Innovative Statistics

Football Outsiders exclusive statistics

TIGHT ENDS 2018

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 12/31/2018

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, 49 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Kittle SF 207 1 180 2 15.1% 7 12.1% 136 1,377 1,231 5 65% 0 3/38
T.Kelce KC 196 2 206 1 11.5% 14 12.5% 150 1,336 1,308 10 69% 2 2/16
O.J.Howard TB 169 3 160 3 44.0% 1 41.3% 48 565 647 5 71% 0 0/0
M.Andrews BAL 159 4 149 4 36.2% 2 33.5% 50 552 655 3 68% 0 3/42
J.Cook OAK 146 5 143 5 13.8% 11 13.4% 101 896 899 6 67% 0 2/23
R.Gronkowski NE 98 6 123 6 13.3% 12 18.6% 72 682 616 3 65% 1 2/23
J.James PIT 96 7 104 8 27.3% 3 30.2% 39 423 443 2 77% 0 1/38
Z.Ertz PHI 93 8 120 7 1.6% 23 4.2% 155 1,166 1,078 8 74% 1 2/24
K.Rudolph MIN 91 9 59 12 8.6% 15 2.9% 82 634 681 4 78% 0 1/10
B.Watson NO 73 10 74 9 15.2% 6 15.5% 46 400 434 2 76% 0 1/22
E.Ebron IND 68 11 51 16 2.0% 22 -0.4% 110 750 770 13 60% 0 0/0
B.Jarwin DAL 68 12 69 10 24.0% 4 24.4% 36 307 332 3 75% 0 0/0
V.Davis WAS 60 13 63 11 19.0% 5 20.4% 36 367 321 2 69% 0 0/0
G.Olsen CAR 57 14 57 13 14.6% 9 14.5% 38 291 346 4 71% 0 1/4
A.Hooper ATL 56 15 52 15 2.2% 21 1.5% 88 660 616 4 81% 0 1/4
T.Higbee LAR 54 16 49 17 15.0% 8 13.0% 34 292 322 2 71% 1 0/0
V.McDonald PIT 51 17 48 18 3.6% 20 2.9% 72 609 507 4 69% 2 0/0
C.Herndon NYJ 50 18 57 14 6.3% 17 8.1% 56 502 422 4 70% 1 0/0
E.Engram NYG 50 19 32 22 4.8% 19 0.5% 64 577 454 3 70% 0 1/10
R.Ellison NYG 48 20 23 24 14.4% 10 3.3% 34 272 289 1 74% 0 0/0
D.Goedert PHI 38 21 37 20 5.1% 18 4.8% 44 334 340 4 75% 0 1/13
J.Thomas HOU 38 22 44 19 12.5% 13 15.9% 27 215 243 4 74% 0 0/0
I.Thomas CAR 27 23 10 28 0.9% 24 -4.2% 49 333 335 2 73% 0 0/0
J.Akins HOU 24 24 26 23 8.3% 16 9.2% 25 225 185 0 68% 0 0/0
T.Burton CHI 24 25 36 21 -2.7% 27 -0.3% 76 569 489 6 71% 1 0/0
L.Kendricks GB 12 26 10 29 -0.1% 25 -1.7% 25 170 173 1 76% 0 0/0
J.Smith TEN 11 27 14 26 -1.8% 26 -0.2% 30 258 185 3 67% 1 0/0
J.Graham GB 4 28 -18 37 -6.6% 30 -10.4% 89 636 490 2 62% 0 1/2
G.Everett LAR 2 29 -19 38 -6.6% 29 -13.2% 50 319 280 3 66% 0 0/0
N.Vannett SEA 2 30 -6 32 -6.5% 28 -9.1% 43 269 258 3 67% 1 1/10
C.Brate TB 2 31 -7 33 -6.8% 31 -9.3% 49 289 277 6 61% 1 0/0
A.Gates LAC 0 32 10 27 -7.4% 32 -3.6% 45 333 241 2 62% 1 0/0
J.Doyle IND 0 33 15 25 -7.4% 33 -0.6% 33 245 188 2 79% 1 0/0
M.LaCosse DEN -1 34 -13 35 -7.6% 34 -12.7% 37 250 196 1 65% 0 0/0
V.Green LAC -2 35 8 30 -8.2% 35 -2.9% 27 210 153 1 70% 0 0/0
G.Swaim DAL -9 36 -15 36 -11.6% 37 -14.2% 32 242 161 1 81% 0 0/0
D.Harris KC -14 37 -4 31 -15.6% 39 -9.7% 25 164 110 3 48% 0 0/0
J.Leggett NYJ -16 38 -25 39 -17.4% 40 -23.0% 25 114 99 1 56% 0 0/0
C.J.Uzomah CIN -18 39 -9 34 -11.3% 36 -9.3% 65 439 329 3 66% 0 1/10
R.Griffin HOU -18 40 -30 40 -13.5% 38 -17.6% 43 305 206 0 56% 0 1/0
J.Croom BUF -27 41 -41 42 -19.5% 42 -25.7% 35 259 126 1 63% 2 0/0
J.O'Shaughnessy JAX -49 42 -37 41 -28.9% 45 -23.8% 38 214 84 0 63% 0 0/0
N.Boyle BAL -50 43 -62 47 -26.6% 44 -30.9% 37 213 110 0 62% 0 0/0
D.Njoku CLE -63 44 -45 44 -18.1% 41 -15.0% 88 639 352 4 64% 0 1/5
M.Gesicki MIA -70 45 -56 45 -37.3% 47 -31.2% 32 202 44 0 69% 1 1/25
J.Heuerman DEN -70 46 -44 43 -29.7% 46 -21.3% 48 281 110 2 65% 0 0/0
C.Clay BUF -70 47 -65 48 -38.3% 48 -36.1% 36 197 37 0 58% 1 0/0
J.Reed WAS -80 48 -59 46 -22.2% 43 -18.2% 84 554 277 2 64% 1 0/0
R.Seals-Jones ARI -158 49 -143 49 -43.7% 49 -40.3% 69 343 21 1 49% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Firkser TEN 85 85 59.3% 59.7% 20 225 292 1 95% 0 0/0
L.Toilolo DET 75 72 37.3% 35.6% 24 263 304 1 88% 0 0/0
E.Dickson SEA 56 67 61.4% 73.8% 13 143 192 3 92% 0 0/0
D.Fells CLE 52 55 53.9% 57.7% 12 117 185 3 92% 0 0/0
E.Swoope IND 41 39 47.4% 45.7% 10 87 152 3 80% 0 0/0
W.Dissly SEA 36 29 30.6% 22.8% 14 156 160 2 57% 0 0/0
T.Eifert CIN 36 50 21.1% 32.3% 19 179 185 1 79% 0 2/19
L.Smith OAK 31 34 25.5% 28.4% 11 73 148 3 91% 0 0/0
M.Pruitt TEN 28 23 32.1% 25.3% 11 102 121 1 82% 0 0/0
N.O'Leary MIA 27 30 29.3% 34.1% 10 86 120 1 80% 0 0/0
L.Stocker TEN 26 31 11.4% 14.7% 21 165 174 2 71% 0 0/0
M.Williams BAL 18 20 8.2% 9.6% 17 143 140 1 94% 0 0/0
M.Alie-Cox IND 16 18 9.5% 11.7% 13 133 115 2 54% 0 0/0
J.Hill NO 12 9 0.1% -1.9% 24 185 162 1 67% 0 0/0
D.Schultz DAL 4 -7 -4.0% -13.1% 17 116 104 0 71% 0 0/0
B.Bell JAX 1 -1 -5.0% -9.5% 11 67 57 0 73% 0 0/0
M.Roberts DET 1 -21 -6.7% -23.9% 20 100 106 3 45% 0 0/0
J.Gresham ARI -3 -3 -11.4% -11.3% 12 94 63 0 75% 1 1/11
D.Carrier OAK -4 -11 -12.4% -21.4% 12 67 58 1 58% 0 0/0
S.Simonson NYG -5 -14 -11.6% -18.9% 14 86 89 1 64% 0 0/0
N.Paul JAX -9 4 -18.8% -2.7% 13 98 47 0 77% 0 0/0
H.Hurst BAL -16 -18 -17.5% -18.8% 23 163 97 1 57% 0 0/0
D.Smythe MIA -17 -20 -31.2% -34.4% 11 50 23 0 55% 0 0/0
D.Arnold NO -18 -18 -21.0% -20.8% 19 150 72 1 63% 1 0/0
E.Tomlinson NYJ -23 -24 -37.4% -39.1% 14 72 14 0 57% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins JAX -24 -33 -25.9% -33.0% 19 90 56 1 58% 0 0/0
J.Butt DEN -26 -19 -38.7% -30.7% 13 85 13 0 62% 0 0/0
J.Perkins PHI -27 -16 -42.2% -27.7% 11 67 6 0 45% 0 0/0
L.Willson DET -28 -25 -28.6% -26.4% 19 87 49 0 68% 0 1/12
L.Thomas BUF -37 -41 -43.5% -47.7% 17 77 5 0 71% 0 0/0
B.Parker DEN -40 -35 -65.0% -58.2% 10 33 -29 0 50% 0 0/0

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