I’ve always wanted to have a cheat sheet for my CFM that ignored the madden overall ratings, which are heavily influenced by awareness and showed me who were the best players in the game based on the ratings that actually mattered, so then I could find possible sleepers that other guys would trade to me for minimal value. Well, this Madden I’ve finally done it. To do so, I combined the ratings into position specific category’s -which gave me a single number, that I then turned into grades (note not all A’s, B’s and C’s are created equal) and combined them to get a ranking. Throughout this series, you’ll find who I think are the best players, sleepers and just how different Jermaine Kearse is from Kelvin Benjamin.

10. E.J. Manuel/Buffalo Bills

AGE:  25
ATHLETICISM: A
RUN ABILITY: A
THROW ABILITY: C
PROGRESSION: SLOW
KEY RATINGS: 83 SPEED, 93 THROW POWER, 78 THROW ON THE RUN

Even though Tyrod is the guy in Buffalo now E.J. still has the physical tool to develop into an NFL starter in CFM.

9. Zach Mettenberger/Tennessee Titans

AGE: 24
ATHLETICISM: F
RUN ABILITY: D
THROW ABILITY: B
PROGRESSION: NORMAL
KEY RATINGS: 95 THROW POWER, 76 MID, 74 DEEP

Classic big arm quarterback who can develop nicely with a deep threat to take advantage of his 74 deep throw accuracy.

8. Brock Osweiler/Denver Broncos

AGE: 24
ATHLETICISM: D
RUN ABILITY: F
THROW ABILITY: B
PROGRESSION: NORMAL
KEY RATINGS: 95 ARM POWER, 76 SPEED, 77 MID

Peyton Manning’s Heir Apparent is basically a faster more durable Zach Mettenberger. With his incredibly strong arm some may prefer to jettison Manning early to start the Osweiler Era in Denver.

7. Bryce Petty/New York Jets

AGE:24
ATHLETICISM B
RUN ABILITY: C
THROW ABILITY: B
PROGRESSION: NORMAL
KEY RATINGS: 85 ACCEL, 91 THROW POWER, 86 SHORT

A strong armed QB who is mobile enough to scramble for the occasional 1st down. With the Jets defense you may be able to get it down with anyone at QB.

6. Logan Thomas/Miami Dolphins

AGE: 24
ATHLETICISM: A
RUN ABILITY: B
THROW ABILITY: C
PROGRESSION: NORMAL
KEY RATINGS: 79 THROW ON THE RUN, 94 THROW POWER, 85 SPEED

Another good running QB who will be an all around performer once you develop his passing ratings.

5. Brett Hundley/Green Bay Packers

AGE: 22
ATHLETICISM: A
RUN ABILITY: B
THROW ABILITY: C
PROGRESSION: NORMAL
KEY RATINGS: 85 SPEED, 91 ARM POWER, 85 SHORT

Perfect pure running quarterback project that will take some to patience to develop. A team without a QB could trade for Hundley for a low pick and turn him into a star.

4. Austin Davis/Cleveland Browns

AGE: 26
ATHLETICISM: B
RUN ABILITY: B
THROW ABILITY: B
PROGRESSION: NORMAL
KEY RATINGS: 81 SPEED, 77 MID, 76 THROW ON THE RUN

Johnny who? Like Manziel Davis has many of the right attributes without all of the hype.

3. Ryan Nassib/New York Giants

AGE: 25
ATHLETICISM: C
RUN ABILITY: B
THROW ABILITY: B
PROGRESSION: NORMAL
KEY RATINGS: 84 SHORT, 84 MID, 88 THROW POWER

One of the most accurate young quarterbacks in the game.

2. Garrett Grayson/New Orleans Saints

AGE: 24
ATHLETICISM: A
RUN ABILITY: C
THROW ABILITY: B
PROGRESSION: NORMAL
KEY RATINGS: 72 DEEP, 81 SPEED, 78 SHORT

Grayson possesses the best blend of athleticism and quarterbacking from a rookie not named Mariota or Winston.

1. Jimmy Garoppolo/New England Patriots

AGE: 23
ATHLETICISM: C
RUN ABILITY: B
THROW ABILITY: B
PROGRESSION: NORMAL
KEY RATINGS:  84 SHORT, 80 MID, 77 THROW ON THE RUN

Even the Patriots BACKUP is #1….Garoppolo has good accuracy as well as more mobility than the great statue that is Tom Brady.

Stay tuned for more Madden 16 Connected Franchise Tips as we bring you more analysis to get the most of our your rosters and tips to get your team to the the Super Bowl in your leagues.

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