5 Worst Madden 21 Franchise Teams
This team has it all, big contracts, little cap space, and a litany of mediocre players. Matt Stafford is a very talented QB, but in Madden he is a subpar QB with a big cap hit. Due to the negatives about him Stafford is likely one of the first cuts for you as a Lions user. You have a handful of HBs to build with Kerryon Johnson and Deandre Swift being the best of the bunch. The WR group isn’t awful at the start of the league Golladay, Jones and Amendola are a solid trio. However, this trio hits the age wall quickly at 26, 30, and 34 respectively. The brightest spot on the offense belongs to the TE positions where you have a potential beast in TJ Hockenson. Frank Ragnow and Taylor Decker are your best offensive linemen, and that isn't a good thing. The pass rushers for the Lions aren’t a bad group with Trey Flowers, Da'shawn Hand, Danny Shelton, and the brothers Okwara. Jahlani Tavai, Jarrad Davis, and Jamie Collins are the starting three linebackers you have to work with. The DB group is probably the best part of the Lions roster. The Lions are 5 deep on quality corners with Desmond Trufant, Justin Coleman, Jeff Okudah, Daryl Roberts, and Amani Oruwariye. Not only are the corners deep the safeties are as well, and this group includes Duron Harmon, Tracy Walker and Will Harris. The Lions are definitely one of the worst teams to start with, but they do have some promise. This quality will be shared by each of these teams. It is my opinion that there truly aren’t any bad franchise teams, but instead rough situations that can end badly is mismanaged. Each of these teams can end up being a good team very quickly, but due to various issues these teams require a distinct plan.
New York Jets
The Jets found their way on this list primarily due to the lack of talent on the offensive end. Sam Darnold is not the most exciting QB to use in Madden, but he is still only 23. At HB you are actually set up rather well with Lev Bell, Lamichael Perine, and Josh Adams. WR is one of the key spots where the Jets take a big hit. Jamison Crowder, Quincy Enunwa, Breshad Perriman, and Denzel Mims are the starter quality receivers on the Jets. Of that group only Mims stands out as a potential stud. TE has no one worth mentioning so I will just skip it and head on to the offensive line. The Jets have no quality veterans along the offensive line, but they do have a few young players that could develop into quality players. The first of these young players is none other than Mekhi Becton the stud giant from Louisville. Becton has the size to play left tackle and left guard, and has the potential to be a monster. If you are the Jets you should not trade Becton at all...and I mean ever. The other young linemen are Cameron Clark and Chuma Edoga who both need a lot of time to develop, but could benefit you if you put the time in early. The Jets pass rush unit lacks star power but has some players with potential. This pass rushing unit is made up of Henry Anderson, Quinnen Williams, Steve McLendon, Jabari Zuniga, and Bryce Huff. The off ball linebackers for the Jets are much better than the pass rushing linebackers. The off ball linebackers worth mentioning are Avery Williamson, CJ Mosley, and Blake Cashman. Long gone are the days of Revis island, instead the Jets have Pierre Desir and Brian Poole as the starters. I do like some of the younger corners as project guys, Blessuan Austin, Quincy Wilson, and Bryce Hall. Lastly we reach the bright spot of this otherwise dull roster, the safeties. Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye headline this group, but Ashtyn Davis is a rookie that I really like. If you use big nickel then this might be the best safety group for you.
I should start off by saying that the Steelers are not an awful team starting out, but they do not fare well in the long term. Big Ben is still a superstar but I’m pretty sure he is around the 80-81 range which can ruin the superstar trait. The HB group has several project guys under 25. Anthony McFarland, Benny Snell, and Jaylen Samuels are my favorites on this roster. The WR group is even better than the HB group because you have at least 5 quality players, although some will take some work. These WRs are Juju Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Dionte Johnson, Ryan Switzer, and my favorite for Madden ROY Chase Claypool. Eric Ebron headlines the TE position but I think that there is a good chance that Chase Claypool finds his way to TE. We have reached the troubling part of the Steelers, the offensive line. Of the 5 offensive linemen 4 are age 30+ and the 5th is 70 overall Matt Feiler. With only 1 of the offensive linemen being a superstar this group will get killed by regression. The biggest issue I have with this group is that it is tough to fill offensive line positions in our league if you are aiming to do so primarily via the draft. The Steelers pass rushers have a similar age issue, but you do have a couple more developable players. This group has Stephon Tuitt, Cam Heyward, Tyson Alualu, TJ Watt, Bud Dupree and Alex Highsmith. Madden 21 is going to be different than any Madden since like Madden 25. I say this not because of any spectacular innovations or features, but this will be the first Madden in quite a while where Ryan Shazier is not on the Steelers roster. With that being said it means that you only have Vince Williams and Devin Bush as offball linebackers. The corners for the Steelers aren’t young either Joe Hade, Steven Nelson, and Mike Hilton all have one foot in the Madden grave. The safeties are young and talented though, both Minkah Fitzpatrick and Terrell Edmunds should become high quality safeties. This will start a trend towards the end of this list where I am going to include teams that aren’t awful, but have issues. This Madden lacks any terrible teams, even the Lions have good qualities for a franchise team.
We got used to seeing the Falcons underperform in the NNFL, but that doesn’t mean the roster is awful...but it isn’t great. Matt Ryan is a decent, old, high paid QB and has no viable backup. The duo of Todd Gurley and Ito Smith are a quality pair, but Gurley is on a one year deal which could mean a big contract right off the bat. As far as WRs go you have Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley which is solid. I’ll never talk trash about Julio Jones, but he is going to be 31 this year. At TE you have booty Hayden Hurst congratulations. Alex Mack and Jake Matthews are the only quality offensive linemen right away, but you also have Chris Lindstrom, Matt Hennessey, and Kaleb McGary as project offensive linemen. The pass rushers for the Falcons are Dante Fowler, Tak McKinley, Grady Jarrett, and Tyeler Davison. Deion Jones is the alphamale of the LB group but he is joined by two very athletic LBs in Mykal Walker, and Foyesade Oluokun. There are no standout starting corners for the falcons, but the young trio of AJ Terrell, Kendall Sheffield, and Isaiah Oliver show promise as developmental guys. Finally, at safety you are 4 deep with quality starters with Ricardo Allen, Demotee Kazee, Keanu Neal, and Jaylin Hawkins. Overall, if you manage the Falcons well you can avoid having to rush around for offensive linemen and corners; but on the other hand if you Matty yourself you’ll end up trading away everything for a used condom and a gift card to Cracker Barrel.
I struggled between choosing the Jaguars or the Panthers for this 5th spot. The Jaguars are remarkably similar, but I felt that the Panthers were good enough to avoid this 5th spot. If you believe in Minshew Mania you can roll with him but I doubt anyone keeps Minshew long term. Fournette is basically all you have as far as running backs go. At WR you have 5 quality starters DJ Chark, Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, Keelan Cole, and Viska Shenault. The two that are the most important are Chark and Shenault. Josh Oliver and Tyler Eifert are the only TEs you have on the Jaguars roster. On the offensive line you have three young guys Cam Robinson, Juwaan Taylor, and Ben Bartch. As far as legitimate starters on the offensive line you have Andy Norwell and Brandon Linder. The defense is the part of the Jaguars that interests me the most, because you have legitimate prospects at each position. With that being said most of these players are in need of development before they can be effective. The pass rushers are Josh Allen, Yannick Ngakoue, K’lavon Chaisson, Taven Bryan, and Davon Hamilton. Ngakoue is the odd man out, but Allen and Chaisson are 8 season guys. The arrival of Joe Schobert provides a much needed upgrade after the troubling Telvin Smith situation. Even with Joe Schobert the only other quality linebacker is Myles Jack, which leaves the rookie Shaquille Quarterman. Project is the best way to describe almost all of the long term players in the Jaguars secondary. CJ Henderson is no Ramsey, but he should be a beast when all is said and done. After Henderson you are left with a decision, play the older corners DJ Hayden and Rashaan Melvin, or the young corners Tre Herndon or Josiah Scott. There are no free safeties on this team that will be long term guys, but there are a couple of strong safeties. Ronnie Harrison is young and has time to build up that 86 speed, and the rookie Daniel Thomas could turn into a solid starting safety. Overall, this team will take a tremendous amount of focus, and skill to build. I dare say anyone who takes the Jags should be commended for their bravery. When all has come to pass we will likely look at the Jaguars user and say, “damn, that guy is a great GM he has really built that team up.” Then again what do I know?