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TIGHT ENDS 2018

Regular season totals, through Week 13

Revised as of 12/4/2018

Tight ends are ranked according to DYAR, or Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement. This gives the value of the performance on plays where this TE caught the ball, compared to a replacement-level TE in the same game situations 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 TE 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 tight end with more total value. DVOA means a tight end 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 tight end 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 25 passes, 39 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Kelce KC 200 1 208 1 18.5% 6 19.5% 114 1,082 1,090 9 69% 2 1/4
O.J.Howard TB 175 2 160 3 45.6% 1 41.1% 48 565 659 5 71% 0 0/0
J.Cook OAK 174 3 135 5 25.0% 4 17.7% 78 709 835 6 69% 0 1/17
Z.Ertz PHI 164 4 168 2 13.1% 11 13.6% 120 981 1,037 6 77% 0 2/24
G.Kittle SF 133 5 142 4 14.8% 10 16.3% 92 893 795 3 67% 0 2/25
M.Andrews BAL 116 6 114 6 34.2% 2 33.7% 37 384 487 2 70% 0 3/42
K.Rudolph MIN 102 7 67 9 16.6% 8 8.6% 59 463 580 2 78% 0 1/10
J.James PIT 98 8 97 7 31.7% 3 31.5% 35 386 424 2 77% 0 1/38
R.Gronkowski NE 65 9 77 8 10.9% 13 14.3% 54 530 445 2 65% 1 1/14
E.Ebron IND 64 10 39 15 3.6% 16 -0.7% 88 589 636 11 61% 0 0/0
B.Watson NO 64 11 49 12 17.8% 7 12.1% 36 313 352 2 78% 0 0/0
G.Olsen CAR 60 12 58 11 15.8% 9 14.7% 38 291 353 4 71% 0 1/4
V.Davis WAS 57 13 60 10 22.7% 5 24.7% 29 320 283 2 66% 0 0/0
A.Hooper ATL 50 14 43 14 2.9% 17 1.5% 73 520 521 4 82% 0 1/4
R.Ellison NYG 42 15 19 20 12.9% 12 1.9% 32 254 266 1 72% 0 0/0
V.McDonald PIT 35 16 34 16 2.5% 19 2.2% 56 471 380 3 71% 2 0/0
T.Burton CHI 29 17 49 13 0.5% 20 5.9% 54 448 374 5 70% 1 0/0
T.Higbee LAR 28 18 28 17 6.6% 14 6.4% 28 217 233 2 68% 1 0/0
D.Goedert PHI 23 19 21 19 4.5% 15 3.4% 29 221 215 3 72% 0 1/13
A.Gates LAC 21 20 24 18 2.6% 18 4.1% 32 239 225 2 59% 0 0/0
J.Graham GB 19 21 -5 26 -3.2% 24 -8.4% 72 536 432 2 61% 0 0/0
C.Herndon NYJ 18 22 16 21 -0.2% 21 -1.2% 40 345 256 3 70% 1 0/0
J.Smith TEN 13 23 9 24 -0.7% 22 -2.7% 31 258 194 3 65% 1 0/0
G.Everett LAR 8 24 9 23 -3.0% 23 -2.5% 30 217 183 3 63% 0 0/0
E.Engram NYG 3 25 -6 27 -5.5% 25 -10.4% 33 257 178 2 70% 0 1/10
N.Vannett SEA -3 26 -14 28 -8.4% 26 -12.9% 36 229 204 2 67% 1 1/10
C.Brate TB -5 27 -5 25 -9.6% 27 -9.3% 36 221 184 4 64% 1 0/0
J.Doyle IND -6 28 15 22 -9.7% 28 -0.7% 33 245 177 2 79% 1 0/0
G.Swaim DAL -21 29 -15 29 -16.8% 30 -14.1% 32 242 136 1 81% 0 0/0
C.J.Uzomah CIN -23 30 -27 31 -13.9% 29 -14.9% 52 320 243 2 65% 0 1/10
R.Griffin HOU -25 31 -38 32 -18.6% 32 -24.9% 32 203 130 0 47% 0 0/0
J.O'Shaughnessy JAX -37 32 -23 30 -27.9% 34 -20.5% 29 170 70 0 59% 0 0/0
C.Clay BUF -50 33 -49 36 -31.5% 36 -31.1% 33 191 65 0 61% 1 0/0
J.Reed WAS -53 34 -41 33 -17.4% 31 -15.0% 82 558 327 2 65% 1 0/0
M.Gesicki MIA -55 35 -43 34 -37.9% 38 -31.2% 25 156 31 0 72% 1 1/25
N.Boyle BAL -60 36 -65 38 -31.3% 35 -33.3% 35 198 80 0 60% 0 0/0
D.Njoku CLE -76 37 -55 37 -23.8% 33 -19.2% 69 439 221 3 64% 0 1/5
J.Heuerman DEN -79 38 -45 35 -32.6% 37 -21.7% 49 281 90 2 63% 0 0/0
R.Seals-Jones ARI -138 39 -117 39 -46.1% 39 -40.2% 56 287 -1 1 48% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 8-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Firkser TEN 69 77 70.3% 79.7% 13 174 224 1 100% 0 0/0
E.Swoope IND 53 50 73.9% 68.1% 9 87 172 3 89% 0 0/0
J.Hill NO 51 37 39.3% 27.1% 16 160 202 1 75% 0 0/0
J.Thomas HOU 48 49 28.0% 28.6% 20 176 219 4 70% 0 0/0
D.Fells CLE 43 45 70.0% 73.1% 8 96 141 2 88% 0 0/0
L.Paulsen ATL 37 32 61.7% 51.4% 8 72 127 1 100% 0 0/0
N.O'Leary MIA 37 38 50.2% 52.2% 9 86 136 1 89% 0 0/0
L.Toilolo DET 35 35 33.5% 32.9% 13 150 150 0 77% 0 0/0
W.Dissly SEA 35 29 29.2% 23.0% 14 156 157 2 57% 0 0/0
T.Eifert CIN 34 51 19.4% 32.5% 19 179 180 1 79% 0 2/19
L.Smith OAK 18 16 16.7% 14.5% 9 69 100 1 89% 0 0/0
M.Alie-Cox IND 16 16 11.7% 11.4% 11 112 105 2 55% 0 0/0
M.Williams BAL 15 15 9.2% 9.0% 14 127 113 0 100% 0 0/0
V.Green LAC 15 21 3.4% 7.2% 21 189 154 1 71% 0 0/0
J.Akins HOU 11 13 2.2% 3.8% 18 152 120 0 72% 0 0/0
M.Roberts DET 9 -5 1.3% -11.8% 18 100 113 3 50% 0 0/0
L.Stocker TEN 9 15 1.4% 7.0% 15 109 106 1 73% 0 0/0
D.Grinnage JAX 8 2 7.4% -3.9% 8 61 60 0 75% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks GB -2 0 -9.1% -7.2% 19 117 104 1 68% 0 0/0
M.LaCosse DEN -2 8 -9.0% -1.6% 22 171 115 1 64% 0 0/0
B.Jarwin DAL -3 -2 -11.8% -10.2% 11 79 53 0 64% 0 0/0
J.Leggett NYJ -4 -13 -11.1% -19.0% 17 77 84 1 59% 0 0/0
D.Harris KC -5 12 -11.0% 1.8% 19 136 97 3 47% 0 0/0
D.Arnold NO -5 -1 -11.3% -7.9% 17 150 90 1 71% 1 0/0
N.Sterling NYJ -7 -2 -19.9% -11.9% 8 47 30 0 75% 0 0/0
D.Schultz DAL -7 -20 -19.8% -44.0% 8 39 31 0 63% 0 0/0
N.Paul JAX -11 4 -20.6% -2.5% 13 98 44 0 77% 0 0/0
J.Gresham ARI -13 -9 -27.5% -20.8% 10 78 26 0 80% 1 0/0
S.Simonson NYG -14 -25 -24.5% -38.5% 9 56 38 0 44% 0 0/0
J.Croom BUF -16 -34 -17.9% -30.2% 24 147 91 1 63% 1 0/0
E.Tomlinson NYJ -21 -28 -36.7% -46.6% 13 61 14 0 54% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins JAX -23 -39 -24.2% -35.9% 20 90 64 1 55% 0 0/0
L.Thomas BUF -23 -27 -35.5% -39.8% 14 72 19 0 79% 0 0/0
H.Hurst BAL -25 -19 -31.7% -26.0% 14 82 31 1 50% 0 0/0
D.Carrier OAK -27 -36 -48.1% -61.6% 10 38 -3 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Perkins PHI -28 -16 -43.7% -28.5% 11 67 4 0 45% 0 0/0
I.Thomas CAR -30 -24 -29.0% -24.7% 22 133 51 0 73% 0 0/0
L.Willson DET -34 -25 -33.3% -26.8% 19 87 36 0 68% 0 1/12
J.Butt DEN -41 -20 -56.1% -31.1% 13 85 -18 0 62% 0 0/0

Any tight end rushing numbers are listed on the wide receiver page for that particular year.