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!

QB1Wilson, RussellSEA681
QB2Kaepernick, ColinSF665
QB3Rodgers, AaronGB654
QB4Stafford, MatthewDET518
QB5Brees, DrewNO513
QB6Dalton, AndyCIN513
QB7Newton, CamCAR508
QB8Cutler, JayCHI492
QB9Griffin III, RobertCLE476
QB10Roethlisberger, BenPIT476
QB11Rivers, PhilipSD476
QB12Luck, AndrewIND471
QB13Palmer, CarsonARI471
QB14Manning, EliNYG455
QB15Romo, TonyDAL455
QB16Mariota, MarcusTEN445
QB17Brady, TomNE445
QB18Winston, JameisTB445
QB19Flacco, JoeBAL419
QB20Cousins, KirkWAS419
QB21Bridgewater, TeddyMIN414
QB22Bortles, BlakeJAX403
QB23Tannehill, RyanMIA382
QB24Taylor, TyrodBUF366
QB25Ryan, MattATL366
QB26McCown, JoshCLE351
QB27Sanchez, MarkDEN340
QB28Smith, AlexKC330
QB29Bradford, SamPHI314
QB30Smith, GenoNYJ314
QB31Osweiler, BrockHOU309
QB32Carr, DerekOAK277
QB33Gabbert, BlaineSF251
QB34Goff, JaredLA209
QB35Lynch, PaxtonDEN209
QB36Wentz, CarsonPHI209
QB37Kessler, CodyCLE157
QB38Hackenberg, ChristianNYJ157
QB39Garoppolo, JimmyNE141


RB1Gurley, ToddLA587
RB2Charles, JamaalKC560
RB3Bell, LeVeonPIT554
RB4Martin, DougTB554
RB5McCoy, LeSeanBUF541
RB6Rawls, ThomasSEA521
RB7Miller, LamarHOU521
RB8Peterson, AdrianMIN521
RB9Elliott, EzekielDAL521
RB10Johnson, DavidARI521
RB11Bernard, GiovaniCIN489
RB12Anderson, C.J.DEN489
RB13Ingram, MarkNO489
RB14Coleman, TevinATL489
RB15Sims, CharlesTB489
RB16Lewis, DionNE489
RB17Williams, KarlosBUF489
RB18Ellington, AndreARI482
RB19Vereen, ShaneNYG476
RB20Forte, MattNYJ456
RB21McCluster, DexterTEN456
RB22Abdullah, AmeerDET456
RB23Williams, DeAngeloPIT456
RB24McFadden, DarrenDAL456
RB25Starks, JamesGB456
RB26McKinnon, JerickMIN456
RB27Freeman, DevontaATL456
RB28Hyde, CarlosSF456
RB29Forsett, JustinBAL456
RB30Mathews, RyanPHI456
RB31Lacy, EddieGB456
RB32Murray, LataviusOAK456
RB33Blount, LeGarretteNE443
RB34Stewart, JonathanCAR443
RB35Ivory, ChrisJAX430
RB36Jennings, RashadNYG430
RB37Johnson, ChrisARI411
RB38Powell, BilalNYJ404
RB39Gordon, MelvinSD404
RB40Johnson, DukeCLE391
RB41Ajayi, JayMIA391
RB42Langford, JeremyCHI391
RB43Yeldon, T.J.JAX391
RB44Sproles, DarrenPHI391
RB45Reece, MarcelOAK391
RB46Hill, JeremyCIN391
RB47Murray, DeMarcoTEN391
RB48Morris, AlfredDAL391
RB49Allen, JavoriusBAL391
RB50Ware, SpencerKC391
RB51Gore, FrankIND385
RB52Jones, TaiwanOAK385
RB53Robinson, DenardJAX385
RB54Michael, ChristineSEA365
RB55Todman, JordanIND365
RB56Barner, KenjonPHI345
RB57Woodhead, DannySD339
RB58Dunbar, LanceDAL332
RB59Bolden, BrandonNE326
RB60Jones, MattWAS326
RB61Robinson, KhiryNYJ326
RB62Henry, DerrickTEN326
RB63White, JamesNE313
RB64Hillman, RonnieDEN313
RB65Artis-Payne, CameronCAR306
RB66Thompson, ChrisWAS306
RB67Gillislee, MikeBUF306
RB68Grimes, JonathanHOU306
RB69Williams, AndreNYG274
RB70Whittaker, FozzyCAR274
RB71Cunningham, BennyLA267
RB72Spiller, C.J.NO261
RB73Dixon, KennethBAL261
RB74Asiata, MattMIN261
RB75Andrews, AntonioTEN261
RB76Riddick, TheoDET261
RB77Gray, JonasJAX248
RB78Tolbert, MikeCAR241
RB79Blue, AlfredHOU235
RB80Turbin, RobertIND235
RB81Carey, KaDeemCHI228
RB82Crowell, IsaiahCLE215
RB83Hightower, TimNO215
RB84Taliaferro, LorenzoBAL209
RB85James, MikeTB209
RB86Draughn, ShaunSF202
RB87Ervin, TylerHOU196
RB88Taylor, KelvinSF196
RB89Smallwood, WendellPHI196
RB90Booker, DevontaeDEN196
RB91Ridley, StevanDET196
RB92Cobb, DavidTEN196
RB93Prosise, C.J.SEA196
RB94Perkins, PaulNYG196
RB95Drake, KenyanMIA196
RB96Rodgers, JacquizzCHI196
RB97Mason, TreLA196
RB98Howard, JordanCHI196
RB99Prosch, JayHOU189
RB100Cadet, TravarisNO182
RB101Young, DarrelWAS182
RB102Peerman, CedricCIN182
RB103Davis, MikeSF182
RB104Sherman, AnthonyKC176
RB105Thompson, JuwanDEN163
RB106Williams, DamienMIA163
RB107Oliver, BrandenSD163
RB108Coleman, DerrickSEA156
RB109Darkwa, OrleansNYG156
RB110Bohanon, TommyNYJ150
RB111Davis, KnileKC150
RB112Miller, BruceSF143
RB113West, CharcandrickKC137
RB114Washington, DeAndreOAK130
RB115Burkhead, RexCIN130
RB116Helu, RoyOAK130
RB117Washington, DwayneDET130
RB118Ferguson, JoshIND130
RB119Marshall, KeithWAS130
RB120Zenner, ZachDET117
RB121Iosefa, JoeyNE111
RB122Richardson, DarylPIT104
RB123Juszczyk, KyleBAL91
RB124Ward, TerronATL78
RB125DiMarco, PatrickATL78
RB126Line, ZachMIN78
RB127Ripkowski, AaronGB59
RB128Hewitt, RyanCIN59
RB129Toussaint, FitzgeraldPIT59
RB130Winston, GlennCLE59
RB131Varga, TylerIND33
RB132Johnson, GusATL33
RB133Crockett, JohnGB33
RB134Grant, CoreyJAX33
RB135Smith, DreamiusSD33
RB136Mostert, RaheemCLE33


WR1Jackson, DeSeanWAS1188
WR2Smith, TorreySF831
WR3Janis, JeffGB790
WR4Nelson, J.J.ARI778
WR5Floyd, MichaelARI742
WR6Richardson, PaulSEA736
WR7Beckham, OdellNYG730
WR8Williams, TerranceDAL719
WR9Jeffery, AlshonCHI701
WR10Smith, DevinNYJ683
WR11Dorsett, PhillipIND677
WR12Stills, KennyMIA665
WR13Green, A.J.CIN653
WR14Parker, DeVanteMIA647
WR15Thomas, DemaryiusDEN641
WR16Britt, KennyLA641
WR17Fuller, CoreyDET624
WR18Brown, JohnARI624
WR19Nelson, JordyGB624
WR20Evans, MikeTB618
WR21Hilton, T.Y.IND618
WR22Decker, EricNYJ618
WR23Perriman, BreshadBAL612
WR24Baldwin, DougSEA606
WR25Hopkins, DeAndreHOU606
WR26Ginn, TedCAR600
WR27Robinson, AllenJAX594
WR28Wheaton, MarkusPIT594
WR29Watkins, SammyBUF594
WR30Givens, ChrisPHI594
WR31Benjamin, TravisSD582
WR32Brown, AntonioPIT576
WR33Conley, ChrisKC558
WR34Butler, BriceDAL540
WR35Jones, JulioATL540
WR36Jackson, VincentTB534
WR37Hunter, JustinTEN534
WR38Bryant, DezDAL529
WR39Wright, JariusMIN523
WR40Murphy, LouisTB517
WR41Simpson, JeromeSF511
WR42Kearse, JermaineSEA499
WR43Moncrief, DonteIND499
WR44Tate, GoldenDET499
WR45Randle, RuebenPHI493
WR46Marshall, BrandonNYJ481
WR47Matthews, RishardTEN475
WR48Wallace, MikeBAL463
WR49Allen, KeenanSD463
WR50Jones, MarvinDET457
WR51Sanders, EmmanuelDEN451
WR52Street, DevinDAL451
WR53Green-Beckham, DorialTEN445
WR54Cobb, RandallGB439
WR55Benjamin, KelvinCAR434
WR56Maclin, JeremyKC434
WR57Wilson, MarquessCHI428
WR58Coleman, CoreyCLE416
WR59Brown, CoreyCAR416
WR60Funchess, DevinCAR416
WR61Fuller, WillHOU416
WR62Smith, Steve LBAL416
WR63Cooper, AmariOAK416
WR64Snead, WillieNO416
WR65Bailey, StedmanLA410
WR66Lockett, TylerSEA386
WR67Wright, KendallTEN374
WR68Crabtree, MichaelOAK356
WR69White, KevinCHI356
WR70Salas, GregBUF356
WR71Owusu, ChrisNYJ356
WR72Diggs, StefonMIN356
WR73LaFell, BrandonCIN356
WR74Cooks, BrandinNO356
WR75Enunwa, QuincyNYJ327
WR76Boyd, TylerCIN297
WR77Doctson, JoshWAS297
WR78Royal, EddieCHI297
WR79Holmes, AndreOAK297
WR80Treadwell, LaquonMIN297
WR81Shepard, SterlingNYG297
WR82Agholor, NelsonPHI297
WR83Hogan, ChrisNE297
WR84Patton, QuintonSF297
WR85Shorts, CecilHOU238
WR86Carroo, LeonteMIA238
WR87Ellington, BruceSF238
WR88Huff, JoshPHI238
WR89Thomas, MichaelNO238
WR90Goodwin, MarquiseBUF238
WR91Woods, RobertBUF238
WR92Hankerson, LeonardBUF238
WR93Matthews, JordanPHI238
WR94Strong, JaelenHOU238
WR95Douglas, HarryTEN178
WR96Coates, SammiePIT178
WR97Mumphery, KeithHOU178
WR98Coleman, BrandonNO178
WR99Martin, KeshawnNE178
WR100Brown, MarlonBAL178
WR101Hurns, AllenJAX178
WR102Benn, ArreliousJAX178
WR103Boyce, JoshIND178
WR104Johnson, CharlesMIN178
WR105Latimer, CodyDEN178
WR106Aiken, KamarBAL178
WR107Landry, JarvisMIA178
WR108Golden, BrittanARI178
WR109Fitzgerald, LarryARI178
WR110Campanaro, MichaelBAL178
WR111Edelman, JulianNE178
WR112Weems, EricATL178
WR113Jones, T.J.DET178
WR114Sanu, MohamedATL178
WR115Garcon, PierreWAS178
WR116Johnson, StevieSD178
WR117Mariani, MarcCHI178
WR118Heyward-Bey, DarriusPIT178
WR119Beasley, ColeDAL178
WR120Cruz, VictorNYG178
WR121Amendola, DannyNE178
WR122Greene, RashadJAX178
WR123Hawkins, AndrewCLE178
WR124Kerley, JeremyDET178
WR125Hardy, JustinATL178
WR126Streater, RodKC178
WR127Austin, TavonLA178
WR128Harris, DwayneNYG178
WR129Bell, KennyTB178
WR130Quick, BrianLA178
WR131Smelter, DeAndreSF178
WR132Thielen, AdamMIN172
WR133Wilson, AlbertKC172
WR134Norwood, JordanDEN160
WR135Thomas, DeAnthonyKC160
WR136Adams, DavanteGB160
WR137Lee, MarqiseJAX154
WR138Brown, JaronARI154
WR139Inman, DontrelleSD154
WR140Gabriel, TaylorCLE148
WR141Crowder, JamisonWAS137
WR142Bellamy, JoshCHI137
WR143White, MylesNYG137
WR144Bersin, BrentonCAR125
WR145Alford, MarioCIN119
WR146Roberts, SethOAK113
WR147Fowler, BennieDEN107
WR148Montgomery, TyGB83
WR149Pryor, TerrelleCLE59
WR150Jennings, DariusCLE48
WR151Whitehead, LuckyDAL48
WR152Louis, RicardoCLE48
WR153Marquez, BradleyLA48
WR154Payton, JordanCLE48
WR155Cooper, PharohLA48


TE1Gronkowski, RobNE896
TE2Seferian-Jenkins, AustinTB582
TE3Green, LadariusPIT582
TE4Olsen, GregCAR560
TE5Eifert, TylerCIN560
TE6Ertz, ZachPHI560
TE7Reed, JordanWAS560
TE8Cook, JaredGB537
TE9Thomas, JuliusJAX537
TE10Fleener, CobyNO537
TE11Cameron, JordanMIA515
TE12Bennett, MartellusNE493
TE13Celek, BrentPHI470
TE14Cumberland, JeffSD470
TE15Celek, GarrettSF470
TE16Clay, CharlesBUF470
TE17Gates, AntonioSD470
TE18Ebron, EricDET470
TE19Amaro, JaceNYJ470
TE20Williams, MaxxBAL470
TE21Rudolph, KyleMIN448
TE22Walford, CliveOAK448
TE23Paul, NilesWAS448
TE24Miller, ZacharyCHI448
TE25Walker, DelanieTEN448
TE26Tye, WillNYG448
TE27Allen, DwayneIND448
TE28Hanna, JamesDAL403
TE29Graham, GarrettDEN403
TE30Lewis, MarcedesJAX381
TE31Green, VirgilDEN358
TE32Davis, KellenNYJ336
TE33Hill, JoshNO336
TE34Watson, BenBAL336
TE35Burton, TreyPHI336
TE36Housler, RobCHI336
TE37Rivera, MychalOAK314
TE38Gresham, JermaineARI314
TE39Dickson, EdCAR291
TE40Pettigrew, BrandonDET269
TE41Harkey, CoryLA269
TE42McDonald, VanceSF269
TE43Willson, LukeSEA269
TE44Fells, DarrenARI246
TE45Spaeth, MattPIT246
TE46Davis, VernonWAS224
TE47Henry, HunterSD224
TE48Graham, JimmySEA224
TE49Hoomanawanui, MichaelNO224
TE50Witten, JasonDAL224
TE51Escobar, GavinDAL202
TE52Barnidge, GaryCLE202
TE53Stevens, CraigTEN202
TE54Ellison, RhettMIN202
TE55Stocker, LukeTB202
TE56Toilolo, LevineATL157
TE57Gragg, ChrisBUF157
TE58Kelce, TravisKC157
TE59Sims, DionMIA157
TE60Griffin, RyanHOU157
TE61O'Shaughnessy, JamesKC157
TE62Helfet, CooperSEA157
TE63Harris, DemetriusKC134
TE64Fasano, AnthonyTEN134
TE65Fiedorowicz, C.J.HOU134
TE66Niklas, TroyARI134
TE67Doyle, JackIND134
TE68Gillmore, CrockettBAL134
TE69Kendricks, LanceLA134
TE70Donnell, LarryNYG134
TE71Rodgers, RichardGB134
TE72Tamme, JacobATL112
TE73Cunningham, JeromeTEN112
TE74Swoope, ErikIND112
TE75Bibbs, E.J.CLE112
TE76Bell, BlakeSF112
TE77Heuerman, JeffDEN112
TE78Kroft, TylerCIN112
TE79Brate, CameronTB112
TE80Pruitt, MyColeMIN112
TE81Perillo, JustinGB112
TE82James, JessePIT112
TE83Hooper, AustinATL67
TE84Denham, AnthonyHOU67
TE85Higbee, TylerLA67


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