NFL Play Makers

Players most likely to score from long distance once they have the ball with space.


Below you'll find a handy listing of players with huge potential for breaking the big play.

The below ranking is not a formal Cheat Sheet. But, in some ways, it's just as valuable.

Offensive scheme and/or open field ability (speed, moves, acceleration) limit some player's quick-strike status. Also, keep in mind this analysis is based on potential. As Doug Flutie says, "potential can be dangerous and overrated in sports." This analysis assumes a player has the football in his hands and is in a situation to make something happen.

Next to each player, you'll find his Quick Strike Rating (QSR). The QSR is part judgement and part Measurement (arm strength, 40-speed, etc.). The QSR is only relative within a position. It should not be used to compare players of different positions.

If your league doesn't reward for long distance scores, it's still a good idea to become very familiar with everyone below. If you're looking for a player with breakout potential, the ability to score from long distance never hurts.

An example of how important Quick Strike can be...

Back in 2002, Clinton Portis had a huge breakout seasons. Yet, he was selected late in many drafts that year. Looking at his physical skills, the wise owner grabbed Portis in the mid-rounds in 2002 and won big. While Portis was a hit-or-miss pick before the 2002 season, his upside was outstanding and it was reflected in his Quick Strike Rating.

In 2009, Chris Johnson was a huge value pick during the draft and his Quick Strike Rating refelected his upside.

Chances are this year's top breakout player is high on a list below.

If you're struggling with a 'who should I draft' or 'who should I pickup' decision this season, consult this list. Everything else being equal -- Go for the Play Maker!

QB1Russell WilsonSEA677
QB2Colin KaepernickSF661
QB3Aaron RodgersGB651
QB4Matthew StaffordDET515
QB5Drew BreesNO510
QB6Andy DaltonCIN510
QB7Cam NewtonCAR505
QB8Jay CutlerCHI489
QB9Ben RoethlisbergerPIT474
QB10Philip RiversSD474
QB11Robert Griffin IIICLE474
QB12Andrew LuckIND468
QB13Carson PalmerARI468
QB14Tony RomoDAL453
QB15Eli ManningNYG453
QB16Marcus MariotaTEN442
QB17Tom BradyNE442
QB18Jameis WinstonTB442
QB19Joe FlaccoBAL416
QB20Kirk CousinsWAS416
QB21Teddy BridgewaterMIN411
QB22Blake BortlesJAX401
QB23Ryan TannehillMIA380
QB24Tyrod TaylorBUF364
QB25Matt RyanATL364
QB26Josh McCownCLE349
QB27Mark SanchezDEN338
QB28Alex SmithKC328
QB29Geno SmithNYJ312
QB30Sam BradfordPHI312
QB31Brock OsweilerHOU307
QB32Derek CarrOAK276
QB33Blaine GabbertSF250
QB34Jared GoffLA208
QB35Paxton LynchDEN208
QB36Carson WentzPHI208
QB37Cody KesslerCLE156
QB38Christian HackenbergNYJ156
QB39Jimmy GaroppoloNE141
QB40Trevor SiemianDEN94


RB1Todd GurleyLA589
RB2Jamaal CharlesKC563
RB3LeVeon BellPIT556
RB4Doug MartinTB556
RB5LeSean McCoyBUF543
RB6Thomas RawlsSEA524
RB7Lamar MillerHOU524
RB8Adrian PetersonMIN524
RB9Ezekiel ElliottDAL524
RB10David JohnsonARI524
RB11Mark IngramNO491
RB12C.J. AndersonDEN491
RB13Dion LewisNE491
RB14Karlos WilliamsBUF491
RB15Charles SimsTB491
RB16Giovani BernardCIN491
RB17Tevin ColemanATL491
RB18Andre EllingtonARI484
RB19Shane VereenNYG478
RB20Dexter McClusterTEN458
RB21Darren McFaddenDAL458
RB22Matt ForteNYJ458
RB23Ameer AbdullahDET458
RB24Jerick McKinnonMIN458
RB25Ryan MathewsPHI458
RB26Eddie LacyGB458
RB27James StarksGB458
RB28Latavius MurrayOAK458
RB29DeAngelo WilliamsPIT458
RB30Devonta FreemanATL458
RB31Carlos HydeSF458
RB32Justin ForsettBAL458
RB33LeGarrette BlountNE445
RB34Jonathan StewartCAR445
RB35Chris IvoryJAX432
RB36Rashad JenningsNYG432
RB37Chris JohnsonARI412
RB38Bilal PowellNYJ406
RB39Melvin GordonSD406
RB40Javorius AllenBAL393
RB41T.J. YeldonJAX393
RB42Alfred MorrisDAL393
RB43Darren SprolesPHI393
RB44Spencer WareKC393
RB45Jay AjayiMIA393
RB46Duke JohnsonCLE393
RB47Jeremy HillCIN393
RB48Jeremy LangfordCHI393
RB49Marcel ReeceOAK393
RB50DeMarco MurrayTEN393
RB51Taiwan JonesOAK386
RB52Denard RobinsonJAX386
RB53Frank GoreIND386
RB54Christine MichaelSEA366
RB55Jordan TodmanIND366
RB56Kenjon BarnerPHI347
RB57Arian FosterMIA347
RB58Danny WoodheadSD340
RB59Lance DunbarDAL334
RB60Khiry RobinsonNYJ327
RB61Brandon BoldenNE327
RB62Matt JonesWAS327
RB63Derrick HenryTEN327
RB64James WhiteNE314
RB65Ronnie HillmanDEN314
RB66Mike GillisleeBUF308
RB67Jonathan GrimesHOU308
RB68Chris ThompsonWAS308
RB69Cameron Artis-PayneCAR308
RB70Andre WilliamsNYG275
RB71Fozzy WhittakerCAR275
RB72Benny CunninghamLA268
RB73Kenneth DixonBAL262
RB74Antonio AndrewsTEN262
RB75Matt AsiataMIN262
RB76C.J. SpillerNO262
RB77Theo RiddickDET262
RB78Jonas GrayJAX249
RB79Mike TolbertCAR242
RB80Robert TurbinIND236
RB81Alfred BlueHOU236
RB82KaDeem CareyCHI229
RB83Tim HightowerNO216
RB84Isaiah CrowellCLE216
RB85Mike JamesTB209
RB86Lorenzo TaliaferroBAL209
RB87Shaun DraughnSF203
RB88Wendell SmallwoodPHI196
RB89Alex CollinsSEA196
RB90Stevan RidleyDET196
RB91C.J. ProsiseSEA196
RB92Tyler ErvinHOU196
RB93Jacquizz RodgersCHI196
RB94Tre MasonLA196
RB95Kenyan DrakeMIA196
RB96Paul PerkinsNYG196
RB97Devontae BookerDEN196
RB98David CobbTEN196
RB99Kelvin TaylorSF196
RB100Jonathan WilliamsBUF196
RB101Jordan HowardCHI196
RB102Jay ProschHOU190
RB103Darrel YoungWAS183
RB104Cedric PeermanCIN183
RB105Travaris CadetNO183
RB106Mike DavisSF183
RB107Anthony ShermanKC177
RB108Damien WilliamsMIA164
RB109Juwan ThompsonDEN164
RB110Branden OliverSD164
RB111Orleans DarkwaNYG157
RB112Derrick ColemanSEA157
RB113Tommy BohanonNYJ151
RB114Knile DavisKC151
RB115Bruce MillerSF144
RB116Charcandrick WestKC137
RB117Rex BurkheadCIN131
RB118DeAndre WashingtonOAK131
RB119Dwayne WashingtonDET131
RB120Darius JacksonDAL131
RB121Josh FergusonIND131
RB122Keith MarshallWAS131
RB123Roy HeluOAK131
RB124Zach ZennerDET118
RB125Daryl RichardsonPIT105
RB126Kyle JuszczykBAL92
RB127Patrick DiMarcoATL79
RB128Kendall GaskinsSF79
RB129Terron WardATL79
RB130Zach LineMIN79
RB131Fitzgerald ToussaintPIT59
RB132Aaron RipkowskiGB59
RB133Glenn WinstonCLE59
RB134Ryan HewittCIN59
RB135Dreamius SmithSD33
RB136John CrockettGB33
RB137Corey GrantJAX33
RB138Tyler VargaIND33
RB139Gus JohnsonATL33
RB140Raheem MostertCLE33


WR1DeSean JacksonWAS1174
WR2Torrey SmithSF821
WR3Jeff JanisGB780
WR4J.J. NelsonARI769
WR5Michael FloydARI733
WR6Paul RichardsonSEA728
WR7Odell BeckhamNYG722
WR8Josh GordonCLE716
WR9Terrance WilliamsDAL710
WR10Alshon JefferyCHI692
WR11Devin SmithNYJ675
WR12Phillip DorsettIND669
WR13Kenny StillsMIA657
WR14A.J. GreenCIN645
WR15DeVante ParkerMIA640
WR16Demaryius ThomasDEN634
WR17Kenny BrittLA634
WR18Jordy NelsonGB616
WR19John BrownARI616
WR20Mike EvansTB610
WR21T.Y. HiltonIND610
WR22Eric DeckerNYJ610
WR23Breshad PerrimanBAL604
WR24Doug BaldwinSEA598
WR25DeAndre HopkinsHOU598
WR26Ted GinnCAR593
WR27Markus WheatonPIT587
WR28Chris GivensPHI587
WR29Allen RobinsonJAX587
WR30Sammy WatkinsBUF587
WR31Travis BenjaminSD575
WR32Antonio BrownPIT569
WR33Chris ConleyKC552
WR34Brice ButlerDAL534
WR35Julio JonesATL534
WR36Vincent JacksonTB528
WR37Dez BryantDAL522
WR38Jarius WrightMIN516
WR39Louis MurphyTB510
WR40Jerome SimpsonSF505
WR41Donte MoncriefIND493
WR42Golden TateDET493
WR43Jermaine KearseSEA493
WR44Rueben RandlePHI487
WR45Brandon MarshallNYJ475
WR46Rishard MatthewsTEN469
WR47Mike WallaceBAL458
WR48Keenan AllenSD458
WR49Marvin JonesDET452
WR50Emmanuel SandersDEN446
WR51Devin StreetDAL446
WR52Dorial Green-BeckhamTEN440
WR53Randall CobbGB434
WR54Kelvin BenjaminCAR428
WR55Jeremy MaclinKC428
WR56Marquess WilsonCHI422
WR57Steve L SmithBAL411
WR58Corey BrownCAR411
WR59Willie SneadNO411
WR60Will FullerHOU411
WR61Amari CooperOAK411
WR62Corey ColemanCLE411
WR63Devin FunchessCAR411
WR64Stedman BaileyLA405
WR65Tyler LockettSEA381
WR66Kendall WrightTEN370
WR67Brandin CooksNO352
WR68Stefon DiggsMIN352
WR69Chris OwusuNYJ352
WR70Michael CrabtreeOAK352
WR71Brandon LaFellCIN352
WR72Greg SalasBUF352
WR73Kevin WhiteCHI352
WR74Quincy EnunwaNYJ323
WR75Sterling ShepardNYG293
WR76Josh DoctsonWAS293
WR77Nelson AgholorPHI293
WR78Laquon TreadwellMIN293
WR79Chris HoganNE293
WR80Tyler BoydCIN293
WR81Eddie RoyalCHI293
WR82Andre HolmesOAK293
WR83Quinton PattonSF293
WR84Marquise GoodwinBUF235
WR85Josh HuffPHI235
WR86Jordan MatthewsPHI235
WR87Leonard HankersonBUF235
WR88Cecil ShortsHOU235
WR89Bruce EllingtonSF235
WR90Michael ThomasNO235
WR91Anquan BoldinDET235
WR92Jaelen StrongHOU235
WR93Robert WoodsBUF235
WR94Leonte CarrooMIA235
WR95Josh BoyceIND176
WR96Marlon BrownBAL176
WR97Brian QuickLA176
WR98Arrelious BennJAX176
WR99Kenny BellTB176
WR100Dwayne HarrisNYG176
WR101Julian EdelmanNE176
WR102Larry FitzgeraldARI176
WR103Darrius Heyward-BeyPIT176
WR104Keshawn MartinNE176
WR105Jarvis LandryMIA176
WR106Allen HurnsJAX176
WR107Andrew HawkinsCLE176
WR108Rashad GreeneJAX176
WR109T.J. JonesDET176
WR110Michael CampanaroBAL176
WR111Keith MumpheryHOU176
WR112Sammie CoatesPIT176
WR113Cole BeasleyDAL176
WR114Harry DouglasTEN176
WR115Rod StreaterKC176
WR116Justin HardyATL176
WR117Victor CruzNYG176
WR118Marc MarianiCHI176
WR119Stevie JohnsonSD176
WR120Brittan GoldenARI176
WR121Cody LatimerDEN176
WR122Mohamed SanuATL176
WR123Jeremy KerleyDET176
WR124Danny AmendolaNE176
WR125Tavon AustinLA176
WR126Kamar AikenBAL176
WR127Brandon ColemanNO176
WR128Pierre GarconWAS176
WR129Charles JohnsonMIN176
WR130Eric WeemsATL176
WR131DeAndre SmelterSF176
WR132Adam ThielenMIN170
WR133Albert WilsonKC170
WR134Jordan NorwoodDEN158
WR135Davante AdamsGB158
WR136DeAnthony ThomasKC158
WR137Marqise LeeJAX153
WR138Jaron BrownARI153
WR139Dontrelle InmanSD153
WR140Taylor GabrielCLE147
WR141Jamison CrowderWAS135
WR142Josh BellamyCHI135
WR143Myles WhiteNYG135
WR144Brenton BersinCAR123
WR145Mario AlfordCIN117
WR146Seth RobertsOAK111
WR147Bennie FowlerDEN106
WR148Ty MontgomeryGB82
WR149Terrelle PryorCLE59
WR150Tajae SharpeTEN47
WR151Pharoh CooperLA47
WR152Rashard HigginsCLE47
WR153Bradley MarquezLA47
WR154Lucky WhiteheadDAL47


TE1Rob GronkowskiNE905
TE2Austin Seferian-JenkinsTB589
TE3Ladarius GreenPIT589
TE4Tyler EifertCIN566
TE5Jordan ReedWAS566
TE6Greg OlsenCAR566
TE7Zach ErtzPHI566
TE8Coby FleenerNO543
TE9Jared CookGB543
TE10Julius ThomasJAX543
TE11Jordan CameronMIA521
TE12Martellus BennettNE498
TE13Maxx WilliamsBAL475
TE14Antonio GatesSD475
TE15Charles ClayBUF475
TE16Garrett CelekSF475
TE17Eric EbronDET475
TE18Jace AmaroNYJ475
TE19Brent CelekPHI475
TE20Jeff CumberlandSD475
TE21Niles PaulWAS453
TE22Will TyeNYG453
TE23Delanie WalkerTEN453
TE24Kyle RudolphMIN453
TE25Dwayne AllenIND453
TE26Clive WalfordOAK453
TE27Zachary MillerCHI453
TE28James HannaDAL407
TE29Garrett GrahamDEN407
TE30Marcedes LewisJAX385
TE31Virgil GreenDEN362
TE32Rob HouslerCHI340
TE33Josh HillNO340
TE34Trey BurtonPHI340
TE35Ben WatsonBAL340
TE36Kellen DavisNYJ340
TE37Mychal RiveraOAK317
TE38Jermaine GreshamARI317
TE39Ed DicksonCAR294
TE40Cory HarkeyLA272
TE41Vance McDonaldSF272
TE42Luke WillsonSEA272
TE43Brandon PettigrewDET272
TE44Darren FellsARI249
TE45Jimmy GrahamSEA226
TE46Michael HoomanawanuiNO226
TE47Hunter HenrySD226
TE48Jason WittenDAL226
TE49Vernon DavisWAS226
TE50Luke StockerTB204
TE51Craig StevensTEN204
TE52Gavin EscobarDAL204
TE53Gary BarnidgeCLE204
TE54Rhett EllisonMIN204
TE55Levine ToiloloATL158
TE56Ryan GriffinHOU158
TE57Cooper HelfetSEA158
TE58Travis KelceKC158
TE59Dion SimsMIA158
TE60James O'ShaughnessyKC158
TE61Chris GraggBUF158
TE62Troy NiklasARI136
TE63Lance KendricksLA136
TE64Demetrius HarrisKC136
TE65Anthony FasanoTEN136
TE66C.J. FiedorowiczHOU136
TE67Jack DoyleIND136
TE68Crockett GillmoreBAL136
TE69Richard RodgersGB136
TE70Larry DonnellNYG136
TE71Blake BellSF113
TE72MyCole PruittMIN113
TE73Justin PerilloGB113
TE74Cameron BrateTB113
TE75Jesse JamesPIT113
TE76Jeff HeuermanDEN113
TE77Jerome CunninghamTEN113
TE78Jacob TammeATL113
TE79Erik SwoopeIND113
TE80Tyler KroftCIN113
TE81E.J. BibbsCLE113
TE82Anthony DenhamHOU68
TE83Tyler HigbeeLA68
TE84Austin HooperATL68


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