James Seltzer's analysis of every NFL team's offensive line – with a focus on how it impacts fantasy football.
1. Dallas Cowboys Excellent Stability / Good Health
Starters: Tyron Smith (LT), Ronald Leary (LG), Travis Frederick (C), Zack Martin (RG), Jermey Parnell (RT)
|2014 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 160.5 (1st)||Sacks Allowed: 17 (T-15th)|
|Pass YPG: 240.1 (16th)||QB Hits Allowed: 5 (1st)|
|Week 9 Opponent: vs. Arizona|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 77.9 (3rd)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 302.9 (32nd)|
|Sacks: 7 (T-29th)|
Injuries: Doug Free, foot (out), Tyron Smith, ankle (questionable)
Backups: (T): John Wetzel, Darrion Weems (G): Mackenzy Bernadeau (C):
Fantasy Impact: For the first time since Week 1, Dallas' offensive line showed some weakness, as the Cowboys fell to Washington in an overtime thriller. The o-line, typically, dominant in the running game - 166 yards rushing, 6.6 yards per carry - as DeMarco Murray's magical season continues. However, the line had real issues in pass protection - five sacks - as Tony Romo was often under duress, and took multiple shots, including one that knocked him out of the game for two offensive series. The Cowboys' o-line will need to tighten up some of these issues moving forward; Tony Romo cannot continue to withstand those types of beatings, if he wants to make it through the season healthy. Thus, Week 9 presents an interesting challenge, as Dallas faces an Arizona team that has been the league's third best against the run this season, and has allowed the league's most yards passing, per game, of any team in the NFL this season. This would appear to be an opportunity for Tony Romo and Dallas' receivers, but to do so, the line will have to hold off a blitz-happy Cardinals defense.
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2. Baltimore Ravens Excellent Stability / Fair Health
Starters: James Hurst (LT), Kelechi Osemele (LG), Jeremy Zuttah (C), Marshal Yanda (RG), Ricky Wagner (RT)
|2014 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 128.4 (8th)||Sacks Allowed: 9 (6th)|
|Pass YPG: 247.1 (13th)||QB Hits Allowed: 8 (T-6th)|
|Week 9 Opponent: at Pittsburgh (Sunday Night)|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 107.8 (11th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 250.1 (19th)|
|Sacks: 12 (T-23rd)|
Injuries: Eugene Monroe, knee (probable), Kelechi Osemele, knee (probable)
Backups: (T): Jah Reid (G): John Urschel (C): Gino Gradkowski
Fantasy Impact: Baltimore's o-line had another strong effort in Week 8's loss to Cincinnati. The line played decently in pass protection; though the line allowed eight hurries, the only yielded one sack of Joe Flacco, and held up well against a talented Bengals' defensive front. The line also did a nice job in the running game - 107 yards, 4.1 yards per carry - even though the team did not commit to the run as much as usual. Eugene Monroe returned to action, which certainly will be a boon for the o-line moving forward, as this was the first game in over a month that Baltimore had their full starting five o-lineman on the field at the same time. Kelechi Osemele also appears to be fully healed from the knee injury that caused him to miss some time, and continues to produce as well as any guard in the league. Week 9 offers a huge AFC North battle with the Steelers. Pittsburgh's defensive front has shown to be a flawed unit, so this Baltimore o-line should be able to have their way with them. Feel good about starting your Ravens in Week 9.
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