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, ColinSF704
QB2Wilson, RussellSEA699
QB3Rodgers, AaronGB690
QB4Smith, GenoNYJ540
QB5Manning, PeytonDEN521
QB6Stafford, MatthewDET521
QB7Brees, DrewNO502
QB8Newton, CamCAR498
QB9Dalton, AndyCIN498
QB10Foles, NickSTL479
QB11Cutler, JayCHI479
QB12Rivers, PhilipSD465
QB13Roethlisberger, BenPIT451
QB14Manning, EliNYG446
QB15Romo, TonyDAL441
QB16Luck, AndrewIND432
QB17Brady, TomNE427
QB18Mariota, MarcusTEN422
QB19Winston, JameisTB422
QB20Bridgewater, TeddyMIN394
QB21Palmer, CarsonARI390
QB22Bortles, BlakeJAX380
QB23Tannehill, RyanMIA357
QB24Flacco, JoeBAL338
QB25McCown, JoshCLE319
QB26Mallett, RyanBAL319
QB27Cousins, KirkWAS310
QB28McCoy, ColtWAS305
QB29Fitzpatrick, RyanNYJ296
QB30Smith, AlexKC291
QB31Carr, DerekOAK235
QB32Ryan, MattATL188
QB33Hoyer, BrianHOU174
QB34Taylor, TyrodBUF160
QB35Bradford, SamPHI141


RB1Charles, JamaalKC601
RB2McCoy, LeSeanBUF587
RB3Murray, DeMarcoPHI559
RB4Sproles, DarrenPHI552
RB5Archer, Dri531
RB6Forte, MattCHI531
RB7Reece, MarcelOAK524
RB8Coleman, TevinATL502
RB9Vereen, ShaneNYG502
RB10Bernard, GiovaniCIN495
RB11Bush, ReggieSF488
RB12Ellington, AndreARI481
RB13Lynch, MarshawnSEA481
RB14Starks, JamesGB481
RB15Spiller, C.J.NO474
RB16Stewart, JonathanCAR474
RB17Bell, JoiqueDET467
RB18Gerhart, TobyJAX460
RB19Williams, DeAngeloPIT460
RB20Blount, LeGarretteNE460
RB21Gordon, MelvinSD453
RB22Mathews, RyanPHI446
RB23Helu, RoyOAK446
RB24Bell, LeVeonPIT446
RB25Ivory, ChrisNYJ439
RB26Brown, DonaldSD439
RB27Foster, ArianHOU439
RB28Morris, AlfredWAS432
RB29Jennings, RashadNYG425
RB30Lacy, EddieGB425
RB31Martin, DougTB425
RB32Peterson, AdrianMIN417
RB33Johnson, ChrisARI417
RB34Forsett, JustinBAL410
RB35James, LaMichael410
RB36Gore, FrankIND410
RB37Jackson, FredSEA403
RB38Sankey, BishopTEN403
RB39Murray, LataviusOAK403
RB40Ingram, MarkNO403
RB41Robinson, DenardJAX403
RB42Miller, LamarMIA396
RB43White, JamesNE389
RB44Powell, BilalNYJ382
RB45Brown, BryceSEA382
RB46Ballard, Vick368
RB47Mason, TreSTL368
RB48Hill, JeremyCIN368
RB49Gurley, ToddSTL368
RB50Woodhead, DannySD361
RB51West, TerranceBAL361
RB52Bolden, BrandonNE354
RB53Freeman, DevontaATL340
RB54Hyde, CarlosSF340
RB55Burkhead, RexCIN333
RB56Allen, JavoriusBAL325
RB57Michael, ChristineSEA325
RB58McCluster, DexterTEN325
RB59Polk, ChrisHOU325
RB60Ridley, StevanNYJ318
RB61Stacy, ZacNYJ318
RB62Hunter, KendallNO311
RB63Williams, AndreNYG304
RB64Langford, JeremyCHI304
RB65Sims, CharlesTB297
RB66Rainey, BobbyTB297
RB67Abdullah, AmeerDET290
RB68Anderson, C.J.DEN283
RB69Rodgers, JacquizzCHI276
RB70Hillman, RonnieDEN276
RB71Artis-Payne, CameronCAR276
RB72Dixon, AnthonyBUF276
RB73Dunbar, LanceDAL269
RB74Randle, Joseph269
RB75Robinson, KhiryNO262
RB76Ajayi, JayMIA262
RB77James, MikeTB255
RB78Robinson, Josh241
RB79Williams, KarlosBUF241
RB80Cunningham, BennySTL234
RB81Kuhn, JohnGB234
RB82Grimes, JonathanHOU234
RB83Thompson, ChrisWAS234
RB84Young, DarrelWAS219
RB85Lewis, DionNE219
RB86McFadden, DarrenDAL219
RB87Asiata, MattMIN219
RB88Whittaker, FozzyCAR212
RB89Peerman, CedricCIN212
RB90Davis, MikeSF212
RB91Riddick, TheoDET205
RB92Lane, JorvorskieTB205
RB93Sherman, AnthonyKC205
RB94Taylor, StepfanARI198
RB95Carey, KaDeemCHI191
RB96Blue, AlfredHOU191
RB97Pierce, BernardJAX191
RB98McKinnon, JerickMIN184
RB99Tolbert, MikeCAR177
RB100Yeldon, T.J.JAX177
RB101Bohanon, TommyNYJ170
RB102Thompson, JuwanDEN163
RB103Taliaferro, LorenzoBAL163
RB104Hightower, TimNO156
RB105Miller, BruceSF156
RB106Crowell, IsaiahCLE156
RB107Davis, KnileKC156
RB108Watts, TreySTL142
RB109Johnson, WillPIT120
RB110Oliver, BrandenSD106
RB111Williams, DamienMIA92
RB112Juszczyk, KyleBAL85
RB113Jones, MattWAS78
RB114Johnson, DukeCLE78
RB115Develin, JamesNE71
RB116Coleman, DerrickSEA64
RB117DiMarco, PatrickATL64
RB118Johnson, AustinNO57
RB119Darkwa, OrleansNYG50
RB120Rawls, ThomasSEA35
RB121Andrews, AntonioTEN35
RB122Zenner, ZachDET35
RB123Johnson, DavidARI35
RB124Ripkowski, AaronGB35


WR1Jackson, DeSeanWAS703
WR2Smith, TorreySF642
WR3Johnson, CalvinDET634
WR4Bryant, MartavisPIT608
WR5Floyd, MalcomSD599
WR6Beckham, OdellNYG595
WR7Floyd, MichaelARI591
WR8Dorsett, PhillipIND586
WR9Smith, DevinNYJ586
WR10Jeffery, AlshonCHI569
WR11Williams, TerranceDAL569
WR12Jackson, VincentTB565
WR13Thomas, DemaryiusDEN552
WR14Perriman, BreshadBAL547
WR15Cooper, RileyPHI539
WR16Green, A.J.CIN526
WR17Decker, EricNYJ522
WR18Coates, SammiePIT517
WR19Washington, NateHOU513
WR20Stills, KennyMIA513
WR21Hopkins, DeAndreHOU500
WR22Baldwin, DougSEA500
WR23Brown, JohnARI487
WR24Conley, ChrisKC487
WR25Janis, JeffGB474
WR26Brown, AntonioPIT474
WR27Evans, MikeTB470
WR28Hilton, T.Y.IND470
WR29Benjamin, TravisCLE466
WR30Patterson, CordarrelleMIN461
WR31Hunter, JustinTEN457
WR32Goodwin, MarquiseBUF457
WR33Simpson, JeromeSF453
WR34Boldin, AnquanSF453
WR35Parker, DeVanteMIA453
WR36Givens, ChrisBAL453
WR37Britt, KennySTL448
WR38Ginn, TedCAR444
WR39Tate, GoldenDET440
WR40Jones, JulioATL435
WR41Bryant, DezDAL435
WR42Fuller, CoreyDET431
WR43Moncrief, DonteIND431
WR44Wright, JariusMIN427
WR45Quick, BrianSTL427
WR46Jones, JamesGB405
WR47Cruz, VictorNYG405
WR48Allen, KeenanSD405
WR49Bell, KennyTB397
WR50Kearse, JermaineSEA392
WR51Johnson, AndreIND388
WR52Wallace, MikeMIN384
WR53Randle, RuebenNYG384
WR54Woods, RobertBUF384
WR55Cobb, RandallGB379
WR56Marshall, BrandonNYJ375
WR57Jones, MarvinCIN371
WR58Huff, JoshPHI371
WR59Douglas, HarryTEN366
WR60Colston, MarquesNO362
WR61Hartline, BrianCLE362
WR62Harvin, PercyBUF358
WR63Royal, EddieCHI358
WR64Latimer, CodyDEN353
WR65Maclin, JeremyKC353
WR66Dobson, AaronNE345
WR67Lockette, RicardoSEA332
WR68Sanders, EmmanuelDEN328
WR69Ellington, BruceSF328
WR70Butler, BriceDAL315
WR71Murphy, LouisTB315
WR72Wright, KendallTEN315
WR73Garcon, PierreWAS315
WR74Fitzgerald, LarryARI310
WR75Jennings, GregMIA310
WR76Street, DevinDAL306
WR77Crabtree, MichaelOAK302
WR78Lockett, TylerSEA297
WR79Bailey, StedmanSTL289
WR80Green-Beckham, DorialTEN289
WR81Cooper, AmariOAK285
WR82Harris, DwayneNYG285
WR83Hester, DevinATL280
WR84Wilson, MarquessCHI280
WR85Austin, Miles280
WR86Watkins, SammyBUF280
WR87Landry, JarvisMIA272
WR88Bowe, DwayneCLE272
WR89Strong, JaelenHOU272
WR90Norwood, KevinCAR263
WR91Avant, JasonKC263
WR92Owusu, ChrisNYJ263
WR93Cotchery, JerrichoCAR263
WR94Wright, JamesCIN263
WR95Smith, Steve LBAL259
WR96Tate, BrandonCIN259
WR97LaFell, BrandonNE254
WR98White, KevinCHI254
WR99Shorts, CecilHOU254
WR100Jones, T.J.DET250
WR101Patton, QuintonSF241
WR102Austin, TavonSTL237
WR103Moore, LanceDET237
WR104Jones, Jacoby233
WR105Enunwa, QuincyNYJ228
WR106Greene, RashadJAX224
WR107White, RoddyATL216
WR108Amendola, DannyNE216
WR109Edelman, JulianNE216
WR110Kerley, JeremyNYJ216
WR111Agholor, NelsonPHI207
WR112Wheaton, MarkusPIT207
WR113Johnson, StevieSD207
WR114Golden, BrittanARI194
WR115Holmes, AndreOAK190
WR116Hankerson, LeonardBUF190
WR117Caldwell, AndreDEN185
WR118Martin, KeshawnNE181
WR119Matthews, JordanPHI177
WR120Diggs, StefonMIN177
WR121Robinson, AllenJAX172
WR122Hawkins, AndrewCLE168
WR123Weems, EricATL164
WR124Cooks, BrandinNO164
WR125Brown, MarlonBAL164
WR126Mariani, MarcCHI151
WR127Parker, Preston151
WR128Streater, RodOAK138
WR129Roberts, AndreWAS138
WR130Campanaro, MichaelBAL134
WR131Hardy, JustinATL134
WR132Johnson, CharlesMIN134
WR133Sanu, MohamedCIN129
WR134Thomas, DeAnthonyKC112
WR135Adams, DavanteGB112
WR136Grant, RyanWAS112
WR137Thielen, AdamMIN108
WR138Aiken, KamarBAL103
WR139Gabriel, TaylorCLE99
WR140Wilson, AlbertKC95
WR141Whalen, Griff86
WR142Beasley, ColeDAL82
WR143Lee, MarqiseJAX78
WR144Hogan, ChrisBUF78
WR145Brown, JaronARI73
WR146Brown, CoreyCAR69
WR147Heyward-Bey, DarriusPIT65
WR148Matthews, ChrisBAL60
WR149Hurns, AllenJAX60
WR150Inman, DontrelleSD60
WR151Coleman, BrandonNO60
WR152Funchess, DevinCAR34
WR153Hammond, FrankieKC34
WR154Montgomery, TyGB34
WR155Washington, Corey34


TE1Graham, JimmySEA720
TE2Gronkowski, RobNE720
TE3Green, LadariusSD637
TE4Thomas, JuliusJAX596
TE5Fleener, CobyIND576
TE6Cook, JaredSTL576
TE7Witten, JasonDAL555
TE8Cameron, JordanMIA555
TE9Bennett, MartellusCHI535
TE10Ertz, ZachPHI535
TE11Davis, VernonDEN514
TE12Ebron, EricDET514
TE13Williams, MaxxBAL514
TE14Clay, CharlesBUF493
TE15Eifert, TylerCIN493
TE16Olsen, GregCAR493
TE17Gates, AntonioSD493
TE18Seferian-Jenkins, AustinTB493
TE19Hoomanawanui, MichaelNO473
TE20Graham, GarrettHOU432
TE21Myers, BrandonTB432
TE22Celek, BrentPHI432
TE23Fells, DanielNYG432
TE24Cumberland, JeffNYJ391
TE25Lewis, MarcedesJAX370
TE26Casey, James370
TE27Miller, HeathPIT370
TE28Allen, DwayneIND350
TE29Reed, JordanWAS350
TE30Chandler, ScottNE350
TE31Wright, TimDET329
TE32Housler, RobCHI329
TE33Dray, JimCLE329
TE34Watson, BenNO329
TE35Davis, KellenNYJ329
TE36Rivera, MychalOAK308
TE37Fauria, Joseph308
TE38Rudolph, KyleMIN308
TE39Walker, DelanieTEN308
TE40Gresham, JermaineARI308
TE41Green, VirgilDEN308
TE42Dickson, EdCAR288
TE43Pettigrew, BrandonDET267
TE44McDonald, VanceSF247
TE45Willson, LukeSEA247
TE46Spaeth, MattPIT226
TE47Smith, LeeOAK226
TE48Miller, ZacharyCHI206
TE49Escobar, GavinDAL185
TE50Barnidge, GaryCLE185
TE51Daniels, OwenDEN185
TE52Quarless, AndrewGB185
TE53Ellison, RhettMIN164
TE54Stocker, LukeTB164
TE55Phillips, JohnSD164
TE56Fells, DarrenARI164
TE57Gray, MarQueisBUF164
TE58Gragg, ChrisBUF123
TE59Toilolo, LevineATL123
TE60Sims, DionMIA123
TE61Griffin, RyanHOU123
TE62Helfet, CooperSEA123
TE63Carrier, DerekWAS123
TE64Kelce, TravisKC123
TE65Doyle, JackIND103
TE66Niklas, TroyARI103
TE67Hill, JoshNO103
TE68Gillmore, CrockettBAL103
TE69Williams, BrandonMIA103
TE70Harris, DemetriusKC103
TE71Rodgers, RichardGB103
TE72Fiedorowicz, C.J.HOU103
TE73Donnell, LarryNYG103
TE74Burton, TreyPHI103
TE75Fasano, AnthonyTEN82
TE76Kendricks, LanceSTL82
TE77James, JessePIT62
TE78Kroft, TylerCIN62
TE79Supernaw, PhillipTEN62
TE80Walford, CliveOAK62
TE81Tamme, JacobATL62
TE82Pruitt, MyColeMIN62


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