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TIGHT ENDS 2018

Regular season totals, through Week 2

Revised as of 9/18/2018

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 6 passes, 30 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.James PIT 81 1 111.4% 2 10 198 234 1 80% 0 0/0
J.Cook OAK 73 2 58.3% 4 16 229 252 0 81% 0 0/0
O.J.Howard TB 54 3 134.9% 1 6 150 150 1 83% 0 0/0
W.Dissly SEA 49 4 62.2% 3 10 147 166 2 60% 0 0/0
R.Gronkowski NE 34 5 30.2% 7 12 138 149 1 75% 1 1/14
K.Rudolph MIN 30 6 35.0% 5 10 83 125 1 80% 0 0/0
E.Ebron IND 28 7 34.2% 6 9 77 118 2 78% 0 0/0
M.Andrews BAL 22 8 24.0% 9 8 48 105 1 75% 0 1/7
A.Hooper ATL 19 9 21.4% 10 9 83 95 1 89% 0 0/0
T.Eifert CIN 17 10 29.0% 8 7 67 78 0 71% 0 2/19
G.Kittle SF 14 11 8.8% 13 13 112 107 0 54% 0 1/20
J.Perkins PHI 11 12 18.8% 11 6 57 58 0 67% 0 0/0
T.Kelce KC 10 13 2.4% 15 16 115 110 2 50% 0 0/0
M.Williams BAL 9 14 16.9% 12 6 63 52 0 100% 0 0/0
E.Engram NYG 7 15 3.1% 14 12 85 76 1 75% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Watson NO 4 16 -0.5% 16 9 63 65 0 78% 0 0/0
J.Reed WAS 4 17 -3.0% 17 13 103 79 1 77% 1 0/0
D.Walker TEN 2 18 -4.0% 18 7 52 43 0 57% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins JAX 1 19 -5.8% 19 10 48 58 1 60% 0 0/0
J.Graham GB 0 20 -6.9% 20 12 103 57 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Butt DEN -1 21 -8.9% 21 10 77 53 0 60% 0 0/0
N.Boyle BAL -7 22 -17.1% 22 10 66 45 0 50% 0 0/0
T.Burton CHI -12 23 -26.2% 23 10 35 28 1 50% 0 0/0
N.Vannett SEA -13 24 -34.6% 25 7 34 11 0 57% 0 0/0
J.Croom BUF -13 25 -35.7% 26 7 25 10 0 57% 0 0/0
R.Griffin HOU -22 26 -62.1% 29 6 19 -14 0 17% 0 0/0
R.Seals-Jones ARI -31 27 -48.9% 27 12 36 -5 0 58% 0 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI -42 28 -32.8% 24 23 142 47 0 70% 1 2/24
J.Doyle IND -42 29 -51.1% 28 15 80 -11 0 60% 1 0/0
D.Njoku CLE -66 30 -78.8% 30 14 33 -66 0 50% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 3-5 passes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
V.Green LAC 31 87.4% 5 76 95 0 100% 0 0/0
L.Stocker TEN 15 56.9% 4 52 53 0 100% 0 0/0
L.Thomas BUF 12 72.2% 3 31 38 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Hollister NE 12 45.6% 3 35 44 0 100% 0 0/0
T.Kroft CIN 11 33.9% 3 20 46 0 100% 0 0/0
N.Sterling NYJ 9 49.0% 3 27 34 0 100% 0 0/0
D.Morgan MIN 9 32.2% 3 28 39 0 100% 0 0/0
D.Fells CLE 9 36.1% 3 27 37 0 100% 0 0/0
E.Tomlinson NYJ 6 35.7% 3 31 26 0 67% 0 0/0
C.J.Uzomah CIN 3 -0.4% 5 49 37 0 80% 0 0/0
J.Akins HOU 1 -1.3% 4 32 21 0 100% 0 0/0
J.Heuerman DEN -3 -18.4% 4 25 19 0 75% 0 0/0
V.McDonald PIT -4 -19.2% 5 26 17 0 60% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Carrier OAK -4 -22.9% 4 25 12 0 75% 0 0/0
G.Swaim DAL -6 -25.6% 4 18 14 0 75% 0 0/0
A.Gates LAC -7 -29.2% 4 16 11 0 50% 0 0/0
J.O'Shaughnessy JAX -7 -41.6% 3 17 2 0 33% 0 0/0
R.Ellison NYG -8 -60.1% 3 21 -4 0 100% 0 0/0
J.Smith TEN -9 -47.8% 3 12 -1 0 33% 0 0/0
D.Goedert PHI -12 -82.4% 3 4 -13 0 33% 0 0/0
C.Clay BUF -12 -46.1% 5 29 0 0 40% 0 0/0
I.Thomas CAR -13 -48.3% 5 14 -2 0 80% 0 0/0
D.Sims CHI -15 -90.4% 3 9 -17 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Thomas HOU -20 -59.7% 5 27 -11 0 20% 0 0/0
C.Herndon IV NYJ -23 -97.8% 4 30 -29 0 50% 1 0/0

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