Nick Chubb – (Cleveland Browns) – 97 OVR
Nick Chubb may not have the pass-catching capabilities as some of the other running backs on this least, but he’s the best pure runner in the league. Chubb rushed for 1,525 yards last season, which was third most in the league behind Derrick Henry (1,538 yards) and Josh Jacobs (1,653) yards. But he did so on about 40 fewer carries. He led the league with most rushes for 20-plus yards (13) and scored 12 touchdowns.
Chubb has consistently been among the league leaders in rushing yards throughout his career, averaging 1,000-plus rushing yards in four of his first five seasons. He’s also got a 5.2 yards per attempt average over his career. Chubb is one of the few truly dominant workhorse running backs that remain in the league.
He was tied with Christian McCaffrey as the second-best-rated running back in Madden 23 to begin the season last year, behind Derrick Henry. By the end of the year, he was the lone 97 overall rated player. I think this rating will carry over in Madden 24. With no Kareem Hunt, it’s possible that Chubb’s production improves even more, landing him into the 99 Club.
While it’s true the running back position may no longer be the focal point of many offenses, it’s still important to have a reliable one. Although we’re witnessing the end of a bell cow back in the NFL, there’s a couple of other young prospects worth keeping an eye on this season. Breece Hall show flashes of stardom before his season-ending injury, while guys like Kenneth Walker III and Dameon Pierce made a name for themselves. As we saw with Jonathan Taylor, production can easily fall off from one season to the next.