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: 159.7 (1st)||Sacks Allowed: 12 (12th)|
|Pass YPG: 242.4 (14th)||QB Hits Allowed: 5 (1st)|
|Week 8 Opponent: vs. Washington (Monday Night)|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 103.3 (12th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 218.6 (8th)|
|Sacks: 16 (T-14th)|
Injuries: Doug Free, foot (out), Tyron Smith, ankle (questionable)
Backups: (T): John Wetzel, Darrion Weems (G): Mackenzy Bernadeau (C):
Fantasy Impact: Another week, another commanding performance from the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line. THis line just keeps chugging along, as they gashed the Giants for 156 rushing yards - 4.5 yards per carry - on the way to a 31-21 Week 7 victory. Dallas was able to impose their will on the ground, as they have every game this season, and was able to play well enough in pass protection - two sacks, five hurries - to allow Tony Romo to make a few big plays down field. Tyron Smith did have his worst game of the season, as he had trouble slowing down Jason Pierre-Paul for a large portion of the game. However, Smith was playing with an ankle injury, so that may have affected his performance. On the other side of the line, Jeremy Parnell was great in place of injured starting right tackle Doug Free. This is important, as Free is expected to miss a few more weeks. Despite clearly being the best o-line in the league, there is one area where the Cowboys need to improve; Dallas leads the league in o-line holding penalties, as they are up 15 infractions through 7 games, after Smith and Leary were both cited for holding penalties in the win over the Giants. This is an issue that has not hurt Dallas yet, but certainly needs to be corrected moving forward. Week 8 presents a decent matchup with a Washington that has played, relatively, well this season. Washington did lose Brian Orakpo for the season, which will hurt, but the defensive front is still talented enough to be disruptive. Yet, despite the talent along the Washing defensive front, expect the Cowboys to continue to have success pounding the rock in Week 8. Dallas will keep rolling with DeMarco Murray and the running game until someone finds a way to stop it.
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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: 131.4 (7th)||Sacks Allowed: 8 (T-5th)|
|Pass YPG: 255.7 (9th)||QB Hits Allowed: 6 (T-3rd)|
|Week 8 Opponent: at Cincinnati|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 146.3 (30th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 270.3 (27th)|
|Sacks: 10 (T-23rd)|
Injuries: Eugene Monroe, knee (out), Kelechi Osemele, knee (questionable)
Backups: (T): Jah Reid (G): John Urschel (C): Gino Gradkowski
Fantasy Impact: Baltimore's o-line continued their stellar play in Week 7's convincing win over Atlanta. The line allowed only one sack, along with only three hurries, affording Joe Flacco more than enough time to make some big throws downfield. The line was less impressive in the running game; despite rushing for a solid 123 yards, the Ravens did so at a less than impressive 3.4 yards per carry clip. Furthermore, the o-line's performance did come against an atrocious Falcons' defensive front, which makes some of the issues running the ball a tad more worrisome. The o-line was playing without, perhaps, their best member in guard Kelechi Osemele, who sat out with a knee injury, however, backup guard John Urschel filled in ably in Osemele's absence. The biggest problem with the o-line, was the play of rookie left tackle James Hurst. Hurst was beaten by Atlanta's defensive front all game, and was called for three holding penalties over the course of the contest, including two on one drive. Luckily, Eugene Monroe returned to practice last week, for the first time since his arthroscopic knee surgery. Assuming Monroe can return soon, Baltimore has a chance to have one of the best lines in the league. Week 8 presents a huge divisional matchup with a Bengals team that got manhandled by the Colts in Week 7. Baltimore's o-line should be able to have success against an underperforming Cincinnati defensive front, especially if Monroe and Osemele are back in the lineup.
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