Madden 20 Ultimate Team: Best receiving running backs (HB) to buy in MUT – McCaffrey, White & more

Throwing to the running back is an excellent way of avoiding pressure and gaining yards quickly.

Toby Durant by Toby Durant

There are many terrific running back cards out there. With the addition of the NFL 100 sets and now Zero Chill there has never been a better time to pick up some quality running backs to create a dangerous ground game with.

However, if you are a passing master that likes to slice and dice your opponents then you will be less interested in the pounders that can smash out a yard or two up the middle.

Instead, you will be after the backs that can release on a route and find space against linebackers. Those twitchy third-down backs that can take a screen pass 80 yards for a touchdown.

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While some bigger backs are great with the ball in their hands, they will often have terrible receiving stats and nothing can spoil your day more than someone dropping a third-down pass.

We have gone through a raft of MUT backs to find those with the best catching stats that you can rely on in key moments.

These are the best receiving backs in MUT.

Christian McCaffrey (94 OVR)

Catching: 84

Program: Zero Chill

Team: Carolina Panthers

Auction House Value: Xbox – 284,000 / PS4 – 285,000 / PC – 299,000

It isn’t a surprise to see Christian McCaffrey as the best receiving back in MUT. He pulled in 107 catches last year and sits at 94 in 2019 with two games to go.

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This brand new Zero Chill card is vicious. With 96 agility, 93 juke move, 91 spin move, and 91 elusiveness he is a linebackers nightmare. His 84 catching comes with a massive 85 short route running and 79 spectacular catch.

James White (93 OVR)

Catching: 82

Program: Ultimate Kickoff

Team: New England Patriots

Auction House Value: Xbox – 219,000 / PS4 – 212,000 / PC – 288,000

James White has long been a problem for defenses. His crowning moment was reeling in 14 catches during the Patriots epic comeback in Super Bowl LI and scoring the winning touchdown.

This card is a nightmare for defenders. With a 93 juke move, 91 acceleration, and 88 speed he can fly around the field and break ankles, while his 89 spin move and 87 elusiveness only increases the difficulty of tackling him. With 82 catching and 82 short route he is almost uncoverable.

Alvin Kamara (92 OVR)

Catching: 82

Program: MUT Heroes

Team: New Orleans Saints

Auction House Value: Xbox – 299,000 / PS4 – 301,000 / PC – 849,000

Alvin Kamara has been a dominant force since he entered the NFL in 2017. He saw 100 targets in both his first two seasons, and is likely to hit that mark again this year.

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This Kamara card is wonderful. With 92 acceleration, 91 agility, and 87 speed it can run around most players. His 90 juke move, 89 break tackle, and 86 elusiveness means he’ll just jump around anyone that gets close. With 82 catching, 84 short route running, and 80 catch in traffic he can dominate in the passing game.

Christian McCaffrey (90 OVR)

Catching: 80

Program: Signature Series

Team: Carolina Panthers

Auction House Value: Xbox – 351,000 / PS4 – 375,000 / PC Unknown

It’s no surprise to see Christian McCaffrey featured twice as he has been utterly dominant in 2019 and is likely to receive more high-end cards in Madden 20.

His Signature Series card brings a terrific 92 agility along with 86 speed and 87 acceleration. He is a nightmare to tackle thanks to an 89 juke move, 87 spin move, and 86 elusiveness, not to mention that 80 catching is paired with an 81 short route running stat to make him a problem for any linebacker in coverage.

Austin Ekeler (93 OVR)

Catching: 77

Program: TOTW

Team: Los Angeles Chargers

Auction House Value: Xbox – 392,000 / PS4 – 338,000 / PC – Unknown

Austin Ekeler has made the most of his opportunities this year, and especially in Week 14 when he racked up over 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving on just 12 total touches to earn this TOTW card.

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This beast of a card brings 92 speed, 92 acceleration, 92 agility, and a killer 92 juke move. His 77 catching is backed up by 74 short route running, 75 spectacular catch, and a 90 elusiveness that will drive opponents mad.

The best receiving backs in Ultimate Team

Player Catching OVR Team Program AH Value (Xbox/PS4)
Christian McCaffrey 84 94 Carolina Panthers Zero Chill 284k / 285k
James White 82 93 New England Patriots Ultimate Kickoff 219k / 212k
Alvin Kamara 82 92 New Orleans Saints MUT Heroes 299k / 301k
Christian McCaffrey 80 90 Carolina Panthers Signature Series 351k / 375k
Austin Ekeler 77 93 Los Angeles Chargers TOTW 392k / 338k
Darren Sproles 77 88 Philadelphia Eagles Veterans 49.9k / 44.9k
LeVeon Bell 75 93 New York Jets Most Feared 308k / 300k
Saquon Barkley 74 91 New York Giants MUT Heroes 139k / 137k
Christian McCaffrey 74 84 Carolina Panthers Core Elite 40.1k / 30.1k
Alvin Kamara 73 83 New Orleans Saints Core Elite 11.3k / 10k
Emmitt Smith 72 94 Dallas Cowboys Legends 335k / 349k
Chris Johnson 72 94 Tennessee Titans Blitz 475k / 481k
Austin Ekeler 72 90 Los Angeles Chargers Football Outsiders 94.1k / 92.6k
Marcus Allen 72 89 Oakland Raiders Legends 70k / 65k

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Madden Ultimate Team is full of high quality cards, and that will only increase as the year goes on. Right now elite speed is hard to come by, but it’s vital to the success of your team. That means you need to find the fastest cards around and fit them into your squad where you can. We have these cards for you here.

Toby Durant

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