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!

QB1Vick, MichaelNYJ774
QB2Foles, NickPHI734
QB3Kaepernick, ColinSF722
QB4Wilson, RussellSEA706
QB5Rodgers, AaronGB689
QB6Dalton, AndyCIN536
QB7Smith, GenoNYJ536
QB8Stafford, MatthewDET512
QB9Manning, PeytonDEN500
QB10Brees, DrewNO484
QB11Newton, CamCAR484
QB12Griffin III, RobertWAS484
QB13Manziel, JohnnyCLE484
QB14Cutler, JayCHI468
QB15McCown, JoshTB443
QB16Rivers, PhilipSD439
QB17Manning, EliNYG419
QB18Roethlisberger, BenPIT415
QB19Luck, AndrewIND403
QB20Brady, TomNE403
QB21Cassel, MattMIN403
QB22Fitzpatrick, RyanHOU403
QB23Romo, TonyDAL403
QB24Locker, JakeTEN383
QB25Bortles, BlakeJAX363
QB26Bridgewater, TeddyMIN363
QB27Palmer, CarsonARI359
QB28Tannehill, RyanMIA327
QB29Flacco, JoeBAL302
QB30Manuel, E.J.BUF282
QB31Smith, AlexKC250
QB32Carr, DerekOAK202
QB33Hill, ShaunSTL177
QB34Henne, ChadJAX145
QB35Ryan, MattATL125
QB36Hoyer, BrianCLE105


RB1McCoy, LeSeanPHI642
RB2Charles, JamaalKC627
RB3Forte, MattCHI582
RB4Archer, DriPIT574
RB5Murray, DeMarcoDAL567
RB6Reece, MarcelOAK567
RB7Sproles, DarrenPHI559
RB8Ellington, AndreARI559
RB9Brown, DonaldSD551
RB10Gerhart, TobyJAX536
RB11Vereen, ShaneNE529
RB12James, LaMichaelMIA529
RB13Bernard, GiovaniCIN521
RB14Bush, ReggieDET521
RB15Williams, DeAngeloCAR521
RB16Spiller, C.J.BUF514
RB17Starks, JamesGB514
RB18Moreno, KnowshonMIA514
RB19Bell, JoiqueDET499
RB20Lynch, MarshawnSEA461
RB21Blount, LeGarretteNE453
RB22Stewart, JonathanCAR453
RB23Martin, DougTB453
RB24Peterson, AdrianMIN453
RB25Woodhead, DannySD446
RB26Jennings, RashadNYG438
RB27Ivory, ChrisNYJ438
RB28Morris, AlfredWAS438
RB29Jackson, FredBUF423
RB30Mathews, RyanSD423
RB31Sankey, BishopTEN415
RB32Helu, RoyWAS408
RB33Brown, BryceBUF408
RB34Bell, LeVeonPIT408
RB35Johnson, ChrisNYJ400
RB36Foster, ArianHOU393
RB37Bolden, BrandonNE393
RB38Ball, MonteeDEN385
RB39Robinson, DenardJAX378
RB40Gore, FrankSF378
RB41Ingram, MarkNO378
RB42Lacy, EddieGB378
RB43Thomas, PierreNO378
RB44White, JamesNE363
RB45Forsett, JustinBAL355
RB46Murray, LataviusOAK347
RB47Powell, BilalNYJ347
RB48Sims, CharlesTB340
RB49McCluster, DexterTEN340
RB50West, TerranceCLE340
RB51Miller, LamarMIA332
RB52Battle, JackieTEN332
RB53Freeman, DevontaATL325
RB54Mason, TreSTL325
RB55Dwyer, JonathanARI317
RB56Williams, AndreNYG310
RB57Hyde, CarlosSF310
RB58James, MikeTB310
RB59Polk, ChrisPHI310
RB60Jones-Drew, MauriceOAK302
RB61Ridley, StevanNE302
RB62Hill, JeremyCIN295
RB63Stacy, ZacSTL287
RB64Hillis, PeytonNYG287
RB65Tate, BenPIT272
RB66Dunbar, LanceDAL249
RB67Young, DarrelWAS249
RB68Smith, AntoneATL242
RB69Michael, ChristineSEA234
RB70Rodgers, JacquizzATL234
RB71Todman, JordanJAX227
RB72Rainey, BobbyTB227
RB73Riddick, TheoDET227
RB74Jackson, StevenATL219
RB75Herron, DanIND219
RB76Hillman, RonnieDEN212
RB77Havili, Stanley212
RB78Peerman, CedricCIN212
RB79Harris, DuJuanGB212
RB80Richardson, TrentIND212
RB81Tolbert, MikeCAR204
RB82Bradshaw, AhmadIND196
RB83Kuhn, JohnGB189
RB84Draughn, ShaunCLE181
RB85Greene, ShonnTEN181
RB86Rice, Ray181
RB87McFadden, DarrenOAK174
RB88Asiata, MattMIN174
RB89Cunningham, BennySTL174
RB90Anderson, C.J.DEN174
RB91Johnson, StormJAX166
RB92Cadet, TravarisNO166
RB93Blue, AlfredHOU166
RB94Grimes, JonathanHOU159
RB95Taylor, StepfanARI159
RB96Randle, JosephDAL151
RB97Robinson, KhiryNO144
RB98Sherman, AnthonyKC113
RB99Pierce, BernardBAL98
RB100Whittaker, FozzyCAR91
RB101Davis, KnileKC83
RB102Carey, KaDeemCHI68
RB103Turbin, RobertSEA60
RB104Develin, JamesNE45
RB105Crowell, IsaiahCLE38
RB106Thomas, DeAnthonyKC38
RB107Redd, SilasWAS38
RB108McKinnon, JerickMIN38


WR1Smith, TorreyBAL678
WR2Jackson, DeSeanWAS678
WR3Johnson, CalvinDET675
WR4Jeffery, AlshonCHI623
WR5Cooper, RileyPHI623
WR6Floyd, MalcomSD615
WR7Jackson, VincentTB603
WR8Nicks, HakeemIND591
WR9Thomas, DemaryiusDEN583
WR10Floyd, MichaelARI583
WR11Nelson, JordyGB579
WR12Williams, TerranceDAL571
WR13Decker, EricNYJ567
WR14Bryant, MartavisPIT555
WR15Baldwin, DougSEA552
WR16Green, A.J.CIN548
WR17Stills, KennyNO536
WR18Beckham, OdellNYG532
WR19Simpson, Jerome516
WR20Patterson, CordarrelleMIN516
WR21Washington, NateTEN512
WR22Brown, AntonioPIT508
WR23Brown, JohnARI504
WR24Hopkins, DeAndreHOU500
WR25Boldin, AnquanSF488
WR26Richardson, PaulSEA476
WR27Evans, MikeTB468
WR28Tate, GoldenDET464
WR29Ginn, TedARI464
WR30Givens, ChrisSTL464
WR31Jones, JamesOAK456
WR32Allen, KeenanSD456
WR33Hilton, T.Y.IND456
WR34Moncrief, DonteIND448
WR35Britt, KennySTL440
WR36Wright, JariusMIN440
WR37Benjamin, TravisCLE436
WR38Woods, RobertBUF432
WR39Johnson, AndreHOU432
WR40Jones, JulioATL432
WR41Bryant, DezDAL432
WR42Quick, BrianSTL425
WR43Hunter, JustinTEN421
WR44Moore, DenariusOAK417
WR45Jones, MarvinCIN417
WR46Douglas, HarryATL409
WR47Boykin, JarrettGB409
WR48Cruz, VictorNYG405
WR49Wallace, MikeMIA405
WR50Marshall, BrandonCHI405
WR51Harvin, PercyNYJ397
WR52Randle, RuebenNYG397
WR53Kearse, JermaineSEA393
WR54Latimer, CodyDEN385
WR55Hartline, BrianMIA385
WR56Cobb, RandallGB381
WR57Benjamin, KelvinCAR377
WR58Ajirotutu, SeyiSD377
WR59Royal, EddieSD373
WR60Thompkins, KenbrellOAK373
WR61Graham, T.J.NYJ369
WR62Holmes, Santonio361
WR63Dobson, AaronNE357
WR64Garcon, PierreWAS345
WR65Colston, MarquesNO341
WR66Lloyd, BrandonSF337
WR67Murphy, LouisTB329
WR68Hemingway, JuniorKC329
WR69Crabtree, MichaelSF329
WR70Maclin, JeremyPHI329
WR71Wright, KendallTEN325
WR72Sanders, EmmanuelDEN321
WR73Fitzgerald, LarryARI321
WR74Jennings, GregMIN317
WR75Butler, BriceOAK313
WR76Jenkins, A.J.KC306
WR77Wilson, MarquessCHI306
WR78Landry, JarvisMIA294
WR79Goodwin, MarquiseBUF294
WR80Avery, DonnieKC290
WR81Austin, MilesCLE290
WR82Toon, NickNO286
WR83Wayne, ReggieIND282
WR84Avant, JasonKC282
WR85Shorts, CecilJAX274
WR86Tate, BrandonCIN274
WR87Moss, SantanaWAS270
WR88Bowe, DwayneKC270
WR89Hester, DevinATL270
WR90Cotchery, JerrichoCAR266
WR91Bailey, StedmanSTL262
WR92Williams, Mike258
WR93Austin, TavonSTL250
WR94Welker, WesDEN250
WR95Watkins, SammyBUF242
WR96LaFell, BrandonNE242
WR97Smith, Steve LBAL242
WR98Kerley, JeremyNYJ226
WR99Morgan, JoshCHI226
WR100Harris, DwayneDAL226
WR101Amendola, DannyNE226
WR102Edelman, JulianNE222
WR103White, RoddyATL214
WR104Gibson, BrandonMIA210
WR105Posey, DeVierHOU206
WR106Moore, LancePIT206
WR107Morgan, Joseph198
WR108Wheaton, MarkusPIT198
WR109Broyles, RyanDET194
WR110Jones, JacobyBAL190
WR111Johnson, StevieSF190
WR112Caldwell, AndreDEN186
WR113Robinson, AllenJAX167
WR114Salas, GregNYJ167
WR115Brown, MarlonBAL163
WR116Cooks, BrandinNO159
WR117Ogletree, KevinNYG155
WR118Martin, KeshawnHOU151
WR119Nelson, David151
WR120Matthews, JordanPHI147
WR121Ross, JeremyDET139
WR122Holmes, AndreOAK139
WR123Jernigan, JerrelNYG139
WR124Hawkins, AndrewCLE135
WR125Davis, DrewATL131
WR126Streater, RodOAK127
WR127Roberts, AndreWAS103
WR128Sanzenbacher, DaneCIN103
WR129Herron, RobertTB95
WR130Pettis, AustinSD91
WR131Adams, DavanteGB87
WR132Rogers, DaRickKC83
WR133Sanu, MohamedCIN71
WR134Beasley, ColeDAL56
WR135Hogan, ChrisBUF56
WR136Lee, MarqiseJAX48


TE1Davis, VernonSF780
TE2Graham, JimmyNO729
TE3Celek, BrentPHI644
TE4Gronkowski, RobNE644
TE5Green, LadariusSD644
TE6Thomas, JuliusDEN593
TE7Cumberland, JeffNYJ593
TE8Cameron, JordanCLE593
TE9Lewis, MarcedesJAX577
TE10Cook, JaredSTL577
TE11Witten, JasonDAL560
TE12Chandler, ScottBUF560
TE13Ertz, ZachPHI526
TE14Bennett, MartellusCHI526
TE15Ebron, EricDET509
TE16Fleener, CobyIND509
TE17Gates, AntonioSD492
TE18Eifert, TylerCIN475
TE19Clay, CharlesMIA475
TE20Olsen, GregCAR475
TE21Amaro, JaceNYJ475
TE22Seferian-Jenkins, AustinTB475
TE23Graham, GarrettHOU424
TE24Myers, BrandonTB424
TE25Fells, DanielNYG407
TE26Robinson, AdrienNYG390
TE27Paulsen, LoganWAS356
TE28Miller, ZachSEA356
TE29Ausberry, DavidOAK356
TE30Harbor, ClayJAX339
TE31Miller, HeathPIT339
TE32Pitta, DennisBAL339
TE33Reed, JordanWAS322
TE34Allen, DwayneIND322
TE35Wright, TimNE305
TE36Watson, BenNO305
TE37Rivera, MychalOAK288
TE38Carlson, JohnARI271
TE39Gresham, JermaineCIN271
TE40Rudolph, KyleMIN271
TE41Fauria, JosephDET271
TE42Dickson, EdCAR254
TE43Walker, DelanieTEN254
TE44Pettigrew, BrandonDET237
TE45Bostick, BrandonGB203
TE46Daniels, OwenBAL153
TE47Quarless, AndrewGB153
TE48McDonald, VanceSF136
TE49Escobar, GavinDAL136
TE50Pascoe, BearATL119
TE51Willson, LukeSEA85
TE52Kelce, TravisKC85
TE53Toilolo, LevineATL85
TE54Rodgers, RichardGB51
TE55Donnell, LarryNYG51
TE56Niklas, TroyARI51
TE57Fiedorowicz, C.J.HOU51
TE58Fasano, AnthonyKC34
TE59Kendricks, LanceSTL34
TE60Tamme, JacobDEN17


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