Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2017

Regular season totals, through Week 10

Revised as of 11/15/2017

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 20 passes, 40 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Kelce KC 162 1 165 1 28.0% 3 28.6% 68 629 739 5 75% 0 0/0
R.Gronkowski NE 136 2 132 2 25.1% 5 23.9% 63 583 653 5 60% 1 3/74
C.Brate TB 120 3 92 4 28.7% 2 20.5% 51 424 540 4 65% 0 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 100 4 116 3 16.9% 11 20.8% 64 533 568 6 67% 1 0/0
C.Fleener NO 72 5 66 7 42.4% 1 38.7% 23 196 278 2 70% 0 0/0
A.Hooper ATL 68 6 63 9 17.0% 10 15.2% 41 380 387 3 76% 0 0/0
V.Davis WAS 65 7 64 8 17.4% 9 16.8% 42 460 365 1 71% 1 0/0
J.Cook OAK 65 8 85 5 10.7% 14 16.4% 55 499 444 1 71% 1 1/12
T.Kroft CIN 62 9 54 12 19.8% 7 16.2% 35 291 330 3 74% 0 0/0
H.Henry LACH 58 10 81 6 17.6% 8 27.7% 34 319 321 2 71% 0 2/13
E.Dickson CAR 58 11 55 11 14.3% 13 13.4% 39 382 351 1 64% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL 46 12 56 10 5.5% 16 8.2% 55 378 402 3 76% 0 0/0
C.Clay BUF 46 13 38 14 16.1% 12 11.9% 31 271 266 2 71% 1 0/0
N.Oleary BUF 45 14 53 13 27.8% 4 33.5% 21 228 208 1 71% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
O.J.Howard TB 39 15 24 16 22.3% 6 10.8% 22 227 195 3 64% 2 0/0
N.Boyle BAL 23 16 8 19 8.6% 15 -1.6% 21 138 174 0 86% 0 0/0
S.Anderson HOU 18 17 28 15 4.3% 17 10.6% 25 221 172 0 64% 0 0/0
Z.Miller CHI 14 18 14 17 -0.4% 18 -0.2% 35 236 202 2 57% 0 0/0
J.Graham SEA 7 19 -7 23 -5.8% 19 -8.9% 62 355 379 6 63% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND 3 20 -13 29 -6.5% 20 -10.4% 69 450 366 2 75% 2 0/0
E.Ebron DET 0 21 -22 36 -7.2% 21 -16.0% 39 234 216 2 51% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN 0 22 10 18 -7.3% 22 -4.4% 54 308 299 3 69% 0 0/0
J.Gresham ARI -2 23 -1 22 -8.2% 23 -7.6% 33 227 191 2 67% 0 1/5
E.Engram NYG -7 24 -15 31 -8.7% 24 -10.5% 72 443 385 5 56% 0 0/0
J.Reed WAS -8 25 -23 37 -10.9% 26 -17.1% 35 211 178 2 77% 1 0/0
M.Bennett 2TM -11 26 -18 34 -11.0% 27 -13.6% 41 271 220 0 66% 0 2/33
A.Seferian-Jenkins NYJ -11 27 -11 27 -10.7% 25 -10.6% 50 288 249 3 78% 1 0/0
R.Griffin HOU -14 28 -12 28 -16.2% 33 -15.2% 26 158 101 1 50% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Gates LACH -15 29 -14 30 -16.1% 32 -15.6% 26 147 107 1 62% 0 0/0
J.James PIT -15 30 6 20 -14.7% 30 -4.2% 30 193 136 2 67% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC -16 31 -8 24 -14.7% 29 -10.9% 31 183 146 4 39% 0 0/0
B.Watson BAL -19 32 -42 40 -12.8% 28 -19.7% 49 261 241 2 78% 1 0/0
S.DeValve CLE -22 33 -8 25 -17.1% 36 -11.0% 38 264 143 1 55% 1 1/15
J.Thomas MIA -23 34 -17 32 -15.7% 31 -13.5% 41 260 179 2 61% 0 0/0
J.Smith TEN -25 35 -18 35 -26.0% 40 -20.9% 22 127 58 2 59% 0 0/0
A.J.Derby DEN -25 36 -18 33 -19.8% 38 -16.0% 31 224 115 2 61% 1 0/0
T.Higbee LARM -26 37 -25 38 -19.3% 37 -19.2% 33 209 123 1 52% 0 0/0
G.Kittle SF -27 38 -10 26 -16.9% 35 -11.0% 42 277 173 1 64% 0 1/22
D.Walker TEN -37 39 5 21 -16.2% 34 -6.0% 63 458 269 0 68% 1 0/0
D.Njoku CLE -38 40 -33 39 -21.0% 39 -18.9% 38 198 152 3 50% 0 3/40

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 7-19 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Fells DET 45 34 33.2% 23.4% 18 123 190 3 67% 0 0/0
L.Willson SEA 38 30 33.4% 25.2% 14 107 161 3 64% 0 0/0
E.Tomlinson NYJ 37 30 53.0% 41.4% 9 111 134 1 67% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks GB 31 35 21.3% 25.7% 14 135 157 1 64% 0 1/33
T.Burton PHI 28 35 21.6% 27.9% 14 111 144 2 79% 0 0/0
B.Williams IND 28 24 37.8% 31.6% 11 102 114 0 82% 0 0/0
R.Ellison NYG 22 25 25.2% 30.0% 10 71 103 1 80% 0 0/0
V.Green DEN 20 29 15.5% 26.3% 12 120 117 1 75% 0 0/0
N.Vannett SEA 16 11 32.4% 19.5% 7 55 69 0 100% 0 0/0
G.Everett LARM 16 25 7.6% 16.6% 17 198 124 1 47% 0 0/0
D.Sims CHI 12 -1 3.1% -8.0% 18 113 120 1 50% 0 0/0
L.Thomas BUF 12 13 16.1% 17.8% 7 57 68 1 71% 0 0/0
G.Celek SF 8 11 -1.8% 0.7% 19 141 136 2 58% 0 0/0
J.Heuerman DEN 5 4 0.9% -1.9% 11 74 67 1 55% 0 0/0
V.McDonald PIT 3 7 -2.7% 2.5% 11 79 70 1 45% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
L.Toilolo ATL 1 2 -5.4% -4.6% 9 59 56 0 78% 0 0/0
M.Hoomanawanui NO 0 2 -7.3% -4.6% 8 52 52 1 63% 0 1/1
R.Rodgers GB 0 -2 -8.0% -12.3% 8 51 35 0 63% 0 0/0
C.J.Fiedorowicz HOU -2 -6 -10.0% -15.1% 10 56 56 0 60% 0 0/0
T.Niklas ARI -4 -6 -11.5% -13.8% 12 62 66 1 42% 0 1/13
J.O'Shaughnessy JAC -4 -5 -14.8% -16.3% 9 47 37 0 56% 0 0/0
G.Olsen CAR -7 -11 -23.4% -32.3% 6 28 22 0 50% 0 1/4
M.Williams BAL -14 -8 -32.2% -22.1% 9 61 17 0 100% 1 0/0
J.Hill NO -16 -28 -37.2% -60.5% 9 59 10 0 89% 1 0/0
B.Celek PHI -18 -10 -31.0% -20.7% 12 72 25 0 58% 0 0/0
A.Fasano MIA -27 -19 -56.7% -42.9% 9 48 -13 1 78% 1 0/0
D.Harris KC -35 -37 -40.3% -42.5% 16 52 13 1 44% 0 0/0
D.Allen NE -38 -39 -67.8% -69.8% 8 11 -30 1 13% 0 0/0
D.Daniels IND -41 -53 -55.7% -70.0% 12 26 -18 0 25% 0 0/0
R.Travis KC -44 -43 -86.5% -84.1% 9 32 -49 0 44% 1 0/0

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