Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2002

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, 87 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Harrison IND 486 1 476 1 17.3% 13 16.7% 205 1,722 2,039 11 70% 0 1/34
A.Toomer NYG 413 2 420 2 25.9% 4 26.6% 134 1,343 1,482 8 61% 0 7/55
L.Coles NYJ 384 3 396 3 24.0% 6 25.1% 134 1,264 1,420 5 66% 1 1/35
H.Ward PIT 383 4 375 4 18.3% 11 17.7% 160 1,329 1,567 12 70% 1 2/37
J.Horn NO 333 5 306 8 15.0% 14 12.8% 150 1,314 1,472 7 59% 1 5/42
P.Burress PIT 327 6 340 5 14.9% 16 16.1% 144 1,325 1,446 7 54% 2 7/123
D.Driver GB 316 7 334 6 21.9% 8 23.9% 113 1,064 1,210 9 62% 1 4/137
J.Porter OAK 305 8 307 7 41.9% 2 42.3% 70 688 905 9 73% 0 0/0
J.Rice OAK 295 9 293 10 11.3% 19 11.2% 150 1,211 1,436 7 61% 1 5/80
D.Northcutt CLE 289 10 286 11 60.1% 1 59.5% 51 609 749 5 78% 0 0/0
P.Price BUF 286 11 299 9 10.8% 20 12.0% 148 1,252 1,411 9 64% 2 5/116
T.Holt STL 283 12 249 14 10.4% 21 7.7% 160 1,302 1,413 4 57% 1 1/21
E.Kennison KC 274 13 263 13 24.8% 5 23.2% 92 906 1,002 2 58% 0 4/79
T.Owens SF 255 14 276 12 7.8% 26 9.5% 159 1,300 1,391 13 63% 0 0/0
D.Mason TEN 224 15 229 15 10.4% 22 10.8% 125 1,020 1,124 5 63% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Johnson CIN 224 16 203 17 7.7% 28 5.8% 137 1,166 1,222 5 50% 0 3/60
W.Chrebet NYJ 222 17 203 16 22.3% 7 19.4% 80 691 843 9 64% 2 1/18
I.Bruce STL 210 18 197 20 8.8% 25 7.5% 130 1,075 1,105 7 61% 2 0/0
R.Smith DEN 189 19 174 24 3.8% 37 2.4% 147 1,027 1,216 5 61% 1 5/90
E.McCaffrey DEN 181 20 197 19 9.6% 24 11.6% 103 903 928 2 67% 0 1/6
K.Robinson SEA 172 21 201 18 2.6% 38 5.1% 141 1,240 1,175 5 55% 2 5/90
D.Stallworth NO 171 22 164 26 19.5% 10 18.1% 69 594 687 8 61% 0 0/0
A.Lelie DEN 170 23 178 23 30.6% 3 32.6% 53 525 572 2 66% 0 1/26
C.Conway SD 168 24 187 21 10.0% 23 12.5% 94 852 852 5 61% 2 2/50
B.Engram SEA 163 25 173 25 17.3% 12 19.1% 72 619 684 0 69% 1 0/0
D.Bates MIN 161 26 144 31 12.6% 17 10.0% 80 689 755 4 63% 1 1/8
Q.Morgan CLE 159 27 180 22 7.8% 27 10.4% 97 964 870 7 58% 2 4/39
J.Smith JAC 159 28 156 29 2.2% 39 2.0% 138 1,027 1,104 7 58% 0 1/16
R.Wayne IND 152 29 143 32 14.9% 15 13.2% 72 716 675 4 68% 2 0/0
T.Brown OAK 152 30 148 30 2.1% 40 1.7% 127 930 1,059 2 64% 0 1/5
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Johnson TB 135 31 159 28 -0.5% 45 1.7% 140 1,079 1,101 5 54% 0 3/44
B.Finneran ATL 133 32 134 35 4.3% 35 4.3% 101 838 836 6 55% 1 0/0
J.Jurevicius TB 132 33 134 34 20.8% 9 21.3% 52 423 516 4 71% 1 1/16
R.Moss MIN 129 34 101 41 -3.9% 59 -5.8% 186 1,349 1,393 7 58% 1 1/10
E.Moulds BUF 123 35 164 27 -4.1% 62 -1.3% 179 1,283 1,350 10 55% 1 6/84
P.Warrick CIN 117 36 119 37 5.5% 33 5.8% 83 617 699 6 66% 0 1/16
M.Muhammad CAR 117 37 135 33 0.5% 43 2.5% 109 843 895 4 59% 0 2/31
B.Schroeder DET 110 38 119 36 5.9% 32 7.5% 77 595 643 5 47% 0 2/48
A.Freeman PHI 107 39 99 42 4.8% 34 3.5% 80 600 655 4 58% 0 1/20
D.Patten NE 106 40 98 43 -1.6% 49 -2.4% 120 824 936 5 51% 0 4/118
T.Pinkston PHI 104 41 71 53 -1.3% 47 -4.9% 113 798 896 7 53% 1 2/55
T.Taylor BAL 102 42 98 44 -1.9% 50 -2.2% 118 869 915 6 52% 0 0/0
R.Proehl STL 99 43 88 48 6.1% 31 4.1% 70 466 575 4 61% 0 0/0
R.Gardner WAS 97 44 95 47 -3.9% 60 -4.2% 141 1,006 1,052 8 50% 1 6/55
D.Thompson WAS 95 45 97 45 0.4% 44 0.8% 93 773 730 4 57% 2 1/11
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Shaw JAC 95 46 80 50 4.0% 36 1.3% 73 525 603 1 60% 0 0/0
T.Streets SF 92 47 116 38 -2.3% 54 0.4% 109 762 859 5 66% 1 2/35
J.Reed BUF 91 48 107 40 7.2% 29 10.6% 59 514 509 2 63% 1 2/5
D.Jackson SEA 90 49 111 39 -2.5% 55 0.0% 112 877 849 4 55% 2 5/79
S.Jefferson ATL 86 50 68 54 11.7% 18 6.6% 49 394 416 1 55% 0 1/32
T.Glenn GB 83 51 74 52 -3.0% 56 -3.9% 106 817 814 2 53% 1 1/12
S.Moss NYJ 80 52 81 49 6.1% 30 6.4% 54 437 466 4 59% 0 1/25
S.Smith CAR 77 53 97 46 -2.3% 53 0.3% 97 867 718 3 56% 1 0/0
C.Chambers MIA 69 54 74 51 -4.1% 61 -3.4% 100 735 756 3 52% 1 2/35
D.Bennett TEN 67 55 50 60 1.3% 42 -2.4% 63 478 492 2 52% 0 0/0
F.Sanders ARI 67 56 58 57 1.3% 41 -0.7% 58 400 491 2 59% 0 1/16
A.Bryant DAL 59 57 48 61 -4.4% 63 -5.9% 93 735 670 6 47% 2 1/18
K.Dyson TEN 58 58 58 56 -2.2% 51 -2.2% 69 460 534 4 59% 1 3/50
D.Branch NE 58 59 55 58 -1.5% 48 -2.1% 68 489 507 2 63% 0 1/7
T.J.Houshmandzadeh CIN 52 60 43 66 -3.0% 57 -4.6% 69 492 516 1 59% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.McCardell TB 48 61 61 55 -6.5% 67 -4.9% 100 670 713 6 61% 1 1/9
T.Dwight SD 48 62 53 59 -6.0% 65 -5.3% 93 623 654 2 54% 0 0/0
B.Stokley BAL 48 63 30 68 -1.2% 46 -5.5% 52 357 409 2 46% 0 2/40
A.Randle El PIT 48 64 43 64 -3.2% 58 -4.1% 65 484 483 2 72% 1 0/0
T.Gaylor ATL 43 65 43 65 -2.2% 52 -2.0% 54 385 395 3 46% 0 1/27
J.Pathon NO 39 66 30 67 -6.2% 66 -7.7% 80 523 554 4 54% 0 1/15
A.Davis CLE 38 67 44 63 -5.9% 64 -4.8% 72 420 515 6 51% 0 2/23
J.Galloway DAL 36 68 16 70 -8.8% 68 -10.9% 120 908 804 6 51% 1 1/15
T.Brown NE 34 69 27 69 -9.6% 69 -10.2% 141 890 943 3 69% 2 1/5
M.Booker CHI 26 70 47 62 -10.7% 71 -9.1% 167 1,169 1,109 6 58% 0 2/26
D.Boston ARI 16 71 -4 74 -10.1% 70 -13.3% 75 512 510 1 43% 0 2/30
C.Bradford HOU 7 72 12 71 -11.8% 73 -11.1% 106 697 674 6 42% 0 5/119
J.Morton KC 7 73 -5 75 -11.3% 72 -13.6% 64 397 415 1 45% 0 0/0
R.Dugans CIN -2 74 -11 76 -13.0% 74 -14.7% 73 421 450 0 64% 0 0/0
K.Johnson CLE -9 75 6 72 -13.6% 75 -12.1% 120 703 765 4 56% 0 2/35
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.White CHI -13 76 -2 73 -14.5% 76 -12.9% 94 658 569 4 54% 1 1/19
A.Hakim DET -17 77 -16 79 -15.3% 77 -15.2% 82 541 495 3 45% 0 1/0
J.Walker GB -27 78 -15 78 -19.4% 81 -16.4% 50 319 287 1 46% 1 3/48
Q.Ismail IND -27 79 -40 83 -16.7% 78 -18.7% 84 462 502 3 52% 0 3/33
R.Ferguson GB -28 80 -12 77 -19.6% 82 -15.6% 52 293 292 3 42% 0 2/26
J.Gaffney HOU -37 81 -24 80 -18.5% 80 -16.5% 81 483 453 1 51% 0 2/37
J.J.Stokes SF -40 82 -37 82 -22.2% 84 -21.3% 55 332 286 1 58% 0 0/0
J.Thrash PHI -41 83 -54 84 -17.4% 79 -18.9% 107 635 651 6 49% 1 3/35
S.Anderson DET -44 84 -28 81 -22.1% 83 -18.6% 57 322 312 1 44% 1 4/58
W.Jackson ATL -86 85 -88 86 -33.6% 86 -34.2% 53 257 205 1 47% 1 0/0
J.McAddley ARI -97 86 -87 85 -30.1% 85 -28.2% 69 362 311 1 36% 0 3/29
M.Robinson CHI -106 87 -108 87 -38.9% 87 -39.5% 53 244 172 3 40% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Boerigter KC 148 155 34.7% 36.9% 38 420 472 8 53% 0 0/0
R.Dixon NYG 115 127 26.8% 30.9% 36 372 408 2 61% 1 2/36
D.Terrell CHI 100 104 98.8% 102.9% 10 127 220 4 90% 0 1/31
I.Hilliard NYG 97 107 14.0% 16.6% 47 386 441 2 57% 0 1/12
Q.McCord ATL 94 100 47.5% 51.4% 19 253 265 1 58% 0 1/38
J.McKnight MIA 82 79 10.2% 9.4% 46 528 413 2 63% 2 1/3
E.Parker SD 74 75 16.8% 17.4% 30 268 312 1 57% 0 2/25
K.Kasper ARI 71 78 22.0% 25.5% 24 180 271 3 63% 0 1/20
D.Hall KC 63 58 11.9% 9.7% 35 322 304 4 57% 0 0/0
C.Walsh MIN 57 52 26.3% 22.9% 19 172 203 1 74% 0 0/0
T.Walters IND 43 43 8.3% 8.4% 25 207 231 0 72% 1 1/11
C.Wilson SF 40 51 10.4% 16.1% 22 166 203 1 68% 0 0/0
J.Reed NO 31 23 -3.5% -6.0% 47 360 325 3 45% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Hankton CAR 29 27 8.0% 6.6% 17 146 156 0 53% 0 1/13
O.Gadsden MIA 29 33 -0.1% 1.6% 29 228 228 0 55% 0 0/0
T.Mathis PIT 28 24 -3.5% -4.9% 39 218 291 2 59% 0 0/0
R.Hymes BAL 23 17 11.8% 5.9% 13 123 110 0 46% 0 0/0
D.McCants WAS 22 13 -6.0% -8.7% 41 256 299 2 51% 1 2/37
R.Swinton DAL 20 17 12.8% 10.0% 10 63 91 0 70% 0 1/16
D.Givens NE 19 15 2.5% -0.9% 15 92 133 1 60% 1 2/54
K.Williams TB 16 22 6.8% 14.1% 11 77 92 1 64% 0 0/0
T.Edwards STL 11 7 -6.9% -9.0% 24 157 173 2 75% 1 0/0
J.Dawson HOU 11 19 -8.9% -6.2% 39 286 254 0 54% 1 0/0
D.Scott DAL 8 8 -9.3% -9.4% 35 218 217 1 63% 0 1/7
D.Farmer CIN -3 1 -15.1% -12.1% 15 115 97 0 60% 0 0/0
P.Johnson JAC -4 -4 -14.7% -14.8% 24 187 148 2 38% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
N.Poole ARI -7 -2 -17.2% -14.2% 22 108 121 1 59% 0 0/0
K.Campbell MIN -8 -6 -15.9% -15.0% 32 176 195 3 41% 1 2/34
M.Lewis NO -10 -16 -19.9% -24.4% 19 200 94 0 42% 1 0/0
M.Jenkins ARI -11 -20 -16.1% -18.9% 43 250 251 1 51% 0 0/0
D.Jones NYG -15 -20 -27.5% -32.1% 15 88 62 0 47% 0 0/0
A.Black HOU -23 -24 -35.3% -36.5% 12 52 48 0 50% 0 1/5
R.Johnson BAL -25 -31 -24.7% -27.6% 26 114 130 1 38% 0 1/15
C.Carter MIA -25 -23 -31.0% -29.2% 17 66 76 1 47% 1 1/26
J.Williams SEA -32 -31 -33.4% -32.8% 20 99 79 0 45% 0 1/8
R.Caldwell SD -34 -34 -22.5% -22.6% 43 208 231 3 51% 1 2/14
I.Byrd CAR -35 -22 -27.2% -21.8% 31 164 144 1 45% 0 1/19
K.Swayne NYJ -35 -35 -50.7% -50.5% 12 78 23 0 42% 1 0/0
K.Y.Rambo DAL -37 -37 -28.6% -28.6% 33 211 133 0 42% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
L.Foster DET -38 -30 -28.9% -25.6% 30 152 135 0 47% 0 0/0
J.Hunter BAL -47 -47 -65.6% -66.4% 11 35 3 0 45% 1 1/10
M.Westbrook CIN -50 -57 -35.3% -38.5% 26 94 105 2 31% 0 1/14
J.McCareins TEN -52 -65 -26.2% -29.6% 48 301 236 2 40% 0 1/2
F.Mitchell PHI -58 -61 -43.1% -44.6% 24 105 69 0 50% 1 0/0
D.Hayes NE -59 -51 -37.8% -34.5% 31 133 104 2 39% 0 0/0
G.Crowell DET -63 -78 -30.3% -34.3% 47 201 199 1 47% 0 0/0
K.Lockett JAC -65 -58 -33.2% -30.8% 42 205 161 4 38% 1 0/0
80-J.Green DET -65 -63 -52.6% -51.5% 21 94 37 0 24% 0 0/0
A.Merritt CHI -73 -78 -48.3% -51.1% 26 106 59 0 54% 1 1/5
D.Alexander MIN -74 -75 -34.8% -35.0% 39 134 163 1 36% 0 2/33
C.Doering WAS -74 -78 -35.8% -37.1% 42 192 152 2 43% 1 0/0
D.Ward MIA -86 -79 -40.7% -38.5% 39 172 123 0 49% 0 0/0

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 4 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
A.Randle El PIT 91 1 87 1 54.7% 14 50.1% 14 19 134 0 0
J.Thrash PHI 82 2 82 2 29.2% 17 29.4% 17 18 126 2 0
H.Ward PIT 82 3 82 3 77.6% 11 77.6% 10 12 142 0 0
J.Morton KC 72 4 73 4 107.5% 4 107.8% 4 10 124 0 0
C.Conway SD 61 5 61 5 150.2% 1 154.8% 1 7 53 2 0
D.Northcutt CLE 58 6 56 6 141.0% 2 135.0% 2 7 91 1 0
T.Owens SF 51 7 52 7 95.7% 7 104.8% 6 7 79 1 0
C.Chambers MIA 48 8 47 8 94.2% 8 95.0% 7 6 78 0 0
T.Taylor BAL 45 9 43 9 44.0% 15 31.3% 16 11 105 0 0
D.Driver GB 42 10 40 11 84.9% 9 80.7% 9 8 70 0 0
T.Wilkins STL 41 11 42 10 101.5% 5 107.4% 5 6 56 0 0
E.Conwell STL 38 12 36 15 84.8% 10 71.2% 11 6 30 1 0
R.Moss MIN 37 13 36 14 97.8% 6 90.9% 8 5 49 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
D.Thompson WAS 36 14 37 13 20.9% 19 21.3% 19 10 77 0 0
T.Dwight SD 35 15 38 12 36.7% 16 44.1% 15 12 97 1 1
S.Moss NYJ 34 16 35 17 113.2% 3 117.0% 3 5 44 0 0
J.McKnight MIA 32 17 35 16 58.6% 13 63.9% 13 7 58 0 0
D.Hall KC 30 18 28 20 9.0% 20 6.5% 21 11 54 0 0
L.Coles NYJ 29 19 29 19 70.1% 12 70.2% 12 6 39 0 0
K.Robinson SEA 28 20 30 18 21.1% 18 22.0% 18 8 56 0 0
E.Kennison KC 21 21 21 21 8.6% 21 8.8% 20 7 58 0 0
P.Warrick CIN 6 22 6 22 -15.9% 22 -17.3% 22 5 22 0 0
T.Brown OAK 1 23 3 23 -31.7% 23 -27.9% 23 6 19 0 0
B.Stokley BAL -2 24 0 24 -36.9% 24 -40.1% 24 6 33 0 1
A.Bryant DAL -8 25 -8 25 -59.3% 25 -60.4% 25 6 40 0 1
R.Smith DEN -9 26 -9 26 -80.4% 26 -74.6% 26 6 9 0 0