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!

QB1Russell WilsonSEA669
QB2Colin KaepernickSF654
QB3Aaron RodgersGB644
QB4Matthew StaffordDET510
QB5Drew BreesNO505
QB6Andy DaltonCIN505
QB7Cam NewtonCAR499
QB8Jay CutlerCHI484
QB9Ben RoethlisbergerPIT469
QB10Robert Griffin IIICLE469
QB11Philip RiversSD469
QB12Carson PalmerARI463
QB13Andrew LuckIND463
QB14Eli ManningNYG448
QB15Tony RomoDAL448
QB16Jameis WinstonTB438
QB17Tom BradyNE438
QB18Marcus MariotaTEN438
QB19Joe FlaccoBAL412
QB20Kirk CousinsWAS412
QB21Blake BortlesJAX396
QB22Ryan TannehillMIA376
QB23Matt RyanATL360
QB24Tyrod TaylorBUF360
QB25Ryan FitzpatrickNYJ360
QB26Alex SmithKC324
QB27Sam BradfordPHI309
QB28Brock OsweilerHOU304
QB29Derek CarrOAK273
QB30Blaine GabbertSF247
QB31Shaun HillMIN242
QB32Carson WentzPHI206
QB33Jared GoffLA206
QB34Paxton LynchDEN206
QB35Case KeenumLA191
QB36Jimmy GaroppoloNE139
QB37Trevor SiemianDEN93
QB38Dak PrescottDAL51


RB1Todd GurleyLA577
RB2Jamaal CharlesKC552
RB3LeVeon BellPIT545
RB4Doug MartinTB545
RB5LeSean McCoyBUF532
RB6Thomas RawlsSEA513
RB7Adrian PetersonMIN513
RB8David JohnsonARI513
RB9Lamar MillerHOU513
RB10Ezekiel ElliottDAL513
RB11C.J. AndersonDEN481
RB12Dion LewisNE481
RB13Mark IngramNO481
RB14Charles SimsTB481
RB15Tevin ColemanATL481
RB16Giovani BernardCIN481
RB17Andre EllingtonARI475
RB18Shane VereenNYG468
RB19Matt ForteNYJ449
RB20Darren McFaddenDAL449
RB21Jerick McKinnonMIN449
RB22Ameer AbdullahDET449
RB23Dexter McClusterTEN449
RB24Devonta FreemanATL449
RB25Eddie LacyGB449
RB26Latavius MurrayOAK449
RB27Ryan MathewsPHI449
RB28Carlos HydeSF449
RB29DeAngelo WilliamsPIT449
RB30Justin ForsettBAL449
RB31James StarksGB449
RB32LeGarrette BlountNE436
RB33Jonathan StewartCAR436
RB34Chris IvoryJAX423
RB35Rashad JenningsNYG423
RB36Chris JohnsonARI404
RB37Bilal PowellNYJ398
RB38Melvin GordonSD398
RB39Javorius AllenBAL385
RB40Marcel ReeceOAK385
RB41Jay AjayiMIA385
RB42Spencer WareKC385
RB43Duke JohnsonCLE385
RB44Reggie BushBUF385
RB45Jeremy LangfordCHI385
RB46DeMarco MurrayTEN385
RB47Alfred MorrisDAL385
RB48Jeremy HillCIN385
RB49T.J. YeldonJAX385
RB50Darren SprolesPHI385
RB51Frank GoreIND378
RB52Taiwan JonesOAK378
RB53Denard RobinsonJAX378
RB54Christine MichaelSEA359
RB55Kenjon BarnerPHI340
RB56Arian FosterMIA340
RB57Danny WoodheadSD334
RB58Lance DunbarDAL327
RB59Matt JonesWAS321
RB60Derrick HenryTEN321
RB61Khiry RobinsonNYJ321
RB62Brandon BoldenNE321
RB63James WhiteNE308
RB64Ronnie HillmanDEN308
RB65Cameron Artis-PayneCAR301
RB66Mike GillisleeBUF301
RB67Chris ThompsonWAS301
RB68Jonathan GrimesHOU301
RB69Andre WilliamsNYG269
RB70Fozzy WhittakerCAR269
RB71Benny CunninghamLA263
RB72Kenneth DixonBAL257
RB73Matt AsiataMIN257
RB74Theo RiddickDET257
RB75C.J. SpillerNO257
RB76Antonio AndrewsTEN257
RB77Mike TolbertCAR237
RB78Robert TurbinIND231
RB79Alfred BlueHOU231
RB80KaDeem CareyCHI225
RB81Isaiah CrowellCLE212
RB82Tim HightowerNO212
RB83Mike JamesTB205
RB84Shaun DraughnSF199
RB85Paul PerkinsNYG192
RB86Jonathan WilliamsBUF192
RB87C.J. ProsiseSEA192
RB88Jordan HowardCHI192
RB89Kenyan DrakeMIA192
RB90Stevan RidleyIND192
RB91Wendell SmallwoodPHI192
RB92Tyler ErvinHOU192
RB93Kelvin TaylorSF192
RB94Jacquizz RodgersCHI192
RB95Alex CollinsSEA192
RB96David CobbTEN192
RB97Devontae BookerDEN192
RB98Jay ProschHOU186
RB99Tyler GaffneyNE180
RB100Travaris CadetNO180
RB101Mike DavisSF180
RB102Cedric PeermanCIN180
RB103Anthony ShermanKC173
RB104Juwan ThompsonDEN160
RB105Damien WilliamsMIA160
RB106Derrick ColemanSEA154
RB107Orleans DarkwaNYG154
RB108Knile DavisKC148
RB109Tommy BohanonNYJ148
RB110Bruce MillerSF141
RB111Charcandrick WestKC135
RB112Kenneth FarrowSD128
RB113Dwayne WashingtonDET128
RB114Rex BurkheadCIN128
RB115DeAndre WashingtonOAK128
RB116Josh FergusonIND128
RB117Terrance WestBAL128
RB118Darius JacksonDAL128
RB119Malcolm BrownLA122
RB120Zach ZennerDET115
RB121Kyle JuszczykBAL90
RB122Terron WardATL77
RB123Patrick DiMarcoATL77
RB124Zach LineMIN77
RB125Aaron RipkowskiGB58
RB126Glenn WinstonCLE58
RB127Ryan HewittCIN58
RB128Fitzgerald ToussaintPIT58
RB129Corey GrantJAX32
RB130Raheem MostertCLE32
RB131Tyler VargaIND32
RB132John CrockettGB32
RB133Gus JohnsonSD32


WR1DeSean JacksonWAS1169
WR2Torrey SmithSF818
WR3Jeff JanisGB777
WR4J.J. NelsonARI766
WR5Michael FloydARI731
WR6Paul RichardsonSEA725
WR7Odell BeckhamNYG719
WR8Josh GordonCLE713
WR9Terrance WilliamsDAL707
WR10Alshon JefferyCHI690
WR11Devin SmithNYJ672
WR12Phillip DorsettIND666
WR13Kenny StillsMIA655
WR14A.J. GreenCIN643
WR15DeVante ParkerMIA637
WR16Demaryius ThomasDEN631
WR17Kenny BrittLA631
WR18John BrownARI614
WR19Jordy NelsonGB614
WR20Mike EvansTB608
WR21Eric DeckerNYJ608
WR22T.Y. HiltonIND608
WR23Breshad PerrimanBAL602
WR24DeAndre HopkinsHOU596
WR25Doug BaldwinSEA596
WR26Ted GinnCAR590
WR27Allen RobinsonJAX584
WR28Sammy WatkinsBUF584
WR29Markus WheatonPIT584
WR30Travis BenjaminSD573
WR31Antonio BrownPIT567
WR32Chris ConleyKC549
WR33Brice ButlerDAL532
WR34Julio JonesATL532
WR35Vincent JacksonTB526
WR36Dez BryantDAL520
WR37Jarius WrightMIN514
WR38Donte MoncriefIND491
WR39Golden TateDET491
WR40Jermaine KearseSEA491
WR41Brandon MarshallNYJ473
WR42Rishard MatthewsTEN468
WR43Mike WallaceBAL456
WR44Keenan AllenSD456
WR45Marvin JonesDET450
WR46Devin StreetDAL444
WR47Emmanuel SandersDEN444
WR48Dorial Green-BeckhamPHI438
WR49Randall CobbGB432
WR50Kelvin BenjaminCAR427
WR51Jeremy MaclinKC427
WR52Marquess WilsonCHI421
WR53Corey BrownCAR409
WR54Amari CooperOAK409
WR55Corey ColemanCLE409
WR56Devin FunchessCAR409
WR57Will FullerHOU409
WR58Steve L SmithBAL409
WR59Willie SneadNO409
WR60Stedman BaileyLA403
WR61Tyler LockettSEA380
WR62Kendall WrightTEN368
WR63Brandin CooksNO351
WR64Brandon LaFellCIN351
WR65Chris OwusuNYJ351
WR66Michael CrabtreeOAK351
WR67Kevin WhiteCHI351
WR68Greg SalasBUF351
WR69Stefon DiggsMIN351
WR70Quincy EnunwaNYJ321
WR71Quinton PattonSF292
WR72Jared AbbrederisGB292
WR73Laquon TreadwellMIN292
WR74Andre HolmesOAK292
WR75Sterling ShepardNYG292
WR76Tyrell WilliamsSD292
WR77Nelson AgholorPHI292
WR78Josh DoctsonWAS292
WR79Eddie RoyalCHI292
WR80Chris HoganNE292
WR81Tyler BoydCIN292
WR82Marquise GoodwinBUF234
WR83Michael ThomasNO234
WR84Robert WoodsBUF234
WR85Jordan MatthewsPHI234
WR86Andre JohnsonTEN234
WR87Leonte CarrooMIA234
WR88Anquan BoldinDET234
WR89Jaelen StrongHOU234
WR90Cecil ShortsHOU234
WR91Josh HuffPHI234
WR92Andrew HawkinsCLE175
WR93Arrelious BennJAX175
WR94Dwayne HarrisNYG175
WR95Rod StreaterKC175
WR96Marc MarianiCHI175
WR97T.J. JonesDET175
WR98Danny AmendolaNE175
WR99Keith MumpheryHOU175
WR100Rashad GreeneJAX175
WR101Josh BoyceCLE175
WR102Michael CampanaroBAL175
WR103Kenny BellTB175
WR104Jarvis LandryMIA175
WR105Allen HurnsJAX175
WR106Julian EdelmanNE175
WR107Keshawn MartinNE175
WR108Jeremy KerleySF175
WR109Eric WeemsATL175
WR110Larry FitzgeraldARI175
WR111DeAndre SmelterSF175
WR112Brian QuickLA175
WR113Kamar AikenBAL175
WR114Justin HardyATL175
WR115Brittan GoldenARI175
WR116Sammie CoatesPIT175
WR117Victor CruzNYG175
WR118Mohamed SanuATL175
WR119Charles JohnsonMIN175
WR120Cole BeasleyDAL175
WR121Pierre GarconWAS175
WR122Cody LatimerDEN175
WR123Brandon ColemanNO175
WR124Tavon AustinLA175
WR125Adam ThielenMIN169
WR126Albert WilsonKC169
WR127DeAnthony ThomasKC158
WR128Jordan NorwoodDEN158
WR129Davante AdamsGB158
WR130Dontrelle InmanSD152
WR131Marqise LeeJAX152
WR132Jaron BrownARI152
WR133Taylor GabrielCLE146
WR134Josh BellamyCHI134
WR135Myles WhiteNYG134
WR136Jamison CrowderWAS134
WR137Brenton BersinCAR123
WR138Mario AlfordCIN117
WR139Seth RobertsOAK111
WR140Bennie FowlerDEN105
WR141Ty MontgomeryGB82
WR142Terrelle PryorCLE58
WR143Adam HumphriesTB47
WR144Eli RogersPIT47
WR145Lucky WhiteheadDAL47
WR146Tajae SharpeTEN47
WR147Trevor DavisGB47
WR148DeAndrew WhiteSF47
WR149Aaron BurbridgeSF47
WR150Rashard HigginsCLE47
WR151Pharoh CooperLA47
WR152Bradley MarquezLA47


TE1Rob GronkowskiNE924
TE2Darren WallerBAL693
TE3Ladarius GreenPIT600
TE4Austin Seferian-JenkinsTB600
TE5Greg OlsenCAR577
TE6Tyler EifertCIN577
TE7Zach ErtzPHI577
TE8Jordan ReedWAS577
TE9Coby FleenerNO554
TE10Jared CookGB554
TE11Julius ThomasJAX554
TE12Jordan CameronMIA531
TE13Martellus BennettNE508
TE14Brent CelekPHI485
TE15Jace AmaroNYJ485
TE16Charles ClayBUF485
TE17Eric EbronDET485
TE18Antonio GatesSD485
TE19Garrett CelekSF485
TE20Maxx WilliamsBAL485
TE21Dwayne AllenIND462
TE22Zachary MillerCHI462
TE23Niles PaulWAS462
TE24Kyle RudolphMIN462
TE25Will TyeNYG462
TE26Clive WalfordOAK462
TE27Delanie WalkerTEN462
TE28James HannaDAL416
TE29Garrett GrahamDEN416
TE30Marcedes LewisJAX393
TE31Dennis PittaBAL369
TE32Virgil GreenDEN369
TE33Kellen DavisNYJ346
TE34Rob HouslerCHI346
TE35Josh HillNO346
TE36Trey BurtonPHI346
TE37Mychal RiveraOAK323
TE38Jermaine GreshamARI323
TE39Ed DicksonCAR300
TE40Vance McDonaldSF277
TE41Luke WillsonSEA277
TE42Cory HarkeyLA277
TE43Brandon PettigrewDET277
TE44Darren FellsARI254
TE45Jimmy GrahamSEA231
TE46Vernon DavisWAS231
TE47Hunter HenrySD231
TE48Jason WittenDAL231
TE49Michael HoomanawanuiNO231
TE50Gavin EscobarDAL208
TE51Rhett EllisonMIN208
TE52Gary BarnidgeCLE208
TE53Luke StockerTB208
TE54Ryan GriffinHOU162
TE55Dion SimsMIA162
TE56Levine ToiloloATL162
TE57Chris GraggBUF162
TE58Travis KelceKC162
TE59James O'ShaughnessyKC162
TE60Troy NiklasARI139
TE61Demetrius HarrisKC139
TE62C.J. FiedorowiczHOU139
TE63Richard RodgersGB139
TE64Crockett GillmoreBAL139
TE65Larry DonnellNYG139
TE66Jack DoyleIND139
TE67Anthony FasanoTEN139
TE68Lance KendricksLA139
TE69Phillip SupernawTEN115
TE70Justin PerilloGB115
TE71Jesse JamesPIT115
TE72Jeff HeuermanDEN115
TE73Erik SwoopeIND115
TE74Jacob TammeATL115
TE75E.J. BibbsCLE115
TE76MyCole PruittMIN115
TE77Tyler KroftCIN115
TE78A.J. DerbyNE115
TE79Blake BellSF115
TE80Cameron BrateTB115
TE81Stephen AndersonHOU69
TE82Austin HooperATL69
TE83Tyler HigbeeLA69


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