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: 153.2 (2nd)||Sacks Allowed: 19 (T-11th)|
|Pass YPG: 234.3 (17th)||QB Hits Allowed: 9 (T-1st)|
|Week 12 Opponent: at NY Giants (Sunday Night)|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 145.0 (32nd)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 252.7 (22nd)|
|Sacks: 17 (T-25th)|
Injuries: Doug Free, foot (out), Tyron Smith, ankle (questionable)
Backups: (T): John Wetzel, Darrion Weems (G): Mackenzy Bernadeau (C):
Fantasy Impact: Dallas' o-line comes out of their bye in Week 11, riding high off of a dominant performance in Week 10's victory over Jacksonville. The line was stellar in the run game - 151 yards rushing, 5.0 yards per carry - and more important, was brilliant in pass protection - 1 sack, 2 hits, 3 hurries - as they were able to keep Tony Romo from taking many hits, which was crucial given Romo's back injury. The o-line's performance in pass protection is even more impressive when considering that the Jags' defense has the fourth-most sacks in the league. Week 12 offers another nice matchup for a rested Cowboys' o-line, as they face a Giants defensive front that has been playing poorly of late. New York has the league's worst run defense, most due to giving up 350 yards rushing to Seattle, but it is still a flawed run defense. Look for Dallas to try and exploit this matchup and to pound the ball on the ground in Week 12. Expect another big week for DeMaroc Murray, as this o-line should be able to manhandle New York's subpar defensive front.
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2. Baltimore Ravens Excellent Stability / Good Health
Starters: James Hurst (LT), Kelechi Osemele (LG), Jeremy Zuttah (C), Marshal Yanda (RG), Ricky Wagner (RT)
|2014 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 124.1 (10th)||Sacks Allowed: 14 (T-4th)|
|Pass YPG: 240.7 (16th)||QB Hits Allowed: 11 (T-4th)|
|Week 12 Opponent: at New Orleans (Monday Night)|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 114.7 (19th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 255.2 (24th)|
|Sacks: 22 (T-17th)|
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 comes out of their bye playing strong football. After their worst performance of the season in Week 9, Baltimore's o-line bounced back, in a big way, in Week 10's win over Tennessee. The Ravens' line was dominant in both phases of the game, as they manhandled the Titans' defensive front all game. The line was great in the run game - 151 yards rushing, 4.4 yards per carry - and were even better in pass protection - 1 sack, 3 hurries - as Joe Flacco was under duress on less than 12% of the times he dropped back to pass. Week 12 presents a huge matchup for the Ravens, as they head to New Orleans to face a desperate Saints team. The Saints' defense has struggled mightily this season on both sides of the ball, so this should be a matchup that Baltimore's o-line can exploit. Look for the Ravens to lean on the run game in Week 12, but Joe Flacco should still have some nice opportunities for big plays.
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