Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2006

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, 84 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Harrison IND 513 1 491 1 30.6% 4 28.7% 148 1,366 1,723 12 64% 1 2/33
R.Wayne IND 470 2 441 2 31.0% 2 28.3% 137 1,314 1,570 9 63% 1 1/22
L.Evans BUF 375 3 354 3 22.4% 7 20.5% 137 1,292 1,422 8 60% 1 3/102
C.Johnson CIN 367 4 342 4 17.5% 13 15.5% 152 1,375 1,530 7 57% 1 2/70
T.J.Houshmandzadeh CIN 313 5 294 6 17.0% 14 15.1% 132 1,081 1,324 9 68% 0 2/35
T.Glenn DAL 295 6 314 5 20.3% 8 22.4% 111 1,047 1,164 6 63% 0 2/98
T.Owens DAL 274 7 284 8 10.2% 23 11.0% 152 1,180 1,380 13 56% 0 3/40
L.Fitzgerald ARI 273 8 292 7 18.7% 9 20.9% 111 946 1,111 6 62% 0 3/38
R.Williams DET 257 9 258 10 9.3% 26 9.4% 151 1,310 1,330 7 54% 2 2/43
M.Colston NO 252 10 262 9 14.2% 17 15.3% 115 1,039 1,135 8 61% 0 2/20
I.Bruce STL 238 11 233 12 10.7% 22 10.2% 126 1,098 1,181 3 59% 0 2/37
D.Henderson NO 228 12 248 11 40.8% 1 45.5% 54 745 685 5 59% 0 0/0
M.Furrey DET 226 13 214 16 8.1% 31 7.1% 146 1,086 1,211 6 67% 1 1/7
J.Cotchery NYJ 220 14 206 18 8.0% 32 6.7% 128 981 1,193 6 66% 0 3/12
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Smith CAR 216 15 217 14 6.9% 36 7.0% 139 1,166 1,217 8 60% 0 1/16
S.Holmes PIT 215 16 213 17 17.9% 12 17.7% 86 824 888 2 57% 0 2/20
D.J.Hackett SEA 213 17 222 13 30.8% 3 32.6% 66 610 714 4 68% 0 0/0
J.Walker DEN 210 18 216 15 8.2% 30 8.8% 126 1,084 1,129 8 55% 0 2/22
D.Jackson SEA 193 19 193 20 9.7% 25 9.7% 112 968 987 10 56% 1 1/22
J.Horn NO 189 20 197 19 25.1% 5 26.5% 61 679 688 4 61% 0 1/11
H.Ward PIT 185 21 159 26 5.6% 39 3.1% 128 1,017 1,098 6 59% 2 1/17
M.Booker MIA 177 22 177 22 12.8% 20 12.7% 90 747 829 6 61% 0 2/24
R.Brown PHI 177 23 168 23 11.3% 21 10.1% 92 816 861 8 50% 0 1/14
R.Caldwell NE 176 24 153 28 9.3% 27 6.5% 102 767 912 4 60% 1 3/98
Br.Johnson ARI 172 25 168 24 17.9% 11 17.1% 74 740 712 4 54% 0 2/22
K.Curtis STL 168 26 160 25 24.8% 6 22.8% 57 479 615 4 70% 0 0/0
A.Johnson HOU 168 27 145 30 0.2% 47 -1.5% 164 1,155 1,312 5 63% 1 2/48
E.Parker SD 163 28 183 21 18.3% 10 22.1% 70 659 671 0 69% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
N.Washington PIT 151 29 142 31 16.8% 15 15.2% 69 624 638 4 51% 0 0/0
S.Parker KC 146 30 130 35 14.6% 16 11.6% 68 561 652 1 60% 0 0/0
E.Kennison KC 144 31 125 38 5.7% 38 3.2% 101 860 851 5 52% 0 1/6
P.Burress NYG 143 32 128 36 2.3% 44 0.7% 121 988 992 10 52% 2 2/33
L.Coles NYJ 138 33 117 40 -1.5% 50 -3.1% 152 1,079 1,202 6 61% 1 3/56
R.Curry OAK 136 34 157 27 7.3% 35 10.3% 89 727 756 1 70% 0 0/0
A.Boldin ARI 133 35 135 33 -1.4% 49 -1.3% 154 1,208 1,162 4 55% 0 3/69
M.Clayton BAL 131 36 133 34 2.4% 43 2.6% 112 938 903 5 60% 0 1/27
D.Stallworth PHI 130 37 137 32 8.4% 28 9.5% 78 725 693 5 49% 0 0/0
T.Holt STL 127 38 152 29 -3.9% 54 -2.1% 179 1,192 1,360 10 52% 2 6/152
C.Henry CIN 124 39 127 37 8.4% 29 8.9% 75 605 663 9 48% 0 2/33
E.Moulds HOU 118 40 99 44 6.8% 37 3.7% 77 557 667 1 74% 1 1/15
J.Jurevicius CLE 117 41 120 39 9.8% 24 10.4% 65 495 595 3 62% 0 2/11
B.Jones TEN 113 42 112 41 13.5% 18 13.3% 54 384 518 4 50% 0 3/104
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Driver GB 112 43 109 43 -4.4% 55 -4.6% 172 1,270 1,258 8 53% 1 0/0
K.McCardell SD 102 44 98 45 12.9% 19 12.0% 51 437 474 0 71% 1 1/17
A.Battle SF 95 45 110 42 1.6% 45 3.7% 87 689 685 3 70% 1 0/0
C.Wilson PIT 94 46 69 57 4.2% 41 -0.4% 69 504 596 1 54% 1 2/41
M.Muhammad CHI 92 47 96 46 -2.6% 52 -2.2% 117 863 884 5 51% 1 2/30
T.Taylor MIN 90 48 73 54 0.2% 46 -2.3% 86 647 705 3 65% 2 2/30
W.Welker MIA 87 49 86 50 -1.0% 48 -1.2% 100 687 738 1 67% 0 0/0
D.Gabriel NE 85 50 70 56 7.9% 34 4.2% 54 428 465 3 56% 1 1/21
D.Branch SEA 83 51 87 48 -2.1% 51 -1.6% 101 725 765 4 52% 0 3/52
D.Mason BAL 82 52 86 49 -3.4% 53 -2.9% 112 750 843 2 61% 1 2/16
A.Toomer NYG 81 53 90 47 8.0% 33 10.0% 50 360 442 3 64% 0 0/0
B.Wade TEN 80 54 74 53 5.4% 40 4.2% 58 461 475 2 57% 0 0/0
V.Jackson SD 68 55 72 55 3.3% 42 4.1% 56 453 447 6 48% 0 1/5
S.Moss WAS 65 56 81 52 -4.5% 56 -2.6% 103 795 750 6 55% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Jones JAC 48 57 85 51 -4.8% 57 1.3% 76 643 568 4 54% 1 0/0
D.Bennett TEN 36 58 25 61 -7.9% 58 -9.3% 97 737 666 3 47% 2 1/18
B.Berrian CHI 34 59 53 58 -8.4% 59 -6.1% 102 775 709 6 50% 2 4/115
B.Edwards CLE 27 60 39 59 -9.9% 61 -8.8% 125 884 846 6 49% 0 4/41
T.Brown NE 23 61 12 65 -8.9% 60 -10.7% 77 388 529 4 58% 0 0/0
A.Bryant SF 10 62 19 63 -11.2% 62 -9.9% 91 733 589 3 44% 0 0/0
J.Galloway TB 8 63 34 60 -12.0% 63 -9.6% 141 1,057 924 7 44% 0 0/0
K.Johnson CAR 4 64 25 62 -12.3% 64 -10.2% 128 821 850 4 55% 1 4/37
R.White ATL 0 65 6 66 -12.6% 65 -11.5% 64 509 391 0 47% 1 1/35
R.Williams JAC -7 66 13 64 -13.7% 66 -10.8% 91 616 557 4 57% 0 0/0
D.Carter CAR -12 67 5 67 -15.7% 70 -11.5% 51 357 304 3 55% 0 0/0
M.Robinson MIN -13 68 -4 70 -15.6% 69 -13.5% 58 384 349 4 50% 2 0/0
E.Wilford JAC -14 69 -3 69 -15.0% 67 -13.2% 74 524 460 2 49% 1 2/14
I.Hilliard TB -17 70 -1 68 -16.6% 71 -12.9% 55 339 319 2 62% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
P.Price BUF -18 71 -39 78 -15.6% 68 -19.1% 77 399 471 3 64% 0 0/0
A.Lelie ATL -27 72 -31 73 -17.7% 72 -18.5% 68 430 393 1 41% 0 1/26
M.Jenkins ATL -34 73 -33 74 -17.9% 73 -17.7% 83 436 477 7 47% 0 0/0
M.Clayton TB -37 74 -30 72 -19.7% 75 -18.5% 65 360 370 1 51% 1 1/4
B.Lloyd WAS -39 75 -34 75 -21.4% 78 -20.4% 58 388 305 0 41% 1 1/48
R.Davis CHI -41 76 -47 79 -22.2% 79 -23.7% 56 303 286 2 39% 0 1/17
A.Randle El WAS -43 77 -37 77 -21.0% 77 -20.0% 63 351 351 3 51% 1 1/29
R.Moss OAK -50 78 -53 80 -19.6% 74 -20.0% 97 553 517 3 43% 0 0/0
T.Carter NYG -51 79 -35 76 -25.9% 82 -21.8% 49 253 238 2 45% 1 2/56
R.Smith DEN -55 80 -30 71 -20.1% 76 -16.7% 94 512 520 3 55% 2 1/15
T.Williamson MIN -67 81 -74 81 -23.7% 80 -24.9% 76 455 396 0 49% 0 0/0
G.Jennings GB -97 82 -79 82 -24.2% 81 -22.1% 105 632 543 3 43% 1 2/27
A.Whitted OAK -121 83 -119 83 -37.6% 84 -37.3% 63 303 215 0 43% 1 1/7
C.Chambers MIA -297 84 -312 84 -37.1% 83 -38.3% 153 677 551 4 39% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
P.Crayton DAL 187 197 36.0% 38.7% 48 519 587 4 75% 1 1/6
H.Baskett PHI 85 86 13.4% 13.9% 43 464 389 2 51% 0 0/0
J.Reed BUF 81 83 10.5% 11.1% 48 410 403 2 71% 0 0/0
G.Lewis PHI 81 95 16.9% 22.3% 37 348 341 2 65% 1 0/0
M.Bradley CHI 78 84 32.4% 36.2% 23 282 256 3 61% 0 0/0
J.McCareins NYJ 75 66 9.8% 7.3% 39 345 380 1 59% 0 2/60
B.Engram SEA 73 79 15.1% 17.2% 36 290 323 1 67% 0 0/0
R.Martin GB 64 50 6.2% 2.0% 43 358 371 1 49% 0 1/8
B.McMullen MIN 52 54 3.5% 4.0% 42 306 338 2 57% 0 1/32
D.Williams BAL 47 51 1.1% 2.4% 45 396 347 2 49% 0 0/0
K.Washington CIN 46 48 34.6% 37.0% 12 115 146 1 75% 0 0/0
T.Walters ARI 43 32 3.3% -1.0% 35 209 283 2 66% 0 0/0
C.Jackson NE 43 37 16.0% 11.9% 19 152 186 3 68% 0 0/0
T.Copper NO 43 51 -0.2% 2.1% 42 388 341 3 55% 2 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Stokley IND 37 38 32.9% 34.4% 11 85 120 1 73% 0 1/21
J.Gaffney NE 32 23 7.5% 1.9% 20 142 178 1 55% 0 0/0
J.Jones NO 31 31 30.4% 30.8% 10 108 105 1 60% 0 0/0
D.Hall KC 28 24 -3.8% -5.3% 40 204 301 2 65% 0 1/18
K.Walter HOU 24 26 2.2% 3.4% 21 160 169 0 81% 1 0/0
J.Thrash WAS 21 26 0.4% 3.5% 20 151 165 1 60% 0 0/0
M.Floyd SD 17 21 -6.3% -4.5% 32 210 234 3 47% 0 1/41
C.Bradford DET 16 20 -4.5% -2.8% 25 166 185 0 56% 1 1/42
T.Dwight NYJ 14 10 -3.5% -6.3% 19 112 147 0 84% 0 0/0
D.Tyree NYG 12 0 -8.0% -12.7% 33 197 228 2 58% 0 0/0
B.Marshall DEN 12 17 -8.7% -6.7% 37 309 254 2 54% 1 0/0
M.Stovall TB 7 6 -6.1% -6.5% 13 102 94 0 54% 0 0/0
D.Hagan MIA 7 -2 -10.3% -13.4% 37 221 242 1 57% 0 0/0
Be.Johnson MIN 5 0 -9.6% -12.6% 19 156 129 0 47% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Holiday ARI -1 -5 -13.1% -16.3% 18 126 107 0 50% 0 0/0
A.Moorehead IND -1 -3 -13.9% -15.1% 16 82 96 1 50% 0 0/0
S.McDonald STL -6 -4 -17.1% -15.6% 19 136 108 1 68% 1 0/0
K.Robinson GB -9 1 -20.1% -12.0% 16 89 83 0 44% 0 0/0
N.Burleson SEA -10 -16 -16.3% -18.5% 37 192 208 2 49% 0 0/0
B.Smith NYJ -12 -17 -23.7% -28.6% 14 64 71 0 64% 0 0/0
S.Hurd DAL -12 -7 -27.4% -21.4% 11 75 49 0 45% 0 0/0
R.Parrish BUF -13 -22 -16.9% -19.8% 40 320 233 2 58% 1 0/0
R.Williams TEN -14 -18 -21.6% -24.5% 21 121 105 0 38% 0 0/0
M.Williams DET -15 -19 -23.5% -26.4% 18 99 92 1 44% 0 1/9
C.Hankton JAC -18 -15 -34.3% -30.8% 11 48 41 0 45% 0 0/0
D.Kircus DEN -19 -16 -21.7% -20.3% 27 187 140 0 33% 0 1/6
J.Avant PHI -25 -22 -37.0% -34.0% 15 68 47 1 47% 1 0/0
J.Cribbs CLE -28 -29 -37.9% -39.3% 15 91 49 0 67% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Colbert CAR -28 -22 -43.8% -37.4% 12 56 32 0 42% 0 0/0
A.Hakim DET -32 -25 -27.6% -24.5% 27 147 127 0 63% 0 0/0
T.Jacobs SF -33 -43 -46.9% -57.8% 12 29 29 0 33% 0 0/0
E.Drummond DET -38 -42 -65.5% -70.4% 10 10 2 0 20% 0 0/0
R.Gardner KC -40 -37 -63.0% -58.9% 9 17 6 0 22% 0 1/10
R.Ferguson GB -40 -40 -51.4% -51.6% 13 31 25 1 38% 0 0/0
S.Moss NYG -44 -46 -60.1% -62.5% 11 25 11 0 45% 0 0/0
D.Givens TEN -44 -43 -41.2% -40.6% 20 104 60 0 40% 0 0/0
J.Morant OAK -50 -46 -65.4% -61.0% 12 70 3 0 58% 2 0/0
D.Northcutt CLE -63 -58 -30.4% -29.1% 45 228 196 0 49% 0 1/5
B.Gilmore SF -95 -103 -51.4% -54.6% 31 150 60 1 26% 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.Smith NYJ 90 1 96 1 48.5% 4 51.6% 4 18 103 0 0
J.Walker DEN 64 2 64 2 83.9% 2 83.1% 2 9 123 1 0
A.Randle El WAS 52 3 49 5 13.8% 5 10.2% 5 19 118 0 0
C.Chambers MIA 48 4 51 4 67.3% 3 74.4% 3 8 95 0 0
B.Gilmore SF 46 5 55 3 101.9% 1 119.8% 1 7 94 0 1
S.Smith CAR 14 6 14 6 -1.3% 6 -3.8% 6 8 61 1 1
P.Price BUF 6 7 8 7 -12.5% 7 -9.0% 7 5 18 0 0
C.Johnson CIN 3 8 7 8 -26.2% 8 -19.0% 8 6 24 0 0
M.Clayton TB 2 9 5 9 -29.9% 9 -25.1% 9 5 41 0 1
D.Driver GB -2 10 -2 11 -43.7% 11 -43.8% 11 7 16 0 0
R.Williams JAC -3 11 -1 10 -42.7% 10 -42.7% 10 7 33 0 1
M.Clayton BAL -58 12 -55 12 -176.1% 12 -173.8% 12 7 -30 0 0