EA Releases Player Rankings for Madden 18

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Posted July 31, 2017 by John Newby in Video Games

It’s that time of year again! Madden 18 is less than a month away, which mostly excites only me, but that’s not the point. Of course, a new Madden means new player rankings for the league’s star players. So far, EA has released rankings for the top five running backs, quarterbacks, wide receivers, and rookies. While the majority of players are expected, there are a few new additions.

Let’s examine the list that has been released so far.

Top 5 Running Backs

 

  • Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
  • David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals
  • LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills
  • DeMarco Murray – Tennessee Titans
  • Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys

 

Honestly, it’s a little surprising to see Le’Veon Bell sitting at the top of this list. Sure, he is a dynamic back with phenomenal hands, surprising power, and ridiculous moves, but he never plays a full schedule. Bell has played in 47 of 64 possible regular season games, mostly due to injuries and a suspension. Johnson, on the other hand, has been an absolute beast for the Cardinals the past two seasons. He has shown an ability to break an inordinate amount of tackles en route to the end zone. More importantly, his fantastic catching ability makes pulling off those screen passes a breeze. Many expletives have been shouted in my living room after David Johnson touchdowns.

McCoy may be 29 years old and have some character flaws, but he is a fantastic runner. The former Eagles and current Bills back is elusive enough to avoid most linebackers and quick enough to outrun defensive backs. Murray and Elliott are big backs that can both truck and outrun defenders while running for big gains. Plus, Murray gives the option to throw trick passes and mix up the standard gameplay.

Top 5 Quarterbacks

 

  • Tom Brady – New England Patriots
  • Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
  • Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
  • Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
  • Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers

 

It’s not a shock that Tom Brady is the top quarterback considering that he has just won his fifth championship. Brady is playing better at age 40 than he did earlier in his career. Clocking in at second and third, Rodgers and Ryan are two of the best quarterbacks around but are quite different. Ryan has all of the traditional quarterback traits and does very well running explosive offenses, especially with a great offensive coordinator on his side. Rodgers, on the other hand, is a highlight machine. I can’t confirm for certain, but I heard a rumor that the DVR was invented solely for the purpose of watching Rodgers make throws.

There is no denying Drew Brees’ talent, even as he nears the end of his career. The Saints quarterback has thrown for more than 5,000 yards five different times in his career, and his big arm make those Hail Mary throws a breeze (no pun intended). Ben Roethlisberger may love to discuss his myriad injuries, but he is one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks. Just a little dramatic at times. At least his accuracy and arm strength make scoring touchdowns much easier than it should be.

Top 5 Wide Receivers

 

  • Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons
  • Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers
  • AJ Green – Cincinnati Bengals
  • Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants
  • Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys

 

This list is basically the who’s who of production. Julio Jones is a an all-around beast that can make the acrobatic catches and turn small receptions into long touchdowns. He has taken over as the top receiver since Calvin Johnson retired and shows no signs of slowing down. Antonio Brown

It doesn’t matter that the Bengals have had some inconsistent quarterback play between Andy Dalton’s injury and AJ McCarron’s learning curve. AJ Green has produced five straight 1,000-yard seasons and nearly reached a sixth. Unfortunately, he only played in 10 games last season and finished with 964 receiving yards. Green is a master at acrobatic catches, especially in the red zone. The best play to use with Green on the field is End Zone Fade. Like Green, Dez Bryant is a beast in the red zone. Throwing the ball up to him generally results in a completion as well as a touchdown. .

To be honest, it’s quite surprising that Odell Beckham Jr. is only ranked fourth on this list considering his high profile status. Beckham is an attention grabber in both the best and worst of times. To be fair, he does back up his reputation with highlight reel plays, which makes the Giants offense generally unstoppable. All you have to do is throw the ball in Beckham’s direction, and he will make the catch–using only one hand.

 

EA will continue to drop position rankings leading up to Madden 18’s release.


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John Newby

A random dude obsessed with coffee, blue heelers, and most nerdy things. Big fan of Star Wars, Borderlands, Arrow/Flash, and a whole lotta video games. The Saboteur is underrated, and Silverado is the best movie ever made.