Innovative Statistics

Football Outsiders exclusive statistics

TIGHT ENDS 2017

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 4/13/2018

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.

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RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 51 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Gronkowski NE 339 1 347 1 40.4% 2 41.6% 105 1,084 1,337 8 66% 1 5/126
T.Kelce KC 197 2 206 2 17.0% 12 18.1% 122 1,038 1,115 8 68% 0 0/0
H.Henry LACH 165 3 183 3 32.3% 4 36.7% 62 579 710 4 73% 0 2/13
Z.Ertz PHI 154 4 129 4 14.2% 13 10.7% 110 829 941 8 67% 1 0/0
C.Brate TB 154 5 114 5 24.7% 8 16.4% 77 591 742 6 62% 0 0/0
C.Fleener NO 107 6 99 6 50.1% 1 45.8% 30 295 390 2 73% 0 0/0
O.J.Howard TB 101 7 91 8 32.2% 5 28.2% 39 433 436 6 67% 3 0/0
G.Celek SF 89 8 82 10 31.5% 6 28.7% 33 336 387 4 64% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN 88 9 91 7 8.8% 15 9.4% 81 532 654 8 70% 0 0/0
T.Burton PHI 85 10 86 9 35.0% 3 35.7% 31 248 354 5 74% 0 0/0
E.Dickson CAR 83 11 78 11 18.1% 10 16.4% 48 437 458 1 63% 0 1/10
N.O'Leary BUF 73 12 77 12 29.9% 7 32.0% 32 322 323 2 69% 1 0/0
A.Hooper ATL 71 13 47 16 9.4% 14 3.8% 65 526 510 3 75% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
V.Davis WAS 61 14 37 20 6.7% 16 1.2% 69 648 500 3 62% 2 0/0
R.Ellison NYG 56 15 57 15 17.7% 11 18.2% 32 235 309 2 75% 0 0/0
G.Kittle SF 55 16 59 14 5.6% 17 6.5% 63 515 477 2 68% 0 1/22
J.Cook OAK 53 17 76 13 2.1% 19 6.2% 86 688 593 2 63% 1 2/23
E.Ebron DET 50 18 24 25 2.0% 20 -2.8% 86 574 562 4 62% 1 0/0
D.Fells DET 48 19 38 19 21.9% 9 16.0% 26 177 242 3 65% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL 40 20 37 21 -0.4% 24 -0.9% 87 560 572 5 72% 0 1/5
T.Kroft CIN 35 21 45 17 1.3% 21 3.8% 62 404 424 7 68% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC 27 22 42 18 1.0% 22 5.6% 48 318 333 5 50% 0 1/18
Z.Miller CHI 24 23 20 27 4.4% 18 2.3% 35 236 223 2 57% 0 0/0
J.Gresham ARI 22 24 15 28 -0.1% 23 -2.4% 46 322 311 2 72% 0 1/5
C.Clay BUF 22 25 37 22 -2.8% 25 0.2% 74 558 462 2 66% 1 1/13
A.Gates LACH 13 26 5 30 -3.2% 26 -5.8% 52 316 302 3 58% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Graham SEA 9 27 -4 33 -6.0% 28 -7.8% 96 520 598 10 59% 0 1/10
R.Seals-Jones ARI 5 28 13 29 -4.6% 27 -0.1% 28 201 167 3 43% 0 0/0
M.Bennett 2TM -1 29 -12 39 -7.5% 30 -11.1% 44 286 256 0 68% 0 2/33
B.Watson BAL -1 30 20 26 -7.5% 31 -3.5% 79 522 434 4 77% 1 0/0
J.Doyle IND -2 31 31 24 -7.5% 29 -2.8% 108 690 573 4 74% 2 0/0
D.Walker TEN -3 32 33 23 -7.6% 32 -2.7% 111 807 605 3 67% 2 0/0
E.Engram NYG -5 33 -20 42 -8.0% 33 -9.8% 115 722 637 6 56% 0 0/0
R.Griffin HOU -6 34 -9 36 -11.0% 37 -13.4% 26 158 118 1 50% 0 0/0
J.Reed WAS -7 35 -18 40 -10.1% 35 -14.8% 35 211 182 2 77% 1 0/0
T.Higbee LARM -9 36 -19 41 -10.4% 36 -13.7% 45 295 233 1 56% 0 0/0
D.Njoku CLE -10 37 -2 32 -9.7% 34 -7.7% 60 386 326 4 53% 0 3/40
D.Sims CHI -12 38 -10 38 -14.3% 41 -13.0% 29 180 122 1 52% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI -14 39 -9 35 -15.6% 43 -13.0% 24 130 108 1 54% 0 1/13
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.DeValve CLE -15 40 -5 34 -11.5% 38 -8.7% 58 395 266 1 57% 1 1/15
G.Everett LARM -20 41 -36 45 -17.0% 44 -24.8% 32 244 128 2 50% 1 0/0
S.Anderson HOU -22 42 -10 37 -14.0% 40 -10.2% 52 342 233 1 48% 0 2/18
J.James PIT -23 43 2 31 -12.8% 39 -6.8% 63 372 303 3 68% 0 0/0
J.Thomas MIA -30 44 -28 43 -14.6% 42 -14.0% 62 388 281 3 66% 1 0/0
N.Boyle BAL -32 45 -37 46 -19.3% 45 -21.0% 37 203 154 0 76% 0 0/0
D.Harris KC -37 46 -30 44 -23.3% 47 -20.2% 35 224 113 1 51% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks GB -40 47 -42 49 -22.7% 46 -23.8% 35 203 129 1 51% 0 1/33
J.Smith TEN -44 48 -37 47 -30.7% 51 -27.1% 30 157 62 2 60% 0 0/0
G.Olsen CAR -44 49 -39 48 -24.5% 49 -22.3% 38 191 120 1 45% 0 2/8
A.J.Derby 2TM -53 50 -49 50 -27.3% 50 -25.9% 40 244 106 2 53% 1 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins NYJ -83 51 -83 51 -23.4% 48 -23.4% 74 357 252 3 68% 1 3/48

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Shaheen CHI 40 52 26.0% 36.1% 14 127 188 3 86% 0 1/1
L.Toilolo ATL 38 37 29.6% 29.4% 14 122 168 1 86% 0 0/0
E.Tomlinson NYJ 38 27 44.1% 29.8% 11 121 143 1 73% 0 0/0
N.Vannett SEA 36 30 31.0% 24.8% 15 124 157 1 80% 0 0/0
R.Rodgers GB 28 30 18.8% 20.1% 19 160 154 1 63% 0 0/0
D.Morgan MIN 24 21 20.3% 17.0% 12 95 123 1 83% 0 0/0
J.Heuerman DEN 20 16 11.6% 7.7% 18 142 131 2 50% 0 0/0
L.Willson SEA 18 19 4.7% 5.2% 22 153 170 4 68% 0 0/0
J.Adams NYG 18 17 17.0% 15.3% 11 92 102 0 73% 0 0/0
A.Traylor DEN 17 14 9.6% 7.4% 13 100 119 0 62% 0 1/15
V.Green DEN 12 20 0.8% 5.7% 22 191 157 1 64% 0 0/0
D.Brown CHI 11 14 2.1% 4.0% 20 129 126 0 65% 0 0/0
L.Smith OAK 9 8 4.6% 2.8% 11 76 85 0 73% 0 1/18
N.Sterling NYJ 8 6 4.5% 1.4% 11 82 79 0 55% 0 0/0
V.McDonald PIT 7 25 -2.4% 8.9% 24 188 145 1 58% 0 0/0
C.J.Uzomah CIN 7 7 -1.1% -0.8% 15 92 104 1 67% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.O'Shaughnessy JAC 5 4 -4.1% -4.9% 24 149 148 1 58% 0 0/0
D.Carrier LARM 5 -1 -0.8% -8.5% 11 71 76 0 73% 0 0/0
B.Williams IND 5 6 -2.6% -1.4% 17 121 96 0 76% 0 0/0
C.J.Fiedorowicz HOU -2 2 -8.6% -6.0% 22 127 116 0 64% 0 0/0
T.Niklas ARI -7 -12 -11.8% -14.8% 23 132 121 1 48% 0 1/13
C.Walford OAK -11 -17 -22.2% -29.7% 13 80 38 0 69% 0 0/0
M.Hoomanawanui NO -13 -13 -23.8% -23.9% 10 52 38 1 60% 0 1/1
N.Paul WAS -16 -17 -20.1% -20.7% 19 94 71 0 68% 0 1/25
A.Fasano MIA -21 -19 -27.6% -24.9% 16 110 42 1 75% 1 0/0
J.Hollister NE -40 -35 -58.0% -51.9% 11 42 -21 0 36% 0 0/0
M.Williams BAL -43 -35 -43.3% -36.1% 18 86 7 1 83% 1 0/0
D.Daniels IND -55 -63 -65.3% -73.4% 13 26 -40 0 23% 0 0/0
J.Hill NO -56 -65 -45.1% -51.2% 23 117 3 1 74% 2 0/0
D.Allen NE -57 -57 -42.6% -42.5% 22 86 11 1 45% 0 0/0
R.Travis 2TM -57 -52 -59.5% -55.1% 17 76 -32 0 41% 1 0/0

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