Madden NFL 17 Draft Champions Guide – Draft Targets, Playbooks, Key Formations, How to Play

By   /   Aug 29, 2016
Madden NFL 17 Draft Champions

Madden NFL 17 Draft Champions is a free-to-play game mode which revolves around selecting a coach, accessing playbooks and team styles and competing in solo draft against CPU or in a head-to-head draft against other players.

Once done, you are required to draft 15 rounds of players before starting to play with your team and earn rewards.

For more help on Madden NFL 17, read out our Franchise Mode Guide and General Gameplay Tips Guide.

Madden NFL 17 Draft Champions Guide

After firing Madden NFL 17 Draft Champions, you are presented with a roster of players having 68-70 overall rating.

Each of these players have unique strengths and weaknesses and the idea is to utilize them to the best of their abilities – if they ever make it to the field.

You need to learn which positions you can and cannot afford ignore and formulate your strategy around it. Apart from this, you need to keep an eye out on the collected items.

Each item can add style to your team which is boosted by allowing players to play in their proper positions. This is very important when you are starting to build your line-up.

After completing the draft, take out some time to check things like coaching, stadium, uniform, line-up, etc. Furthermore, once again recheck whether your individual player abilities complement the overall team style or not.

Madden NFL 17 Draft Champions General Tips and Guidelines

Since there is no way of knowing which players you will receive, you should pay special attention to what complements your play style and what type of team you want to build.

After you have set up your squad, check that players are in their optimal positions and review their strengths/weaknesses so that you are not missing anything.

Some players tend to make big plays irrespective of their natural positions and ratings. Keeping this in view, it does not hurt to test things and even swap positions if you notice any considerable improvements.

Last but not the least, Madden NFL 17 Draft Champions is a deep and complex game mode. Try not getting frustrating, remember that losing is not a setback, take your time, and most importantly; enjoy yourself!

Key Formations and Draft Targets

Chicago Bears

Offense
It is pretty balanced playbook with some decent chances for downfield plays. Just remember that run-first players require an all-around HB. Pass-first players must aim for receiving big targets. Coming to key formation, try Singleback Tight Flex with a balanced TE.

Formations

  • Singleback: Jumbo, Jumbo Pair, Jumbo Z, Ace, Ace Pair, Ace Pair Twins, Bunch, Doubles, Y-Trips, Wing Trips Open
  • I-Form: Pro, H Tight, Tight Pair
  • Strong: Tight
  • Gun: SPLIT SLOT, DOUBLES OFFSET, DOUBLES HB WK, DBLS WING OFFSET WK, STACK OFFSET WK, Y-TRIPS HB WK, WING TRIPS BEAR, WING TRIPS BEAR WK, BUNCH OFFSET, BUNCH OPEN OFFSET, TRIPS TE OFFSET, SPREAD HB WK, TRIPS Y-FLEX TIGHT, TRIPS Y ISO, EMPTY Y-FLEX, EMPTY Y SLOT

Offensive Draft Targets

  • HB – SPD, TRK, CTH
  • WR – 6’3”+ RTE, SPC
  • QB – THP, DAC, PAC

Defense
Coming to defense, you need a decent MLB for zone coverage. As for key formation, try the Bears Nickel 2-4-5 Prowl along with an MLB having 85+ play recognition.

Formations

  • 3-4: Odd, Under, Over, Even, Bear
  • Nickel: 2-4-5, 2-4-5 DBL A GAP, 3-3-5, WIDE
  • Big Dime: 2-3-6, 2-3-6 WILL

Defensive Draft Targets

  • MLB – PRC, ZCV, SPD
  • DE – STR, BSH, PMV
  • CB – MCV, ZCV, PRS

Cincinnati Bengals

Offense
You rely on either a power back or a speed back. In case of a power back, try under-center run formations and in case of a speed back, head out and counter/screen from shotgun. For key formation and key player, try Gun Trips Y Iso with a WR/TE having over 85 spectacular catch.

Formations

  • Singleback: Ace, Ace Pair, Ace Pair Twins, Doubles, Y-Trips, Snugs Flip, Bunch
  • I-Form: Pro, Pro Twins, Tight Pair
  • Strong: Pro, Close, Pro Twins
  • Weak: Pro Twins
  • Pistol: Strong Twins
  • Gun: Split Slot, Ace Offset, Ace Twins Offset, Doubles Offset, Y-Trips Bengal, Trio, Bunch Wk, Double Stack, Normal Y-Flex Tight, Trips Y Iso, Trey Open, Empty Trey, Empty Base Flex

Offensive Draft Targets

  • WR – SPD, RTE, SPC
  • QB – THP, MAC, DAC
  • HB – SPD, CTH, ELU

Defense
You get nice synergy with 4-3 playbook by sending LBs on blitzes and dropping defense ends into coverage. For key formation and key player, try 46 Normal with a DT having over 85 finesse moves.

Formations

  • 4-3: Normal, Under, Over, Over Plus, Wide 9
  • 46: Normal
  • Nickel: Normal, Double A Gap, 3-3-5, 3-3-5 Wide
  • Dime: Normal
  • Quarter: Normal, 3 Deep

Defensive Draft Targets

  • DT – FMV, ACC, STR
  • MLB – POW, ZCV, PRC
  • DE – SPD, FMV, ZCV

Buffalo Bills

Offense
You need to have 2 HBs and consider running the ball without putting pressure on your backs. For key formation and key player, try Dbls Wing Offset Wk with a 90+ speed HB, allowing you to run in and out.

Formations

  • Singleback: Jumbo Pair, Ace, Ace Close, Ace Pair, Ace Pair Flex, Bunch Ace, Bills Doubles
  • I-Form: Pro, Pro Twins, Tight, Tight Pair
  • Strong: Pro, Tight Pair
  • Weak: Pro
  • Pistol: Full House TE, Full House Base, Strong Twins, Weak Twins, Ace Twins
  • Gun: Doubles, Dbls Wing Offset Wk, Y-Trips Wk, Trio Offset Wk, Bunch HB Str, Spread Flex Wk, Trey Open, Empty Trey Flex

Offensive Draft Targets

  • HB – SPD, ACC, ELU
  • WR – SPD, ACC, RLS
  • QB – ACC, PAC, MAC

Defense
You already have strong defense, but you can add more blitzes if you want. For key formation and key player, try Nickel 2-4-5 or 3-3-5 with 90+ FMV/PMV OLB.

Formations

  • 3-4: Odd, Predator, Over, Over Ed, Bear
  • 4-4: Split
  • Nickel: 2-4-5, 2-4-5 Dbl A Gap, 3-3-5 Wide
  • Big Dime: 2-3-6, 1-4-6
  • Dollar: 3-2-4
  • Quarter: 1-3-7, 3 Deep

Defensive Draft Targets

  • OLB – ZCV, PRC, PUR
  • SS – PRC, SPD, ACC
  • DT – STR, BSH, PMV

Denver Broncos

Offense
Arguably one of the strongest downfield passing playbooks in the game, try Pistol Bunch TE to take any weak area left by your opponent and consider having a 90+ route running WR.

Formations

  • Singleback: Jumbo, Jumbo Z, Ace, Ace Twins, Ace Pair, Ace Pair Twins, Bunch Ace, Tight U Slot, Doubles, Y-Trips, Wing Trips Open, Trio
  • I-Form: Pro, Tight Twins, Tight
  • Strong: Pro Twins
  • Weak: Pro Twins, Slot Flex
  • Pistol: Bunch, Trips
  • Gun: Ace, Doubles, Doubles HB Wk, Bunch Wk, Snugs, Normal Y-Flex, Empty Bronco

Offensive Draft Targets

  • WR – 6’3”, RTE, SPC, ACC
  • TE – RTE, ACC, SPD
  • QB – THP, SAC, DAC

Defense
DB has amazing coverages that enable CBs to play physical man coverage. For key formation and key player, try 2-4-5 Dbl A Gap with 90+ press CB and constantly pressure third down.

Formations

  • 3-4: Odd, Under, Over, Even, Solid
  • Nickel: 2-4-5, 2-4-5 Dbl A Gap, 3-3-5 Wide
  • Big Dime: 2-3-6, 2-3-6 Will, 1-4-6
  • Quarter: 1-3-7, 3 Deep

Defensive Draft Targets

  • MLB – SPD, MCV, PUR
  • CB – MCV, PRS, TAK
  • OLB – STR, PMV, MCV

Clevland Browns

Offense
This allows you to build schemes from pistol, under-center, or shotgun. For key formation and key player, try Gun Split Close Browns and throw the ball with an 88+ short accuracy QB.

Formations

  • Singleback: Jumbo, Ace, Deuce Close, Ace Pair, Pair Tight Twins, Bunch Ace, Doubles, T-Trips
  • I-Form: Pro, Twins Flex, Tight, Tight Pair, Hulk
  • Strong: Pro, Twins Flex, Tight Pair
  • Weak: Pro
  • Pistol: Slot Wings, Y-Trips
  • Gun: Split Close, Stack Offset Wk, Doubles, Y-Trips HB Wk, Bunch TE, Bunch Wk, Snugs Flip, Doubles Flex, Y-Trips Open, Trey Open, Empty Trey, Empty Trey Flex

Offensive Draft Targets

  • WR – SPD, CTH, RTE
  • QB – PAC, SAC, ACC
  • LT – IPB, STR, PBK

Defense
When it comes to defense, 2-4-5 Nickel is ideal with an 85 Man Coverage CB.

Formations

  • 3-4: Odd, Under, Over, Even, Solid
  • 4-4: Split
  • Nickel: 2-4-5, 2-4-5 Dbl A Gap, 3-3-5 Wide
  • Dollar: 3-2-6
  • Quarter: 1-3-7, 3 Deep

Defensive Draft Targets

  • CB – MCV, SPD, PRC
  • MLB – SPD, MCV, PRC
  • OLB – PMV, STR, BSH

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Offense
You need to try Gun Trio Buc with trio alignment and make your opponent’s life miserable with a WR capable of taking a shot deep with PA Shot Wheel.

Formations

  • Singleback: Jumbo, Jumbo Z, Ace, Ace Pair, Ace Pair Twins Bunch, Doubles, Y-Trips, Wing Trip-O
  • I-Form: Pro, Close, Pro Twins, Tight Pair
  • Strong: Pro, Y-Off, Tight Pair
  • Weak: Pro, Close, Pro Twins, Tight Pair
  • Gun: Split Slot, Doubles, Bunch Wk, Tight Flex, Spread, Normal Y-Flex, Spread Flex Wk, Double Flex, Buc Trips, Empty Base Empty Base Flex

Offensive Draft Targets

  • WR – 6’3”+, CIT, SPC, RTE
  • QB – DAC, THP, MAC
  • WR – 6’3”+, CIT, SPC, RLS

Defense
4-3 formations at TBB’s disposal can easily go against a balanced offense. 46 Bear Under can deal with running game and Big Dime can deal with pass-heavy game. For key formation and key player, try Big Dime 4-1-6 with 80+ zone coverage MLB.

Formations

  • 4-3: Normal, Under, Over, Over Plus, Wide 9
  • 46: Bear Under
  • Nickel: Normal, Double A Gap, Wide 9
  • Dime: Normal
  • Dollar: 3-2-6
  • Quarter: Normal, 3 Deep

Defensive Draft Targets

  • DT – PMV, STR, BSH
  • MLB – ZCV, PRC, SPD
  • SS – ZCV, PRC, PUR

Arizona Cardinals

Offense
The team complements downfield attacking players. These players, however, consider putting linemen to give QB the freedom he needs in the pocket. For key formation and key player, try Gun Flip Trips with an 88+ deep accuracy QB.

Formations

  • Singleback: Jumbo, Jumbo Pair, Ace, Ace Pair, Pair Tight Twins, Ace Pair Twins, Bunch Ace, Tight Doubles On, Doubles, Zona Y-Trips, Wing Trips
  • I-Form: Pro, Pro Twins, Tight Pair
  • Strong: Pro, Pro Twins
  • Weak: Flex Twins, Tight Pair
  • Pistol: Twin TE Flex
  • Gun: Split Close, Ace Twins Offset, Doubles, Y Trips Wk, Wing Trio Wk, Trey, Bunch HB Str, Snugs, Flip Trips, Spread, Trips HB Wk, Empty Trey Flex, Empty Bunch Wide

Offensive Draft Targets

  • QB – THP, DAC, MAC
  • LT – STR, PBK, RBK
  • WR – 6’3”+ SPC, CIT

Defense
LBs are the strength of Cardinals defense which excel even more with a big DT. For key formation and key player, try the Nickel 2-4-5 Prowl with an 85+ man coverage CB. This should keep your opponent off third down most of the time.

Formations

  • 3-4: Odd, Under, Over, Even, Solid
  • 4-4: Split
  • Nickel: 2-4-5 Even, 2-4-5 Dbl A Gap, 3-3-5 Wide
  • Big Dime: 2-3-6, 1-4-6
  • Quarter: 1-3-7, 3 Deep

Defensive Draft Targets

  • CB – SPD, ACC, MCV
  • LB X 2 – SPD, MCV, ACC
  • DT – STR, BSH, TAK

San Diego Chargers

Offense
The team excels at running and throwing the ball downfield with a decent QB. For key formation and key player, you cannot go wrong with Gun Trips Y-Flex Tight with a 90+ throw power QB.

Formations

  • Singleback: Jumbo, Ace, Ace Pair, Ace Pair Twins, Tight Doubles, Doubles, Y-Trips, Bunch
  • I-Form: Pro, Pro Twins, Tight, Tight Pair
  • Strong: Pro
  • Weak: Tight Pair
  • Pistol: Ace Wing, Doubles
  • Gun: Split Y-Flex, Doubles Wk, Y-Trips Wk, Trips TE, Bunch Wk, Normal Y-Flex Tight, Spread, Y-Trips Open, Trips Y-Flex Tight, Trey Open Charger, Empty Base Flex

Offensive Draft Targets

  • TE – CIT, RBK, SPC
  • QB – THP, DAC, MAC
  • HB – SPD, AGI, CTH

Defense
You should try 2-3-6 Big Dime with an 85+ play recognition FS when it comes to defense.

Formations

  • 3-4: Odd, Under, Over, Over Ed, Solid
  • Nickel: 2-4-5 Even, 2-4-5 Dbl A Gap, 3-3-5, 3-3-5 Wide
  • Big Dime: 2-3-6, 2-3-6 Will
  • Quarter: 1-3-7, 3 Deep

Defensive Draft Targets

  • DE/DT – STR/BSH/PMV
  • OLB – SPD, FMV, ZCV
  • FS – PRC, ZCV, SPD

Kansas City Chiefs

Offense
You need to rely on short passes for that is your strength. For key formation and key player, try Gun Trips TE with an 88+ overall HB.

Formations

  • Singleback: Jumbo Pair, Ace, Ace Twins, Bunch Ace, Doubles, Y-Trips
  • I-Form: Pro, Twins Flex, Tight Pair
  • Near: Close
  • Strong: Pro, Tight Pair
  • Pistol: Strong Twins, Weak
  • Gun: Split Slot, Doubles, Y-Trips Wk, Wing Deep Offset, Trips TE, Trio Offset Wk, Trio Chief Bunch Wk, Bunch Open Offset, Snugs Flip, Trey Open, Empty Chief, Empty Trey, Bunch Quads.

Offensive Draft Targets

  • HB – SPD, ELU, CTH
  • TE – RBK, CIT, RTE
  • QB – SAC, PAC, MAC

Defense
Having strong LBs and defensive linemen should definitely help you stop the run. For key formation and key player, try the Nickel 2-4-5 Dbl A Gap with an 85+ block shedding OLB and make sure to send blitzes every now and then.

Formations

  • 3-4: Odd, Under, Over, Solid, Bear
  • Nickel: 2-4-5, 2-4-5 Dbl A Gap, 3-3-5, 3-3-5 Wide
  • Big Dime: 2-3-6, 1-4-6
  • Quarter: 1-3-7, 3 Deep

Defensive Draft Targets

  • OLB – STR, PMV, BSH
  • SS – POW, TAK, PUR
  • DT – STR, ACC, PMV

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