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Madden 18's Most Underrated and Overrated Players

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Madden 18's Most Underrated and Overrated Players

Perhaps the most controversial segment of every Madden release cycle is the release of player ratings, as it leads to an uproar in discussion over who the most underrated and overrated players in the game are. This year has been no different, which makes a lot of sense when you start to take a closer look at some of the ratings and where players rank. Let’s take a look at some of this years’ worst offenders:

Overrated: Aaron Donald (99 Overall)

Go big or go home, right? Aaron Donald has put together an incredible start to his NFL career, totaling 28 sacks over three seasons. There’s more to being a defensive lineman than just your sack total, but for a guy who didn’t rank inside the top 20 in total sacks in 2016 at a position where that’s probably the most important counting stat, being the highest-rated player at the position seems off. Donald is a great player, but he almost certainly isn’t the best lineman in the NFL.

Underrated: Cameron Wake (89 Overall)

Okay, so it’s a lot easier to make big plays when Ndamukong Suh is clogging up the middle right next to you. Still, Cameron Wake put together a ridiculous 11.5 sacks last year and forced five fumbles. Compared to Aaron Donald, Wake’s ratings seem like a drastic undersell.

Overrated: Philip Rivers (84 Overall)

Just on name alone, it almost feels weird calling Rivers overrated at a meager 84 overall. Unfortunately, Rivers was close to a career low last year with 21 interceptions and 60 percent completion rate. The worst part of it was that he lead the Chargers to a sour 5-11 record, which was their worst in years. There’s little doubt to me that, as it stands, Rivers is the most overrated QB on the Madden 18 roster.

Underrated: Cam Newton (88 Overall)

Yes, if we’re going to be talking about down years, it deserves mention that Newton had what was almost certainly his worst in 2016. He suffered a dismal 53 percent completion percentage and had fewer rushing yards than ever before. So what’s the case for Newton being underrated? For starters, he was surrounded by one of the worst offensive units in football. With a fully recovered Kelvin Benjamin (though how he plays is up for debate) this year and a playmaker in Christian McCaffrey, look for Newton to put his 88 overall rating to shame.

Overrated: Rob Gronkowski (98 Overall)

When are we going to learn that you could pair Tom Brady with anything and the Patriots would still be successful? Injuries, in large part, marred 2016 for Gronkowski. With only eight games played and 25 catches to his name, his usage was way down even when he was playing. This isn’t an example of Gronkowski being a bad player (something that he certainly is not), just one that he’s no longer the top guy at his position. At a 98 overall, Gronkowski would have to prove to be the best player at his position in 2017 to validate the rating.

Underrated: Jordan Reed (91 Overall)

With a much worse quarterback and scheme, Reed totaled 45 receptions over just nine games. In comparison to Gronkowski, that’s nearly double the production, and we’re looking at a much lower rating for Reed. No, he hasn’t proven that he can stay healthy for an entire season. But for a former QB, Reed is in just his third season at tight end. If Cousins can have a strong year, Reed might prove to be the best TE in the NFL.

Overrated: DeMarco Murray (91 Overall)

Murray had a bit of a bounce-back year in 2016, eclipsing the 1,000 yard mark for the third time in his career. All the same, he should be splitting time with the burly Derrick Henry and seeing a diminished role in the offense this year. This isn’t to say that he can’t still be a workhorse, but even in a surprisingly efficient Titans offense, he only managed a tick under four-and-a-half yards per carry last year.

Underrated: Marshawn Lynch (85 Overall)

Someone has to say it: Lynch was one of the best halfbacks in the league since 2010 before his sudden retirement. After a minor stint in 2015 where he was largely unsuccessful, it might prove that he is past his prime and can’t be the same kind of power that we’ve come to know. In all honesty, this rating is likely to be off one way or the other. Lynch will either prove to be an effective back one last time in his career, or he will be buried on the depth chart for younger talent.

Who do you have as overrated and underrated in the ratings we’ve seen from Madden NFL 18 thus far?

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  1. Gronk is the most dominant player on the field at any position. Being rated a 98 isn't inaccurate. There is literally nobody that can cover him. Nobody. Not to mention he is amazing in the blocking game as well.
    Sure. He's injured a lot. But when he's on the field there is absolutely nobody in his league.
    Phillip Rivers is overrated but Cam Newton is underrated? If anything I would say it is reversed. Outside of a very good 2015, Newton has never really been a great QB. Seems like this entire thing is based on INT's thrown, if that was the case we could say Brett Farve was overrated. Compare every other QB stat and it's not even close, Rivers wins hands down. Cam should a higher potential in the game due to his age.
    As for Gronk, he IS the best player at his position. Just because he is injury prone it doesn't diminish his actual skill level. Tom Brady has an incredible effect on players but New England has never had a TE that can do the things that Gronk does. Even Bennett was average at best when compared to Gronk. There's only been two other tight ends I have ever seen play that compare to Gronk; Tony Gonzales and Antonio Gates. It seems this list is more players the OP just doesn't like moreso than actually being overrated/underrated. I could make a very strong case for Aaron Donald as well but it's already been made.
    To say Aaron Donald is overrated because of his sack number compared to Wake is a ridiculous statement and shows a complete lack of understand of how football works and what makes a player valuable. Wake's entire job is to rush from the edge and get to the QB. You can see how Madden deals with this when they sometimes call guys like Wake OLB (depending if they play in 3-4 or 4-3).  Donald plays in a different system and his job is to not only disrupt the QB, but also to hold the line, stop runs and generally eat up defenders. 
     
    Pro Football Focus (who's entire business comes from rating players like coaches would) called him the best defender in the league last year- better than even JJ Watt. (SOURCE: http://theramswire.usatoday.com/2017/01/24/los-angeles-rams-aaron-donald-best-defensive-player-pro-football-focus/).   “He ended the season with 82 total QB pressures, five more than any other interior defender and tied for second-most in the entire NFL. Only Oakland’s Khalil Mack notched more total pressures over the season, and he plays as an edge defender, where pressure is easier to come by. "
    Also - Pitt sucks. I hate Aaron Donald!
    Pretty strongly disagree with characterizing Rivers at overrated at 84.  Rivers has been consistently great for nearly all of his career, and San Diego would have gone like 1-15 with any quarterback worse than him last year.  I think 84 is probably low for Rivers, but because he's played in San Diego, a small market, and has had some really bad teams around him the last few seasons, with terrible ownership and shoddy coaching, he has never been able to get the credit that he deserves later in his career.
    For a sneaky overrated, I'm going with James White on the Patriots, who I think is an 81 and is the top rated RB in New England with Dion Lewis.  White is getting a super bowl boost, and if the Patriots lost that game and white didn't have a historic performance, he'd be like a forgotten 76 overall.
    Rebel10

    For a sneaky overrated, I'm going with James White on the Patriots, who I think is an 81 and is the top rated RB in New England with Dion Lewis. *White is getting a super bowl boost, and if the Patriots lost that game and white didn't have a historic performance, he'd be like a forgotten 76 overall.

    James White had 60 receptions for 551 yards and 5 TD's last year. His receptions and yards were 3rd most in the NFL for RB's. The SuperBowl was when the whole world got a chance to see how good this kid is, New England fans saw it all year long. He might actually be one of the most underrated RB's in this years game
    eXperiment63
    Gronk is the most dominant player on the field at any position. Being rated a 98 isn't inaccurate. There is literally nobody that can cover him. Nobody. Not to mention he is amazing in the blocking game as well.
    Sure. He's injured a lot. But when he's on the field there is absolutely nobody in his league.

    JJ Watt is his defensive equivalent IMO
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    KeanuReevesRules
    JJ Watt is his defensive equivalent IMO
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    I'd even be hesitant to say that. Watt and Donald are by far the closest. BUT! I've never seen anyone as dominant as Gronk. Ever. He's made of glass, but I'll be damned if he isn't the single most dynamic player I've ever watched. I'd say LT in his heyday was probably the closest we've ever seen to Gronk on the defensive side of the ball.
    This guy just owns everyone he goes up against. Defensive game planning doesn't matter. If the Patriots scheme for him to be heavily featured that game, he puts up ungodly stats. He's such a physical freak at his position. He's got a bigger reach than anyone who covers him, by 6-10" usually. He's stronger than anyone who can run with him. He's faster than anyone who matches up remotely in size. Has hands as good as anyone in the history at the TE position.
    You can gameplan to negate great defensive linemen as much as possible. They'll still get their wins, but you can limit them. There is no limiting him when the Patriots call on him.
    eXperiment63
    I'd even be hesitant to say that. Watt and Donald are by far the closest. BUT! I've never seen anyone as dominant as Gronk. Ever. He's made of glass, but I'll be damned if he isn't the single most dynamic player I've ever watched. I'd say LT in his heyday was probably the closest we've ever seen to Gronk on the defensive side of the ball.
    This guy just owns everyone he goes up against. Defensive game planning doesn't matter. If the Patriots scheme for him to be heavily featured that game, he puts up ungodly stats. He's such a physical freak at his position. He's got a bigger reach than anyone who covers him, by 6-10" usually. He's stronger than anyone who can run with him. He's faster than anyone who matches up remotely in size. Has hands as good as anyone in the history at the TE position.
    You can gameplan to negate great defensive linemen as much as possible. They'll still get their wins, but you can limit them. There is no limiting him when the Patriots call on him.

    Until I see Gronk flip over and play defense like Watt has to offense I will say they are equal.
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    This honestly may be the worst write up I've seen in my few years on this site.  Vic Beasley just led the NFL in sacks, and is rated 83 ovr, but Cameron Wake is the most underrated at 89?  They literally do the same thing, and Beasley is better at it.  How in the world is Marshawn Lynch underrated at an 85?  What are you expecting from him, at 31 years old, that would require him to be above an 85?
    JakeReaves
    The Gronk kool aid is strong in here. Best player you've ever seen???

    Where did I say best? I said most dominant.
    Brady is the best player I've ever seen. Along with Jerry rice.
    Beasley led the league in sacks but his pressure numbers were not great. He will probably fall off this year. Donald is the best lineman in the NFL, and aside from Watt it's not really close. Interior lineman generally don't get huge sack numbers, but look at his total pressures and run defense.
    JakeReaves
    The Gronk kool aid is strong in here. Best player you've ever seen???

    I wouldn't say best player, as that title still belongs to Lawrence Taylor and Barry Sanders or me. But I would say Gronk is the best tight end I have ever seen.
    MMChrisS

    Overrated: Philip Rivers (84 Overall)
    Just on name alone, it almost feels weird calling Rivers overrated at a meager 84 overall. Unfortunately, Rivers was close to a career low last year with 21 interceptions and 60 percent completion rate. The worst part of it was that he lead the Chargers to a sour 5-11 record, which was their worst in years. There's little doubt to me that, as it stands, Rivers is the most overrated QB on the Madden 18 roster.
    Somebody help me out here, was the author of this article in a coma the year before when the Chargers went 4-12?
    Lol Gronk the best player you've ever seen? He's not the best player in his era, not even the best player in the league. I don't think he's ever really been the best player in the league. Not even if you take quarterbacks out of the discussion.
    Also, Donald is not overrated. He's right with Mack and Watt in terms of defensive impact.
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    I stoped reading after the first one. Anyone who doesn't know that Aaron Donald is the best lineman in football is retarded. He is an interior lineman, sacks are very unimportant to him. 
    Definitely disagree with a lot in this write up. I wouldn't say Gronkowski is overrated at all, when he plays he's easily the best tight end in the league and one of the best players in the NFL. He has an injury rating, and it should be very low, but when he plays he's one of the best.
    I wouldn't say Marshawn Lynch is underrated at all, for someone who hasn't played since 2015, didn't eclipse 1000 yards or even five TDs, Marshawn is very generously rated. He's a 31 year old running back who had a less than stellar season a few years ago and had one of the most punishing and tolling running styles in the NFL. Lynch is one of my favorite players and I would love for him to do well, but calling him underrated when you look at the circumstances is wrong in my opinion.
    I would have to wait and see what Cam Newton's individual ratings are before I can really decide on him. He's an amazing runner, but besides one (extraordinary) outlier year he's been a very average passer. His physical and running stats should be high, but his throwing accuracy shouldn't be. If that's how he's rated in Madden 18 and he comes out to an 88 I'd say he's properly rated.
    If this is going to be your headline article at least do some research.
    Aaron Donald is the most dominant interior defender of the last two years by nearly all metrics. As a DT the author has him compared to DEs who often face single man coverage and can attack from the blindside. Donald has his 28 sacks from the interior where most times he faces the center and a guard,
    He has now moved to edge rusher so comparing his stats to other edge rushers is ignorant and irrelevant. 
    Donald may well be overrated as he is now a DE and this may impact his effectiveness but the fact that the author didn't even mention this shows that he should  not be writing articles. 
    You've lost credibility with your lack of research. Your opinion can be validated but you were lazy in putting this piece together.
    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix without a doubt is underrated. 2nd team All Pro, made the Pro Bowl, and led all safties in picks last season. And all that is good enough for is an 82 OVR and 79 zcv. Are you kidding? Yet Byron Jones and his 1 career INT, who hasn't proven anything in the NFL is an 84. Just baffling. Almost forgot the ratings guy is a Cowboy fan, which explains it. Wouldn't doubt it one bit if he underrated the Packers out of spite. Because you know we beat them in the playoffs.
    shockl3y
    Vic Beasley is like 83 overall....

    83 is definitely under rated - of course take that coming from a falcons fan :D
    Regardless though, I honestly think you can attribute Beasleys lower overall to a couple of things:
    1. Devs already said that ratings for linebackers in 4-3 systems compared to 3-4 systems are different in terms of how overalls are established.
    2. Vic Beasley is ACTUALLY rated as a down lineman, but because he's technically an OLB so he can wear #44, it messes things up a little. He's rated as a down lineman, so he's got great pass rush skills. But he's at OLB and he's not being rated as a 3-4 OLB even, he's being rated as a 4-3 OLB when it comes to overall.
    I think that's why his overall is so low. At the end of the day though, overall matters much less - it's more about the individual ratings and how they match up with the guys playing opposite.
    The one lucky thing we have is that the Madden developers saw that Beasley played mostly as a 4-3 defensive end (90+ % of his snaps) and they adjusted the Atlanta Falcons default defensive playbook substitutions accordingly. Thank goodness to Clint Oldenburg for this! :59:
    pitbill21
    Moron, Aaron Donald IS THE BEST DL in the game, please don't write any more articles, you obviously don't know football.

    Did you forget JJ Watt still exists?
    Wait hangon... So the 2nd best rusher last year is only 85 overall, yet the most underrated running back is fresh out of retirement 85 ovr Lynch? What? More like most overrated.
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    NimitsTexan
    If the OP's examples arei indicative of the overall rating scheme, I think he just proved the Madden roster team did a decent job . . .

    It's easy and popular to hate on Madden ratings but I would say these are some of the best we have seen in years. I realize OVR's mean very little but for appearance purposes, it's good to see that not every big name player is a 90+. I am still going to completely edit every player in the game because I hate my free time apparently lol.
    Godgers12
    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix without a doubt is underrated. 2nd team All Pro, made the Pro Bowl, and led all safties in picks last season. And all that is good enough for is an 82 OVR and 79 zcv. Are you kidding? Yet Byron Jones and his 1 career INT, who hasn't proven anything in the NFL is an 84. Just baffling. Almost forgot the ratings guy is a Cowboy fan, which explains it. Wouldn't doubt it one bit if he underrated the Packers out of spite. Because you know we beat them in the playoffs.

    He is underrated but Byron does a lot of stuff on the back end. Judging a player based off ints alone is silly. Byron Jones' measurables are better for one.
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    Find_the_Door
    He is underrated but Byron does a lot of stuff on the back end. Judging a player based off ints alone is silly. Byron Jones' measurables are better for one.
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    Which brings me to Kevin King, their measurables are basically identical. Yet Jones is far more athletic in Madden, and King has 83 agl despite having the best 3 cone at the combine.
    Godgers12
    Which brings me to Kevin King, their measurables are basically identical. Yet Jones is far more athletic in Madden, and King has 83 agl despite having the best 3 cone at the combine.

    Can you post both measurables side by side?
    Also what do scouting reports say on King? Some guys measure great but it never translates to moving in pads.
    Find_the_Door
    Can you post both measurables side by side?
    Also what do scouting reports say on King? Some guys measure great but it never translates to moving in pads.

    Not the point, the ratings guy completely ignored his 3 cone. Also, both had similar reports questioning their change of direction. Yet Jones had 95 agility as a rookie. And from what I see with King, he has very fluid hips. Not to mention both had a SPARQ score of 99. That's like giving John Ross 88 speed because some questioned his ability to translate that to game day.
    Godgers12
    Not the point, the ratings guy completely ignored his 3 cone. Also, both had similar reports questioning their change of direction. Yet Jones had 95 agility as a rookie. And from what I see with King, he has very fluid hips. That's like giving John Ross 88 speed because some questioned his ability to translate that to game day.

    Well maybe after seeing them in pads the rating was reevaluated? No reason to chant conspiracy
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    Find_the_Door
    Well maybe after seeing them in pads the rating was reevaluated? No reason to chant conspiracy
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    The deciding factor in their ratings, Jones is a Cowgirl, King a Packer, simple as that.
    Godgers12
    The deciding factor in their ratings, Jones is a Cowgirl, King a Packer, simple as that.

    King is also a rookie - Jones has time under his belt at multiple positions. Not to mention King had a really rough debut. Jones has looked good since day 1.
    Believe what you wanna believe. I'm just saying not every discrepancy is grounds for conspiracy. Now let's not derail the thread for others.
    Gronk (healthy Gronk) is absolutely the most dominant at his position that anyone has ever been. he is so much better than anyone else that has ever played his position. The Patriots hate is strong in here.
    Find_the_Door
    King is also a rookie - Jones has time under his belt at multiple positions. Not to mention King had a really rough debut. Jones has looked good since day 1.
    Believe what you wanna believe. I'm just saying not every discrepancy is grounds for conspiracy. Now let's not derail the thread for others.

    King had an up and down debut, it wasn't brutal, lost his man on a scramble, but followed that up by forcing a turnover later on.
    Godgers12
    Which brings me to Kevin King, their measurables are basically identical. Yet Jones is far more athletic in Madden, and King has 83 agl despite having the best 3 cone at the combine.

    Lol, seen you post this quite a bit. I do agree with you fwiw. Not only did King have one of the best 3-cone times, but his 20 yd shuttle was elite as well. In fact, his combined score (which Madden uses for AGI for draft prospects in CFM) is 10.45. Desmond Trufant's combined score is 10.50 and he is rated a 97 in AGI. B.Jones is a 10.72 and has a 96.
    And from what I gather, it isn't physical lateral movement King lacks, it's more of an inconsistency in anticipating and reading routes. That hesitation will sometimes give the WR the edge he needs and make a player like King "look" less agile at times. A lack of understanding the NFL playbook and calls may also make him look 'off' at times during his rookie year. So his AWR/PRC ratings should reflect that, not an imposed ding to his physical attributes.
    So he is 'underrated' in AGI based off objective data, but I also don't think he belongs in a 'Most Underrated' thread at this time.
    MMChrisS

    Underrated: Jordan Reed (91 Overall)
    With a much worse quarterback and scheme, Reed totaled 45 receptions over just nine games. In comparison to Gronkowski, that's nearly double the production, and we're looking at a much lower rating for Reed. No, he hasn't proven that he can stay healthy for an entire season. But for a former QB, Reed is in just his third season at tight end. If Cousins can have a strong year, Reed might prove to be the best TE in the NFL.

    I'm not sure where you're getting your information from. Jordan Reed had 45 catches over 9 games in his rookie season. Reed has been in the NFL for four years, all four as a tight end. He did go to Florida as a QB but then switched to TE while still at Florida. It seems your information is some kind of post-rookie season scouting report.
    zukes
    Gronk (healthy Gronk) is absolutely the most dominant at his position that anyone has ever been. he is so much better than anyone else that has ever played his position. The Patriots hate is strong in here.

    Absolutely the most dominant? Not saying you can't be right but that smacks of recency bias. I am not a Pats-basher either.
    I bet there are a few who would say prime Moss or Calvin Johnson would be up there. Not to mention other old timers like Deacon Jones, etc.
    rkwittem
    Absolutely the most dominant? Not saying you can't be right but that smacks of recency bias. I am not a Pats-basher either.
    I bet there are a few who would say prime Moss or Calvin Johnson would be up there. Not to mention other old timers like Deacon Jones, etc.
    Those players don't play his position tho...
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    cquigley
    Those players don't play his position tho...
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    Yes, I understand that, but those guys in their primes were, I think, as dominant at their positions as Gronk is at TE. It's not nearly as clear-cut as it's being made out.
    rkwittem
    Yes, I understand that, but those guys in their primes were, I think, as dominant at their positions as Gronk is at TE. It's not nearly as clear-cut as it's being made out.
    I didn't read it like that. I read it as he's the most dominant at the tight end position. If it's most dominant overall certainly not.
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    They did my man Eric Wood, 2015 Pro Bowl Center of the Bills dirty this year. 73 Overall for the starting center of the NFL's best rushing attack last year. That doesn't make much sense to me.
    Godgers12
    Which brings me to Kevin King, their measurables are basically identical. Yet Jones is far more athletic in Madden, and King has 83 agl despite having the best 3 cone at the combine.

    I tweeted about this exact thing to Shooter McGavin. Kevin King ran a 6.56 3cone drill at the combine and his agility is 87 (after a roster update). Still way too low IMO. Christian McCaffrey ran a 6.57 3cone and has 95 agility. Buster Skrine used to have a 98 agility rating in madden ( I think even last year) and ran a 6.44 3cone drill at the combine in 2011.
    I think Kevin King's agility rating should be AT LEAST a 90 if they are going to lowball him. I personally would have it at 95 if McCaffrey's is a 95.
    Would be great if others who feel the same way about this tweet at Shooter McGavin too. His handle is @Equipment_Guru
    He handles the rosters for Madden.
    mjd113
    Ryan Switzer has Quick Development.
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    the 4th round pick from the Cowboys? Sure there's no bias.... How many other 4th rounders or later have quick dev?

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