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Top 5 HBs

As NFL teams ready up for training camp, see which running backs are tops at their position according to Madden.

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The HB position in Madden is unique. The running backs you are and are not successful with really depends on your playstyle. There are power backs for the truck-stick masters, elusive backs better for stick-work specialists, and receiving backs that are almost like an extra WR out of the backfield. But to be considered a top-five rated HB in Madden, a player must be versatile, with a well-rounded skillset that separates them from the pack. And with Superstar X-Factors in Madden 20, there are a select few at the position that will rise to that challenge. So let’s get into the top-five rated running backs in Madden NFL 20.

Top 5 HBs

Todd Gurley | 97 OVR

Todd Gurley is on another level when it comes to running backs, both in real life and in Madden. His elusiveness in the game supplies stick-work-specialists with versatility, whether running inside, outside, or going out for a pass. There are some concerns about a nagging knee injury that plagued him late last season, but we’re talking Madden 20 here, so that’s not a worry. Gurley is easily the best HB in the game, playing in one of the best offenses in the NFL, and he thrives on making opponents look silly.

Notable Ratings:        

  • 92 Speed
  • 92 Acceleration
  • 96 Break Tackle
  • 95 Agility
  • 92 Elusiveness

Superstar X-Factor Zone Ability | First One Free

When Gurley enters the zone, his First One Free ability increases his fake-out rate on his next juke, spin, or hurdle.

 

Ezekiel Elliott | 94 OVR

Ezekiel Elliott is a special running back, and you could make a legitimate argument for Zeke over Gurley as the best HB in Madden 20. He logged over 1,400 rush yards last season and hauled in 77 receptions for good measure. That kind of versatility goes a long way when trying to keep opponents guessing. New life was breathed into the Cowboys offense last year after the mid-season acquisition of WR Amari Cooper, and Elliott will continue to reap those benefits going forward.

Notable Ratings:

  • 90 Speed
  • 91 Acceleration
  • 98 Awareness
  • 94 Jumping
  • 93 Stiff Arm

Superstar X-Factor Zone Ability | First One Free

When Zeke enters the zone, his First One Free ability increases his fake-out rate on his next juke, spin, or hurdle.

 

Melvin Gordon | 92 OVR 

The Chargers’ back had his 2018 season stunted by injury, as he only played 12 regular season games. But Melvin Gordon posted a career-best 5.1 yards per carry average last year, rolling with the success of Los Angeles’ offense overall, and found the end zone 14 total times. Gordon’s 96 Juke Move is the highest among the top five HBs in Madden 20, and while some contract issues have bubbled up, he’s still a reliable go-to option when using the Chargers in the game.

Notable Ratings:

  • 92 Speed
  • 90 Acceleration
  • 96 Juke Move

Superstar X-Factor Zone Ability | First One Free

When Gordon enters the zone, his First One Free ability increases his fake-out rate on his next juke, spin, or hurdle.

 

Le’Veon Bell | 92 OVR 

After a full season off, Le’Veon Bell should be refreshed for his debut as a New York Jet. Known for his own unique style of running, Bell is one of the most patient backs behind the line of scrimmage. He waits for the perfect time to burst through the line and hits the second-level before defenders can blink.

Notable Ratings:

  • 90 Trucking
  • 92 Acceleration
  • 95 Agility
  • 94 Stiff Arm

Superstar X-Factor Zone Ability | First One Free

When Bell enters the zone, his First One Free ability increases his fake-out rate on his next juke, spin, or hurdle.

 

Saquon Barkley | 91 OVR 

As a rookie last season, Saquon Barkley broke the NFL, he broke fantasy football, and he broke Madden. He kicked off last year with an 80 OVR, finished with an 88 OVR, and enters Madden 20 with a 91 OVR. That is an impressively meteoric rise for a generational talent at the position. The only thing holding back his OVR right now is his 79 Ball Carrier Vision rating, since he’s entering his second season. Something tells me Saquon could be the top-rated HB in Madden 20 by midseason.

Notable Ratings:

  • 97 Break Tackle (best in Madden 20)
  • 92 Speed
  • 93 Acceleration (best in Madden 20)
  • 96 Agility (best in Madden 20)
  • 90 Elusiveness
  • 95 Carrying
  • 94 Spin Move

Superstar X-Factor Zone Ability | First One Free

When Barkley enters the zone, his First One Free ability increases his fake-out rate on his next juke, spin, or hurdle.

 

– Matt Franciscovich (@MattFranchise on Twitter) 


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