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TIGHT ENDS 2018

Regular season totals, through Week 6

Revised as of 10/16/2018

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.
  • Opponent adjustments are currently at 60 percent strength and will increase each week through Week 10.

Clicking on a player's name will bring you to his FO player page with advanced stats through the most recent season.

RECEIVING: Minimum 12 passes, 40 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Cook OAK 98 1 79 5 23.6% 7 17.4% 43 400 483 2 74% 0 1/17
K.Rudolph MIN 94 2 79 4 35.5% 4 28.6% 31 266 390 2 87% 0 0/0
O.J.Howard TB 92 3 84 3 59.6% 1 54.0% 21 284 317 2 71% 0 0/0
J.James PIT 89 4 90 2 50.5% 2 51.6% 21 274 322 1 81% 0 1/38
R.Gronkowski NE 87 5 95 1 30.0% 5 33.3% 35 405 387 1 74% 1 1/14
G.Kittle SF 51 6 61 6 11.1% 14 15.0% 41 429 343 1 66% 0 1/20
C.J.Uzomah CIN 49 7 53 7 36.1% 3 39.5% 17 171 201 1 88% 0 0/0
T.Eifert CIN 45 8 52 8 28.0% 6 33.8% 19 179 204 1 79% 0 2/19
T.Burton CHI 40 9 39 11 18.4% 9 17.5% 23 199 220 3 65% 0 0/0
A.Hooper ATL 38 10 43 10 9.1% 16 11.1% 37 273 279 2 81% 0 0/0
M.Andrews BAL 37 11 29 14 17.3% 10 11.7% 20 155 208 1 65% 0 1/7
T.Kelce KC 32 12 46 9 1.6% 19 5.5% 55 468 376 3 60% 0 0/0
B.Watson NO 30 13 28 15 12.4% 13 11.1% 22 187 193 0 77% 0 0/0
W.Dissly SEA 29 14 30 12 23.0% 8 23.6% 14 156 144 2 57% 0 0/0
E.Ebron IND 26 15 15 19 0.0% 20 -3.0% 52 326 354 6 58% 0 0/0
D.Goedert PHI 22 16 22 17 14.5% 11 15.0% 15 113 131 1 87% 0 1/13
V.McDonald PIT 22 17 29 13 6.2% 17 10.8% 25 273 182 1 80% 2 0/0
E.Engram NYG 17 18 16 18 12.5% 12 12.2% 13 104 107 1 77% 0 1/10
M.Williams BAL 16 19 14 20 9.5% 15 8.0% 14 127 113 0 100% 0 0/0
R.Ellison NYG 11 20 8 22 5.4% 18 1.9% 14 106 96 1 79% 0 0/0
G.Swaim DAL 3 21 9 21 -5.3% 21 -0.9% 21 180 129 1 76% 0 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 1 22 28 16 -7.0% 22 -0.9% 67 483 373 2 72% 0 2/24
J.Reed WAS -2 23 -9 27 -8.1% 23 -11.7% 31 225 166 1 65% 1 0/0
A.Gates LAC -4 24 8 23 -10.9% 24 -1.0% 18 112 93 1 56% 0 0/0
N.Paul JAX -7 25 5 24 -16.3% 26 -0.9% 13 98 52 0 77% 0 0/0
G.Everett LAR -9 26 -5 25 -20.0% 30 -14.2% 12 81 42 0 67% 0 0/0
M.Gesicki MIA -11 27 -14 30 -19.2% 29 -22.4% 14 88 55 0 64% 0 0/0
J.O'Shaughnessy JAX -11 28 -11 28 -18.2% 28 -17.8% 17 101 63 0 53% 0 0/0
J.Graham GB -12 29 -7 26 -11.5% 25 -9.6% 45 349 210 1 60% 0 0/0
C.Clay BUF -14 30 -14 29 -17.8% 27 -18.1% 20 119 79 0 65% 0 0/0
J.Butt DEN -22 31 -18 31 -34.2% 36 -28.5% 13 85 21 0 62% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins JAX -29 32 -35 33 -28.9% 31 -32.9% 20 90 50 1 55% 0 0/0
N.Boyle BAL -35 33 -43 35 -29.8% 32 -35.0% 22 121 54 0 55% 0 0/0
N.Vannett SEA -36 34 -34 32 -33.6% 35 -32.7% 18 110 36 0 67% 1 1/10
J.Doyle IND -38 35 -45 36 -46.3% 40 -54.3% 15 80 -1 0 60% 1 0/0
I.Thomas CAR -39 36 -40 34 -44.7% 38 -45.4% 16 72 3 0 63% 0 0/0
R.Griffin HOU -43 37 -47 37 -33.2% 34 -35.5% 25 140 46 0 40% 0 0/0
J.Heuerman DEN -58 38 -52 38 -45.7% 39 -42.1% 25 130 0 0 56% 0 0/0
R.Seals-Jones ARI -65 39 -54 39 -39.0% 37 -33.6% 31 192 31 1 48% 0 0/0
D.Njoku CLE -77 40 -87 40 -32.9% 33 -36.4% 46 245 85 1 59% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 5-11 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
V.Davis WAS 64 64 79.4% 79.5% 10 149 202 1 90% 0 0/0
J.Hill NO 61 59 99.3% 96.1% 8 124 180 1 100% 0 0/0
C.Brate TB 37 35 46.3% 43.0% 11 78 140 3 64% 0 0/0
V.Green LAC 37 40 49.2% 55.0% 9 104 135 1 100% 0 0/0
E.Swoope IND 34 36 57.0% 60.8% 7 66 119 2 86% 0 0/0
D.Fells CLE 32 32 69.0% 71.0% 6 84 104 1 83% 0 0/0
N.Sterling NYJ 14 14 37.2% 35.1% 5 40 59 0 100% 0 0/0
G.Olsen CAR 13 8 16.5% 7.8% 9 81 76 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Croom BUF 12 5 10.3% -0.5% 11 73 83 1 73% 0 0/0
D.Harris KC 9 12 8.4% 15.1% 8 77 65 1 50% 0 0/0
J.Thomas HOU 8 6 6.1% 4.0% 8 91 65 0 50% 0 0/0
D.Morgan MIN 7 5 11.3% 7.2% 5 36 45 0 100% 0 0/0
C.Herndon NYJ 6 1 3.0% -4.9% 9 103 60 1 78% 1 0/0
L.Stocker TEN 5 5 3.4% 3.4% 7 63 49 0 71% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks GB 4 6 -2.1% -0.1% 11 67 74 1 64% 0 0/0
J.Akins HOU 3 7 -2.3% 3.1% 11 89 62 0 82% 0 0/0
D.Walker TEN 2 -1 -2.8% -8.9% 7 52 44 0 57% 0 0/0
T.Kroft CIN 2 3 -2.7% 0.0% 6 36 42 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Leggett NYJ 2 0 -3.2% -7.9% 6 23 39 1 67% 0 0/0
T.Higbee LAR 1 1 -6.0% -6.0% 9 64 59 1 56% 0 0/0
E.Tomlinson NYJ -1 -3 -10.3% -14.0% 8 60 36 0 63% 0 0/0
R.Gathers DAL -5 -5 -22.2% -21.4% 5 46 19 0 40% 0 0/0
S.Simonson NYG -7 -12 -24.6% -36.6% 5 31 19 0 40% 0 0/0
D.Carrier OAK -14 -16 -45.9% -53.9% 5 25 0 0 60% 0 0/0
M.LaCosse DEN -14 -13 -32.9% -31.8% 8 43 15 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Perkins PHI -14 -8 -27.7% -19.5% 10 67 27 0 50% 0 0/0
L.Willson DET -20 -17 -52.2% -46.3% 7 29 -6 0 57% 0 0/0
J.Smith TEN -25 -31 -48.7% -59.4% 10 33 -4 0 30% 0 0/0
B.Jarwin DAL -26 -26 -78.3% -77.1% 5 11 -26 0 20% 0 0/0

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