Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 1998

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/25/2012

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, 78 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
E.Moulds BUF 456 1 427 2 38.4% 1 35.3% 116 1,368 1,398 9 58% 0 2/45
R.Moss MIN 425 2 435 1 29.8% 5 30.8% 124 1,317 1,443 17 56% 1 4/161
W.Chrebet NYJ 397 3 387 4 31.5% 4 30.3% 115 1,083 1,319 8 65% 0 2/44
T.Owens SF 388 4 398 3 36.2% 2 37.4% 104 1,097 1,218 14 64% 1 0/0
E.McCaffrey DEN 370 5 364 5 36.1% 3 35.4% 99 1,053 1,162 10 65% 1 2/25
T.Mathis ATL 349 6 347 7 26.5% 6 26.3% 114 1,136 1,240 11 56% 0 3/38
A.Freeman GB 342 7 360 6 15.6% 14 17.1% 153 1,424 1,490 14 55% 0 4/86
R.Smith DEN 339 8 318 9 18.7% 12 16.7% 139 1,222 1,381 6 62% 0 1/27
K.Johnson NYJ 292 9 275 13 11.8% 22 10.4% 149 1,131 1,402 10 56% 0 5/94
D.Alexander KC 290 10 283 12 20.8% 10 19.9% 107 992 1,132 4 50% 0 9/241
C.Carter MIN 290 11 300 10 15.7% 13 16.6% 125 1,011 1,260 12 62% 0 3/40
J.J.Stokes SF 289 12 298 11 26.2% 7 27.4% 93 770 1,030 8 68% 0 4/59
J.Smith JAC 288 13 324 8 14.3% 16 17.7% 134 1,182 1,294 8 58% 2 7/186
T.Martin ATL 262 14 263 14 14.4% 15 14.5% 132 1,181 1,173 6 50% 0 3/39
A.Reed BUF 224 15 211 15 12.7% 20 11.2% 108 795 1,050 5 58% 0 4/75
M.Muhammad CAR 206 16 194 17 13.0% 19 11.6% 106 941 956 6 64% 2 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
F.Sanders ARI 201 17 201 16 5.1% 32 5.1% 144 1,145 1,220 3 62% 2 2/52
L.Thomas MIA 196 18 193 18 23.7% 8 23.0% 67 603 729 5 64% 0 4/37
H.Moore DET 189 19 189 19 6.6% 30 6.6% 129 983 1,080 5 64% 0 1/18
J.Jett OAK 179 20 188 20 14.3% 17 15.6% 88 882 804 6 51% 0 2/23
M.Westbrook WAS 160 21 172 21 9.7% 26 11.5% 90 736 818 6 49% 0 5/129
O.Gadsden MIA 160 22 150 28 10.6% 24 9.2% 87 713 793 7 55% 2 3/47
S.Jefferson NE 159 23 137 32 12.7% 21 9.2% 79 771 747 2 43% 0 4/76
B.Engram CHI 158 24 152 25 4.4% 33 3.7% 114 987 988 5 56% 1 2/17
T.Small IND 157 25 152 26 10.3% 25 9.5% 87 681 789 7 52% 0 4/69
R.Ismail CAR 153 26 149 30 3.4% 34 3.0% 121 1,025 998 8 57% 2 2/48
J.Rice SF 148 27 152 24 -0.2% 42 0.1% 151 1,157 1,188 9 54% 2 3/42
F.Turner BAL 140 28 150 29 19.3% 11 21.5% 57 512 562 5 56% 0 0/0
J.Lewis BAL 137 29 153 23 10.7% 23 13.5% 76 784 677 6 54% 1 1/29
D.Scott CIN 136 30 150 27 7.2% 29 9.2% 88 817 759 7 58% 0 1/6
B.Schroeder GB 136 31 133 33 22.1% 9 21.5% 48 452 519 1 65% 1 2/56
J.Galloway SEA 136 32 166 22 -0.1% 41 2.8% 132 1,047 1,079 10 49% 1 7/124
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Davis DAL 129 33 120 34 8.5% 27 7.1% 77 691 684 3 51% 0 2/33
K.McCardell JAC 117 34 141 31 0.6% 39 3.4% 113 892 889 6 57% 0 1/6
C.Johnson PIT 113 35 92 40 -1.2% 46 -3.4% 124 815 974 7 52% 0 4/75
T.Glenn NE 110 36 108 37 2.0% 36 1.8% 98 792 774 3 51% 0 1/25
R.Anthony TB 107 37 120 35 2.0% 35 3.8% 94 708 748 7 54% 0 0/0
K.Poole NO 103 38 101 39 13.9% 18 13.6% 51 509 466 2 47% 0 1/34
M.Irvin DAL 101 39 109 36 -2.7% 47 -1.9% 128 1,057 972 1 58% 1 3/42
M.Harrison IND 84 40 10 62 -3.8% 49 -11.6% 122 776 896 7 48% 0 3/32
B.Still SD 81 41 80 42 0.9% 38 0.6% 79 605 609 2 54% 0 1/12
T.Simmons NE 78 42 60 47 7.9% 28 3.1% 55 474 425 3 42% 0 1/11
D.Ward NYJ 78 43 65 45 5.2% 31 2.2% 59 477 472 4 42% 0 1/39
T.Brown OAK 76 44 80 41 -6.0% 53 -5.5% 153 1,012 1,028 9 53% 2 0/0
C.Calloway NYG 75 45 106 38 -4.4% 50 -1.0% 118 812 848 6 53% 1 3/80
R.Proehl STL 68 46 65 44 -5.1% 52 -5.4% 114 771 829 3 53% 0 3/59
W.Davis TEN 65 47 68 43 1.9% 37 2.6% 59 461 461 3 54% 0 0/0
J.Morton DET 61 48 41 55 -7.0% 56 -8.8% 140 1,028 965 2 49% 0 1/18
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Penn CHI 60 49 60 48 -0.5% 43 -0.4% 61 448 486 3 51% 1 2/18
A.Toomer NYG 53 50 60 49 0.5% 40 2.2% 53 360 406 5 51% 0 2/28
C.Hawkins PIT 53 51 59 50 -6.5% 54 -5.9% 108 751 779 1 61% 0 1/7
C.Conway CHI 51 52 48 53 -6.5% 55 -6.9% 104 733 760 3 52% 1 3/64
J.Reed MIN 50 53 41 56 -3.3% 48 -5.0% 68 474 507 4 50% 0 2/50
D.Mayes GB 48 54 52 52 -0.6% 44 0.6% 51 394 392 3 59% 1 1/6
A.Connell WAS 46 55 52 51 -0.8% 45 0.7% 54 451 386 2 52% 0 0/0
R.Brooks GB 39 56 41 54 -4.5% 51 -4.1% 62 420 451 3 50% 0 1/2
M.Pritchard SEA 37 57 62 46 -7.7% 58 -4.4% 101 742 668 3 57% 1 0/0
S.Dawkins NO 30 58 37 57 -9.1% 59 -8.2% 106 823 722 1 50% 2 3/64
O.J.McDuffie MIA 29 59 29 59 -10.4% 60 -10.4% 165 1,050 1,090 7 55% 0 1/15
R.Moore ARI 26 60 7 63 -10.5% 61 -12.1% 146 982 1,030 5 46% 0 9/105
J.McKnight SEA 20 61 30 58 -7.3% 57 -4.4% 49 346 329 2 43% 0 1/19
C.Pickens CIN 9 62 23 60 -11.9% 62 -10.9% 155 1,028 1,043 5 53% 2 9/102
L.Shepherd WAS 2 63 -1 64 -12.4% 63 -12.7% 114 712 739 8 38% 0 1/10
J.Graham PHI -6 64 10 61 -13.5% 64 -11.2% 91 600 566 2 52% 0 3/23
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
Y.Thigpen TEN -26 65 -36 66 -16.8% 65 -18.4% 83 493 471 3 46% 0 0/0
W.Blackwell PIT -31 66 -39 68 -19.9% 69 -21.8% 55 297 304 1 58% 0 0/0
M.Jackson BAL -38 67 -40 69 -19.3% 67 -19.6% 76 477 416 0 50% 1 1/29
M.Carrier CAR -40 68 -36 67 -23.3% 70 -22.4% 51 301 245 2 37% 0 1/13
K.Williams BUF -48 69 -66 71 -23.3% 71 -27.4% 61 394 292 1 48% 1 0/0
C.Jones SD -53 70 -32 65 -19.1% 66 -16.6% 107 699 598 3 43% 0 3/43
B.Emanuel TB -53 71 -45 70 -19.6% 68 -18.5% 97 636 546 2 42% 0 3/63
A.Hastings NO -72 72 -86 72 -23.3% 72 -25.4% 86 455 440 3 41% 0 2/46
A.Rison KC -90 73 -86 73 -25.5% 75 -25.0% 91 542 436 5 44% 1 0/0
I.Hilliard NYG -97 74 -91 74 -24.7% 74 -24.0% 105 715 511 2 49% 2 1/7
J.Pathon IND -97 75 -130 76 -24.4% 73 -28.4% 105 511 528 1 48% 0 2/31
E.Kennison STL -98 76 -93 75 -36.7% 78 -35.4% 51 234 187 1 33% 1 3/19
M.Ricks SD -148 77 -141 77 -34.6% 77 -33.7% 85 450 330 2 35% 1 2/48
I.Fryar PHI -157 78 -166 78 -30.5% 76 -31.6% 112 556 483 2 43% 0 2/11

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
E.Mills DAL 155 159 36.3% 37.7% 41 479 486 4 68% 0 0/0
I.Bruce STL 129 115 23.0% 19.2% 48 457 483 1 67% 0 0/0
B.Bech NO 94 100 44.8% 48.5% 24 264 273 3 58% 0 0/0
K.Lockett KC 90 81 21.0% 17.9% 33 281 349 0 58% 0 3/59
D.Gibson CIN 89 92 28.1% 29.4% 27 258 309 3 70% 0 1/20
T.Brown NE 81 90 16.8% 20.1% 35 346 345 1 66% 0 1/6
D.Mason TEN 80 78 10.7% 10.2% 44 333 394 3 57% 0 2/21
D.Palmer MIN 67 70 24.9% 26.2% 23 185 246 0 78% 0 0/0
G.Crowell DET 59 55 3.5% 2.3% 48 464 387 3 52% 1 1/19
M.Hatchette MIN 53 49 15.6% 13.5% 25 216 232 0 60% 0 0/0
P.Jeffers DAL 52 60 7.8% 11.1% 34 330 284 2 53% 0 1/4
C.Thomas WAS 37 40 9.7% 11.1% 22 173 191 0 64% 0 0/0
Q.Early BUF 35 34 0.8% 0.3% 32 217 264 1 59% 0 4/58
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
W.Green DEN 31 17 5.5% -2.5% 25 194 183 1 64% 0 0/0
B.Stablein DET 26 22 18.2% 13.1% 11 80 106 0 64% 0 0/0
H.Ward PIT 26 26 -3.3% -3.0% 33 246 260 0 45% 0 3/42
J.Horn KC 25 15 0.8% -4.4% 24 198 185 1 58% 1 0/0
T.Mickens OAK 22 9 -6.7% -10.1% 47 346 331 1 51% 0 1/23
J.Roe BAL 19 22 3.0% 5.2% 15 115 128 1 53% 0 1/14
N.Jacquet MIA 13 7 -1.9% -7.1% 16 122 119 0 50% 0 0/0
E.Metcalf ARI 13 14 -9.3% -9.0% 49 324 333 0 63% 0 0/0
W.Jackson CIN 12 20 -3.3% 2.9% 16 165 122 0 44% 0 0/0
R.Thelwell SD 12 20 -8.3% -5.1% 37 268 234 1 43% 0 0/0
D.Sanders DAL 11 8 1.3% -2.4% 11 100 81 0 64% 0 0/0
S.Williams CIN 5 8 -7.6% -4.6% 13 81 87 1 46% 0 0/0
J.Thrash WAS 4 3 -9.9% -10.6% 21 163 134 1 48% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Dunn PIT 3 -1 -10.8% -13.6% 17 87 128 0 53% 0 1/12
T.Boyd DET -10 -6 -23.6% -19.6% 11 52 57 1 36% 0 1/3
J.Jurevicius NYG -10 -17 -18.8% -22.9% 22 146 119 0 41% 0 0/0
B.Blades SEA -11 2 -17.7% -11.8% 28 184 162 0 54% 1 1/50
C.Sanders TEN -11 -5 -19.8% -15.6% 20 136 110 0 25% 0 2/46
E.Guliford NO -14 -11 -22.1% -19.8% 19 124 100 0 53% 0 0/0
J.Ogden DAL -15 -13 -25.4% -23.7% 15 63 72 0 53% 0 2/65
K.Williams TB -15 -15 -17.2% -17.1% 46 252 247 1 46% 0 0/0
J.Hundon CIN -16 -12 -23.2% -20.6% 21 112 100 1 48% 0 1/9
H.Ellard NE -17 -13 -26.1% -23.0% 18 115 77 0 39% 0 0/0
A.Hakim STL -23 -20 -19.4% -18.3% 45 247 249 1 44% 0 0/0
T.Kinchen ATL -24 -30 -29.5% -34.2% 20 161 79 1 55% 2 0/0
E.G.Green IND -28 -7 -25.4% -15.9% 30 177 135 1 50% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Coleman PIT -29 -30 -42.9% -44.3% 13 49 35 1 31% 0 0/0
K.Dyson TEN -32 -31 -21.6% -21.6% 48 263 241 2 44% 0 0/0
W.Slaughter SD -34 -40 -34.3% -38.3% 23 93 77 0 35% 0 0/0
J.T.Thomas STL -35 -24 -22.3% -19.3% 47 287 247 0 43% 0 2/52
J.Green TB -37 -24 -25.9% -21.2% 36 240 172 2 39% 0 0/0
R.Barlow JAC -38 -31 -33.4% -30.0% 26 168 92 0 42% 0 0/0
V.Brisby NE -40 -29 -36.9% -30.3% 21 96 76 2 33% 0 0/0
D.Patten NYG -42 -41 -32.1% -31.5% 27 119 114 1 41% 0 0/0
P.Johnson BAL -51 -49 -35.2% -34.3% 30 156 108 1 40% 0 0/0
R.Copeland GB -52 -48 -28.7% -27.4% 44 239 187 0 45% 1 2/55
A.Ladd NE -59 -65 -93.6% -101.1% 10 0 -28 0 0% 0 0/0
F.Solomon PHI -69 -68 -31.9% -31.6% 48 193 189 1 44% 0 0/0

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 4 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
L.Shepherd WAS 63 1 59 1 171.6% 1 162.7% 1 6 91 1 0
C.Conway CHI 42 2 41 2 133.0% 2 127.9% 2 5 48 0 0
R.Smith DEN 40 3 38 3 68.0% 4 64.2% 4 6 63 0 0
K.Williams BUF 33 4 32 4 83.6% 3 81.0% 3 5 46 0 0
D.Palmer MIN 26 5 27 5 -8.7% 6 -9.1% 6 11 50 0 0
J.Lewis BAL 18 6 17 6 32.2% 5 17.0% 5 5 20 0 0
C.Hawkins PIT 12 7 7 7 -23.8% 8 -27.0% 7 10 41 0 0
J.Galloway SEA 9 8 4 8 -16.9% 7 -29.0% 8 9 26 0 0
T.Dwight ATL -5 9 -4 9 -50.0% 9 -48.4% 9 8 19 0 0