Monday, November 29

The best MUT team captain in Madden 22: how to choose your leader for Ultimate Team


With the release of “Madden NFL 22,” it’s time to begin your Madden Ultimate Team journey.

One of the first steps in creating your team is choosing a team captain. As in previous years, the team captain comes with a number of benefits, most notably the boost from team chemistry to help you build your themed teams. But the team captain can also be a useful player for your roster, especially early on as everyone starts at 85 overall and updates to 89.

Some of the benefits of the team captain:

  • Team Chemistry 3x (for starters)
  • Can equip the chemistry of any NFL team
  • Can upgrade from 85 to 89 OVR at launch
  • Each skill costs 5 training to unlock
  • Each Superstar X-Factor skill has 10 workouts to unlock

This year you can choose LE Jack Youngblood, SS John Lynch, RB Shaun Alexander or WR Lance Alworth. Below, we’ll go over all of their traits and explain the pros and cons of each player to help you make the right decision for your team.

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Team Captains in MUT 22

LE Jack Youngblood

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Jack Youngblood is a solid card on the far left, a position that isn’t as fun in MUT. But that’s exactly why I like Youngblood as a team captain. As the season progresses, you’ll want specific cards for the wide receiver and running back, which means that Lance Alworth and Shaun Alexander become unappealing. Youngblood is someone you can put on your defensive line. As the season progresses, he may not even be in your field, but you can still benefit from team chemistry.

SS John Lynch

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John Lynch starts the year as one of the best strong safety overall. Although Lynch was never a super fast player, as the MUT season progresses you will probably want a safety with better speed than Lynch. With how interchangeable the locks are on the MUT, I’d rather have someone like FS Trevon Moehrig, who is 86 overall with 90 speeds. Also, this year’s Ultimate Champion is SS Kam Chancellor, so it makes more sense to travel with him than with Lynch.

RB Shaun Alexander

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Shaun Alexander is probably the worst option of the team captains. It’s a good card, but if you’re like me, you want a broker who has a specialty. Which means you want a real powerful back up like 88 overall Derrick Henry, a receiving threat like Christian McCaffrey or a sprinter like Raheem Mostert. Alexander has good stats everywhere, but the running back is one of the most important positions in MUT, and I’d rather have the freedom to pick the guy I want rather than be stuck with a team captain.

WR Lance Alworth

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Lance Alworth is a very solid card at the start of MUT as his 88 speed (on his 89 OVR) rivals some of the faster receivers even though he is not an archetype of deep threat. The fact that it’s a road racer archetype with near top speed makes it a very attractive card, at least in the early days of MUT.

The best team captain in MUT 22

For early MUTs, Lance Alworth and Shaun Alexander are pretty solid options. They are among the best players in their respective positions and being important positions, you can test skills and X-factors at a cheaper price as they are team captains. Since you can trade team captains during the season, it makes sense to go with one of them during the first part of the season.

However, as the season progresses, I imagine Jack Youngblood becomes a popular choice, similar to La’Roi Glover a year ago. There are so many cards out that they’ll be a better fit for your roster than a team captain, so I don’t like depending on them for positions like wide receiver or running back.

John Lynch doesn’t make much sense as an option considering Kam Chancellor is the Supreme Champion (what Madden called the MUT Master last year). Although when upgraded Chancellor can get SS, FS, and CB chemicals so theoretically it could put Lynch on SS and Chancellor on FS.

So depending on your play style, going with Alworth or Alexander early and then switching to Youngblood later is a solid strategy. Personally, I’ll go with Youngblood early on because I’m particular about who I love as a wide receiver and running back.




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