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), Doug Free (RT)
|2016 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 157.3 (2nd)||Sacks Allowed: 15 (5th)|
|Pass YPG: 250.4 (16th)||QB Hits Allowed: 40 (4th)|
|Week 13 Opponent: at Minnesota (Thursday)|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 100.2 (14th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 206.8 (4th)|
|Sacks: 28 (T-7th)|
Injuries: La'El Collins, toe (I.R.), Tyron Smith, back/hip (questionable), Chaz Gree, back (out)
Backups: (T): Chaz Green (G): (C): Joe Looney
Fantasy Impact: It was business as usual for the Cowboys o-line on Thanksgiving, turning in another good to great performance against the Redskins. Dak Prescott was hit once for the only sack of the game, and the Cowboys averaged ran for 163 yards and three touchdowns while going for 5.4 yards per carry. They'll face arguably their hardest remaining test of the season in a second straight Thursday matchup with a formidable Vikings defense. Minnesota's run defense has been wilting weekly however, as they've been asked to cover up too much of the offensive woes. They mix blitz packages well, so keeping Prescott upright may be a challenge in this contest. And with two top scoring defenses, it could be a game where Prescott and Bryant don't get loose. But there's been no slowing down this ground attack, and I expect Ezekiel Elliott and the o-line to wear the Vikings front down.
2. Oakland Raiders Good Stability / Good Health
Starters: Donald Penn (LT), Kelechi Osemele (LG), Rodney Hudson (C), Gabe Jackson (RG), Austin Howard(RT)
|2016 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 112.3 (10th)||Sacks Allowed: 13 (1st)|
|Pass YPG: 278.6 (4th)||QB Hits Allowed: 26 (1st)|
|Week 13 Opponent: vs. Buffalo|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 114.2 (21st)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 227.7 (8th)|
|Sacks: 33 (2nd)|
Injuries:: Menelik Watson, calf, Kelechi Osemele, knee
Backups: (T): Matt McCants (G): Jon Feliciano, Vadal Alexander (C):
Fantasy Impact: The Raiders' o-line performance against the Panthers in Week 12 could be a nice predictor for their pending Sunday performance. Facing a solid rush defense and pass rush, Oakland kept Derek Carr upright, allowing just one sack, as they continue to lead the league in fewest sacks allowed. The bad news is the run game managed just 1.8 yards per carry. They'll face a Bills defense that is much more vulnerable to the run than the Panthers, but equally as adept at getting to the quarterback. Further, the Bills run the ball tremendously. If Oakland attacks the Bills' weakness with success, this game could see the clock bleed rapidly, setting both teams up for limited opportunities.
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