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 WilsonSEA625
QB2Aaron RodgersGB598
QB3Matthew StaffordDET495
QB4Drew BreesNO495
QB5Andy DaltonCIN489
QB6Cam NewtonCAR478
QB7Ben RoethlisbergerPIT462
QB8Andrew LuckIND462
QB9Philip RiversLAC462
QB10Carson PalmerARI451
QB11Tom BradyNE446
QB12Marcus MariotaTEN440
QB13Jameis WinstonTB435
QB14Eli ManningNYG435
QB15Kirk CousinsWAS424
QB16Joe FlaccoBAL402
QB17Matt RyanATL397
QB18Ryan TannehillMIA391
QB19Blake BortlesJAX391
QB20Tyrod TaylorBUF370
QB21Josh McCownNYJ353
QB22Alex SmithKC342
QB23Sam BradfordMIN332
QB24Brock OsweilerCLE310
QB25Derek CarrOAK304
QB26Brian HoyerSF266
QB27Carson WentzPHI239
QB28Paxton LynchDEN234
QB29Jared GoffLAR228
QB30Mike GlennonCHI223
QB31Mitch TrubiskyCHI217
QB32Deshaun WatsonHOU217
QB33Cody KesslerCLE207
QB34Tom SavageHOU185
QB35DeShone KizerCLE163
QB36Trevor SiemianDEN158
QB37Bryce PettyNYJ147
QB38Dak PrescottDAL136


RB1LeVeon BellPIT543
RB2LeSean McCoyBUF536
RB3Ezekiel ElliottDAL524
RB4Darren SprolesPHI505
RB5Christian McCaffreyCAR505
RB6Jay AjayiMIA505
RB7Jordan HowardCHI505
RB8Devonta FreemanATL505
RB9Mark IngramNO499
RB10David JohnsonARI499
RB11Lamar MillerHOU492
RB12Tevin ColemanATL486
RB13Shane VereenNYG486
RB14Dion LewisNE486
RB15Derrick HenryTEN473
RB16Duke JohnsonCLE473
RB17Eddie LacySEA473
RB18Ty MontgomeryGB473
RB19Bilal PowellNYJ473
RB20James WhiteNE473
RB21Chris ThompsonWAS473
RB22Spencer WareKC473
RB23Ameer AbdullahDET473
RB24Carlos HydeSF467
RB25Giovani BernardCIN454
RB26Wendell SmallwoodPHI442
RB27Danny WoodheadBAL442
RB28Jacquizz RodgersTB442
RB29Kenneth DixonBAL442
RB30Latavius MurrayMIN442
RB31Rex BurkheadNE442
RB32DeAndre WashingtonOAK442
RB33Melvin GordonLAC442
RB34Todd GurleyLAR442
RB35Leonard FournetteJAX442
RB36C.J. AndersonDEN442
RB37Dalvin CookMIN442
RB38Joe MixonCIN442
RB39Mike GillisleeNE442
RB40Theo RiddickDET442
RB41LeGarrette BlountPHI429
RB42Darren McFaddenDAL423
RB43Jonathan StewartCAR423
RB44Charles SimsTB417
RB45DeMarco MurrayTEN410
RB46Kyle JuszczykSF410
RB47Chris IvoryJAX410
RB48Adrian PetersonNO410
RB49Jerick McKinnonMIN410
RB50Alvin KamaraNO410
RB51Andre EllingtonARI398
RB52Frank GoreIND385
RB53Jeremy HillCIN385
RB54Kerwynn WilliamsARI379
RB55Doug MartinTB379
RB56Thomas RawlsSEA379
RB57Matt ForteNYJ379
RB58Jamaal CharlesDEN379
RB59Alfred MorrisDAL372
RB60T.J. YeldonJAX372
RB61Jeremy LangfordCHI360
RB62Devontae BookerDEN347
RB63Fozzy WhittakerCAR341
RB64Benny CunninghamCHI334
RB65Cameron Artis-PayneCAR334
RB66Lance DunbarLAR328
RB67Jonathan WilliamsBUF316
RB68Donta ForemanHOU316
RB69Samaje PerineWAS316
RB70Isaiah CrowellCLE297
RB71C.J. ProsiseSEA284
RB72Kenyan DrakeMIA284
RB73Travaris CadetNO278
RB74KaDeem CareyCHI271
RB75Tim HightowerSF271
RB76Akeem HuntHOU265
RB77Robert TurbinIND259
RB78Paul PerkinsNYG259
RB79Mike TolbertBUF252
RB80Alex CollinsSEA252
RB81Andy JanovichDEN240
RB82Jamize OlawaleOAK215
RB83Terrance WestBAL208
RB84Orleans DarkwaNYG208
RB85John KuhnNO202
RB86Terron WardATL202
RB87Daniel LascoNO202
RB88Juwan ThompsonDEN196
RB89Damien WilliamsMIA196
RB90Joe BanyardBUF189
RB91Zach ZennerDET183
RB92George AtkinsonCLE183
RB93Charcandrick WestKC177
RB94Cedric PeermanCIN170
RB95Kenneth FarrowLAC170
RB96Aaron RipkowskiGB170
RB97Jay ProschHOU170
RB98Dwayne WashingtonDET158
RB99Fitzgerald ToussaintPIT158
RB100Branden OliverLAC151
RB101Jalen RichardOAK145
RB102Knile DavisPIT139
RB103Dan VitaleCLE126
RB104Rob KelleyWAS120
RB105Malcolm BrownLAR120
RB106Patrick DiMarcoBUF88
RB107Joe WilliamsSF32
RB108Elijah McGuireNYJ32
RB109Wayne GallmanNYG32
RB110James ConnerPIT32
RB111Kareem HuntKC32
RB112Khalfani MuhammadTEN32
RB113Matthew DayesCLE32
RB114Marlon MackIND32
RB115Donnel PumphreyPHI32
RB116Jamaal WilliamsGB32
RB117Jeremy McNicholsTB32
RB118Aaron JonesGB32


WR1DeSean JacksonTB1114
WR2J.J. NelsonARI768
WR3Torrey SmithPHI749
WR4Eric DeckerTEN724
WR5Martavis BryantPIT692
WR6Ted GinnNO692
WR7Kenny StillsMIA686
WR8Alshon JefferyPHI686
WR9Paul RichardsonSEA680
WR10Jeff JanisGB673
WR11Phillip DorsettIND673
WR12Odell BeckhamNYG673
WR13Terrance WilliamsDAL661
WR14A.J. GreenCIN629
WR15T.Y. HiltonIND623
WR16Kenny BrittCLE623
WR17DeVante ParkerMIA604
WR18Breshad PerrimanBAL604
WR19Sammy WatkinsBUF598
WR20Mike EvansTB585
WR21John BrownARI585
WR22Jordy NelsonGB579
WR23Julio JonesATL579
WR24Demaryius ThomasDEN579
WR25Travis BenjaminLAC573
WR26Dez BryantDAL554
WR27DeAndre HopkinsHOU554
WR28Doug BaldwinSEA547
WR29Allen RobinsonJAX541
WR30Antonio BrownPIT529
WR31Brice ButlerDAL522
WR32Marvin JonesDET516
WR33Chris ConleyKC510
WR34Mike WallaceBAL503
WR35John RossCIN503
WR36Rishard MatthewsTEN485
WR37Jermaine KearseSEA472
WR38Devin FunchessCAR466
WR39Brandon MarshallNYG466
WR40Kelvin BenjaminCAR459
WR41Golden TateDET459
WR42Donte MoncriefIND447
WR43Josh DoctsonWAS440
WR44Markus WheatonCHI440
WR45Emmanuel SandersDEN440
WR46Amari CooperOAK434
WR47Roger LewisNYG428
WR48Will FullerHOU422
WR49Keenan AllenLAC415
WR50Jeremy MaclinBAL415
WR51Tyler LockettSEA415
WR52Corey ColemanCLE403
WR53Chris HoganNE403
WR54Kendall WrightCHI403
WR55Willie SneadNO403
WR56Brandin CooksNE403
WR57Arrelious BennJAX403
WR58Randall CobbGB396
WR59Corey BrownBUF378
WR60Corey DavisTEN378
WR61Brandon LaFellCIN378
WR62JuJu Smith-SchusterPIT378
WR63Curtis SamuelCAR378
WR64Quincy EnunwaNYJ371
WR65Tyrell WilliamsLAC359
WR66Laquon TreadwellMIN352
WR67Michael CrabtreeOAK333
WR68Charone PeakeNYJ333
WR69Stefon DiggsMIN333
WR70Kevin WhiteCHI333
WR71Darrius Heyward-BeyPIT327
WR72T.J. JonesDET321
WR73Mike WilliamsLAC315
WR74Dede WestbrookJAX315
WR75Zay JonesBUF315
WR76Jarius WrightMIN315
WR77Marquise GoodwinSF302
WR78Tyler BoydCIN289
WR79Sterling ShepardNYG283
WR80Andre HolmesBUF283
WR81Nelson AgholorPHI283
WR82Aldrick RobinsonSF277
WR83Jaron BrownARI277
WR84Taylor GabrielATL264
WR85Robert WoodsLAR258
WR86Michael ThomasNO258
WR87Russell ShepardCAR258
WR88Cooper KuppLAR252
WR89Chris GodwinTB252
WR90Jaelen StrongHOU239
WR91Braxton MillerHOU239
WR92Cobi HamiltonPIT239
WR93Brian QuickWAS239
WR94Jordan MatthewsPHI239
WR95Josh HuffTB239
WR96Leonte CarrooMIA239
WR97Adam ThielenMIN239
WR98Allen HurnsJAX233
WR99Andre RobertsATL233
WR100Pierre GarconSF227
WR101Josh BellamyCHI227
WR102Dontrelle InmanLAC220
WR103Marqise LeeJAX214
WR104Davante AdamsGB214
WR105Jarvis LandryMIA208
WR106Deonte ThompsonCHI195
WR107Julian EdelmanNE195
WR108Cole BeasleyDAL195
WR109Kamar AikenIND195
WR110Jamison CrowderWAS189
WR111Cody LatimerDEN189
WR112Larry FitzgeraldARI189
WR113Danny AmendolaNE189
WR114Mohamed SanuATL189
WR115Kenny GolladayDET189
WR116Justin HardyATL189
WR117Brandon ColemanNO189
WR118Jeremy KerleySF189
WR119Cordarrelle PattersonOAK189
WR120Geronimo AllisonGB189
WR121Tavon AustinLAR189
WR122Albert WilsonKC182
WR123Wendell WilliamsHOU182
WR124Ryan GrantWAS182
WR125DeAnthony ThomasKC176
WR126Bennie FowlerDEN170
WR127Walter PowellBUF157
WR128Johnny HoltonOAK151
WR129Nick WilliamsATL145
WR130Seth RobertsOAK138
WR131Cameron MeredithCHI132
WR132Terrelle PryorWAS132
WR133Tajae SharpeTEN120
WR134Rashard HigginsCLE120
WR135Malcolm MitchellNE113
WR136Aaron BurbridgeSF113
WR137Eli RogersPIT113
WR138Chester RogersIND107
WR139Bradley MarquezLAR107
WR140Cody CoreCIN101
WR141Robby AndersonNYJ101
WR142Jalin MarshallNYJ94
WR143Adam HumphriesTB94
WR144Ricardo LouisCLE94
WR145Pharoh CooperLAR88
WR146Tyreek HillKC88
WR147Chris MooreBAL88
WR148Tommylee LewisNO50
WR149Chad HansenNYJ50
WR150Carlos HendersonDEN50
WR151Taywan TaylorTEN50
WR152Jace BillingsleyDET50
WR153ArDarius StewartNYJ50
WR154Ryan SwitzerDAL50


TE1Rob GronkowskiNE1197
TE2Austin Seferian-JenkinsNYJ527
TE3Tyler EifertCIN527
TE4Jared CookOAK503
TE5Jordan ReedWAS503
TE6Greg OlsenCAR503
TE7Zach ErtzPHI503
TE8Coby FleenerNO503
TE9Julius ThomasMIA503
TE10O.J. HowardTB479
TE11Evan EngramNYG479
TE12Martellus BennettGB455
TE13Eric EbronDET431
TE14Brent CelekPHI431
TE15Garrett CelekSF431
TE16Dwayne AllenNE431
TE17Antonio GatesLAC431
TE18Kyle RudolphMIN431
TE19Clive WalfordOAK431
TE20Maxx WilliamsBAL431
TE21Will TyeNYG431
TE22Charles ClayBUF431
TE23Niles PaulWAS431
TE24Zach MillerCHI431
TE25Levine ToiloloATL431
TE26Delanie WalkerTEN431
TE27Vance McDonaldSF407
TE28Erik SwoopeIND383
TE29Blake BellSF383
TE30Virgil GreenDEN359
TE31Marcedes LewisJAX359
TE32Ben WatsonBAL335
TE33Josh HillNO335
TE34Nick O'LearyBUF335
TE35Trey BurtonPHI335
TE36Mychal RiveraJAX311
TE37Jermaine GreshamARI311
TE38Jimmy GrahamSEA287
TE39Luke WillsonSEA287
TE40Jeff HeuermanDEN263
TE41Lee SmithOAK263
TE42Darren FellsDET263
TE43Vernon DavisWAS239
TE44David NjokuCLE239
TE45Jason WittenDAL239
TE46Darren WallerBAL239
TE47Hunter HenryLAC239
TE48Daniel BrownCHI215
TE49Dion SimsCHI192
TE50Travis KelceKC192
TE51Ryan GriffinHOU192
TE52Lance KendricksGB168
TE53Xavier GrimblePIT168
TE54Crockett GillmoreBAL168
TE55Demetrius HarrisKC168
TE56Troy NiklasARI168
TE57C.J. FiedorowiczHOU168
TE58Anthony FasanoMIA168
TE59Jack DoyleIND168
TE60Richard RodgersGB168
TE61Tyler KroftCIN144
TE62Austin HooperATL144
TE63Geoff SwaimDAL144
TE64C.J. UzomahCIN144
TE65A.J. DerbyDEN144
TE66Cameron BrateTB144
TE67Randall TelferCLE144
TE68Ben KoyackJAX144
TE69Jesse JamesPIT144
TE70Tyler HigbeeLAR120
TE71David MorganMIN120
TE72Seth DeValveCLE120
TE73Jerell AdamsNYG120
TE74Stephen AndersonHOU120
TE75Jonnu SmithTEN72
TE76Gerald EverettLAR72
TE77Temarrick HemingwayLAR72


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