Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2004

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, 86 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Wayne IND 474 1 478 1 35.7% 2 36.1% 115 1,210 1,497 12 67% 0 6/126
M.Clayton TB 395 2 367 5 26.8% 7 24.0% 122 1,196 1,399 7 66% 0 4/26
M.Muhammad CAR 390 3 403 2 18.2% 16 19.1% 160 1,407 1,607 16 58% 2 3/35
B.Stokley IND 380 4 372 4 35.1% 3 34.0% 102 1,081 1,210 10 67% 1 1/18
J.Horn NO 372 5 402 3 18.3% 15 20.8% 153 1,399 1,528 11 61% 0 2/44
N.Burleson MIN 334 6 332 6 27.9% 6 27.7% 102 1,006 1,162 9 67% 0 0/0
J.Walker GB 327 7 332 7 16.2% 22 16.6% 144 1,386 1,404 12 62% 2 0/0
R.Moss MIN 312 8 296 9 29.8% 5 27.7% 86 769 1,058 13 57% 1 5/112
T.J.Houshmandzadeh CIN 308 9 275 15 23.8% 9 19.9% 109 978 1,142 4 67% 0 1/31
T.Holt STL 308 10 327 8 16.7% 20 18.5% 136 1,371 1,307 10 69% 3 2/50
T.Owens PHI 304 11 286 13 17.4% 19 15.6% 127 1,202 1,272 14 61% 2 1/47
H.Ward PIT 303 12 293 10 21.9% 12 20.8% 109 1,010 1,161 4 75% 1 2/19
A.Lelie DEN 292 13 284 14 22.9% 11 22.0% 101 1,084 1,098 7 53% 0 5/119
L.Evans BUF 282 14 286 12 35.7% 1 36.5% 75 843 890 9 64% 1 1/9
M.Harrison IND 271 15 271 16 11.4% 29 11.4% 139 1,113 1,317 15 62% 1 1/4
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Driver GB 269 16 287 11 12.0% 28 13.7% 137 1,208 1,283 9 61% 1 4/70
E.Kennison KC 257 17 260 17 17.6% 18 18.0% 106 1,086 1,070 8 58% 1 2/31
S.Moss NYJ 250 18 227 19 26.4% 8 22.9% 78 838 889 5 58% 0 3/64
D.Bennett TEN 238 19 231 18 7.5% 34 6.9% 143 1,244 1,313 11 56% 2 3/35
P.Burress PIT 215 20 214 20 33.4% 4 33.0% 60 698 698 5 58% 1 1/21
K.Johnson DAL 208 21 181 26 8.5% 33 5.8% 124 976 1,104 6 56% 1 1/43
D.Mason TEN 206 22 212 21 3.0% 40 3.4% 158 1,168 1,378 7 61% 0 4/107
R.Smith DEN 197 23 208 22 5.8% 36 6.8% 136 1,144 1,161 7 58% 1 3/54
J.Morton KC 196 24 200 23 20.4% 14 21.0% 79 795 772 3 70% 1 0/0
I.Bruce STL 194 25 196 25 4.2% 37 4.4% 148 1,302 1,221 6 60% 5 1/19
R.Curry OAK 185 26 198 24 21.2% 13 23.5% 70 679 718 6 71% 1 0/0
C.Johnson CIN 172 27 146 35 0.1% 43 -1.8% 169 1,274 1,347 9 56% 1 0/0
D.Patten NE 168 28 164 29 10.7% 30 10.1% 95 800 834 7 46% 0 2/82
J.McCareins NYJ 160 29 155 31 9.8% 32 9.0% 90 772 817 4 62% 1 0/0
D.Givens NE 158 30 144 36 7.4% 35 5.5% 106 874 869 3 53% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Jackson SEA 157 31 160 30 -0.2% 45 0.0% 155 1,199 1,258 7 56% 2 3/78
E.Parker SD 157 32 173 27 15.7% 23 18.7% 71 690 681 4 66% 1 1/40
M.Robinson MIN 147 33 148 33 10.0% 31 10.1% 79 657 748 8 59% 1 2/48
A.Randle El PIT 145 34 143 37 16.6% 21 16.1% 62 590 618 3 68% 2 2/42
J.Gaffney HOU 145 35 150 32 13.9% 25 14.8% 68 632 658 2 60% 0 0/0
A.Johnson HOU 142 36 170 28 0.7% 42 3.3% 137 1,151 1,078 6 58% 1 1/8
D.Branch NE 140 37 147 34 23.3% 10 25.1% 51 454 524 4 69% 0 0/0
J.Smith JAC 134 38 132 38 -0.1% 44 -0.3% 137 1,179 1,069 6 54% 2 1/16
J.Galloway TB 131 39 127 39 17.8% 17 16.7% 53 416 545 5 62% 0 2/30
T.Pinkston PHI 131 40 126 40 13.5% 26 12.4% 63 676 603 1 57% 0 2/35
B.Engram SEA 116 41 114 41 14.6% 24 14.0% 53 499 518 2 68% 1 1/17
A.Hakim DET 113 42 104 42 12.5% 27 10.5% 57 533 533 3 54% 0 0/0
C.Wilson SF 108 43 88 43 4.2% 38 1.0% 85 641 681 3 55% 0 0/0
K.Colbert CAR 83 44 86 44 -1.0% 47 -0.5% 92 754 700 5 51% 1 2/53
A.Bryant CLE 64 45 50 48 -0.7% 46 -3.4% 72 546 529 4 58% 0 1/5
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Washington CIN 61 46 67 46 3.7% 39 5.3% 50 377 393 3 64% 0 1/18
K.Curtis STL 56 47 71 45 2.2% 41 5.9% 50 421 392 2 64% 1 2/16
E.Moulds BUF 51 48 48 49 -8.4% 52 -8.6% 152 1,048 1,042 5 58% 1 1/28
C.Chambers MIA 44 49 32 53 -8.6% 53 -9.7% 138 878 940 7 50% 0 4/38
J.Porter OAK 31 50 22 55 -9.7% 59 -10.6% 136 998 916 9 47% 2 1/6
W.Chrebet NYJ 29 51 40 51 -5.5% 48 -3.0% 54 397 376 1 57% 0 0/0
J.Rice OAK 28 52 22 54 -6.8% 49 -8.2% 63 429 434 3 48% 0 0/0
D.Stallworth NO 25 53 50 47 -9.6% 58 -6.4% 106 767 696 5 55% 0 1/10
B.Lloyd SF 23 54 11 59 -9.2% 56 -11.0% 89 565 593 6 48% 0 1/32
J.Pathon NO 23 55 44 50 -8.1% 51 -4.0% 66 581 446 1 52% 1 1/18
D.Northcutt CLE 22 56 11 60 -9.6% 57 -11.1% 94 806 616 2 59% 0 1/5
R.Hymes BAL 21 57 21 56 -7.4% 50 -7.4% 48 323 349 2 54% 0 2/32
S.McDonald STL 20 58 15 57 -8.9% 54 -9.9% 68 495 462 3 54% 1 0/0
D.Terrell CHI 19 59 33 52 -10.0% 61 -7.9% 90 699 591 1 47% 0 1/34
K.Robinson SEA 18 60 7 62 -9.2% 55 -11.4% 67 495 456 2 46% 0 1/14
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Williams DET 12 61 -11 67 -11.4% 63 -13.8% 118 817 779 8 46% 1 3/47
R.Ferguson GB 11 62 9 61 -9.9% 60 -10.4% 49 367 330 1 49% 0 2/18
C.Bradford HOU 10 63 12 58 -10.4% 62 -9.8% 54 399 361 3 50% 0 0/0
D.Watts DEN 5 64 3 64 -11.5% 64 -11.8% 53 385 344 1 58% 1 1/8
K.McCardell SD -2 65 6 63 -13.0% 65 -11.4% 58 393 377 1 53% 0 1/44
D.Gabriel OAK -8 66 -10 66 -14.0% 67 -14.2% 79 551 497 2 42% 0 3/62
A.Toomer NYG -11 67 -50 74 -13.9% 66 -18.7% 107 747 670 0 48% 1 1/41
D.White ATL -15 68 -17 68 -16.2% 69 -16.7% 56 370 327 2 54% 0 1/16
R.Proehl CAR -22 69 -7 65 -16.7% 70 -13.9% 70 497 407 0 49% 0 0/0
R.Gardner WAS -28 70 -26 69 -16.1% 68 -15.8% 106 650 622 5 48% 0 1/13
C.Conway SF -34 71 -49 73 -18.5% 71 -21.1% 75 403 424 3 51% 0 0/0
K.Johnson BAL -45 72 -41 71 -21.9% 76 -21.1% 61 373 327 1 57% 1 1/7
Q.Morgan CLE -48 73 -58 76 -21.6% 73 -23.3% 68 404 371 3 46% 1 2/18
T.Edwards JAC -53 74 -43 72 -21.8% 75 -20.1% 80 533 393 1 63% 2 1/13
L.Fitzgerald ARI -56 75 -28 70 -18.7% 72 -15.7% 118 785 671 8 52% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Moore BAL -58 76 -66 77 -25.4% 78 -27.2% 58 293 285 4 41% 0 0/0
M.Booker MIA -74 77 -74 78 -21.8% 74 -21.8% 105 638 553 1 48% 0 3/38
T.Streets DET -78 78 -83 79 -29.8% 81 -30.9% 56 260 255 1 50% 0 2/31
R.Williams JAC -81 79 -84 80 -31.5% 82 -32.1% 54 268 232 1 50% 1 2/30
A.Boldin ARI -94 80 -57 75 -24.2% 77 -19.6% 104 623 525 1 54% 1 2/28
I.Hilliard NYG -119 81 -136 82 -31.9% 83 -34.6% 81 441 329 0 60% 3 0/0
B.Johnson ARI -133 82 -119 81 -29.2% 80 -27.4% 101 538 460 1 49% 1 2/40
T.Taylor BAL -151 83 -144 83 -36.8% 85 -35.7% 80 421 286 0 43% 1 1/10
P.Price ATL -163 84 -156 85 -32.7% 84 -31.9% 106 575 421 3 42% 0 0/0
L.Coles WAS -169 85 -153 84 -25.6% 79 -24.4% 168 950 810 1 54% 1 2/19
B.Wade CHI -204 86 -184 86 -43.5% 86 -40.5% 89 481 238 0 47% 2 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Armstrong HOU 130 147 32.3% 38.5% 39 415 426 1 74% 0 0/0
A.Davis CLE 119 109 34.6% 30.6% 33 416 381 2 48% 0 1/30
T.Glenn DAL 113 115 26.3% 26.9% 37 380 404 2 65% 0 1/40
K.Campbell MIN 103 102 25.7% 25.4% 32 364 371 1 59% 0 1/42
J.Jurevicius TB 94 105 19.2% 22.7% 37 333 380 2 73% 0 1/14
B.Finneran ATL 64 65 10.4% 10.7% 33 258 319 2 70% 1 1/12
T.Carter NYG 58 54 27.0% 24.2% 18 182 203 1 67% 0 0/0
J.Carter NYJ 57 55 32.9% 31.5% 16 173 187 1 63% 0 0/0
D.Thompson MIA 56 58 4.1% 4.7% 47 359 356 4 49% 0 0/0
F.Mitchell PHI 56 50 2.9% 1.3% 44 377 375 2 50% 0 1/30
K.Osgood SD 53 54 9.0% 9.5% 33 308 277 2 45% 0 0/0
B.Schroeder TB 52 55 46.0% 50.0% 11 156 148 1 64% 0 0/0
F.Jackson CLE 49 42 22.0% 17.3% 19 168 187 0 68% 0 0/0
S.Parker KC 47 47 32.2% 32.3% 13 137 153 1 69% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
E.Wilford JAC 46 61 4.4% 10.2% 35 271 285 2 54% 0 1/38
J.Thrash WAS 45 48 15.8% 17.8% 21 203 196 0 81% 0 0/0
P.Crayton DAL 41 42 25.5% 25.7% 14 132 150 1 79% 0 0/0
R.Caldwell SD 41 48 6.8% 10.1% 29 310 233 3 62% 1 0/0
A.Whitted OAK 36 32 5.6% 3.8% 25 227 211 2 36% 0 2/40
M.Lewis NO 35 36 24.1% 24.3% 13 127 130 0 62% 0 0/0
C.Lee TB 33 33 6.8% 7.0% 22 207 186 0 68% 1 0/0
D.Tyree NYG 32 37 10.3% 13.9% 17 155 158 1 59% 0 0/0
A.Battle SF 27 16 9.0% 0.6% 15 143 141 0 53% 0 1/31
R.Swinton DET 25 13 -2.5% -7.2% 31 213 235 1 58% 0 0/0
D.Hall KC 24 22 -4.8% -5.4% 38 230 280 0 66% 0 2/23
P.Warrick CIN 20 26 2.4% 6.8% 18 133 137 0 67% 0 0/0
B.Johnson NE 19 34 -0.5% 9.0% 21 174 155 1 48% 0 0/0
C.Horn KC 19 10 -3.3% -7.6% 27 178 193 1 56% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Bryant DAL 19 29 -3.4% 1.5% 27 267 193 0 59% 1 0/0
T.Brown NE 17 14 -4.8% -6.3% 29 184 205 1 59% 0 0/0
J.Taylor NYG 13 15 -2.5% -0.9% 17 146 127 0 35% 0 1/43
E.Berlin TEN 9 17 -9.8% -7.3% 41 278 267 1 49% 0 1/12
N.Jackson DEN 8 4 -2.7% -7.4% 11 73 76 0 73% 0 0/0
S.Aiken BUF 7 -1 -8.0% -13.3% 18 148 128 0 61% 0 0/0
J.Cotchery NYJ -2 -5 -14.4% -18.4% 11 60 73 0 55% 0 1/12
D.Kircus DET -4 -5 -17.5% -19.6% 10 68 54 1 30% 0 0/0
K.Williams ARI -5 -5 -14.8% -14.9% 30 197 182 0 60% 0 0/0
T.Copper DAL -10 -20 -18.9% -25.8% 20 84 111 1 35% 0 1/9
R.Woods SF -11 -22 -18.8% -24.8% 23 160 130 1 30% 0 0/0
N.Poole ARI -12 -12 -28.1% -28.5% 11 70 45 0 45% 0 0/0
T.Jacobs WAS -13 -15 -18.9% -19.8% 27 178 156 0 59% 0 0/0
D.Looker STL -27 -37 -26.7% -31.5% 26 183 118 0 50% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Chatman GB -31 -21 -21.5% -18.6% 45 246 237 1 49% 0 0/0
B.Gilmore MIA -32 -36 -24.4% -26.0% 34 206 173 1 44% 0 0/0
L.Mays PIT -33 -33 -30.8% -30.7% 23 137 100 0 39% 0 0/0
B.Shaw BUF -35 -33 -51.7% -49.5% 13 59 21 0 38% 0 0/0
G.Lewis PHI -38 -46 -26.7% -29.6% 36 183 165 0 47% 0 0/0
T.Brown TB -46 -49 -31.5% -32.6% 31 200 131 1 77% 2 0/0
M.Jenkins ATL -51 -49 -43.6% -42.3% 20 119 58 0 35% 0 1/3
J.Gage CHI -56 -47 -39.4% -34.8% 28 156 88 0 43% 0 0/0
J.Reed BUF -58 -66 -33.8% -36.7% 36 153 138 0 44% 0 1/18
B.McMullen PHI -97 -104 -81.0% -86.2% 17 24 -28 0 18% 0 0/0
B.Berrian CHI -106 -95 -44.1% -41.0% 44 225 118 2 34% 0 0/0

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 4 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
B.Wade CHI 49 1 52 1 62.0% 3 68.7% 3 12 76 0 0
N.Burleson MIN 47 2 47 3 59.6% 5 57.6% 5 6 49 0 0
L.Evans BUF 46 3 48 2 144.8% 1 153.2% 1 5 85 0 0
T.J.Houshmandzadeh CIN 34 4 34 4 72.4% 2 70.9% 2 6 51 0 0
D.Hall KC 32 5 32 5 26.7% 8 28.0% 8 8 56 0 0
D.Watts DEN 27 6 27 7 61.2% 4 62.4% 4 5 33 0 0
C.Chambers MIA 26 7 28 6 28.5% 7 32.3% 7 9 66 0 1
R.Smith DEN 19 8 20 8 6.3% 9 8.5% 10 5 33 0 0
D.Stallworth NO 19 9 19 9 33.4% 6 34.4% 6 6 37 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
M.Clayton TB 16 10 19 10 5.6% 10 10.7% 9 5 30 0 0
H.Ward PIT 11 11 11 11 -9.8% 12 1.9% 11 5 19 1 0
A.Randle El PIT 8 12 9 12 -15.1% 13 -19.5% 13 8 34 0 0
E.Moulds BUF 7 13 6 13 -9.2% 11 -10.9% 12 5 19 0 0
J.Morton KC 3 14 5 14 -30.1% 14 -25.7% 14 7 43 0 1
D.Northcutt CLE 1 15 -1 16 -37.5% 15 -39.6% 16 8 19 0 0
B.Berrian CHI -3 16 0 15 -49.4% 16 -38.0% 15 8 28 0 0
L.Fitzgerald ARI -5 17 -4 17 -55.6% 18 -52.6% 17 5 9 0 0
S.Moss NYJ -7 18 -7 18 -55.1% 17 -56.0% 18 6 23 0 1