Exploring trades is one of the best aspects to playing Madden’s Connected Franchise Mode. However, understanding which players you should trade, or perhaps trade for, can be difficult to determine. That’s where the pros at Madden School come in. Today, we’re giving you our top 10 players to consider trading away in Madden 18 franchise mode.
Only one defensive player made our list, but certainly there are others you should certainly consider. If you’re just starting your franchise, then consider trading these players. Some of the players are just getting old while others have likely maxed out in their overall rating, and you need to free up space for younger players with more potential.
RB TJ Yeldon , Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jags backfield is pretty crowded, and Yeldon doesn’t serve much of a purpose at the position with Fournette and Ivory. Yeldon has 2 years left on his contract, and given the cap hit is low, you can possibly gain some value. His 79 overall rating is high enough to where you might be able to raise it just a little with your XP, and then get a nice return in a trade.
WR Erik Decker, Tennessee Titans
Decker’s getting up there in age, and with WR’s Rishard Matthews and rookie Corey Davis, Decker is dispensable at the position. Take into account the Titans’ other skill players such as Demarco Murray, Derrick Henry, and Delanie Walker, and Decker is less and less valuable. Trade Decker for some future picks and some speed.
RB Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
Let’s face it, you don’t really need Tevin Coleman. There’s nothing he can do that RB Devonta Freeman can’t do, and that makes him dispensable. Try to trade Coleman right away and see what other teams are willing to give up for him. Seattle might be a player, and you have the possibility of getting some young defensive talent or picks or both.
CB Aquib Talib, Denver Broncos
We know it sounds crazy to trade one of the best CB’s in the game, but think of it as the Bill Belichick approach to running your Madden 18 franchise. You want to get the most for an aging player who’s on the decline, and you need to do this as soon as possible. A few bad games and Talib’s overall rating is able to drop and so will trade value. Never know what certain teams would give up for CB Aquib Talib.
RB Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
Stewart isn’t likely to draw much big time interest on the trade block, so you may have to try packaging up some picks or players to deal him. It’ s just that you want to get something out of an aging RB before he’s absolutely worthless and unable to provide any sort of return. Even if you can just acquire some picks or another, lesser rated, younger RB, it’s likely worth the trade. Try to get a RB with a decent TRK rating, though. McCaffrey’s TRK needs attention before he’ll be able to consistently run it up in the trenches and bowl defenders.
QB Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings
With Bridgewater available, and QB Case Keenum playing extremely well, QB Sam Bradford is now dispensable. The market will be hit or miss, but you’ll definitely get some play on the trade block. There’s no real position of need other than the O-Line for the Vikings. Maybe you can pick up a fairly talented lineman and some mid round picks.
RB Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
Speaking of the Minnesota Vikings, they have a traffic jam of players at the RB spot with ratings hovering around 80. It’s a case of too many cooks in the kitchen, no pun intended. RB Dalvin Cook is a rookie while McKinnon is a great change of pace back, similar to RB Tarik Cohen of the Bears RB duo. Just makes sense to see what Murray can fetch on the trade block.
TE Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brate is a victim of circumstance and offense composition. TE OJ Howard makes Brate trade-able and it’s worth a look to see what type of interest he’d draw on the trade market. You have all sorts of decisions to make when starting a franchise with the Bucs, so there are any number of possibilities. Typically, when that’s the case, and team’s need a lot of different pieces, getting some picks in return is wise.
WR Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
The Packers WR corps is one of the deepest in the game, and since the offense is not the area of concern with the Green Bay franchise, then you can consider trading Cobb. You may want to consider trying to acquire a defensive asset, a decent draft pick, or maybe both depending on how you work the deal.
QB Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
Smith looked like he could be an MVP candidate this year. Well, that’s not going to happen for him, and given his recent ratings fluctuations and inconsistent play, it might be a wise choice to see what you can get for the veteran QB Alex Smith. The most recent ratings have Smith at 84 overall, and that’s a nice rating for a QB. Perhaps a team like the Jets or Jaguars would be interested in Smith.
That does it for our 10 players to consider trading in Madden 18. There are plenty of others, clearly. Who are some of your most trade worthy players in Madden 18? Be sure to join the conversation in the comments section below.