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, ColinSF760
QB2Wilson, RussellSEA754
QB3Rodgers, AaronGB744
QB4Smith, GenoNYJ582
QB5Stafford, MatthewDET562
QB6Manning, PeytonDEN562
QB7Griffin III, RobertWAS547
QB8Brees, DrewNO542
QB9Dalton, AndyCIN537
QB10Newton, CamCAR537
QB11Cutler, JayCHI516
QB12Foles, NickSTL516
QB13Rivers, PhilipSD501
QB14Roethlisberger, BenPIT486
QB15Manning, EliNYG481
QB16Romo, TonyDAL476
QB17Luck, AndrewIND466
QB18Brady, TomNE461
QB19Winston, JameisTB456
QB20Mariota, MarcusTEN456
QB21Cassel, MattBUF446
QB22Bridgewater, TeddyMIN425
QB23Palmer, CarsonARI420
QB24Bortles, BlakeJAX410
QB25Tannehill, RyanMIA385
QB26Flacco, JoeBAL365
QB27McCown, JoshCLE344
QB28Mallett, RyanHOU344
QB29Manuel, E.J.BUF339
QB30Sanchez, MarkPHI339
QB31Cousins, KirkWAS334
QB32Fitzpatrick, RyanNYJ319
QB33Smith, AlexKC314
QB34Carr, DerekOAK253
QB35Ryan, MattATL203
QB36Hoyer, BrianHOU187
QB37Bradford, SamPHI152
QB38Garoppolo, JimmyNE116


RB1Charles, JamaalKC654
RB2McCoy, LeSeanBUF639
RB3Murray, DeMarcoPHI608
RB4Sproles, DarrenPHI600
RB5Archer, DriPIT577
RB6Forte, MattCHI577
RB7Reece, MarcelOAK570
RB8Vereen, ShaneNYG546
RB9Coleman, TevinATL546
RB10Bernard, GiovaniCIN539
RB11Bush, ReggieSF531
RB12Lynch, MarshawnSEA523
RB13Ellington, AndreARI523
RB14Starks, JamesGB523
RB15Spiller, C.J.NO516
RB16Stewart, JonathanCAR516
RB17Bell, JoiqueDET508
RB18Williams, DeAngeloPIT500
RB19Gerhart, TobyJAX500
RB20Blount, LeGarretteNE500
RB21Gordon, MelvinSD493
RB22Bell, LeVeonPIT485
RB23Mathews, RyanPHI485
RB24Helu, RoyOAK485
RB25Brown, DonaldSD477
RB26Foster, ArianHOU477
RB27Ivory, ChrisNYJ477
RB28Morris, AlfredWAS469
RB29Martin, DougTB462
RB30Jennings, RashadNYG462
RB31Lacy, EddieGB462
RB32Peterson, AdrianMIN454
RB33Gore, FrankIND446
RB34James, LaMichaelMIA446
RB35Forsett, JustinBAL446
RB36Ingram, MarkNO439
RB37Sankey, BishopTEN439
RB38Murray, LataviusOAK439
RB39Jackson, FredBUF439
RB40Robinson, DenardJAX439
RB41Miller, LamarMIA431
RB42White, JamesNE423
RB43Brown, BryceBUF416
RB44Powell, BilalNYJ416
RB45Ballard, VickIND400
RB46Hill, JeremyCIN400
RB47Mason, TreSTL400
RB48Gurley, ToddSTL400
RB49West, TerranceCLE392
RB50Woodhead, DannySD392
RB51Seastrunk, LacheDAL392
RB52Bolden, BrandonNE385
RB53Ball, MonteeDEN377
RB54Gray, CyrusKC377
RB55Freeman, DevontaATL369
RB56Hyde, CarlosSF369
RB57Burkhead, RexCIN362
RB58Smith, AntoneATL362
RB59Michael, ChristineSEA354
RB60Polk, ChrisHOU354
RB61Allen, JavoriusBAL354
RB62McCluster, DexterTEN354
RB63Ridley, StevanNYJ346
RB64Stacy, ZacNYJ346
RB65Hunter, KendallSF339
RB66Herron, DanIND331
RB67Williams, AndreNYG331
RB68Langford, JeremyCHI331
RB69Rainey, BobbyTB323
RB70Sims, CharlesTB323
RB71Abdullah, AmeerDET316
RB72Anderson, C.J.DEN308
RB73Dixon, AnthonyBUF300
RB74Artis-Payne, CameronCAR300
RB75Hillman, RonnieDEN300
RB76Rodgers, JacquizzCHI300
RB77Randle, JosephDAL292
RB78Dunbar, LanceDAL292
RB79Ajayi, JayMIA285
RB80Williams, KerwynnARI285
RB81Robinson, KhiryNO285
RB82James, MikeTB277
RB83Robinson, JoshIND262
RB84Richardson, TrentOAK254
RB85Cunningham, BennySTL254
RB86Thompson, ChrisWAS254
RB87Grimes, JonathanHOU254
RB88Kuhn, JohnGB254
RB89Gillislee, MikeMIA246
RB90Young, DarrelWAS239
RB91Asiata, MattMIN239
RB92McFadden, DarrenDAL239
RB93Peerman, CedricCIN231
RB94Davis, MikeSF231
RB95Whittaker, FozzyCAR231
RB96Sherman, AnthonyKC223
RB97Lane, JorvorskieTB223
RB98Riddick, TheoDET223
RB99Cadet, TravarisNE215
RB100Gray, JonasNE215
RB101Taylor, StepfanARI215
RB102Blue, AlfredHOU208
RB103Carey, KaDeemCHI208
RB104McKinnon, JerickMIN200
RB105Redd, SilasWAS200
RB106Johnson, StormJAX200
RB107Stewart, JeremyDEN192
RB108Tolbert, MikeCAR192
RB109Yeldon, T.J.JAX192
RB110Turbin, RobertSEA192
RB111Bohanon, TommyNYJ185
RB112Hynoski, HenryNYG177
RB113Banyard, JoeMIN177
RB114Baker, EdwinNO177
RB115Draughn, ShaunCLE177
RB116Thompson, JuwanDEN177
RB117Taliaferro, LorenzoBAL177
RB118Davis, KnileKC169
RB119Miller, BruceSF169
RB120Williams, RyanDAL169
RB121Crowell, IsaiahCLE169
RB122Grice, MarionARI162
RB123Watts, TreySTL154
RB124Johnson, WillPIT131
RB125Winn, GeorgeDET123
RB126Oliver, BrandenSD115
RB127Williams, DamienMIA100
RB128Lorig, ErikNO92
RB129Juszczyk, KyleBAL92
RB130Johnson, DukeCLE85
RB131Jones, MattWAS85
RB132Develin, JamesNE77
RB133Tucker, MatthewPHI69
RB134Coleman, DerrickSEA69
RB135DiMarco, PatrickATL69
RB136Johnson, AustinNO62
RB137Cobb, DavidTEN54
RB138Darkwa, OrleansNYG54
RB139Tipton, ZurlonIND38
RB140Johnson, DavidARI38
RB141Ripkowski, AaronGB38
RB142Rawls, ThomasSEA38
RB143Harris, JoshPIT38
RB144Toussaint, FitzgeraldBAL38
RB145Smith, JeromeATL38


WR1Jackson, DeSeanWAS734
WR2Smith, TorreySF671
WR3Johnson, CalvinDET662
WR4Bryant, MartavisPIT635
WR5Floyd, MalcomSD626
WR6Beckham, OdellNYG622
WR7Floyd, MichaelARI617
WR8Dorsett, PhillipIND613
WR9Smith, DevinNYJ613
WR10Jeffery, AlshonCHI595
WR11Williams, TerranceDAL595
WR12Jackson, VincentTB590
WR13Nelson, JordyGB586
WR14Thomas, DemaryiusDEN577
WR15Perriman, BreshadBAL572
WR16Cooper, RileyPHI563
WR17Green, A.J.CIN550
WR18Decker, EricNYJ545
WR19Graham, T.J.NYJ541
WR20Coates, SammiePIT541
WR21Nicks, HakeemTEN536
WR22Stills, KennyMIA536
WR23Washington, NateHOU536
WR24Hopkins, DeAndreHOU522
WR25Baldwin, DougSEA522
WR26Conley, ChrisKC509
WR27Brown, JohnARI509
WR28Brown, AntonioPIT495
WR29Janis, JeffGB495
WR30Evans, MikeTB491
WR31Hilton, T.Y.IND491
WR32Benjamin, TravisCLE486
WR33Patterson, CordarrelleMIN482
WR34Goodwin, MarquiseBUF477
WR35Hunter, JustinTEN477
WR36Givens, ChrisSTL473
WR37Boldin, AnquanSF473
WR38Parker, DeVanteMIA473
WR39Britt, KennySTL468
WR40Tate, GoldenDET459
WR41Jones, JulioATL455
WR42Bryant, DezDAL455
WR43Fuller, CoreyDET450
WR44Moncrief, DonteIND450
WR45Quick, BrianSTL446
WR46Wright, JariusMIN446
WR47Allen, KeenanSD423
WR48Cruz, VictorNYG423
WR49Bell, KennyTB414
WR50Kearse, JermaineSEA410
WR51Johnson, AndreIND405
WR52Randle, RuebenNYG401
WR53Woods, RobertBUF401
WR54Wallace, MikeMIN401
WR55Cobb, RandallGB396
WR56Marshall, BrandonNYJ392
WR57Benjamin, KelvinCAR392
WR58Huff, JoshPHI387
WR59Moore, DenariusCIN387
WR60Jones, MarvinCIN387
WR61Douglas, HarryTEN383
WR62Hartline, BrianCLE378
WR63Colston, MarquesNO378
WR64Harvin, PercyBUF374
WR65Royal, EddieCHI374
WR66Maclin, JeremyKC369
WR67Latimer, CodyDEN369
WR68Thompkins, KenbrellOAK369
WR69Dobson, AaronNE360
WR70Morgan, JosephNO351
WR71Lockette, RicardoSEA347
WR72Sanders, EmmanuelDEN342
WR73Ellington, BruceSF342
WR74Butler, BriceOAK329
WR75Wright, KendallTEN329
WR76Murphy, LouisTB329
WR77Garcon, PierreWAS329
WR78Fitzgerald, LarryARI324
WR79Streeter, TommyMIA324
WR80Jennings, GregMIA324
WR81Street, DevinDAL320
WR82Hemingway, JuniorKC315
WR83Crabtree, MichaelOAK315
WR84Lockett, TylerSEA311
WR85Bailey, StedmanSTL302
WR86Green-Beckham, DorialTEN302
WR87Harris, DwayneNYG297
WR88Toon, NickNO297
WR89Cooper, AmariOAK297
WR90Wilson, MarquessCHI293
WR91Hester, DevinATL293
WR92Watkins, SammyBUF293
WR93Landry, JarvisMIA284
WR94Strong, JaelenHOU284
WR95Bowe, DwayneCLE284
WR96Wright, JamesCIN275
WR97Cotchery, JerrichoCAR275
WR98Avant, JasonKC275
WR99Tate, BrandonCIN270
WR100Smith, Steve LBAL270
WR101White, KevinCHI266
WR102Shorts, CecilHOU266
WR103LaFell, BrandonNE266
WR104Patton, QuintonSF252
WR105Austin, TavonSTL248
WR106Jones, JacobySD243
WR107Kerley, JeremyNYJ225
WR108Amendola, DannyNE225
WR109Edelman, JulianNE225
WR110White, RoddyATL225
WR111Agholor, NelsonPHI216
WR112Wheaton, MarkusPIT216
WR113Johnson, StevieSD216
WR114Gibson, BrandonNE212
WR115Golden, BrittanARI203
WR116Hankerson, LeonardATL198
WR117Holmes, AndreOAK198
WR118Caldwell, AndreDEN194
WR119Mayle, VinceCLE194
WR120Martin, KeshawnHOU189
WR121Matthews, JordanPHI185
WR122Ross, JeremyDET180
WR123Robinson, AllenJAX180
WR124Hawkins, AndrewCLE176
WR125Cooks, BrandinNO171
WR126Weems, EricATL171
WR127Brown, MarlonBAL171
WR128Parker, PrestonNYG158
WR129Mariani, MarcCHI158
WR130Roberts, AndreWAS144
WR131Streater, RodOAK144
WR132Campanaro, MichaelBAL140
WR133Hardy, JustinATL140
WR134Johnson, CharlesMIN140
WR135Sanu, MohamedCIN135
WR136Sanders, AceJAX122
WR137Herron, RobertTB117
WR138Grant, RyanWAS117
WR139Thomas, DeAnthonyKC117
WR140Adams, DavanteGB117
WR141Thielen, AdamMIN113
WR142Aiken, KamarBAL108
WR143Gabriel, TaylorCLE104
WR144Johnson, DamarisHOU99
WR145Wilson, AlbertKC99
WR146Whalen, GriffIND90
WR147Beasley, ColeDAL86
WR148Lee, MarqiseJAX81
WR149Hogan, ChrisBUF81
WR150Brown, JaronARI77
WR151Brown, PhillyCAR72
WR152Matthews, ChrisSEA63
WR153Inman, DontrelleSD63
WR154Coleman, BrandonNO63
WR155Hurns, AllenJAX63
WR156Bersin, BrentonCAR41
WR157Washington, CoreyNYG36
WR158Funchess, DevinCAR36
WR159Hammond, FrankieKC36
WR160Burse, IsaiahDEN36


TE1Gronkowski, RobNE760
TE2Graham, JimmySEA760
TE3Green, LadariusSD673
TE4Thomas, JuliusJAX630
TE5Fleener, CobyIND608
TE6Cook, JaredSTL608
TE7Witten, JasonDAL586
TE8Cameron, JordanMIA586
TE9Ertz, ZachPHI565
TE10Bennett, MartellusCHI565
TE11Davis, VernonSF543
TE12Williams, MaxxBAL543
TE13Ebron, EricDET543
TE14Seferian-Jenkins, AustinTB521
TE15Clay, CharlesBUF521
TE16Eifert, TylerCIN521
TE17Olsen, GregCAR521
TE18Amaro, JaceNYJ521
TE19Gates, AntonioSD521
TE20Hoomanawanui, MichaelNE499
TE21Fells, DanielNYG456
TE22Moeaki, TonyATL456
TE23Celek, BrentPHI456
TE24Graham, GarrettHOU456
TE25Myers, BrandonTB456
TE26Robinson, AdrienNYG434
TE27Cumberland, JeffNYJ413
TE28Miller, HeathPIT391
TE29Lewis, MarcedesJAX391
TE30Paulsen, LoganWAS391
TE31Casey, JamesDEN391
TE32Reed, JordanWAS369
TE33Chandler, ScottNE369
TE34Allen, DwayneIND369
TE35Housler, RobCLE347
TE36Paul, NilesWAS347
TE37Dray, JimCLE347
TE38Watson, BenNO347
TE39Fauria, JosephDET326
TE40Rivera, MychalOAK326
TE41Rudolph, KyleMIN326
TE42Green, VirgilDEN326
TE43Walker, DelanieTEN326
TE44Dickson, EdCAR304
TE45Sudfeld, ZachNYJ282
TE46Pettigrew, BrandonDET282
TE47Willson, LukeSEA261
TE48Charles, OrsonNO261
TE49McDonald, VanceSF261
TE50Smith, LeeOAK239
TE51Spaeth, MattPIT239
TE52Miller, ZacharyCHI217
TE53Rosario, DanteCHI217
TE54Quarless, AndrewGB195
TE55Escobar, GavinDAL195
TE56Barnidge, GaryCLE195
TE57Daniels, OwenDEN195
TE58Fells, DarrenARI174
TE59Phillips, JohnSD174
TE60Gordon, RichardKC174
TE61Gray, MarQueisBUF174
TE62Ellison, RhettMIN174
TE63Stocker, LukeTB174
TE64Carrier, DerekSF130
TE65Kelce, TravisKC130
TE66Sims, DionMIA130
TE67Toilolo, LevineATL130
TE68Gragg, ChrisBUF130
TE69Griffin, RyanHOU130
TE70Helfet, CooperSEA130
TE71Burton, TreyPHI109
TE72Ford, ChaseMIN109
TE73Gillmore, CrockettBAL109
TE74Doyle, JackIND109
TE75Hill, JoshNO109
TE76Donnell, LarryNYG109
TE77Fiedorowicz, C.J.HOU109
TE78Harris, DemetriusKC109
TE79Williams, BrandonCAR109
TE80Rodgers, RichardGB109
TE81Niklas, TroyARI109
TE82Fasano, AnthonyTEN87
TE83Kendricks, LanceSTL87
TE84Christian, GeraldARI65
TE85Walford, CliveOAK65
TE86Tamme, JacobATL65
TE87Kroft, TylerCIN65
TE88James, JessePIT65
TE89Supernaw, PhillipTEN65


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