Madden NFL 16 Connected Franchise Guide – Be a Player, Coach, or Owner

By   /   Aug 26, 2015

Madden NFL 16 Connected Franchise guide with tips on be a Player, be a Coach or be a Owner.

Connected Franchise Mode in Madden NFL 16 lets you build an NFL franchise over the course of multiple seasons. This year, the game mode is deeper and faster than ever before and will ensure a real NFL building experience.

For more help on Madden NFL 16, read our Draft Champions Guide and MUT Best Items.

Madden NFL 16 Connected Franchise Tips

Similar to Madden NFL 15, the CFM journey can be started in Offline Mode or with up to 31-players. Whether you decide to join Offline Mode or Online Mode, both of these will provide an equally challenging experience.

Selecting a Role

Regardless of your role, the first thing you need in Connected Franchise Mode is to select a team. Although you can always find the team that complements your unique playstyle, I recommend choosing the one you love regardless the ratings.

Be a Player
You can choose an active player or create one and decide your position, player type, and the backstory. The idea is to control a player and earn XP to increase ratings.

Be a Coach
You control an entire team and decide things such as signs, trading, and drafting. Similar to player, you can either select an active coach or create one from scratch.

Be an Owner
This allows you to control every aspect of the franchise by setting all the prices off the field and coach the team. Once again, you can use an active owner or create a new one which will affect finances, team happiness, and fan happiness.

Be a Player – Best Position Types

WR – Odell Beckham Jr.
This year, the man-to-man defense requires a wide receiver with good route running. It is a good idea to practice the new run after catch option and also practice the conservative catch on plays near the sideline or middle.

QB – Matthew Stafford
You should consider a QB with a strong arm and good deep accuracy. You also need to focus on building up short and medium accuracy for future.

HB – Shane Vereen
You need to an HB with good speed and decent route running. Moreover, you need to ensure that you wait for the blockers to get in front before accelerating.

FS – Eric Weddle
You need to be the judge whether you need to play ball or play man in order to greatly benefit your entire defense. You need to develop your zone coverage as well.

WR – Mike Evans
You need to focus on the Catch in Traffic rating with a tall WR who can make aggressive catches. This should be pretty easy with the new aggressive catch buttons.

Choosing the Squad

Although it is a good idea to choose your favourite team if you are playing for fun, but if you are into winning the user league, you need to choose the team that complements your playstyle.

Top 5 Overall Teams

Dallas Cowboys
Having an amazing QB/WR combo with most physical lines in the games, Dallas Cowboys are a good choice. You can also work on the defense which will not benefit you right away, but is going to work in future.

Denvor Broncos
Broncos not only has decent offense, but also a strong defense with Von Miller. You can also extend the window with backup QB Brock Osweiler. You will also need to keep QB Peyton Manning healthy for January and focus on stopping the run.

New England Patriots
With New England Patriots, the QB Tom Brady is an elite pocket passer who can make all the throws. On the defense side, the Patriots has more than enough young talent.

Green Bay Packers
With this team, you get Aaron Rodgers as one of the best QBs in the game. Moreover, the team also has one of the top power backs in the game. On the defense side, you need to send LBs Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers after the QB and you should be fine.

Seattle Seahawks
This team has, without a doubt, the strongest defense in the game. On the offense side, getting the TE Jimmy Graham extended their window and can be further extended by making sure that QB Russell Wilson sticks around.

Simply control the ball and play shutdown defense to rack up some wins.

Top 5 Future-Proof Teams

Jacksonville Jaguars
You need to focus on getting and keeping the confidence of QB Black Bortles intact and you will make some big plays. On the other hand, there is plenty of young talent at WR. On the defense side, you will need a new SS to keep the young rushers at bay.

Oakland Raiders
Currently the best thing about Oakland Raiders is WR Amari Cooper combined with QB Derek Carr. On the defense side, LB Khalil Mack is not to be messed with and there is some decent young talent in the secondary.

Tennessee Titans
QB Marcus Mariota is going to take the team forward in future. On the defense side, signing the LB Brian Orakpo seems like a good idea. You also need to inject the young talent to make the team future-proof.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QB Jameis Winston will allow you to deliver a full passing offense early in the game. You also need to get HB Doug Martin confident high and focus the draft picks on defense; especially in the secondary.

Lastly, you also need to pick up some talent for the outside.

Miami Dolphins
The best thing about the Miami Dolphins is extending QB Ryan Tannehill’s contract and signing DT Ndamukong Suh. You also need to bring up the confidence of young WRs and also stack the CBs in the defense.

Top 5 to Let You Rebuild

San Franciso 49ers
One of the best things about the 49ers is the QB Colin Kaepernick and MLB Navorro Bowman.

In addition to this, the young HB Carlos Hyde must be developed who will fill in the HB Frank Gore. On the defense side, you should consider the young talent on the LB position, but you need to judge who to brought.

Chicago Bears
With this team, the QB Jay Cutler is one of the most talented QB out there. However, you need to consider that WR Brandon Marshell is no longer there to catch passes. In addition to this, you also have the rookie WR in Kevin White.

New Orleans Saints
The QB Drew Brees is capable of leading the Saints deep into the post-season. However, you need to fill in multiple positions of defense which totally depends upon you.

New York Giants
If you decide to go with the New York Giants, you will have to develop the young offensive line-up. You need to make the rookie SS Landon Collins stay at high confidence. However, on the defense side, you will require a playmaker at at the LB.

Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are all seet by signing players such as HB Frank Gore and WR Andre Johnson. These 2 players will support QB Andrew Luck which will definitely result in some big plays.

On the defense side, you need to build the defensive line in the draft and make sure to stop the run which one of the biggest weaknesses.

Top 5 Surprise Entries

Cleveland Browns
This team has a pretty solid defensive line-up which can work wonders for the offensive line-up, provided that you somehow win the field position battle. You need to find the right QB for the job – QB Jonny Manziel is someone who can leave the defense all confused.

Buffalo Bills
The multiple fronts can make it seemingly impossible to play against them. On the offensive side, QB E. J. Manuel can frustrate your opponent’s defensive line-up who are unable to stop the run.

You need to make way for the WR Sammy Watkins early and watch him make plays later in the game.

Washington Redskins
HB Alfred Morris is a hard one to take down and can open up plays for QB Robert Griffin III.

The physical abilities of Griffin can cause your opponent’s line-up some trouble. Spread -our WRs across the middle for running after the catch which will help your offensive line-up a ton.

New York Jets
The signing of CB Darrelle Revis is currently one of the best things about the Jets. The team has plenty of extra defenders to move about and cause frustration for your opponent’s offensive line-up.

Use your powerful HBs to open things up for Brandon Marshall and surprise your opponent.

Minnesota Vikings
The unique combination of HB Adrian Peterson and QB Teddy Bridgewater is certainly the best thing about the Vikings. On the defense side, the Vikings have some decent young playmakers in the secondary.

You should also consider turning the LB Anthony Barr in the franchise’s star.

Understanding Fantasy Draft

Before starting off the league, the game will ask you to start the Fantasy Draft. Fantasy Draft basically deprives all players of their current squads and adds them in a pool to be drafted.

In the Fantasy Draft, all 32 teams participating in the league take part in it. Without the ability to play in the pre-determined rosters, Fantasy Draft is a sheer test of a player’s skill against other players.

Top 5 to Let You Rebuild

San Franciso 49ers
One of the best things about the 49ers is the QB Colin Kaepernick and MLB Navorro Bowman.

In addition to this, the young HB Carlos Hyde must be developed who will fill in the HB Frank Gore. On the defense side, you should consider the young talent on the LB position, but you need to judge who to brought.

Chicago Bears
With this team, the QB Jay Cutler is one of the most talented QB out there. However, you need to consider that WR Brandon Marshell is no longer there to catch passes. In addition to this, you also have the rookie WR in Kevin White.

New Orleans Saints
The QB Drew Brees is capable of leading the Saints deep into the post-season. However, you need to fill in multiple positions of defense which totally depends upon you.

New York Giants
If you decide to go with the New York Giants, you will have to develop the young offensive line-up. You need to make the rookie SS Landon Collins stay at high confidence. However, on the defense side, you will require a playmaker at at the LB.

Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are all seet by signing players such as HB Frank Gore and WR Andre Johnson. These 2 players will support QB Andrew Luck which will definitely result in some big plays.

On the defense side, you need to build the defensive line in the draft and make sure to stop the run which one of the biggest weaknesses.

Top 5 Surprise Entries

Cleveland Browns
This team has a pretty solid defensive line-up which can work wonders for the offensive line-up, provided that you somehow win the field position battle. You need to find the right QB for the job – QB Jonny Manziel is someone who can leave the defense all confused.

Buffalo Bills
The multiple fronts can make it seemingly impossible to play against them. On the offensive side, QB E. J. Manuel can frustrate your opponent’s defensive line-up who are unable to stop the run.

You need to make way for the WR Sammy Watkins early and watch him make plays later in the game.

Washington Redskins
HB Alfred Morris is a hard one to take down and can open up plays for QB Robert Griffin III. The physical abilities of Griffin can cause your opponent’s line-up some trouble.

Spread -our WRs across the middle for running after the catch which will help your offensive line-up a ton.

New York Jets
The signing of CB Darrelle Revis is currently one of the best things about the Jets.

The team has plenty of extra defenders to move about and cause frustration for your opponent’s offensive line-up. Use your powerful HBs to open things up for Brandon Marshall and surprise your opponent.

Minnesota Vikings
The unique combination of HB Adrian Peterson and QB Teddy Bridgewater is certainly the best thing about the Vikings.

On the defense side, the Vikings have some decent young playmakers in the secondary. You should also consider turning the LB Anthony Barr in the franchise’s star.

Starting the Franchise

Altering and Viewing Settings
You can alter and view ‘Franchise Settings’ before heading in the league.

Early in the season, you need to check the ‘Things to Do’ tab and ensure that your roster is prepared for the incoming season. In case you wish to be an active owner, you need to check trade block, transaction log, view news and goals.

Preseason
During year 1, the preseason is simulated on default settings. You will not suffer from any injuries, but will still get XP and confidence.

Be an Owner

Like mentioned earlier, you can either choose an active owner or create one from scratch.

Being an owner gives you the real NFL experience and is meant for players who do not want to miss any aspect of NFL experience. Below are some options which you need to check while being an owner:

Success of the Team
This is where you can check your wins which eventually translate into your success.

Media Briefing
Speaking with media has direct connection to happiness in different areas so make sure to be wise with all your answers.

Team Value
This option allows you to investigate your weak areas and work on them to make amendments.

Managing Finances
The finances tab is meant for people who mean strictly business and lets you review complete reports of earned and spent money. The finances tab is further categorized into different tabs such as Tickets, Merchandise, Concessions, and Team Revenue.

Fan Happiness
This area is of huge importance! You need to keep your fans happy at all costs and earning revenue should become as easy as it could get.

Stadiums
Stadium play a huge part in generating revenue and can be upgraded depending upon a number of factors. You can always rebuild or relocate depending your stadium rating. Furthermore, check the concessions and parking which will keep the fans happy.

Staff
Staff is one of the most important things to consider while being an owner. While the best trainers and scouts do cost more, they are essential to get the best players on the field and keep the fans happy.

General Tips and Strategies

Sort out the Roster
This is extremely important thing to consider. Check the depth chart to see if you need any adjustments, fill in any spots, and have backups. I cannot put enough emphasis on the importance of backups as they can win games in different situations.

Earning and Spending XP
As you progress through the game, you will accumulate XP which can be used to purchase different upgrades and traits.

One important thing to note here is that already earned XP does not diminish no matter what. Therefore, it is a good idea to let it accumulate and buy something worthwhile instead of spending it uselessly.

Other than drills, one of the best ways to earn some decent XP is by scoring goals. I recommend keeping an eye out on the Team Goals for the season and see how many goals you need to earn some bonus XP.

Goals can be categorized into Weekly Goals, Milestone Goals, and Season Goals.

Building up Confidence
Game Prep allows players to increase their confidence and also lets you earn some bonus XP which can be used to increases player rating or stats.

In addition to this, advisors will target players weak areas and you will the option to either work on them or neglect them completely.

Backstory and Impacts
Backstory really determines how your players perform in the given roles. There are pros and cons of everything so make sure to take your time and come up with a backstory that suits you the best.

In addition to this, you need to check the Progression Recap to see in which positions the players did well and make any adjustments if needed.

Injuries
In case a player is injured during the season, you will be able to each and every detail regarding the injury in the ‘Injury Tab’. Do note that you can also add an injured player in the ‘Injured Reserve’ and make space for some other players.

Lastly, you can also view injuries for the rest of the league.

This is pretty much all we have on Madden NFL 16 Connected Franchise Mode. In case you found anything missing or confusing; let us know in the comments section below!

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