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 WilsonSEA590
QB2Aaron RodgersGB564
QB3Drew BreesNO467
QB4Matthew StaffordDET467
QB5Andy DaltonCIN461
QB6Cam NewtonCAR451
QB7Jay CutlerMIA451
QB8Ben RoethlisbergerPIT436
QB9Andrew LuckIND436
QB10Philip RiversLAC436
QB11Carson PalmerARI425
QB12Tom BradyNE420
QB13Marcus MariotaTEN415
QB14Jameis WinstonTB410
QB15Eli ManningNYG410
QB16Kirk CousinsWAS400
QB17Joe FlaccoBAL379
QB18Matt RyanATL374
QB19Blake BortlesJAX369
QB20Tyrod TaylorBUF349
QB21Josh McCownNYJ333
QB22Alex SmithKC323
QB23Sam BradfordMIN313
QB24Ryan MallettBAL292
QB25Derek CarrOAK287
QB26Matt MooreMIA251
QB27Brian HoyerNE251
QB28Carson WentzPHI226
QB29Landry JonesPIT226
QB30Paxton LynchDEN220
QB31Jared GoffLAR215
QB32Scott TolzienIND215
QB33Mike GlennonCHI210
QB34Chad HenneJAX210
QB35Deshaun WatsonHOU205
QB36Mitch TrubiskyCHI205
QB37Tom SavageHOU174
QB38DeShone KizerCLE154
QB39Trevor SiemianDEN149
QB40Bryce PettyNYJ138
QB41Dak PrescottDAL128
QB42Nathan PetermanBUF51


RB1LeVeon BellPIT493
RB2LeSean McCoyBUF487
RB3Ezekiel ElliottDAL476
RB4Christian McCaffreyCAR459
RB5Devonta FreemanATL459
RB6Darren SprolesPHI459
RB7Jordan HowardCHI459
RB8Jay AjayiPHI459
RB9David JohnsonARI453
RB10Mark IngramNO453
RB11Lamar MillerHOU447
RB12Shane VereenNYG442
RB13Dion LewisNE442
RB14Tevin ColemanATL442
RB15Ty MontgomeryGB430
RB16Bilal PowellNYJ430
RB17Duke JohnsonCLE430
RB18Derrick HenryTEN430
RB19Eddie LacySEA430
RB20Chris ThompsonWAS430
RB21James WhiteNE430
RB22Ameer AbdullahDET430
RB23Carlos HydeSF424
RB24Giovani BernardCIN413
RB25Melvin GordonLAC401
RB26Todd GurleyLAR401
RB27Joe MixonCIN401
RB28Danny WoodheadBAL401
RB29Dalvin CookMIN401
RB30Leonard FournetteJAX401
RB31Wendell SmallwoodPHI401
RB32Latavius MurrayMIN401
RB33Rex BurkheadNE401
RB34Theo RiddickDET401
RB35Mike GillisleeNE401
RB36Jacquizz RodgersTB401
RB37C.J. AndersonDEN401
RB38DeAndre WashingtonOAK401
RB39LeGarrette BlountPHI390
RB40Jonathan StewartCAR384
RB41Darren McFaddenDAL384
RB42Charles SimsTB378
RB43Adrian PetersonARI373
RB44Jerick McKinnonMIN373
RB45DeMarco MurrayTEN373
RB46Chris IvoryJAX373
RB47Alvin KamaraNO373
RB48Kyle JuszczykSF373
RB49Andre EllingtonARI361
RB50Jeremy HillCIN350
RB51Frank GoreIND350
RB52Javorius AllenBAL350
RB53Jamaal CharlesDEN344
RB54Kerwynn WilliamsARI344
RB55Doug MartinTB344
RB56Matt ForteNYJ344
RB57Thomas RawlsSEA344
RB58T.J. YeldonJAX338
RB59Alfred MorrisDAL338
RB60Devontae BookerDEN315
RB61Fozzy WhittakerCAR310
RB62Benny CunninghamCHI304
RB63Cameron Artis-PayneCAR304
RB64Lance DunbarLAR298
RB65Samaje PerineWAS287
RB66Donta ForemanHOU287
RB67Taiwan JonesBUF281
RB68Isaiah CrowellCLE270
RB69Alfred BlueHOU264
RB70C.J. ProsiseSEA258
RB71Kenyan DrakeMIA258
RB72Robert TurbinIND235
RB73Paul PerkinsNYG235
RB74C.J. SpillerKC229
RB75Mike TolbertBUF229
RB76Andy JanovichDEN218
RB77Jamize OlawaleOAK195
RB78Tyler ErvinHOU189
RB79Terrance WestBAL189
RB80Orleans DarkwaNYG189
RB81Terron WardATL183
RB82Daniel LascoNO183
RB83Damien WilliamsMIA178
RB84Joe BanyardBUF172
RB85Zach ZennerDET166
RB86Charcandrick WestKC161
RB87Aaron RipkowskiGB155
RB88Jay ProschHOU155
RB89Raheem MostertSF149
RB90Dwayne WashingtonDET143
RB91Branden OliverLAC138
RB92Jalen RichardOAK132
RB93Dan VitaleCLE115
RB94Rob KelleyWAS109
RB95Malcolm BrownLAR109
RB96Patrick DiMarcoBUF80
RB97Rod SmithDAL57
RB98De'Angelo HendersonDEN29
RB99Elijah McGuireNYJ29
RB100Wayne GallmanNYG29
RB101Tarik CohenCHI29
RB102Donnel PumphreyPHI29
RB103Chris CarsonSEA29
RB104Marlon MackIND29
RB105Kareem HuntKC29
RB106Jamaal WilliamsGB29
RB107James ConnerPIT29
RB108Matthew DayesCLE29
RB109Aaron JonesGB29


WR1DeSean JacksonTB952
WR2J.J. NelsonARI656
WR3Torrey SmithPHI640
WR4Eric DeckerTEN619
WR5Martavis BryantPIT592
WR6Ted GinnNO592
WR7Alshon JefferyPHI586
WR8Kenny StillsMIA586
WR9Michael FloydMIN581
WR10Paul RichardsonSEA581
WR11Odell BeckhamNYG576
WR12Jeff JanisGB576
WR13Phillip DorsettNE576
WR14Terrance WilliamsDAL565
WR15A.J. GreenCIN538
WR16T.Y. HiltonIND533
WR17Kenny BrittCLE533
WR18Breshad PerrimanBAL516
WR19DeVante ParkerMIA516
WR20Sammy WatkinsLAR511
WR21John BrownARI500
WR22Mike EvansTB500
WR23Jordy NelsonGB495
WR24Julio JonesATL495
WR25Demaryius ThomasDEN495
WR26Travis BenjaminLAC490
WR27DeAndre HopkinsHOU473
WR28Dez BryantDAL473
WR29Doug BaldwinSEA468
WR30Allen RobinsonJAX463
WR31Antonio BrownPIT452
WR32Brice ButlerDAL447
WR33Marvin JonesDET441
WR34Chris ConleyKC436
WR35John RossCIN430
WR36Mike WallaceBAL430
WR37Rishard MatthewsTEN414
WR38Jermaine KearseNYJ404
WR39Devin FunchessCAR398
WR40Brandon MarshallNYG398
WR41Kelvin BenjaminBUF393
WR42Golden TateDET393
WR43Donte MoncriefIND382
WR44Emmanuel SandersDEN377
WR45Markus WheatonCHI377
WR46Josh DoctsonWAS377
WR47Amari CooperOAK371
WR48Roger LewisNYG366
WR49Will FullerHOU360
WR50Jeremy MaclinBAL355
WR51Keenan AllenLAC355
WR52Tyler LockettSEA355
WR53Arrelious BennJAX344
WR54Chris HoganNE344
WR55Willie SneadNO344
WR56Kendall WrightCHI344
WR57Brandin CooksNE344
WR58Corey ColemanCLE344
WR59Randall CobbGB339
WR60Brandon TateBUF339
WR61Corey DavisTEN323
WR62Curtis SamuelCAR323
WR63Brandon LaFellCIN323
WR64JuJu Smith-SchusterPIT323
WR65Sammie CoatesCLE307
WR66Tyrell WilliamsLAC307
WR67Laquon TreadwellMIN301
WR68Stefon DiggsMIN285
WR69Charone PeakeNYJ285
WR70Kevin WhiteCHI285
WR71Michael CrabtreeOAK285
WR72Darrius Heyward-BeyPIT280
WR73T.J. JonesDET274
WR74Mike WilliamsLAC269
WR75Zay JonesBUF269
WR76Jarius WrightMIN269
WR77Dede WestbrookJAX269
WR78Marquise GoodwinSF258
WR79Tyler BoydCIN247
WR80Sterling ShepardNYG242
WR81Andre HolmesBUF242
WR82Nelson AgholorPHI242
WR83Jaron BrownARI237
WR84Aldrick RobinsonSF237
WR85Taylor GabrielATL226
WR86Robert WoodsLAR221
WR87Russell ShepardCAR221
WR88Michael ThomasNO221
WR89Cooper KuppLAR215
WR90Chris GodwinTB215
WR91Adam ThielenMIN204
WR92Jordan MatthewsBUF204
WR93Braxton MillerHOU204
WR94Leonte CarrooMIA204
WR95Jaelen StrongJAX204
WR96Andre RobertsATL199
WR97Allen HurnsJAX199
WR98Dwayne HarrisNYG194
WR99Josh BellamyCHI194
WR100Pierre GarconSF194
WR101Dontrelle InmanCHI188
WR102Marqise LeeJAX183
WR103Davante AdamsGB183
WR104Jarvis LandryMIA178
WR105Cole BeasleyDAL167
WR106Kamar AikenIND167
WR107Deonte ThompsonBUF167
WR108Geronimo AllisonGB161
WR109Vince MayleBAL161
WR110Cody LatimerDEN161
WR111Michael CampanaroBAL161
WR112Brandon ColemanNO161
WR113Justin HardyATL161
WR114Danny AmendolaNE161
WR115Cordarrelle PattersonOAK161
WR116Kenny GolladayDET161
WR117Tavon AustinLAR161
WR118Larry FitzgeraldARI161
WR119Jamison CrowderWAS161
WR120Mohamed SanuATL161
WR121Albert WilsonKC156
WR122Ryan GrantWAS156
WR123DeAnthony ThomasKC151
WR124Bennie FowlerDEN145
WR125Walter Powell135
WR126Johnny HoltonOAK129
WR127Nick WilliamsATL124
WR128Seth RobertsOAK118
WR129Terrelle PryorWAS113
WR130Kaelin ClayCAR113
WR131Tanner McEvoySEA108
WR132Jordan TaylorDEN102
WR133Malcolm MitchellNE97
WR134Eli RogersPIT97
WR135Chester RogersIND91
WR136Quan BrayIND91
WR137Robby AndersonNYJ86
WR138Cody CoreCIN86
WR139Ricardo LouisCLE81
WR140Adam HumphriesTB81
WR141Jalin Marshall81
WR142Chris MooreBAL75
WR143Pharoh CooperLAR75
WR144Tyreek HillKC75
WR145Kasen WilliamsCLE75
WR146Taywan TaylorTEN43
WR147Trent TaylorSF43
WR148Tommylee LewisNO43
WR149Ryan SwitzerDAL43
WR150Mack HollinsPHI43
WR151Chad HansenNYJ43
WR152ArDarius StewartNYJ43


TE1Rob GronkowskiNE1103
TE2Tyler EifertCIN485
TE3Austin Seferian-JenkinsNYJ485
TE4Zach ErtzPHI463
TE5Coby FleenerNO463
TE6Jared CookOAK463
TE7Greg OlsenCAR463
TE8Julius ThomasMIA463
TE9Jordan ReedWAS463
TE10O.J. HowardTB441
TE11Evan EngramNYG441
TE12Martellus BennettNE419
TE13Zach MillerCHI397
TE14Clive WalfordOAK397
TE15Will Tye397
TE16Charles ClayBUF397
TE17Delanie WalkerTEN397
TE18Antonio GatesLAC397
TE19Eric EbronDET397
TE20Brent CelekPHI397
TE21Niles PaulWAS397
TE22Levine ToiloloATL397
TE23Maxx WilliamsBAL397
TE24Kyle RudolphMIN397
TE25Dwayne AllenNE397
TE26Garrett CelekSF397
TE27Vance McDonaldPIT375
TE28Erik SwoopeIND353
TE29Blake BellMIN353
TE30Marcedes LewisJAX331
TE31Virgil GreenDEN331
TE32Nick O'LearyBUF309
TE33Trey BurtonPHI309
TE34Josh HillNO309
TE35Ben WatsonBAL309
TE36Jermaine GreshamARI287
TE37Ed DicksonCAR265
TE38Jimmy GrahamSEA265
TE39Luke WillsonSEA265
TE40Darren FellsDET243
TE41Jeff HeuermanDEN243
TE42Lee SmithOAK243
TE43Hunter HenryLAC221
TE44Vernon DavisWAS221
TE45David NjokuCLE221
TE46Jason WittenDAL221
TE47Daniel BrownCHI199
TE48Rhett EllisonNYG199
TE49Dion SimsCHI177
TE50Travis KelceKC177
TE51Ryan GriffinHOU177
TE52Anthony FasanoMIA154
TE53Lance KendricksGB154
TE54Richard RodgersGB154
TE55C.J. FiedorowiczHOU154
TE56Jack DoyleIND154
TE57Demetrius HarrisKC154
TE58Troy NiklasARI154
TE59A.J. DerbyDEN132
TE60Nick BoyleBAL132
TE61Tyler KroftCIN132
TE62Geoff SwaimDAL132
TE63C.J. UzomahCIN132
TE64Jesse JamesPIT132
TE65Ben KoyackJAX132
TE66Austin HooperATL132
TE67Cameron BrateTB132
TE68Randall TelferCLE132
TE69Tyler HigbeeLAR110
TE70David MorganMIN110
TE71Stephen AndersonHOU110
TE72Seth DeValveCLE110
TE73Jonnu SmithTEN66
TE74Gerald EverettLAR66
TE75George KittleSF66
TE76Jordan LeggettNYJ66

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