Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2003

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, 85 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Moss MIN 508 1 510 2 24.5% 8 24.7% 172 1,632 1,861 17 65% 1 2/42
T.Holt STL 508 2 541 1 23.6% 9 25.9% 183 1,694 1,889 12 64% 1 2/46
D.Mason TEN 445 3 460 3 29.5% 4 30.9% 134 1,310 1,517 8 72% 0 1/4
C.Johnson CIN 386 4 387 4 18.3% 12 18.4% 154 1,355 1,586 10 58% 0 3/37
M.Harrison IND 319 5 313 5 15.1% 16 14.6% 142 1,273 1,405 10 66% 2 1/8
H.Ward PIT 284 6 286 7 10.1% 25 10.3% 157 1,188 1,435 10 61% 0 2/26
J.McCareins TEN 283 7 300 6 29.3% 5 31.7% 82 813 968 7 57% 0 2/37
D.Jackson SEA 270 8 253 8 13.9% 19 12.2% 130 1,137 1,226 9 52% 1 1/29
S.Moss NYJ 256 9 252 9 15.1% 15 14.7% 117 1,104 1,126 10 63% 2 1/10
B.Engram SEA 254 10 246 11 32.5% 2 31.1% 74 631 831 6 70% 0 0/0
C.Chambers MIA 253 11 214 17 11.6% 23 7.9% 130 963 1,218 11 49% 1 4/68
A.Boldin ARI 253 12 247 10 6.6% 30 6.1% 165 1,377 1,441 8 61% 2 3/36
A.Davis CLE 237 13 242 12 33.7% 1 34.5% 62 576 768 5 65% 0 4/90
K.McCardell TB 234 14 236 13 9.3% 26 9.5% 138 1,182 1,210 8 61% 1 0/0
R.Wayne IND 224 15 226 14 13.2% 21 13.5% 107 838 1,035 7 64% 0 2/45
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Northcutt CLE 197 16 182 22 14.9% 17 12.8% 92 721 874 2 67% 0 1/4
J.Horn NO 197 17 221 15 6.0% 32 8.3% 130 973 1,148 10 60% 2 4/104
K.Johnson TB 193 18 190 19 22.1% 10 21.5% 73 601 737 3 62% 0 1/27
E.Kennison KC 193 19 186 20 12.1% 22 11.2% 99 854 920 5 57% 1 2/7
I.Bruce STL 188 20 217 16 7.4% 29 10.6% 119 981 1,037 5 58% 0 3/24
J.Walker GB 183 21 204 18 19.1% 11 22.7% 74 716 739 9 55% 1 2/42
P.Warrick CIN 180 22 169 25 5.9% 33 4.7% 125 833 1,057 7 66% 0 2/49
T.Walters IND 179 23 163 26 29.6% 3 25.9% 52 456 608 3 69% 0 1/17
B.Shaw BUF 178 24 186 21 14.9% 18 16.1% 86 732 790 4 65% 1 1/28
R.Smith DEN 170 25 177 23 5.8% 34 6.5% 114 846 1,004 3 65% 0 5/51
D.Boston SD 169 26 160 27 6.2% 31 5.3% 115 877 974 7 61% 2 3/48
D.Givens NE 168 27 176 24 26.5% 6 28.3% 55 510 597 6 62% 0 2/10
L.Coles WAS 166 28 142 35 1.0% 42 -1.0% 158 1,204 1,238 6 52% 0 2/41
A.Johnson HOU 164 29 151 30 4.9% 36 3.5% 119 976 1,005 4 55% 0 3/19
D.Bennett TEN 163 30 150 32 25.9% 7 22.6% 54 504 587 4 59% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Morton KC 161 31 153 29 8.9% 27 7.8% 93 734 843 4 55% 0 5/60
T.Owens SF 157 32 154 28 0.9% 43 0.7% 145 1,102 1,172 9 55% 0 0/0
T.Streets SF 144 33 135 37 8.9% 28 7.6% 85 595 757 7 55% 0 3/54
M.Robinson BAL 137 34 151 31 15.9% 14 18.8% 62 451 594 6 50% 0 3/90
R.Ferguson GB 134 35 145 33 17.1% 13 19.4% 59 520 565 4 64% 0 0/0
S.Smith CAR 131 36 144 34 -0.9% 47 0.3% 141 1,078 1,098 7 62% 1 3/46
D.Driver GB 128 37 136 36 5.6% 35 6.7% 86 621 761 2 60% 0 3/61
K.Robinson SEA 128 38 133 38 1.2% 41 1.8% 119 896 938 4 55% 1 4/64
F.Mitchell PHI 119 39 109 39 13.6% 20 11.3% 59 498 545 2 59% 0 1/4
A.Lelie DEN 108 40 89 44 4.5% 38 1.4% 81 628 674 2 46% 0 3/74
D.Branch NE 108 41 104 41 0.9% 44 0.4% 103 803 805 3 55% 0 0/0
M.Muhammad CAR 104 42 101 42 0.7% 45 0.3% 100 841 789 3 54% 3 2/47
D.McCants WAS 103 43 98 43 10.4% 24 9.1% 55 360 517 6 49% 0 2/32
T.Glenn DAL 96 44 105 40 -0.2% 46 0.9% 97 761 769 5 55% 2 4/51
T.Brown NE 83 45 88 45 4.8% 37 5.7% 60 472 510 4 67% 0 2/30
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Edwards JAC 80 46 81 48 3.8% 39 3.9% 62 487 515 3 56% 0 1/26
K.Johnson CLE 79 47 84 47 -2.1% 49 -1.4% 95 634 720 3 61% 0 1/27
I.Hilliard NYG 73 48 85 46 -3.7% 52 -2.2% 102 611 768 6 59% 2 3/41
A.Randle El PIT 67 49 60 50 2.7% 40 1.0% 56 364 455 1 66% 0 1/14
J.Pathon NO 61 50 60 49 -2.6% 51 -2.7% 79 557 581 3 56% 1 1/48
J.Smith JAC 58 51 59 51 -6.3% 54 -6.2% 112 807 823 4 48% 1 4/88
P.Burress PIT 48 52 49 52 -7.7% 56 -7.6% 123 853 858 4 48% 1 3/32
J.Gaffney HOU 47 53 44 53 -2.4% 50 -3.0% 57 402 442 2 60% 0 2/6
B.Finneran ATL 46 54 37 56 -2.0% 48 -4.1% 54 368 418 2 48% 0 1/3
A.Bryant DAL 37 55 32 58 -6.8% 55 -7.6% 83 550 575 2 47% 0 2/53
R.Proehl CAR 35 56 41 54 -3.7% 53 -2.0% 52 389 364 4 52% 0 0/0
E.Moulds BUF 30 57 -3 69 -9.4% 61 -13.0% 121 780 799 1 53% 0 2/31
J.Rice OAK 28 58 25 60 -9.8% 62 -10.0% 124 859 829 2 51% 2 2/22
D.Looker STL 26 59 41 55 -8.2% 57 -5.8% 75 495 516 3 63% 1 0/0
D.Stallworth NO 19 60 26 59 -8.4% 58 -6.7% 55 487 381 3 45% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Wilson SF 18 61 13 66 -9.1% 59 -10.0% 63 396 437 2 56% 1 1/11
Q.Morgan CLE 15 62 8 67 -10.3% 63 -11.4% 80 509 527 3 49% 0 3/75
J.Porter OAK 14 63 18 65 -9.4% 60 -8.6% 57 361 381 1 49% 1 1/22
J.Reed BUF 14 64 2 68 -11.0% 66 -12.5% 104 591 691 2 56% 1 3/82
J.Galloway DAL 14 65 37 57 -10.5% 64 -6.8% 83 672 529 2 41% 0 0/0
A.Toomer NYG 13 66 -9 70 -11.5% 67 -13.4% 152 1,057 982 5 41% 0 1/38
N.Burleson MIN 9 67 19 63 -10.6% 65 -8.4% 57 455 375 2 51% 1 0/0
T.Taylor BAL 7 68 19 62 -11.6% 68 -9.9% 90 632 582 3 43% 0 2/57
T.Brown OAK 5 69 18 64 -12.0% 69 -10.1% 93 563 585 2 55% 0 1/3
M.Booker CHI 1 70 20 61 -12.6% 70 -10.2% 105 715 657 4 50% 0 2/51
T.Carter NYG -8 71 -13 71 -14.6% 73 -16.0% 52 309 301 0 50% 0 2/29
T.Pinkston PHI -9 72 -14 72 -13.9% 71 -14.7% 85 575 544 2 42% 1 6/120
D.Hall KC -11 73 -18 74 -15.1% 75 -16.6% 60 423 362 1 67% 0 0/0
D.Thompson MIA -13 74 -31 77 -15.5% 77 -19.3% 59 359 360 0 44% 0 1/13
C.Conway NYJ -16 75 -39 79 -14.6% 72 -17.5% 102 640 646 2 45% 0 3/30
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Thrash PHI -20 76 -30 76 -15.5% 76 -16.9% 92 558 559 1 53% 0 2/25
C.Bradford HOU -23 77 -25 75 -17.3% 78 -17.7% 62 460 364 4 39% 0 0/0
P.Price ATL -23 78 -16 73 -14.7% 74 -14.1% 141 888 891 3 46% 0 5/95
C.Rogers DET -39 79 -34 78 -21.8% 80 -20.6% 52 243 291 3 42% 0 3/37
B.Johnson ARI -43 80 -40 80 -19.7% 79 -19.2% 77 438 439 1 45% 1 4/92
B.Schroeder DET -70 81 -59 81 -24.3% 82 -22.3% 80 397 390 2 45% 0 0/0
R.Gardner WAS -92 82 -101 83 -22.9% 81 -23.8% 115 600 596 5 51% 1 0/0
D.White CHI -100 83 -79 82 -24.6% 83 -22.1% 107 583 532 3 46% 0 1/8
D.Terrell CHI -119 84 -115 84 -30.2% 84 -29.7% 85 366 375 1 52% 1 2/31
A.Hakim DET -182 85 -176 85 -33.7% 85 -33.0% 108 449 434 4 45% 2 2/15

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Lee TB 112 131 17.7% 22.8% 46 432 465 2 72% 0 1/10
S.Anderson DET 97 84 27.9% 22.4% 31 325 338 2 55% 0 0/0
K.Campbell MIN 92 99 13.9% 15.8% 44 519 417 4 57% 1 0/0
E.Parker SD 80 68 20.4% 15.4% 31 244 317 3 58% 0 1/2
N.Poole ARI 68 70 32.1% 33.1% 19 177 224 1 68% 0 0/0
M.Lewis NO 67 76 22.5% 27.0% 24 219 255 1 50% 0 1/31
B.Stokley IND 65 66 11.9% 12.2% 32 211 313 3 69% 0 2/19
M.Hatchette JAC 57 55 13.5% 12.5% 28 203 264 2 54% 0 1/28
T.Calico TEN 57 51 4.0% 2.1% 43 297 366 4 42% 0 1/27
J.Gage CHI 56 69 8.9% 13.7% 35 338 295 2 49% 1 1/33
C.Doering PIT 53 59 9.4% 11.9% 30 240 275 1 60% 0 0/0
J.J.Stokes JAC 46 48 18.6% 19.7% 19 154 189 0 79% 0 1/11
K.Washington CIN 43 39 -0.9% -2.0% 47 299 365 4 47% 0 0/0
K.Osgood SD 41 41 2.7% 2.8% 33 278 277 2 39% 0 1/19
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
P.Johnson WAS 38 39 3.4% 4.0% 28 170 248 1 54% 0 2/27
D.Ward BAL 26 23 17.0% 13.0% 13 106 112 1 54% 0 0/0
J.Jurevicius TB 23 18 0.0% -2.4% 24 118 179 2 50% 0 0/0
T.Dwight SD 23 6 -3.8% -10.3% 31 193 241 0 45% 0 1/16
B.Wade CHI 19 25 1.0% 5.7% 18 137 139 0 67% 0 0/0
A.Freeman GB 18 19 -1.4% -1.3% 22 141 160 0 64% 0 0/0
D.Armstrong HOU 15 11 2.3% -1.7% 13 75 105 1 54% 0 0/0
R.Swinton DAL 11 21 -3.1% 5.0% 15 100 111 0 60% 0 0/0
A.Moorehead IND 9 8 -2.5% -3.3% 10 101 82 0 70% 1 0/0
D.Patten NE 7 10 -8.6% -6.5% 21 140 147 0 43% 0 1/43
A.King CLE 6 9 -7.4% -5.3% 14 88 107 0 64% 0 0/0
B.Lloyd SF 5 3 -10.8% -11.5% 30 212 208 2 47% 0 1/8
W.Chrebet NYJ 1 1 -12.4% -12.3% 44 289 284 1 61% 0 1/12
J.Farris ATL -2 2 -14.2% -10.7% 15 100 87 2 40% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Johnson NE -3 -2 -13.6% -13.3% 34 209 224 2 47% 0 1/25
M.Boerigter KC -3 -10 -14.1% -17.5% 26 158 164 0 42% 0 2/10
K.Williams TB -4 -3 -15.2% -15.0% 17 114 108 0 41% 0 0/0
M.Furrey STL -6 -1 -14.8% -13.0% 33 197 206 0 61% 1 1/4
D.Tyree NYG -9 -20 -16.8% -21.4% 31 211 172 0 52% 0 0/0
R.Curry OAK -10 -14 -23.9% -29.3% 10 31 55 0 50% 0 1/31
F.Sanders BAL -11 -3 -18.0% -14.2% 28 170 147 0 50% 0 0/0
J.McKnight MIA -14 -6 -16.9% -14.5% 43 285 248 2 53% 1 0/0
D.Bates MIN -15 -10 -19.3% -16.9% 29 151 168 1 52% 0 0/0
E.McCaffrey DEN -19 -11 -20.1% -17.0% 34 195 181 0 56% 0 0/0
W.Ponder NYG -19 -29 -35.4% -47.1% 11 35 41 0 64% 0 1/21
A.Merritt CHI -22 -24 -41.7% -44.6% 10 50 29 0 30% 0 0/0
A.Bannister SEA -22 -22 -36.0% -35.4% 12 61 45 1 25% 0 0/0
D.Kircus DET -26 -16 -42.3% -31.0% 12 53 33 0 25% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.McAddley ARI -26 -25 -39.5% -39.1% 12 53 40 0 33% 0 0/0
C.Coleman BUF -27 -27 -32.5% -32.7% 17 69 71 0 47% 0 0/0
S.Jefferson DET -30 -31 -47.5% -48.8% 11 46 25 0 55% 0 0/0
B.Gilmore ARI -31 -38 -21.1% -23.0% 45 213 252 2 38% 0 2/13
K.Swayne NYJ -35 -34 -58.4% -56.9% 10 29 11 1 20% 0 0/0
Q.McCord ATL -39 -36 -34.3% -32.6% 23 121 88 0 39% 0 0/0
T.Gardner NO -56 -57 -67.1% -68.0% 15 29 1 0 20% 0 0/0
A.Whitted OAK -62 -60 -47.8% -46.9% 24 106 52 1 29% 0 0/0
S.McDonald STL -81 -73 -63.4% -58.1% 21 62 10 0 48% 1 0/0
C.Hankton JAC -83 -84 -40.1% -40.5% 41 166 123 0 41% 0 1/24
R.Caldwell SD -117 -121 -57.7% -59.2% 34 80 39 0 24% 0 1/21

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 4 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
P.Warrick CIN 64 1 68 1 39.5% 10 44.5% 8 15 143 0 0
T.Dwight SD 61 2 56 3 69.7% 4 62.0% 5 9 88 0 0
R.Smith DEN 59 3 59 2 69.2% 5 70.0% 3 10 98 0 0
D.Northcutt CLE 53 4 56 4 36.6% 11 41.1% 10 12 83 0 0
C.Chandler CHI 42 5 39 7 33.0% 12 27.8% 12 9 38 0 0
S.Moss NYJ 42 6 40 5 41.2% 8 38.6% 11 10 67 0 0
D.Hall KC 41 7 40 6 15.7% 14 14.4% 14 16 73 0 0
J.Morton KC 40 8 37 8 71.0% 3 63.2% 4 7 100 0 0
K.Campbell MIN 28 9 28 9 10.8% 17 12.5% 15 10 71 0 1
R.Caldwell SD 26 10 26 10 75.6% 1 75.6% 1 5 39 0 0
A.Boldin ARI 26 11 26 11 72.6% 2 72.9% 2 5 40 0 0
T.Taylor BAL 25 12 25 12 2.7% 18 3.6% 18 11 62 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
J.Thrash PHI 25 13 24 14 50.5% 7 48.3% 7 5 53 0 0
A.Davis CLE 23 14 24 13 51.6% 6 54.6% 6 5 28 0 0
D.Driver GB 19 15 20 15 39.6% 9 42.0% 9 5 51 0 0
T.Brown NE 18 16 16 18 15.1% 15 7.1% 17 6 25 0 0
A.Whitted OAK 16 17 18 16 16.4% 13 22.9% 13 6 37 0 0
L.Coles WAS 16 18 12 20 -10.4% 21 -17.2% 21 10 39 0 0
A.Randle El PIT 14 19 12 21 -18.5% 22 -22.1% 22 14 75 0 1
A.Lelie DEN 14 20 16 17 1.1% 20 8.3% 16 8 43 0 0
B.Wade CHI 13 21 12 19 2.6% 19 -0.1% 19 5 14 0 0
R.Moss MIN 13 22 9 22 13.5% 16 -1.4% 20 6 18 0 0
S.Smith CAR 6 23 7 23 -27.5% 23 -26.4% 23 11 42 0 0
H.Ward PIT 5 24 5 24 -29.6% 24 -29.1% 24 10 36 0 0