Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2017

Regular season totals, through Week 2

Revised as of 9/19/2017

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.

Opponent adjustments are not included until after Week 4 of the NFL season.

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 5 passes, 28 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
Z.Ertz PHI 48 1 34.7% 6 18 190 203 0 72% 0 0/0
C.Fleener NO 48 2 67.4% 1 10 87 159 2 80% 0 0/0
D.Walker TEN 41 3 39.2% 2 13 137 162 0 85% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND 32 4 38.1% 3 11 120 130 0 91% 0 0/0
B.Watson BAL 27 5 37.0% 5 9 91 109 0 89% 0 0/0
H.Henry LACH 23 6 37.3% 4 7 80 92 0 100% 0 1/3
R.Gronkowski NE 16 7 8.8% 12 15 149 117 1 53% 0 0/0
D.Njoku CLE 16 8 26.7% 7 6 47 73 1 83% 0 1/21
E.Ebron DET 16 9 20.7% 10 8 51 81 1 88% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN 14 10 18.8% 11 9 71 76 1 78% 0 0/0
S.DeValve CLE 14 11 21.5% 8 9 103 71 0 67% 0 0/0
T.Kelce KC 12 12 3.1% 13 17 143 125 1 76% 0 0/0
T.Eifert CIN 9 13 21.4% 9 5 46 46 0 80% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL 7 14 -2.0% 14 22 156 131 2 77% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
E.Engram NYG 3 15 -2.8% 15 12 93 70 1 67% 0 0/0
J.James PIT 2 16 -4.9% 16 13 68 84 2 77% 0 0/0
J.Cook OAK -2 17 -9.3% 17 11 81 60 0 82% 0 0/0
M.Williams BAL -3 18 -18.5% 19 5 26 19 0 100% 0 0/0
A.Gates LACH -5 19 -17.4% 18 7 28 30 1 57% 0 0/0
W.Tye NYJ -12 20 -35.2% 23 6 38 10 0 67% 0 0/0
G.Kittle SF -13 21 -31.3% 21 8 40 18 0 88% 0 0/0
G.Olsen CAR -14 22 -38.1% 24 6 28 8 0 50% 0 1/4
S.Anderson HOU -19 23 -74.0% 27 5 14 -17 0 40% 0 0/0
Z.Miller CHI -23 24 -29.5% 20 15 81 37 0 67% 0 0/0
C.Clay BUF -28 25 -43.3% 25 12 76 4 1 58% 1 0/0
M.Bennett GB -31 26 -34.2% 22 17 90 29 0 47% 0 1/8
J.Reed WAS -37 27 -46.4% 26 14 84 -1 0 79% 1 0/0
J.Graham SEA -60 28 -105.2% 28 9 9 -79 0 44% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 3-4 passes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Everett LARM 44 166.2% 4 134 118 0 100% 0 0/0
A.Hooper ATL 42 133.4% 4 135 116 1 100% 0 0/0
V.Green DEN 22 62.7% 4 55 74 1 75% 0 0/0
C.J.Fiedorowicz HOU 21 54.5% 4 46 73 0 100% 0 0/0
R.Ellison NYG 13 65.1% 3 30 45 0 100% 0 0/0
A.J.Derby DEN 10 28.6% 4 34 45 0 75% 0 0/0
J.Heuerman DEN 9 41.8% 3 35 36 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Thomas MIA 7 29.1% 3 26 29 0 100% 0 0/0
C.Brate TB 6 31.4% 3 24 27 0 67% 0 0/0
T.Niklas ARI 4 7.5% 3 16 30 0 33% 0 1/13
D.Carrier LARM 2 1.3% 3 21 23 0 67% 0 0/0
D.Sims CHI 2 -1.1% 4 31 26 0 50% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
E.Dickson CAR -1 -12.6% 4 26 18 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Smith TEN -2 -13.8% 4 30 16 1 50% 0 0/0
J.Hill NO -2 -26.9% 3 29 4 0 100% 0 0/0
O.J.Howard TB -5 -36.0% 3 17 4 0 33% 0 0/0
T.Higbee LARM -5 -28.1% 4 17 10 0 50% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks GB -7 -38.8% 4 18 3 0 50% 0 0/0
L.Willson SEA -8 -38.7% 4 25 4 0 75% 0 0/0
R.Rodgers GB -8 -42.5% 4 22 2 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Gresham ARI -19 -66.2% 4 15 -15 0 75% 0 0/0
D.Allen NE -20 -108.2% 3 0 -27 0 0% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC -29 -121.4% 4 0 -42 0 0% 0 0/0

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