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TIGHT ENDS 2018

Regular season totals, through Week 10

Revised as of 11/13/2018

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 20 passes, 39 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Kittle SF 163 1 150 1 27.3% 5 24.4% 71 775 754 3 70% 0 1/20
O.J.Howard TB 163 2 140 2 49.3% 1 41.4% 42 487 599 5 69% 0 0/0
J.Cook OAK 138 3 101 5 25.4% 7 16.5% 59 546 658 3 71% 0 1/17
T.Kelce KC 131 4 138 3 15.3% 13 16.5% 86 787 773 6 66% 1 1/4
J.James PIT 107 5 97 6 46.1% 2 41.1% 28 344 403 2 79% 0 1/38
Z.Ertz PHI 85 6 111 4 5.6% 20 9.4% 99 792 745 5 75% 0 2/24
G.Olsen CAR 79 7 69 9 33.5% 3 28.0% 30 258 336 3 73% 0 0/0
E.Ebron IND 76 8 55 11 10.3% 18 5.3% 65 463 532 9 60% 0 0/0
T.Burton CHI 76 9 88 7 17.1% 12 21.0% 45 411 427 5 73% 0 0/0
B.Watson NO 71 10 50 17 22.4% 8 13.6% 34 293 357 2 79% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN 71 11 41 18 14.8% 14 5.3% 44 349 427 2 77% 0 0/0
A.Hooper ATL 65 12 53 15 10.8% 16 7.4% 55 418 446 3 84% 0 0/0
M.Andrews BAL 60 13 53 14 18.1% 10 15.0% 32 244 332 2 66% 0 2/23
V.McDonald PIT 60 14 60 10 17.6% 11 17.4% 38 389 335 2 79% 2 0/0
V.Davis WAS 52 15 54 12 28.5% 4 29.9% 21 232 234 1 71% 0 0/0
R.Gronkowski NE 50 16 75 8 9.9% 19 18.3% 43 448 355 1 67% 1 1/14
D.Goedert PHI 49 17 53 13 26.8% 6 29.8% 21 188 227 3 86% 0 1/13
T.Eifert CIN 37 18 51 16 21.5% 9 32.7% 19 179 186 1 79% 0 2/19
C.J.Uzomah CIN 35 19 34 19 10.7% 17 10.1% 27 207 240 2 74% 0 1/10
C.Herndon NYJ 30 20 33 20 11.0% 15 12.6% 26 257 204 3 73% 1 0/0
C.Brate TB 7 21 5 21 -2.5% 21 -4.2% 23 143 142 3 65% 1 0/0
J.Graham GB 2 22 -5 25 -6.8% 22 -8.7% 56 439 306 2 59% 0 0/0
G.Everett LAR -5 23 -11 27 -10.7% 23 -14.7% 23 161 114 1 65% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND -11 24 -2 22 -13.6% 24 -8.4% 25 186 117 1 72% 1 0/0
J.Croom BUF -11 25 -28 30 -15.8% 26 -29.1% 21 131 84 1 62% 1 0/0
A.Gates LAC -13 26 -8 26 -15.5% 25 -12.2% 23 141 102 1 57% 0 0/0
J.O'Shaughnessy JAX -13 27 -3 23 -16.0% 27 -9.2% 23 147 94 0 61% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins JAX -16 28 -39 32 -19.2% 29 -36.4% 20 90 78 1 55% 0 0/0
G.Swaim DAL -16 29 -4 24 -16.3% 28 -9.7% 27 218 117 1 81% 0 0/0
N.Vannett SEA -27 30 -26 28 -19.9% 30 -19.1% 31 186 122 2 65% 1 1/10
E.Engram NYG -36 31 -28 29 -25.7% 33 -21.7% 31 191 85 2 68% 0 1/10
C.Clay BUF -47 32 -50 34 -31.5% 34 -33.0% 31 182 61 0 61% 1 0/0
R.Griffin HOU -48 33 -52 35 -33.9% 35 -36.6% 27 153 47 0 41% 0 0/0
M.Gesicki MIA -53 34 -35 31 -39.2% 37 -28.5% 24 151 24 0 71% 0 0/0
N.Boyle BAL -53 35 -70 38 -34.6% 36 -43.0% 27 136 48 0 52% 0 0/0
J.Reed WAS -57 36 -55 36 -22.5% 31 -21.8% 59 391 191 1 63% 1 0/0
D.Njoku CLE -66 37 -57 37 -24.6% 32 -22.3% 58 368 177 2 62% 0 1/5
J.Heuerman DEN -92 38 -49 33 -41.9% 39 -25.7% 41 217 23 2 61% 0 0/0
R.Seals-Jones ARI -105 39 -90 39 -41.5% 38 -36.7% 48 267 29 1 50% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 7-19 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
E.Swoope IND 57 53 87.4% 80.4% 8 83 174 3 88% 0 0/0
J.Hill NO 53 41 57.7% 42.9% 12 134 185 1 83% 0 0/0
J.Thomas HOU 31 31 22.8% 22.7% 14 127 154 3 64% 0 0/0
N.O'Leary MIA 30 36 42.4% 53.3% 8 77 115 1 88% 0 0/0
D.Fells CLE 28 33 52.1% 60.8% 7 90 103 1 86% 0 0/0
W.Dissly SEA 27 29 21.2% 23.2% 14 156 140 2 57% 0 0/0
V.Green LAC 26 39 16.5% 28.4% 16 162 150 1 81% 0 0/0
M.Roberts DET 25 25 27.8% 28.5% 12 84 113 3 50% 0 0/0
T.Higbee LAR 23 16 9.1% 4.5% 18 135 166 2 61% 0 0/0
D.Harris KC 19 18 18.8% 17.5% 11 94 101 2 45% 0 0/0
M.Williams BAL 19 16 12.5% 9.4% 14 127 119 0 100% 0 0/0
M.Alie-Cox IND 17 24 15.3% 24.7% 10 112 101 2 60% 0 0/0
D.Grinnage JAX 13 2 16.9% -3.9% 8 61 71 0 75% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks GB 6 7 -0.7% 0.0% 14 91 96 1 64% 0 0/0
L.Stocker TEN 6 11 0.3% 7.4% 11 79 79 1 73% 0 0/0
R.Ellison NYG 5 2 -2.6% -5.5% 18 123 110 1 78% 0 0/0
D.Arnold NO 5 6 3.6% 5.0% 7 60 51 0 57% 0 0/0
M.LaCosse DEN 0 9 -6.9% 1.7% 15 128 85 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Gresham ARI -2 1 -11.9% -6.0% 7 68 33 0 86% 1 0/0
J.Smith TEN -2 -9 -9.2% -14.3% 18 122 98 2 56% 1 0/0
N.Paul JAX -3 4 -10.9% -2.1% 13 98 61 0 77% 0 0/0
D.Walker TEN -10 -2 -27.6% -11.1% 7 52 19 0 57% 0 0/0
N.Sterling NYJ -11 -3 -28.7% -12.4% 8 47 20 0 75% 0 0/0
J.Akins HOU -18 -14 -28.5% -24.1% 14 89 32 0 64% 0 0/0
B.Jarwin DAL -21 -15 -45.7% -34.3% 8 42 0 0 50% 0 0/0
L.Willson DET -22 -16 -29.6% -23.6% 15 75 35 0 73% 0 0/0
H.Hurst BAL -22 -24 -37.0% -40.0% 10 57 14 1 40% 0 0/0
J.Leggett NYJ -22 -20 -37.4% -34.4% 11 35 14 1 55% 0 0/0
L.Thomas BUF -22 -20 -37.0% -33.3% 13 72 15 0 85% 0 0/0
E.Tomlinson NYJ -27 -28 -44.8% -46.2% 13 61 2 0 54% 0 0/0
I.Thomas CAR -28 -37 -32.4% -40.9% 17 87 32 0 65% 0 0/0
J.Perkins PHI -29 -15 -45.3% -27.2% 11 67 1 0 45% 0 0/0
D.Carrier OAK -30 -35 -52.3% -59.9% 10 38 -9 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Butt DEN -41 -20 -56.6% -31.0% 13 85 -19 0 62% 0 0/0

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