Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2009

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.Rice MIN 483 1 493 1 36.1% 3 37.2% 121 1,312 1,518 8 69% 1 5/79
V.Jackson SD 456 2 459 2 39.6% 1 39.9% 109 1,170 1,383 9 63% 0 3/67
W.Welker NE 434 3 372 5 21.1% 12 16.3% 162 1,348 1,687 4 76% 1 1/21
R.Moss NE 400 4 351 6 22.3% 10 18.1% 137 1,264 1,520 13 61% 2 2/52
M.Austin DAL 399 5 421 3 28.6% 5 30.9% 124 1,320 1,376 11 65% 1 3/36
R.Wayne IND 377 6 385 4 18.6% 13 19.2% 149 1,264 1,540 10 67% 0 3/36
M.Colston NO 337 7 341 7 26.0% 6 26.5% 107 1,074 1,206 9 65% 2 1/35
S.Smith NYG 325 8 311 9 13.7% 18 12.5% 157 1,220 1,485 7 68% 0 2/45
H.Ward PIT 287 9 272 12 14.6% 17 13.1% 137 1,169 1,281 6 69% 2 1/18
S.Holmes PIT 284 10 294 11 13.2% 21 14.1% 138 1,248 1,312 5 57% 0 2/43
L.Fitzgerald ARI 280 11 332 8 9.5% 30 13.6% 153 1,092 1,442 13 63% 0 4/78
R.Meachem NO 268 12 250 15 39.3% 2 35.7% 64 722 815 9 70% 2 2/35
A.Johnson HOU 265 13 298 10 6.6% 35 9.0% 172 1,576 1,507 9 59% 1 1/14
D.Driver GB 245 14 271 13 13.3% 19 16.0% 112 1,061 1,130 6 63% 1 8/77
C.Ochocinco CIN 241 15 246 16 10.4% 27 10.9% 129 1,073 1,205 9 57% 2 4/61
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Wallace PIT 235 16 227 17 30.3% 4 28.8% 72 756 793 6 54% 1 2/56
G.Jennings GB 229 17 261 14 11.1% 26 14.4% 119 1,113 1,121 4 57% 0 3/71
M.Floyd SD 222 18 220 18 23.7% 7 23.5% 76 776 824 1 59% 0 2/51
A.Collie IND 215 19 206 21 16.6% 15 15.4% 90 676 915 7 67% 0 4/70
D.Jackson PHI 203 20 192 23 9.5% 29 8.4% 116 1,156 1,043 9 53% 2 1/41
K.Walter HOU 200 21 216 20 23.4% 8 26.2% 70 611 748 2 76% 0 0/0
J.Cotchery NYJ 189 22 216 19 12.3% 22 15.9% 97 827 894 4 60% 0 0/0
D.Mason BAL 187 23 182 25 5.0% 36 4.4% 134 1,028 1,143 7 54% 0 2/33
B.Marshall DEN 181 24 178 26 2.6% 38 2.3% 155 1,127 1,236 10 66% 0 1/39
H.Nicks NYG 180 25 159 29 18.2% 14 14.5% 74 790 742 6 64% 2 0/0
P.Harvin MIN 178 26 189 24 12.0% 23 13.5% 93 803 849 6 67% 1 0/0
S.Breaston ARI 166 27 199 22 13.3% 20 18.5% 82 712 767 3 67% 0 1/25
M.Manningham NYG 165 28 149 33 8.4% 33 6.3% 99 825 882 5 58% 1 1/6
J.Avant PHI 160 29 158 30 21.3% 11 20.9% 58 587 621 3 71% 1 2/9
B.Hartline MIA 158 30 146 34 22.4% 9 19.7% 56 506 601 3 55% 0 2/52
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Maclin PHI 158 31 150 32 9.4% 31 8.2% 92 773 817 4 61% 0 2/13
P.Crayton DAL 153 32 154 31 16.1% 16 16.3% 67 622 661 5 55% 0 2/16
R.White ATL 151 33 89 46 -0.9% 48 -5.8% 165 1,153 1,274 11 52% 1 1/8
D.Henderson NO 151 34 159 28 11.3% 24 12.5% 83 804 738 2 61% 0 0/0
J.Gaffney DEN 148 35 142 36 8.5% 32 7.8% 87 732 785 2 62% 0 3/63
K.Britt TEN 143 36 143 35 11.2% 25 11.2% 75 701 700 3 56% 1 1/20
G.Camarillo MIA 134 37 127 38 10.0% 28 8.9% 72 552 679 0 69% 0 1/14
A.Boldin ARI 124 38 173 27 -0.2% 45 4.7% 128 1,034 997 5 66% 3 1/8
M.Sims-Walker JAC 120 39 107 39 1.1% 41 -0.4% 111 870 891 7 57% 2 0/0
N.Burleson SEA 113 40 128 37 1.2% 40 3.1% 103 812 832 3 61% 2 2/19
D.Bess MIA 106 41 97 44 -0.4% 46 -1.5% 114 771 859 2 68% 2 0/0
C.Chambers KC 101 42 81 47 1.4% 39 -1.4% 92 730 734 5 49% 0 1/12
M.Thomas JAC 101 43 104 41 8.0% 34 8.7% 62 453 547 1 77% 0 1/4
L.Coles CIN 99 44 91 45 4.3% 37 3.1% 77 514 618 5 56% 0 0/0
B.Berrian MIN 99 45 98 43 0.7% 42 0.7% 92 618 745 4 60% 0 1/39
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
P.Garcon IND 95 46 105 40 0.1% 43 1.4% 91 765 747 4 52% 1 3/105
D.Hester CHI 90 47 101 42 -0.2% 44 1.3% 91 764 723 3 64% 1 0/0
B.Edwards CLE 71 48 61 50 -3.5% 53 -4.8% 95 680 734 4 47% 1 2/77
E.Bennett CHI 63 49 60 51 -3.4% 52 -3.9% 88 717 646 2 61% 1 1/4
D.Bowe KC 60 50 71 49 -4.0% 54 -2.4% 87 589 650 4 54% 1 4/52
A.Randle El WAS 55 51 48 53 -3.4% 51 -4.6% 75 532 566 0 67% 1 1/8
S.Smith CAR 55 52 41 56 -7.2% 57 -8.6% 128 954 898 7 51% 1 1/9
J.Edelman NE 50 53 23 62 -0.5% 47 -7.0% 54 359 407 1 69% 0 0/0
M.Muhammad CAR 45 54 50 52 -6.2% 56 -5.5% 89 581 637 1 60% 0 0/0
T.J.Houshmandzadeh SEA 44 55 71 48 -8.7% 60 -6.3% 135 911 975 3 59% 2 5/87
D.Anderson HOU 39 56 45 54 -3.3% 50 -1.8% 53 370 396 0 72% 0 0/0
C.Schilens OAK 37 57 32 60 -2.9% 49 -4.3% 51 365 366 2 57% 0 0/0
R.Williams DAL 32 58 42 55 -7.8% 58 -6.3% 86 597 588 7 44% 1 2/10
J.Jones GB 30 59 35 57 -6.1% 55 -4.8% 61 440 411 5 52% 0 0/0
A.Caldwell CIN 28 60 23 63 -8.1% 59 -8.9% 80 447 542 3 64% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Johnson DET 24 61 34 58 -10.5% 64 -9.6% 138 1,001 951 5 49% 3 3/58
N.Washington TEN 20 62 26 61 -9.9% 62 -9.1% 95 576 623 6 49% 1 0/0
L.Evans BUF 18 63 -8 70 -10.2% 63 -13.8% 95 612 623 7 46% 0 0/0
J.Knox CHI 17 64 34 59 -9.9% 61 -7.1% 80 527 530 5 56% 0 2/58
M.Jenkins ATL 11 65 8 66 -11.0% 65 -11.4% 90 635 552 1 56% 0 0/0
A.Bryant TB 7 66 -5 69 -11.6% 66 -13.5% 87 600 552 4 45% 0 0/0
S.Moss WAS 7 67 16 64 -11.9% 67 -11.0% 120 906 780 3 58% 2 2/22
T.Holt JAC -7 68 -3 68 -13.6% 68 -13.1% 102 722 637 0 50% 1 2/22
T.Owens BUF -12 69 -3 67 -14.1% 69 -13.0% 109 829 672 5 50% 1 0/0
T.Ginn MIA -16 70 -32 73 -15.3% 70 -18.0% 78 454 473 1 49% 0 0/0
S.Stroughter TB -16 71 -26 72 -16.2% 71 -18.3% 58 319 352 1 53% 0 1/7
M.Clayton BAL -31 72 -39 74 -18.0% 73 -19.3% 74 480 427 2 46% 1 1/43
J.Morgan SF -31 73 9 65 -17.6% 72 -11.2% 81 527 465 3 64% 0 2/34
J.Gage TEN -35 74 -44 75 -19.4% 74 -21.0% 67 383 374 3 42% 0 0/0
M.Clayton TB -41 75 -62 80 -23.5% 80 -29.1% 48 230 246 1 33% 0 2/45
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Northcutt DET -45 76 -50 78 -22.1% 77 -23.3% 63 357 318 1 56% 0 0/0
M.Crabtree SF -45 77 -10 71 -19.6% 75 -14.2% 86 625 466 2 56% 1 2/72
D.Branch SEA -57 78 -50 77 -22.1% 76 -20.9% 79 437 403 2 57% 0 1/25
I.Bruce SF -68 79 -57 79 -30.1% 85 -27.2% 49 264 219 0 43% 0 2/39
D.Avery STL -73 80 -46 76 -22.3% 78 -18.8% 98 592 505 5 49% 1 0/0
M.Massoquoi CLE -76 81 -83 83 -22.9% 79 -23.9% 95 624 493 3 36% 1 1/18
M.Bradley KC -77 82 -84 84 -30.9% 87 -32.6% 57 320 229 2 42% 0 0/0
B.Wade KC -78 83 -102 87 -26.7% 83 -31.1% 75 367 336 2 49% 0 1/4
B.Gibson STL -88 84 -73 82 -28.9% 84 -26.1% 69 349 312 1 49% 2 1/7
D.Amendola STL -93 85 -66 81 -30.3% 86 -25.2% 64 326 290 1 69% 1 0/0
B.Johnson DET -96 86 -92 86 -26.6% 82 -25.9% 87 417 421 3 40% 0 2/50
C.Stuckey CLE -99 87 -88 85 -31.1% 88 -29.0% 66 318 291 2 45% 0 0/0
L.Murphy OAK -104 88 -130 88 -26.1% 81 -29.3% 96 521 478 4 35% 0 3/53
E.Royal DEN -138 89 -133 89 -34.8% 89 -34.0% 79 345 306 0 47% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Jones HOU 172 176 42.3% 43.5% 40 437 509 6 68% 0 0/0
K.Washington BAL 160 156 31.3% 30.1% 48 431 533 2 71% 0 0/0
J.Nelson GB 130 133 40.1% 41.1% 31 320 393 2 71% 0 1/36
L.Naanee SD 104 109 33.5% 35.4% 29 242 338 2 83% 0 0/0
B.Stokley DEN 93 90 21.1% 19.8% 33 327 363 4 58% 0 1/18
C.Henry CIN 72 68 27.8% 25.4% 23 236 250 2 52% 0 0/0
E.Doucet ARI 58 64 17.6% 20.5% 24 214 243 1 71% 0 0/0
L.Moore NO 57 57 24.3% 24.0% 19 153 211 2 74% 0 0/0
D.Williams BAL 50 51 19.5% 20.7% 17 142 199 1 47% 0 2/63
D.Aromashodu CHI 49 65 1.8% 6.5% 43 298 347 4 56% 0 0/0
J.Reed BUF 46 47 -0.1% 0.2% 45 291 367 1 60% 0 1/2
D.Thomas WAS 38 30 -2.4% -4.4% 47 325 355 3 53% 0 1/32
M.Kelly WAS 35 37 -2.1% -1.3% 41 347 318 0 61% 0 0/0
M.Stovall TB 32 17 -4.1% -8.0% 47 366 347 1 51% 0 0/0
S.Hurd DAL 24 24 9.2% 9.3% 12 121 124 1 58% 0 0/0
L.Robinson STL 21 31 -1.2% 4.6% 23 167 178 1 57% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Booker ATL 18 4 -5.3% -11.1% 32 181 230 1 50% 0 0/0
S.Aiken NE 16 30 -7.8% -3.6% 41 326 297 2 49% 0 2/30
B.Finneran ATL 16 13 -0.3% -2.7% 16 111 128 0 69% 0 0/0
G.Lewis MIN 15 15 6.1% 5.2% 11 96 90 1 73% 0 0/0
D.Hixon NYG 12 6 -7.2% -10.0% 28 187 190 1 54% 0 0/0
L.Hawkins TEN 12 7 -1.4% -5.4% 14 110 101 0 50% 0 0/0
R.Martin STL 11 13 -1.4% 1.0% 12 99 91 0 50% 0 0/0
A.Davis HOU 8 1 -3.6% -11.7% 11 59 84 0 55% 0 1/26
D.Jarrett CAR 6 4 -9.9% -11.0% 31 196 203 1 55% 0 0/0
B.Engram KC 5 8 -5.8% -2.3% 10 61 73 0 50% 0 1/6
J.Hill SF -1 6 -13.0% -8.4% 17 90 111 2 53% 0 0/0
J.Urban ARI -4 -2 -14.4% -13.7% 29 186 168 0 62% 0 0/0
B.Lloyd DEN -9 -9 -18.9% -19.2% 18 117 103 0 44% 0 0/0
D.Clowney NYJ -9 -5 -17.8% -15.6% 22 191 128 1 64% 1 0/0
N.Hughes JAC -10 -10 -24.1% -23.7% 12 70 57 1 42% 0 0/0
K.Burton STL -11 9 -15.9% -10.2% 45 253 272 0 56% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Curtis PHI -14 -15 -24.1% -25.3% 15 77 77 0 40% 0 0/0
D.Williams DET -19 -20 -31.3% -31.5% 13 52 56 0 46% 0 1/27
H.Baskett IND -23 -34 -36.2% -47.6% 12 34 45 0 42% 0 0/0
K.Moore CAR -28 -32 -44.2% -48.9% 12 59 31 0 50% 0 0/0
B.Clark TB -29 -48 -31.8% -43.7% 18 65 82 0 33% 0 1/11
R.Brown PHI -32 -29 -30.1% -28.5% 24 155 103 0 38% 0 0/0
B.Smith NYJ -33 -28 -47.1% -42.0% 12 63 29 0 58% 0 0/0
T.Watkins OAK -34 -38 -37.2% -40.3% 19 90 63 0 42% 0 0/0
B.Robiskie CLE -35 -34 -35.3% -34.2% 20 106 74 0 35% 0 0/0
J.Galloway NE -39 -63 -38.0% -53.6% 20 67 68 0 35% 0 0/0
M.Furrey CLE -40 -54 -25.1% -29.8% 39 170 200 0 59% 0 0/0
J.L.Higgins OAK -50 -56 -26.9% -28.7% 45 263 211 0 42% 0 0/0
L.Long ARI -82 -75 -39.4% -37.1% 39 177 129 0 54% 0 1/20
D.Butler SEA -88 -90 -39.1% -39.8% 42 175 140 0 36% 0 0/0
D.Heyward-Bey OAK -105 -126 -45.0% -51.4% 40 124 109 1 23% 0 1/19
J.Cribbs CLE -113 -130 -52.0% -57.8% 37 139 67 1 54% 2 1/25

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 4 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
P.Harvin MIN 80 1 78 1 68.9% 6 69.3% 5 13 122 0 0
D.Jackson PHI 66 2 68 2 62.9% 8 63.5% 8 12 137 1 1
C.Johnson DET 53 3 50 4 121.0% 3 112.6% 3 6 60 0 0
R.Meachem NO 51 4 51 3 68.2% 7 71.3% 4 6 82 0 0
J.Morgan SF 44 5 45 5 176.9% 1 176.0% 1 5 61 0 0
M.Thomas JAC 43 6 45 6 42.3% 10 42.5% 10 12 86 0 0
T.Owens BUF 35 7 34 7 73.7% 4 69.2% 6 6 54 1 0
M.Wallace PIT 32 8 33 8 142.6% 2 150.4% 2 5 48 0 0
W.Welker NE 28 9 30 9 56.7% 9 61.8% 9 5 36 0 0
T.Ginn MIA 23 10 24 10 33.5% 12 36.6% 11 7 48 0 0
L.Murphy OAK 20 11 20 11 70.0% 5 67.4% 7 6 31 0 0
S.Smith CAR 17 12 16 13 40.5% 11 35.2% 12 5 22 0 0
B.Marshall DEN 15 13 17 12 26.3% 13 31.9% 13 6 32 0 0
E.Weems ATL 7 14 11 14 -24.6% 14 -18.9% 14 8 53 0 0
D.Hester CHI -39 15 -40 15 -210.5% 15 -208.3% 15 5 -8 0 1