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!

QB1Kaepernick, ColinSF748
QB2Wilson, RussellSEA743
QB3Rodgers, AaronGB733
QB4Smith, GenoNYJ574
QB5Stafford, MatthewDET554
QB6Manning, PeytonDEN554
QB7Griffin III, RobertWAS539
QB8Brees, DrewNO534
QB9Dalton, AndyCIN529
QB10Newton, CamCAR529
QB11Cutler, JayCHI509
QB12Foles, NickSTL509
QB13Rivers, PhilipSD494
QB14Roethlisberger, BenPIT479
QB15Manning, EliNYG474
QB16Romo, TonyDAL469
QB17Luck, AndrewIND459
QB18Brady, TomNE454
QB19Winston, JameisTB449
QB20Mariota, MarcusTEN449
QB21Cassel, MattBUF439
QB22Bridgewater, TeddyMIN419
QB23Palmer, CarsonARI414
QB24Bortles, BlakeJAX404
QB25Tannehill, RyanMIA379
QB26Flacco, JoeBAL359
QB27Mallett, RyanHOU339
QB28McCown, JoshCLE339
QB29Cousins, KirkWAS329
QB30Fitzpatrick, RyanNYJ314
QB31Smith, AlexKC309
QB32Carr, DerekOAK249
QB33Ryan, MattATL200
QB34Hoyer, BrianHOU185
QB35Bradford, SamPHI150
QB36Garoppolo, JimmyNE115


RB1Charles, JamaalKC657
RB2McCoy, LeSeanBUF642
RB3Murray, DeMarcoPHI611
RB4Sproles, DarrenPHI603
RB5Archer, DriPIT580
RB6Forte, MattCHI580
RB7Reece, MarcelOAK572
RB8Vereen, ShaneNYG549
RB9Coleman, TevinATL549
RB10Bernard, GiovaniCIN541
RB11Bush, ReggieSF533
RB12Lynch, MarshawnSEA526
RB13Ellington, AndreARI526
RB14Starks, JamesGB526
RB15Spiller, C.J.NO518
RB16Stewart, JonathanCAR518
RB17Bell, JoiqueDET510
RB18Blount, LeGarretteNE502
RB19Gerhart, TobyJAX502
RB20Williams, DeAngeloPIT502
RB21Gordon, MelvinSD495
RB22Helu, RoyOAK487
RB23Bell, LeVeonPIT487
RB24Mathews, RyanPHI487
RB25Brown, DonaldSD479
RB26Ivory, ChrisNYJ479
RB27Foster, ArianHOU479
RB28Morris, AlfredWAS472
RB29Jennings, RashadNYG464
RB30Lacy, EddieGB464
RB31Martin, DougTB464
RB32Peterson, AdrianMIN456
RB33Gore, FrankIND448
RB34James, LaMichaelMIA448
RB35Forsett, JustinBAL448
RB36Jackson, FredBUF441
RB37Ingram, MarkNO441
RB38Sankey, BishopTEN441
RB39Robinson, DenardJAX441
RB40Murray, LataviusOAK441
RB41Miller, LamarMIA433
RB42White, JamesNE425
RB43Powell, BilalNYJ417
RB44Brown, BryceBUF417
RB45Gurley, ToddSTL402
RB46Mason, TreSTL402
RB47Hill, JeremyCIN402
RB48Ballard, VickIND402
RB49Woodhead, DannySD394
RB50West, TerranceCLE394
RB51Bolden, BrandonNE387
RB52Gray, CyrusKC379
RB53Ball, MonteeDEN379
RB54Freeman, DevontaATL371
RB55Hyde, CarlosSF371
RB56Smith, AntoneATL363
RB57Burkhead, RexCIN363
RB58Polk, ChrisHOU356
RB59Michael, ChristineSEA356
RB60McCluster, DexterTEN356
RB61Allen, JavoriusBAL356
RB62Stacy, ZacNYJ348
RB63Ridley, StevanNYJ348
RB64Hunter, KendallSF340
RB65Herron, DanIND332
RB66Langford, JeremyCHI332
RB67Williams, AndreNYG332
RB68Sims, CharlesTB325
RB69Rainey, BobbyTB325
RB70Abdullah, AmeerDET317
RB71Anderson, C.J.DEN309
RB72Hillman, RonnieDEN301
RB73Rodgers, JacquizzCHI301
RB74Artis-Payne, CameronCAR301
RB75Dixon, AnthonyBUF301
RB76Dunbar, LanceDAL294
RB77Randle, JosephDAL294
RB78Ajayi, JayMIA286
RB79Greene, ShonnTEN286
RB80Robinson, KhiryNO286
RB81Williams, KerwynnARI286
RB82James, MikeTB278
RB83Robinson, JoshIND263
RB84Thompson, ChrisWAS255
RB85Cunningham, BennySTL255
RB86Kuhn, JohnGB255
RB87Grimes, JonathanHOU255
RB88Richardson, TrentOAK255
RB89Gillislee, MikeMIA247
RB90McFadden, DarrenDAL240
RB91Young, DarrelWAS240
RB92Asiata, MattMIN240
RB93Peerman, CedricCIN232
RB94Whittaker, FozzyCAR232
RB95Davis, MikeSF232
RB96Riddick, TheoDET224
RB97Lane, JorvorskieTB224
RB98Sherman, AnthonyKC224
RB99Gray, JonasNE216
RB100Cadet, TravarisNE216
RB101Taylor, StepfanARI216
RB102Blue, AlfredHOU209
RB103Carey, KaDeemCHI209
RB104Thomas, DeAnthonyKC201
RB105McKinnon, JerickMIN201
RB106Redd, SilasWAS201
RB107Johnson, StormJAX201
RB108Tolbert, MikeCAR193
RB109Yeldon, T.J.JAX193
RB110Stewart, JeremyDEN193
RB111Turbin, RobertSEA193
RB112Bohanon, TommyNYJ186
RB113Thompson, JuwanDEN178
RB114Draughn, ShaunCLE178
RB115Banyard, JoeMIN178
RB116Taliaferro, LorenzoBAL178
RB117Baker, EdwinNO178
RB118Hynoski, HenryNYG178
RB119Miller, BruceSF170
RB120Crowell, IsaiahCLE170
RB121Davis, KnileKC170
RB122Williams, RyanDAL170
RB123Grice, MarionARI162
RB124Watts, TreySTL155
RB125Johnson, WillPIT131
RB126Winn, GeorgeDET124
RB127Oliver, BrandenSD116
RB128Williams, DamienMIA100
RB129Juszczyk, KyleBAL93
RB130Lorig, ErikNO93
RB131Johnson, DukeCLE85
RB132Jones, MattWAS85
RB133Develin, JamesNE77
RB134DiMarco, PatrickATL70
RB135Coleman, DerrickSEA70
RB136Tucker, MatthewPHI70
RB137Johnson, AustinNO62
RB138Darkwa, OrleansNYG54
RB139Cobb, DavidTEN54
RB140Ripkowski, AaronGB39
RB141Rawls, ThomasSEA39
RB142Toussaint, FitzgeraldBAL39
RB143Smith, JeromeATL39
RB144Harris, JoshPIT39
RB145Tipton, ZurlonIND39
RB146Johnson, DavidARI39


WR1Jackson, DeSeanWAS737
WR2Smith, TorreySF673
WR3Johnson, CalvinDET664
WR4Bryant, MartavisPIT637
WR5Floyd, MalcomSD628
WR6Beckham, OdellNYG624
WR7Floyd, MichaelARI619
WR8Dorsett, PhillipIND615
WR9Smith, DevinNYJ615
WR10Williams, TerranceDAL597
WR11Jeffery, AlshonCHI597
WR12Jackson, VincentTB592
WR13Nelson, JordyGB588
WR14Thomas, DemaryiusDEN579
WR15Perriman, BreshadBAL574
WR16Cooper, RileyPHI565
WR17Green, A.J.CIN551
WR18Decker, EricNYJ547
WR19Graham, T.J.NYJ542
WR20Coates, SammiePIT542
WR21Stills, KennyMIA538
WR22Nicks, HakeemTEN538
WR23Washington, NateHOU538
WR24Baldwin, DougSEA524
WR25Hopkins, DeAndreHOU524
WR26Conley, ChrisKC511
WR27Brown, JohnARI511
WR28Brown, AntonioPIT497
WR29Janis, JeffGB497
WR30Hilton, T.Y.IND493
WR31Evans, MikeTB493
WR32Benjamin, TravisCLE488
WR33Patterson, CordarrelleMIN484
WR34Goodwin, MarquiseBUF479
WR35Hunter, JustinTEN479
WR36Boldin, AnquanSF475
WR37Parker, DeVanteMIA475
WR38Givens, ChrisSTL475
WR39Britt, KennySTL470
WR40Ginn, TedCAR466
WR41Tate, GoldenDET461
WR42Bryant, DezDAL457
WR43Jones, JulioATL457
WR44Fuller, CoreyDET452
WR45Moncrief, DonteIND452
WR46Quick, BrianSTL447
WR47Wright, JariusMIN447
WR48Cruz, VictorNYG425
WR49Allen, KeenanSD425
WR50Bell, KennyTB416
WR51Kearse, JermaineSEA411
WR52Johnson, AndreIND407
WR53Randle, RuebenNYG402
WR54Woods, RobertBUF402
WR55Wallace, MikeMIN402
WR56Cobb, RandallGB398
WR57Benjamin, KelvinCAR393
WR58Marshall, BrandonNYJ393
WR59Jones, MarvinCIN389
WR60Moore, DenariusCIN389
WR61Huff, JoshPHI389
WR62Douglas, HarryTEN384
WR63Hartline, BrianCLE380
WR64Colston, MarquesNO380
WR65Harvin, PercyBUF375
WR66Royal, EddieCHI375
WR67Latimer, CodyDEN371
WR68Thompkins, KenbrellOAK371
WR69Maclin, JeremyKC371
WR70Dobson, AaronNE362
WR71Morgan, JosephNO353
WR72Lockette, RicardoSEA348
WR73Sanders, EmmanuelDEN344
WR74Ellington, BruceSF344
WR75Murphy, LouisTB330
WR76Wright, KendallTEN330
WR77Garcon, PierreWAS330
WR78Butler, BriceOAK330
WR79Fitzgerald, LarryARI325
WR80Jennings, GregMIA325
WR81Street, DevinDAL321
WR82Crabtree, MichaelOAK316
WR83Hemingway, JuniorKC316
WR84Lockett, TylerSEA312
WR85Green-Beckham, DorialTEN303
WR86Bailey, StedmanSTL303
WR87Toon, NickNO298
WR88Cooper, AmariOAK298
WR89Harris, DwayneNYG298
WR90Hester, DevinATL294
WR91Austin, MilesPHI294
WR92Wilson, MarquessCHI294
WR93Watkins, SammyBUF294
WR94Landry, JarvisMIA285
WR95Bowe, DwayneCLE285
WR96Strong, JaelenHOU285
WR97Cotchery, JerrichoCAR276
WR98Wright, JamesCIN276
WR99Avant, JasonKC276
WR100Smith, Steve LBAL271
WR101Tate, BrandonCIN271
WR102Shorts, CecilHOU267
WR103LaFell, BrandonNE267
WR104White, KevinCHI267
WR105Patton, QuintonSF253
WR106Austin, TavonSTL249
WR107Jones, JacobySD244
WR108White, RoddyATL226
WR109Amendola, DannyNE226
WR110Edelman, JulianNE226
WR111Kerley, JeremyNYJ226
WR112Johnson, StevieSD217
WR113Wheaton, MarkusPIT217
WR114Agholor, NelsonPHI217
WR115Gibson, BrandonNE212
WR116Golden, BrittanARI203
WR117Hankerson, LeonardATL199
WR118Holmes, AndreOAK199
WR119Mayle, VinceCLE194
WR120Caldwell, AndreDEN194
WR121Martin, KeshawnHOU190
WR122Matthews, JordanPHI185
WR123Robinson, AllenJAX181
WR124Ross, JeremyDET181
WR125Hawkins, AndrewCLE176
WR126Cooks, BrandinNO172
WR127Brown, MarlonBAL172
WR128Weems, EricATL172
WR129Mariani, MarcCHI158
WR130Parker, PrestonNYG158
WR131Streater, RodOAK145
WR132Roberts, AndreWAS145
WR133Johnson, CharlesMIN140
WR134Campanaro, MichaelBAL140
WR135Hardy, JustinATL140
WR136Sanu, MohamedCIN136
WR137Sanders, AceJAX122
WR138Saunders, JalenNO118
WR139Herron, RobertTB118
WR140Grant, RyanWAS118
WR141Adams, DavanteGB118
WR142Thielen, AdamMIN113
WR143Aiken, KamarBAL108
WR144Gabriel, TaylorCLE104
WR145Wilson, AlbertKC99
WR146Johnson, DamarisHOU99
WR147Whalen, GriffIND90
WR148Beasley, ColeDAL86
WR149Lee, MarqiseJAX81
WR150Hogan, ChrisBUF81
WR151Brown, JaronARI77
WR152Brown, PhillyCAR72
WR153Matthews, ChrisSEA63
WR154Inman, DontrelleSD63
WR155Hurns, AllenJAX63
WR156Bersin, BrentonCAR41
WR157Washington, CoreyNYG36
WR158Burse, IsaiahDEN36
WR159Funchess, DevinCAR36
WR160Hammond, FrankieKC36


TE1Gronkowski, RobNE758
TE2Graham, JimmySEA758
TE3Green, LadariusSD671
TE4Thomas, JuliusJAX628
TE5Cook, JaredSTL606
TE6Fleener, CobyIND606
TE7Cameron, JordanMIA585
TE8Witten, JasonDAL585
TE9Bennett, MartellusCHI563
TE10Ertz, ZachPHI563
TE11Ebron, EricDET541
TE12Davis, VernonSF541
TE13Williams, MaxxBAL541
TE14Seferian-Jenkins, AustinTB520
TE15Clay, CharlesBUF520
TE16Olsen, GregCAR520
TE17Eifert, TylerCIN520
TE18Amaro, JaceNYJ520
TE19Gates, AntonioSD520
TE20Hoomanawanui, MichaelNE498
TE21Graham, GarrettHOU455
TE22Myers, BrandonTB455
TE23Moeaki, TonyATL455
TE24Fells, DanielNYG455
TE25Celek, BrentPHI455
TE26Robinson, AdrienNYG433
TE27Cumberland, JeffNYJ411
TE28Miller, HeathPIT390
TE29Lewis, MarcedesJAX390
TE30Paulsen, LoganWAS390
TE31Casey, JamesDEN390
TE32Chandler, ScottNE368
TE33Reed, JordanWAS368
TE34Allen, DwayneIND368
TE35Wright, TimNE347
TE36Watson, BenNO347
TE37Paul, NilesWAS347
TE38Housler, RobCLE347
TE39Dray, JimCLE347
TE40Rivera, MychalOAK325
TE41Walker, DelanieTEN325
TE42Fauria, JosephDET325
TE43Green, VirgilDEN325
TE44Rudolph, KyleMIN325
TE45Dickson, EdCAR303
TE46Pettigrew, BrandonDET282
TE47Sudfeld, ZachNYJ282
TE48McDonald, VanceSF260
TE49Charles, OrsonNO260
TE50Willson, LukeSEA260
TE51Spaeth, MattPIT238
TE52Smith, LeeOAK238
TE53Rosario, DanteCHI217
TE54Miller, ZacharyCHI217
TE55Escobar, GavinDAL195
TE56Daniels, OwenDEN195
TE57Barnidge, GaryCLE195
TE58Quarless, AndrewGB195
TE59Ellison, RhettMIN173
TE60Gordon, RichardKC173
TE61Gray, MarQueisBUF173
TE62Phillips, JohnSD173
TE63Fells, DarrenARI173
TE64Stocker, LukeTB173
TE65Thompson, TaylorTEN152
TE66Sims, DionMIA130
TE67Griffin, RyanHOU130
TE68Helfet, CooperSEA130
TE69Kelce, TravisKC130
TE70Gragg, ChrisBUF130
TE71Carrier, DerekSF130
TE72Toilolo, LevineATL130
TE73Burton, TreyPHI108
TE74Williams, BrandonCAR108
TE75Gillmore, CrockettBAL108
TE76Doyle, JackIND108
TE77Ford, ChaseMIN108
TE78Donnell, LarryNYG108
TE79Rodgers, RichardGB108
TE80Fiedorowicz, C.J.HOU108
TE81Hill, JoshNO108
TE82Harris, DemetriusKC108
TE83Niklas, TroyARI108
TE84Fasano, AnthonyTEN87
TE85Kendricks, LanceSTL87
TE86Christian, GeraldARI65
TE87Walford, CliveOAK65
TE88Tamme, JacobATL65
TE89Kroft, TylerCIN65
TE90James, JessePIT65


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