Madden 21 Ratings: Best HB’s REVEALED – McCaffrey, Elliott, Henry, Cook & more

Running the ball was massive in Madden 20. Who do you want pounding the rock in Madden 21?

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Madden 21 isn’t far out, and we are now at the peak of ratings season.

That means plenty of hype around some awesome reveals coming almost daily! 

Along with these ratings, we’ve also received an official release date, and breakdowns for upcoming features

All things considered, it looks like EA is absolutely smashing things this year.

Let’s go over the best RBs in Madden 21 thanks to the newest ratings reveal. 

Christian McCaffrey (99 OVR)

He had such a good 2019 season, updates raised him from 91 OVR to then join the 99-club mid-way through the season.

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WEIGHT ON HIS SHOULDERS: He carries an entire franchise’s hopes on his back

With injuries to Cam Newton, McCaffrey stepped up in his 3rd season with nearly 1,400 yards rushing and over 1,000 yards receiving. His 19 TDs persuaded the Panthers to give him a $64m contract extension that makes him the highest-paid HB in NFL history.

Derrick Henry (93 OVR)

Henry is a bruising runner that had a difficult start to his NFL life. Injuries limited his participation, which meant his explosion onto the scene last season was a surprise for some.

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TITAN PERFORMANCE: This man can not be stopped

He led the league with 303 carries, 1,540 yards, and 16 TDs. The Titans got behind Henry to get to the playoffs and you would expect another run-heavy year in 2020. As with Elliott, a 300 carry season is difficult to keep up, but Henry is a little fresher and expect his rating to rise with his notoriety.

Nick Chubb (92 OVR)

One of the biggest increases in rating through season updates, Chubb started life in Madden 20 rated 85 OVR. By the end, he had a rating of 92.

Taking over leading the Browns rushing attack, Chubb was a grinding runner with nearly 300 carries and 1,500 yards in the 2019 season. Expect him to find his rating somewhere between the yardsticks he put down in Madden 20.

Ezekiel Elliott (92 OVR)

It’s hard to remember that Elliott is only 24 given he has already led the league in rushing yards in two separate seasons.

Whilst 2019 wasn’t his best season statistically, it was still up there. He had 301 carries for 1,357 yards and 12 TDs. The only thing that will stop Elliott is overuse, so he will be up there as one of the best HBs in the NFL once again.

Saquon Barkley (91 OVR)

Barkley has the hopes of an entire city on his shoulders. Coming in as the 2nd overall pick in 2018, the Giants wanted and needed his superstar potential.

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YOUNG DREAMER: Barkley could be one of the best ever

He had a very strong rookie of the year campaign but saw most of his stats decline in 2019, as well as suffering from injuries. He doesn’t have a great offensive line blocking for him, but he still managed a 1,000 rushing yard season. There’s no denying 6 TDs is disappointing, but Madden 21 will give him a 2nd chance to find his feet and show what he can do.

Dalvin Cook (91 OVR)

Another player that struggled with injury only to break out in a big way in 2019.

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Dalvin Cook had over 1,100 rushing yards and 13 TDs as a bright spark for the Vikings offense. Expect to see him climb the ratings ready for a big 2020 season.

Aaron Jones (90 OVR)

A breakout performer in 2019, Jones was taken in the 5th round of the 2017 draft.

He led the league in rushing TDs the season just gone, posting 1,084 rushing yards and 16 TDs. And he did this of just 236 carries, which is nearly 30% less than a lot of his counterparts on this list. He’s a new kid on the block, with this rating rising.

Joe Mixon (89 OVR)

Joe Mixon is one of the only things fans came to see last year from the Cincinnati Bengals, who had a massive letdown of a season.

While things aren’t all bad with this season leading the team to Joe Burrow in the NFL Draft, he’s still expected to have to carry the offense in many ways.

Mixon topped 1100 rushing yards in 2019, with 5 TDs on the year. With a better team around him coming into this season, he might be positioned to produce more than ever.

Josh Jacobs (88 OVR)

Josh Jacobs had a huge rookie season, racking up over 1100 yards and 7 TDs for the Las Vegas Raiders. He might be one of the brightest prospects from the RB position in the league today, with a huge future ahead of him at just 22-years-old.

But while his future is bright, is present isn’t bright enough to overtake some of the more veteran RB names in the NFL today, and it’s reflected in his Madden 21 rating.

Alvin Kamara (89 OVR)

The former 3rd round pick burst into the league with a rookie of the year campaign as has abilities both rushing and catching the ball out of the backfield.

His production did fall off in 2019 from the season before. With 800 yards rushing and 500 yards catching, he won’t be in the elite tier. That said, his skill remains and he should have some tasty speed and agility ratings.

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