With Madden 22 Ratings Week on ESPN slated to kick off this Sunday, we’re continuing our predictions for player ratings in this year’s game. Surprisingly, a lot of you agreed with my predictions at the quarterback position.
This week, we’re looking at running backs. Despite the league shifting more towards the passing game, it hasn’t actually meant that running backs are now ineffective. It’s quite the opposite; running backs are more involved than ever before.
Guys like Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara are dual-threat playmakers, capable of beating you on the ground or through the air. Then we have Derrick Henry, a pure smash your face, old-school running back that actually opens up the passing game for a mediocre quarterback.
As a reminder, ratings in Madden 21 are adjusted every week based on players performance in real life. To give you a little context, Madden 21’s launch ratings for Running Back looked like this:
- Christian McCaffrey (99 OVR)
- Derrick Henry (93 OVR)
- Ezekiel Elliott (92 OVR)
- Nick Chubb (92 OVR)
- Dalvin Cook (91 OVR)
By the time Super Bowl came around, a lot had changed. It looked like this:
- Christian McCaffrey (98 OVR)
- Nick Chubb (96 OVR)
- Derrick Henry (95 OVR)
- Alvin Kamara (94 OVR)
- Dalvin Cook (94 OVR)
With that in mind, here is my prediction for the top five running back overall ratings in Madden 22.
Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers)
Last year’s No. 1 back to start the season, Carolina Panthers superstar running back Christian McCaffrey began Madden 21 as a member of Club 99. Unfortunately, he was limited to just three games during the 2020 season due to injury.
However, he was incredibly effective in those three games, rushing for 225 yards (3.8 average) and five touchdowns. He also added 149 yards and a touchdown in the passing game.
McCaffrey was certainly worthy of the 99 overall he was given as he’s the most dynamic running back in the game. Even though there are players who are better pure rushers in the league, McCaffrey’s dual-threat nature makes him deserving as the best back in Madden. On defense, you’ve got to account for him at all times because he can burn you on the ground or through the air. He’s a true dual threat.
Despite his injury-plagued season, McCaffrey remained the best back in Madden 21, falling just one overall point throughout the season. Because of his explosiveness out of the backfield and playmaking ability on offense, I think McCaffrey retains the title as best back in Madden 22. He’ll have to earn his spot back in Club 99 though.
Rating prediction: 98 overall