Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 1997

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, 81 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Freeman GB 393 1 413 1 23.0% 5 24.8% 137 1,243 1,478 12 59% 1 5/72
J.Reed MIN 391 2 384 2 29.5% 1 28.8% 117 1,138 1,328 6 58% 0 4/97
K.McCardell JAC 352 3 347 3 21.8% 6 21.3% 129 1,164 1,351 5 66% 0 2/71
T.Brown OAK 314 4 338 4 12.0% 15 14.0% 162 1,408 1,497 5 64% 1 4/56
C.Calloway NYG 312 5 329 5 25.3% 3 27.4% 98 849 1,129 8 59% 0 10/191
R.Smith DEN 305 6 321 6 16.9% 11 18.5% 131 1,180 1,288 12 53% 3 5/160
J.Galloway SEA 277 7 245 13 10.5% 19 7.8% 148 1,049 1,383 12 49% 0 6/116
T.Owens SF 269 8 279 8 20.5% 8 21.8% 103 936 1,056 8 58% 1 1/39
H.Moore DET 263 9 262 10 7.0% 32 6.9% 170 1,293 1,479 8 61% 0 1/9
J.Smith JAC 257 10 255 11 9.1% 28 8.9% 152 1,324 1,341 4 54% 1 2/62
Y.Thigpen PIT 255 11 292 7 9.8% 24 13.0% 149 1,398 1,301 7 53% 1 1/15
M.Harrison IND 253 12 253 12 14.3% 14 14.3% 118 866 1,136 6 62% 1 4/108
I.Fryar PHI 242 13 266 9 7.7% 30 9.8% 153 1,316 1,321 6 56% 1 2/44
R.Brooks GB 227 14 234 14 10.3% 21 11.0% 118 1,010 1,140 7 51% 0 8/104
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Scott CIN 226 15 224 15 16.5% 12 16.2% 97 797 965 5 56% 0 3/75
M.Irvin DAL 215 16 197 18 4.2% 35 2.8% 156 1,180 1,355 9 48% 0 5/49
O.J.McDuffie MIA 209 17 210 16 10.3% 20 10.5% 118 946 1,048 1 64% 0 1/3
T.Mathis ATL 201 18 178 22 11.2% 16 8.4% 109 802 984 6 57% 0 0/0
R.Moore ARI 199 19 179 20 0.0% 44 -1.2% 208 1,584 1,570 8 47% 0 6/71
J.J.Stokes SF 199 20 204 17 19.8% 9 20.7% 80 733 791 4 73% 1 0/0
S.Dawkins IND 196 21 171 23 10.5% 18 7.6% 111 804 977 2 61% 0 2/81
A.Rison KC 179 22 150 29 2.7% 38 0.2% 151 1,092 1,216 7 48% 0 3/54
J.McKnight SEA 165 23 183 19 21.8% 7 25.6% 64 637 634 6 53% 1 1/33
J.Lewis BAL 163 24 168 24 17.6% 10 18.5% 70 648 681 6 60% 0 1/9
K.Williams TB 160 25 149 30 23.5% 4 21.1% 55 486 597 4 60% 0 0/0
R.Hill NO 160 26 160 26 9.5% 25 9.5% 95 761 824 2 58% 0 4/50
E.McCaffrey DEN 158 27 159 27 10.0% 22 10.2% 85 590 800 8 53% 0 3/54
M.Carrier CAR 157 28 164 25 26.0% 2 27.7% 51 437 562 2 65% 1 2/34
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Jefferson NE 154 29 155 28 9.2% 27 9.3% 93 841 802 2 58% 2 1/18
C.Carter MIN 145 30 127 35 -1.1% 49 -2.5% 158 1,069 1,234 13 56% 3 1/16
Q.Early BUF 143 31 140 32 1.7% 40 1.4% 122 853 1,017 5 49% 0 7/154
J.Jett OAK 140 32 148 31 5.9% 33 7.0% 101 804 820 12 46% 2 2/41
K.Johnson NYJ 134 33 179 21 0.1% 43 4.4% 135 963 1,048 5 52% 0 4/82
D.Alexander BAL 122 34 131 34 0.0% 45 1.0% 124 1,009 960 9 52% 1 0/0
L.Shepherd WAS 110 35 117 36 7.6% 31 8.8% 69 562 606 5 42% 0 2/32
T.Glenn NE 110 36 90 45 14.4% 13 9.5% 49 431 494 2 55% 1 3/47
C.Pickens CIN 108 37 105 39 1.1% 41 0.7% 95 695 800 5 55% 1 5/83
H.Ellard WAS 107 38 95 42 9.3% 26 6.9% 65 485 556 4 49% 0 1/10
A.Reed BUF 106 39 135 33 -0.7% 47 2.6% 114 880 874 5 53% 0 2/46
L.Thomas MIA 98 40 98 41 10.7% 17 10.7% 52 402 487 2 54% 0 2/45
C.Sanders TEN 95 41 111 37 5.4% 34 8.3% 64 498 571 3 48% 1 5/156
C.Conway CHI 94 42 92 44 10.0% 23 9.6% 52 476 476 1 58% 0 1/35
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
W.Chrebet NYJ 89 43 102 40 -0.9% 48 0.9% 102 799 742 3 57% 0 3/50
R.Proehl CHI 83 44 72 48 -2.7% 51 -3.9% 105 753 798 7 55% 2 3/16
F.Solomon PHI 82 45 85 46 8.0% 29 8.8% 51 455 444 3 57% 1 2/12
C.Hawkins PIT 81 46 105 38 2.7% 37 7.2% 69 555 552 3 65% 1 1/14
T.Brown NE 79 47 95 43 2.6% 39 5.8% 69 607 538 6 59% 0 0/0
M.Pritchard SEA 79 48 70 49 -3.8% 52 -4.8% 115 843 845 2 56% 2 1/5
B.Emanuel ATL 69 49 50 53 -6.0% 56 -7.9% 140 991 949 9 46% 2 0/0
F.Sanders ARI 66 50 42 57 -6.7% 58 -8.9% 143 1,020 989 4 52% 3 1/29
D.Dunn CIN 66 51 79 47 3.7% 36 6.9% 53 414 423 2 51% 0 1/16
I.Bruce STL 63 52 57 51 -5.8% 55 -6.4% 119 815 838 5 47% 1 4/74
T.Small STL 60 53 46 56 -0.4% 46 -3.3% 64 488 486 1 50% 0 1/7
C.Jordan MIA 57 54 50 52 0.2% 42 -1.3% 55 471 442 3 49% 2 1/27
W.Davis TEN 53 55 46 55 -4.8% 54 -5.9% 89 564 627 4 48% 0 1/15
J.Morton DET 51 56 47 54 -8.2% 61 -8.5% 148 1,057 1,000 6 54% 2 2/18
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Jackson BAL 49 57 66 50 -8.1% 60 -6.6% 137 918 957 4 50% 2 4/107
R.Ismail CAR 42 58 36 60 -4.1% 53 -5.3% 65 419 458 2 55% 0 1/10
S.Williams DAL 41 59 37 59 -2.6% 50 -3.6% 53 308 392 1 57% 0 2/18
R.Carruth CAR 41 60 37 58 -6.3% 57 -6.9% 81 549 572 4 54% 2 2/31
A.Miller DAL 33 61 21 61 -8.5% 63 -10.0% 98 645 688 4 47% 1 5/79
A.Bailey IND 24 62 21 62 -6.8% 59 -7.5% 55 329 361 3 47% 0 0/0
Br.Blades SEA 18 63 2 66 -8.4% 62 -12.2% 55 319 367 2 55% 1 0/0
E.Guliford NO 16 64 16 63 -8.8% 64 -8.8% 56 362 356 1 48% 0 1/15
C.Johnson PIT 13 65 5 64 -10.8% 65 -12.0% 91 568 581 2 51% 0 0/0
M.Timpson PHI 5 66 4 65 -11.9% 66 -12.0% 82 484 509 2 51% 1 0/0
R.Anthony TB 1 67 0 67 -12.6% 67 -12.7% 79 448 511 4 44% 0 2/48
M.Westbrook WAS -1 68 -1 68 -12.8% 68 -12.8% 92 559 613 3 37% 0 6/89
A.Hastings NO -7 69 -27 74 -13.5% 69 -15.6% 118 722 737 5 41% 0 4/39
H.Copeland TB -9 70 -3 70 -14.5% 70 -13.3% 61 432 380 1 54% 3 2/86
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Perriman KC -11 71 -8 71 -14.9% 71 -14.2% 64 392 389 1 39% 0 4/64
E.Metcalf SD -18 72 -2 69 -15.8% 72 -13.1% 77 576 435 2 52% 1 0/0
E.Kennison STL -22 73 -24 72 -17.3% 75 -17.7% 64 404 354 0 39% 0 1/38
B.Engram CHI -24 74 -29 75 -16.7% 73 -17.5% 75 399 451 2 60% 1 1/24
E.Moulds BUF -47 75 -47 77 -24.4% 78 -24.4% 52 294 258 0 56% 1 1/18
C.Penn CHI -51 76 -85 80 -18.6% 76 -22.5% 110 576 625 3 43% 1 1/6
K.Alexander NYG -51 77 -54 78 -26.4% 79 -27.0% 49 276 229 1 37% 0 1/9
T.Martin SD -52 78 -26 73 -17.3% 74 -14.9% 145 904 839 6 43% 0 0/0
J.Graham NYJ -68 79 -45 76 -22.2% 77 -18.9% 92 542 479 2 46% 0 0/0
M.Muhammad CAR -75 80 -76 79 -27.4% 80 -27.7% 62 317 302 0 44% 0 1/18
C.Jones SD -142 81 -116 81 -35.4% 81 -31.2% 80 423 299 1 40% 0 2/6

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Kinchen ATL 102 105 43.9% 45.3% 23 266 298 1 70% 0 2/34
B.Stablein IND 95 87 27.5% 24.4% 31 254 332 1 81% 0 3/19
M.Seay PHI 70 73 33.3% 35.3% 21 187 227 1 62% 0 0/0
A.Connell WAS 59 58 28.7% 28.2% 17 138 203 2 53% 0 1/21
J.Hundon CIN 57 58 9.6% 10.0% 31 285 293 2 52% 1 1/14
K.Crawford STL 56 58 26.6% 28.0% 19 232 199 0 58% 0 0/0
K.Williams ARI 55 51 7.2% 5.9% 37 273 305 1 54% 0 0/0
F.Bownes CHI 50 40 19.8% 12.8% 20 146 200 0 60% 0 1/25
C.Walsh MIN 49 42 18.5% 14.1% 18 114 200 1 61% 0 1/6
L.Dawson KC 41 49 1.9% 4.5% 36 273 292 2 58% 0 1/6
C.Thomas WAS 39 39 17.6% 17.7% 15 93 163 0 73% 0 1/7
D.Ward NYJ 35 37 7.0% 8.3% 24 212 196 1 75% 1 0/0
A.Toomer NYG 33 29 -1.8% -3.1% 37 263 292 1 43% 0 2/46
D.Mayes GB 29 31 -1.3% -0.4% 34 290 252 0 53% 0 0/0
B.Manning MIA 29 20 14.3% 6.0% 13 85 128 0 54% 0 1/13
B.Still SD 24 32 -5.7% -3.4% 44 324 314 0 55% 0 2/25
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
V.Brisby NE 23 16 -6.5% -8.3% 46 276 332 2 50% 0 1/18
W.Jackson JAC 21 13 -4.4% -7.6% 35 206 242 2 49% 0 0/0
D.Hughes KC 17 21 4.9% 9.1% 13 65 101 2 54% 0 0/0
J.Roe BAL 15 15 0.7% 1.2% 14 124 112 0 50% 0 0/0
K.Shedd OAK 14 0 -1.8% -12.6% 18 115 128 0 56% 0 0/0
D.Patten NYG 10 12 -8.8% -8.0% 33 226 225 2 39% 0 1/24
R.Thomas TB 10 7 -7.6% -8.8% 24 129 172 0 54% 0 2/40
J.Kent TEN 7 8 -2.7% -2.6% 10 55 72 1 60% 0 0/0
O.Truitt OAK 1 5 -10.8% -6.1% 12 91 65 1 58% 0 0/0
W.Green DEN -5 -8 -14.0% -14.7% 43 240 291 2 44% 0 6/70
I.Uwaezuoke SF -10 -9 -18.3% -17.7% 24 165 128 0 58% 1 0/0
M.Hatchette MIN -15 -17 -30.9% -33.1% 12 54 44 0 25% 0 0/0
T.Vanover KC -19 -21 -26.7% -28.5% 17 92 80 0 41% 0 0/0
M.Haynes ATL -19 -21 -20.8% -21.7% 31 154 161 1 39% 0 2/41
D.Hobbs NO -20 -24 -28.1% -31.4% 17 85 74 1 41% 1 1/25
M.Floyd STL -21 -15 -42.7% -34.3% 10 39 26 0 40% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Bech NO -24 -23 -48.0% -46.0% 10 50 20 0 30% 0 0/0
J.Reese BUF -24 -30 -44.6% -52.9% 9 13 26 0 11% 0 1/26
T.Boyd DET -26 -26 -26.3% -26.6% 25 142 116 0 40% 0 0/0
J.Ross STL -29 -31 -45.5% -47.6% 12 37 29 0 25% 0 0/0
D.Beebe GB -37 -39 -57.9% -60.7% 10 28 12 0 20% 0 0/0
D.Mason TEN -41 -36 -30.7% -28.4% 30 186 126 0 47% 1 0/0
A.Edwards ARI -43 -48 -28.0% -30.0% 39 203 164 0 51% 0 0/0
A.Harper WAS -53 -58 -46.1% -49.7% 20 65 50 0 10% 0 2/40
E.Mills CAR -55 -65 -33.8% -37.6% 35 127 132 1 31% 0 0/0
W.Blackwell PIT -57 -56 -39.4% -39.1% 29 168 89 1 41% 0 0/0
T.Lewis NYG -59 -45 -55.1% -44.9% 20 84 26 0 25% 0 0/0
D.Palmer MIN -60 -63 -32.3% -33.0% 40 193 159 1 65% 1 0/0
F.Barnett MIA -85 -86 -36.4% -36.6% 45 166 166 1 38% 1 3/45
R.Yarborough BAL -90 -89 -51.2% -50.5% 31 183 57 0 52% 3 0/0
D.Russell TEN -92 -83 -46.3% -43.1% 37 141 87 1 32% 0 0/0

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 4 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
T.Vanover KC 50 1 49 1 164.1% 1 162.0% 1 5 50 0 0
R.Anthony TB 46 2 49 2 92.3% 2 98.6% 2 5 84 0 0
J.Galloway SEA 27 3 27 3 10.3% 4 10.4% 4 9 72 0 0
R.Carruth CAR 16 4 18 4 19.3% 3 25.9% 3 6 23 0 0
R.Smith DEN 13 5 12 5 6.2% 5 0.9% 5 5 16 0 0
C.Hawkins PIT 10 6 10 6 0.1% 6 -2.2% 6 5 17 0 0
T.Brown OAK 5 7 3 7 -17.8% 7 -27.8% 7 5 19 0 0
D.Palmer MIN 0 8 0 8 -38.9% 8 -38.9% 8 11 36 1 1