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!

QB1Rodgers, AaronGB651
QB2Brady, TomNE587
QB3Kaepernick, ColinSF549
QB4Newton, CamCAR549
QB5Griffin III, RobertWAS537
QB6Brees, DrewNO520
QB7Manning, PeytonDEN520
QB8Romo, TonyDAL511
QB9Stafford, MatthewDET511
QB10Ryan, MattATL511
QB11Wilson, RussellSEA507
QB12Roethlisberger, BenPIT503
QB13Luck, AndrewIND503
QB14Flacco, JoeBAL503
QB15Manning, EliNYG498
QB16Schaub, MattOAK494
QB17Vick, MichaelNYJ486
QB18Locker, JakeTEN473
QB19Palmer, CarsonARI473
QB20Cutler, JayCHI469
QB21Rivers, PhilipSD469
QB22Manuel, E.J.BUF465
QB23Weeden, BrandonDAL465
QB24Smith, GenoNYJ465
QB25Tannehill, RyanMIA465
QB26Freeman, JoshMIN465
QB27Bradford, SamSTL465
QB28Dalton, AndyCIN465
QB29Smith, AlexKC401
QB30Ponder, ChristianMIN317
QB31Sanchez, MarkPHI312
QB32Foles, NickPHI283
QB33Gabbert, BlaineSF156
QB34Pryor, TerrelleOAK114


RB1Rice, RayBAL646
RB2Charles, JamaalKC623
RB3Foster, ArianHOU615
RB4Forte, MattCHI615
RB5Sproles, DarrenPHI608
RB6Jackson, FredBUF592
RB7Williams, DeAngeloCAR577
RB8Thomas, PierreNO577
RB9McCoy, LeSeanPHI570
RB10Jones-Drew, MauriceOAK562
RB11Thompson, ChrisWAS554
RB12Mathews, RyanSD547
RB13Murray, DeMarcoDAL547
RB14Peterson, AdrianMIN539
RB15Bush, ReggieDET532
RB16Spiller, C.J.BUF532
RB17Reece, MarcelOAK524
RB18Tate, BenCLE524
RB19James, LaMichaelSF524
RB20Stewart, JonathanCAR524
RB21McFadden, DarrenOAK516
RB22Hunter, KendallSF501
RB23Gore, FrankSF494
RB24Johnson, Chris486
RB25Stephens-Howling, LaRodPIT478
RB26Jackson, StevenATL478
RB27Lynch, MarshawnSEA478
RB28Bush, Michael456
RB29Richardson, TrentIND448
RB30Turbin, RobertSEA440
RB31Bernard, GiovaniCIN433
RB32Gerhart, TobyJAX433
RB33Tolbert, MikeCAR425
RB34Hillman, RonnieDEN410
RB35Ridley, StevanNE410
RB36Lacy, EddieGB410
RB37Jones, FelixPIT410
RB38Bradshaw, AhmadIND402
RB39Royster, EvanWAS402
RB40Ogbonnaya, ChrisCLE395
RB41Moreno, KnowshonMIA395
RB42Ballard, VickIND395
RB43Brown, DonaldSD395
RB44Pead, IsaiahSTL395
RB45Wilson, DavidNYG395
RB46Starks, JamesGB387
RB47Ellington, AndreARI380
RB48Blount, LeGarrettePIT380
RB49Franklin, JohnathanGB380
RB50Mendenhall, RashardARI372
RB51Stacy, ZacSTL372
RB52Greene, ShonnTEN372
RB53Miller, LamarMIA364
RB54Robinson, DenardJAX364
RB55Helu, RoyWAS364
RB56Gray, CyrusKC357
RB57Woodhead, DannySD334
RB58Ivory, ChrisNYJ334
RB59Green-Ellis, BenJarvusCIN326
RB60Powell, BilalNYJ304
RB61Pierce, BernardBAL304
RB62Redman, Isaac296
RB63Randle, JosephDAL296
RB64Brown, BrycePHI288
RB65Goodson, MikeNYJ288
RB66Rodgers, JacquizzATL288
RB67Martin, DougTB281
RB68Green, AlexNYJ273
RB69Choice, Tashard250
RB70Vereen, ShaneNE250
RB71Forsett, JustinBAL243
RB72Ingram, MarkNO243
RB73Thomas, DanielMIA228
RB74Dixon, AnthonyBUF228
RB75Brown, AndreNYG228
RB76Gillislee, MikeMIA228
RB77Leshoure, MikelDET228
RB78Bell, JoiqueDET228
RB79Owens, MontellDET228
RB80Snelling, Jason228
RB81Brown, RonnieSD228
RB82Reynaud, DariusNYJ212
RB83James, MikeTB212
RB84Ball, MonteeDEN212
RB85Leonard, BrianTB205
RB86Morris, AlfredWAS197
RB87Richardson, DarylSTL197
RB88Hynoski, HenryNYG190
RB89Polk, ChrisPHI190
RB90Williams, RyanARI182
RB91Jennings, RashadNYG182
RB92Bolden, BrandonNE174
RB93Leach, Vonta167
RB94Scott, DaRel152
RB95Stewart, JeremyOAK136
RB96McClain, Le'Ron136
RB97Davis, KnileKC114
RB98Dunbar, LanceDAL106
RB99Michael, ChristineSEA106
RB100Jones, GregHOU98
RB101Taylor, StepfanARI98
RB102Kuhn, JohnGB91
RB103Asiata, MattMIN76
RB104Bell, LeVeonPIT53
RB105Wood, CierreBAL38
RB106Cox, MichaelNYG38
RB107Rainey, BobbyTB38
RB108Ford, MichaelCHI38


WR1Jackson, VincentTB683
WR2Johnson, CalvinDET675
WR3Smith, Steve LBAL650
WR4Nelson, JordyGB646
WR5Cruz, VictorNYG633
WR6Bryant, DezDAL629
WR7Jones, JulioATL616
WR8Fitzgerald, LarryARI612
WR9Floyd, MalcomSD612
WR10Smith, TorreyBAL608
WR11Moore, DenariusOAK600
WR12Jackson, DeSeanWAS591
WR13Thomas, DemaryiusDEN587
WR14Green, A.J.CIN587
WR15Britt, KennySTL579
WR16Wallace, MikeMIA579
WR17Marshall, BrandonCHI566
WR18LaFell, BrandonNE553
WR19Hilton, T.Y.IND545
WR20Givens, ChrisSTL545
WR21Nicks, HakeemIND541
WR22Hill, StephenNYJ532
WR23Brown, AntonioPIT528
WR24Jones, JamesOAK528
WR25Johnson, AndreHOU524
WR26Heyward-Bey, DarriusPIT516
WR27Washington, NateTEN503
WR28White, RoddyATL503
WR29Baldwin, DougSEA490
WR30Bowe, DwayneKC486
WR31Williams, TerranceDAL478
WR32Boldin, AnquanSF478
WR33Meachem, RobertNO478
WR34Cooper, RileyPHI474
WR35Hopkins, DeAndreHOU461
WR36Wright, JariusMIN457
WR37Jones, JacobyBAL453
WR38Rice, Sidney448
WR39Colston, MarquesNO448
WR40Hartline, BrianMIA440
WR41Randle, RuebenNYG436
WR42Quick, BrianSTL432
WR43Decker, EricNYJ432
WR44Johnson, SteveBUF428
WR45Simpson, JeromeMIN423
WR46Garcon, PierreWAS423
WR47Jennings, GregMIN423
WR48Bennett, Earl423
WR49Brazill, LaVonIND423
WR50Murphy, LouisTB419
WR51Patterson, CordarrelleMIN419
WR52Hemingway, JuniorKC419
WR53Benjamin, TravisCLE415
WR54Welker, WesDEN407
WR55Graham, T.J.BUF407
WR56Wilson, MarquessCHI390
WR57Butler, BriceOAK390
WR58Gates, ClydeNYJ381
WR59Edwards, PatrickDET381
WR60Brown, VincentSD373
WR61Jeffery, AlshonCHI373
WR62Robinson, AldrickWAS373
WR63Wayne, ReggieIND369
WR64Austin, Miles365
WR65Moore, LancePIT365
WR66Hunter, JustinTEN365
WR67Crabtree, MichaelSF360
WR68Ford, JacobyNYJ360
WR69Shorts, CecilJAX360
WR70Douglas, HarryATL356
WR71Avant, Jason344
WR72Edwards, Armanti344
WR73Tate, BrandonCIN344
WR74Moss, SantanaWAS339
WR75Holmes, Santonio331
WR76Williams, MikeBUF323
WR77Cobb, RandallGB310
WR78Jenkins, A.J.KC306
WR79Avery, DonnieKC306
WR80Cotchery, JerrichoCAR297
WR81Harvin, PercySEA297
WR82Bailey, StedmanSTL289
WR83Moore, MarlonMIA285
WR84Sanders, EmmanuelDEN276
WR85Harris, DwayneDAL276
WR86Morgan, JoshWAS276
WR87Matthews, RishardMIA272
WR88Little, GregCLE272
WR89Toon, NickNO264
WR90Wright, KendallTEN264
WR91Roberts, AndreWAS264
WR92Gibson, BrandonMIA255
WR93Tate, GoldenDET234
WR94Wheaton, MarkusPIT234
WR95Patton, QuintonSF234
WR96Bess, Davone230
WR97Broyles, RyanDET230
WR98Jones, MarvinCIN230
WR99Williams, KyleKC226
WR100Jean, LestarHOU222
WR101McCluster, DexterTEN222
WR102Blackmon, JustinJAX218
WR103Burleson, NateCLE214
WR104Baldwin, JonathanSF205
WR105Kerley, JeremyNYJ205
WR106Hankerson, LeonardWAS205
WR107Caldwell, AndreDEN197
WR108Hixon, DomenikCHI197
WR109Boyce, JoshNE176
WR110Stokley, BrandonBAL172
WR111Woods, RobertBUF167
WR112Martin, KeshawnHOU159
WR113Royal, EddieSD159
WR114Ogletree, KevinDET146
WR115Floyd, MichaelARI146
WR116Edelman, JulianNE125
WR117Smith, BradPHI125
WR118Criner, JuronOAK113
WR119Sanders, AceJAX104
WR120Ginn, TedARI96
WR121Gordon, JoshCLE92
WR122Amendola, DannyNE92
WR123Austin, TavonSTL83
WR124Pettis, AustinSTL83
WR125Streater, RodOAK79
WR126Allen, KeenanSD71
WR127Johnson, DamarisPHI62
WR128Hawkins, AndrewCLE58
WR129Sanu, MohamedCIN58
WR130Stills, KennyNO50
WR131Beasley, ColeDAL33
WR132Boykin, JarrettGB33
WR133Shepard, RussellTB33
WR134Dobson, AaronNE33
WR135Brown, MikeJAX33
WR136Byrd, LaronARI33
WR137Kearse, JermaineSEA33


TE1Gronkowski, RobNE781
TE2Davis, FredWAS707
TE3Cook, JaredSTL707
TE4Finley, JermichaelGB669
TE5Graham, JimmyNO651
TE6Davis, VernonSF651
TE7Celek, BrentPHI632
TE8Witten, JasonDAL576
TE9Dreessen, JoelDEN558
TE10Olsen, GregCAR558
TE11Gates, AntonioSD558
TE12Eifert, TylerCIN558
TE13Daniels, OwenBAL558
TE14Gonzalez, Tony558
TE15Scheffler, Tony539
TE16Hanna, JamesDAL539
TE17Kendricks, LanceSTL539
TE18Fleener, CobyIND521
TE19Miller, HeathPIT521
TE20Lewis, MarcedesJAX502
TE21Robinson, AdrienNYG502
TE22Ausberry, DavidOAK465
TE23Casey, JamesPHI465
TE24Green, LadariusSD465
TE25Paulsen, LoganWAS446
TE26Gresham, JermaineCIN446
TE27Winslow, KellenNYJ390
TE28Walker, DelanieTEN390
TE29Watson, BenNO390
TE30Fasano, AnthonyKC372
TE31Crabtree, TomTB372
TE32Pettigrew, BrandonDET372
TE33Chandler, ScottBUF353
TE34Paulson, DavidPIT353
TE35Cameron, JordanCLE334
TE36Thomas, JuliusDEN334
TE37Graham, GarrettHOU334
TE38Clark, DallasBAL334
TE39Dray, JimCLE334
TE40Dickson, EdBAL316
TE41Housler, RobARI316
TE42Rudolph, KyleMIN297
TE43Tamme, JacobDEN223
TE44Miller, ZachSEA223
TE45Clay, CharlesMIA186
TE46Allen, DwayneIND167
TE47Bennett, MartellusCHI148
TE48Stevens, CraigTEN111
TE49Spaeth, MattPIT111
TE50Palmer, MichaelPIT111
TE51Myers, BrandonTB111
TE52Stocker, LukeTB111
TE53Cumberland, JeffNYJ111
TE54Smith, LeeBUF111
TE55Mulligan, MatthewNE111
TE56Willson, LukeSEA55
TE57Kelce, TravisKC55
TE58Sudfeld, ZachNYJ55
TE59Sims, DionMIA55
TE60Ertz, ZachPHI55