Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2011

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/29/2012

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, 92 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Johnson DET 570 1 577 1 31.9% 7 32.5% 158 1,680 1,881 16 61% 1 3/67
J.Nelson GB 517 2 525 2 52.5% 1 53.5% 96 1,263 1,408 15 71% 0 2/40
V.Cruz NYG 455 3 451 4 32.0% 6 31.5% 129 1,536 1,502 9 64% 1 2/34
W.Welker NE 451 4 464 3 20.4% 14 21.4% 173 1,569 1,775 9 71% 0 0/0
M.Wallace PIT 399 5 374 6 31.4% 8 28.6% 113 1,193 1,326 8 64% 1 2/84
M.Colston NO 390 6 441 5 33.9% 5 40.0% 107 1,143 1,257 8 75% 1 1/26
M.Floyd SD 351 7 342 7 51.4% 2 49.9% 70 856 963 5 61% 0 2/39
L.Robinson DAL 327 8 332 8 40.1% 4 40.8% 81 858 988 11 67% 0 2/39
A.J.Green CIN 284 9 273 11 16.9% 17 15.8% 115 1,057 1,197 7 57% 0 7/152
L.Fitzgerald ARI 278 10 245 15 9.7% 31 7.1% 154 1,411 1,422 8 52% 0 3/31
G.Jennings GB 275 11 306 9 20.5% 12 24.2% 101 949 1,082 9 66% 0 5/86
H.Nicks NYG 274 12 277 10 12.9% 22 13.1% 133 1,192 1,280 7 57% 0 3/69
D.Bryant DAL 262 13 255 12 20.5% 13 19.6% 103 931 1,030 9 61% 1 1/8
V.Jackson SD 259 14 247 14 15.7% 19 14.4% 115 1,106 1,124 9 52% 0 1/12
S.Smith CAR 239 15 243 16 12.2% 24 12.5% 129 1,395 1,138 7 61% 3 0/0
L.Moore NO 234 16 252 13 25.8% 10 28.7% 73 627 842 8 71% 0 4/38
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Jones GB 234 17 219 19 41.1% 3 37.7% 55 635 699 7 69% 1 2/18
B.Marshall MIA 226 18 223 18 7.4% 36 7.2% 143 1,227 1,251 6 57% 1 2/56
R.White ATL 219 19 235 17 2.7% 45 3.9% 180 1,296 1,481 8 56% 0 3/62
R.Meachem NO 208 20 216 20 30.8% 9 32.4% 60 620 697 6 67% 0 0/0
A.Brown PIT 204 21 184 22 9.1% 33 6.9% 124 1,108 1,064 2 56% 0 2/16
J.Maclin PHI 186 22 176 24 12.2% 23 10.8% 97 859 885 5 65% 1 0/0
A.Boldin BAL 184 23 169 27 8.6% 34 6.8% 106 887 979 3 54% 0 6/73
T.Smith BAL 180 24 173 26 11.3% 28 10.4% 96 851 876 7 53% 1 4/171
D.Baldwin SEA 174 25 183 23 14.2% 21 15.7% 86 788 781 4 59% 0 0/0
J.Jones ATL 165 26 155 29 9.9% 30 8.7% 95 959 836 8 57% 1 1/15
N.Washington TEN 163 27 199 21 5.2% 40 9.2% 121 1,023 981 7 61% 0 0/0
M.Crabtree SF 154 28 125 38 4.9% 41 1.5% 114 880 944 4 64% 0 2/26
P.Harvin MIN 145 29 129 36 3.0% 44 1.2% 121 961 970 6 72% 1 1/23
B.LaFell CAR 144 30 145 31 22.3% 11 22.6% 56 614 549 3 64% 0 0/0
R.Wayne IND 143 31 122 41 1.2% 49 -0.9% 131 960 1,054 4 57% 0 1/42
M.Austin DAL 139 32 152 30 11.3% 27 13.6% 73 579 676 7 59% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Gaffney WAS 138 33 174 25 2.6% 46 6.6% 115 948 942 5 59% 1 3/42
S.Johnson BUF 138 34 138 33 0.0% 51 0.1% 134 1,004 1,087 7 57% 0 5/75
D.Bowe KC 136 35 161 28 -0.5% 52 1.7% 141 1,159 1,112 5 57% 1 3/29
D.Driver GB 132 36 134 34 17.1% 16 17.5% 56 445 556 6 66% 0 2/31
B.Hartline MIA 132 37 131 35 11.7% 26 11.5% 66 549 635 1 53% 0 4/75
J.Cribbs CLE 130 38 117 47 11.9% 25 9.4% 67 518 622 4 61% 0 2/36
D.Jackson PHI 129 39 145 32 3.2% 43 5.2% 104 961 850 4 56% 0 0/0
D.Heyward-Bey OAK 129 40 121 43 1.7% 48 0.8% 115 975 917 4 56% 1 1/9
D.Branch NE 129 41 121 42 5.3% 39 4.3% 90 702 774 5 57% 0 1/7
D.Nelson BUF 122 42 117 48 3.3% 42 2.6% 98 658 802 5 62% 0 2/57
D.Briscoe TB 121 43 122 40 16.6% 18 16.6% 51 387 517 6 69% 0 0/0
A.Johnson HOU 118 44 126 37 17.2% 15 19.2% 51 492 495 2 65% 0 0/0
J.Knox CHI 116 45 123 39 9.2% 32 10.6% 69 729 602 2 54% 1 2/21
P.Parker TB 106 46 109 49 8.2% 35 8.9% 65 551 569 3 63% 0 2/13
D.Henderson NO 105 47 107 50 14.7% 20 15.3% 50 503 465 2 64% 1 0/0
S.Breaston KC 100 48 118 45 0.7% 50 3.1% 98 785 760 2 62% 0 1/7
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Jenkins MIN 96 49 103 52 10.2% 29 11.7% 55 468 485 3 69% 2 2/43
R.Williams CHI 96 50 119 44 6.4% 38 11.1% 63 507 549 2 59% 0 1/14
J.Avant PHI 92 51 117 46 2.1% 47 6.2% 81 680 642 1 64% 2 1/8
K.Walter HOU 91 52 106 51 6.7% 37 9.8% 59 474 518 3 66% 0 0/0
D.Moore OAK 74 53 64 57 -0.7% 53 -2.4% 76 618 613 5 43% 0 3/49
T.Young DET 70 54 91 54 -2.3% 54 0.8% 85 607 649 6 56% 0 0/0
N.Burleson DET 60 55 70 55 -5.7% 60 -4.5% 110 757 788 3 66% 1 1/19
P.Burress NYJ 56 56 95 53 -5.5% 58 -0.5% 96 612 719 8 47% 0 3/41
J.Simpson CIN 48 57 27 64 -6.7% 63 -9.3% 105 725 719 4 48% 0 1/24
S.Rice SEA 45 58 49 59 -3.1% 55 -2.3% 59 485 451 2 58% 1 2/36
M.Manningham NYG 44 59 50 58 -5.6% 59 -4.6% 77 523 571 4 51% 0 3/74
J.Jones HOU 42 60 48 60 -4.5% 56 -3.3% 64 515 475 2 50% 0 3/42
S.Holmes NYJ 38 61 65 56 -8.0% 65 -4.7% 101 654 722 8 50% 2 6/103
D.Thomas DEN 37 62 40 61 -5.9% 62 -5.4% 70 551 499 4 46% 0 0/0
H.Douglas ATL 35 63 35 62 -4.9% 57 -5.0% 62 498 424 1 63% 0 0/0
B.Obomanu SEA 32 64 34 63 -5.9% 61 -5.6% 61 436 434 2 61% 0 1/27
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Benn TB 22 65 20 65 -7.0% 64 -7.4% 51 441 348 3 59% 0 0/0
J.Hill JAC 15 66 1 68 -9.3% 66 -12.5% 55 367 374 4 45% 0 2/23
E.Doucet ARI 12 67 19 66 -11.1% 67 -10.1% 97 689 630 5 56% 1 0/0
B.Lloyd DEN 9 68 -20 76 -11.9% 69 -14.4% 147 966 944 5 48% 1 3/59
B.Gibson STL 7 69 -7 69 -11.3% 68 -14.0% 71 431 457 1 51% 0 1/41
H.Ward PIT 3 70 -14 73 -12.0% 70 -15.4% 63 381 419 2 73% 1 0/0
E.Decker DEN 2 71 -16 74 -12.4% 72 -14.7% 98 613 625 8 46% 1 1/25
J.Dillard JAC 2 72 -9 70 -12.2% 71 -15.0% 50 292 324 1 58% 0 1/23
D.Alexander STL 1 73 2 67 -12.4% 73 -12.3% 60 431 401 2 43% 0 2/13
A.Collie IND -9 74 -13 72 -13.8% 74 -14.4% 97 514 606 1 56% 0 1/16
G.Tate SEA -10 75 -19 75 -14.8% 75 -16.9% 60 385 355 3 62% 1 1/16
L.Naanee CAR -16 76 -12 71 -15.5% 76 -14.9% 76 483 432 1 58% 0 0/0
D.Sanzenbacher CHI -22 77 -27 78 -17.9% 81 -19.1% 54 276 304 3 50% 0 0/0
A.Roberts ARI -22 78 -40 81 -15.5% 77 -17.7% 97 586 610 2 53% 1 3/33
A.Caldwell CIN -27 79 -58 83 -17.9% 80 -23.8% 67 317 381 3 55% 0 1/11
D.Williams TEN -34 80 -22 77 -17.4% 79 -15.8% 93 592 531 5 48% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Moss WAS -41 81 -29 79 -18.2% 82 -16.6% 96 584 545 4 48% 0 0/0
P.Garcon IND -48 82 -59 84 -17.1% 78 -18.1% 134 950 805 6 52% 2 2/60
M.Williams TB -58 83 -66 85 -18.4% 83 -19.3% 124 773 727 3 52% 2 2/36
L.Hawkins TEN -60 84 -40 80 -23.1% 85 -19.6% 76 472 381 1 62% 1 0/0
D.Hester CHI -70 85 -57 82 -29.6% 88 -26.5% 56 367 233 1 46% 1 0/0
M.Massoquoi CLE -77 86 -93 87 -26.0% 87 -28.8% 74 384 356 2 42% 0 1/5
D.Bess MIA -79 87 -77 86 -24.8% 86 -24.5% 86 537 412 3 59% 2 0/0
G.Little CLE -92 88 -108 89 -22.0% 84 -23.7% 121 701 664 2 51% 0 2/13
J.Baldwin KC -105 89 -106 88 -38.9% 91 -39.0% 53 254 171 1 40% 0 0/0
E.Royal DEN -128 90 -150 90 -45.2% 92 -50.7% 50 155 131 1 38% 0 2/33
M.Thomas JAC -156 91 -191 92 -34.2% 89 -39.1% 92 408 358 1 48% 0 1/24
D.Aromashodu MIN -166 92 -169 91 -38.0% 90 -38.5% 84 468 287 1 31% 1 1/13

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Cobb GB 127 132 42.1% 44.1% 31 375 376 1 81% 0 0/0
K.Britt TEN 97 91 34.1% 31.4% 26 290 310 3 65% 1 0/0
C.Schilens OAK 72 59 14.5% 9.7% 34 271 322 2 68% 0 0/0
J.Morgan SF 72 83 32.4% 39.0% 20 220 236 1 75% 0 0/0
J.Norwood CLE 69 60 12.0% 8.7% 34 268 331 1 68% 0 1/27
J.Cotchery PIT 63 50 12.8% 7.6% 31 240 296 2 55% 0 1/10
P.Crayton SD 57 43 8.4% 3.0% 34 248 305 1 68% 1 0/0
K.Williams SF 56 50 10.4% 7.9% 31 241 280 3 65% 0 0/0
V.Brown SD 46 49 1.9% 2.7% 40 329 326 2 48% 0 1/21
E.Bennett CHI 42 48 1.0% 2.7% 43 381 316 1 56% 1 0/0
N.Roosevelt BUF 32 36 3.4% 5.0% 26 257 212 1 62% 0 0/0
R.Cooper PHI 32 32 -1.0% -0.9% 35 315 270 1 46% 0 0/0
D.Stallworth WAS 32 51 -1.7% 5.2% 37 309 281 2 59% 0 0/0
T.Copper KC 30 32 20.3% 21.6% 12 114 120 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Ford OAK 27 21 -2.3% -4.9% 33 279 257 1 58% 2 1/4
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Hagan BUF 24 40 -5.7% -0.7% 42 252 311 1 57% 0 3/81
A.Hawkins CIN 23 20 -3.0% -4.6% 34 263 233 0 68% 0 0/0
M.Willis DEN 22 28 -4.6% -2.6% 36 267 261 1 50% 0 1/21
L.Hankerson WAS 21 20 1.1% 0.0% 20 163 159 0 65% 0 0/0
M.Williams SEA 21 25 -5.9% -4.9% 38 236 289 1 47% 0 2/67
C.Ochocinco NE 19 28 -4.9% -1.4% 32 276 230 1 47% 0 0/0
E.Sanders PIT 15 23 -7.9% -5.4% 43 288 282 2 51% 0 0/0
T.J.Houshmandzadeh OAK 14 2 -2.0% -11.2% 19 146 130 1 58% 0 0/0
P.Turner NYJ 12 9 -2.0% -4.2% 15 96 108 1 53% 0 0/0
D.Avery TEN 10 6 -2.5% -6.9% 11 45 93 1 27% 0 1/30
E.Weems ATL 9 8 -4.4% -4.8% 14 90 98 0 79% 0 0/0
J.Kerley NYJ 6 29 -11.2% -5.1% 47 314 315 1 62% 0 0/0
T.Ginn SF 5 6 -10.6% -10.1% 33 220 215 0 58% 0 0/0
L.Murphy OAK 2 9 -11.8% -8.9% 33 241 206 0 45% 0 0/0
B.Johnson HOU 1 2 -12.2% -10.8% 13 91 85 1 54% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Smith PHI -5 -3 -16.0% -14.4% 20 124 111 1 55% 0 0/0
C.West JAC -9 6 -16.9% -9.5% 27 163 150 2 48% 0 0/0
D.Anderson HOU -9 -12 -20.2% -22.5% 16 79 85 1 44% 0 0/0
K.Ogletree DAL -13 -13 -19.0% -18.9% 26 173 145 0 58% 1 0/0
S.Hurd CHI -15 -21 -26.1% -31.3% 15 109 69 0 53% 1 0/0
R.Martin BUF -17 -14 -25.5% -23.5% 16 82 81 0 44% 0 0/0
G.Camarillo MIN -22 -33 -25.1% -31.7% 24 121 110 0 38% 0 0/0
K.Colbert KC -28 -15 -43.8% -28.9% 12 89 32 0 75% 1 0/0
R.Barden NYG -29 -32 -32.1% -34.2% 19 94 78 0 47% 0 0/0
L.Williams BAL -34 -36 -45.7% -48.2% 12 46 33 0 33% 0 0/0
C.Shorts JAC -37 -37 -54.3% -54.3% 11 30 18 1 18% 0 0/0
A.Pettis STL -39 -43 -22.8% -24.1% 48 256 251 0 56% 0 0/0
K.Osgood JAC -39 -33 -59.7% -52.0% 11 42 10 0 45% 0 0/0
C.Hall PHI -40 -36 -70.0% -64.4% 9 20 -2 1 33% 0 0/0
B.Edwards SF -40 -50 -27.4% -30.8% 34 181 164 0 44% 0 1/4
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Smith BUF -41 -56 -25.5% -30.4% 42 240 198 1 55% 0 0/0
J.Urban KC -44 -57 -56.7% -69.7% 13 35 17 1 31% 0 0/0
M.Mariani TEN -54 -51 -68.0% -64.9% 12 24 0 0 42% 0 1/14
C.Gates MIA -55 -57 -74.8% -77.8% 12 19 -9 0 17% 0 0/0
D.Mason HOU -56 -52 -32.4% -31.1% 35 170 148 0 54% 0 0/0
G.Salas STL -64 -52 -36.0% -31.9% 38 265 128 0 71% 2 0/0
A.Armstrong WAS -67 -59 -45.7% -42.1% 27 103 66 2 26% 0 0/0
B.Berrian MIN -72 -84 -54.5% -61.7% 23 91 34 0 30% 0 0/0
T.Austin WAS -81 -74 -51.6% -48.5% 26 137 49 0 46% 1 0/0
M.Sims-Walker JAC -81 -83 -43.6% -44.3% 33 150 94 0 36% 0 0/0
D.Jones BUF -86 -80 -36.4% -34.9% 46 231 167 1 50% 0 0/0
L.Evans BAL -113 -115 -67.4% -68.6% 26 74 1 0 15% 0 0/0

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 5 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
P.Harvin MIN 183 1 188 1 30.4% 12 32.2% 11 52 345 2 0
N.Burleson DET 58 2 53 3 47.2% 7 39.2% 10 11 85 0 0
L.Murphy OAK 52 3 53 2 133.6% 2 134.4% 2 6 69 1 0
D.Moore OAK 43 4 44 5 164.7% 1 168.4% 1 5 61 1 0
T.Ginn SF 42 5 44 4 60.0% 5 65.0% 5 8 68 0 0
M.Wallace PIT 38 6 36 7 108.6% 3 102.3% 3 5 57 0 0
S.Smith CAR 37 7 37 6 88.6% 4 89.7% 4 6 56 0 0
E.Royal DEN 32 8 33 9 41.6% 8 42.0% 9 7 48 0 0
J.Jones ATL 31 9 33 8 40.9% 9 46.3% 7 6 56 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
D.Jackson PHI 27 10 24 12 38.3% 10 29.5% 12 7 41 0 0
A.Hernandez NE 25 11 25 11 52.1% 6 55.3% 6 5 45 0 0
A.Hawkins CIN 23 12 25 10 35.6% 11 43.4% 8 5 25 0 0
A.Brown PIT 22 13 22 13 21.8% 13 21.7% 13 7 41 0 0
S.Logan DET 13 14 12 14 -14.1% 15 -14.6% 15 9 32 0 0
J.Kerley NYJ 10 15 11 15 -6.0% 14 -2.5% 14 6 30 0 0
A.J.Green CIN 8 16 10 16 -21.9% 16 -15.9% 16 5 53 0 1
A.Benn TB -26 17 -24 17 -136.2% 17 -127.7% 17 6 -7 0 0