50/50 49ers team with full legends chems on offense and defense. I know many people will argue for other theme teams or even non theme teams that are just a collection of the best players but I think the boosts you get to basic stats gives you a slight edge by getting all of your guys (especially your corners) to 99 everything. That extra boost to 99 agility and play rec really helps in my opinion and extra strength is always welcome.
You also get a few very unique cards, namely Richard Sherman and Vernon Davis. Richard Sherman is a 6’3” CB with 99 everything and 88 strength (linebacker level strength) plus above average run support. Vernon Davis is a 99 speed TE with 99 of each catching type and 90+ of each route running type plus 95 agility and 96 jumping and spin move threshold. He gets separation just like the best WR’s and hangs on to everything with his high strength. On a 50/50 49ers team he’s arguably the best receiving threat in the game.
Ronnie Lott and Antoine Bethea are also two of the best safeties in the game. Both have solid run support and get Secure Tackler (one of the best chems in the game). Bethea also has 96 man with Lock Down which makes him excellent for manning up.
You also don’t have to start any weak players like some theme teams and because the 49ers have an extra team diamond they have room for an extra couple non-49ers players to fill holes with. The o-line in particular is the obvious place to use this flexibility on. The rest of the flexibility is used on the d-line at RE where I run LT (sub him in in-game) and I also have John Randle who I often sub in for Bryant Young to have a very fast d-line (Alan Page will probably take this spot when his UL drops). Lastly I have Jamal Adams at SS2 because Nickel formations are so good this year and subbing in two 99 speed safeties at the linebacker spots is great. Usually I will move Earl Thomas to FS and Lott and Adams to linebacker. If you don’t play a lot of Nickel or are fine with Shazier at one of the linebacker spots you can use the extra room for whatever else, maybe a better punter if you are one of the few players who punts lol.
And of course you get arguably the three best WRs in the game, Moss, Rice, and TO. All three are nearly 99 everything and all three spin. Plus they all have good height.
The flexibility of being able to plug all the team’s holes and still maintain 50/50 while also running max legends chems on offense and defense due to the huge selection of 49ers legends plus the unique players like Sherman and Vernon Davis ultimately make this the best team in the game in my opinion and I expect it to stay at or near the top until Madden 19 ends.
Wrote this on my phone while bored at work and friggin accidentally deleted it lol. Just spent another half hour re-typing it so I may have missed a few things I wanted to say.