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Madden NFL 19's Top Five Rebuilds to Undertake in Franchise Mode

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Madden NFL 19's Top Five Rebuilds to Undertake in Franchise Mode

With only a few weeks before Madden NFL 19 is released, many franchise players are already deciding which team they will choose for their CFM. As is the case every year, heavy roster turnover and a fresh crop of rookies has changed the look and make up of most teams in the NFL. With that change comes new and fun teams to try and overhaul for a run at a Super Bowl.

Here is a list of five teams that are an interesting and fun rebuild for franchise players. These teams are still a few pieces away so don’t expect to see perennial contenders like the Patriots or the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Note: Full ratings have not been released at this time so this is merely a projection.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Oakland Raiders – Talent is present on both sides of the ball, but weird offseason moves by returning head coach Jon Gruden may have hurt the team overall.
  • Indianapolis Colts – It’s Andrew Luck, 83 overall rookie guard Quentin Nelson, and a whole lot of nothing in Indy. This rebuild could take years.
  • Seattle Seahawks – The Legion of Boom is gone and that offensive line is still in rough shape. Russell Wilson may not be enough here.

5. Cincinnati Bengals: Marvin Lewis has perpetually underachieved despite a roster full of talent on both sides of the ball. AJ Green is still a top-flight wide receiver and the backfield is full of young talent. John Ross should still be Madden royalty in terms of speed rating, and Geno Atkins and Vontaze Burfict will provide the defense with some playmakers. Andy Dalton isn’t the ideal quarterback to build around but drafting a replacement shouldn’t be too difficult. The talent has always been there for Cincy and they should be a good candidate for a quick turnaround. Overall, the Bengals could be rebuilt over the course of a single offseason.

  • Strengths: WR, RB, DB
  • Weaknesses: QB, OL

4. New York Giants: The age of Eli is at an end. The first thing to do is plan for the future and scout QBs in the draft or trade for a QB like Teddy Bridgewater. Odell Beckham Jr. will still be one of the top WRs in Madden and is only 25 years old, so re-signing him should be at the top of the priority list. Rookie RB Saquon Barkley is the highest rated in the rookie class for the skill positions and has a well rounded skill set for the running game. Nate Solder should help improve the Giants line play, and Landon Collins will anchor the defensive side of the ball. The Giants are another team that could be turned around in short order and compete for a championship in year two or three.

  • Strengths: S, RB, WR
  • Weaknesses: LB, QB, DL

3. San Francisco 49ers: All hail Jimmy G! Building around Garoppolo should be the first priority. The WRs in San Francisco are okay but could use an infusion of top talent. Likewise, Jerrick McKinnon is speedy but unproven in the backfield so being on the lookout for an upgrade wouldn’t hurt. On the defensive side of the ball, Richard Sherman should lock down the opposing team’s best receiver, while DeForest Buckner should cause fits up the middle. Reuben Foster is a prime candidate to be a great user LB to patrol the middle of the field, and will likely be the best defensive player on the roster long term. While Jimmy G has caused buzz around the league and should hopefully solve the 49ers franchise QB problem, the 49ers are at least two seasons away from really being a contender.

  • Strengths: QB, DL, LB
  • Weaknesses: WR, OL, TE, DB

2. Cleveland Browns: The Browns were an incredibly fun rebuild in Madden NFL 18 because of first-overall pick Myles Garrett, and two first-round draft picks for the 2018 draft. Those picks are now 81 overall QB Baker Mayfield and 80 overall CB Denzel Ward. The draft wasn’t the only source of talent for the Browns, however. Madden deity Jarvis Landry has made his way over from Miami, and alongside Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman give the Browns a really good crop of pass catchers. The backfield has talent as well with former 49er Carlos Hyde and rookie Nick Chubb. With veteran QB Tyrod Taylor on the Browns, there is plenty of trade capital to fill any holes on the offensive line or the defense, where Garrett remains the standout. While the REAL Browns are a few years away from contention, the Madden 19 Browns will be able to compete very quickly.

  • Strengths: WR, RB, DL, LB, QB
  • Weaknesses: OL, S

1. Baltimore Ravens: Let’s get one thing straight: Lamar Jackson is juiced. If for nothing else, rebuilding the Ravens around one of the best-rated rookies in Madden history should be a great time. 94 Throw Power with 91 Speed is Michael Vick-like and will quickly result in Joe Flacco becoming the most “elite” free agent in the league. C.J. Mosley is a good defensive piece, but make no mistake, the Ravens are an aging roster that will take a few seasons to build into a contender. Ronnie Stanley is a nice piece on the line and Michael Crabtree has come over from Oakland as a solid possession receiver. The way the roster stands much of the offense should be traded away or outright released to better fit Lamar Jackson’s skill set. Despite the overall lack of talent, the Baltimore Ravens currently stand as an early favorite to receive an overhaul for CFM in Madden NFL 19 and should provide a lot of fun on the field.

  • Strengths: Lamar Jackson, C.J. Mosley
  • Weaknesses: Just about everything else.

That’s my list for the top five teams to rebuild in Madden 19. Comment below and let us know yours.

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  1. The 49ers are a good pick but not for the reasons the article states.
    QB will not be a strength when the game comes out. He'll be middle of the road because he hasn't proven himself over a full season yet, somewhere between around 81-86. And since he's 26 he won't develop in CFM. In real life, he's the QB for the next decade. In Madden, he's a bridge QB and you need to draft one.
    The issue with the 49'ers is Jimmy G's contract is kind of out of whack with what the same player would ask for inside of the mode itself. To me his progression won't ever match his cap number making him more of a liability than asset in terms of building the franchise. I'd rather draft a QB from Madden created QB's who are historically over powered, or resigned him myself to a Madden rated based contract that would have brought his cap number way down.
    With that said, looks like there is an out after year 3 dead cap wise.
    solmon
    Really good article - I would have swapped the Colts in for the Giants and replaced 49ers with Dolphins.

    I agree with the idea of Dolphins and Colts. Giants may need a QB, but with Barkley, OBJ and Ingram they have a really solid core to build with. For me that means they're not a true "rebuild" because you only need a couple things like QB, and even there you have one for a year or two already.
    adembroski
    The 49ers are a good pick but not for the reasons the article states.
    QB will not be a strength when the game comes out. He'll be middle of the road because he hasn't proven himself over a full season yet, somewhere between around 81-86. And since he's 26 he won't develop in CFM. In real life, he's the QB for the next decade. In Madden, he's a bridge QB and you need to draft one.

    If he is an 85, that's a solid QB to me. Sub 80 is where I would consider the position a "need". You could easily build the 49ers around an 81-85 Jimmy GQ and be competing for titles. Especially with how the game struggles to make quarterbacks much different than each other (all very accurate).
    My top 3 would be Indy, Miami, and SF. I think Miami is the big one, surprised it wasn't on their list.
    Personally, I'll be "rebuilding" my Cowboys with needs at WR, TE and the need for a better secondary.
    I'd expect the Browns to be somewhat the Jags of Madden 17. If you know how to use them, you're going to dominate, even from year one. Real life Browns = dumpster fire, most likely. Madden Browns = skilled team, H2H favorite.
    The inevitably injured Luck and the Colts are definitely in my top three, not that I am disagreeing with this list, it's an opinion. Of all the CFM years I have ran, it gets really, really ugly in Indy, a QB with TY Hilton and one lineman is really all they have...like all they have...
    I'd add Tampa on this list, they're similar to Cincy IMO, especially with Jameis and his three game suspension. I think they're a franchise closer to needing to be blown up than competing, kinda tinkering on disaster, especially if Mike Evans goes down or they lose McCoy/LeVonte on defense.
    Peroxide4
    the fact that the Buccs arent even mentioned is a travesty

    I see them as an honorable mention - they've got talent in a lot of places
    I could also see Redskins as honorable mention. There are some things to like, many to fix. Smith is just a bridge, don't love their moves at WR. OL has issues.
    solmon
    I see them as an honorable mention - they've got talent in a lot of places

    they probably look a lot worse to me because, imo, Winston is not the answer at Qb and that would obviously change alot
    Peroxide4
    they probably look a lot worse to me because, imo, Winston is not the answer at Qb and that would obviously change alot

    That's fair, could trade for Bridgewater
    Pretty bad take to say Weaknesses for the Ravens is everything else.  Even in Madden.  They have one of the better-rated front 7's and they are really good at the CB position.  Suggs might be old, but you already have a 3 man rotation that shouldn't take much at all to develop Bowser, Williams and Judon.
    The OL is well above average and they just stocked the TE position and just added two developmental WR's.  They are far from being terrible in Madden.  VERY far from it.  Jets and Bills on the other hand, those are the rebuild teams if you want a challenge to rebuild.
    LBzrule
    Pretty bad take to say Weaknesses for the Ravens is everything else.* Even in Madden.* They have one of the better-rated front 7's and they are really good at the CB position.* Suggs might be old, but you already have a 3 man rotation that shouldn't take much at all to develop Bowser, Williams and Judon.
    The OL is well above average and they just stocked the TE position and just added two developmental WR's.* They are far from being terrible in Madden.* VERY far from it.* Jets and Bills on the other hand, those are the rebuild teams if you want a challenge to rebuild.

    Let's be honest. No one really cares about any other player on the Ravens aside from Jackson. I'm not sure how I feel about all this extra attention the team's getting now.
    yurivexen
    Let's be honest. No one really cares about any other player on the Ravens aside from Jackson. I'm not sure how I feel about all this extra attention the team's getting now.

    That's the oversight on their part. The roster is actually damn good.
    LBzrule
    That's the oversight on their part. The roster is actually damn good.

    I agree. Ravens fan here. I love the CB and LB depth. Tim Williams has his face, so he would definitely become a starter down the road along with Judon. Maurice Canady could probably move to safety if needed. There is definitely talent on the team. I like Dixon. Hopefully they add Collin's face this year. If you haven't noticed, I'm a big authenticity guy. I really don't like using players without their faces. It just bothers me.
    The top 5 rebuilds in my opinion would be-
    1.Browns- All the movement the last few years in the off-season and draft pieces they've accumulated make them an easy #1. As a Steelers fan, I've been worrying about them being on the rise for some time now.
    2.Dolphins- They've had quite a roster shake up the last two years. We all know their history with the misses in their draft and free agency moves as well as their playoff drought. They could definitely provide a challenge for those looking to build a contender.
    3.Colts- With Andrew Luck missing so much time over the years nobody could take them too serious. Almost as if the team had no real motivation to try too hard in my opinion. They've been in a slump for a good amount of time now and the right few GM moves could put them back in contention.
    4. Giants- They aren't too far off from being a contender from where they currently stand. Their though division is tough. I think they could be fun to start a redemption season with after last season's disaster/turmoil.
    5.Jets/Bears/49ers/Cardinals/Seahawks- Any of these teams could easily fill that last slot
    The Dolphins made the playoffs two seasons ago. That's not really much of a drought. I do agree they'll probably be one of the worst teams ITL this year, tho.
    I do agree with most of the rest of your list, FWIW. I don't really consider the Seahawks a rebuild. For Madden purposes they will at least be serviceable so long as Wilson is on the roster.
    stinkubus
    The Dolphins made the playoffs two seasons ago. That's not really much of a drought. I do agree they'll probably be one of the worst teams ITL this year, tho.
    I do agree with most of the rest of your list, FWIW. I don't really consider the Seahawks a rebuild. For Madden purposes they will at least be serviceable so long as Wilson is on the roster.

    With the Dolphins I meant drought as in not enough talent to get past the 1st round of the playoffs their last two appearances when they finally did make it there. They aren't empty on talent in this year's Madden but they're average to below average on paper overall. They're definitely a project but as we know, in Madden any team can be rebuilt fast. It'll be interesting though with the new scheme importance that's be emphasised.
    The Seahawks I do agree with you as far as Wilson. They did however lose too many key players to their great run they had. Free agency,cuts, retirement etc. These guys were huge in regards to team chemistry and importance at their position. A good user-run GM could have a lot of fun plugging in a few new faces to compete in the NFC West again.
    Denver  other than QB and O-Line  everything is there for u  keemem is  on a 2-year contact  chubb  will be better as the season goes   Sutton could be a souild num 2 wr  in madden every TE catching everything anyway  denver has 4 guys that can eage rush the qb  chubb barnett and ray plus von   and if u cut thomas sanders marshall  d stewart  keemum  u can free up a lot of room  to get a QB and improve both lines
    Peroxide4
    the fact that the Buccs arent even mentioned is a travesty

    I'd easily replace the Ravens with the Bucs. That's not even being a homer, when you look at the entire situation in Tampa it is a rebuild project. Dirk was on the hot seat, for some reason he wasn't fired. Winston is suspended three games because the NFL is inconsistent on penalties(what happened to the mandated 6 game suspension?) and will likely start 0-3(Eagles, Saints and Steelers first three weeks) and be near the top of the 2019 NFL Draft order.
    The only reason the Ravens are on this list is just because of the "Madden" value Lamar brings. Otherwise saying a 9-7 team who barely missed the playoffs all because of a broken play on the last play of the season is a rebuild is stupid.
    UFCMPunk
    I'd easily replace the Ravens with the Bucs. That's not even being a homer, when you look at the entire situation in Tampa it is a rebuild project. Dirk was on the hot seat, for some reason he wasn't fired. Winston is suspended three games because the NFL is inconsistent on penalties(what happened to the mandated 6 game suspension?) and will likely start 0-3(Eagles, Saints and Steelers first three weeks) and be near the top of the 2019 NFL Draft order.
    The only reason the Ravens are on this list is just because of the "Madden" value Lamar brings. Otherwise saying a 9-7 team who barely missed the playoffs all because of a broken play on the last play of the season is a rebuild is stupid.

    As a Ravens homer, I completely agree. We are somewhere between a middle of the pack team to a fringe playoff team. I definitely think we have better depth and WR talent than last year, so maybe 9-7 or 10-6 is possible. I say this because most of our winning streak was against poor defenses and back-up QBs, so we HAD to get better just to get a similar record to last years. Also, our schedule is much harder with a loaded NFC South. If you take out Lamar Jackson, Ravens are not on any rebuild list. People say Mosley, but I can name quite a few players to build around..
    Michael Piece
    Marlon Humphrey
    Matt Judon
    Tavon Young
    Ronnie Stanley
    Hayden Hurst/Mark Andrews
    misfit4eva
    Browns were a great rebuild last year too. Great draft(at the time)Garrett,Njoku,etc, and multiple 1sts.

    The Browns were sneaky good in M18 and they provided some of my toughest franchise games. That front 7 is beastly and it can be a struggle to keep your QB upright or get the run game going at times.
    There are a lot of great options in terms of rebuilds for Madden 19. I think it all depends on play style on which you end up choosing. I know there are a lot of "sim" players here and they will shy away from using the Ravens because they don't want to overuse Lamar Jackson's legs while others will be dying to play with him. I'm very excited at the possibilities that these decisions will bring and I'm throwing around a few different franchises to take over once M19 drops.
    misfit4eva
    Browns were a great rebuild last year too. Great draft(at the time)Garrett,Njoku,etc, and multiple 1sts.

    The Browns are have been hyped before the season starts every year for over a decade now. Once the season starts it's the same old Browns. They always have high draft picks because they suck and just like Madden they are not good at projecting talent. Highly drafted players are always rated high despite half of the players taken in the top half of the first round are not as good as those taken in the second half. The best teams in the NFL over long periods of time do so without high draft picks. They are not paying huge money to players who have not proven themselves. In a salary cap era that is huge. In madden however, high drafted players come in equal to or better than proven NFL starters with high development traits. All of this rambling is to say the Browns are always a good rebuild team because they sucked the previous year and have high draft picks.
    timhere1970
    The Browns are have been hyped before the season starts every year for over a decade now. Once the season starts it's the same old Browns. They always have high draft picks because they suck and just like Madden they are not good at projecting talent. Highly drafted players are always rated high despite half of the players taken in the top half of the first round are not as good as those taken in the second half. The best teams in the NFL over long periods of time do so without high draft picks. They are not paying huge money to players who have not proven themselves. In a salary cap era that is huge. In madden however, high drafted players come in equal to or better than proven NFL starters with high development traits. All of this rambling is to say the Browns are always a good rebuild team because they sucked the previous year and have high draft picks.

    In years past I'd agree, but they actually brought in some serious Free Agent talent and drafted pretty well according to most (if not all) grading systems / writers etc. I think it is actually different now.
    I'm a Cowboys fan, so I understand the point you make of unwarranted hype haha.
    DefinedAscent
    I feel as though the Seahawks are a sleeper rebuild.

    They are pretty horrible. They don't have any players 80+ OVR and under 28, also their line is the worst in the game. It is a rebuild for sure.
    T4VERTS
    They are pretty horrible. They don't have any players 80+ OVR and under 28, also their line is the worst in the game. It is a rebuild for sure.

    And keep in mind, tougher division now
    Top 5 picks to me
    1. Colts - Like you said, Andrew Luck and nothing else
    2. Dolphins - Every team in the division has a better future QB
    3. Cardinals - They have pieces, but are in a tough division. 
    4. Broncos - Loved their draft, but they have no QB.
    5. Lions - Feel like their roster needs a pretty good overhaul. Tough division with Aaron Rodgers and the Vikings roster
    milldaddy35
    2. Dolphins - Every team in the division has a better future QB

    I just started a CFM in M18 with updated rosters as the Dolphins and this is no joke. Their defense is an absolute mess and while the offense has some weapons, Tannehill is not even close to an elite QB (though his legs are a plus from time to time) and the offensive line is abysmal. This is going to be a very difficult rebuild for sure!
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    Titans need to be thrown in there. CFM wise they need upgrades at, QB, FB, WR, LG, C, RG, LE, DT, LOLB, MLB and SS. If you add age, TE and ROLB. the new upgrade system won't allow you to upgrade the guys like last year to make a guy serviceable.
    I wonder why no one has mentioned the Bears. They aren't as sexy as the Ravens/Browns/etc, but all you really need is 89 speed Superstar Roquan Smith and I'm good. The fact that they have a nice young secondary with Amos/Jackson/Fuller/Calhoun plus some speed out OLB with Floyd is just icing for that defense. Plus a young QB to develop, 2 young RBs in Cohen and Howard and some decent skill positions. OL is truly awful, but there are enough young pieces to develop to interest me.
    The problem with the Bears as a rebuild, at least for me, is that the pieces are already basically in place for you. For the most part you just need to develop them. Some of these other teams, like the Dolphins for example, are just devoid of talent at entire positions and players need to be acquired as well as developed.
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    R1zzo23
    The problem with the Bears as a rebuild, at least for me, is that the pieces are already basically in place for you. For the most part you just need to develop them. Some of these other teams, like the Dolphins for example, are just devoid of talent at entire positions and players need to be acquired as well as developed.
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    Turbisky's even got a very solid foundation. THP was one of the things that was really difficult to boost in M18, and he's got 93 which is probably plenty. He's basically a lesser Lamar Jackson; he's slower but all the other stuff I'm guessing will be relevant is similar.
    He's got 83 speed himself which isn't hopeless for a QB if you like to scramble.
    Browns will be fun as always, it's usually been using with them due to the draft picks they've been able to accumulate. Raiders will be a top choice for me if I get the game, as well as the Colts. Giants would be fun if I didn't have to face my Eagles so often. I might try the opposite of a rebuild and attempt a dynasty with the Eagles.
    Kakdaddy
    I wonder why no one has mentioned the Bears. They aren't as sexy as the Ravens/Browns/etc, but all you really need is 89 speed Superstar Roquan Smith and I'm good. The fact that they have a nice young secondary with Amos/Jackson/Fuller/Calhoun plus some speed out OLB with Floyd is just icing for that defense. Plus a young QB to develop, 2 young RBs in Cohen and Howard and some decent skill positions. OL is truly awful, but there are enough young pieces to develop to interest me.

    The reasons you pointed out are why they are not on the list. By your own statement their main need is offensive line, not a whole lot else. They have a lot of the pieces, it's just a matter of developing them. A rebuild, I think to most people, is needing new players. No starting with them and just waiting for improvement to flood in.
    In my CFM in M18 the CPU built the Browns up to be an elite team in 5 seasons, and we know that the CPU isn't necessarily great at roster development, but it was easy for them to do so with that squad. For a User in M19 I expect that building the Browns into a juggernaut will be a cakewalk with the foundational pieces that they have.
    jfsolo
    In my CFM in M18 the CPU built the Browns up to be an elite team in 5 seasons, and we know that the CPU isn't necessarily great at roster development, but it was easy for them to do so with that squad. For a User in M19 I expect that building the Browns into a juggernaut will be a cakewalk with the foundational pieces that they have.

    Ya I thought about doing a Browns CFM but it seems too easy. To me the AFC is too easy (only Pats, Jags, Steelers..), so I want a challenge in the NFC. That eliminates Fins, Colts, Ravens, and Browns.
    I'm looking hard at Giants or Redskins b/c division is set to be tough (along with rest of NFC) for several seasons.
    Giants: Lowest # of players 73 OVR and higher with 22 (compared to NE at the high with 43). Awful contract with Solder IMO, multiple expensive crappy players. Really it's Saquon, Beckham, Collins, and Engram. I also like Hernandez and Alexander as draft picks. That's it...although, Lauletta is a bigtime sleeper IMO if developed well.
    Redskins: Big 'ol contract to Smith, gotta replace him in first 2-3 seasons. Nice young defense that's missing pieces, needs to get rid of some older vets IMO. I don't love their WRs, but they have upside. Guice is going to be an absolute beast with 91 TRK and 85 JKM out the gate.
    Cards are a good one too IMO, but I just can't get down with Rosen :)
    Any thoughts?
    What about the Jets?
    The Patriots would make for an interesting case after the first season, as Brady will likely retire (in the game) and you could also move on from Gronk to really tear the offense down.
    DJ
    What about the Jets?
    The Patriots would make for an interesting case after the first season, as Brady will likely retire (in the game) and you could also move on from Gronk to really tear the offense down.

    Ya Jets are a tough challenge - Pats have far too much depth IMO to be a rebuild. It's an interesting storyline though!
    Same with Saints, Steelers, & Chargers - lots of talent, have to replace QB soon.
    Steelers have both Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph on the roster. If you focus on QB development from day one and never let up one or both should be ready to play by the time Ben hangs it up. You can have a shiny new QB and some excellent trade bait. Both Dobbs and Rudolph are also on rookie deals, so if Ben ends up retiring early or getting hurt you'll have a ton of cap space to build around the one you keep until they need resigned. You'll have them under contract for 3 and 4 years, respectively.
    Washington looks pretty solid on paper at WR. Your top 3 receivers will be 99 OVR AB, 21 yo Smith Schuster, and Washington. So you get either the best or second best WR in the game plus two very young talents to develop. Also Le'Veon Bell at HB. your TEs will stink but with what you have elsewhere who cares? The Steelers look like they will have an embarrassment of riches yet again on offense.
    stinkubus
    Steelers have both Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph on the roster. If you focus on QB development from day one and never let up one or both should be ready to play by the time Ben hangs it up. You can have a shiny new QB and some excellent trade bait. Both Dobbs and Rudolph are also on rookie deals, so if Ben ends up retiring early or getting hurt you'll have a ton of cap space to build around the one you keep until they need resigned. You'll have them under contract for 3 and 4 years, respectively.

    I think a team like the Steeler, Patriots, or Saints would be cool. Older quarterback reaching his final years. You might be good for a year or two,but without proper drafting, these teams could be difficult.
    mrcsch
    I think a team like the Steeler, Patriots, or Saints would be cool. Older quarterback reaching his final years. You might be good for a year or two,but without proper drafting, these teams could be difficult.

    Exactly, although I think Rudolph could be the solution in Pitt.
    solmon
    Exactly, although I think Rudolph could be the solution in Pitt.

    I think the Patriots could be a good rebuild. Outside of Brady and Gronk, they only have one ninety overall player. In their top five players only two are under thirty, and none are under twenty-seven. Belichik also isn't in the game so the Pats could be tough.
    mrcsch
    I think the Patriots could be a good rebuild. Outside of Brady and Gronk, they only have one ninety overall player. In their top five players only two are under thirty, and none are under twenty-seven. Belichik also isn't in the game so the Pats could be tough.

    But it's such a weak division that I think in Madden you can indefinitely continue playoff runs
    It really doesn't matter which team you use for cfm. Madden makes it that you can go to the super bowl the first year. Even if the team realistically isn't set up for a super bowl run.
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    forme95
    It really doesn't matter which team you use for cfm. Madden makes it that you can go to the super bowl the first year. Even if the team realistically isn't set up for a super bowl run.
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    Honestly I think that really depends on your difficulty level/sliders and experience though. If you want to go to the super bowl, it’s easily possible to do if you don’t set challenging settings. They do that because a lot of people don’t care for realism and hate losing even one game, so they make it easy to win
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    forme95
    It really doesn't matter which team you use for cfm. Madden makes it that you can go to the super bowl the first year. Even if the team realistically isn't set up for a super bowl run.
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    Use PTM...took me 20+ seasons to win the Superbowl, only appearing in one in the first 12 of those years. It strikes a great balance between user ability and sim, I don't see how anyone could enjoy the full 60 minute gameplay, even with insane sliders it's moderate difficulty, at best.
    SilverBullet19
    I agree with the idea of Dolphins and Colts. Giants may need a QB, but with Barkley, OBJ and Ingram they have a really solid core to build with. For me that means they're not a true "rebuild" because you only need a couple things like QB, and even there you have one for a year or two already.
    If he is an 85, that's a solid QB to me. Sub 80 is where I would consider the position a "need". You could easily build the 49ers around an 81-85 Jimmy GQ and be competing for titles. Especially with how the game struggles to make quarterbacks much different than each other (all very accurate).
    My top 3 would be Indy, Miami, and SF. I think Miami is the big one, surprised it wasn't on their list.
    Personally, I'll be "rebuilding" my Cowboys with needs at WR, TE and the need for a better secondary.
    Better secondary? They're all under 25 damn near and are progressing nicely.
    Not to mention the way the offense runs they don't need star WRs. They do need a TE though but that's about it.
    Find_the_Door
    Better secondary? They're all under 25 damn near and are progressing nicely.
    Not to mention the way the offense runs they don't need star WRs. They do need a TE though but that's about it.

    Honestly, I was more saying I will be using my Cowboys because I always do lol. I just can't get into a franchise if its not with the Cowboys, there's no attachment for me elsewhere. I was just pointing out weak spots, overall they're ok, not a true "rebuild" at all. Especially since they've got a OL, DL, LB's, and are set at RB. I like Dak so he will be staying too. Personally, I have not looked at the ratings that were released, so take it with a grain of salt.
    Yes they're all young in the secondary, and progressing well in real life. In Madden, however, I think I would be lucky to have 1-2 develop to be really good, and need to go elsewhere for more. That's how it was in 17 for me at least. I had to draft a corner to really be solid, despite having young, good players. I was starting Heath at safety and he played fairly well, but even by year 5 he was only like a 79 overall.
    As far as offense, they may not NEED a star WR, but it would help to have a really solid target out there. I think they have enough offensive issues it would be good for a change in scheme anyway though. Running is great, but they were #26 in passing offense in 2017 and middle of the road for PPG and YPG. They had some serious predictability issues by the end of the year.
    I know they got Hurns, so it depends how good he is. Beasley is pushing 30, so he will probably start regressing soon and will need replacement. I may try to trade him away for someone younger. Williams comes at a good price point ($17m/4 years), but he is very up and down in my mind (stupid drops), and in Madden is usually very "middle of the road" if you will. Not a guy I need to replace, but not a primary target. In all, it would be good to have a real "go-to" like Dez was for a few seasons. It's always helpful to have one like that. Again, it depends on how good Hurns is.
    I will probably turn to the draft after year 1 to get a tight end, if there's 1-2 round talent there. Otherwise I may be forced to trade for one.
    saintrules
    Use PTM...took me 20+ seasons to win the Superbowl, only appearing in one in the first 12 of those years. It strikes a great balance between user ability and sim, I don't see how anyone could enjoy the full 60 minute gameplay, even with insane sliders it's moderate difficulty, at best.

    My one knock on using PTM is most games wind up being very close, coming down to the final possession. Would like to see more one-sided scores mixed in.
    solmon
    I thought about Broncos - would you trade Thomas or Sanders? Aging WRs with big contracts. Maybe trade to a contender that needs a piece.
    Possibly Thomas but depends how Sutton and Hamilton progress and play in game. Curious to see how he regresses in 19. Ended up letting him sign with the Ravens in 18. Then he retired after that season so I suspect there won't be much time left at least in Madden. Like Sanders too much to let him go. It would have to be some trade to give him up.
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    GrayDawg
    Possibly Thomas but depends how Sutton and Hamilton progress and play in game. Curious to see how he regresses in 19. Ended up letting him sign with the Ravens in 18. Then he retired after that season so I suspect there won't be much time left at least in Madden. Like Sanders too much to let him go. It would have to be some trade to give him up.
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    I prob try to send Thomas to Bills or 49ers, let Sutton take that role. Keep Sanders.
    DJ
    My one knock on using PTM is most games wind up being very close, coming down to the final possession. Would like to see more one-sided scores mixed in.

    Interesting, I've actually had a pleasant experience with both. Maybe had to do with sliders? Who knows...
    DJ
    My one knock on using PTM is most games wind up being very close, coming down to the final possession. Would like to see more one-sided scores mixed in.

    My issue with PTM was always 30+ carries for my running back...often times into the 40's. Last I used it was in Madden 17, so I don't know if they fixed it. I usually used it for 3-4 games a year, especially if the season was winding down and I already clinched playoffs/home field.
    TheGr8Drake28
    I play PTM when it's a less meaningful game. I'll play full games against teams in my division. Or against a team with a good record.

    Ya if I'm Cowboys playing Jets I'd prob use PTM
    I just worked this up for my twitter, but thought it kind of fit here. This is what I call the youth power index. It is a ranking of every team based on players 26 and under then modified by what range their OVR's fall in.
    Enjoy!
    The Dolphins.
    We are a mess. We have some nice pieces at RB, LT, LB and S but for the most part we are a mess.
    QB is where you would need to go in a new direction. Also the ever revolving door of the OL. The DL has Charles Harris as a prospect and not much else. WR....I am not a believer in Devante Parker, but on Madden 16 and again 18 I turned him into a stud. So we shall see if Madden to overrates this kid. Kenny Stills is a slot guy. Amendola a walking injury waiting to happen. So WR is another area of opportunity in the draft. TE is a ? and we will see if the rookie can be a red zone threat and develop into a competent blocker.
    This is a team that has potential to be really bad this season. And they need to have a great draft after year 1 to start the rebuild.
    On Madden 18 I was able to get them to the post season. (currently in year 3 and 7-1) with exceptional drafting and smart free agent decisions. I think we are a Super Bowl contender in year 3 on M18.
    But on M19...they are a true rebuild IMO.
    Armor and Sword
    The Dolphins.
    We are a mess. We have some nice pieces at RB, LT, LB and S but for the most part we are a mess.
    QB is where you would need to go in a new direction. Also the ever revolving door of the OL. The DL has Charles Harris as a prospect and not much else. WR....I am not a believer in Devante Parker, but on Madden 16 and again 18 I turned him into a stud. So we shall see if Madden to overrates this kid. Kenny Stills is a slot guy. Amendola a walking injury waiting to happen. So WR is another area of opportunity in the draft. TE is a ? and we will see if the rookie can be a red zone threat and develop into a competent blocker.
    This is a team that has potential to be really bad this season. And they need to have a great draft after year 1 to start the rebuild.
    On Madden 18 I was able to get them to the post season. (currently in year 3 and 7-1) with exceptional drafting and smart free agent decisions. I think we are a Super Bowl contender in year 3 on M18.
    But on M19...they are a true rebuild IMO.

    Dolphins enter the year rated as my 25th team for a CFM. They have a top 10 pass rush, but lack team speed and talent in most other places. Their Youth Power Index rating of 17 put them in the middle of the pack as far as future talent on the roster.
    I'd call that a pretty good rebuild project.
    T4VERTS
    Dolphins enter the year rated as my 25th team for a CFM. They have a top 10 pass rush, but lack team speed and talent in most other places. Their Youth Power Index rating of 17 put them in the middle of the pack as far as future talent on the roster.
    I'd call that a pretty good rebuild project.

    Yep I agree, def a rebuild with a few young pieces to like. I think Jets and Colts are in the worst shape.
    I'm considering doing a Colts franchise and trading Luck after year 1 or 2 (depending on how bad the dead cap is) to a team like Chargers who need a QB (betting Rivers retires) and get a big haul to infuse young talent.
    I personally think the biggest rebuilds are
    : Bills- a premier pass rusher and Jerry Hughes. LeSean McCoy entering the death age of running backs the dreaded 30s. No real solution for quarterback Nate Allen will be a fun project. Charles Clay has about 2 years left of being a formidable blanket for Allen, maybe Benjamin can Rebound with the strong arm Allen kind of like strong arm cam. They have a decent secondary right now it's above-average pretty youthful on the outside. They need a lot of developing and I would say potentially trading away pieces for projects dependent on the draft class quality.
    : Giants - Eli is at the end of his run. Saquan and obj will be just as Saucy of a tandem as Bell and brown, Gurley and Cooks, Kamara and Thomas, hunt and Hill ect
    Engram is the new wave as older TEs been looking for the new wave to show up.
    Oline needs help / solder age/ defensively they don't scare anybody. I'd say build up their Dline like their super bowl runs and try to find a clamp corner
    : Bengals (realistically not in Madden world tho) - Andy Dalton has to be on the hot seat. Also think he is pretty overrated. If he never had AJ Green I don't think he would have a job today.
    Running back has some flare to it Mixon is solid, Gio will be a great compliment as he's been in his career. Green is a go, Boyd and Ross will work in Madden but realistically they have a lot to prove. Is eifert injured in Madden as much as he is in real life? I didn't check his m-19 rating but it was absolutely gross to see him at a 90 last year. The guy never stays on the field and who really even fears the guy. oline as they showcased is pretty bad. D line still has their fire power, Burfict is that the point where he's playing 8 to 10 games a year between health and suspensions, not too impressed with the rest of the Bengals secondary although will Jackson may break out. As I said though in Madden they are favored and you can still succeed with mediocre options easily it should be much harder there's a reason why they have so much talent but still haven't won a playoff game since the 90s.
    : dolphins - I think it's time to go a new Direction at quarterback. Running back is definitely an interesting committee the rookie from Arizona State could be interesting. Frank Gore is leadership. Nothing more. Wide receiver you're really looking at a circus show. I don't think you get production from your tight end into philosophy changes with a new quarterback and maybe weapons outside or a better ground game. On the defensive side of the ball Cameron Wake is very solid but could retire in the Madden world, Robert Quinn needs to return to dominance. Outside of that and of course Reshad Jones everything else is an entire?
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    This is a great topic. This year it really feels like there's 3 true rebuilds: Jets, Colts & Bills. Most of the other teams have more talent or pieces to build around IMO.
    Personally I wind up taking a middle of the road type of team and trade away a few assets. I tend to think of it as a regime change and as a new GM I try to bring in new talent to fit the system my organization likes to run. I may be able to do this even with the Colts and move Andrew Luck. If I do choose a more average team I will wind up moving a few vets and pretty much tank a season so there's our early first round pick we build upon.
    One thing I also do is never load back. Every draft pick, every FA, every trade is permanent. I look at this as the big picture and want to feel the consequences of poor roster management or deals or draft picks. It keeps it exciting and adds a bigger level of challenge.
    All in all, I have no idea who I am going to choose yet.
    Superbowl champs roster isn't all that easy in yr one ..you have resigning of Graham, Darby,ajayi,aghlor and others. RB position no dominant player, oline needs a guard and tackle for yr 2 ,and I think defensively our dline is our strength very quick turns into a a weakness because of age with some players namely some free agent pickups,also Jenkins and mccloed. Then the decision in Hicks and his backups..alot of work imo
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    warren123
    This is a great topic. This year it really feels like there's 3 true rebuilds: Jets, Colts & Bills. Most of the other teams have more talent or pieces to build around IMO.
    Personally I wind up taking a middle of the road type of team and trade away a few assets. I tend to think of it as a regime change and as a new GM I try to bring in new talent to fit the system my organization likes to run. I may be able to do this even with the Colts and move Andrew Luck. If I do choose a more average team I will wind up moving a few vets and pretty much tank a season so there's our early first round pick we build upon.
    One thing I also do is never load back. Every draft pick, every FA, every trade is permanent. I look at this as the big picture and want to feel the consequences of poor roster management or deals or draft picks. It keeps it exciting and adds a bigger level of challenge.
    All in all, I have no idea who I am going to choose yet.

    What do you mean "load back"?
    solmon
    What do you mean "load back"?

    People who don't use the cloud to play and just use offline can do a draft or pick a player then if they don't like them just re-load the actual file and alter their decision.
    King Gro23
    I personally think the biggest rebuilds are
    : Bills- a premier pass rusher and Jerry Hughes. LeSean McCoy entering the death age of running backs the dreaded 30s. No real solution for quarterback Nate Allen will be a fun project. Charles Clay has about 2 years left of being a formidable blanket for Allen, maybe Benjamin can Rebound with the strong arm Allen kind of like strong arm cam. They have a decent secondary right now it's above-average pretty youthful on the outside. They need a lot of developing and I would say potentially trading away pieces for projects dependent on the draft class quality.
    : Giants - Eli is at the end of his run. Saquan and obj will be just as Saucy of a tandem as Bell and brown, Gurley and Cooks, Kamara and Thomas, hunt and Hill ect
    Engram is the new wave as older TEs been looking for the new wave to show up.
    Oline needs help / solder age/ defensively they don't scare anybody. I'd say build up their Dline like their super bowl runs and try to find a clamp corner
    : Bengals (realistically not in Madden world tho) - Andy Dalton has to be on the hot seat. Also think he is pretty overrated. If he never had AJ Green I don't think he would have a job today.
    Running back has some flare to it Mixon is solid, Gio will be a great compliment as he's been in his career. Green is a go, Boyd and Ross will work in Madden but realistically they have a lot to prove. Is eifert injured in Madden as much as he is in real life? I didn't check his m-19 rating but it was absolutely gross to see him at a 90 last year. The guy never stays on the field and who really even fears the guy. oline as they showcased is pretty bad. D line still has their fire power, Burfict is that the point where he's playing 8 to 10 games a year between health and suspensions, not too impressed with the rest of the Bengals secondary although will Jackson may break out. As I said though in Madden they are favored and you can still succeed with mediocre options easily it should be much harder there's a reason why they have so much talent but still haven't won a playoff game since the 90s.
    : dolphins - I think it's time to go a new Direction at quarterback. Running back is definitely an interesting committee the rookie from Arizona State could be interesting. Frank Gore is leadership. Nothing more. Wide receiver you're really looking at a circus show. I don't think you get production from your tight end into philosophy changes with a new quarterback and maybe weapons outside or a better ground game. On the defensive side of the ball Cameron Wake is very solid but could retire in the Madden world, Robert Quinn needs to return to dominance. Outside of that and of course Reshad Jones everything else is an entire?
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    Kenyon Drake is a potential star. It all depends if he matured. If so....watch out. 3 down stud potential.
    warren123
    People who don't use the cloud to play and just use offline can do a draft or pick a player then if they don't like them just re-load the actual file and alter their decision.

    Oh ya that's lame ha
    Armor and Sword
    Kenyon Drake is a potential star. It all depends if he matured. If so....watch out. 3 down stud potential.
    Not high on his on field upside/longevity.
    He is pretty productive 3 down. But he doesn't look natural. This is very hard to describe in text. All in all I like Balleges upside more as a rb1 prospect
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    King Gro23
    Not high on his on field upside/longevity.
    He is pretty productive 3 down. But he doesn't look natural. This is very hard to describe in text. All in all I like Balleges upside more as a rb1 prospect
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    Agree, Ballage could be a major sleeper
    Playing a M18 CFM with the Dolphins and updated rosters based on the M19 ratings. Kenyan Drake was very good for me but wildly inconsistent. After getting injured for 8 weeks, Kalen Ballage has stepped in and played pretty well considering he has some mediocre ratings. I’m a fan of both backs and think they will both grow into a sneaky good duo in Madden.
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    I did not want to start a new thread, so checking to see if this is still alive?
    I want to start my CFM. I can't decide which team to use. I have narrowed it down to these four teams;
    -Bills
    -Jets
    -Dolphins
    -Broncos
    The team has to play outside and not be a real contender. Off these three teams Broncos are the best overall. So if choosing them a play off push in the first season seems most likely.
    The bills are in pretty bad shape on offense. Other than an aging McCoy and rookie QB Josh Allan there is not much to build on. Defense is all right.
    Jets are kinda the same.
    Dolphins needs help on both sides off the ball. Wake is old. Tannenhill is not the answer. a few good young pieces (Drake, Fitzpatrick, Gesicki, Harris)
    Broncos have Keenum on a two year deal. So a franchise QB might be in the cards in the draft. But the team is to good to have top 5 picks in the draft. WR Thomas and Sanders are getting old. Maybe try to trade one of them by the end of first season.
    I might me leaning not to do Dolphins as I like having home games were it is cold and maybe snow.
    What do you think?
    I considered the Raiders but Carr, Cooper and Nelson along with a good not to old o-line made me drop that idea.
    Ravens - was also in the mix, but I do not want to play with Lamar Jackson. I would run all over the place.
    Browns - did them last year. Plus a lot of young talent.
    Bengals - hate their uniform.
    Panthers - not a Cam fan. And do not find it realistic they would move in from him.
    Brandwin
    I say you go Dolphins. The best players on on the opposite side of 30. Could trade some and get some draft picks and really rebuild.
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    They really are in a bad state. I drafted Drake for my fantasy team. I hope he at least performs well.
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    solmon
    Yep I agree, def a rebuild with a few young pieces to like. I think Jets and Colts are in the worst shape.
    I'm considering doing a Colts franchise and trading Luck after year 1 or 2 (depending on how bad the dead cap is) to a team like Chargers who need a QB (betting Rivers retires) and get a big haul to infuse young talent.

    I decided to do a Colts rebuild with Luck retiring. I'm playing it like his injury is career ending. I dropped his ratings to sub 50 and cut him. I also traded TY for a 3rd and a 4th. The team is a hawt mess.
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