The release of Madden NFL 15 is scheduled for Aug. 26 in North America (Aug. 29 internationally), and the focus for many NFL and video game fans is on the player ratings for the top stars in the league.
From top quarterback Peyton Manning to top defensive back Richard Sherman, the best players in the league were rewarded with the highest ratings for their elite play on the field and their unique physical gifts.
Here is a full list of the top players by position, and a focus on the player who gamers will find the most dangerous in Madden NFL 15.
|Top Ratings By Position for Madden NFL 15|
|Peyton Manning||Denver Broncos||98|
|Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay Packers||98|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints||96|
|Russell Wilson||Seattle Seahawks||93|
|Tom Brady||New England Patriots||93|
|John Kuhn||Green Bay Packers||93|
|Mike Tolbert||Carolina Panthers||92|
|Marcel Reece||Oakland Raiders||92|
|Anthony Sherman||Kansas City Chiefs||90|
|Jerome Felton||Minnesota Vikings||88|
|Top Running Backs||Team||Rating|
|Adrian Peterson||Minnesota Vikings||98|
|LeSean McCoy||Philadelphia Eagles||97|
|Jamaal Charles||Kansas City Chiefs||97|
|Matt Forte||Chicago Bears||95|
|Marshawn Lynch||Seattle Seahawks||95|
|Top Tight Ends||Team||Rating|
|Jimmy Graham||New Orleans Saints||97|
|Rob Gronkowski||New England Patriots||96|
|Vernon Davis||San Francisco 49ers||94|
|Jason Witten||Dallas Cowboys||93|
|Greg Olsen||Carolina Panthers||88|
|Top Wide Receivers||Team||Rating|
|Calvin Johnson||Detroit Lions||99|
|Brandon Marshall||Chicago Bears||96|
|Andre Johnson||Houston Texans||95|
|A.J. Green||Cincinnati Bengals||95|
|Dez Bryant||Dallas Cowboys||94|
|Top Offensive Linemen||Team||Rating|
|Joe Thomas||Cleveland Browns||98|
|Evan Mathis||Philadelphia Eagles||97|
|Josh Sitton||Green Bay Packers||97|
|Joe Staley||San Francisco 49ers||94|
|Top Defensive Ends||Team||Rating|
|J.J. Watt||Houston Texans||99|
|Robert Quinn||St. Louis Rams||97|
|Cameron Wake||Miami Dolphins||96|
|Calais Campbell||Arizona Cardinals||96|
|Cameron Jordan||New Orleans Saints||93|
|Muhammad Wilkerson||New York Jets||93|
|Top Defensive Tackles||Team||Rating|
|Ndamukong Suh||Detroit Lions||97|
|Geno Atkins||Cincinnati Bengals||96|
|Gerald McCoy||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||95|
|Kyle Williams||Buffalo Bills||95|
|Jurrell Casey||Tennessee Titans||93|
|Top Middle Linebackers||Team||Rating|
|Patrick Willis||San Francisco 49ers||96|
|NaVorro Bowman||San Francisco 49ers||96|
|Luke Kuechly||Carolina Panthers||94|
|Derrick Johnson||Kansas City Chiefs||91|
|Jerod Mayo||New England Patriots||91|
|Top Outside Linebackers||Team||Rating|
|Von Miller||Denver Broncos||96|
|Aldon Smith||San Francisco 49ers||96|
|Justin Houston||Kansas City Chiefs||93|
|Lavonte David||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||93|
|Robert Mathis||Indianapolis Colts||93|
|Richard Sherman||Seattle Seahawks||99|
|Darrelle Revis||New England Patriots||97|
|Joe Haden||Cleveland Browns||95|
|Patrick Peterson||Arizona Cardinals||93|
|Vontae Davis||Indianapolis Colts||92|
|Top Free Safeties||Team||Rating|
|Jairus Byrd||New Orleans Saints||96|
|Earl Thomas||Seattle Seahawks||95|
|Devin McCourty||New England Patriots||94|
|Eric Weddle||San Diego Chargers||94|
|Charles Woodson||Oakland Raiders||86|
|Top Strong Safeties||Team||Rating|
|Kam Chancellor||Seattle Seahawks||93|
|Troy Polamalu||Pittsburgh Steelers||93|
|T.J. Ward||Denver Broncos||91|
|Eric Berry||Kansas City Chiefs||90|
|Reshad Jones||Miami Dolphins||89|
|Top Kickers and Punters||Team||Rating|
|Brandon Fields||Miami Dolphins||96|
|Matt Prater||Denver Broncos||95|
|Andy Lee||San Francisco 49ers||95|
|Robbie Gould||Chicago Bears||93|
|Justin Tucker||Baltimore Ravens||93|
*All ratings via EASports.com.
Most Intriguing Player: Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
There are dozens of elite players in this year’s edition of the Madden series, but the most intriguing star for fantasy owners will be Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
Charles is the third-highest rated running back in the game, but his skill set makes him one of the most dangerous all-around weapons. The official Twitter account of the Madden brand shared Charles’ ratings for Madden NFL 15:
While your friends and foes will look to Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy first, it is Charles that offers the most to your Madden team. His 98 speed makes him one of the fastest in the game, but it is the combination of speed with a 99 rating in both elusiveness and ball-carrier vision that makes him the most dynamic outside running back in the game.
Add in his 85 catching rating, and there is no doubt that Charles is the most dangerous player in the game when in open space. Whether it’s a strong toss or a halfback screen pass, the Kansas City back will make tacklers look silly as he runs all over defenses.
As if his skill with the ball wasn’t enough, Charles has worked extensively during the offseason to improve his pass protection, ensuring he will be an every-down back once again this season for the Chiefs.
When asked about his willingness to block on third downs, Charles told Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star about his excitement over laying a big hit on opposing defenders:
I just don’t like getting embarrassed when a linebacker tries to bull-rush me. If you bull-rush me, I’m going to come back the next play and cut your legs … next time it’ll slow him down.
You have to have motivation to do it — you just have to be hungry. You just have to feel like you have to go knock their head off before they knock yours off. That’s my job. I love contact.
Chiefs’ reporter Rachel Santschi talks about head coach Andy Reid’s desire to be the best:
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller talked about his confidence in Charles:
While there is always an injury concern for Madden players who use Charles, his health for the majority of last year indicated that he could take the abuse of a long season. The running back carried the ball 259 times in 2013 and added 70 more receptions, proving his durability was not an issue.
Charles went on to add 1,980 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns as well.
For Madden players, trading for Charles in your Connected Career or selecting him early in your fantasy draft is the right move and will yield a huge return.
*Stats via NFL.com.