Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2017

Regular season totals, through Week 11

Revised as of 11/21/2017

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 22 passes, 40 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Kelce KC 153 1 163 1 20.5% 6 22.3% 82 738 797 5 72% 0 0/0
R.Gronkowski NE 149 2 154 2 26.7% 3 27.7% 66 619 696 5 62% 1 3/74
C.Brate TB 108 3 83 6 23.7% 4 16.5% 54 436 529 4 63% 0 0/0
C.Fleener NO 99 4 103 3 48.8% 1 51.5% 28 287 363 2 75% 0 0/0
V.Davis WAS 81 5 71 8 19.4% 8 16.3% 48 527 432 1 69% 1 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 77 6 95 4 9.9% 14 14.1% 69 541 544 6 65% 1 0/0
J.Cook OAK 70 7 85 5 10.5% 13 14.4% 60 535 484 1 68% 1 1/12
T.Kroft CIN 66 8 57 11 18.8% 9 15.1% 38 303 357 4 74% 0 0/0
O.J.Howard TB 64 9 51 14 33.1% 2 24.8% 26 279 273 4 65% 2 0/0
C.Clay BUF 64 10 52 12 20.2% 7 15.2% 35 298 335 2 71% 1 1/13
A.Hooper ATL 60 11 51 13 13.3% 11 10.3% 43 379 378 3 77% 0 0/0
E.Dickson CAR 59 12 57 10 14.8% 10 13.9% 39 382 355 1 64% 0 0/0
H.Henry LACH 54 13 76 7 13.1% 12 21.4% 39 344 338 2 67% 0 2/13
J.Witten DAL 46 14 59 9 5.4% 15 8.8% 56 385 409 3 77% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
N.Oleary BUF 42 15 48 15 20.8% 5 25.1% 24 236 217 1 67% 1 0/0
E.Ebron DET 20 16 -11 29 -0.5% 19 -11.1% 46 283 286 2 52% 0 0/0
Z.Miller CHI 17 17 17 19 0.8% 17 0.8% 35 236 208 2 57% 0 0/0
S.Anderson HOU 16 18 28 16 1.9% 16 8.4% 28 243 184 0 61% 0 0/0
J.Graham SEA 13 19 -5 23 -4.7% 20 -8.2% 73 413 464 7 63% 0 0/0
N.Boyle BAL 12 20 -3 22 0.6% 18 -9.2% 23 140 161 0 83% 0 0/0
J.Gresham ARI 5 21 5 21 -5.1% 22 -5.1% 34 237 212 2 68% 0 1/5
M.Lewis JAC 5 22 15 20 -5.1% 21 -0.7% 33 209 200 5 42% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN 3 23 20 17 -6.5% 23 -2.2% 61 366 345 3 69% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND 2 24 -11 28 -6.7% 24 -9.8% 69 450 364 2 75% 2 0/0
J.Reed WAS -3 25 -22 34 -8.5% 25 -16.6% 35 211 190 2 77% 1 0/0
M.Bennett 2TM -5 26 -18 32 -8.8% 26 -13.2% 44 286 247 0 68% 0 2/33
J.Thomas MIA -9 27 -8 26 -10.1% 27 -9.9% 45 290 231 2 64% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins NYJ -12 28 -9 27 -11.0% 28 -10.0% 50 288 248 3 78% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Griffin HOU -13 29 -11 30 -15.9% 34 -14.6% 26 158 101 1 50% 0 0/0
B.Watson BAL -14 30 -28 38 -11.4% 29 -15.3% 50 294 257 2 78% 1 0/0
A.Gates LACH -15 31 -23 35 -15.9% 33 -20.4% 28 147 116 1 57% 0 0/0
J.James PIT -20 32 -5 24 -15.1% 32 -9.2% 38 214 172 3 66% 0 0/0
A.J.Derby DEN -21 33 -16 31 -17.7% 37 -15.2% 31 224 123 2 61% 1 0/0
J.Smith TEN -27 34 -25 37 -26.1% 40 -24.7% 23 127 61 2 57% 0 0/0
D.Walker TEN -27 35 19 18 -12.9% 30 -3.2% 72 550 337 0 68% 1 0/0
G.Kittle SF -27 36 -8 25 -17.3% 36 -10.1% 42 277 171 1 64% 0 1/22
D.Njoku CLE -28 37 -24 36 -17.1% 35 -15.7% 39 211 179 3 51% 0 3/40
S.DeValve CLE -37 38 -20 33 -22.4% 38 -15.2% 41 269 127 1 54% 1 1/15
E.Engram NYG -39 39 -42 39 -14.8% 31 -15.5% 78 452 349 5 53% 0 0/0
T.Higbee LARM -44 40 -51 40 -25.0% 39 -27.9% 38 214 112 1 47% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 7-21 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Fells DET 50 37 35.8% 24.5% 19 132 209 3 68% 0 0/0
E.Tomlinson NYJ 41 30 59.2% 41.7% 9 111 142 1 67% 0 0/0
A.Shaheen CHI 38 42 59.2% 65.6% 8 82 131 2 88% 0 0/0
T.Burton PHI 29 35 22.1% 28.3% 14 111 146 2 79% 0 0/0
B.Williams IND 26 25 34.6% 31.9% 11 102 110 0 82% 0 0/0
R.Ellison NYG 23 26 23.3% 28.3% 11 78 111 1 82% 0 0/0
L.Willson SEA 19 11 9.2% 2.0% 16 106 136 3 69% 0 0/0
L.Toilolo ATL 18 21 16.4% 20.1% 11 90 104 1 82% 0 0/0
N.Vannett SEA 16 11 31.8% 20.1% 7 55 69 0 100% 0 0/0
G.Everett LARM 14 22 4.2% 10.9% 19 206 130 1 47% 0 0/0
D.Sims CHI 13 0 4.3% -7.0% 18 113 123 1 50% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
L.Thomas BUF 12 12 15.9% 17.1% 7 57 67 1 71% 0 0/0
V.Green DEN 11 18 2.7% 9.2% 16 133 115 1 69% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks GB 8 16 -1.5% 5.0% 18 140 128 1 56% 0 1/33
G.Celek SF 8 12 -1.9% 0.9% 19 141 136 2 58% 0 0/0
J.Heuerman DEN 7 4 3.0% -1.1% 11 74 70 1 55% 0 0/0
C.J.Fiedorowicz HOU 5 0 -1.0% -6.8% 12 74 83 0 67% 0 0/0
D.Morgan MIN 4 8 0.0% 6.3% 7 34 55 1 71% 0 0/0
V.McDonald PIT 4 8 -2.1% 2.8% 11 79 71 1 45% 0 0/0
D.Brown CHI 3 4 -1.5% 0.5% 9 55 54 0 56% 0 0/0
M.Hoomanawanui NO 1 2 -5.0% -4.3% 8 52 55 1 63% 0 1/1
J.O'Shaughnessy JAC 0 1 -6.9% -5.6% 10 59 52 0 60% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Rodgers GB -3 -4 -13.7% -16.9% 9 54 32 0 67% 0 0/0
T.Niklas ARI -3 -5 -11.2% -13.2% 12 62 67 1 42% 0 1/13
G.Olsen CAR -7 -11 -23.0% -31.9% 6 28 22 0 50% 0 1/4
B.Celek PHI -16 -4 -24.0% -11.5% 14 100 44 0 57% 0 0/0
M.Williams BAL -22 -20 -39.7% -35.7% 11 67 9 0 100% 1 0/0
J.Hill NO -23 -31 -41.1% -52.3% 11 54 7 1 91% 1 0/0
A.Fasano MIA -25 -19 -52.8% -42.5% 9 48 -8 1 78% 1 0/0
D.Allen NE -30 -32 -46.7% -48.6% 10 35 -1 1 30% 0 0/0
D.Daniels IND -41 -52 -56.3% -69.6% 12 26 -19 0 25% 0 0/0
D.Harris KC -43 -41 -46.1% -44.5% 17 52 -1 1 41% 0 0/0
R.Travis KC -49 -48 -72.7% -71.7% 12 43 -44 0 42% 1 0/0

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