Madden NFL 18 Continues Ratings Reveal with Top Five Running Backs

By Mark Delaney, 23 days ago
Just yesterday we recapped Madden NFL 18's top five quarterbacks. Today EA Sports is continuing with more reveals and this time it's the running backs that are getting the attention. Increasingly fans and players talk about how the sport is now a "passing league" and the role of the running back has been diminished. That's tough to argue with, but it still remains true that having an elite ball carrier in the backfield can be a key weapon for any team looking to contend. That's true for Madden too. You can't get one-dimensional and expect to win online. Here are the game's five best running backs according to their launch day ratings.

5. Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas Cowboys

Although his name has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this offseason, back in the fall and winter Elliott was one of the most dynamic players on the field every given week, despite it being his rookie season. He nearly upended his teammate Dak Prescott for the Rookie of the Year award and has shown all the signs of being an elite player for years to come. Would it shock you if he topped this list next summer? He opens Madden 18 with a 90 overall.

4. DeMarco Murray - Tennessee Titans

His down year as an Eagle is now a distant memory. Murray burst back onto the scene looking rejuvenated as the lead back in Tennessee's up-and-coming offense. He's entering the back half of his career now, so it remains to be seen if he can keep it up or if his backup Derrick Henry will challenge him for more snaps in the 2017 season, but if he looks close to his 2016 self, Murray will be tough to allow off the field. He comes into Madden 18 at a 91.

3. LeSean McCoy- Buffalo Bills

Another Eagles castoff has found a second life in a new city. "Shady" McCoy has been exceptional for the Bills. In fact, he's about all that's gone right for them in the past several years. Injuries have long been an issue but he also seems to bounce back from them like he never missed a beat. He's been one of the most elusive RBs in the game since he entered the league and in that regard he has impressively stayed consistent, still regularly making defenders look silly. His opening rating for Madden 18 is a 92.

2. David Johnson - Arizona Cardinals

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It's tough to make something as generic as "David Johnson" a household name, but that's exactly what the Cardinals halfback did last season. After a great second half to his rookie year where the coaches trusted him more each week, he was given keys to the franchise in 2016 and did not disappoint. He led the position in virtually all stat categories and is truly in his prime coming into 2017. He'll be an asset to the Cardinals, fantasy football teams, and your Madden win/loss record all season long. He comes into Madden with a 94.

1. Le'Veon Bell - Pittsburgh Steelers

No running back means more to his team than Bell means to the Steelers. His rough injury history has left the black and gold vulnerable for two straight seasons, but when he's healthy they're on a whole other level. Considered the best contender to usurp the Patriots' AFC throne in 2017, Bell will need to stay healthy for the Steelers' potential to be realized. No doubt franchise mode players will be hoping for the same. His all-around talent tree is the California Redwood of the NFL. His Madden rating reaffirms that too; he comes in as the clear number one with some impressive distance over the pack with a 97 rating.

Stay tuned for the wide receiver rankings that should be arriving tomorrow. Madden NFL 18 hits stores on August 25th.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is one of three voices on the TA Playlist podcast. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his fiancé and son. He almost never writes in the third person.