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 WilsonSEA638
QB2Colin KaepernickSF623
QB3Aaron RodgersGB613
QB4Matthew StaffordDET486
QB5Drew BreesNO481
QB6Andy DaltonCIN481
QB7Cam NewtonCAR476
QB8Jay CutlerCHI461
QB9Philip RiversSD446
QB10Ben RoethlisbergerPIT446
QB11Robert Griffin IIICLE446
QB12Carson PalmerARI441
QB13Andrew LuckIND441
QB14Eli ManningNYG427
QB15Tony RomoDAL427
QB16Jameis WinstonTB417
QB17Tom BradyNE417
QB18Marcus MariotaTEN417
QB19Kirk CousinsWAS392
QB20Joe FlaccoBAL392
QB21Blake BortlesJAX378
QB22Ryan TannehillMIA358
QB23Ryan FitzpatrickNYJ343
QB24Matt RyanATL343
QB25Tyrod TaylorBUF343
QB26Alex SmithKC309
QB27Sam BradfordMIN294
QB28Brock OsweilerHOU289
QB29Derek CarrOAK260
QB30Blaine GabbertSF235
QB31Carson WentzPHI196
QB32Jared GoffLA196
QB33Paxton LynchDEN196
QB34Case KeenumLA181
QB35Jimmy GaroppoloNE132
QB36Trevor SiemianDEN88
QB37Dak PrescottDAL49


RB1Todd GurleyLA512
RB2Jamaal CharlesKC489
RB3LeVeon BellPIT484
RB4Doug MartinTB484
RB5LeSean McCoyBUF472
RB6Ezekiel ElliottDAL455
RB7Lamar MillerHOU455
RB8Thomas RawlsSEA455
RB9David JohnsonARI455
RB10Adrian PetersonMIN455
RB11Giovani BernardCIN427
RB12Dion LewisNE427
RB13C.J. AndersonDEN427
RB14Tevin ColemanATL427
RB15Mark IngramNO427
RB16Charles SimsTB427
RB17Andre EllingtonARI421
RB18Shane VereenNYG415
RB19James StarksGB398
RB20Devonta FreemanATL398
RB21Darren McFaddenDAL398
RB22Latavius MurrayOAK398
RB23Ryan MathewsPHI398
RB24Eddie LacyGB398
RB25Carlos HydeSF398
RB26Jerick McKinnonMIN398
RB27Ameer AbdullahDET398
RB28DeAngelo WilliamsPIT398
RB29Justin ForsettBAL398
RB30Matt ForteNYJ398
RB31LeGarrette BlountNE387
RB32Jonathan StewartCAR387
RB33Chris IvoryJAX375
RB34Rashad JenningsNYG375
RB35Chris JohnsonARI358
RB36Bilal PowellNYJ353
RB37Melvin GordonSD353
RB38Reggie BushBUF341
RB39Marcel ReeceOAK341
RB40Jay AjayiMIA341
RB41Jeremy HillCIN341
RB42Alfred MorrisDAL341
RB43T.J. YeldonJAX341
RB44Javorius AllenBAL341
RB45DeMarco MurrayTEN341
RB46Darren SprolesPHI341
RB47Duke JohnsonCLE341
RB48Jeremy LangfordCHI341
RB49Spencer WareKC341
RB50Denard RobinsonJAX336
RB51Frank GoreIND336
RB52Taiwan JonesOAK336
RB53Jordan TodmanIND319
RB54Christine MichaelSEA319
RB55Arian FosterMIA301
RB56Kenjon BarnerPHI301
RB57Danny WoodheadSD296
RB58Lance DunbarDAL290
RB59Brandon BoldenNE284
RB60Matt JonesWAS284
RB61Derrick HenryTEN284
RB62James WhiteNE273
RB63Chris ThompsonWAS267
RB64Jonathan GrimesHOU267
RB65Mike GillisleeBUF267
RB66Cameron Artis-PayneCAR267
RB67Bobby RaineyNYG262
RB68Fozzy WhittakerCAR239
RB69Benny CunninghamLA233
RB70Theo RiddickDET228
RB71Antonio AndrewsTEN228
RB72Matt AsiataMIN228
RB73C.J. Spiller228
RB74Kenneth DixonBAL228
RB75Mike TolbertCAR210
RB76Robert TurbinIND205
RB77John KuhnNO205
RB78Alfred BlueHOU205
RB79KaDeem CareyCHI199
RB80Stepfan TaylorARI193
RB81Isaiah CrowellCLE188
RB82Tim HightowerNO188
RB83Mike James182
RB84Shaun DraughnSF176
RB85Jonathan WilliamsBUF171
RB86Alex CollinsSEA171
RB87Wendell SmallwoodPHI171
RB88Kenyan DrakeMIA171
RB89C.J. ProsiseSEA171
RB90Jordan HowardCHI171
RB91Paul PerkinsNYG171
RB92Tyler ErvinHOU171
RB93Devontae BookerDEN171
RB94Jay ProschHOU165
RB95Mike DavisSF159
RB96Anthony ShermanKC154
RB97Damien WilliamsMIA142
RB98Orleans DarkwaNYG137
RB99Knile DavisKC131
RB100Charcandrick WestKC119
RB101Kenneth FarrowSD114
RB102Rex BurkheadCIN114
RB103Dwayne WashingtonDET114
RB104DeAndre WashingtonOAK114
RB105Terrance WestBAL114
RB106Darius JacksonDAL114
RB107Josh FergusonIND114
RB108Malcolm BrownLA108
RB109Zach ZennerDET102
RB110Kyle JuszczykBAL80
RB111Terron WardATL68
RB112Zach LineMIN68
RB113Patrick DiMarcoATL68
RB114Ryan HewittCIN51
RB115Fitzgerald ToussaintPIT51
RB116Aaron RipkowskiGB51
RB117Kapri BibbsDEN51
RB118George AtkinsonCLE51
RB119Corey GrantJAX28


WR1DeSean JacksonWAS977
WR2Torrey SmithSF684
WR3Jeff JanisGB650
WR4J.J. NelsonARI640
WR5Michael FloydARI611
WR6Paul RichardsonSEA606
WR7Odell BeckhamNYG601
WR8Josh GordonCLE596
WR9Terrance WilliamsDAL591
WR10Alshon JefferyCHI577
WR11Devin SmithNYJ562
WR12Phillip DorsettIND557
WR13Kenny StillsMIA547
WR14A.J. GreenCIN537
WR15DeVante ParkerMIA533
WR16Kenny BrittLA528
WR17Demaryius ThomasDEN528
WR18Jordy NelsonGB513
WR19John BrownARI513
WR20T.Y. HiltonIND508
WR21Eric DeckerNYJ508
WR22Mike EvansTB508
WR23Breshad PerrimanBAL503
WR24DeAndre HopkinsHOU498
WR25Doug BaldwinSEA498
WR26Ted GinnCAR493
WR27Sammy WatkinsBUF489
WR28Markus WheatonPIT489
WR29Allen RobinsonJAX489
WR30Travis BenjaminSD479
WR31Antonio BrownPIT474
WR32Chris ConleyKC459
WR33Julio JonesATL445
WR34Brice ButlerDAL445
WR35Vincent JacksonTB440
WR36Dez BryantDAL435
WR37Donte MoncriefIND410
WR38Golden TateDET410
WR39Jermaine KearseSEA410
WR40Brandon MarshallNYJ396
WR41Rishard MatthewsTEN391
WR42Keenan AllenSD381
WR43Mike WallaceBAL381
WR44Marvin JonesDET376
WR45Emmanuel SandersDEN371
WR46Dorial Green-BeckhamPHI366
WR47Randall CobbGB362
WR48Jeremy MaclinKC357
WR49Kelvin BenjaminCAR357
WR50Marquess WilsonCHI352
WR51Steve L SmithBAL342
WR52Amari CooperOAK342
WR53Will FullerHOU342
WR54Corey ColemanCLE342
WR55Corey BrownCAR342
WR56Willie SneadNO342
WR57Devin FunchessCAR342
WR58Tyler LockettSEA318
WR59Kendall WrightTEN308
WR60Brandin CooksNO293
WR61Stefon DiggsMIN293
WR62Michael CrabtreeOAK293
WR63Greg SalasBUF293
WR64Kevin WhiteCHI293
WR65Brandon LaFellCIN293
WR66Quincy EnunwaNYJ269
WR67Chris HoganNE244
WR68Tyrell WilliamsSD244
WR69Sterling ShepardNYG244
WR70Tyler BoydCIN244
WR71Quinton PattonSF244
WR72Josh DoctsonWAS244
WR73Nelson AgholorPHI244
WR74Andre HolmesOAK244
WR75Laquon TreadwellMIN244
WR76Jared AbbrederisGB244
WR77Eddie RoyalCHI244
WR78Robert WoodsBUF195
WR79Josh HuffPHI195
WR80Michael ThomasNO195
WR81Jordan MatthewsPHI195
WR82Anquan BoldinDET195
WR83Cecil ShortsTB195
WR84Jaelen StrongHOU195
WR85Andre JohnsonTEN195
WR86Braxton MillerHOU195
WR87Leonte CarrooMIA195
WR88Marquise GoodwinBUF195
WR89Keith MumpheryHOU147
WR90Eric WeemsATL147
WR91Allen HurnsJAX147
WR92Rashad GreeneJAX147
WR93Jarvis LandryMIA147
WR94Larry FitzgeraldARI147
WR95Andre RobertsDET147
WR96Cordarrelle PattersonMIN147
WR97Julian EdelmanNE147
WR98Marc MarianiTEN147
WR99Andrew HawkinsCLE147
WR100Brian QuickLA147
WR101Brandon ColemanNO147
WR102Kamar AikenBAL147
WR103Pierre GarconWAS147
WR104Cody LatimerDEN147
WR105Justin HardyATL147
WR106Charles JohnsonMIN147
WR107Jeremy KerleySF147
WR108Cole BeasleyDAL147
WR109Victor CruzNYG147
WR110Sammie CoatesPIT147
WR111Dwayne HarrisNYG147
WR112Mohamed SanuATL147
WR113Rod StreaterSF147
WR114Danny AmendolaNE147
WR115Tavon AustinLA147
WR116Albert WilsonKC142
WR117Adam ThielenMIN142
WR118Davante AdamsGB132
WR119Jordan NorwoodDEN132
WR120DeAnthony ThomasKC132
WR121Dontrelle InmanSD127
WR122Jaron BrownARI127
WR123Marqise LeeJAX127
WR124Taylor GabrielATL122
WR125Jamison CrowderWAS112
WR126Josh BellamyCHI112
WR127Brenton BersinCAR103
WR128Seth RobertsOAK93
WR129Bennie FowlerDEN88
WR130Ty MontgomeryGB68
WR131Terrelle PryorCLE49
WR132Malcolm MitchellNE39
WR133Pharoh CooperLA39
WR134Adam HumphriesTB39
WR135Trevor DavisGB39
WR136Lucky WhiteheadDAL39
WR137Tajae SharpeTEN39
WR138Aaron BurbridgeSF39
WR139Rashard HigginsCLE39
WR140Eli RogersPIT39
WR141Bradley MarquezLA39


TE1Rob GronkowskiNE805
TE2Darren WallerBAL604
TE3Ladarius GreenPIT523
TE4Austin Seferian-JenkinsTB523
TE5Jordan ReedWAS503
TE6Greg OlsenCAR503
TE7Tyler EifertCIN503
TE8Zach ErtzPHI503
TE9Coby FleenerNO483
TE10Jared CookGB483
TE11Julius ThomasJAX483
TE12Jordan CameronMIA463
TE13Martellus BennettNE443
TE14Garrett CelekSF423
TE15Brent CelekPHI423
TE16Maxx WilliamsBAL423
TE17Eric EbronDET423
TE18Charles ClayBUF423
TE19Antonio GatesSD423
TE20Niles PaulWAS403
TE21Clive WalfordOAK403
TE22Will TyeNYG403
TE23Dwayne AllenIND403
TE24Delanie WalkerTEN403
TE25Zachary MillerCHI403
TE26Kyle RudolphMIN403
TE27Marcedes LewisJAX342
TE28Dennis PittaBAL322
TE29Logan PaulsenCHI322
TE30Virgil GreenDEN322
TE31Trey BurtonPHI302
TE32Josh HillNO302
TE33Kellen DavisNYJ302
TE34Jim DrayBUF302
TE35Jermaine GreshamARI282
TE36Mychal RiveraOAK282
TE37Ed DicksonCAR262
TE38Luke WillsonSEA242
TE39Vance McDonaldSF242
TE40Brandon BostickNYJ242
TE41Darren FellsARI221
TE42Hunter HenrySD201
TE43Jimmy GrahamSEA201
TE44Jason WittenDAL201
TE45Vernon DavisWAS201
TE46Rhett EllisonMIN181
TE47Gavin EscobarDAL181
TE48Gary BarnidgeCLE181
TE49Luke StockerTB181
TE50Travis KelceKC141
TE51James O'ShaughnessyKC141
TE52Levine ToiloloATL141
TE53Ryan GriffinHOU141
TE54Dion SimsMIA141
TE55Lance KendricksLA121
TE56Larry DonnellNYG121
TE57Troy NiklasARI121
TE58Crockett GillmoreBAL121
TE59Anthony FasanoTEN121
TE60Jack DoyleIND121
TE61Demetrius HarrisKC121
TE62Richard RodgersGB121
TE63C.J. FiedorowiczHOU121
TE64MyCole PruittMIN101
TE65Geoff SwaimDAL101
TE66Randall TelferCLE101
TE67Phillip SupernawTEN101
TE68Jeff HeuermanDEN101
TE69Tyler KroftCIN101
TE70Blake BellSF101
TE71A.J. DerbyNE101
TE72Erik SwoopeIND101
TE73Jesse JamesPIT101
TE74Cameron BrateTB101
TE75Jacob TammeATL101
TE76Justin PerilloGB101
TE77Tyler HigbeeLA60
TE78Stephen AndersonHOU60
TE79Austin HooperATL60


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