Football is back and so is Madden and we have got a lot of catching up to do with these two old friends.
So, what better way to get into everything than to take a deep dive on Madden 17 and find out who the best players are at every single position in the game. Let's go.
Quarterback - Aaron Rodgers
Despite Cam Newton's Most Valuable Player winning season in 2015, it is the Green Bay Packers star who leads the way with a 97 overall, which is one up from where he started the season. Apparently, he looked good enough against Jacksonville to get a boost.
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RB - Le'Veon Bell
Even with his three-game suspension, Pittsburgh Steelers star Bell still leads the way at half-back, holding firm ahead of Adrian Peterson who sits at a 91 overall compared to Le'Veon's 94. It's good to be a Steelers fan in 2016.
FB - Patrick DiMarco
While not exactly being a position that holds as much dominance as it once used to in football, having a good fullback is still a big bonus to any team. And DiMarco of the Atlanta Falcons is the best one in the league at a 91.
TE - Rob Gronkowski
The first perfect 99 rating on the list, but not the last, Rob Gronkowski has cemented himself as the best Tight End in football by a long way, it isn't even close. Madden knows that and has treated the cover star of the game with the respect he deserves.
WR - Antonio Brown
The second Steelers star on the list, Antonio Brown didn't come into the league as a star - the Central Michigan man was a 6th round pick - but has turned himself into the crispest receiver in football and a 98 rating in Madden.
LT - Tyron Smith and Joe Thomas
Our first tie but maybe not our last. The Cowboys and Browns stars are both truly exceptional players and debates are constant about which is better. With so many voting either way it seems that Madden has sat on the fence and given them both a 97.
LG - Richie Incognito
Our lowest top-rated player so far at just a 90 overall, Richie Incognito is a force to be reckoned with on the Buffalo Bills offensive line. Incognito would have Josh Sitton breathing down his neck if not for a two overall reduction to the new Bears man.
C - Travis Frederick
A 91 overall, Frederick has removed himself from the pack of other centers and made the position his own in the league. The Dallas Cowboys O-Line is the best in the league and Frederick is a big part of that. He could be overtaken soon by fast-rising 25-year-old Weston Richburg of the Giants.
RG - Marshal Yanda
Yanda is 32-years-old but he is still absolutely dominant at his position. One of the best pound-for-pound players in football - if that were to be a thing - Yanda is the best RG in Madden by a long way, with a beastly 97 overall.
RT - Lane Johnson
Where did all the good Right Tackles go? Lane Johnson is the highest rated one of the bunch at just an 87 overall. An Eighty Seven! Good for the Eagles man but wow, that is something else.
LE - Khalil Mack
The Raiders took a risk selecting Mack from small-school Buffalo with the 5th overall pick in 2014 but it has paid off massively. Mack is 25 and crushing it with his 97 rating. Expect to see him lead the Left End position for a long time.
DT - Aaron Donald
Another young stud, Donald has stunned the world since being drafted by the Rams and it shows with his 98 overall. Just like Mack, expect to see the LA Rams star in this spot for a while to come.
RE - JJ Watt
Of course, it's JJ Watt, was there ever any doubt? The Houston Texans supremo is the next 99 overall on the list and is also fully deserving of it. Hopefully, the Texans can actually step up to get Watt the Super Bowl ring his career deserves before it's too late.
LOLB - Von Miller
Another contender for that mythical pound-for-pound player title, Miller is the lifeblood of a Denver Broncos defense that is just scarily good. At a 99 overall, Miller is the third of four players to be perfect in the game.
MLB - Luke Kuechly
And here is the fourth man on that list. The Carolina Panthers may not have the best QB in the game but they do have the best Middle Linebacker in Kuechly. And it is very deserving for a player who is perfect in every way possible at his position and is a leader supreme on the field.
ROLB - Terrell Suggs
The second Baltimore Raven on the list, Suggs has defied injury and Father Time to stay as the best ROLB in Madden at 33-years-old. A six-time Pro Bowler, Suggs is definitely deserving of his 90 OVR.
CB - Josh Norman
A real contentious pick here, but EA Sports have bought into the Josh Norman hype and made him the best corner in the game. Madden is seriously drinking the Cool-Aid on the Redskins secondary star with a 94 overall, ahead of Chris Harris Jr, Patrick Peterson, Richard Sherman and Desmond Trufant who are all at 93 or 92.
FS - Tyrann Mathieu
The Honey Badger! Could it really be anyone else except the Cardinals third round phenom. Mathieu has turned around whatever struggles he had in college to become a 96-rated Free Safety in Madden 17. Not bad at all young fella.
SS - Reshad Jones
Despite being completely snubbed in the All-Pro selections from last year, Jones is still the highest rated Strong Safety at a very respectable 93. Jones is the best Miami Dolphins player period to boot.
P - Pat McAfee
The best punter off the field is also the best punter on the field in the case of Pat McAfee. The potential comedian is known for his social media antics and backs it all up on the gridiron when he is called out by the Colts. He is an 86 overall.
K - Dan Bailey
The dependable Cowboys man is also at an 86 overall in Madden 17, EA Sports really disrespecting the special teams guys out here. Lower rated than fullbacks? That's gotta hurt.
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