Saquon Barkley, Penn State, RB: Don Brown’s Michigan D led the nation in total defense entering Week 8, but the Nittany Lions torched them for 42 points as Barkley ran for 108 yards on just 15 carries to go with 53 yards receiving, finding the end zone three times on the night. How’s this for versatility: Barkley now has five catches that have gone for 40 yards or longer. Two of the other RBs on this list—Love and Taylor—have combined for five catches all season. Barkley can open his lead in this race even further if he can help Penn State to a win over a very talented—and angry—Ohio State team in Columbus.
The Tigers backed up a thrilling comeback win over Houston two weeks ago with a 56-26 rout of Tulane last week. Quarterback Riley Ferguson threw three touchdowns, and Memphis rushed for 259 yards and four scores in what Norvell called a complete performance.
This year, however, a number of impact moves were made, and “Madden NFL 18” offers an opportunity to assess what they mean for the players and their respective new teams going forward.
With a big need at wide receiver and in position to contend for a playoff berth, the Bills made a deal right at the deadline for Kelvin Benjamin from the Panthers.
Benjamin is a fantastic video game receiver (outside of a relatively slow 86 Speed rating) given his 6-5 height and ratings near the top of the league in categories such as Spectacular Catch, Catch in Traffic, Jumping and Release. He becomes the No. 1 receiver for Buffalo with a rating of 85 Overall.
The Panthers now join the Redskins and Browns as the only teams without a single receiver rated 80 Overall or better.