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Old 08-25-2017, 12:12 PM   #33
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Re: Madden 18 CFM Scouting Tool

Does the same order of scouting still apply from last year?
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Old 08-25-2017, 12:53 PM   #34
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Does the same order of scouting still apply from last year?


Got some updated guidance I'll publish soon. I've abandoned that method entirely. But for the time being it's as good a process as any.
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Old 08-25-2017, 01:38 PM   #35
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Seriously, this is amazing. Scouting/Drafting is my favorite part of the game, this will just add another layer of complexity and immersion! I love this. Thank you so much!
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Old 08-25-2017, 02:28 PM   #36
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Wow! Great job OMN! Can't wait to build my team! Thank you!

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Hi all, and thanks for checking out the Madden CFM Scouting Tool. A good number of you will have used the previous iterations of this tool for Madden 17, and I'm pleased to say that it's back and better than ever. There's a load of new features and it's been tuned to work with the current M18 draft classes.

Download Here (or from the attachment on this thread)



Key Features:
  • Never draft a bust: "Draft Status" column separates the blue chippers from the scrubs using a huge number of position-specific checks against unlocked scouting attributes and combine stats.
  • Set up your Big Board correctly: The tool provides a ranking algorithm to help you set your board before draft classes. Invaluable, particularly in Online CFMs where you're unable to attend the live draft!
  • Scout Dev Traits: My extensive research into how you can use draft stories to predict dynamic dev traits is now incorporated into the tool.
  • Find the mid/late round gems: You will now be able to see the potential stars hiding in the middle and late rounds of the draft.
  • Find depth in the later rounds: As well as the elite prospects, the tool will also find potential contributors for your team who are likely to have an OVR in the 70-74 range.
  • Rebuild through the draft like a real GM: The tool will help you draft entire classes of high quality players who are all potential starters for your team.
  • Draft by BPA: The unique "True Value Rating" system provides a ranking algorithm to compare all prospects so that you can always draft best player available.
  • Compare YOUR draft class to the average Madden draft class: Draft Class Strength Analysis tab shows you how your class compares to the average class in terms of elite prospects, depth, and strength at different positions.
  • Scout efficiently: Tool ensures you spend your scouting points as efficiently as possible, ruling out players with a low OVR quickly in the scouting process.
  • Scout more players: the Tool will ensure you can cover as many prospects as possible in the class, meaning you don't have to focus on positions of need.
  • Bring in Free Agents at the right positions: Draft Class Strength Analysis will show you which holes in your team you can plug through the draft, and which areas you would be advised to bring in Free Agents.

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Here is a little preview of V5 of the tool (N.B. this is an incomplete draft class):






New for Madden 18!
  • Choose player archetypes: The player type (e.g. 3-4 Pass Rusher, Cover 2, Run Stopper etc.) will now affect the Grade given to players in the tool. This will help you find players that perfectly fit your scheme!
  • Big is Beautiful: After the "Fat 5" research somebody (I forget who, sorry) published last year, I did my own testing on the impact of a player's weight to their performance, particularly on offensive and defensive line. The results were conclusive: it's good to be fat: you get more push in the run game (or are more able to resist the initial push as defender), and you collapse the pocket far more effectively against the pass, resulting in 40% more sacks. Now the tool takes this into account as well.
  • More draft stories: I'm pretty sure I've got 99% of the draft stories covered off in the tool now (N.B. some stories are part of a broader archetype that has the same effect but different wording depending on position - check the Draft Stories tab in the tool). Keep an eye out for stories in Draft week itself, not many people know about these ones!
  • Further tweaks to the algorithm: True Value Rating algorithm tweaked to further normalise it across positions and to make sure certain archetypes aren't penalised (e.g. Blocking TEs).
  • Scouted Skill Abbreviations: You asked for it, I listened. You can now use abbreviations when entering the scouted skills for players, speeding up input and improving the user experience.
  • Blue/Red Chip Checks Updated for M18: The checks against players at different positions have been retuned for Madden 18 draft classes.

A couple of caveats...
The tool is still quite "Beta" in terms of the Red/Blue chip tests for M18, as I've only had time to run about 6 classes through the tool. My advice is to err on the side of caution with red chip players in particular, and make greater use of the Grade/TVR column, particularly if you're torn between two guys in your draft class.

Compatibility:
This is particularly important for non-Microsoft Excel users!

To use the tool, you will need Windows with Excel 2010 or newer installed. I cannot guarantee it will work on any other version of Office or older versions of Excel.

Other users have managed to get it working on iPad and Mac, but I can't offer much comment on how effectively the tool works in this form. Apparently it works on Sheets, but some of the conditional formatting goes funny and the drop downs may not work correctly.

I do know there are major, major compatibility problems with Excel 2003 or older, so probably not even worth trying. There are a couple of minor compatibility problems with Excel 2007: the TVR ranking column won't work because the function used to drive that only came into play with Excel 2010, and some of the data validation for skills and grades will mess up because it references a different sheet.

Data Input Syntax for Non-Excel Users

The data validation/dropdown lists may not work in tools like Sheets. Dropdowns are used in the following areas:
  • Player Archetypes
  • Scouted Skills
  • Draft Stories

The tool may throw an error if you don't use the correct syntax on these fields. My guidance is as follows:

Player Archetypes: Input these exactly as you see them on Madden, e.g. 3-4 Pass Rusher, Balanced 4-3, Cover 2, Zone, etc. etc.
Draft Stories: Use the first column in the Draft Stories tab to ensure you get the right syntax.
Scouted Skills: Use the abbreviations as per below:
  • STR
  • AGI
  • SPD
  • ACC
  • AWR
  • CTH
  • CAR
  • THP
  • PBK
  • RBK
  • JMP
  • TRK
  • ELU
  • BCV
  • SFA
  • SPM
  • JKM
  • IBK
  • SPC
  • CIT
  • RTE
  • RLS
  • TAS
  • TAM
  • TAD
  • TOR
  • PAC
  • KPW
  • KAC
  • TAK
  • PMV
  • FMV
  • BSH
  • PUR
  • PRC
  • MCV
  • ZCV
  • POW
  • PRS

Acknowledgements

Massive thanks to Alex the Great who help me gather data during the EA Access Trial.

If anyone else wants to help me out, please unhide columns D and E in the tool after the draft, and populate them with the OVR and dev traits for the players you scouted. This will give me a bigger sample size to ensure the tool is even more accurate for the next version! Either upload these direct to the thread (or post a link) or PM me for my email to send these over.

Happy drafting!
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Old 08-26-2017, 12:15 PM   #38
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OMN - Here are my 2017 Results with tool. I've input all the Overalls and Dev Traits for the ~180 players I scouted.

I'll try and keep track of these for each season.

I've attached a few of my good finds this year.
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Old 08-26-2017, 12:56 PM   #39
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OMN - Here are my 2017 Results with tool. I've input all the Overalls and Dev Traits for the ~180 players I scouted.

I'll try and keep track of these for each season.

I've attached a few of my good finds this year.
On your team that WR will be #1, he may be a ROY candidate

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OMN - Here are my 2017 Results with tool. I've input all the Overalls and Dev Traits for the ~180 players I scouted.



I'll try and keep track of these for each season.



I've attached a few of my good finds this year.


Thanks man, much appreciated.
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