Welcome back to our Madden 17 Sleeper series where we ignore the overall ratings, which are heavily influenced by awareness, and select the players in the game based on the ratings that actually matter. Now it’s time for us to examine the Running backs.

  1. Keith Marshall (Washington Redskins)

22 Years Old
69 Overall
94 Speed
93 Acceleration
89 Juke Move

He’s the 2nd fastest running back in the game with 94 Speed, and his carry rating is about average at 83. Marshall also has a pretty good juke rating, so he’s not your average speed back, because he has a go to move to use the times when you’re not outrunning defenders.

  1. Tevin Coleman (Atlanta Falcons)

23 Years Old
75 Overall
93 Speed
84 Truck
83 Spin Move

Coleman is another speedster, but more of the straight line variety, because his agility sucks. He actually plays more like a power back with his 83 truck and 79 stiff arm when he’s one on one with a defender.

  1. Charcandrick West (Kansas City Chiefs)

25 Years Old
70 Overall
90 Speed
93 Acceleration
82 Elusiveness

West’s strength is he has above average moves in everything but trucking, so along with his 90 speed he has many options to beat defenders.

  1. Duke Johnson Jr. (Cleveland Browns)

22 Years Old
78 Overall
90 Speed
86 Elusiveness
91 Juke Move

Duke will make defenders miss with his 86 elusiveness, 91 juke and 84 spin move, but he also has a nice sneaky stiff arm rating of 77 that you can also build up.

  1. Ameer Abdullah (Detroit Lions)

23 Years Old
78 Overall
95 Acceleration
89 Elusiveness
93 Juke Move

He gets the most out of his 88 speed with that 95 acceleration and he has one of the best spin, juke move and elusiveness rating combos for any running back in madden, but his only negative with 75 carry is he will put that ball on the ground. So if you can get through the growing pains, Abdullah can be one of the most dominant backs in the open field.

  1. T.J. Yeldon (Jacksonville Jaguars)

22 Years Old
80 Overall
88 Speed
84 Elusiveness
90 Juke Move

Yeldon isn’t the fastest back in the game, but he has 84 elusiveness and he’s above average at every possible move you can put on a defender topping it off with a 90 juke rating. The only downside is his stamina rating sucks so he can’t be an every down back to start.

  1. Ronnie Hillman (Free Agent)

24 Years Old
76 Overall
92 Speed
93 Agility
92 Juke Move

At 92 Speed, Hillman is one of the faster backs in the game and has a high stamina rating to handle it, along with a 92 juke move rating. His problem is he has a low injury, but if you’re busy running away from defenders he can’t get hurt right?

  1. Tre Mason (Los Angeles Rams)

23 Years Old
78 Overall
93 Agility
93 Acceleration
83 Spin Move

In regular franchises, he might be easier to get than the next 2 guys on the list. I’ve had Mason in my league both years he’s been in the NFL and he always balls out. This year he has the usual 88 speed, 93 agility, and 93 acceleration, but what makes him a beast is at 23 he starts off with 79 truck, 82 elusiveness, 83 spin and 86 juke. I mean, he plays like he’s back at Auburn every time he hits the field. Trust me on that.

  1. Dion Lewis (New England Patriots)

25 Years Old
80 Overall
90 Speed
94 Agility
91 Elusiveness

Now look in my opinion as they currently got him, Lewis is a Top 10 back in the game. He has 90 Speed and 94 Agility to pull off that 89 spin and 90 juke move ratings, so he’s crazy to tackle in the open field.  I mean he’s a little dude thou and his carry isn’t too high so you’r not going run him like he’s prime AP or anything but the lil dude is underrated overall wise.

    1. Jerick McKinnon (Minnesota Vikings)

24 Years Old
76 Overall
92 Speed
96 Agility
90 Juke Move

In Madden, McKinnon would be a starter on about half the teams, he just so happens to be on one of the teams he wouldn’t be. He came in 2nd last year on our list, so no surprise McKinnon tops it this year. With 92 speed, 96 agility, 87 elusiveness and 90 juke, McKinnon has the perfect combo to be an elite speed back instantly and the potential at only 24 to be even better the more time you have to develop him. Which makes him the obvious choice for Sports Gamers Online #1 sleeper running back in Madden 17.

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Madden NFL 17 Top 10 Sleeper QBs

Madden NFL 17 Top 10 Sleeper Middle Linebackers

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Christopher Walker
I have been playing football games since 99’. All starting with the NFL Game Day demo and NFL Blitz on PlayStation, then I moved on to Madden for the next 5 years, where I really didn't know what I was going yet. I flirted with NFL 2K for a year, but have played Madden and NCAA (up until its demise last year) ever since steadily improving my game each year and developing a passion for the X’s and O’s part of football.