news\ Aug 5, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Here are the top 15 Madden Ultimate Team players in Madden NFL 15


Taking a break from the daily player/team overall unveiling, EA Sports has decided to post the top 15 Madden Ultimate Team players in this year's Madden NFL 15. I've always enjoyed the concept of Madden Ultimate Team moreso than the actual minigame, but it's still one of the most popular modes within the Madden franchise. This year, EA has made some big improvements which they detailed last month. Today, they covered a few more improvements while listing the top 15 players in Madden Ultimate Team 15.

While rebuilding the mode from the ground up, the development team realized that the “trading card" visual style could not deliver the necessary information. We needed to come up with a way to encapsulate more player data, while raising the bar for visuals and special programs. This was the beginnings of the new MUT Item, and it was time to evolve from the two-sided “card”.

When looking at the “front” of an item in full size, one feels right at home with a familiar layout that highlights the high-level details and critical stats. Cycling through with the bumper buttons on your controller opens a new world of data specific to that item and your team. Players can now look through style information, player bios, tier/program information, and full player attributes.

With all these new features includes, there was a priority to make sure the images themselves matched the improvements. Visual impact is priority number one. For the top-tier items, the team approached images as posters as opposed to cards. 

With that out of the way, let's get to the top 15 players. Below you'll find the list of players along with brief analysis by Tiburon UX Designer Christian Casas.


"Bowman is a perfect balance of speed, power, and knowledge. His awesome play recognition allows him to dissect a play faster than any other linebacker, and he has the speed and hit power to come up and make the tackle."


"Having trouble stopping the run? Gerald McCoy is the epitome of a run-stuffing defensive lineman. With his pass rush skills still at an elite level, McCoy is the best run stuff defensive lineman at launch. Do not run up the middle against him."


"Need a better interior pass rush? Suh answers that concern and then some. He has high ratings in strength, acceleration, block shedding, and power moves. Suh has all the tools that a player needs to dominate an offensive line."


"In only his third year in the NFL, Quinn led the NFC in sacks and was only one away from 20! What Quinn lacks in strength, he makes up for with his speed and 95-rated power moves."


"The center is the foundation and the 'play-caller' of the offensive line. Sullivan is the one to open the inside running lanes for Adrian Peterson, and he boasts a high awareness rating to go along with his Run Block skills."


"Gronkowski still holds the record for most touchdowns by a tight end in a single season. He has very good speed and acceleration for a tight end, as well as elite strength and pass-catching abilities."


"The best base Tight End at launch, Jimmy Graham is the complete package. He has the size and strength to put a defender on their back, and the catching skills to bring down any pass in his area."


"Marshall's measurable rival that of fellow elite wideout, Calvin Johnson. Marshall, however, has a higher catch in traffic rating, making him arguably the most reliable target in MUT."


"The highest-rated base outside linebacker, Von Miller has improved play recognition. His pass rush skills are still dominant, and he gets around most offensive tackles whenever he pleases."


"Due to the new defensive lineman engagement system, a great offensive line is more important than in recent Madden years. The left tackle is the heart and soul of the offensive line, and Joe Thomas is the best in the business."


"It's not a surprise that Megatron is the highest-rated wider receiver. He is the rare receiver that is rated high in both spectacular catch and catch in traffic. An unfair combination of speed and strength makes Calvin Johnson very dangerous."


"AP is a completely balanced back. He's got the speed to run around you, as well as the strength and trucking to run right through you. Combine this with a strong GP offensive line and you have a very formidable rush attack."


"With the new QB accuracy system, Manning's stock has risen even higher. His throw short and mid are nearly perfect, and defenders will bite on his 98 rated Play Action rating. He is the best base QB available."


"The most impactful base player in the secondary. Sherman's press rating, coverage skills, and size enable him to shut down any receiver. He's a gamechanger that cuts off an entire third of the field."

1. J.J. WATT

"Arguably the best base player at launch, JJ Watt has 96 Block Shedding, 96 Power moves to go along with his 95 Strength. You better send an extra blocker his way or you'll be in for a very long day."

[EA Sports]

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