Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 1999

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/28/2012

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, 82 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Smith JAC 466 1 480 1 20.4% 10 21.4% 177 1,636 1,836 6 66% 1 4/61
C.Carter MIN 440 2 430 3 26.6% 7 25.7% 136 1,239 1,563 13 66% 0 3/41
R.Moss MIN 431 3 404 4 27.0% 6 24.6% 138 1,413 1,520 11 58% 1 4/110
I.Bruce STL 422 4 479 2 30.8% 5 36.6% 119 1,165 1,415 12 65% 0 6/151
T.Brown OAK 398 5 390 5 22.9% 8 22.1% 145 1,344 1,499 6 62% 0 2/31
M.Harrison IND 354 6 352 7 10.2% 29 10.1% 193 1,663 1,779 12 60% 2 4/92
P.Jeffers CAR 345 7 373 6 31.9% 4 35.7% 101 1,082 1,128 12 62% 0 1/31
M.Robinson CHI 329 8 303 9 16.1% 17 13.8% 149 1,400 1,413 9 56% 0 2/26
M.Westbrook WAS 327 9 334 8 22.8% 9 23.5% 115 1,194 1,234 9 57% 2 5/143
K.Johnson NYJ 281 10 282 11 11.7% 25 11.8% 147 1,170 1,352 8 61% 0 4/70
S.Dawkins SEA 272 11 232 20 16.4% 16 12.2% 114 992 1,161 7 51% 1 6/81
T.Martin MIA 266 12 282 10 17.2% 15 19.0% 117 1,037 1,116 5 57% 0 2/67
G.Crowell DET 264 13 257 14 10.6% 27 9.9% 147 1,333 1,315 7 55% 1 3/88
A.Connell WAS 256 14 270 12 13.6% 20 15.0% 121 1,132 1,174 7 51% 1 8/218
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Dwight ATL 250 15 254 15 51.5% 1 52.5% 50 669 687 7 64% 0 1/7
J.Morton DET 245 16 237 19 10.4% 28 9.7% 133 1,129 1,224 5 60% 0 5/44
A.Hakim STL 243 17 249 16 46.5% 2 47.9% 56 677 693 8 64% 0 1/5
M.Muhammad CAR 243 18 270 13 7.3% 35 9.5% 156 1,253 1,351 8 62% 1 2/29
T.Glenn NE 241 19 220 23 14.0% 19 11.7% 116 1,147 1,093 4 59% 2 2/23
D.Mayes SEA 240 20 229 21 17.7% 14 16.3% 102 829 998 10 61% 1 2/44
I.Hilliard NYG 236 21 225 22 12.8% 21 11.6% 121 996 1,104 3 60% 0 1/23
E.Moulds BUF 230 22 239 18 11.8% 24 12.8% 117 994 1,103 7 56% 1 4/90
D.Scott CIN 228 23 216 24 11.0% 26 9.7% 123 1,022 1,123 7 55% 0 3/88
A.Toomer NYG 213 24 240 17 6.8% 36 9.2% 138 1,183 1,208 6 57% 0 7/107
K.Poole NO 211 25 200 26 19.0% 13 17.4% 85 796 854 6 49% 0 2/71
J.Horn KC 211 26 195 27 33.7% 3 30.3% 59 586 680 6 59% 0 0/0
B.Schroeder GB 211 27 210 25 9.6% 31 9.5% 123 1,053 1,078 5 60% 3 4/66
E.McCaffrey DEN 205 28 168 32 8.6% 32 4.8% 125 1,018 1,085 7 57% 0 1/31
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Jefferson NE 203 29 193 28 20.0% 12 18.3% 78 698 807 6 51% 0 2/49
A.Freeman GB 187 30 184 30 5.1% 37 4.7% 134 1,074 1,137 6 55% 1 4/58
R.Smith DEN 185 31 160 33 4.4% 38 2.0% 139 1,020 1,160 4 57% 1 6/120
Y.Thigpen TEN 180 32 186 29 20.2% 11 21.3% 68 648 711 4 56% 1 3/80
O.Gadsden MIA 175 33 172 31 12.6% 22 12.1% 91 803 824 6 53% 0 0/0
J.Graham SD 141 34 130 34 3.5% 39 2.3% 116 968 916 2 49% 0 0/0
A.Hastings NO 136 35 129 35 15.1% 18 13.8% 64 564 600 1 63% 0 2/39
J.Reed MIN 132 36 120 36 8.1% 34 6.3% 79 643 711 2 56% 0 5/64
T.Brown NE 110 37 102 39 12.4% 23 10.4% 55 471 521 1 65% 0 1/8
T.Wilkins IND 109 38 109 37 8.2% 33 8.3% 68 565 586 4 62% 1 1/30
J.Green TB 101 39 98 40 0.2% 42 -0.2% 102 806 793 3 56% 0 0/0
K.Lockett KC 97 40 97 41 10.0% 30 9.8% 57 426 494 2 60% 0 0/0
R.Ismail DAL 93 41 94 42 -3.5% 45 -3.4% 132 1,097 967 6 61% 1 3/34
T.Owens SF 84 42 106 38 -1.8% 44 1.0% 98 754 751 4 61% 1 1/10
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Jett OAK 80 43 82 45 0.2% 41 0.4% 79 552 628 2 49% 0 3/48
J.Armour BAL 75 44 64 48 -1.1% 43 -2.8% 87 538 640 4 43% 0 3/92
K.Williams BUF 63 45 35 59 3.0% 40 -3.9% 51 381 421 0 61% 0 1/4
T.Mathis ATL 63 46 92 44 -7.3% 55 -4.9% 153 1,016 1,047 6 53% 0 1/24
H.Ward PIT 62 47 70 46 -4.9% 49 -3.8% 101 638 738 7 60% 1 2/34
D.Alexander KC 59 48 35 58 -5.5% 50 -8.3% 105 832 756 2 51% 0 1/16
T.Holt STL 59 49 93 43 -4.5% 47 0.2% 96 788 676 6 54% 3 2/45
C.Bradford GB 57 50 64 49 -4.8% 48 -3.8% 90 637 669 5 41% 1 7/208
W.Chrebet NYJ 52 51 59 52 -4.2% 46 -3.1% 81 631 581 3 59% 0 1/5
K.Dyson TEN 52 52 63 50 -6.2% 52 -4.8% 103 658 732 4 52% 0 3/37
C.Pickens CIN 45 53 39 56 -7.6% 56 -8.2% 108 737 786 6 53% 1 4/35
O.J.McDuffie MIA 41 54 39 57 -6.0% 51 -6.4% 79 516 565 2 54% 1 0/0
Q.Ismail BAL 41 55 46 54 -9.0% 58 -8.6% 142 1,105 971 6 48% 2 3/87
T.Edwards PIT 38 56 26 60 -8.5% 57 -9.8% 117 714 804 5 52% 1 3/47
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Johnson CLE 38 57 60 51 -9.0% 59 -7.0% 135 986 907 8 49% 0 3/42
D.Chiaverini CLE 33 58 50 53 -6.9% 54 -4.1% 76 487 520 4 58% 0 1/10
B.Engram CHI 32 59 -4 64 -9.9% 60 -13.0% 148 950 994 4 59% 2 0/0
P.Johnson BAL 30 60 69 47 -6.3% 53 1.8% 58 526 434 3 50% 1 2/59
A.Reed BUF 13 61 2 63 -10.9% 61 -12.4% 92 536 606 1 57% 0 2/25
D.Ward NYJ 6 62 7 62 -11.2% 62 -11.1% 55 325 349 3 40% 0 2/81
J.Rice SF 3 63 42 55 -12.4% 63 -8.4% 124 830 817 5 54% 0 3/22
T.Small PHI -8 64 -4 65 -13.7% 65 -13.2% 100 655 613 4 49% 0 2/15
K.McCardell JAC -9 65 16 61 -13.5% 64 -11.2% 147 893 918 5 53% 1 3/38
P.Price BUF -11 66 -20 69 -14.5% 66 -16.3% 69 393 440 3 45% 0 5/65
E.Mills DAL -11 67 -10 66 -15.5% 69 -15.2% 53 325 307 0 57% 0 2/19
W.Jackson CIN -16 68 -15 67 -15.8% 70 -15.7% 64 369 377 2 48% 0 1/6
R.Moore ARI -18 69 -21 70 -15.0% 68 -15.3% 97 621 613 5 38% 0 6/88
E.Kennison NO -20 70 -18 68 -14.7% 67 -14.5% 129 835 769 4 47% 0 2/19
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Ricks SD -27 71 -22 71 -17.4% 72 -16.4% 74 434 426 0 54% 0 1/25
J.Galloway SEA -30 72 -41 73 -20.0% 74 -22.8% 53 335 285 1 42% 0 0/0
C.Hawkins PIT -32 73 -26 72 -19.9% 73 -18.5% 55 285 315 0 55% 0 2/21
J.Lewis BAL -51 74 -49 75 -23.7% 77 -23.4% 58 281 299 2 43% 0 3/82
F.Sanders ARI -52 75 -47 74 -17.0% 71 -16.6% 152 955 913 1 52% 2 1/4
C.Conway CHI -57 76 -65 76 -22.0% 75 -23.3% 79 426 414 4 56% 2 0/0
C.Johnson PHI -58 77 -75 79 -22.9% 76 -25.7% 71 414 378 1 48% 1 1/20
B.Emanuel TB -72 78 -71 78 -29.5% 79 -29.1% 52 238 241 1 42% 0 5/81
D.Boston ARI -73 79 -65 77 -24.3% 78 -23.0% 81 473 403 2 49% 1 1/24
R.Anthony TB -86 80 -90 80 -31.4% 80 -32.2% 60 296 248 1 50% 1 0/0
L.Shepherd CLE -102 81 -122 82 -35.8% 82 -40.4% 59 274 208 0 39% 0 0/0
J.J.Stokes SF -136 82 -99 81 -34.0% 81 -28.3% 79 431 317 3 43% 1 3/34

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Tucker DAL 105 110 17.0% 18.3% 46 439 443 2 50% 0 2/58
B.Shaw PIT 104 107 18.9% 19.9% 43 387 421 3 65% 0 0/0
R.Proehl STL 77 76 8.1% 7.8% 49 349 415 0 67% 0 0/0
M.Pritchard SEA 75 68 7.3% 5.6% 48 375 416 2 54% 0 1/13
J.German ATL 68 73 35.4% 39.2% 20 219 215 3 60% 0 0/0
M.Irvin DAL 56 65 21.9% 27.0% 20 167 216 3 50% 0 2/25
C.Calloway ATL 55 46 4.4% 1.5% 42 314 345 1 52% 0 0/0
T.Simmons NE 48 45 6.5% 5.2% 33 276 276 2 58% 0 0/0
K.Stewart PIT 45 34 30.8% 20.4% 16 113 150 1 56% 0 0/0
M.Hatchette MIN 43 37 18.0% 13.3% 19 180 179 2 47% 0 0/0
D.Hayes CAR 39 42 3.5% 4.9% 29 270 254 2 38% 0 1/19
V.Brisby NE 28 22 -1.4% -3.8% 34 266 246 0 53% 0 1/6
H.Moore DET 28 24 -0.8% -2.2% 31 197 231 2 52% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
I.Byrd TEN 27 21 1.9% -1.6% 25 261 192 2 56% 1 0/0
J.Jurevicius NYG 25 13 -4.4% -8.3% 38 318 277 1 47% 1 1/33
C.Brazzell DAL 22 22 16.0% 16.9% 11 114 94 0 45% 0 0/0
R.Carruth CAR 19 26 -3.3% 0.7% 26 200 189 0 54% 0 0/0
M.Cody ARI 17 16 6.0% 4.7% 11 60 100 1 55% 0 1/20
E.Baker ATL 10 12 -4.4% -2.5% 14 118 108 0 50% 0 1/7
M.Brooks CHI 10 2 -8.0% -11.7% 27 160 181 0 52% 0 0/0
M.Booker CHI 5 -5 -10.8% -14.7% 34 219 223 3 56% 0 0/0
C.Penn SD 4 0 -11.3% -12.5% 38 257 248 1 45% 1 2/29
I.Fryar WAS 1 1 -12.3% -12.5% 46 254 312 2 57% 0 2/68
Ron.Harris ATL 1 -3 -11.9% -14.8% 19 166 105 0 53% 1 0/0
D.Jells PHI -1 -3 -13.0% -14.0% 29 180 183 2 34% 0 1/25
E.G.Green IND -6 -2 -14.4% -13.4% 44 287 267 0 48% 0 2/8
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Barlow JAC -7 -8 -15.9% -16.2% 28 202 166 0 57% 1 1/30
D.McDonald TB -10 -9 -21.8% -21.3% 15 96 72 1 60% 0 0/0
C.Jordan GB -13 -15 -30.6% -32.9% 10 60 41 0 30% 0 0/0
B.Davis BAL -14 -8 -25.3% -19.5% 15 121 70 0 40% 0 0/0
D.Douglas PHI -16 -21 -25.6% -29.8% 16 79 75 1 50% 0 0/0
K.Williams TB -16 -16 -19.3% -19.1% 33 176 173 0 64% 0 0/0
Q.Early NYJ -19 -24 -28.9% -32.6% 17 83 68 0 35% 0 0/0
A.Cooper DEN -20 -16 -29.0% -26.3% 17 98 68 0 53% 0 0/0
B.Stablein DET -21 -32 -23.7% -29.7% 26 119 123 1 42% 1 0/0
C.Sanders TEN -22 -22 -18.8% -18.6% 48 336 261 1 42% 0 0/0
Y.Green MIA -23 -18 -19.9% -18.4% 40 234 220 0 45% 0 0/0
E.Metcalf CAR -24 -10 -27.2% -18.9% 22 121 97 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Ogden DAL -24 -16 -24.4% -20.7% 27 144 129 0 44% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Rison KC -25 -28 -20.0% -20.9% 44 218 241 0 48% 0 3/53
D.Griffin CIN -26 -25 -29.2% -28.7% 21 112 89 0 57% 0 0/0
T.Mickens OAK -28 -29 -21.8% -22.1% 40 261 209 0 50% 1 1/2
M.Harris SF -31 -28 -45.1% -42.1% 14 66 32 0 43% 0 0/0
N.Brown PHI -31 -30 -23.7% -23.3% 36 188 186 1 50% 0 1/36
C.Jones SD -33 -39 -36.7% -41.1% 19 90 64 1 53% 0 0/0
D.Mason TEN -36 -38 -37.9% -38.8% 19 89 64 0 42% 0 0/0
L.Dawsey NO -40 -38 -28.9% -28.1% 33 196 141 1 48% 0 0/0
W.Blackwell PIT -53 -41 -32.2% -27.5% 36 186 143 0 56% 1 0/0
W.McGarity DAL -55 -59 -54.3% -57.0% 19 70 26 0 37% 0 0/0
B.Still ATL -65 -42 -48.0% -35.5% 25 110 54 0 40% 0 0/0
J.Pathon IND -71 -71 -40.9% -41.0% 33 163 99 0 42% 0 0/0
D.Patten NYG -84 -77 -54.1% -50.7% 28 115 41 0 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
R.Ismail DAL 63 1 67 1 55.9% 3 62.0% 3 13 110 1 0
I.Bruce STL 45 2 48 2 114.5% 1 127.0% 1 5 32 0 0
G.Crowell DET 31 3 32 3 93.5% 2 100.7% 2 5 38 0 0
T.Dwight ATL 24 4 27 4 43.6% 4 53.7% 4 5 28 1 0
J.Lewis BAL 5 5 4 5 -18.5% 5 -22.6% 5 5 11 0 0
M.Westbrook WAS 0 6 -3 6 -38.9% 6 -46.1% 6 7 35 0 1
K.Johnson NYJ -5 7 -6 7 -62.4% 7 -67.9% 7 5 6 0 0
D.Boston ARI -16 8 -13 8 -103.1% 8 -93.5% 8 5 0 0 0