Once again this season, we're partnering with EA Sports to bring special Football Outsiders-branded items to Madden 17 Ultimate Team. Each week, we'll be picking out a handful of players who starred in that week's games. Some of them will be well-known players who stood out in standard stats. Others will be under-the-radar players who only stood out with advanced stats, including DYAR, defeats, and our game charting coverage stats for cornerbacks. We'll announce the players each Tuesday in the DVOA commentary article, and the players will be available in Madden Ultimate Team packs the following weekend, starting at 11am Eastern Friday morning.
This year, the "Football Outsiders hero" will not be a limited edition player who is only in packs for 24 hours. Instead, you can acquire the best Football Outsiders player each week by collecting a set of the other four players.
As usual, our first Football Outsiders release is a set of five players from our Top 25 Prospects list of under-the-radar, lower-drafted players who are set to play important roles in 2016 and beyond. This list is featured, of course, in our new book Football Outsiders Almanac 2016.
This week's Football Outsiders players are:
- Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA (HERO OF THE WEEK)
- Chris Conley, WR, KC
- Quandre Diggs, CB, DET
- Eli Harold, ROLB, SF
- Daryl Williams, RT, CAR
If you aren't familiar with the FO Top 25 Prospects list each year, this list looks at players who are not rookies or top picks, and haven't had regular playing time yet. Players must be in their second, third, or fourth seasons, and must have been drafted in the third round or lower (or be undrafted). We expect numerous complaints over Twitter that will totally ignore these sentences.
But if you are interested in the stats and analysis behind the Football Outsiders content in Madden Ultimate Team, check out all the great NFL analysis we have here on our website. Make sure to see this year's staff season predictions and consider a subscription to our brand new Premium Game Charting Data and Weekly Fantasy Projections!