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Madden NFL 18 Player Ratings - Top Wide Receivers

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Madden NFL 18 Player Ratings - Top Wide Receivers

EA Sports has posted the Madden NFL 18 player ratings for the top wide receivers in the game this year. Check them out and post your thoughts!

  • Julio Jones (Overall 98)
  • Antonio Brown (Overall 97)
  • A.J. Green (Overall 94)
  • Odell Beckham, Jr. (Overall 93)
  • Dez Bryant (Overall 91)
  • DeAndre Hopkins (Overall 91)
  • Jordy Nelson (Overall 91)
  • Mike Evans (Overall 90)
  • Larry Fitzgerald (Overall 90)
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  1. I appreciate that they're not willing to inflate ratings to achieve a higher overall - Odell seems to be rated within the realm of his skillset. Still a fantastic receiver on Madden but docked in few categories (same with Dez). I still wish they'd separate the scale even further though.
    J.Cole
    I have, I know greens a top 5 WR but I belive most people would have obj above him narrowly but maybe that's just me.
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    Sorry, I thought you were saying it like there is no way green is better than Odell, I think Green is better but I could see the other way around also
    yotileintruder1
    Sorry, I thought you were saying it like there is no way green is better than Odell, I think Green is better but I could see the other way around also

    No problem, I think if he plays all 16 games this year then he can be better unquestionably.
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    Heehee. I love how they mention julios spin and stiff arm. Lol. He's always had the stiff arm. I'm not going to look up previous maddens, but it always seems like they didnt give him enough credit there. With his size and balance, he often catches a ball with one hand and then smacks a smaller DB with the other for some serious YAC. lol. Love me some Julio.
    Go, dirty birds!! Let's play both halves of the super bowl this year!!!!
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    Its concerning to me that theres 62 total WRs over 80+ in this years game, as the blog points out. In my mind thats way too many. You look at the difference from the #1 Julio Jones to #5 Dez Bryant, 7 points, thats a big disparity and something I love to see. But the range from Dez's 91 OVR down to 80 OVR includes like... 60 guys? Theres going to be so many receivers who are so similar. I really want to see ratings more spread out so players feel more unique and team building is more of a challenge.
    BleedGreen710
    Its concerning to me that theres 62 total WRs over 80+ in this years game, as the blog points out. In my mind thats way too many. You look at the difference from the #1 Julio Jones to #5 Dez Bryant, 7 points, thats a big disparity and something I love to see. But the range from Dez's 91 OVR down to 80 OVR includes like... 60 guys? Theres going to be so many receivers who are so similar. I really want to see ratings more spread out so players feel more unique and team building is more of a challenge.

    Yeah, this is always an interesting debate, I think. I think some people expect to see players in the 50s in the game for spreading the talent around. But, I think the problem is, there are no 50s in the NFL, u know? 50s don't make it. 50s might not even play college football. So, I mean, most WRs in the league are probably 70+, anyways. I'm not sure exactly where I would draw the bottom, honestly. But, WRs are athletic, in general. They all have some agility. Most have speed (88+, imo. NO WR should be slower than this), acc, etc. So, I mean, it's a heavy skill position. They're all talented.
    I do agree on the team building and whatnot. And, I want to see unique players, too, but there's a limit between who even makes it in the NFL, first. So, idk, Rex and company seem to be moving in the direction of more uniqueness, I believe. Last year they really implemented the tiered RBs (70+, 80+, and 90+). Now, whether or not u witnessed that difference, I'm not sure. .
    But, I'm hopeful they'll continue to nail down specific jukes and spins and the timing of these things that make a difference for WRs. But, honestly, I just don't expect a 60 WR to even be in the league.
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    BleedGreen710
    Its concerning to me that theres 62 total WRs over 80+ in this years game, as the blog points out. In my mind thats way too many. You look at the difference from the #1 Julio Jones to #5 Dez Bryant, 7 points, thats a big disparity and something I love to see. But the range from Dez's 91 OVR down to 80 OVR includes like... 60 guys? Theres going to be so many receivers who are so similar. I really want to see ratings more spread out so players feel more unique and team building is more of a challenge.

    Sounds like someone just got done watching Ryan Moody's video ;)
    Landonio
    Sounds like someone just got done watching Ryan Moody's video ;)

    I do share a lot of his opinions, yes, though there's plenty I disagree with.
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    BleedGreen710
    Its concerning to me that theres 62 total WRs over 80+ in this years game, as the blog points out. In my mind thats way too many. You look at the difference from the #1 Julio Jones to #5 Dez Bryant, 7 points, thats a big disparity and something I love to see. But the range from Dez's 91 OVR down to 80 OVR includes like... 60 guys? Theres going to be so many receivers who are so similar. I really want to see ratings more spread out so players feel more unique and team building is more of a challenge.

    Landonio
    Sounds like someone just got done watching Ryan Moody's video ;)

    I understand that people think that a greater disparity in the OVR of players will create more diversity, but IMO, one 83 WR may already be a radically different player than another 83 WR. One can have 93 speed, with poor Route running, low break press, and drops open passes. Another may be 86 in speed, but have a 90 CIT, high strength, and the clutch trait. The similarity in OVR for most of the starting WR for each team is not indicative of homogeneous player types, IMO.
    Also, we'll see when the game drops, but I expect that most of those 80-84 WR are not going to be able to get open against CB and safeties like they did in past Maddens, because the improvement in man coverage, deep zones and the fixing of the legacy underneath zone bugs.
    OhMrHanky
    Yeah, this is always an interesting debate, I think. I think some people expect to see players in the 50s in the game for spreading the talent around. But, I think the problem is, there are no 50s in the NFL, u know? 50s don't make it. 50s might not even play college football. So, I mean, most WRs in the league are probably 70+, anyways. I'm not sure exactly where I would draw the bottom, honestly. But, WRs are athletic, in general. They all have some agility. Most have speed (88+, imo. NO WR should be slower than this), acc, etc. So, I mean, it's a heavy skill position. They're all talented.
    I do agree on the team building and whatnot. And, I want to see unique players, too, but there's a limit between who even makes it in the NFL, first. So, idk, Rex and company seem to be moving in the direction of more uniqueness, I believe. Last year they really implemented the tiered RBs (70+, 80+, and 90+). Now, whether or not u witnessed that difference, I'm not sure. .
    But, I'm hopeful they'll continue to nail down specific jukes and spins and the timing of these things that make a difference for WRs. But, honestly, I just don't expect a 60 WR to even be in the league.
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    Ha! I was thinking almost the exact same thoughts while i was reading the post you replied to. I can't buy into the 'spread out the ratings' thing. Guys that make it to the NFL were in the top 10% of college players. They are all elite to some varying degree. Physically, there is just not much of a gap in general from the best to worst at each position. The difference is almost all mental except when injuries come into play. Who continues to hone their craft once they make the NFL where guys as talented as they are, are everywhere. Situation and scheme can also ruin a talented player. Roster attrition kicks 5-10% of the talent out of the league every year, too.
    I think we need more and/or better traits to distinguish players' differences instead of widening the talent gap with ratings. Playbook knowledge is a huge factor that I wish EA would implement as well.
    You are also right, IMO, that if a guy is rated in the 50's OVR, he has no business being in the NFL. That's an 'F' in how i look at it. It's either time for a position change or you'd better look into coaching or finish up that degree.
    I see it like this: about 60-65% of the league should be in the 70's OVR, 15-20% in the 80's, 15% in the 60's, 5% in the 90's. Obviously there would be some outliers and % leeway up and down.
    Speaking specifically to the post of being too many WR's in the 80's, I'd say 62 WRs is about right actually. There's 293 WR in the roster. So 21% are 80 and above.
    You guys have made some great points. I still wish there was more disparity, but I'm a little more content with the ratings now after hearing the other side of the argument.
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    BleedGreen710
    You guys have made some great points. I still wish there was more disparity, but I'm a little more content with the ratings now after hearing the other side of the argument.
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    If you look at rosters team by team, and not just grouped together like this, it doesn't look nearly as bad.
    Jets - 5 starters over 80
    49ers- 8
    Bengals -11
    Bills -11
    Cards - 11
    Colts - 9
    Rams - 9
    Texans - 11
    That is 8 teams that have half or more of their starters at below 80 overall.
    jfsolo
    I understand that people think that a greater disparity in the OVR of players will create more diversity, but IMO, one 83 WR may already be a radically different player than another 83 WR. One can have 93 speed, with poor Route running, low break press, and drops open passes. Another may be 86 in speed, but have a 90 CIT, high strength, and the clutch trait. The similarity in OVR for most of the starting WR for each team is not indicative of homogeneous player types, IMO.
    Also, we'll see when the game drops, but I expect that most of those 80-84 WR are not going to be able to get open against CB and safeties like they did in past Maddens, because the improvement in man coverage, deep zones and the fixing of the legacy underneath zone bugs.

    This is an excellent point and makes me wonder if total OVR is even important, or just a collection of position specific individual ratings which seems more lifelike. For instance rather than cling to debating OBJ vs Dez, acknowledge that they hardly play the same position and provide each players SPD, RTE, RLS, etc and allow the coach to make a decision on which fits their scheme better. I felt like OVR and age determine salaries on the game far more than skill set. This would impact that.
    I really wish with these blogs they'd let you get a look at ALL the ratings. There are certain things in receivers I put a premium on like the RELEASE and catch in traffic ratings or the PMV FMW for linemen.
    I do like that overalls here seem to have to spread, but their function in the actual game is in the positional skill ratings.
    Senator Palmer
    I really wish with these blogs they'd let you get a look at ALL the ratings. There are certain things in receivers I put a premium on like the RELEASE and catch in traffic ratings or the PMV FMW for linemen.
    I do like that overalls here seem to have to spread, but their function in the actual game is in the positional skill ratings.
    The entire ratings spreadsheet has been out for several days
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    Find_the_Door
    The entire ratings spreadsheet has been out for several days
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    Good to know. I didn't see it on the official site. I'll search around for it.
    Glad to see Hilton is not on this list.
    I am a Colt fan who watched Manning displace Harbaugh, but my horseshoe glasses are not so tinted that I would suggest Hilton is worth the $ he's getting paid, even if he's statistically one of the best in the game.
    The guy's skill set is limited and Madden appears to respect that.
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