Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

WIDE RECEIVERS 2012

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 9/1/2013

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
C.Johnson DET 451 1 437 2 14.7% 20 13.8% 203 1,964 2,008 5 60% 3 5/102
A.Johnson HOU 415 2 464 1 19.6% 16 23.4% 163 1,598 1,659 4 69% 0 2/24
D.Thomas DEN 399 3 401 3 21.4% 14 21.7% 141 1,430 1,539 10 67% 2 5/97
E.Decker DEN 397 4 401 4 27.2% 8 27.6% 123 1,071 1,397 13 69% 0 3/54
L.Moore NO 366 5 344 7 31.3% 5 28.6% 104 1,041 1,217 6 63% 0 1/17
M.Crabtree SF 344 6 336 9 21.9% 13 21.1% 127 1,113 1,318 9 68% 0 3/57
M.Colston NO 338 7 339 8 19.8% 15 19.9% 130 1,154 1,346 10 64% 4 3/33
D.Bryant DAL 336 8 352 6 18.3% 17 19.8% 138 1,382 1,379 12 67% 2 1/14
R.White ATL 334 9 361 5 16.3% 18 18.7% 143 1,351 1,431 7 64% 1 1/1
M.Floyd SD 324 10 303 12 36.0% 3 32.8% 84 814 1,022 5 67% 0 2/37
J.Jones ATL 300 11 320 10 16.0% 19 17.9% 129 1,198 1,293 10 61% 0 3/45
R.Cobb GB 300 12 304 11 24.0% 9 24.5% 104 954 1,107 8 77% 0 1/23
J.Jones GB 287 13 295 13 22.5% 12 23.6% 98 784 1,087 14 65% 0 2/66
S.Rice SEA 271 14 252 16 29.7% 7 26.7% 82 751 920 7 62% 0 3/74
D.Alexander SD 265 15 238 18 41.7% 1 36.1% 62 658 789 7 60% 0 1/13
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
V.Jackson TB 264 16 288 14 10.5% 24 12.6% 147 1,384 1,317 8 49% 0 1/22
J.Nelson GB 257 17 264 15 30.7% 6 31.9% 73 745 862 7 67% 0 2/46
W.Welker NE 254 18 232 20 6.1% 29 4.4% 175 1,354 1,476 6 67% 2 1/26
G.Tate SEA 250 19 249 17 31.7% 4 31.5% 70 702 828 7 69% 0 2/81
B.Stokley DEN 234 20 223 21 37.4% 2 35.1% 59 544 725 5 76% 0 1/6
B.Gibson STL 232 21 204 23 23.4% 11 19.1% 82 691 866 5 62% 0 1/25
A.J.Green CIN 215 22 234 19 4.1% 33 5.6% 164 1,350 1,357 11 59% 2 1/28
B.Marshall CHI 198 23 206 22 0.1% 46 0.5% 195 1,506 1,563 11 61% 2 6/44
D.Hixon NYG 179 24 190 24 23.6% 10 25.9% 59 567 665 2 66% 0 3/75
S.Smith CAR 178 25 162 28 4.0% 34 2.5% 138 1,174 1,133 4 53% 0 4/28
T.Y.Hilton IND 159 26 169 25 10.8% 23 12.4% 90 861 784 7 56% 0 1/24
V.Cruz NYG 156 27 167 26 1.3% 41 2.2% 143 1,092 1,144 10 60% 0 0/0
B.Lloyd NE 156 28 123 37 1.8% 40 -1.3% 130 911 1,108 4 57% 0 5/95
C.Shorts JAC 149 29 164 27 5.3% 30 7.1% 105 979 897 7 52% 1 3/45
M.Austin DAL 148 30 151 29 3.3% 36 3.6% 119 943 964 6 55% 1 2/33
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Boldin BAL 145 31 133 32 3.4% 35 2.1% 112 921 946 4 58% 0 2/12
B.Hartline MIA 143 32 147 31 0.6% 43 0.9% 131 1,083 1,092 1 56% 1 6/91
E.Sanders PIT 128 33 121 38 9.6% 25 8.3% 74 624 658 1 59% 1 2/34
P.Harvin MIN 124 34 148 30 4.6% 31 7.9% 86 670 768 3 73% 0 3/30
S.Moss WAS 120 35 127 36 11.7% 22 13.1% 63 575 576 8 67% 2 1/7
T.Smith BAL 118 36 132 33 0.7% 42 2.2% 110 855 898 8 45% 0 5/78
M.Williams TB 114 37 117 41 -1.4% 49 -1.1% 126 996 991 9 50% 0 2/21
P.Garcon WAS 114 38 131 34 8.2% 26 11.4% 68 640 614 4 66% 0 2/39
J.Avant PHI 112 39 119 39 6.8% 27 7.9% 77 635 635 0 70% 0 0/0
L.Hankerson WAS 105 40 128 35 11.7% 21 17.0% 57 543 506 3 67% 0 1/5
R.Wayne IND 93 41 118 40 -6.8% 63 -5.2% 196 1,350 1,427 5 55% 1 7/83
S.Johnson BUF 91 42 74 48 -4.7% 57 -6.3% 148 1,046 1,070 6 53% 1 2/15
B.LaFell CAR 90 43 105 42 2.8% 37 5.4% 76 677 606 4 58% 1 1/5
A.Brown PIT 88 44 93 43 -1.8% 50 -1.2% 106 790 789 4 63% 2 2/17
K.Walter HOU 82 45 92 44 2.4% 39 4.2% 68 518 565 2 60% 0 2/52
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Bowe KC 80 46 77 47 -4.1% 56 -4.5% 114 801 884 3 52% 1 5/80
R.Moss SF 78 47 69 51 6.8% 28 4.4% 50 434 442 3 56% 1 1/7
C.Givens STL 77 48 52 57 0.0% 48 -4.1% 80 698 608 3 53% 0 0/0
D.Bess MIA 73 49 55 54 -3.7% 55 -5.9% 105 783 772 1 58% 1 3/56
K.Ogletree DAL 72 50 78 46 4.6% 32 6.0% 55 436 447 4 58% 0 2/33
J.Gordon CLE 67 51 79 45 -3.6% 54 -1.9% 95 797 698 5 53% 1 0/0
T.Young DET 66 52 61 53 2.4% 38 1.2% 56 383 457 4 59% 0 2/38
N.Washington TEN 65 53 70 50 -3.1% 53 -2.4% 90 748 653 4 51% 1 1/7
R.Streater OAK 63 54 62 52 -1.8% 51 -2.0% 75 584 566 3 52% 1 2/23
J.Maclin PHI 61 55 73 49 -6.4% 61 -5.2% 121 856 885 7 56% 1 5/134
H.Nicks NYG 57 56 55 55 -5.8% 60 -6.1% 100 692 765 3 53% 0 4/85
A.Roberts ARI 55 57 25 67 -6.5% 62 -9.8% 114 764 799 5 56% 1 1/9
J.Jones BAL 54 58 51 58 0.4% 44 -0.2% 55 406 417 1 55% 0 2/52
E.Bennett CHI 51 59 55 56 0.4% 45 1.4% 49 375 390 2 59% 0 1/19
D.Baldwin SEA 47 60 38 63 0.0% 47 -2.5% 50 366 374 3 58% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Heyward-Bey OAK 47 61 45 60 -5.3% 59 -5.5% 80 606 589 5 51% 0 2/32
M.Manningham SF 46 62 50 59 -2.3% 52 -1.4% 57 451 430 1 74% 2 1/7
D.Amendola STL 41 63 11 71 -7.6% 67 -11.4% 101 679 726 3 62% 2 1/5
G.Jennings GB 38 64 21 68 -5.2% 58 -8.5% 62 366 473 4 58% 0 1/4
J.Kerley NYJ 36 65 42 61 -8.1% 69 -7.3% 97 832 690 2 59% 2 2/9
G.Little CLE 36 66 36 64 -7.6% 68 -7.7% 93 639 635 4 58% 0 0/0
J.Morgan WAS 32 67 39 62 -6.9% 64 -5.6% 74 510 496 2 65% 1 0/0
D.Jones BUF 29 68 30 65 -7.2% 66 -7.0% 67 443 479 4 61% 1 2/36
T.Underwood TB 24 69 29 66 -7.0% 65 -5.8% 55 425 374 2 51% 0 0/0
A.Hawkins CIN 21 70 20 69 -9.2% 70 -9.3% 80 533 520 4 64% 1 0/0
M.Floyd ARI 15 71 -19 76 -10.3% 71 -15.7% 86 562 546 2 52% 1 0/0
D.Jackson PHI 14 72 14 70 -10.6% 72 -10.6% 88 700 573 2 51% 1 0/0
D.Moore OAK 2 73 -4 75 -12.4% 73 -13.1% 114 741 762 7 45% 1 4/86
M.Jenkins MIN -3 74 5 72 -13.2% 74 -11.7% 72 449 448 2 56% 0 0/0
K.Wright TEN -14 75 -2 73 -14.4% 75 -12.9% 104 627 635 4 62% 1 1/6
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
H.Douglas ATL -18 76 -3 74 -16.6% 77 -13.4% 59 395 345 1 64% 1 0/0
J.Blackmon JAC -24 77 -21 77 -15.0% 76 -14.7% 132 865 795 5 48% 1 1/26
T.J.Graham BUF -35 78 -43 81 -20.6% 80 -22.5% 58 322 305 1 53% 0 1/31
M.Wallace PIT -44 79 -25 78 -17.4% 78 -15.3% 119 833 705 8 54% 2 1/42
D.McCluster KC -46 80 -38 79 -21.1% 81 -19.6% 76 452 378 1 68% 1 0/0
J.Simpson MIN -49 81 -58 82 -24.3% 84 -26.4% 51 274 270 0 51% 2 3/86
D.Avery IND -61 82 -41 80 -19.0% 79 -16.9% 125 781 694 3 48% 1 3/71
K.Britt TEN -77 83 -71 83 -23.6% 82 -22.7% 90 583 456 4 50% 2 0/0
E.Doucet ARI -102 84 -116 85 -38.7% 86 -42.3% 53 207 168 0 53% 0 0/0
L.Murphy CAR -114 85 -108 84 -37.2% 85 -36.1% 62 339 209 1 42% 1 0/0
L.Fitzgerald ARI -137 86 -186 86 -23.8% 83 -27.7% 156 798 803 4 46% 0 4/65

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-49 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Morgan NO 136 131 65.0% 62.1% 21 379 343 3 48% 0 1/40
R.Broyles DET 128 117 38.7% 34.2% 32 310 393 2 69% 0 0/0
A.Robinson WAS 99 101 51.4% 52.2% 19 237 273 3 58% 0 1/32
R.Randle NYG 80 87 16.4% 18.7% 32 298 343 3 59% 0 3/43
A.Jeffery CHI 72 77 6.8% 8.1% 48 367 408 3 50% 0 1/53
R.Barden NYG 63 71 22.3% 26.6% 21 220 241 0 67% 0 2/29
J.Edelman NE 59 62 10.3% 11.4% 32 235 297 3 66% 0 1/17
M.Sanu CIN 52 54 13.8% 14.9% 25 154 238 4 64% 0 0/0
A.Pettis STL 52 45 0.6% -1.2% 48 261 391 4 63% 0 1/29
J.Wright MIN 48 32 4.4% -1.4% 36 310 301 2 61% 0 0/0
L.Jean HOU 45 51 33.5% 39.1% 12 151 147 1 50% 0 1/21
D.Johnson PHI 43 45 5.8% 6.4% 31 256 255 0 61% 0 0/0
M.Spurlock JAC 43 35 6.9% 3.3% 29 200 240 1 79% 0 0/0
D.Williams TEN 37 41 -2.5% -1.2% 45 324 346 0 67% 0 2/34
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Holmes NYJ 35 20 -2.8% -7.1% 41 272 342 1 49% 1 5/64
J.Cotchery PIT 33 37 2.9% 4.5% 27 205 225 0 63% 0 0/0
B.Smith BUF 33 23 6.8% 1.1% 22 152 186 2 64% 0 0/0
T.Benjamin CLE 32 32 -1.5% -1.3% 37 298 278 2 49% 1 1/35
D.Hagan OAK 30 23 -1.9% -4.2% 36 259 270 0 56% 0 1/17
K.Williams SF 29 30 2.6% 3.2% 22 212 197 1 64% 1 1/7
D.Harris DAL 29 32 -1.2% 0.1% 31 222 245 1 55% 0 2/44
M.Jones CIN 29 34 -2.1% 0.0% 32 201 262 1 56% 0 2/52
D.Aromashodu MIN 28 35 3.5% 7.7% 22 182 183 0 50% 0 1/27
M.Moore MIA 27 30 18.3% 22.9% 11 116 109 1 55% 0 0/0
C.Schilens NYJ 23 24 -5.6% -5.4% 41 294 299 2 68% 1 0/0
T.Doss BAL 22 20 5.4% 3.8% 17 123 134 1 41% 0 0/0
R.Matthews MIA 19 25 -1.5% 1.7% 20 151 170 0 55% 0 2/43
B.Tate CIN 13 11 -6.2% -7.3% 25 211 179 1 52% 0 1/6
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Driver GB 13 16 -0.5% 3.2% 13 77 103 2 62% 0 0/0
L.Brazill IND 10 13 -6.5% -4.7% 24 186 151 1 46% 0 0/0
R.Meachem SD 1 -6 -12.3% -15.2% 32 207 206 2 44% 0 0/0
T.Copper KC 0 -3 -12.4% -16.2% 12 79 75 0 67% 0 0/0
M.Massoquoi CLE -2 8 -13.4% -9.5% 33 254 206 0 52% 0 0/0
R.Whalen CIN -2 -12 -15.0% -25.8% 12 53 73 0 58% 0 0/0
J.Gaffney MIA -3 -3 -16.8% -16.7% 10 68 58 0 40% 0 0/0
K.Durham DET -4 -12 -14.9% -19.8% 21 125 133 1 38% 0 0/0
D.Branch NE -4 -8 -14.3% -15.8% 29 145 191 0 55% 0 2/22
N.Burleson DET -5 4 -14.0% -11.6% 43 240 270 2 63% 0 0/0
B.Edwards NYJ -7 -11 -15.1% -16.4% 36 199 238 1 50% 0 3/38
J.Cooper CLE -8 -9 -18.3% -19.0% 18 102 100 0 44% 0 0/0
C.Beasley DAL -9 -6 -17.4% -15.9% 24 128 141 0 63% 0 0/0
C.Gates NYJ -9 -11 -16.1% -16.9% 35 224 207 0 46% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Norwood CLE -10 -1 -19.8% -13.4% 19 137 93 0 68% 0 0/0
S.Hill NYJ -11 -11 -15.4% -15.3% 47 252 308 3 45% 0 2/19
S.Smith STL -14 -21 -19.7% -23.0% 25 131 143 0 56% 0 0/0
J.Newsome KC -16 -17 -23.5% -24.9% 16 73 93 0 31% 0 2/51
J.Cribbs CLE -16 -16 -28.8% -29.3% 12 63 56 0 58% 0 0/0
S.Breaston KC -18 -15 -27.7% -25.1% 15 74 70 0 47% 0 0/0
L.Hawkins TEN -18 -20 -35.1% -37.6% 11 62 39 0 45% 0 0/0
A.Binns CIN -19 -2 -18.7% -13.3% 40 278 230 1 60% 1 2/16
J.Shipley JAC -20 -13 -19.0% -16.8% 39 244 228 1 59% 0 1/4
D.Posey HOU -26 -20 -36.3% -30.6% 14 87 51 0 43% 0 0/0
D.Wylie KC -27 -30 -43.7% -46.7% 12 53 31 0 50% 0 0/0
B.Quick STL -27 -35 -24.9% -28.3% 27 156 140 2 41% 0 0/0
S.Burton MIN -30 -28 -49.4% -46.8% 11 35 22 1 45% 0 0/0
E.Royal SD -35 -46 -22.7% -25.8% 44 234 235 1 52% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Baldwin KC -36 -27 -22.9% -20.4% 47 325 234 1 43% 0 0/0
R.Cooper PHI -38 -24 -22.8% -19.2% 48 248 247 3 48% 0 0/0
T.Clemons JAC -39 -38 -60.6% -59.2% 11 41 9 0 27% 0 0/0
D.Henderson NO -48 -53 -25.9% -27.6% 47 316 222 1 47% 1 0/0
D.Hester CHI -51 -51 -28.7% -28.8% 40 242 182 1 58% 0 1/9
M.Willis DEN -54 -44 -42.6% -37.3% 22 90 67 0 45% 0 1/5
J.Criner OAK -60 -57 -36.1% -34.7% 33 151 121 1 48% 1 0/0
L.Robinson JAC -64 -53 -32.1% -28.9% 43 252 174 0 56% 1 0/0
K.Martin HOU -77 -82 -47.1% -49.4% 28 85 68 1 36% 0 1/12
K.Elliott JAC -92 -92 -47.7% -47.8% 31 108 78 0 32% 0 2/29
M.Thomas 2TM -132 -139 -56.8% -59.3% 40 108 48 1 45% 0 0/0

RUSHING BY WIDE RECEIVERS: Minimum 5 carries

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
R.Cobb GB 98 1 93 1 142.5% 1 133.2% 1 10 132 0 0
D.McCluster KC 42 2 42 2 38.7% 6 39.5% 5 12 70 0 0
M.Thomas 2TM 38 3 36 3 60.5% 3 56.4% 3 7 57 0 0
T.Benjamin CLE 31 4 31 4 65.4% 2 63.9% 2 6 66 0 0
N.Burleson DET 29 5 26 5 48.0% 5 39.2% 6 8 48 0 0
A.Hawkins CIN 23 6 21 7 56.7% 4 47.8% 4 6 30 0 0
B.Banks WAS 22 7 24 6 27.2% 7 30.9% 7 7 42 0 0
P.Harvin MIN 20 8 19 8 -21.6% 11 -22.8% 12 21 105 1 2
J.Jones ATL 16 9 14 9 11.7% 8 5.4% 8 6 30 0 0
A.Brown PIT 10 10 9 10 -7.7% 10 -9.5% 10 6 20 0 0
T.Y.Hilton IND 9 11 9 11 -1.2% 9 -2.9% 9 5 29 0 0
M.Sanu CIN 4 12 6 12 -27.0% 12 -22.4% 11 5 15 0 0
J.Kerley NYJ -6 13 -7 13 -63.6% 13 -67.7% 13 5 6 0 0
M.Wallace PIT -8 14 -7 14 -75.1% 14 -71.9% 14 5 7 0 0