James Seltzer's analysis of every NFL team's offensive line – with a focus on how it impacts fantasy football.
1. Cincinnati Bengals Excellent Stability / Excellent Health
Starters: Andrew Whitworth (LT), Clint Boling (LG), Russell Bodine (C), Kevin Zeitler (RG), Andre Smith (RT)
|2015 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 113.6 (12th)||Sacks Allowed: 19 (11th)|
|Pass YPG: 262.6 (9th)||QB Hits Allowed: 33 (1st)|
|Week 12 Opponent: vs. St. Louis|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 108.1 (16th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 229.4 (9th)|
|Sacks: 30 (5th)|
Injuries: Cedric Ogbuehi, knee (out)
Backups: (T): Cedric Ogbuehi, Jake Fisher, Eric Winston (G): (C): T.J. Johnson
Fantasy Impact: Cincinnati's o-line had their second straight mediocre performance in Week 11's narrow Sunday night loss to the Cardinals. The line wasn't able to move the ball consistently on the ground, accruing 99 yards at 3.5 YPC. The line was similarly uninspiring in pass protection allowing four sacks and six hits in the 43 times Andy Dalton dropped back to throw. Granted, the line faced an Arizona defensive front that is playing at a high level, but it was still a disappointing showing from the league's best o-line unit. Week 12 presents a perfect opportunity for this line to reestablish themselves, as they face a Rams' defensive front that is both talented and aggressive. Look for the Bengals to try and get their struggling ground game going this week, as that's the best way to attack this St. Louis defense; but ultimately, Andy Dalton will need to play better than he has over the last two weeks for the Bengals to get back on the track they were on prior to this mini two-game losing streak.
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2. Dallas Cowboys Excellent Stability / Excellent Health
Starters: Tyron Smith (LT), La'El Collins (LG), Travis Frederick (C), Zack Martin (RG), Doug Free (RT)
|2015 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 123.7 (8th)||Sacks Allowed: 22 (17th)|
|Pass YPG: 219.8 (26th)||QB Hits Allowed: 43 (8th)|
|Week 12 Opponent: vs. Carolina (Thursday Afternoon)|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 94.5 (8th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 228.3 (7th)|
|Sacks: 31 (T-2nd)|
Injuries: Chaz Green, hip (PUP), RJ Dill (Suspension), Ronald Leary, groin (questionable)
Backups: (T): Charles Brown (G): Ronald Leary (C): Mackenzy Bernadeau
Fantasy Impact: Dallas' o-line turned in a solid performance in Week 11's win over the Dolphins. The line did a nice job running the ball against a below average Miami defensive front, with Darren McFadden's 129 yards at 4.4 YPC leading the way. The line was less successful in pass protection, allowing two sacks and six hits in Tony Romo's 30 dropbacks. More than anything, Dallas needed a win after seven consecutive losses, as Tony Romo has still yet to lose this season. However, they won't have much time to enjoy the win as they host a 10-0 Panthers team on Thanksgiving day. This Cowboys' line will have to turn things around quickly, as they'll face a Carolina best defensive front that one of the league's best. This o-line has the talent to handle the Panthers defense, but I would still be wary of starting your Cowboys this week if you have a viable alternative.
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