Creating a completely unrealistic fantasy team in Madden is fun and entertaining given that we’ll probably never see Aaron Rodgers throw a pass to Rob Gronkowski in real life. In Madden, though, it can happen. And it would be a thing of beauty on this team of positional juggernauts. This is the All-Madden team, which is made up of the best player at each and every position – from quarterback to kicker (because kickers are people, too).
QB: Aaron Rodgers, 96 overall
It’s not overly surprising to see Rodgers as the game’s best quarterback, but it is somewhat shocking to see that he has a two-point edge on Tom Brady, whose overall rating is 94. Brady very well could have been given a rating of 97 after the year he had in 2015, but Rodgers’ athleticism and arm ultimately win out.
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RB: Le’Veon Bell, 94 overall
Nope, Adrian Peterson isn’t the top back in Madden 17. Instead, that honor goes to the suspended Bell. He has great agility and speed while also contributing as a pass catcher out of the backfield. He can do it all, unlike Peterson.
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FB: Patrick DiMarco, 91 overall
Fullbacks are being used less and less in the NFL, but with most Madden playbooks featuring a variety of I-formations, they’re used often as blockers in the game. DiMarco is the best at 91 overall, led by his 87 awareness and 92 impact blocking.
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WR: Antonio Brown, 97 overall
Brown deserves to be the top receiver, and he probably should have been the fifth player to boast a perfect 99 overall rating. His 98 agility is tied for the best in the game, though he doesn’t have elite speed to take the top off of a defense. He’s a magician in the middle of the field.
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WR: Julio Jones, 96 overall
Jones will bring in just about anything thrown his way with a 98 catch and 95 catch in traffic rating. He also has great awareness (97), which helps boost his overall rating. A duo of Brown and Jones would be impossible to stop in Madden, so go ahead and put them on the same roster in your franchise mode. We promise not to judge you.
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TE: Rob Gronkowski, 99 overall
Part of the reason the Patriots are tied for the top rating in Madden 17 is because Gronkowski is one of four players rated 99 overall. He has great speed and agility for a tight end to go along with a 98 catch in traffic rating. He’s hard to contain in the middle of the field.
LT: Tyron Smith, 97 overall
Smith is actually tied with Joe Thomas as the top left tackle, but Smith gets the edge for his age and athleticism. He has great acceleration (82) for a left tackle and his 97 pass block will keep your quarterback upright.
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LG: Josh Sitton, 91 overall
Left guard doesn’t feature a great deal of talent in Madden, and Sitton leads the way. He’s an outstanding pass blocker (96), though he could use some improvement against the run (88).
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C: Travis Frederick, 91 overall
The Cowboys center boasts a rare perfect impact blocking rating of 99, which helps him move defensive tackles up the middle. There’s a reason he’s the best center in the game, and that’s because a 58-overall back could run behind him and gain decent yardage.
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RG: Marshal Yanda, 97 overall
Yanda brings a good balance of run blocking (98) and pass blocking (96) to lock down opposing defenders on the right side of the line. He’s by far the best right guard in the game, with Zack Martin (92 overall) the next best.
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RT: Lane Johnson, 86 overall
The lowest-rated position in Madden 17 is right tackle, where Johnson and Mitchell Schwartz are the best at 86 overall. Johnson is better against the run and has exceptional athleticism for downfield blocks, which makes him the better choice.
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LE: Brandon Graham, 92 overall
Who would have thought Brandon Graham would be the best left end? He holds that honor over Michael Bennett and Cameron Jordan, though Muhammad Wilkerson is vastly underrated (89 overall). Graham is a fast defensive end with a quick first step (87 acceleration) and 97 power move as a pass rusher.
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DT: Aaron Donald, 98 overall
Aaron Donald is unblockable up front with his 98 power move and 98 block shedding. This makes him a weapon against the pass, but he’s outstanding in stuffing the run. By year’s end, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him with a 99 overall rating.
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RE: J.J. Watt, 99 overall
Speaking of 99 overall players, this All-Madden defense is loaded with them up front. Watt can do everything from rushing the passer as a defensive tackle to stopping the run on the edge as an end. He wins with his 99 power move, which pushes linemen back into the quarterback with ease.
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LOLB: Von Miller, 99 overall
Miller and Watt on the same team? Look out, quarterbacks. Miller uses his 98 finesse move to spin around tackles and pulls swim moves to get past them, which no one does better than him.
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ILB: Luke Kuechly, 99 overall
Kuechly might be the most instinctive player in the game with his 98 awareness and 98 play recognition. He excels in zone coverage and can make even the best quarterbacks look bad when throwing over the middle.
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ILB: Derrick Johnson, 90 overall
There’s a big drop-off from Kuechly to the next middle linebacker, which is where Johnson and Brandon Marshall come in at 90 overall. Johnson is a similar player to Kuechly, just slightly less athletic.
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ROLB: Tamba Hali, 90 overall
Hali plays outside linebacker opposite Von Miller, which gives this fantasy team a ridiculous pass rush. Hali is when bull rushing (93 power move), but he doesn’t get off blocks easily against the run.
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CB: Josh Norman, 94 overall
Here’s where the biggest debate happens. Josh Norman is the best cornerback in the game, while Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson and Darrelle Revis (shockingly) are not. That’s partly because Norman has a 97 zone coverage rating to go along with being 92 in man coverage.
CB: Chris Harris Jr., 93 overall
Harris came out of nowhere to be the second-best corner in Madden 17. His 94 man coverage rating is second only to Johnathan Joseph, which makes him a great option in Cover 1. He’s also a willing tackler and can get off blocks better than most corners.
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FS: Tyrann Mathieu, 96 overall
Mathieu is listed as a free safety, but he could very well play nickel corner. He’s far and away the best cover safety, boasting a 95 zone coverage and 96 man coverage rating. No safety comes close to those numbers, nor do many cornerbacks. He’s a must-use in Madden 17.
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SS: Reshad Jones, 93 overall
Jones doesn’t get much recognition in the NFL, but Madden knows how great he is. Like most strong safeties, you won’t want to use him in man coverage, but he’s a hard hitter who can take away short throws in the flat or in hook zones.
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P: Pat McAfee, 86 overall
No punter has a bigger leg than McAfee, who has a 97 kick power rating. He can also pin teams deep with the best of them, having a kick accuracy of 98.
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K: Dan Bailey, 85 overall
Bailey (shockingly) doesn’t have a perfect accuracy rating despite being the league’s most accurate kicker. Still, the Cowboys (and any gamer) are in good hands with him lining up to drill a 50-yard game-winning field goal.