Madden 23 Face of the Franchise changes things in a big way this year, and new challenges mean new decisions.
We’ve detailed which teams are best for your Madden 23 career journey in Face of Franchise: League by position.
Madden 23: The best team to choose from in Face of Franchise
While last year’s Franchise Tour started players in college as their NFL careers were just beginning, Madden 23 completely changed that.
This year, Face of Franchise: The League puts players into its fifth year with the option to sign a one-year “prove it” deal with any team.
It’s the first big decision you’ll make, and choosing the right location can have a big impact on your progress and the challenges you face.
In addition to the fact that your choice will affect how you fight for a place on the depth chart, some teams offer better contracts with Creed and more reps that he gets at the time of signing and per game.
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If you want to level up quickly, it’s best to choose a location with major Rep rewards, as this will help you level up and follow the 99 Club.
However, keep in mind that the upside to picking teams with these premiums is that they are typically teams with worse rosters that have less talent around you to help out.
With the needs of the team and the plan corresponding to these decisions, we break it down here according to each of the five positions of the Franchise.
It’s worth noting that scheme fit may vary from player to player as the new build system offers more variety, but in our test scheme it didn’t match when using Agile LB vs Bruiser LB etc.
The best quarterback team in FOTF
A favorite of most players for obvious reasons, quarterback is one of the fastest-growing high-level positions because some teams really need a good QB.
If you want the best chance to get started right away in addition to valuable offers, you’ll want to choose from these teams:
- Indianapolis Colts
- Seattle Seahawks
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Minnesota Vikings (BEST)
Of the four, the Indianapolis Colts have the highest overall team rating, but the Vikings have the highest offense rating among them.
Being in Minnesota also means you’ll have both a running back (Dalvin Cook) and a wide receiver (Justin Jefferson) with Superstar X-Factor abilities.
The best wide receiver team in FOTF
Choosing a team can feel more difficult at wide receiver because the need at the position is very similar on all teams.
With a combination of the best contract terms at WR and a good quarterback who will get you the ball, here are the best options for an extension:
- Baltimore Ravens
- Green Bay Packers
- Kansas City Chiefs (BEST)
All three of those teams offer great QBs and a C or C at the position of need, but only the Chiefs and Ravens show a consistent scheme.
Of these, we present the Chiefs first because it offers both a viable scheme and a top-three QB in Patrick Mahomes.
Best midfield team (Back) in FOTF
With a good running back (or midfield, as EA insists) can be the foundation for even a struggling team, and you’ll likely be a workhorse in FOTF.
Considering the potential value of a good run stopper, here are the best RB (HB) options in Madden 23:
- Houston Texans
- New York Jets
- San Francisco 49ers (BEST)
It’s a problem because the Texans have a need for more position and scheme, but also have one of the worst offenses in the league.
The Jets are a similar struggling team and have a strong need at the position, but they run the line better than the Texans.
The best of all worlds would be the San Francisco 49ers, who are getting top-tier contract bonuses along with 99 Club member Trent Williams at left tackle and the best running back lineman in Madden 23.
Best lane team in FOTF
Having some extra help on defense can make a big difference, so keep in mind that some teams with attractive offers will be easier to play at linebacker.
However, there are three teams with great rewards, and one is a sure winner for your LB:
- Chicago Bears
- Houston Texans
- Carolina Panthers (BEST)
All three of these teams have an equal need at the position (and no one else offers top-level premiums for LBs), but only the Panthers and Bears show a consistent scheme at linebacker.
Between them, the Carolina Panthers have the highest team ratings on both offense and defense, making them the best of both worlds.
The best corner team in FOTF
Finally, we have cornerbacks, and there are several teams offering steep premiums for the position.
However, having more defensive help can really boost a cornerback, so here are the general defensive factors that affect your best LB team in the Face of the Franchise:
- Commanders of Washington
- Arizona Cardinals
- Pittsburgh Steelers (BEST)
Going with the Washington offensive linemen needs position and scheme consistency, but they are in the middle of the road in the overall defensive rankings.
You’ll probably start sooner with the Arizona Cardinals because their needs are the highest in the entire league, but that’s because they’re in the bottom 10 defenses.
The sweet spot will be at the Steelers’ CB, as you’ll have a solid C position, fit the scheme, and be ready to go with the fourth-best defense in Madden 23.