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Beginner’s guide to Madden 24 franchise mode

Updated: Aug 28, 2023 6:22 pm
Beginner’s guide to Madden 24 franchise mode

Franchise mode is a very popular game mode in Madden 24, second perhaps only to Madden Ultimate Team (MUT). The ability to take control of an entire NFL franchise and do whatever with it is too much fun for NFL fans to pass up. In Madden 24, it’s even more expansive, so there’s plenty to do.

Rebuilding teams is usually what Madden players do on franchise mode. Taking a team that’s currently not great and turning them into a real contender is an achievement, and it’s a lot of fun. Here is a beginner’s guide on how to do franchise mode.

If you’re interested in reading more about Madden 24, check out the full promos schedule, the full soundtrack, and our official review.

How to play Madden 24 franchise mode

There are several teams that can pretty easily be rebuilt in Madden 24, and those are good ones to choose to start out. Those include the Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, and more. There are a few things to look at when choosing a team to run on franchise mode, such as age of players, total draft picks, and more.

If a team has a young quarterback, they’re a good team to go with. Even if they don’t pan out in the NFL, you can develop them in Madden NFL 24. Bryce Young, Anthony Richardson, and CJ Stroud could all be busts, but you can win with them in the video game.

Having a lot of draft picks is good for two things. One, it allows you to load up on good, young players at a lot of positions. Two, it gives you flexibility and the ability to potentially swing a trade for a good player. The Chicago Bears and Houston Texans fall under this category.

If your team has a low stadium rating and poor fan happiness, you can relocate them to a new city. Here’s a list of the teams that can be relocated right away.

Once you’ve chosen a team, you can start to truly rebuild them. This can be done in a lot of ways, but a good one is to trade off players you don’t need for the future. You can go, under Team Management, to the extensions page. Any player there you’re not interested in signing back can be traded.

Some of these will be superstars that are too expensive, and others will be players that aren’t a good scheme fit. Either way, this is a good way to overhaul your roster and get picks to work with. You may only get a fourth-round draft pick for someone, but it all helps and it’s better than them walking for nothing.

You may need to sign veteran free agents just to fill the void, but those will be cheap and easy to land. EA Sports’ latest game maintains a plethora of free agents at positions like halfbacks, the defensive line, punters, fullbacks and kickers.

You can also check out your roster and try contract restructuring. Star players are expensive, but if they restructure, you can afford more. Be wary of the salary cap when doing all of this.

How to succeed in Madden 24 franchise mode

Other new features in Madden 24 include home field advantage and momentum. Pay attention to what your team’s advantage is and set up your gameplay to take advantage of that.

Some other good tips to follow:

  • Do training camp and mini-games (WR Battle, DB Battle, Trench Battle, Long Hall, Red Zone Attack, Field Goal Accuracy, Target Passing, and more)
  • Make use of the new trade system and the three added trade slots
  • Build up key positions, such as wide receivers, defensive backs, linebackers, and tight ends. This can be done with rookies or free agents
  • Do the Weekly Strategy, as it can increase your XP intake

Madden 24 franchise mode can be played on PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox Series X|S.

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