Sep 25, 2011; Cleveland, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline (82) makes catch while being defended by Cleveland Browns cornerback Sheldon Brown (24) during the fourth quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Receiving Statistics Per Salary Dollar

When it comes to receiving production, which NFL player provided their team with the biggest bang for their buck in 2011?  This is a fun analysis based on receiving statistics and salary cap numbers.  I found most of the contract information on Spotrac.com.

Before I get into more detail, I just wanted to say that I love writing and I appreciate all the feedback, good or bad.  I have strong opinions about most things and also have thick skin.  We definitely have intelligent and passionate readers and I couldn’t ask for more than that.

I like to make predictions and being wrong comes with the territory.

Getting back to my analysis, I took the 154 players with the most receiving yards.  This list included receivers, tight ends, and running backs.  I stopped at 154 because this is where Chad Ochocinco ranked, with 276 receiving yards.  This is not scientific.  Many arguments very brought up regarding my last two posts, including “good contracts”, first-down catches, and “top-tier” production.  I just wanted to break down numbers and let you digest them on your own.  Of course, I will highlight the Miami Dolphins but will keep my opinions to my self, this one time.

Here are the TOP 25 in 2011 receiving yards per salary dollar:

Rec Yards Avg Yds/G TDs 1st 1st% Salary $M Rec/$M Yards/$M
1 Victor Cruz NYG WR 82 1,536 18.7 96 9 59 72 0.405 202.47 3792.59
2 Rob Gronkowski NE TE 90 1,327 14.7 82.9 17 69 76.7 0.405 222.22 3276.54
3 Antonio Brown PIT WR 69 1,108 16.1 69.2 2 57 82.6 0.429358 160.71 2580.60
4 Jimmy Graham NO TE 99 1,310 13.2 81.9 11 74 74.7 0.571285 173.29 2293.08
5 Doug Baldwin SEA WR 51 788 15.5 49.2 4 40 78.4 0.380833 133.92 2069.15
6 Mike Wallace PIT WR 72 1,193 16.6 74.6 8 54 75 0.708333 101.65 1684.24
7 David Nelson BUF WR 61 658 10.8 41.1 5 32 52.5 0.409 149.14 1608.80
8 Jake Ballard NYG TE 38 604 15.9 43.1 4 31 81.6 0.405 93.83 1491.36
9 Denarius Moore OAK WR 33 618 18.7 47.5 5 26 78.8 0.422625 78.08 1462.29
10 Mike Williams TB WR 65 771 11.9 48.2 3 41 63.1 0.55075 118.02 1399.91
11 Aaron Hernandez NE TE 79 910 11.5 65 7 46 58.2 0.65312 120.96 1393.31
12 Torrey Smith BAL WR 50 841 16.8 52.6 7 34 68 0.611725 81.74 1374.80
13 Johnny Knox CHI WR 37 727 19.6 51.9 2 31 83.8 0.53106 69.67 1368.96
14 Preston Parker TB WR 40 554 13.9 34.6 3 25 62.5 0.405 98.77 1367.90
15 Laurent Robinson DAL WR 54 858 15.9 61.3 11 36 66.7 0.685 78.83 1252.55
16 DeSean Jackson PHI WR 58 961 16.6 64.1 4 39 67.2 0.76996 75.33 1248.12
17 Arian Foster HOU RB 53 617 11.6 47.5 2 19 35.8 0.525 100.95 1175.24
18 Greg Little CLE WR 61 709 11.6 44.3 2 35 57.4 0.605 100.83 1171.90
19 Jared Cook TEN TE 49 759 15.5 47.4 3 34 69.4 0.655 74.81 1158.78
20 Danario Alexander STL WR 26 431 16.6 43.1 2 19 73.1 0.41375 62.84 1041.69
21 Brandon LaFell CAR WR 36 613 17 38.3 3 23 63.9 0.6085 59.16 1007.40
22 Andre Roberts ARI WR 51 586 11.5 36.6 2 29 56.9 0.586 87.03 1000.00
23 Damian Williams TEN WR 45 592 13.2 39.5 5 27 60 0.6105 73.71 969.70
24 Brian Hartline MIA WR 35 549 15.7 34.3 1 30 85.7 0.606243 57.73 905.58
25 Dezmon Briscoe TB WR 35 387 11.1 24.2 6 20 57.1 0.430625 81.28 898.69

Many of the players on the list have already received hefty raises.  Our own Brian Hartline makes an appearance at No. 24.  Here are the rest of the Dolphins and Brandon Marshall:

Rec Yards Avg Yds/G TDs 1st 1st% Salary $M Rec/$M Yards/$M
63 Legedu Naanee CAR WR 44 467 10.6 31.1 1 20 45.5 0.735 59.86 635.37
104 Davone Bess MIA WR 51 537 10.5 33.6 3 25 49 1.763 28.93 304.59
109 Chad Ochocinco NE WR 15 276 18.4 18.4 1 13 86.7 1 15.00 276.00
129 Anthony Fasano MIA TE 32 451 14.1 30.1 5 25 78.1 2.75 11.64 164.00
141 Brandon Marshall MIA WR 81 1,214 15 75.9 6 53 65.4 10.6 7.64 114.53
149 Reggie Bush MIA RB 43 296 6.9 19.7 1 12 27.9 3.75 11.47 78.93

I understand that Reggie Bush is at a disadvantage here because we are solely looking at receiving statistics.

Here are the 2011 rankings in multiple categories for the present Dolphins and Brandon Marshall:

Bess Bush Fasano Hartline Naanee Ochocinco Marshall
Receptions 62T 88T 126T 119T 85T 154 10T
Rec Yards 83 146 103 81 98 154 10
Yards/Rec 124 153 51 29T 122T 7T 38T
Yards/Game 96 152 112 93 108T 153 13
TDs 75T 122T 45T 122T 122T 122T 33T
1st Downs 87T 152 87T 70T 105T 146 14T
1st Down % 124 152 18 5 128T 4 73
Salary 59 25 40 117 104 89T 3
Rec/$M 92 136 133 49 44 123 146
Yards/$M 104 149 129 24 63 109 141

I hope you enjoy my effort.  I will be back with cornerback talk.

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