Catch Madden NFL 18's Top Five Wide Receivers

By Mark Delaney, 3 months ago
Continuing the daily reveals for Madden NFL 18's top players at every position, today EA Sports has shared the five best wide receivers in the game according to their ratings at launch. Avid fans of the game can probably guess the five, but can you guess their correct order? Check it out below.

5. Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys standout has been a household name since day one. Some of that is due to him playing for "America's Team", but he's undeniably made enough plays of his own to earn his fame and fortune too. He's also been the benefactor of a long stretch of solid quarterback play, as both healthy Tony Romo and the young upstart Dak Prescott have aided Bryant in dominating secondaries for nearly a decade now. He opens Madden NFL 18 with a 91 overall.

4. Odell Beckham Jr. - New York Giants

Bryant's division rival comes in one spot ahead of him as the fourth best wideout in August's sim. OBJ's career highlight video is already quite long and he is the type to scare defenders on any snap due to his superb catch radius and shifty moves. His height disadvantage compared to the rest of the guys on this list has so far been a non-issue as he can leap like something you'd see on Nat Geo. His 99 spectacular catch rating helps buff his overall rating in Madden 18, as he comes in at a 93.

3. AJ Green - Cincinnati Bengals

Whether he's been paired with a solid group of other wideouts or has been left to do it all himself, Green has rarely disappointed. His height and tip-toe catch ability is among the very best the league has ever seen, and he arguably doesn't always get the credit he deserves playing for the troublesome Bengals. Another player in the prime of his career, Green is looking to stack another elite individual season in 2017 even if his teammates around him blow up the season yet again. He opens Madden 18 at 94 overall.

2. Antonio Brown - Pittsburgh Steelers

His hair looks like it was created in Minecraft and his route running looks like a gift from the football gods. Brown is the other Steelers weapon that strikes fear into defenses along with yesterday's top ranked running back, Le'Veon Bell. Brown has been the most consistent receiver in the league, often putting up solid numbers even when Big Ben was out with injuries. He makes the Steelers the only team so far with a player in each top five list, but can they all stay healthy? Maybe at least on the virtual gridiron they can. Brown comes into the game at a 97 overall.

1. Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons

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Like Brady topping the QB list, there's only one correct answer when you're talking about the best wideout in the current NFL. Julio has staved off some nagging foot injuries to rack up some of the biggest games in the league's illustrious history, including last year's 300 yard receiving game. He even made a few spectacular catches, as he is known to do, in the otherwise humiliating Super Bowl loss for the Falcons. He has justified the Falcons trading several draft picks for him ten-fold by now. He enters Madden 18 at a near perfect 98 overall.

EA also revealed that the overall WR class coming into the launch of Madden NFL 18 is remarkably top-heavy, with over 60 players ranked 80 or above. Other players ranked 90 or above at the position include DeAndre Hopkins, Jordy Nelson, Mike Evans, and Larry Fitzgerald.

In case you missed them, you can also check out the game's top quarterbacks and running backs from earlier this week. You can unleash the deep wide receiver roster of Madden NFL 18 when it 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 fiancée and son. He almost never writes in the third person.