Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2001

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, 76 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Harrison IND 548 1 521 1 29.2% 3 27.2% 164 1,524 1,872 15 66% 0 0/0
T.Owens SF 438 2 472 2 21.7% 8 24.3% 154 1,412 1,686 16 60% 0 3/56
D.Mason TEN 381 3 361 4 30.1% 2 27.8% 113 1,128 1,288 9 65% 0 1/9
J.Rice OAK 373 4 405 3 25.7% 4 29.0% 125 1,139 1,343 9 66% 1 0/0
R.Smith DEN 361 5 360 5 14.1% 13 14.0% 171 1,343 1,630 11 66% 1 4/46
T.Holt STL 343 6 352 6 21.0% 10 21.8% 133 1,363 1,336 7 61% 2 3/61
J.Smith JAC 319 7 292 10 11.2% 19 9.2% 176 1,375 1,560 8 64% 1 2/42
D.Boston ARI 308 8 304 9 10.0% 21 9.6% 175 1,600 1,564 8 56% 1 6/101
T.Brown OAK 298 9 342 7 13.7% 14 17.5% 140 1,165 1,361 9 65% 0 1/18
K.Johnson CLE 289 10 286 13 16.6% 11 16.2% 129 1,097 1,232 9 65% 2 4/53
K.McCardell JAC 288 11 259 16 12.5% 15 9.9% 145 1,115 1,358 6 64% 1 3/24
T.Brown NE 279 12 309 8 12.2% 16 14.9% 141 1,199 1,325 5 72% 0 1/38
B.Schroeder GB 279 13 292 11 24.3% 6 26.0% 93 918 1,025 9 57% 1 4/81
R.Proehl STL 273 14 276 14 49.3% 1 49.9% 55 563 761 5 73% 0 1/21
I.Bruce STL 268 15 290 12 21.2% 9 24.1% 103 1,111 1,038 6 62% 3 2/24
R.Moss MIN 263 16 267 15 8.7% 24 9.1% 153 1,229 1,387 10 54% 0 6/124
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Chambers MIA 254 17 244 17 22.9% 7 21.6% 90 883 956 7 53% 0 2/40
J.Morton DET 241 18 223 18 8.2% 25 6.7% 143 1,154 1,294 4 54% 1 6/112
C.Conway SD 232 19 222 19 11.5% 18 10.4% 126 1,130 1,123 6 56% 1 0/0
J.Horn NO 198 20 199 20 3.3% 35 3.4% 156 1,265 1,303 9 53% 1 4/75
L.Coles NYJ 182 21 191 21 9.0% 23 10.1% 103 868 951 7 57% 0 2/17
W.Jackson NO 174 22 181 23 4.0% 32 4.7% 135 1,046 1,107 5 60% 0 1/27
Q.Ismail BAL 168 23 186 22 2.7% 36 4.3% 134 1,059 1,138 7 55% 1 3/89
M.Jenkins ARI 160 24 151 28 24.8% 5 22.6% 54 518 584 3 59% 0 2/26
D.Scott CIN 159 25 156 25 7.0% 29 6.5% 103 819 896 2 55% 0 3/76
P.Burress PIT 152 26 170 24 3.3% 34 5.2% 121 1,008 999 6 55% 1 2/34
A.Toomer NYG 150 27 111 39 1.0% 39 -2.6% 141 1,054 1,119 5 51% 1 1/18
W.Chrebet NYJ 147 28 153 26 7.2% 27 8.0% 92 750 822 1 61% 0 2/21
D.Patten NE 144 29 151 27 6.2% 30 7.1% 93 749 833 4 55% 1 5/154
D.Jackson SEA 144 30 142 29 1.0% 38 0.9% 131 1,081 1,067 8 53% 0 2/39
I.Hilliard NYG 135 31 120 33 7.4% 26 5.2% 87 659 747 6 60% 0 0/0
J.Jurevicius NYG 129 32 121 32 5.4% 31 4.3% 92 706 773 3 55% 0 1/22
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Westbrook WAS 118 33 121 31 3.7% 33 4.1% 91 664 762 4 63% 0 2/38
S.Jefferson ATL 117 34 115 35 10.7% 20 10.3% 65 539 582 2 57% 0 2/34
K.Dyson TEN 117 35 116 34 0.6% 40 0.5% 112 825 890 7 48% 0 3/72
H.Ward PIT 114 36 123 30 -2.4% 46 -1.6% 145 1,007 1,075 4 66% 1 0/0
E.Kennison DEN 113 37 113 36 15.0% 12 15.0% 50 490 499 1 62% 1 4/111
P.Price BUF 106 38 101 42 -0.6% 42 -1.0% 110 889 856 7 49% 1 3/23
J.J.Stokes SF 102 39 104 40 1.4% 37 1.7% 90 585 742 7 60% 0 2/28
A.Freeman GB 97 40 92 43 -1.5% 43 -2.0% 108 818 850 6 48% 0 3/47
M.Booker CHI 97 41 104 41 -5.0% 50 -4.4% 157 1,084 1,166 8 64% 2 1/24
C.Bradford GB 93 42 112 37 7.1% 28 11.2% 58 526 520 2 53% 1 4/44
J.Graham SD 91 43 71 45 -2.2% 45 -4.5% 110 811 845 5 47% 1 3/26
T.Dwight SD 90 44 68 47 11.6% 17 5.8% 49 406 434 0 51% 0 1/34
R.Ismail DAL 87 45 112 38 0.2% 41 3.7% 93 834 684 2 57% 0 0/0
B.Engram SEA 84 46 69 46 9.2% 22 5.3% 51 400 438 0 57% 0 0/0
J.Thrash PHI 69 47 81 44 -4.5% 48 -3.0% 108 833 787 8 58% 1 0/0
C.Carter MIN 66 48 55 49 -6.3% 53 -7.3% 130 871 941 6 56% 2 2/27
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
F.Sanders ARI 64 49 53 50 -1.7% 44 -3.5% 76 618 566 2 54% 1 0/0
O.Gadsden MIA 49 50 51 51 -6.0% 52 -5.7% 93 674 675 3 59% 1 0/0
T.Martin ATL 47 51 45 53 -4.8% 49 -5.0% 77 548 549 3 48% 0 2/49
J.Green TB 46 52 60 48 -2.5% 47 0.4% 59 402 440 1 61% 0 0/0
J.McKnight MIA 42 53 37 54 -6.5% 54 -7.2% 90 684 618 3 61% 3 0/0
A.Hakim STL 31 54 30 55 -5.0% 51 -5.3% 53 374 382 3 74% 2 0/0
D.Terrell CHI 29 55 22 58 -7.0% 55 -8.5% 63 415 467 4 54% 0 2/25
K.Johnson TB 28 56 51 52 -10.7% 59 -9.1% 180 1,279 1,205 1 59% 2 2/29
T.Wilkins IND 24 57 -5 62 -7.1% 56 -13.8% 56 332 388 0 61% 0 2/15
M.Minnis KC 14 58 29 56 -10.0% 57 -7.1% 67 511 451 1 49% 0 2/24
D.Alexander KC 13 59 1 61 -10.2% 58 -12.5% 67 470 441 3 40% 0 0/0
I.Byrd CAR 5 60 27 57 -11.8% 60 -8.1% 71 492 482 1 52% 0 2/38
E.Moulds BUF 4 61 -6 63 -12.3% 61 -13.3% 135 904 877 5 50% 1 3/33
T.Pinkston PHI -2 62 5 60 -12.9% 62 -11.9% 83 535 530 4 49% 0 2/75
T.Streets SF -2 63 14 59 -13.1% 63 -9.3% 52 345 340 1 54% 0 0/0
C.Johnson CIN -11 64 -19 66 -14.9% 66 -16.9% 60 329 358 1 47% 0 1/14
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Galloway DAL -11 65 -12 64 -13.9% 64 -14.0% 111 696 688 3 47% 1 5/84
K.Robinson SEA -14 66 -27 68 -14.8% 65 -16.9% 77 541 490 1 51% 2 5/62
J.Reed MIN -16 67 -21 67 -16.7% 69 -18.1% 53 309 296 1 51% 0 0/0
T.Taylor BAL -22 68 -13 65 -15.6% 67 -14.4% 90 560 576 3 47% 0 3/45
T.Mathis ATL -32 69 -47 69 -16.6% 68 -18.4% 104 564 620 2 49% 0 3/59
R.Gardner WAS -52 70 -55 70 -19.1% 70 -19.4% 101 741 580 4 46% 1 2/18
D.White CHI -64 71 -85 73 -22.9% 72 -26.2% 82 428 414 0 55% 0 1/18
D.Hayes CAR -67 72 -58 71 -20.8% 71 -19.6% 105 597 579 2 50% 1 2/13
M.Muhammad CAR -83 73 -79 72 -24.3% 73 -23.7% 93 585 459 1 54% 2 0/0
S.Dawkins JAC -91 74 -95 74 -36.9% 76 -38.0% 49 234 170 0 41% 1 2/44
Q.Morgan CLE -123 75 -114 75 -35.7% 75 -34.1% 72 432 252 2 42% 1 0/0
P.Warrick CIN -186 76 -191 76 -30.6% 74 -31.0% 137 667 571 1 51% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Finneran ATL 136 149 33.2% 37.8% 41 491 441 3 56% 0 1/5
J.Pathon IND 130 111 43.1% 34.8% 32 330 382 2 75% 0 0/0
B.Shaw PIT 95 85 16.1% 13.2% 44 409 409 2 55% 0 0/0
K.Williams TB 58 60 6.0% 6.3% 41 314 341 1 59% 0 1/27
D.Farmer CIN 56 52 17.3% 15.2% 23 233 234 1 65% 1 1/9
J.Williams SEA 55 58 32.6% 34.7% 17 212 180 1 71% 0 0/0
T.Insley IND 54 49 19.9% 16.7% 21 165 216 1 67% 0 0/0
G.Crowell DET 53 62 5.1% 7.8% 38 289 324 2 58% 1 2/33
D.Bennett TEN 49 53 1.0% 2.2% 46 329 364 1 52% 0 1/36
D.Driver GB 46 45 18.0% 17.3% 19 167 190 1 68% 0 0/0
D.Bates CHI 45 48 31.9% 35.3% 14 160 149 1 64% 0 0/0
D.Howard DET 42 42 25.2% 25.3% 14 133 152 1 71% 0 0/0
R.Germany BUF 41 34 14.1% 9.0% 21 203 187 0 57% 0 0/0
S.Smith CAR 40 39 11.2% 10.8% 20 154 194 0 50% 0 1/37
T.Glenn NE 38 45 7.6% 11.2% 24 204 211 1 58% 0 1/4
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.McDaniel BUF 31 39 16.8% 24.1% 14 129 132 0 79% 0 0/0
B.Stokley BAL 27 25 -5.0% -5.3% 46 344 322 2 52% 0 0/0
J.Dawson CLE 26 36 -2.9% 1.0% 34 281 251 1 65% 0 1/5
R.Wilson NO 24 24 -4.6% -4.6% 38 277 276 0 55% 0 1/10
K.Lockett WAS 18 17 -6.6% -7.1% 41 296 275 0 54% 1 0/0
R.Dixon NYG 16 9 -0.8% -5.8% 19 152 134 1 42% 0 0/0
R.Swinton DAL 15 14 0.3% -0.9% 16 117 117 1 44% 0 1/15
K.Kasper DEN 13 12 0.9% -0.3% 12 84 98 0 67% 0 0/0
R.Wayne IND 10 13 -10.0% -9.2% 49 345 327 0 55% 0 0/0
C.Thomas KC 5 3 -11.1% -11.5% 38 247 253 1 50% 0 0/0
R.Dugans CIN 4 -5 -11.5% -14.1% 45 251 280 2 62% 0 0/0
A.Connell NO 2 0 -11.9% -12.8% 28 191 167 2 43% 0 0/0
P.Johnson BAL -3 2 -16.2% -10.7% 12 57 72 1 42% 0 0/0
T.Gaylor SD -4 -11 -14.2% -16.9% 34 217 208 0 41% 0 0/0
F.Mitchell PHI -4 -3 -13.9% -13.5% 43 283 269 1 49% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
L.Foster DET -5 -5 -14.1% -14.0% 46 283 272 0 48% 0 0/0
D.Ward MIA -6 -17 -14.6% -18.4% 40 209 237 0 53% 0 0/0
A.Black BUF -6 -1 -18.3% -13.6% 14 90 78 0 57% 0 0/0
A.King CLE -11 -6 -21.0% -17.6% 17 149 87 0 65% 1 0/0
W.McGarity DAL -11 -7 -24.4% -20.0% 12 43 60 1 58% 0 0/0
T.J.Houshmandzadeh CIN -11 -10 -16.0% -15.8% 42 228 255 0 50% 0 2/13
C.Walsh MIN -11 -6 -22.8% -17.9% 14 67 74 0 64% 0 0/0
J.Porter OAK -11 0 -16.5% -12.7% 37 220 224 0 51% 0 1/15
F.Murphy TB -13 -17 -22.1% -25.4% 17 71 92 1 47% 0 0/0
T.Edwards PIT -18 -21 -20.0% -21.1% 35 283 174 0 54% 1 0/0
K.Poole DEN -20 -19 -37.8% -37.1% 10 38 35 0 50% 0 0/0
C.Sanders TEN -20 -24 -26.5% -28.9% 18 74 89 0 28% 0 2/58
N.Brown PHI -23 -26 -29.2% -30.8% 17 95 80 0 41% 0 0/0
M.Robinson CHI -25 0 -20.5% -12.6% 42 269 221 2 55% 0 0/0
C.Cole DEN -27 -20 -32.8% -27.5% 19 128 70 0 47% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Johnson NE -27 -27 -26.7% -26.5% 25 111 118 1 56% 0 0/0
R.Anthony TB -33 -36 -23.9% -25.0% 34 162 188 0 38% 0 3/41
B.Emanuel DET -37 -40 -22.9% -23.6% 45 246 240 0 47% 0 1/18
S.Anderson DET -40 -45 -27.3% -29.2% 34 211 162 1 35% 0 2/22
S.Montgomery DEN -43 -48 -41.1% -44.5% 22 99 59 0 50% 0 0/0
M.Hatchette NYJ -43 -40 -46.4% -44.2% 15 44 41 0 13% 0 2/48
K.Swayne NYJ -46 -46 -29.6% -29.6% 36 203 152 0 36% 0 0/0
A.Jackson ARI -50 -50 -54.5% -55.3% 15 44 23 0 60% 0 0/0
D.Northcutt CLE -50 -55 -31.1% -32.8% 35 211 148 0 51% 1 1/10
D.Chiaverini DAL -54 -59 -36.0% -38.0% 32 107 109 2 31% 0 0/0
P.Jeffers CAR -58 -50 -35.1% -31.7% 33 127 125 0 42% 0 1/34
S.Moss NYJ -65 -70 -65.1% -69.2% 17 40 5 0 12% 0 0/0
L.Parker KC -69 -55 -34.5% -30.0% 39 199 155 2 38% 0 0/0

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 4 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
P.Price BUF 59 1 59 1 161.1% 1 162.4% 1 6 97 0 0
D.Patten NE 54 2 56 2 129.8% 2 136.8% 2 5 67 1 0
L.Coles NYJ 51 3 54 3 55.7% 9 61.4% 9 10 108 0 1
C.Conway SD 49 4 51 4 80.0% 6 84.2% 6 7 116 1 0
H.Ward PIT 48 5 47 5 51.1% 11 50.4% 11 9 82 0 0
E.Conwell STL 40 6 44 6 94.8% 4 108.5% 4 7 28 1 0
T.Taylor BAL 38 7 35 8 92.1% 5 88.1% 5 5 46 0 0
J.Thrash PHI 34 8 35 9 120.6% 3 125.9% 3 6 57 0 0
T.Brown NE 33 9 37 7 14.3% 15 22.3% 14 11 91 0 1
J.McKnight MIA 27 10 31 10 55.0% 10 66.9% 7 6 39 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
T.Edwards PIT 21 11 21 11 62.7% 7 63.5% 8 5 28 1 0
D.Howard DET 20 12 19 14 59.5% 8 53.9% 10 5 25 0 0
S.Smith CAR 19 13 19 13 24.0% 13 25.1% 13 5 45 0 0
D.Boston ARI 18 14 19 12 35.0% 12 38.1% 12 5 35 0 0
R.Ismail DAL 16 15 16 15 17.7% 14 19.6% 15 8 31 0 0
E.Kennison DEN 8 16 7 16 -13.7% 16 -17.7% 16 5 22 0 0
P.Warrick CIN 6 17 3 17 -21.6% 17 -28.2% 17 8 14 0 0
J.Lewis BAL -13 18 -8 18 -73.2% 19 -59.1% 18 9 33 0 1
A.Hakim STL -15 19 -17 19 -66.2% 18 -67.0% 19 11 44 0 2