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, ColinSF755
QB2Wilson, RussellSEA750
QB3Rodgers, AaronGB740
QB4Smith, GenoNYJ579
QB5Stafford, MatthewDET559
QB6Manning, PeytonDEN559
QB7Griffin III, RobertWAS544
QB8Brees, DrewNO539
QB9Newton, CamCAR534
QB10Dalton, AndyCIN534
QB11Foles, NickSTL513
QB12Cutler, JayCHI513
QB13Rivers, PhilipSD498
QB14Roethlisberger, BenPIT483
QB15Manning, EliNYG478
QB16Romo, TonyDAL473
QB17Luck, AndrewIND463
QB18Brady, TomNE458
QB19Winston, JameisTB453
QB20Mariota, MarcusTEN453
QB21Bridgewater, TeddyMIN423
QB22Palmer, CarsonARI418
QB23Bortles, BlakeJAX408
QB24Tannehill, RyanMIA383
QB25Flacco, JoeBAL362
QB26Mallett, RyanHOU342
QB27McCown, JoshCLE342
QB28Manuel, E.J.BUF337
QB29Cousins, KirkWAS332
QB30Fitzpatrick, RyanNYJ317
QB31Smith, AlexKC312
QB32Carr, DerekOAK252
QB33Ryan, MattATL201
QB34Hoyer, BrianHOU186
QB35Bradford, SamPHI151
QB36Garoppolo, JimmyNE116


RB1Charles, JamaalKC652
RB2McCoy, LeSeanBUF637
RB3Murray, DeMarcoPHI606
RB4Sproles, DarrenPHI598
RB5Archer, DriPIT575
RB6Forte, MattCHI575
RB7Reece, MarcelOAK568
RB8Vereen, ShaneNYG545
RB9Coleman, TevinATL545
RB10Bernard, GiovaniCIN537
RB11Bush, ReggieSF529
RB12Lynch, MarshawnSEA522
RB13Starks, JamesGB522
RB14Ellington, AndreARI522
RB15Spiller, C.J.NO514
RB16Stewart, JonathanCAR514
RB17Bell, JoiqueDET506
RB18Williams, DeAngeloPIT499
RB19Blount, LeGarretteNE499
RB20Gerhart, TobyJAX499
RB21Gordon, MelvinSD491
RB22Mathews, RyanPHI483
RB23Bell, LeVeonPIT483
RB24Helu, RoyOAK483
RB25Ivory, ChrisNYJ476
RB26Brown, DonaldSD476
RB27Foster, ArianHOU476
RB28Morris, AlfredWAS468
RB29Martin, DougTB460
RB30Lacy, EddieGB460
RB31Jennings, RashadNYG460
RB32Peterson, AdrianMIN453
RB33Forsett, JustinBAL445
RB34James, LaMichaelMIA445
RB35Gore, FrankIND445
RB36Robinson, DenardJAX437
RB37Jackson, FredBUF437
RB38Sankey, BishopTEN437
RB39Ingram, MarkNO437
RB40Murray, LataviusOAK437
RB41Miller, LamarMIA430
RB42White, JamesNE422
RB43Brown, BryceBUF414
RB44Powell, BilalNYJ414
RB45Mason, TreSTL399
RB46Gurley, ToddSTL399
RB47Hill, JeremyCIN399
RB48Ballard, VickIND399
RB49Seastrunk, LacheDAL391
RB50West, TerranceCLE391
RB51Woodhead, DannySD391
RB52Bolden, BrandonNE384
RB53Gray, CyrusKC376
RB54Ball, MonteeDEN376
RB55Freeman, DevontaATL368
RB56Hyde, CarlosSF368
RB57Burkhead, RexCIN361
RB58Smith, AntoneATL361
RB59Allen, JavoriusBAL353
RB60McCluster, DexterTEN353
RB61Michael, ChristineSEA353
RB62Polk, ChrisHOU353
RB63Ridley, StevanNYJ345
RB64Stacy, ZacNYJ345
RB65Hunter, KendallSF338
RB66Herron, DanIND330
RB67Langford, JeremyCHI330
RB68Williams, AndreNYG330
RB69Sims, CharlesTB322
RB70Rainey, BobbyTB322
RB71Abdullah, AmeerDET315
RB72Anderson, C.J.DEN307
RB73Artis-Payne, CameronCAR299
RB74Dixon, AnthonyBUF299
RB75Rodgers, JacquizzCHI299
RB76Hillman, RonnieDEN299
RB77Dunbar, LanceDAL292
RB78Randle, JosephDAL292
RB79Williams, KerwynnARI284
RB80Ajayi, JayMIA284
RB81Robinson, KhiryNO284
RB82James, MikeTB276
RB83Robinson, JoshIND261
RB84Grimes, JonathanHOU253
RB85Cunningham, BennySTL253
RB86Richardson, TrentOAK253
RB87Kuhn, JohnGB253
RB88Thompson, ChrisWAS253
RB89Gillislee, MikeMIA246
RB90Young, DarrelWAS238
RB91McFadden, DarrenDAL238
RB92Asiata, MattMIN238
RB93Whittaker, FozzyCAR230
RB94Peerman, CedricCIN230
RB95Davis, MikeSF230
RB96Riddick, TheoDET222
RB97Sherman, AnthonyKC222
RB98Lane, JorvorskieTB222
RB99Taylor, StepfanARI215
RB100Gray, JonasNE215
RB101Cadet, TravarisNE215
RB102Carey, KaDeemCHI207
RB103Blue, AlfredHOU207
RB104McKinnon, JerickMIN199
RB105Johnson, StormJAX199
RB106Redd, SilasWAS199
RB107Turbin, RobertSEA192
RB108Yeldon, T.J.JAX192
RB109Stewart, JeremyDEN192
RB110Tolbert, MikeCAR192
RB111Bohanon, TommyNYJ184
RB112Baker, EdwinNO176
RB113Thompson, JuwanDEN176
RB114Banyard, JoeMIN176
RB115Draughn, ShaunCLE176
RB116Hynoski, HenryNYG176
RB117Taliaferro, LorenzoBAL176
RB118Crowell, IsaiahCLE169
RB119Miller, BruceSF169
RB120Davis, KnileKC169
RB121Grice, MarionARI161
RB122Watts, TreySTL153
RB123Johnson, WillPIT130
RB124Winn, GeorgeDET123
RB125Richardson, DarylNYJ115
RB126Oliver, BrandenSD115
RB127Williams, DamienMIA100
RB128Lorig, ErikNO92
RB129Juszczyk, KyleBAL92
RB130Jones, MattWAS84
RB131Johnson, DukeCLE84
RB132Develin, JamesNE77
RB133Reynolds, ChaseSTL69
RB134Coleman, DerrickSEA69
RB135DiMarco, PatrickATL69
RB136Johnson, AustinNO61
RB137Cobb, DavidTEN54
RB138Darkwa, OrleansNYG54
RB139Ripkowski, AaronGB38
RB140Rawls, ThomasSEA38
RB141Smith, JeromeATL38
RB142Toussaint, FitzgeraldBAL38
RB143Johnson, DavidARI38
RB144Tipton, ZurlonIND38
RB145Harris, JoshPIT38


WR1Jackson, DeSeanWAS734
WR2Smith, TorreySF671
WR3Johnson, CalvinDET662
WR4Bryant, MartavisPIT635
WR5Floyd, MalcomSD626
WR6Beckham, OdellNYG621
WR7Floyd, MichaelARI617
WR8Dorsett, PhillipIND612
WR9Smith, DevinNYJ612
WR10Jeffery, AlshonCHI594
WR11Williams, TerranceDAL594
WR12Jackson, VincentTB590
WR13Nelson, JordyGB585
WR14Thomas, DemaryiusDEN576
WR15Perriman, BreshadBAL572
WR16Cooper, RileyPHI563
WR17Green, A.J.CIN549
WR18Decker, EricNYJ545
WR19Coates, SammiePIT540
WR20Graham, T.J.NYJ540
WR21Washington, NateHOU536
WR22Stills, KennyMIA536
WR23Nicks, HakeemTEN536
WR24Hopkins, DeAndreHOU522
WR25Baldwin, DougSEA522
WR26Brown, JohnARI509
WR27Conley, ChrisKC509
WR28Brown, AntonioPIT495
WR29Janis, JeffGB495
WR30Evans, MikeTB491
WR31Hilton, T.Y.IND491
WR32Benjamin, TravisCLE486
WR33Patterson, CordarrelleMIN482
WR34Goodwin, MarquiseBUF477
WR35Hunter, JustinTEN477
WR36Boldin, AnquanSF473
WR37Givens, ChrisSTL473
WR38Parker, DeVanteMIA473
WR39Britt, KennySTL468
WR40Tate, GoldenDET459
WR41Jones, JulioATL455
WR42Bryant, DezDAL455
WR43Moncrief, DonteIND450
WR44Fuller, CoreyDET450
WR45Quick, BrianSTL446
WR46Wright, JariusMIN446
WR47Allen, KeenanSD423
WR48Cruz, VictorNYG423
WR49Bell, KennyTB414
WR50Kearse, JermaineSEA410
WR51Johnson, AndreIND405
WR52Woods, RobertBUF401
WR53Randle, RuebenNYG401
WR54Wallace, MikeMIN401
WR55Cobb, RandallGB396
WR56Benjamin, KelvinCAR392
WR57Marshall, BrandonNYJ392
WR58Moore, DenariusCIN387
WR59Huff, JoshPHI387
WR60Jones, MarvinCIN387
WR61Douglas, HarryTEN383
WR62Hartline, BrianCLE378
WR63Colston, MarquesNO378
WR64Harvin, PercyBUF374
WR65Royal, EddieCHI374
WR66Latimer, CodyDEN369
WR67Maclin, JeremyKC369
WR68Thompkins, KenbrellOAK369
WR69Dobson, AaronNE360
WR70Morgan, JosephNO351
WR71Lockette, RicardoSEA347
WR72Sanders, EmmanuelDEN342
WR73Ellington, BruceSF342
WR74Butler, BriceOAK329
WR75Murphy, LouisTB329
WR76Wright, KendallTEN329
WR77Garcon, PierreWAS329
WR78Fitzgerald, LarryARI324
WR79Streeter, TommyMIA324
WR80Jennings, GregMIA324
WR81Street, DevinDAL320
WR82Crabtree, MichaelOAK315
WR83Hemingway, JuniorKC315
WR84Lockett, TylerSEA311
WR85Bailey, StedmanSTL302
WR86Green-Beckham, DorialTEN302
WR87Harris, DwayneNYG297
WR88Cooper, AmariOAK297
WR89Toon, NickNO297
WR90Watkins, SammyBUF293
WR91Wilson, MarquessCHI293
WR92Hester, DevinATL293
WR93Bowe, DwayneCLE284
WR94Landry, JarvisMIA284
WR95Strong, JaelenHOU284
WR96Wright, JamesCIN275
WR97Cotchery, JerrichoCAR275
WR98Avant, JasonKC275
WR99Smith, Steve LBAL270
WR100Tate, BrandonCIN270
WR101Shorts, CecilHOU266
WR102White, KevinCHI266
WR103LaFell, BrandonNE266
WR104Patton, QuintonSF252
WR105Austin, TavonSTL248
WR106Jones, JacobySD243
WR107Greene, RashadJAX234
WR108Amendola, DannyNE225
WR109Edelman, JulianNE225
WR110Kerley, JeremyNYJ225
WR111White, RoddyATL225
WR112Agholor, NelsonPHI216
WR113Wheaton, MarkusPIT216
WR114Johnson, StevieSD216
WR115Gibson, BrandonNE212
WR116Golden, BrittanARI203
WR117Holmes, AndreOAK198
WR118Hankerson, LeonardATL198
WR119Mayle, VinceCLE194
WR120Caldwell, AndreDEN194
WR121Martin, KeshawnHOU189
WR122Matthews, JordanPHI185
WR123Robinson, AllenJAX180
WR124Ross, JeremyDET180
WR125Hawkins, AndrewCLE176
WR126Weems, EricATL171
WR127Brown, MarlonBAL171
WR128Cooks, BrandinNO171
WR129Mariani, MarcCHI158
WR130Parker, PrestonNYG158
WR131Roberts, AndreWAS144
WR132Streater, RodOAK144
WR133Hardy, JustinATL140
WR134Campanaro, MichaelBAL140
WR135Johnson, CharlesMIN140
WR136Sanu, MohamedCIN135
WR137Grant, RyanWAS117
WR138Adams, DavanteGB117
WR139Herron, RobertTB117
WR140Thomas, DeAnthonyKC117
WR141Thielen, AdamMIN113
WR142Aiken, KamarBAL108
WR143Gabriel, TaylorCLE104
WR144Johnson, DamarisHOU99
WR145Wilson, AlbertKC99
WR146Whalen, GriffIND90
WR147Beasley, ColeDAL86
WR148Lee, MarqiseJAX81
WR149Hogan, ChrisBUF81
WR150Brown, JaronARI77
WR151Brown, PhillyCAR72
WR152Matthews, ChrisSEA63
WR153Hurns, AllenJAX63
WR154Inman, DontrelleSD63
WR155Coleman, BrandonNO63
WR156Bersin, BrentonCAR41
WR157Burse, IsaiahDEN36
WR158Funchess, DevinCAR36
WR159Hammond, FrankieKC36
WR160Washington, CoreyNYG36


TE1Graham, JimmySEA759
TE2Gronkowski, RobNE759
TE3Green, LadariusSD672
TE4Thomas, JuliusJAX628
TE5Fleener, CobyIND607
TE6Cook, JaredSTL607
TE7Cameron, JordanMIA585
TE8Witten, JasonDAL585
TE9Ertz, ZachPHI563
TE10Bennett, MartellusCHI563
TE11Davis, VernonSF542
TE12Ebron, EricDET542
TE13Williams, MaxxBAL542
TE14Eifert, TylerCIN520
TE15Clay, CharlesBUF520
TE16Olsen, GregCAR520
TE17Gates, AntonioSD520
TE18Seferian-Jenkins, AustinTB520
TE19Amaro, JaceNYJ520
TE20Hoomanawanui, MichaelNE498
TE21Myers, BrandonTB455
TE22Moeaki, TonyATL455
TE23Fells, DanielNYG455
TE24Celek, BrentPHI455
TE25Graham, GarrettHOU455
TE26Robinson, AdrienNYG433
TE27Cumberland, JeffNYJ412
TE28Casey, JamesDEN390
TE29Miller, HeathPIT390
TE30Paulsen, LoganWAS390
TE31Lewis, MarcedesJAX390
TE32Allen, DwayneIND368
TE33Chandler, ScottNE368
TE34Reed, JordanWAS368
TE35Dray, JimCLE347
TE36Housler, RobCLE347
TE37Paul, NilesWAS347
TE38Watson, BenNO347
TE39Rivera, MychalOAK325
TE40Rudolph, KyleMIN325
TE41Fauria, JosephDET325
TE42Green, VirgilDEN325
TE43Walker, DelanieTEN325
TE44Gresham, JermaineARI325
TE45Dickson, EdCAR303
TE46Pettigrew, BrandonDET282
TE47Sudfeld, ZachNYJ282
TE48McDonald, VanceSF260
TE49Willson, LukeSEA260
TE50Charles, OrsonNO260
TE51Spaeth, MattPIT238
TE52Smith, LeeOAK238
TE53Miller, ZacharyCHI217
TE54Rosario, DanteCHI217
TE55Daniels, OwenDEN195
TE56Quarless, AndrewGB195
TE57Barnidge, GaryCLE195
TE58Escobar, GavinDAL195
TE59Stocker, LukeTB173
TE60Gray, MarQueisBUF173
TE61Ellison, RhettMIN173
TE62Phillips, JohnSD173
TE63Gordon, RichardKC173
TE64Fells, DarrenARI173
TE65Griffin, RyanHOU130
TE66Toilolo, LevineATL130
TE67Kelce, TravisKC130
TE68Sims, DionMIA130
TE69Carrier, DerekSF130
TE70Gragg, ChrisBUF130
TE71Helfet, CooperSEA130
TE72Rodgers, RichardGB108
TE73Niklas, TroyARI108
TE74Williams, BrandonCAR108
TE75Ford, ChaseMIN108
TE76Hill, JoshNO108
TE77Harris, DemetriusKC108
TE78Doyle, JackIND108
TE79Burton, TreyPHI108
TE80Gillmore, CrockettBAL108
TE81Donnell, LarryNYG108
TE82Fiedorowicz, C.J.HOU108
TE83Fasano, AnthonyTEN87
TE84Kendricks, LanceSTL87
TE85Tamme, JacobATL65
TE86Kroft, TylerCIN65
TE87Walford, CliveOAK65
TE88James, JessePIT65
TE89Supernaw, PhillipTEN65


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