Wide receiver is the most heavily-loaded position in terms of ratings in Madden NFL 19. Which is critical, because a poor pass catcher is enough to completely derail a passing attack.
Thankfully, there are plenty of quality WRs to go around. The position goes 10 players deep before they start dropping below 90 OVR. It’s a great lineup.
But enough talk about the amount of great WRs. Let’s talk about the elite targets that almost never drop the ball. These are the top 5 WRs in Madden 19.
1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Spoiler, AB is the best WR in the game. We broke down his ratings when announcing the 99 Club members. Brown has the Speed, Route Running, and ball carrying moves to dominate the game. His 99 Catch rating is the best in Madden. Business is boomin’ with AB’s sure hands and quality stick skills.
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Narrowly missing admittance into the 99 Club is Julio Jones. He stands at 6' 3", 220 pounds. Coupling that with 93 Speed (faster than AB) and a ridiculous 97 Jump rating makes Jones arguably the best red zone target in the game. His 75 Trucking and 84 Stiff Arm are the best on this list. He’s not as elusive as some of the other guys mentioned here, but his size, Speed, and 98 for Catch in Traffic and Spectacular Catch make Julio a borderline cheat code.
3. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
Right off the bat, OBJ handles a little different than Julio and AB. First off, his 94 Speed is not only the best among the top five, but it’s also higher than any other WR with a 90+ OVR. His 98 Agility and 97 Juke match AB’s. But his 99 Spectacular Catch tops all other players in Madden 19.
4. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Let’s get one thing straight: Hopkins is a beast. There is no other WR in the league that has displayed his level of body control when fighting for a catch. Despite a career filled with QBs that were . . . well, not good, Nuke Hopkins has remained among the NFL elite. His 98 Catch is only topped by AB’s 99, and he tops this list with an 81 Carrying. He’s a slight step back in carrier moves from OBJ, but he’s more reliable in a crowd with a 96 Catch in Traffic.
5. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Closing out this list is a 6' 4" monster in A.J. Green, the tallest WR in the top five. With a 90 Speed, Green is the slowest mentioned here, but he remains one of the better pass catchers in the game with a 98 Spectacular Catch and 95 Catch in Traffic.
There are tons of quality receivers outside of the top five. Minnesota Vikings fans will be happy though, as they have the best pair of WRs in Madden 19 with Stefon Diggs (90 OVR) and Adam Thielen (88 OVR). They just beat out the Broncos’ pair of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders (both at 88 OVR).
The new Speed King in Madden is Tyreek Hill. He’s not the most reliable WR available with Route Running numbers below the 90s, but his 98 Speed leaves everyone in the dust. Hill also sports a 95 Juke. If you like players with afterburners, Hill is the highest-quality speedster in the game.
-Daniel Williams (Follow Dan on Twitter @thatDanW)
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