Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2007

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.Moss NE 564 1 557 1 28.9% 4 28.4% 160 1,482 1,935 23 61% 0 6/72
T.Owens DAL 445 2 432 2 27.9% 5 26.7% 141 1,355 1,550 15 57% 0 0/0
R.Wayne IND 443 3 432 3 22.4% 9 21.6% 156 1,515 1,680 10 67% 3 3/62
W.Welker NE 378 4 348 4 20.8% 11 18.2% 145 1,175 1,476 8 77% 2 0/0
M.Colston NO 350 5 337 5 16.8% 13 15.6% 144 1,202 1,487 11 68% 1 3/76
C.Johnson CIN 297 6 286 8 10.3% 23 9.4% 161 1,441 1,491 8 58% 2 0/0
G.Jennings GB 292 7 278 9 30.0% 2 27.9% 84 920 988 12 63% 1 2/18
A.Johnson HOU 283 8 269 11 29.2% 3 27.1% 86 851 969 8 70% 1 0/0
L.Fitzgerald ARI 283 9 292 6 8.5% 29 9.2% 167 1,412 1,506 10 60% 3 3/25
B.Engram SEA 264 10 288 7 12.2% 19 14.5% 134 1,151 1,250 6 70% 1 0/0
S.Holmes PIT 256 11 271 10 25.8% 6 28.0% 85 952 921 8 61% 1 0/0
T.Holt STL 240 12 242 13 7.6% 30 7.8% 149 1,193 1,318 7 62% 2 3/58
A.Gonzalez IND 238 13 235 14 43.2% 1 42.5% 51 576 698 3 73% 0 3/53
J.Cotchery NYJ 233 14 214 19 10.8% 21 8.9% 127 1,130 1,151 2 65% 1 1/41
T.J.Houshmandzadeh CIN 230 15 219 17 4.5% 38 3.7% 170 1,150 1,432 12 66% 2 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Galloway TB 230 16 245 12 16.5% 14 18.3% 98 1,014 982 6 58% 0 2/32
A.Boldin ARI 222 17 231 15 15.5% 17 16.6% 100 854 971 9 71% 2 0/0
D.Driver GB 215 18 217 18 9.3% 27 9.5% 122 1,048 1,113 2 67% 1 1/8
B.Stokley DEN 209 19 200 21 24.0% 8 22.4% 71 635 772 5 56% 0 3/64
D.Bowe KC 203 20 220 16 9.5% 26 11.4% 118 995 1,043 5 59% 0 1/11
P.Crayton DAL 202 21 184 23 19.1% 12 16.1% 81 697 817 7 62% 1 2/63
K.Curtis PHI 189 22 181 24 4.6% 37 3.9% 135 1,110 1,170 6 57% 0 3/44
J.Gage TEN 188 23 196 22 14.3% 18 15.5% 85 748 843 2 65% 1 2/41
K.Walter HOU 181 24 179 26 8.8% 28 8.6% 106 800 955 4 61% 0 1/26
B.Edwards CLE 181 25 204 20 2.5% 41 4.5% 153 1,289 1,235 16 52% 3 1/15
R.Williams JAC 180 26 180 25 24.9% 7 25.0% 60 630 654 10 63% 3 2/27
A.Randle El WAS 175 27 179 27 16.2% 15 16.8% 77 728 753 1 66% 1 2/26
D.Stallworth NE 148 28 144 30 11.9% 20 11.1% 74 697 710 3 62% 0 1/25
R.White ATL 144 29 161 28 0.8% 45 2.3% 137 1,204 1,085 6 61% 3 2/40
J.Gaffney NE 143 30 134 33 22.4% 10 20.2% 50 449 545 5 72% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Marshall DEN 140 31 149 29 -2.2% 54 -1.5% 170 1,325 1,294 7 60% 3 0/0
D.Patten NO 136 32 132 34 6.7% 32 6.1% 88 792 774 3 61% 2 0/0
M.Furrey DET 133 33 128 40 6.0% 34 5.3% 91 664 776 1 67% 0 1/15
E.Wilford JAC 133 34 138 32 9.7% 25 10.5% 74 518 680 3 61% 0 2/33
P.Burress NYG 132 35 107 44 -1.2% 51 -3.3% 141 1,025 1,131 12 50% 0 2/10
D.Northcutt JAC 129 36 116 42 10.6% 22 8.2% 73 601 643 4 60% 0 0/0
A.Toomer NYG 129 37 115 43 2.7% 40 1.1% 104 760 873 3 57% 0 1/32
L.Coles NYJ 126 38 131 35 5.1% 35 5.9% 89 646 762 6 62% 0 1/26
B.Wade MIN 126 39 128 39 7.3% 31 7.7% 83 655 699 3 65% 1 1/12
H.Ward PIT 121 40 140 31 1.4% 43 3.6% 113 736 884 7 64% 0 1/8
N.Washington PIT 121 41 129 37 15.6% 16 17.6% 56 450 526 5 52% 0 1/47
I.Hilliard TB 117 42 130 36 4.9% 36 6.9% 86 724 713 1 72% 2 0/0
R.Williams DET 109 43 106 45 0.4% 46 0.0% 105 840 840 5 61% 2 2/63
J.Jurevicius CLE 107 44 122 41 3.9% 39 6.2% 81 614 684 3 62% 0 1/25
I.Bruce STL 106 45 93 49 0.3% 47 -1.2% 101 733 817 4 54% 0 3/75
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.McDonald DET 99 46 94 47 -2.5% 55 -3.0% 126 947 939 6 63% 2 1/29
N.Burleson SEA 97 47 128 38 -0.1% 49 3.9% 96 697 775 9 53% 1 3/58
S.Rice MIN 93 48 82 52 9.9% 24 7.3% 53 396 474 4 58% 0 0/0
D.Branch SEA 92 49 101 46 1.0% 44 2.4% 85 661 685 4 58% 0 1/10
R.Curry OAK 91 50 91 51 -1.0% 50 -1.1% 98 718 774 4 57% 0 1/30
C.Johnson DET 83 51 75 56 -1.2% 52 -2.4% 93 756 715 4 52% 1 0/0
M.Jenkins ATL 82 52 94 48 0.0% 48 1.7% 85 532 651 4 62% 0 0/0
R.Williams TEN 81 53 91 50 -1.6% 53 -0.3% 93 719 719 4 59% 0 0/0
C.Chambers MIA 79 54 75 55 -4.8% 58 -5.1% 129 970 927 4 51% 1 2/34
D.Mason BAL 77 55 79 53 -6.8% 60 -6.6% 164 1,087 1,177 5 63% 1 2/69
L.Moore NO 76 56 60 58 6.4% 33 2.2% 50 302 438 2 64% 0 1/6
A.Davis HOU 72 57 76 54 1.9% 42 2.8% 63 583 508 3 52% 1 1/26
V.Jackson SD 58 58 54 59 -3.4% 56 -4.0% 81 623 585 3 51% 0 1/14
B.Berrian CHI 49 59 64 57 -7.8% 65 -6.3% 128 951 891 4 55% 1 0/0
R.Brown PHI 44 60 28 65 -7.6% 63 -9.4% 111 780 782 4 55% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Carter CAR 41 61 41 62 -6.1% 59 -6.1% 75 517 572 4 51% 0 1/41
S.Smith CAR 39 62 43 60 -9.4% 67 -9.0% 148 1,002 1,008 7 58% 1 2/66
M.Muhammad CHI 36 63 42 61 -7.0% 61 -6.1% 81 570 572 3 49% 0 1/15
E.Moulds TEN 34 64 30 63 -4.5% 57 -5.4% 52 342 385 0 62% 0 0/0
J.Reed BUF 33 65 29 64 -7.7% 64 -8.3% 87 578 597 0 59% 0 1/3
D.Hagan MIA 24 66 24 66 -7.4% 62 -7.4% 59 373 405 2 49% 0 3/29
S.Moss WAS 22 67 5 72 -10.3% 68 -12.1% 115 808 764 3 53% 1 0/0
M.Jones JAC 16 68 15 69 -8.5% 66 -8.6% 50 317 332 4 48% 0 0/0
L.Evans BUF 14 69 19 67 -11.0% 71 -10.5% 113 849 732 5 49% 0 0/0
B.Johnson ARI 14 70 8 71 -10.7% 70 -11.4% 88 528 587 2 52% 0 1/15
J.Jones GB 13 71 15 68 -10.7% 69 -10.3% 80 676 538 2 59% 3 0/0
J.Porter OAK 11 72 10 70 -11.2% 72 -11.4% 102 705 657 6 43% 0 1/21
R.Parrish BUF -7 73 -24 73 -14.2% 73 -18.1% 58 352 353 1 60% 0 1/34
R.Ferguson MIN -31 74 -46 75 -18.9% 74 -22.0% 62 391 355 1 52% 0 1/10
M.Clayton BAL -48 75 -34 74 -19.4% 75 -17.4% 89 531 509 0 54% 0 1/27
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Smith NYJ -61 76 -85 80 -24.5% 76 -29.3% 67 325 327 2 48% 0 0/0
D.Bennett STL -70 77 -72 78 -24.8% 77 -25.1% 73 375 367 3 45% 1 1/13
J.Walker DEN -72 78 -53 76 -31.6% 82 -26.7% 50 287 202 0 52% 0 1/15
T.Ginn MIA -75 79 -72 77 -26.6% 78 -26.1% 71 420 326 2 48% 0 0/0
J.Horn ATL -81 80 -75 79 -32.7% 84 -31.2% 52 243 210 1 52% 0 0/0
L.Robinson ATL -101 81 -89 81 -30.0% 81 -28.0% 74 437 323 1 50% 1 3/80
J.Webb KC -116 82 -109 82 -40.0% 86 -38.3% 57 313 174 1 49% 1 0/0
K.Colbert CAR -123 83 -113 83 -34.8% 85 -33.0% 69 332 271 0 46% 1 3/55
M.Booker MIA -124 84 -117 84 -27.5% 79 -26.7% 105 556 495 1 48% 0 1/2
D.Jackson SF -134 85 -120 85 -28.8% 80 -27.1% 104 495 477 3 44% 1 1/10
A.Battle SF -155 86 -127 86 -31.9% 83 -28.4% 104 600 428 5 48% 2 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Urban ARI 100 91 22.1% 18.8% 38 329 383 2 58% 0 0/0
D.J.Hackett SEA 98 99 12.8% 12.9% 47 384 460 3 68% 0 2/25
J.Avant PHI 85 74 20.1% 15.7% 33 267 338 2 70% 0 0/0
K.McCardell WAS 85 76 22.9% 19.2% 31 256 320 1 71% 0 0/0
R.Martin GB 85 93 21.1% 24.3% 28 242 330 4 57% 1 3/47
G.Lewis PHI 84 90 31.1% 34.3% 23 265 280 3 57% 0 1/8
D.Henderson NO 78 66 9.6% 6.3% 43 409 399 3 47% 0 0/0
G.Camarillo MIA 72 76 81.6% 86.9% 10 160 168 2 80% 0 0/0
S.Hurd DAL 62 60 8.4% 7.7% 37 314 330 1 51% 0 0/0
S.Parker KC 60 65 6.3% 7.7% 39 272 347 2 62% 0 2/54
C.Henry CIN 54 63 5.3% 8.2% 38 343 325 2 55% 0 1/15
D.Darling BAL 49 55 3.0% 5.2% 39 326 325 3 46% 0 1/15
G.Holt CIN 44 50 8.5% 11.5% 23 143 235 1 70% 0 2/34
D.Anderson HOU 44 42 19.4% 17.9% 17 131 176 1 71% 0 0/0
T.Walters DET 43 39 40.8% 35.7% 10 101 130 1 90% 0 0/0
M.Austin DAL 43 36 33.4% 25.9% 10 76 139 0 50% 0 2/82
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Harrison IND 42 35 2.9% 0.4% 32 247 278 1 63% 0 0/0
B.Middleton DET 34 32 27.7% 26.1% 10 70 117 1 80% 0 0/0
C.Davis SD 31 30 -1.5% -1.9% 34 188 273 1 59% 0 2/45
C.Wilson PIT 30 38 0.8% 4.3% 30 207 228 1 60% 0 0/0
T.Copper NO 27 25 3.7% 2.5% 21 126 172 2 71% 0 0/0
B.Jones TEN 24 18 -3.9% -6.3% 34 248 261 2 62% 1 1/6
R.Caldwell WAS 21 16 -1.3% -4.2% 22 141 180 0 68% 0 1/26
M.Stovall TB 21 21 8.1% 8.7% 13 86 111 1 77% 0 0/0
G.Martinez DEN 16 11 -3.3% -6.2% 24 165 167 0 58% 0 0/0
H.Baskett PHI 15 5 -3.3% -9.4% 22 142 156 1 73% 0 0/0
J.Thrash WAS 12 17 -4.6% -1.3% 18 107 136 2 50% 0 1/6
T.Dwight OAK 7 10 -6.1% -4.0% 15 98 100 2 40% 0 0/0
M.Floyd SD 6 9 -6.8% -3.3% 13 97 87 0 54% 0 0/0
J.Broussard JAC 3 8 -9.2% -4.4% 12 126 82 1 33% 0 0/0
M.Hagans STL 3 5 -10.4% -8.3% 15 101 97 0 53% 0 0/0
W.Wright NYJ 2 3 -9.9% -9.0% 11 87 71 0 55% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Chatman CIN -1 4 -13.1% -11.0% 29 149 186 1 66% 0 1/18
P.Price BUF -4 -10 -16.1% -21.6% 13 68 83 0 54% 0 0/0
S.Smith NYG -5 -15 -16.8% -25.3% 14 63 88 0 57% 0 0/0
M.Clayton TB -6 -5 -14.7% -14.4% 40 301 239 0 55% 1 0/0
S.Breaston ARI -8 -10 -19.9% -21.3% 14 92 79 0 57% 0 0/0
K.Robinson GB -12 3 -17.1% -11.5% 34 241 197 1 62% 0 0/0
J.Jones HOU -12 -17 -19.1% -21.8% 24 147 137 0 63% 1 0/0
S.Morey ARI -15 -17 -25.0% -26.2% 17 131 79 0 47% 0 0/0
D.Aromashodu IND -17 -14 -25.9% -23.4% 17 96 80 0 41% 0 0/0
L.Naanee SD -18 -14 -30.5% -26.5% 13 69 54 0 62% 0 0/0
B.Gilmore SF -19 -12 -25.6% -21.1% 19 111 89 0 37% 0 0/0
T.Carter CLE -20 -18 -24.4% -22.9% 22 117 111 1 36% 0 0/0
T.Williamson MIN -23 -27 -20.2% -21.5% 38 236 214 1 47% 0 1/5
C.Thorpe IND -29 -31 -31.1% -32.7% 20 70 85 1 60% 0 0/0
R.Davis CHI -30 -33 -25.8% -27.1% 31 165 142 0 55% 0 0/0
B.Obomanu SEA -30 -20 -25.8% -21.2% 29 180 143 1 41% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Allison MIN -33 -36 -36.2% -38.3% 18 113 66 0 44% 1 0/0
D.Jarrett CAR -33 -28 -48.6% -43.2% 13 73 26 0 46% 0 0/0
D.Looker STL -34 -39 -43.2% -48.3% 14 38 40 0 43% 0 0/0
D.Hall STL -38 -39 -56.4% -57.6% 12 27 15 0 42% 0 0/0
D.Hester CHI -38 -37 -24.4% -24.2% 40 300 208 2 53% 0 0/0
S.Moss NYG -41 -49 -26.9% -29.6% 37 225 174 0 57% 1 0/0
M.Bradley CHI -46 -34 -45.9% -37.2% 17 71 45 1 35% 0 1/12
J.McCareins NYJ -47 -71 -24.9% -30.9% 46 232 245 0 41% 0 3/25
E.Kennison KC -48 -58 -36.4% -41.4% 26 101 93 0 50% 0 0/0
A.Moorehead IND -56 -68 -45.9% -52.6% 22 65 55 0 36% 0 0/0
B.Lloyd WAS -59 -54 -85.6% -79.3% 11 14 -21 0 18% 0 0/0
D.Williams BAL -66 -50 -29.8% -25.8% 47 290 215 0 43% 0 1/6
M.Williams OAK -81 -83 -63.7% -65.5% 23 90 9 0 30% 1 0/0
A.Lelie SF -83 -75 -53.4% -49.2% 26 115 44 0 38% 1 1/17

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 4 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
B.Marshall DEN 48 1 45 1 126.3% 1 116.6% 1 5 57 0 0
S.Smith CAR 42 2 44 2 56.6% 4 61.9% 3 9 66 0 0
J.Cribbs CLE 36 3 35 3 46.6% 5 49.5% 5 9 61 0 0
R.Brown PHI 28 4 26 4 70.0% 2 63.2% 2 5 36 0 0
C.Johnson CIN 24 5 23 6 32.7% 7 32.0% 7 6 47 0 0
K.Walter HOU 23 6 24 5 39.2% 6 44.3% 6 5 30 0 0
D.Northcutt JAC 21 7 21 7 58.4% 3 52.8% 4 6 27 0 0
J.Cotchery NYJ 18 8 18 8 15.7% 8 19.2% 8 5 38 0 0
M.Clayton TB 5 9 3 9 -23.3% 9 -24.9% 9 5 22 0 0
B.Smith NYJ -9 10 -6 10 -60.0% 10 -44.2% 10 12 39 0 1
S.Holmes PIT -17 11 -17 11 -100.5% 11 -97.8% 11 5 17 0 1
D.Hester CHI -27 12 -29 12 -131.1% 12 -138.1% 12 6 -11 0 0