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TIGHT ENDS 2018

Regular season totals, through Week 14

Revised as of 12/11/2018

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, 40 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Kelce KC 215 1 235 1 18.1% 8 20.5% 123 1,159 1,182 10 70% 2 2/16
G.Kittle SF 196 2 196 2 21.9% 5 22.0% 101 1,103 989 4 68% 0 2/25
J.Cook OAK 184 3 157 3 23.3% 4 18.7% 88 825 909 6 69% 0 1/17
O.J.Howard TB 167 4 157 4 43.3% 1 40.2% 48 565 642 5 71% 0 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 153 5 150 5 10.5% 12 10.2% 128 1,019 1,056 6 76% 0 2/24
R.Gronkowski NE 111 6 130 6 19.8% 7 24.4% 62 637 588 3 69% 1 1/14
J.James PIT 101 7 105 7 31.0% 2 32.4% 37 414 444 2 78% 0 1/38
M.Andrews BAL 100 8 103 8 27.4% 3 28.5% 39 384 460 2 67% 0 3/42
K.Rudolph MIN 67 9 34 16 7.1% 15 0.0% 64 470 538 2 75% 0 1/10
B.Watson NO 65 10 54 11 16.2% 9 12.2% 39 337 375 2 79% 0 0/0
V.Davis WAS 58 11 62 9 20.2% 6 22.2% 33 351 306 2 70% 0 0/0
G.Olsen CAR 53 12 55 10 12.8% 10 13.8% 38 291 336 4 71% 0 1/4
E.Ebron IND 50 13 42 12 0.5% 18 -0.7% 96 654 650 12 60% 0 0/0
A.Hooper ATL 40 14 38 14 0.3% 19 -0.2% 79 557 534 4 81% 0 1/4
R.Ellison NYG 38 15 17 20 10.9% 11 1.0% 32 254 256 1 72% 0 0/0
V.McDonald PIT 37 16 42 13 2.2% 17 3.5% 60 508 407 3 73% 2 0/0
T.Higbee LAR 35 17 29 18 9.5% 13 6.4% 29 226 253 2 69% 1 0/0
D.Goedert PHI 35 18 36 15 7.6% 14 8.0% 34 265 271 4 74% 0 1/13
A.Gates LAC 27 19 30 17 4.8% 16 5.9% 34 258 250 2 62% 0 0/0
T.Burton CHI 14 20 27 19 -3.7% 23 -0.5% 59 470 370 5 68% 1 0/0
C.Herndon NYJ 14 21 12 22 -2.2% 20 -3.0% 42 359 258 3 69% 1 0/0
E.Engram NYG 10 22 5 24 -2.8% 21 -5.2% 38 334 218 2 68% 0 1/10
C.Brate TB 8 23 3 25 -4.0% 24 -6.0% 40 233 240 6 63% 1 0/0
J.Smith TEN 7 24 8 23 -3.7% 22 -3.3% 31 258 181 3 65% 1 0/0
G.Everett LAR 1 25 -13 27 -6.8% 25 -12.5% 37 245 206 3 62% 0 0/0
J.Graham GB 0 26 -20 32 -7.2% 26 -11.3% 77 549 415 2 60% 0 0/0
N.Vannett SEA -1 27 -11 26 -7.7% 27 -11.6% 37 241 213 2 68% 1 1/10
R.Griffin HOU -2 28 -15 28 -8.0% 28 -12.9% 37 283 214 0 54% 0 1/0
J.Doyle IND -9 29 13 21 -11.3% 30 -1.4% 33 245 169 2 79% 1 0/0
G.Swaim DAL -11 30 -16 29 -12.3% 31 -14.8% 32 242 157 1 81% 0 0/0
C.J.Uzomah CIN -11 31 -18 30 -10.3% 29 -12.2% 55 357 287 2 67% 0 1/10
I.Thomas CAR -12 32 -19 31 -12.9% 32 -16.3% 33 210 154 0 76% 0 0/0
J.O'Shaughnessy JAX -46 33 -37 33 -30.5% 35 -25.9% 33 182 66 0 61% 0 0/0
C.Clay BUF -60 34 -60 37 -34.4% 38 -34.4% 35 197 55 0 60% 1 0/0
N.Boyle BAL -62 35 -67 39 -32.2% 37 -34.1% 35 198 75 0 60% 0 0/0
J.Reed WAS -63 36 -51 35 -19.1% 33 -16.9% 83 558 311 2 64% 1 0/0
M.Gesicki MIA -64 37 -52 36 -41.5% 40 -35.3% 26 156 18 0 69% 1 1/25
J.Heuerman DEN -76 38 -47 34 -31.6% 36 -22.4% 49 281 98 2 63% 0 0/0
D.Njoku CLE -90 39 -65 38 -25.8% 34 -20.7% 73 474 211 3 64% 0 1/5
R.Seals-Jones ARI -129 40 -114 40 -41.2% 39 -37.4% 61 318 39 1 49% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 9-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Firkser TEN 87 86 76.1% 75.9% 16 201 277 1 100% 0 0/0
L.Toilolo DET 50 47 43.4% 39.6% 15 176 193 0 80% 0 0/0
J.Thomas HOU 46 53 20.4% 24.1% 24 207 242 4 75% 0 0/0
E.Swoope IND 41 40 48.0% 46.1% 10 87 153 3 80% 0 0/0
J.Hill NO 39 29 26.3% 18.0% 17 160 182 1 71% 0 0/0
N.O'Leary MIA 37 38 49.3% 51.2% 9 86 134 1 89% 0 0/0
T.Eifert CIN 34 49 19.7% 31.7% 19 179 181 1 79% 0 2/19
W.Dissly SEA 34 28 27.6% 22.1% 14 156 154 2 57% 0 0/0
J.Akins HOU 26 29 13.6% 16.1% 20 192 164 0 75% 0 0/0
M.Williams BAL 25 27 16.3% 18.6% 15 137 142 1 100% 0 0/0
L.Smith OAK 24 25 21.7% 22.9% 10 72 123 2 90% 0 0/0
B.Jarwin DAL 18 14 8.1% 4.9% 18 135 139 0 78% 0 0/0
M.Alie-Cox IND 17 15 13.6% 10.9% 11 112 108 2 55% 0 0/0
V.Green LAC 14 19 2.8% 6.3% 21 189 152 1 71% 0 0/0
L.Stocker TEN 10 14 1.9% 6.0% 16 116 112 1 75% 0 0/0
D.Schultz DAL 6 -8 1.0% -17.6% 11 76 76 0 73% 0 0/0
D.Harris KC 2 17 -6.0% 4.2% 22 164 126 3 55% 0 0/0
M.Roberts DET -2 -20 -9.0% -23.5% 20 100 100 3 45% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks GB -3 -1 -9.3% -8.1% 19 117 103 1 68% 0 0/0
M.LaCosse DEN -4 1 -10.3% -6.3% 23 174 115 1 65% 0 0/0
D.Carrier OAK -5 -12 -13.3% -22.7% 12 67 56 1 58% 0 0/0
J.Leggett NYJ -5 -14 -11.6% -18.9% 19 90 91 1 58% 0 0/0
D.Arnold NO -6 -2 -12.3% -9.0% 17 150 87 1 71% 1 0/0
N.Paul JAX -10 3 -20.2% -3.4% 13 98 45 0 77% 0 0/0
S.Simonson NYG -17 -26 -28.1% -39.4% 9 56 32 0 44% 0 0/0
J.Croom BUF -20 -35 -20.5% -30.9% 24 147 83 1 63% 1 0/0
J.Gresham ARI -21 -16 -36.7% -30.0% 11 78 14 0 73% 1 0/0
E.Saubert ATL -24 -25 -43.8% -45.4% 9 48 3 0 56% 0 0/0
E.Tomlinson NYJ -24 -29 -40.9% -47.2% 13 61 8 0 54% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins JAX -25 -40 -25.7% -36.7% 20 90 59 1 55% 0 0/0
H.Hurst BAL -25 -20 -32.6% -26.8% 14 82 29 1 50% 0 0/0
J.Perkins PHI -27 -17 -42.5% -29.5% 11 67 6 0 45% 0 0/0
L.Thomas BUF -33 -35 -41.9% -44.2% 16 77 8 0 75% 0 0/0
L.Willson DET -34 -26 -33.1% -27.6% 19 87 36 0 68% 0 1/12
J.Butt DEN -38 -20 -52.7% -31.9% 13 85 -12 0 62% 0 0/0

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