Madden 23 wide receiver ratings leak: Cooper Kupp, Davante Adams top the list

More and more ratings from Madden 23 are starting to leak and while we don’t have confirmation if they are legitimate or not, they make for good debates. This weekend, we got the top 32 wide receivers in Madden 23, and the ratings may surprise you.

If these ratings are true, it looks like two wide receivers will start the season as part of the 99 Club in Madden 23: Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers and Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams. And, honestly, they are both deserving of a perfect rating.

Davante Adams has long been one of the league’s top wide receivers. He’s consistently at the top of the statistical leaderboards year in and year out. Now a part of that is probably because of who he had throwing him the ball, Aaron Rodgers. This year, his first with the Raiders, he’ll have Derek Carr under center, so it will be interesting to see if he can maintain his normal production.

Cooper Kupp has always been a solid wide receiver, but never in the conversation for “best in the league.” That changed last season. In his first season with Matthew Stafford at quarterback, Kupp put together one of the best statistical seasons for a wide receiver ever with 145 receptions, 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns. In the playoffs, he caught 33 passes for 478 yards and six touchdowns. His 178 total receptions and 2,245 total yards (regular season and postseason combined) are the most ever by a receiver. I’d say this along makes him worthy of starting the season as a 99 rated player in Madden 23, even if his production may dip.

As for the rest of the wide receivers, here’s how the ratings shake out:

  1. Davante Adams – 99 OVR
  2. Cooper Kupp – 99 OVR
  3. Justin Jefferson – 96 OVR
  4. Tyreek Hill – 96 OVR
  5. Stefon Diggs – 96 OVR
  6. DeAndre Hopkins – 95 OVR
  7. Keenan Allen – 94 OVR
  8. Michael Thomas – 93 OVR
  9. Deebo Samuel – 92 OVR
  10. Ja’Marr Chase – 90 OVR
  11. Mike Evans – 90 OVR
  12. Terry Mclaurin – 90 OVR
  13. DK Metcalf – 89 OVR
  14. Amari Cooper – 88 OVR
  15. AJ Brown – 88 OVR
  16. Adam Thielen – 98 OVR
  17. TJ Lockett – 87 OVR
  18. Ceedee Lame – 87 OVR
  19. Jaylon Waddle – 87 OVR

I don’t have a promise with Justin Jefferson, Tyreek Hill or Stefon Diggs rounding out the top five. All three are incredible playmakers who can change the game at any second. I actually wouldn’t be surprised to see Jefferson hit 98 overall at some point or possibly even join the 99 Club.

Most complaints seem to stem around Michael Thomas being rated so highly. The 29-year-old receiver — who holds the NFL record for most receptions by ap layer through his first five seasons — has been bitten by the injury bug of late. Injuries hampered his 2020 season and he missed all of last season with an ankle injury. There are debates that he’s on the downside, while younger receivers such as Deebo Samuel and Ja’Marr Chase (both rated lower) are up and coming.

The same is said about DeAndre Hopkins. The 29-year-old is coming off an injury-plagued season and has been suspended for the first six games of the upcoming year for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

There’s certainly room for debate among the top 10 or 15 wide receivers, and you could easily make arguments for why each of them are over or underrated. But with Madden getting weekly updates, things should sort themself out. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on the slated wide receiver ratings for Madden 23.