3 79% 0 1/15
D.Dunn CIN 136 144 27.0% 29.4% 49 509 481 1 65% 0 0/0
R.Brooks GB 110 114 19.9% 20.9% 42 344 439 4 55% 0 2/32
S.LaChapelle KC 107 102 16.5% 15.0% 48 422 458 2 56% 0 0/0
R.Hill MIA 95 88 13.7% 11.8% 44 417 433 4 48% 1 3/52
Q.Ismail MIN 94 84 15.3% 12.4% 44 351 410 3 50% 0 1/11
R.Smith DEN 75 72 21.1% 19.8% 28 237 293 2 57% 0 2/22
S.Tasker BUF 68 75 13.6% 16.5% 33 375 311 3 64% 2 0/0
L.Shepherd WAS 68 55 6.8% 3.2% 45 344 384 3 51% 0 0/0
M.Dowdell ARI 66 66 7.4% 7.5% 41 318 362 2 49% 1 2/70
K.Martin DAL 59 57 4.6% 4.0% 44 380 366 1 57% 1 0/0
R.Preston ATL 53 50 7.1% 6.1% 31 208 295 1 68% 0 2/31
T.Brown NE 52 46 12.6% 9.6% 27 222 246 0 78% 0 0/0
L.Dawson KC 52 50 48.8% 47.5% 10 83 144 1 50% 0 2/55
H.Jeffires NO 48 33 6.3% 0.3% 31 215 276 3 65% 1 1/7
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Jordan MIA 46 47 30.9% 31.8% 13 152 154 0 54% 0 1/4
Y.Thigpen PIT 39 47 7.9% 12.2% 25 244 210 2 48% 0 1/7
B.Brooks WAS 37 37 2.1% 2.0% 32 224 259 0 53% 0 1/28
E.Moulds BUF 34 32 -0.4% -1.1% 37 279 277 2 54% 0 0/0
F.Scott ATL 24 24 17.0% 16.6% 10 80 102 0 70% 0 0/0
L.Thomas MIA 17 23 -3.9% -1.0% 23 166 184 1 43% 0 3/46
T.Vanover KC 16 1 -8.3% -12.4% 45 241 325 1 47% 0 3/91
M.Sherrard DEN 15 13 -5.2% -6.2% 28 185 189 1 57% 0 0/0
M.Seay PHI 14 16 -7.2% -6.2% 36 260 227 0 53% 0 0/0
I.Uwaezuoke SF 10 13 -2.1% 0.8% 13 91 94 1 54% 0 0/0
J.Lewis BAL 9 10 -3.1% -1.5% 12 78 88 1 42% 0 0/0
S.Miller MIA 7 7 -7.5% -6.9% 16 116 115 0 56% 0 0/0
K.Alexander NYG 5 6 -4.9% -3.9% 10 88 64 0 40% 0 0/0
K.Williams TB 3 -13 -11.8% -16.7% 45 246 274 0 49% 0 0/0
D.Carter KC 2 -1 -10.4% -14.5% 10 89 68 1 60% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
F.Solomon PHI 0 6 -12.7% -7.4% 16 125 95 0 50% 0 0/0
K.Shedd OAK -3 -4 -16.6% -17.5% 11 87 63 1 27% 0 0/0
D.Hughes KC -8 -19 -15.8% -20.2% 33 167 191 1 52% 0 0/0
A.Bailey IND -8 0 -15.8% -12.5% 36 302 206 0 50% 1 0/0
H.Graham NE -13 -10 -27.4% -24.3% 11 64 51 0 45% 0 0/0
B.Stablein IND -13 -6 -17.7% -15.0% 34 192 187 1 53% 0 1/18
M.Floyd HOIL -13 -17 -19.5% -21.5% 22 145 135 1 45% 0 1/11
C.Williams BAL -15 -15 -20.4% -20.5% 23 93 138 1 65% 0 0/0
A.Matthews DET -19 -25 -38.0% -45.4% 10 41 33 0 30% 0 0/0
T.Mickens GB -20 -21 -21.0% -21.3% 32 157 165 2 56% 1 0/0
Jack Jackson CHI -23 -23 -42.3% -42.1% 10 39 29 0 40% 0 0/0
R.Copeland BUF -24 -23 -28.4% -27.9% 19 85 88 0 37% 0 1/42
D.Palmer MIN -25 -25 -40.8% -40.7% 11 40 35 0 55% 0 0/0
J.Horn KC -26 -30 -47.1% -52.3% 9 30 23 0 22% 0 1/27
B.Still SD -28 -28 -30.5% -30.6% 19 142 87 0 32% 1 3/33
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Ingram PHI -28 -38 -47.6% -59.4% 11 33 24 0 18% 0 0/0
R.Ismail CAR -30 -28 -23.6% -22.8% 33 214 179 0 36% 0 2/66
J.J.Stokes SF -30 -33 -22.4% -23.5% 39 249 206 0 46% 0 0/0
A.Harper TB -31 -37 -21.4% -23.3% 46 289 240 1 41% 1 1/37
J.Ross STL -33 -27 -27.9% -25.6% 28 160 125 0 54% 0 0/0
K.Stewart PIT -41 -28 -25.3% -21.4% 42 293 202 3 40% 0 0/0
O.Ellison SD -41 -44 -60.4% -63.7% 11 15 9 0 27% 0 0/0
A.Toomer NYG -50 -50 -80.5% -80.6% 10 12 -14 0 10% 0 0/0
E.Mills PIT -50 -50 -42.7% -43.1% 21 92 61 1 33% 0 0/0
J.T.Thomas STL -53 -63 -44.0% -49.7% 22 46 60 0 32% 0 0/0
D.Howard GB -57 -65 -43.7% -47.8% 23 95 66 0 57% 1 1/41
L.Dawsey NYG -65 -57 -32.8% -30.4% 43 233 166 0 42% 0 0/0
J.Arnold PIT -69 -69 -66.2% -66.0% 17 76 3 0 35% 1 0/0
A.Van Dyke NYJ -97 -93 -42.2% -40.8% 43 118 124 1 40% 0 1/24
L.DeRamus NO -107 -92 -46.6% -41.9% 42 182 98 1 36% 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 74 1 70 1 49.6% 5 45.0% 5 15 127 0 0
J.Rice SF 59 2 62 2 60.3% 4 64.6% 4 11 77 1 0
R.Ismail CAR 57 3 58 3 93.4% 2 94.0% 2 8 80 1 0
L.Shepherd WAS 51 4 52 4 148.6% 1 152.4% 1 7 88 2 1
C.Conway CHI 29 5 27 5 38.2% 6 33.4% 6 7 46 0 0
T.Glenn NE 24 6 25 6 73.0% 3 77.7% 3 5 42 0 0
E.Moulds BUF 20 7 22 7 -11.4% 8 -8.9% 8 12 44 0 0
T.Brown OAK 19 8 18 8 24.6% 7 23.3% 7 6 35 0 0
J.Morton DET 7 9 8 9 -23.9% 9 -20.4% 9 9 35 0 0
S.Tasker BUF -1 10 -2 11 -40.5% 10 -43.4% 10 9 31 0 1
A.Reed BUF -5 11 -2 10 -52.6% 11 -44.3% 11 8 20 0 1