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2019 NFL TIGHT END RATINGS

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 12/30/2019

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, 49 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Waller OAK 236 1 221 1 22.3% 7 20.4% 117 1,146 1,188 3 77% 1 2/34
J.Cook NO 208 2 202 4 38.2% 1 37.0% 65 705 836 9 66% 0 1/11
T.Kelce KC 207 3 213 2 15.3% 11 15.9% 136 1,229 1,226 5 71% 1 2/31
G.Kittle SF 191 4 209 3 19.5% 8 21.9% 107 1,053 1,018 5 79% 1 2/7
H.Henry LAC 138 5 137 7 19.5% 9 19.3% 76 652 736 5 72% 1 2/13
A.Hooper ATL 129 6 138 6 12.5% 14 13.8% 97 787 833 6 77% 0 1/9
M.Andrews BAL 124 7 147 5 12.3% 15 16.0% 98 852 803 10 65% 2 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN 112 8 114 8 24.8% 4 25.2% 49 367 540 6 80% 0 2/39
J.Smith TEN 87 9 81 11 23.8% 5 21.6% 45 439 426 3 78% 0 1/16
T.Higbee LAR 82 10 95 9 6.0% 17 8.1% 89 734 698 3 78% 0 0/0
H.Hurst BAL 79 11 68 13 22.4% 6 18.5% 40 349 394 2 75% 0 0/0
D.Fells HOU 76 12 85 10 15.9% 10 18.7% 48 341 439 7 71% 0 0/0
W.Dissly SEA 74 13 80 12 35.9% 2 39.9% 27 262 304 4 85% 1 0/0
F.Moreau OAK 67 14 61 15 26.1% 3 23.1% 26 174 314 5 81% 0 0/0
B.Jarwin DAL 54 15 52 16 12.8% 13 11.8% 41 365 345 3 76% 1 0/0
R.Griffin NYJ 47 16 62 14 8.9% 16 14.2% 41 320 344 5 83% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL 40 17 29 23 0.0% 19 -2.1% 83 529 556 4 76% 1 1/13
Z.Ertz PHI 39 18 37 20 -3.0% 26 -3.2% 134 916 852 6 66% 1 1/7
D.Goedert PHI 34 19 19 26 -1.4% 23 -4.0% 87 607 567 5 67% 2 0/0
O.J.Howard TB 31 20 38 19 1.4% 18 3.2% 54 459 371 1 63% 1 1/29
A.Firkser TEN 31 21 32 22 12.9% 12 13.4% 24 204 196 1 58% 0 1/20
J.Hollister SEA 26 22 -14 33 -0.6% 21 -10.9% 59 349 385 3 69% 0 1/38
J.Graham GB 24 23 24 24 -1.6% 24 -1.5% 63 447 406 3 60% 1 3/66
E.Ebron IND 24 24 45 17 -0.3% 20 5.8% 52 375 339 3 60% 0 1/13
T.Eifert CIN 20 25 38 18 -2.4% 25 1.9% 64 436 393 3 67% 0 1/6
N.Boyle BAL 19 26 15 27 -0.7% 22 -1.8% 43 321 281 2 72% 0 0/0
G.Olsen CAR 13 27 35 21 -4.8% 27 -0.7% 81 597 480 2 64% 0 0/0
J.Akins HOU 7 28 20 25 -5.3% 28 -1.5% 55 418 311 2 65% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND 6 29 2 29 -6.1% 29 -6.8% 72 448 425 4 60% 1 1/15
D.Walker TEN 1 30 1 30 -6.9% 30 -6.6% 31 215 155 2 68% 1 1/11
N.Fant DEN -2 31 -21 35 -7.7% 31 -12.0% 67 562 368 3 60% 1 0/0
J.Hill NO -5 32 -7 32 -9.4% 33 -10.2% 35 226 200 3 71% 0 0/0
C.Brate TB -6 33 -7 31 -8.8% 32 -9.2% 56 311 307 4 64% 0 0/0
G.Everett LAR -13 34 -33 42 -10.5% 34 -15.3% 61 408 314 2 61% 0 1/3
D.Harris CLE -17 35 -23 36 -15.6% 38 -19.0% 27 149 131 3 56% 0 0/0
J.Sprinkle WAS -20 36 -27 38 -15.3% 36 -18.4% 40 241 165 1 65% 1 0/0
L.Thomas DET -20 37 -18 34 -18.4% 42 -17.1% 28 173 108 1 57% 0 0/0
D.Knox BUF -21 38 3 28 -13.6% 35 -6.5% 50 388 236 2 56% 0 1/18
J.James DET -27 39 -28 39 -23.3% 44 -23.9% 27 142 82 0 59% 0 0/0
C.J.Uzomah CIN -32 40 -30 41 -18.9% 43 -18.2% 40 242 164 2 68% 0 0/0
I.Smith MIN -36 41 -29 40 -17.8% 41 -15.7% 47 311 211 2 77% 1 1/5
E.Engram NYG -37 42 -33 43 -15.6% 37 -14.8% 68 467 289 3 65% 0 0/0
T.J.Hockenson DET -38 43 -27 37 -17.2% 40 -14.3% 59 367 240 2 54% 0 0/0
I.Thomas CAR -45 44 -60 47 -28.3% 46 -35.2% 31 136 82 1 52% 0 0/0
M.Gesicki MIA -50 45 -39 44 -16.1% 39 -14.1% 89 570 367 5 57% 1 2/13
K.Smith NYG -50 46 -40 45 -25.2% 45 -21.7% 42 268 126 3 74% 2 0/0
R.Ellison NYG -56 47 -55 46 -38.6% 48 -37.5% 28 167 29 1 64% 0 0/0
T.Burton CHI -72 48 -74 48 -51.8% 49 -52.9% 25 84 -21 0 56% 0 0/0
V.McDonald PIT -82 49 -82 49 -32.2% 47 -32.1% 55 273 98 3 69% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Clay ARI 77 65 46.1% 38.1% 24 237 288 1 75% 0 0/0
M.Williams ARI 56 52 36.4% 33.4% 18 202 231 1 83% 0 0/0
J.Graham ATL 55 53 74.3% 70.8% 10 149 177 1 90% 0 0/0
J.O'Shaughnessy JAX 35 26 19.5% 13.0% 20 153 184 2 70% 0 0/0
R.Seals-Jones CLE 29 40 10.6% 17.3% 22 229 200 4 64% 1 0/0
J.Horsted CHI 28 26 43.1% 41.0% 10 87 106 1 80% 0 0/0
D.Arnold 2TM 21 28 16.9% 23.9% 14 127 122 2 57% 0 0/0
V.Green LAC 18 14 12.3% 7.7% 13 78 117 1 69% 0 1/22
M.Lewis GB 14 15 3.2% 3.6% 19 156 147 1 79% 0 0/0
M.Alie-Cox IND 14 17 13.8% 18.3% 11 93 87 0 73% 0 0/0
A.Beck DEN 13 15 9.3% 10.9% 12 90 97 1 75% 0 0/0
R.Tonyan GB 11 5 5.0% -1.5% 15 100 98 1 67% 0 0/0
N.Vannett 2TM 10 5 0.9% -3.1% 22 166 127 0 77% 0 0/0
S.DeValve JAX 10 -1 0.7% -7.7% 19 140 121 0 63% 0 0/0
L.Willson SEA 7 12 2.7% 10.2% 10 79 75 0 80% 0 0/0
T.Sweeney BUF 6 7 1.2% 2.5% 13 114 78 0 62% 0 0/0
D.Brown NYJ 6 5 1.1% -1.1% 11 72 76 1 64% 0 0/0
B.Braunecker CHI 5 2 -0.4% -4.7% 11 59 74 1 55% 0 0/0
J.Perkins PHI 5 4 -1.7% -1.9% 13 87 78 1 69% 0 0/0
H.Hentges WAS 4 -2 -2.7% -9.0% 14 103 91 1 57% 0 0/0
B.Watson NE 4 -5 -4.9% -10.5% 24 173 143 0 71% 0 0/0
J.Heuerman DEN -3 0 -9.4% -7.1% 20 114 118 1 70% 0 0/0
M.LaCosse NE -4 -5 -10.6% -10.9% 19 131 97 1 68% 0 0/0
N.O'Leary 2TM -7 -6 -13.1% -12.8% 18 109 84 1 72% 1 1/4
A.Shaheen CHI -8 -14 -16.5% -22.4% 13 74 58 0 69% 0 0/0
D.Njoku CLE -10 -10 -23.7% -23.1% 10 41 30 1 50% 0 0/0
T.Kroft BUF -11 -14 -19.7% -23.4% 14 71 50 1 43% 0 0/0
T.Conklin MIN -13 -13 -26.8% -27.3% 10 58 28 0 80% 0 0/0
D.Carrier OAK -19 -22 -21.4% -23.8% 19 108 71 1 68% 0 0/0
R.Dwelley SF -20 -9 -20.7% -13.5% 22 91 82 2 68% 0 1/3
D.Smythe MIA -20 -32 -31.1% -45.0% 14 65 28 0 50% 0 0/0
V.Davis WAS -27 -28 -29.2% -29.8% 19 123 45 1 53% 0 0/0
B.Bell KC -40 -38 -49.9% -48.0% 15 67 -8 0 53% 0 0/0
G.Swaim JAX -41 -46 -52.5% -57.2% 17 65 -13 0 76% 0 0/0
L.Stocker ATL -62 -57 -75.8% -70.8% 14 53 -59 0 57% 1 0/0

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