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, ColinSF756
QB2Wilson, RussellSEA751
QB3Rodgers, AaronGB741
QB4Smith, GenoNYJ579
QB5Stafford, MatthewDET559
QB6Manning, PeytonDEN559
QB7Griffin III, RobertWAS544
QB8Brees, DrewNO539
QB9Dalton, AndyCIN534
QB10Newton, CamCAR534
QB11Foles, NickSTL514
QB12Cutler, JayCHI514
QB13Rivers, PhilipSD499
QB14Roethlisberger, BenPIT484
QB15Manning, EliNYG479
QB16Romo, TonyDAL474
QB17Luck, AndrewIND464
QB18Brady, TomNE459
QB19Mariota, MarcusTEN453
QB20Winston, JameisTB453
QB21Cassel, MattBUF443
QB22Bridgewater, TeddyMIN423
QB23Palmer, CarsonARI418
QB24Bortles, BlakeJAX408
QB25Tannehill, RyanMIA383
QB26Flacco, JoeBAL363
QB27McCown, JoshCLE343
QB28Mallett, RyanHOU343
QB29Cousins, KirkWAS333
QB30Fitzpatrick, RyanNYJ317
QB31Smith, AlexKC312
QB32Carr, DerekOAK252
QB33Ryan, MattATL202
QB34Hoyer, BrianHOU186
QB35Taylor, TyrodBUF171
QB36Bradford, SamPHI151
QB37Garoppolo, JimmyNE116


RB1Charles, JamaalKC655
RB2McCoy, LeSeanBUF640
RB3Murray, DeMarcoPHI609
RB4Sproles, DarrenPHI601
RB5Forte, MattCHI578
RB6Archer, DriPIT578
RB7Reece, MarcelOAK570
RB8Coleman, TevinATL547
RB9Vereen, ShaneNYG547
RB10Bernard, GiovaniCIN540
RB11Bush, ReggieSF532
RB12Starks, JamesGB524
RB13Lynch, MarshawnSEA524
RB14Ellington, AndreARI524
RB15Spiller, C.J.NO516
RB16Stewart, JonathanCAR516
RB17Bell, JoiqueDET509
RB18Williams, DeAngeloPIT501
RB19Gerhart, TobyJAX501
RB20Blount, LeGarretteNE501
RB21Gordon, MelvinSD493
RB22Bell, LeVeonPIT486
RB23Mathews, RyanPHI486
RB24Helu, RoyOAK486
RB25Foster, ArianHOU478
RB26Ivory, ChrisNYJ478
RB27Brown, DonaldSD478
RB28Morris, AlfredWAS470
RB29Martin, DougTB463
RB30Lacy, EddieGB463
RB31Jennings, RashadNYG463
RB32Johnson, ChrisARI455
RB33Peterson, AdrianMIN455
RB34James, LaMichaelMIA447
RB35Gore, FrankIND447
RB36Forsett, JustinBAL447
RB37Robinson, DenardJAX439
RB38Murray, LataviusOAK439
RB39Jackson, FredBUF439
RB40Sankey, BishopTEN439
RB41Ingram, MarkNO439
RB42Miller, LamarMIA432
RB43White, JamesNE424
RB44Brown, BryceBUF416
RB45Powell, BilalNYJ416
RB46Hill, JeremyCIN401
RB47Mason, TreSTL401
RB48Ballard, VickIND401
RB49Gurley, ToddSTL401
RB50Woodhead, DannySD393
RB51West, TerranceCLE393
RB52Bolden, BrandonNE385
RB53Ball, MonteeDEN378
RB54Hyde, CarlosSF370
RB55Freeman, DevontaATL370
RB56Burkhead, RexCIN362
RB57Smith, AntoneATL362
RB58Allen, JavoriusBAL355
RB59Polk, ChrisHOU355
RB60Michael, ChristineSEA355
RB61McCluster, DexterTEN355
RB62Ridley, StevanNYJ347
RB63Stacy, ZacNYJ347
RB64Hunter, KendallSF339
RB65Langford, JeremyCHI331
RB66Williams, AndreNYG331
RB67Herron, DanIND331
RB68Rainey, BobbyTB324
RB69Sims, CharlesTB324
RB70Abdullah, AmeerDET316
RB71Anderson, C.J.DEN308
RB72Rodgers, JacquizzCHI301
RB73Artis-Payne, CameronCAR301
RB74Hillman, RonnieDEN301
RB75Dixon, AnthonyBUF301
RB76Dunbar, LanceDAL293
RB77Randle, JosephDAL293
RB78Robinson, KhiryNO285
RB79Williams, KerwynnARI285
RB80Ajayi, JayMIA285
RB81James, MikeTB278
RB82Williams, KarlosBUF262
RB83Robinson, JoshIND262
RB84Richardson, TrentOAK254
RB85Grimes, JonathanHOU254
RB86Thompson, ChrisWAS254
RB87Kuhn, JohnGB254
RB88Cunningham, BennySTL254
RB89Gillislee, MikeMIA247
RB90McFadden, DarrenDAL239
RB91Young, DarrelWAS239
RB92Lewis, DionNE239
RB93Asiata, MattMIN239
RB94Peerman, CedricCIN231
RB95Davis, MikeSF231
RB96Whittaker, FozzyCAR231
RB97Riddick, TheoDET224
RB98Sherman, AnthonyKC224
RB99Lane, JorvorskieTB224
RB100Gray, JonasNE216
RB101Taylor, StepfanARI216
RB102Pierce, BernardJAX208
RB103Blue, AlfredHOU208
RB104Carey, KaDeemCHI208
RB105Redd, SilasWAS200
RB106McKinnon, JerickMIN200
RB107Stewart, JeremyDEN193
RB108Yeldon, T.J.JAX193
RB109Turbin, RobertSEA193
RB110Tolbert, MikeCAR193
RB111Bohanon, TommyNYJ185
RB112Taliaferro, LorenzoBAL177
RB113Thompson, JuwanDEN177
RB114Baker, EdwinNO177
RB115Banyard, JoeMIN177
RB116Hynoski, HenryNYG177
RB117Draughn, ShaunCLE177
RB118Crowell, IsaiahCLE170
RB119Miller, BruceSF170
RB120Davis, KnileKC170
RB121Grice, MarionARI162
RB122Watts, TreySTL154
RB123Johnson, WillPIT131
RB124Winn, GeorgeDET123
RB125Oliver, BrandenSD116
RB126Williams, DamienMIA100
RB127Lorig, ErikNO93
RB128Juszczyk, KyleBAL93
RB129Johnson, DukeCLE85
RB130Jones, MattWAS85
RB131Develin, JamesNE77
RB132DiMarco, PatrickATL69
RB133Coleman, DerrickSEA69
RB134Johnson, AustinNO62
RB135Darkwa, OrleansNYG54
RB136Cobb, DavidTEN54
RB137Ripkowski, AaronGB39
RB138Rawls, ThomasSEA39
RB139Tipton, ZurlonIND39
RB140Johnson, DavidARI39
RB141Toussaint, FitzgeraldBAL39
RB142Harris, JoshPIT39
RB143Winston, GlennCLE39
RB144Smith, JeromeATL39


WR1Jackson, DeSeanWAS734
WR2Smith, TorreySF671
WR3Johnson, CalvinDET662
WR4Bryant, MartavisPIT635
WR5Floyd, MalcomSD626
WR6Beckham, OdellNYG621
WR7Floyd, MichaelARI617
WR8Dorsett, PhillipIND612
WR9Smith, DevinNYJ612
WR10Williams, TerranceDAL594
WR11Jeffery, AlshonCHI594
WR12Jackson, VincentTB590
WR13Thomas, DemaryiusDEN576
WR14Perriman, BreshadBAL572
WR15Cooper, RileyPHI563
WR16Green, A.J.CIN549
WR17Decker, EricNYJ545
WR18Coates, SammiePIT540
WR19Graham, T.J.NYJ540
WR20Nicks, HakeemTEN536
WR21Washington, NateHOU536
WR22Stills, KennyMIA536
WR23Hopkins, DeAndreHOU522
WR24Baldwin, DougSEA522
WR25Brown, JohnARI509
WR26Conley, ChrisKC509
WR27Janis, JeffGB495
WR28Brown, AntonioPIT495
WR29Hilton, T.Y.IND491
WR30Evans, MikeTB491
WR31Benjamin, TravisCLE486
WR32Patterson, CordarrelleMIN482
WR33Goodwin, MarquiseBUF477
WR34Hunter, JustinTEN477
WR35Simpson, JeromeSF473
WR36Givens, ChrisSTL473
WR37Parker, DeVanteMIA473
WR38Boldin, AnquanSF473
WR39Britt, KennySTL468
WR40Ginn, TedCAR464
WR41Tate, GoldenDET459
WR42Jones, JulioATL455
WR43Bryant, DezDAL455
WR44Fuller, CoreyDET450
WR45Moncrief, DonteIND450
WR46Wright, JariusMIN446
WR47Quick, BrianSTL446
WR48Jones, JamesNYG423
WR49Cruz, VictorNYG423
WR50Allen, KeenanSD423
WR51Bell, KennyTB414
WR52Kearse, JermaineSEA410
WR53Johnson, AndreIND405
WR54Woods, RobertBUF401
WR55Wallace, MikeMIN401
WR56Randle, RuebenNYG401
WR57Cobb, RandallGB396
WR58Marshall, BrandonNYJ392
WR59Moore, DenariusCIN387
WR60Huff, JoshPHI387
WR61Jones, MarvinCIN387
WR62Boykin, JarrettCAR383
WR63Douglas, HarryTEN383
WR64Colston, MarquesNO378
WR65Hartline, BrianCLE378
WR66Royal, EddieCHI374
WR67Harvin, PercyBUF374
WR68Latimer, CodyDEN369
WR69Maclin, JeremyKC369
WR70Thompkins, KenbrellOAK369
WR71Dobson, AaronNE360
WR72Morgan, JosephNO351
WR73Lockette, RicardoSEA347
WR74Sanders, EmmanuelDEN342
WR75Ellington, BruceSF342
WR76Garcon, PierreWAS329
WR77Butler, BriceOAK329
WR78Wright, KendallTEN329
WR79Murphy, LouisTB329
WR80Fitzgerald, LarryARI324
WR81Jennings, GregMIA324
WR82Street, DevinDAL320
WR83Crabtree, MichaelOAK315
WR84Hemingway, JuniorKC315
WR85Lockett, TylerSEA311
WR86Green-Beckham, DorialTEN302
WR87Bailey, StedmanSTL302
WR88Toon, NickNO297
WR89Cooper, AmariOAK297
WR90Harris, DwayneNYG297
WR91Watkins, SammyBUF293
WR92Wilson, MarquessCHI293
WR93Austin, MilesPHI293
WR94Hester, DevinATL293
WR95Wayne, ReggieNE288
WR96Strong, JaelenHOU284
WR97Bowe, DwayneCLE284
WR98Landry, JarvisMIA284
WR99Wright, JamesCIN275
WR100Cotchery, JerrichoCAR275
WR101Avant, JasonKC275
WR102Tate, BrandonCIN270
WR103Smith, Steve LBAL270
WR104White, KevinCHI266
WR105Shorts, CecilHOU266
WR106LaFell, BrandonNE266
WR107Patton, QuintonSF252
WR108Austin, TavonSTL248
WR109Jones, JacobySD243
WR110Greene, RashadJAX234
WR111Edelman, JulianNE225
WR112Amendola, DannyNE225
WR113Kerley, JeremyNYJ225
WR114White, RoddyATL225
WR115Johnson, StevieSD216
WR116Agholor, NelsonPHI216
WR117Wheaton, MarkusPIT216
WR118Golden, BrittanARI203
WR119Hankerson, LeonardATL198
WR120Holmes, AndreOAK198
WR121Caldwell, AndreDEN194
WR122Mayle, VinceCLE194
WR123Martin, KeshawnHOU189
WR124Matthews, JordanPHI185
WR125Robinson, AllenJAX180
WR126Ross, JeremyDET180
WR127Hawkins, AndrewCLE176
WR128Weems, EricATL171
WR129Brown, MarlonBAL171
WR130Cooks, BrandinNO171
WR131Mariani, MarcCHI158
WR132Parker, PrestonNYG158
WR133Streater, RodOAK144
WR134Roberts, AndreWAS144
WR135Hardy, JustinATL140
WR136Johnson, CharlesMIN140
WR137Campanaro, MichaelBAL140
WR138Sanu, MohamedCIN135
WR139Thomas, DeAnthonyKC117
WR140Adams, DavanteGB117
WR141Grant, RyanWAS117
WR142Thielen, AdamMIN113
WR143Aiken, KamarBAL108
WR144Gabriel, TaylorCLE104
WR145Wilson, AlbertKC99
WR146Johnson, DamarisHOU99
WR147Whalen, GriffIND90
WR148Beasley, ColeDAL86
WR149Hogan, ChrisBUF81
WR150Lee, MarqiseJAX81
WR151Brown, JaronARI77
WR152Brown, CoreyCAR72
WR153Heyward-Bey, DarriusPIT68
WR154Inman, DontrelleSD63
WR155Coleman, BrandonNO63
WR156Hurns, AllenJAX63
WR157Matthews, ChrisSEA63
WR158White, MylesGB63
WR159Bersin, BrentonCAR41
WR160Funchess, DevinCAR36
WR161Montgomery, TyGB36
WR162Burse, IsaiahDEN36
WR163Hammond, FrankieKC36


TE1Gronkowski, RobNE759
TE2Graham, JimmySEA759
TE3Green, LadariusSD672
TE4Thomas, JuliusJAX628
TE5Fleener, CobyIND607
TE6Cook, JaredSTL607
TE7Cameron, JordanMIA585
TE8Witten, JasonDAL585
TE9Ertz, ZachPHI563
TE10Bennett, MartellusCHI563
TE11Ebron, EricDET542
TE12Davis, VernonSF542
TE13Williams, MaxxBAL542
TE14Eifert, TylerCIN520
TE15Amaro, JaceNYJ520
TE16Seferian-Jenkins, AustinTB520
TE17Gates, AntonioSD520
TE18Olsen, GregCAR520
TE19Clay, CharlesBUF520
TE20Hoomanawanui, MichaelNE498
TE21Celek, BrentPHI455
TE22Moeaki, TonyATL455
TE23Graham, GarrettHOU455
TE24Fells, DanielNYG455
TE25Myers, BrandonTB455
TE26Robinson, AdrienNYG433
TE27Cumberland, JeffNYJ412
TE28Lewis, MarcedesJAX390
TE29Miller, HeathPIT390
TE30Casey, JamesDEN390
TE31Paulsen, LoganWAS390
TE32Allen, DwayneIND368
TE33Chandler, ScottNE368
TE34Reed, JordanWAS368
TE35Watson, BenNO347
TE36Housler, RobCLE347
TE37Dray, JimCLE347
TE38Green, VirgilDEN325
TE39Fauria, JosephDET325
TE40Rudolph, KyleMIN325
TE41Gresham, JermaineARI325
TE42Rivera, MychalOAK325
TE43Walker, DelanieTEN325
TE44Dickson, EdCAR303
TE45Sudfeld, ZachNYJ282
TE46Pettigrew, BrandonDET282
TE47Willson, LukeSEA260
TE48McDonald, VanceSF260
TE49Charles, OrsonNO260
TE50Smith, LeeOAK238
TE51Spaeth, MattPIT238
TE52Miller, ZacharyCHI217
TE53Rosario, DanteCHI217
TE54Quarless, AndrewGB195
TE55Barnidge, GaryCLE195
TE56Daniels, OwenDEN195
TE57Escobar, GavinDAL195
TE58Phillips, JohnSD173
TE59Gordon, RichardKC173
TE60Stocker, LukeTB173
TE61Gray, MarQueisBUF173
TE62Fells, DarrenARI173
TE63Ellison, RhettMIN173
TE64Gragg, ChrisBUF130
TE65Helfet, CooperSEA130
TE66Sims, DionMIA130
TE67Griffin, RyanHOU130
TE68Carrier, DerekWAS130
TE69Kelce, TravisKC130
TE70Toilolo, LevineATL130
TE71Doyle, JackIND108
TE72Fiedorowicz, C.J.HOU108
TE73Gillmore, CrockettBAL108
TE74Niklas, TroyARI108
TE75Harris, DemetriusKC108
TE76Rodgers, RichardGB108
TE77Donnell, LarryNYG108
TE78Williams, BrandonCAR108
TE79Burton, TreyPHI108
TE80Hill, JoshNO108
TE81Fasano, AnthonyTEN87
TE82Kendricks, LanceSTL87
TE83Supernaw, PhillipTEN65
TE84Pruitt, MyColeMIN65
TE85Walford, CliveOAK65
TE86Tamme, JacobATL65
TE87Dixon, ChaseWAS65
TE88Kroft, TylerCIN65
TE89James, JessePIT65


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