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Colts Madden-style player ratings - Week 6

Syndication: The Indianapolis Star Jenna Watson/IndyStar / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Madden ratings series is back for a 2nd season!!! In this series on Stampede Blue, I’m going to break down each player on a 50-100 Madden-style scale each week to help identify and illustrate which players are the best and most valuable players on the team. Please take note that these are current values and don’t take into account the value or future potential (or regression) of a player. Here is a breakdown of the tiers:

Tiers

95 to 100 — One of the 3 or 4 best players at his position in the NFL

90 to 94 — An elite, top 10 NFL player at his position in the NFL

85 to 89 — A borderline elite player who will make plenty of plays in each game

80 to 84 — An above-average starter

75 to 79 — An average starter who won’t hurt you

70 to 74 — An average starter who should only be used in small spurts

65 to 69 — A below-average starter and above-average backup

60 to 64 — An average backup

60 or below — A borderline roster player

Quarterbacks

Carson Wentz — 83 (+2)

Jacob Eason — 67

Sam Ehlinger — 64

Brett Hundley — 63

Running Backs

Jonathan Taylor — 88 (+2)

Nyheim Hines — 81

Marlon Mack — 76

Jordan Wilkins — 74

Wide Receivers

Michael Pittman Jr — 79

Zach Pascal — 79

Michael Strachan — 72

Parris Campbell — 72 (+1)

Ashton Dulin — 69 (+1)

T.Y. Hilton — 87 (Injured Reserve)

Tight Ends

Jack Doyle — 80

Mo Alie-Cox — 79 (+1)

Kylen Granson — 67

Offensive Line

Braden Smith — 81

Ryan Kelly — 80

Chris Reed — 75

Mark Glowinski — 72 (-2)

Eric Fisher — 71 (-3)

Matt Pryor — 67

Danny Pinter — 65

Will Fries — 63

Julie’n Davenport — 62

Quenton Nelson — 98 (Injured Reserve)

Defensive Line

DeForest Buckner — 97

Grover Stewart — 88

Tyquan Lewis — 77 (+1)

Kwity Paye — 76

Kemoko Turay — 73

Al-Quadin Muhammed — 72

Isaac Rochell — 68

Ben Banogu — 67

Taylor Stallworth — 66

Chris Williams — 64

Khalil Davis — 64

Deyo Odeyingbo — 69 (Injured Reserve)

Linebackers

Darius Leonard — 97

Bobby Okereke — 83

Zaire Franklin — 70

E.J. Speed — 67

Matthew Adams — 64

Jordan Glasgow — 63 (Injured Reserve)

Secondary

Kenny Moore III — 87

Xavier Rhodes — 83

Julian Blackmon — 79 (+2)

Khari Willis — 77

Rock Ya-Sin — 70

Andrew Sendejo — 70

Isaiah Rodgers — 69 (+1)

George Odum — 68

BoPete Keyes — 65 (-1)

Anthony Chesley — 65

TJ Carrie — 71 (Injured Reserve)

Special Teams

Rigoberto Sanchez — 84

Rodrigo Blankenship — 79 (-2)

Luke Rhodes — 78

Biggest Risers

Carson Wentz

Wentz is proving that he is still a quality starter and showed many flashes of brilliance against the Ravens, and that was on two bad ankles! As Wentz goes more acquainted to the Indy offense and his receivers as well as recovering from the injury, he should only get better and better. Wentz might be the answer at quarterback.

Jonathan Taylor

Taylor had a national breakout game, but he’s always been a reliable beast in the backfield. He had a monster game and carried the Colts offense early on with his explosive plays, which in turn led to more openings for Wentz in the passing game.

Biggest Fallers

Eric Fisher

Fisher is weak, and there’s no other way of putting it. He’s slow out of his stance, he gets beat by speed rushers and he’s definitely not 100%. The Colts should look to other players at left tackle (Pryor? Braden Smith?) because Fisher isn’t ready and he might not be an NFL caliber player anymore.

Rodrigo Blankenship

People will use his hip injury as an excuse, but Hot Rod probably isn’t the answer at kicker. The reality is, if he’s on the field lining up for a kick, he needs to make that kick. If he’s injured and can’t make kicks, then the Colts have backup options. He cost the Colts the game against the Ravens and it’s proving with each passing day that the team messed up keeping him over McLaughlin.