Madden 22 Franchise Mode: Tips & Tricks for Beginners and Top 10 Easiest Superstar Trades

Learn and master key Madden 22 Franchise Mode features to take your team to the Super Bowl!


Madden 22 has made a lot of changes and improvements to Franchise Mode. After a Twitter uprising from players last year, EA decided to invest more time and resources in Franchise Mode. With these new additions, it’s fair to say that this is the best Franchise Mode of the last five editions of Madden.

Without further ado, here are the best tips and tricks for you to conquer the new Franchise Mode in Madden 22.


Madden 22 Franchise Mode tips

Set up your schemes

Setting up the correct scheme has never been so important because players will perform at a higher level if they have better chemistry and fit the chosen scheme.

Your schemes can be set by selecting coach adjustments and then schemes on your franchise dashboard. Here, you’ll find your coach’s offensive and defensive schemes as well as the playbooks.

In the top right corner, you’ll also see the scheme fit percentage based on your players’ archetypes. Select the scheme that offers the best scheme fit percentage so that your athletes can play at the top of their game.

As an additional tip, select playbooks that fit your new scheme, even if you plan on simulating your Franchise Mode games: this guarantees that your players will receive that scheme fit boost.   


Plan games ahead of time

Knowing your opponent wins half of the battle. By planning ahead, you not only set your offense and defense up for a higher success rate, but you can also achieve game-day goals more easily by adjusting your lineup accordingly.

Madden 22’s Franchise Mode introduces a new weekly strategy screen that provides each opponents’ offensive and defensive tendencies – as well as suggested strategies to address their top threats.

Upgrade and manage your staff

Staff management is something that the Madden franchise community has been clamoring for, and now it’s in the game.


With the introduction of offensive and defensive coordinators, you can manage your entire staff in order to improve areas like player development, injury reduction, and X-Factor upgrades.

The way that these areas are improved is by upgrading each coach’s talent tree. Talent trees have a set of different abilities that can be unlocked with skill points earned in the game. Each coach has two talent trees to be upgraded from the following areas:

  • Player Growth
  • Staff Modifications
  • On-Field Performance
  • Player Acquisition and Retention

There are 60 different abilities to be unlocked, and EA hopes to release upgrades to the talent tree mechanic by adding more perks and areas to improve. Upgrading these talent trees is essential for making players faster and getting your team ready for a Super Bowl victory.

Prepare for the draft

The NFL Draft is the opportunity for most teams to either rebuild their franchise or upgrade weak positions. By upgrading the scouting talent of your personnel coach, you’ll be able to get better insights into draft prospects. The more prospects that you scout, the better you can plan for draft day and acquire young and talented players to lead your team to glory down the line.

Upgrade your team via free agency

A great place to upgrade your team and fill up gaps on your roster is the free agency. If you start your league in Week 1 of the preseason, you will be able to get a headstart and acquire valuable free agents either to boost your team or to trade away. Either way, if you have the cap space, you’ll be adding value to the franchise.

Trade away your late picks

In the NFL, every draft pick is valuable, with guys like Tom Brady, Shannon Sharpe, Julian Edelman, Ken Houston, and Jake Scott all drafted in the late rounds. However, this rule doesn’t apply to Madden 22 as most fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh-round picks have poor development and stats.

These players rarely see the field as they have low overalls and progress slowly. Despite this, late-round picks are useful in trades. Use them in negotiations to either upgrade to an early-round draft pick or to acquire a useful player.

Upgrade your team via easy superstar trades

Madden 22 trade logic isn’t any better than in the previous years. That means that there are many ways to exploit the system and get top players for a low value.

The algorithm relies heavily on what the team you are trading with needs, dismissing many important aspects that give a superstar their value. You can take advantage of this poor logic to acquire the best players available without having to sacrifice your entire team.

As an example, here are Madden 22’s top-ten easiest superstar trades to make in Franchise Mode:

  1. Aaron Donald (RE, 99 OVR): Can be acquired in a trade by offering a 2022 1st Round Draft pick.
  2. Cameron Heyward (RE, 92 OVR): Can be acquired in a trade by offering a 2022 3rd Round Draft pick and a 69-rated QB.
  3. Harrison Smith (SS, 90 OVR): Can be acquired in a trade by offering a 2022 2nd Round Draft pick.
  4. Bobby Wagner (MLB, 92 OVR): Can be acquired in a trade by offering a 2023 1st Round Draft pick.
  5. Khalil Mack (OLB, 96 OVR): Can be acquired in a trade by offering an 85-rated QB.
  6. Stephon Gilmore (CB, 97 OVR): Can be acquired in a trade by offering a 2022 1st Round Draft pick, 2022 6th Round Draft pick, and a 2023 7th Round Draft pick.
  7. Calais Campbell (RE, 90 OVR): Can be acquired in a trade by offering a 2023 2nd Round Draft pick, 2022 5th Round Draft pick, and a 77-rated MLB.
  8. Julio Jones (WR, 95 OVR): Can be acquired in a trade by offering a 2022 2nd Round Draft pick, 2023 2nd Round Draft pick, and a 2022 6th Round Draft pick.
  9. Tyler Lockett (WR, 88 OVR): Can be acquired in a trade by offering a 2022 3rd Round Draft pick, 2023 3rd Round Draft pick, and a 76-rated RB.
  10. Cameron Jordan (LE, 93 OVR): Can be acquired in a trade by offering a 2022 1st Round Draft pick, 2023 3rd Round Draft pick, and a 2023 6th Round Draft pick.

With these tips and top trade targets, you’re ready to take on the challenge of Franchise Mode in Madden 22.

If you have any questions about Madden 22’s Franchise Mode, post them in the comments section below.

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