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T.J. Watt's Madden Rating is Disrespectful

Max Staley
T.J. Watt's Madden 21 rating is disrespectful.
T.J. Watt's Madden 21 rating is disrespectful. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images
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All Pittsburgh Steelers fans know that T.J. Watt is an absolute animal. But he's often overshadowed by his older brother J.J., a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. But it's time for T.J. to get the national recognition he deserves, as he has tallied at least 13.0 sacks in each of the last two seasons, even posting a league-leading 8 forced fumbles in 2019.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like the new "Madden" ratings have taken that into account, as Watt's rating is shockingly low.

Watt has been given an 86 overall rating. Among edge defenders (outside linebackers and defensive ends) that puts Watt outside the top 20 at his position. Frankly, that's laughable.

He was Pro Football Focus' highest-graded edge defender in the league last season, and yet in "Madden," he's been given the same overall rating as solid, but far-from elite options like Ndamukong Suh and Trey Flowers.

If Watt posts another season with 14.5 sacks in 2020, hopefully "Madden" will finally take note.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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