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 / Poor Health
Starters: Andrew Whitworth (LT), Clint Boling (LG), Russell Bodine (C), Kevin Zeitler (RG), Jake Fisher (RT)
|2015 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 112.8 (13th)||Sacks Allowed: 32 (T-8th)|
|Pass YPG: 245.2 (15th)||QB Hits Allowed: 58 (1st)|
|Week 1 Opponent: at NY Jets|
|Rush YPG Allowed (2015): 83.4 (2nd)|
|Pass YPG Allowed (2015): 235.2 (13th)|
|Sacks (2015): 39 (T-12th)|
Injuries: Cedric Ogbuehi, (out), Jake Fisher, ankle (questionable)
Backups: (T): Eric Winston, Aaron Epps, Cedric Ogbuehi (G): Trey Hopkins, Christian Westerman (C): T.J. Johnson, Alex Cooper
Fantasy Impact: Cincinnati's o-line was the premier unit in the league in 2015, and it wasn't really close. They excelled in both phases of the game, and were perhaps the biggest reason Cincinnati's offense was as effective as it was; well, them and AJ Green. Whitworth in particular was stellar, earning First Team All-Pro honors and staking his claim as one of the best lineman in the entire league. Luckily for Bengals fans, things look just as bright for 2016, as the line returns three other starters in addition to Whitworth, with the only new member - 2015 second-round pick Fisher - replacing Andre Smith who was, by far, the weakest link from last season's unit. Having said that, injuries have already been a factor for this line, as Fisher (who was already replacing Ogbuehi as a starter due to an injury) has an ankle sprain that may make him a question mark for Week 1. Regardless, even with Eric Winston manning the right tackle it won't be any worse than Smith was last season. As a result, just as they have since Week 5 of last season, this Bengals' o-line will likely remain atop these rankings for a while a longer.
Previous: (2015 Week/Rank) 1/3, 2/3, 3/2, 4/2, 5/1, 6/1, 7/1, 8/1, 9/1, 10/1, 11/1, 12/1, 13/1, 14/1, 15/1, 16/1, Final Rank: 1
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: 118.1 (9th)||Sacks Allowed: 33 (T-11th)|
|Pass YPG: 216.9 (27th)||QB Hits Allowed: 67 (5th)|
|Week 1 Opponent: vs. NY Giants|
|Rush YPG Allowed (2015): 121.4 (24th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed (2015): 298.9 (32nd)|
|Sacks (2015): 23 (30th)|
Backups: (T): Chaz Green, Bryan Witzmann, Ryan Mack (G): Ronald Leary, Jared Smith (C): Joe Looney, Jake Brendel
Fantasy Impact: This Dallas o-line entered 2015 with expectations that even mid-90's Cowboys' o-line couldn't have lived up to. However, despite not being the best line in NFL history, they still put forth a strong season, particularly considering the dearth of offensive talent playing around them. Speaking of talent, this line possesses the most in the NFL, and is in prime position to take back their title as "Best O-line in the NFL." The line features three 2015 First Team All-Pro members - Smith, Frederick, and Martin - and should see the progression of talented second-year guard Collins. Add in a healthy, at least for now, Tony Romo and the upgrade of Ezekiel Eliot at running back, and this Dallas o-line should have this Cowboys offense back among the best in the league in a hurry.
Previous: (2015 Week/Rank) 1/1, 2/1, 3/1, 4/1, 5/2, 6/3, 7/3, 8/2, 9/2, 10/2, 11/2, 12/2, 13/3, 14/2, 15/2, 16/2, Final Rank: 2
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