Chris Bennett'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: 155.1 (2nd)||Sacks Allowed: 25 (T-7th)|
|Pass YPG: 233.7 (19th)||QB Hits Allowed: 63 (5th)|
|Week 17 Opponent: at Philadelphia|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 105.5 (19th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 247.1 (18th)|
|Sacks: 31 (T-18th)|
Injuries: La'El Collins, toe (I.R.), Tyron Smith, back/hip, Chaz Gree, back (limited), Ronald Leary, back (non-participant), Tyron Smith, back/knee (non-participant)
Backups: (T): Chaz Green (G): (C): Joe Looney
Fantasy Impact: Week 16 brought about more of the same from the league's best offensive line. One sack allowed, 5.5 yards per carry and two touchdowns on the ground; the production is becoming old hat. Sunday's Week 17 game against the Eagles carries no significance for the NFC's top team, and many starters are expected to rest. The Eagles defense has wilted down the stretch, but not enough so that I'd trust Alfred Morris or Darren McFadden this week, who should see ample work, but in the face of a crowded defensive box who won't fear passes from Mark Sanchez.
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: 124.3 (5th)||Sacks Allowed: 16 (1st)|
|Pass YPG: 258.9 (9th)||QB Hits Allowed: 36 (1st)|
|Week 17 Opponent: at Denver|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 135.2 (29th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 187.2 (1st)|
|Sacks: 40 (3rd)|
Injuries:: Kelechi Osemele, ankle (non-participant)
Backups: (T): Matt McCants (G): Jon Feliciano, Vadal Alexander (C):
Fantasy Impact: The Raiders o-line flexed some muscle last week against the Colts, allowing just one hit on quarterback Derek Carr while gashing the Colts up front for 210 yards and two scores on 37 carries (5.7 ypc). Unfortunately, the hit Carr took resulted in him breaking his fibula, and for all intents and purposes, ending his season. As such, the Raiders o-line is going to have to prove its worth if the team expects to advance in the playoffs. There's nothing on the line this week at Denver, with the Raiders having already locked up the No. 2 seed in the AFC. It's a tough spot for new starter Matt McGloin to get comfortable, as the Broncos boast the league's top pass defense. But they can't stop the run, so the hot hand of Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard should be highly productive. Guessing which one will be hot is the challenge however.
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