Best Madden 23 Playbooks & Formations - Big Nickel, Trips TE, Gun Y Off Trips & more

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Madden 23 playbooks are a hot topic every year as top players seek to find the most effective formations and plays in the game.

Now that key favorites have emerged as well as powerful hot route options, here are some of the best Madden 23 playbooks and formations you can utilize.


Latest - Gun Y Off Trips can dominate in MUT 23

If you're willing to maximize the effectiveness of hot routes in making minor adjustments for plays, Gun Y Off Trips is a deadly formation in Madden 23.

With key plays like TE Whip and Y-Option Wheel able to become even more powerful thanks to those adjustments, the Raiders Offensive Playbook is a reliable choice this year.

We've got more details here on which hot routes you'll use and how to maximize Gun Y Off Trips to dominate in Ultimate Team.

Madden 23: Best Playbooks

While some players are happy to go with whichever playbook their team or coach is packed with, some are already looking for the best Madden 23 playbooks.

There are definitive favorites each year, but they tend to shift a little as the most powerful meta plays reveal themselves and the gameplay itself adjusts.


We've got FieldSENSE majorly changing things in Madden 23, but EA also revealed in buildup to launch that they've simplified things with far fewer plays this year.

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Madden 23 playbooks
POWERHOUSES: Gun Bunch and Trips TE both look to stay strong this year

We'll likely see some shifts in top playbooks through the comings months as top Madden 23 competitive players start to decipher the most powerful and exploitable plays in the new system.

However, early favorites had already emerged during the the Madden 23 beta as well as Early Access.

Top Offensive Madden 23 Playbooks

Last year, the New England Patriots had one of the top options, and once again it looks like Bill Belichek's formula works as they have one of the best Madden 23 playbooks.

Trips TE and Gun Bunch are definite strengths again this year, and it should be powerfully versatile both on the ground and in the air.

While there are slight differences, the Las Vegas Raiders playbook is very similar to the Patriots and is a definite strong option as well.

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QB POWER: Beware the power of a two-pronged attack

A dark horse top option this year is actually the Detroit Lions who have Trips TE, Gun Bunch, and Bunch TE options that could make it a key competitive choice.

Behind those top few, one of the best off-meta options is the Buccaneers, and other solid options include the Panthers and 49ers playbooks.

Top Defensive Madden 23 Playbooks

One of the most reliable favorites returns as Alternate 46 is one of the best Madden 23 playbooks on the defensive side of the ball.


While there were some changes, Alternate 46 still has Big Nickel and 3-3-5 Cub options, the latter of which replaces 3-3-5 Wide from Madden 22.

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THE ALTERNATE: You can sub in Alternate 46 for your favorite team

The Baltimore Ravens aren't far behind with a lot of great formations to pick from including 2-4-5 DBL A Gap, 3-3-5 Cub, and Big Dime 1-4-6.

However, an early emerging defensive king of Madden 23 playbooks may be the Chicago Bears, as theirs is boasting Dime 1-4-6, 3-3-5 Wide, 3-3-5 Will, and Even 6-1 formations to pick from.

The continued evolution of competitive play this year could change things, but right now these look to be some of the best Madden 23 playbooks.