Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2005

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, 89 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Smith CAR 502 1 508 1 29.0% 1 29.6% 150 1,563 1,720 12 69% 1 2/44
C.Johnson CIN 415 2 412 2 19.9% 8 19.7% 155 1,432 1,648 9 63% 1 3/58
S.Moss WAS 402 3 390 3 25.6% 3 24.4% 134 1,483 1,450 9 63% 2 4/51
D.Driver GB 355 4 323 7 17.1% 12 14.4% 146 1,221 1,496 5 59% 0 6/175
E.Kennison KC 343 5 343 4 27.6% 2 27.7% 108 1,104 1,199 5 63% 1 3/67
H.Ward PIT 328 6 324 6 23.4% 6 22.9% 114 975 1,223 11 61% 0 2/41
K.McCardell SD 311 7 277 9 24.0% 5 19.9% 109 923 1,150 9 66% 0 0/0
L.Fitzgerald ARI 307 8 334 5 11.2% 22 13.2% 166 1,419 1,504 10 63% 0 1/18
T.J.Houshmandzadeh CIN 305 9 267 12 21.3% 7 17.1% 115 956 1,183 7 68% 1 2/38
R.Smith DEN 274 10 257 15 15.2% 14 13.5% 126 1,105 1,205 6 67% 2 1/2
D.Branch NE 263 11 221 19 14.7% 16 10.3% 125 998 1,171 5 62% 0 1/30
T.Glenn DAL 262 12 259 14 15.6% 13 15.2% 115 1,122 1,144 7 53% 0 5/54
M.Harrison IND 254 13 301 8 11.5% 21 15.9% 132 1,136 1,233 12 62% 0 1/6
J.Galloway TB 248 14 238 17 8.3% 25 7.5% 152 1,287 1,326 10 55% 0 2/34
E.Parker SD 237 15 216 20 24.8% 4 21.5% 80 725 864 3 71% 0 3/49
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Holt STL 234 16 274 10 5.9% 31 9.1% 163 1,331 1,371 9 63% 2 4/145
R.Wayne IND 221 17 273 11 9.6% 24 14.8% 122 1,055 1,135 5 68% 1 3/35
A.Boldin ARI 221 18 263 13 3.5% 38 6.6% 175 1,438 1,437 7 61% 2 2/22
J.Jurevicius SEA 216 19 245 16 19.9% 9 24.3% 84 694 859 10 65% 1 1/14
J.Smith JAC 194 20 230 18 6.3% 30 9.7% 128 1,023 1,122 6 55% 0 5/92
E.Wilford JAC 182 21 208 21 19.3% 10 23.9% 74 681 732 7 55% 0 0/0
A.Toomer NYG 168 22 140 27 6.3% 28 3.1% 109 684 967 7 55% 0 4/146
R.Moss OAK 158 23 144 25 3.9% 36 2.4% 124 1,005 1,006 8 48% 0 2/40
D.Mason BAL 158 24 141 26 2.9% 40 1.3% 135 1,073 1,054 3 64% 1 1/17
A.Bryant CLE 156 25 157 23 3.7% 37 3.7% 123 1,009 1,009 4 56% 1 1/8
D.Stallworth NO 133 26 131 28 0.7% 42 0.5% 129 945 1,006 7 54% 0 0/0
D.Jackson SEA 132 27 148 24 17.5% 11 21.2% 55 482 550 3 69% 0 0/0
T.Owens PHI 130 28 101 35 5.6% 33 1.5% 92 763 773 6 51% 0 1/10
T.Brown NE 130 29 121 29 15.1% 15 13.3% 59 466 572 2 66% 0 1/23
B.Engram SEA 129 30 157 22 4.0% 35 7.7% 97 778 820 3 69% 2 1/25
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Robinson MIN 119 31 117 30 14.1% 18 13.6% 57 515 538 5 54% 0 1/18
S.Parker KC 114 32 106 32 12.1% 19 10.3% 58 533 545 3 62% 2 1/20
D.Hall KC 109 33 104 34 14.2% 17 13.0% 52 438 490 3 67% 0 1/13
D.Givens NE 108 34 84 41 2.3% 41 -1.1% 96 738 750 2 61% 0 0/0
D.Gabriel OAK 105 35 90 38 6.3% 29 3.5% 72 554 609 3 51% 0 2/27
R.Proehl CAR 98 36 94 37 11.7% 20 10.7% 50 441 474 4 50% 0 1/9
K.Curtis STL 94 37 116 31 -0.4% 43 2.6% 97 801 757 6 62% 2 2/73
J.Porter OAK 93 38 64 50 -4.2% 53 -6.8% 142 941 1,030 5 54% 1 3/47
A.Hakim NO 88 39 97 36 6.8% 27 8.7% 58 489 497 2 59% 0 0/0
C.Henry CIN 87 40 73 45 10.4% 23 6.8% 50 422 436 6 62% 2 1/25
B.Stokley IND 87 41 104 33 4.5% 34 8.0% 67 543 539 1 61% 0 0/0
L.Coles NYJ 85 42 80 42 -4.5% 54 -5.0% 131 845 967 5 56% 1 3/45
P.Burress NYG 82 43 76 44 -6.4% 62 -6.8% 165 1,215 1,185 7 46% 1 6/109
W.Welker MIA 81 44 69 46 8.0% 26 5.0% 52 434 439 0 56% 0 0/0
R.Williams DET 80 45 65 48 -1.9% 46 -4.0% 94 687 725 8 48% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Reed BUF 76 46 84 39 5.7% 32 7.8% 52 449 445 2 62% 0 0/0
K.Johnson DAL 74 47 66 47 -4.5% 55 -5.5% 123 839 854 6 58% 3 0/0
B.Edwards CLE 72 48 80 43 3.3% 39 4.9% 59 512 474 3 54% 0 0/0
B.Finneran ATL 69 49 64 49 -1.8% 45 -2.6% 81 611 620 2 62% 0 1/4
T.Taylor MIN 66 50 55 54 -3.0% 48 -4.7% 90 604 657 4 56% 0 1/12
C.Chambers MIA 66 51 63 51 -7.7% 67 -7.9% 166 1,118 1,177 11 49% 3 2/47
A.Lelie DEN 63 52 62 52 -3.5% 50 -3.6% 88 770 646 1 48% 0 1/5
A.Chatman GB 61 53 47 58 -3.5% 51 -5.6% 86 549 638 4 57% 0 0/0
M.Booker MIA 55 54 51 56 -4.6% 56 -5.2% 86 686 630 3 45% 0 1/13
L.Evans BUF 54 55 84 40 -4.9% 57 -0.8% 91 731 653 7 53% 0 1/6
E.Moulds BUF 52 56 52 55 -7.6% 66 -7.5% 128 816 898 4 63% 0 3/54
M.Jenkins ATL 51 57 60 53 -3.1% 49 -1.5% 71 510 513 3 51% 0 0/0
J.Gage CHI 47 58 49 57 -2.3% 47 -1.9% 55 346 439 2 56% 0 1/20
R.Brown PHI 46 59 29 66 -5.3% 58 -8.1% 79 571 583 4 54% 1 2/26
C.Wilson PIT 43 60 44 60 -1.7% 44 -1.5% 52 439 383 0 48% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
N.Burleson MIN 38 61 24 71 -3.6% 52 -7.0% 52 328 396 1 58% 0 3/30
M.Jones JAC 34 62 42 61 -6.4% 61 -4.7% 70 440 483 5 53% 0 0/0
S.McDonald STL 33 63 46 59 -6.7% 63 -4.5% 74 523 505 0 62% 0 0/0
R.Ferguson GB 30 64 30 64 -6.2% 60 -6.1% 57 366 417 3 47% 0 2/35
T.Williamson MIN 29 65 14 72 -5.4% 59 -9.3% 52 372 370 2 46% 0 0/0
A.Randle El PIT 28 66 35 63 -7.8% 68 -6.4% 71 564 503 1 51% 2 4/82
C.Bradford HOU 26 67 38 62 -7.5% 65 -5.2% 66 436 453 5 52% 0 0/0
I.Hilliard TB 23 68 26 68 -7.4% 64 -6.7% 53 282 388 1 66% 0 1/4
R.White ATL 21 69 24 69 -8.8% 70 -8.2% 68 449 478 3 43% 1 2/90
D.Henderson NO 17 70 26 67 -8.6% 69 -6.2% 50 343 358 3 44% 0 2/48
D.Bennett TEN 11 71 29 65 -11.4% 71 -9.4% 110 741 736 4 54% 0 2/16
J.McCareins NYJ 4 72 -11 75 -12.2% 73 -14.0% 102 713 666 2 42% 0 2/75
A.Battle SF 3 73 24 70 -11.8% 72 -6.7% 54 365 330 3 59% 1 0/0
B.Lloyd SF -5 74 11 73 -13.2% 74 -11.3% 108 733 686 5 44% 1 4/88
I.Bruce STL -9 75 11 74 -14.3% 75 -10.6% 71 525 429 3 51% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Williams DET -16 76 -19 80 -16.3% 77 -16.9% 57 350 337 1 51% 2 1/23
M.Clayton TB -20 77 -13 76 -17.4% 80 -15.7% 55 375 315 0 58% 1 0/0
S.Vines DET -23 78 -39 83 -16.8% 78 -19.7% 71 417 417 0 56% 0 0/0
J.Gaffney HOU -23 79 -19 79 -15.9% 76 -15.3% 90 492 544 2 61% 0 0/0
R.Williams JAC -25 80 -13 77 -17.9% 82 -15.4% 63 445 350 0 56% 2 0/0
K.Colbert CAR -28 81 -28 81 -18.9% 83 -18.8% 55 282 325 2 45% 1 3/64
A.Johnson HOU -38 82 -13 78 -16.8% 79 -14.1% 115 686 696 2 56% 0 1/29
B.Johnson ARI -46 83 -30 82 -20.6% 86 -17.8% 73 432 405 1 56% 0 2/16
D.Northcutt CLE -48 84 -61 85 -20.7% 87 -22.8% 77 441 421 2 55% 0 0/0
M.Muhammad CHI -53 85 -64 87 -17.4% 81 -18.4% 136 750 830 4 47% 0 6/100
G.Lewis PHI -54 86 -72 88 -19.4% 84 -21.5% 105 561 581 1 46% 0 2/34
J.Horn NO -63 87 -53 84 -20.5% 85 -19.3% 103 656 554 1 48% 2 1/5
M.Clayton BAL -70 88 -63 86 -23.0% 88 -22.1% 86 459 446 2 51% 0 1/21
D.Patten WAS -81 89 -101 89 -32.5% 89 -37.4% 53 217 213 0 42% 0 2/68

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.J.Hackett SEA 149 161 29.7% 33.1% 42 400 505 2 67% 0 4/111
Q.Morgan PIT 107 102 51.9% 49.3% 18 150 292 2 50% 0 4/75
T.Dwight NE 85 81 19.7% 18.2% 34 332 339 3 56% 0 0/0
D.Looker STL 71 75 22.2% 24.1% 27 237 273 0 85% 0 0/0
P.Crayton DAL 71 76 15.3% 17.2% 35 341 311 2 63% 1 1/6
K.Robinson MIN 69 57 9.7% 5.8% 37 347 354 1 59% 0 3/49
J.Urban SEA 64 64 63.0% 63.3% 10 151 163 0 70% 0 1/9
K.Walter CIN 56 59 10.7% 11.6% 29 211 279 1 66% 0 1/4
J.Cotchery NYJ 53 56 9.7% 11.2% 32 255 270 0 63% 0 1/34
T.Walters IND 50 54 20.6% 23.5% 19 152 195 3 74% 0 0/0
D.Armstrong HOU 46 40 36.7% 30.8% 12 115 143 0 75% 0 0/0
R.Caldwell SD 43 32 0.2% -2.9% 43 356 334 1 65% 2 0/0
B.Berrian CHI 41 30 9.2% 3.5% 25 246 214 0 52% 0 0/0
A.Thurman GB 34 29 16.8% 12.4% 14 92 142 0 50% 0 1/48
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Carter CAR 26 17 8.2% 1.3% 15 103 140 1 33% 0 1/39
C.Lee ARI 25 33 5.5% 10.9% 18 152 152 0 61% 0 0/0
F.Jackson CLE 20 18 -6.5% -7.0% 41 287 295 1 59% 0 0/0
A.Davis NE 16 23 -4.5% -0.5% 24 190 178 1 38% 0 1/49
R.Williams TEN 14 14 -7.9% -8.1% 39 299 269 2 54% 1 0/0
M.Boerigter KC 14 13 -2.0% -2.6% 16 119 125 0 50% 0 1/7
W.Chrebet NYJ 14 9 -4.7% -7.5% 23 153 159 0 65% 0 1/16
C.Rogers DET 14 6 -7.2% -10.2% 31 197 222 1 45% 0 0/0
R.Gardner CAR 13 8 -6.0% -8.6% 26 151 186 1 50% 0 1/10
A.Whitted OAK 12 12 -6.4% -6.7% 26 183 179 0 54% 0 0/0
K.Washington CIN 9 5 -7.0% -9.3% 19 101 137 1 53% 0 0/0
L.McCoy ARI 9 12 -8.7% -7.0% 30 191 191 1 60% 0 0/0
J.Thrash WAS 6 0 -10.0% -12.8% 30 194 188 0 47% 0 0/0
A.Moorehead IND 3 5 -9.3% -6.7% 11 75 73 0 64% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Parrish BUF -1 -6 -13.0% -15.8% 26 152 151 1 62% 0 1/23
J.Morton SF -5 -5 -14.1% -14.3% 44 288 253 0 48% 0 0/0
T.Carter NYG -6 -13 -15.9% -19.8% 24 184 136 0 42% 0 0/0
D.Boston MIA -6 -5 -20.6% -18.6% 10 80 53 0 40% 0 0/0
T.Devoe DEN -7 -9 -19.7% -21.5% 14 87 70 1 64% 0 0/0
J.McAddley SF -7 -6 -19.6% -18.5% 15 125 75 0 47% 0 0/0
B.McMullen PHI -9 -5 -15.4% -14.2% 38 268 248 1 47% 1 2/38
B.Jones TEN -12 5 -15.7% -11.4% 47 299 298 2 49% 0 0/0
P.Warrick SEA -12 -8 -19.4% -17.3% 23 180 129 0 48% 0 0/0
C.Horn KC -17 -21 -19.8% -21.4% 31 187 173 0 58% 0 0/0
K.Johnson DET -19 -27 -20.1% -23.7% 31 133 176 0 55% 0 1/5
M.Bradley CHI -21 -26 -20.3% -21.9% 36 230 195 0 50% 1 2/31
C.Roby TEN -23 -13 -19.7% -16.6% 44 294 233 1 50% 0 1/3
T.Murphy GB -24 -21 -38.0% -34.9% 11 36 41 0 45% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Mathis HOU -24 -18 -37.3% -30.7% 13 65 44 1 38% 0 0/0
S.Aiken BUF -25 -23 -40.6% -38.7% 13 57 36 0 31% 0 0/0
R.Newhouse ARI -28 -27 -52.1% -51.6% 10 45 16 0 40% 0 0/0
D.White ATL -29 -26 -51.4% -47.3% 10 25 18 1 20% 0 0/0
R.Hymes BAL -35 -44 -27.3% -31.1% 31 132 143 2 35% 0 0/0
B.Gilmore MIA -43 -40 -40.9% -38.9% 20 105 61 1 25% 0 0/0
C.Adams DEN -54 -62 -33.1% -36.1% 36 203 136 0 58% 1 1/4
T.Jacobs WAS -54 -48 -40.3% -37.3% 25 100 80 0 44% 0 1/31
C.Moore BAL -71 -72 -58.2% -58.5% 19 59 22 0 16% 0 1/10
T.Calico TEN -82 -73 -38.7% -35.7% 42 191 136 0 52% 1 0/0
B.Wade CHI -104 -98 -59.9% -57.2% 30 121 25 0 50% 1 1/4

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 4 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
A.Lelie DEN 62 1 61 1 177.7% 1 174.0% 1 5 84 0 0
T.J.Houshmandzadeh CIN 50 2 50 2 68.5% 2 68.1% 2 8 62 1 0
T.Carter NYG 27 3 27 3 64.7% 3 57.6% 3 6 46 0 0
C.Johnson CIN 27 4 26 4 53.7% 4 54.5% 4 5 33 0 0
M.Clayton BAL 25 5 24 5 7.7% 7 12.1% 6 8 33 1 0
A.Chatman GB 20 6 22 6 27.7% 5 22.6% 5 8 34 0 0
L.Fitzgerald ARI 17 7 15 8 4.7% 8 0.5% 8 7 31 0 0
A.Boldin ARI 16 8 13 9 15.8% 6 7.3% 7 8 26 0 0
A.Randle El PIT 15 9 17 7 -11.6% 10 -9.7% 10 11 67 0 0
E.Kennison KC 14 10 12 11 -3.2% 9 -7.7% 9 7 43 0 0
M.Jones JAC 12 11 12 10 -12.9% 11 -15.9% 11 11 43 0 0
C.Adams DEN 2 12 2 13 -30.9% 12 -31.9% 12 5 14 0 0
C.Chambers MIA 2 13 4 12 -34.6% 13 -32.7% 13 12 90 0 2
D.Hall KC -2 14 -3 15 -46.2% 14 -48.1% 15 6 9 0 0
A.Battle SF -4 15 -2 14 -50.0% 15 -43.9% 14 8 11 0 0
A.Johnson HOU -9 16 -8 16 -78.7% 16 -69.6% 16 5 12 0 1