Over in Ultimate Team the OVR is a pretty good reflection of how a player will stack up compared to others, but in Franchise Mode it's a different story.
That means there are plenty of hidden gems out there that can make your team better without costing a fortune. These are our favorites.
Rashaad Penny, HB, Seattle Seahawks (78 OVR)
With two years at $2.94m & $3.43m left on his rookie contract, Rashaad Penny is a quality option if your team is lacking a running back.
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His 78 OVR puts him behind backs like Lamar Miller, Carlos Hyde, and Sony Michel. However, at 24 years old and with Star development he has a lot of space to grow.
He's also got 90 speed, 90 acceleration, and 90 juke move. His 65 catching isn't amazing, but its good enough for checkdowns and screens.
Andy Isabella, WR, Arizona Cardinals (72 OVR)
Young, fast, and surprisingly technical, Andy Isabella is a great option for a big play wide receiver.
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He's got 95 speed and 93 acceleration, along with 87 jumping. He has 82 catching, with an 81 spectacular catch. He's not a great route runner, but that speed will see him break big plays all over the place.
Russell Okung, LT, Carolina Panthers (76 OVR)
It's tough to find a hidden gem on the offensive line, but Russell Okung meets the criteria.
PASSING FANCY: Okung's pass block makes him a good choice
The veteran left tackle has a very good 82 pass block. Better than the likes of Isaiah Wynn, Anthony Costanzo, and RTs like Demar Dotson, Mike McGlinchey, and Tristian Wirfs.
The downside is his run blocking (78) which is less than ideal, but if you are a pass-happy player that wants a bit more protection, then Okung is a nice cheap trade to make.
Derrick Nnadi, DT, Kansas City Chiefs (78 OVR)
If you are looking for a run-stuffing DT then Derrick Nnadi is a nice option.
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His stats don't blow you away, but with 84 block shed, 87 strength, and 88 impact block he is a better space eater than his OVR suggests.
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He's also just 24 years old with Star development, making him a good investment for years to come and a better option than Dontari Poe or Mike Daniels.
Blake Cashman, MLB, New York Jets (70 OVR)
The classic user spot, in Madden 21 you need a middle linebacker with good speed and change of direction. Blake Cashman has both.
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His 89 speed and 90 acceleration makes him one of the fastest MLBs out there, and his 78 change of direction is the same as Bobby Wagner.
Foyesade Oluokun, ROLB, Atlanta Falcons (73 OVR)
In a similar vein to Cashman, Oluokun is a fast player with low OVR that can work really well either in a 4-3 base defense or shifted into a ILB role in a 3-4.
FLIGHT OF FANCY: Oluokun can run down ball carriers
With 90 speed, 89 acceleration, and 86 hit power he can get around the field and cause trouble. He's also got a solid 70 zone coverage and 88 jumping to create some extra turnovers in coverage.
Johnathan Joseph, CB, Tennessee Titans (81 OVR)
It's hard to skim at cornerback, but Joseph is one player you can go get at a low cost.
DO IT ALL: Joseph fits into any defensive scheme
He may be 36, but his 89 speed and 89 acceleration will keep him competitive, while he has 84 man and 82 zone coverage making him a very balanced CB.
He's only got one year at $2.47m on his contract, so he can be a good holdover until your first draft.