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 / Excellent Health
Starters: Tyron Smith (LT), La'El Collins (LG), Travis Frederick (C), Zack Martin (RG), Doug Free (RT)
|2016 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 134.0 (5th)||Sacks Allowed: 4 (T-5th)|
|Pass YPG: 251.0 (16th)||QB Hits Allowed: 11 (T-7th)|
|Week 4 Opponent: at San Francisco|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 122.7 (24th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 254.7 (14th)|
|Sacks: 5 (T-17th)|
Injuries: Ronald Leary, hamstring (questionable)
Backups: (T): Chaz Green (G): Ronald Leary (C): Joe Looney
Fantasy Impact: The vaunted Dallas o-line didn't play as well as expected, but did enough to help the team pull out a close Week 2 win in Washington. The line wasn't particularly effective in either phase of the game, struggling to move the ball consistently on the ground (102 yards, 3.4 YPC); similarly, the line had some issues in pass protection, allowing four sacks of Dak Prescott after not allowing any in Week 1. I'm not worried about this line, as some of the offense's problems can be blamed on Dak and Ezekiel Elliott, among others, but this was still a slightly disappointing showing against an inferior defensive front. Luckily, the line has a nice opportunity to bounce back in Week 3, as they face a depleted, talent-deficient Chicago defensive front. I would expect this line to rebound nicely, and help the offense to a strong day this week; they should be able to control the line of scrimmage in both phases of the game, which should allow the offense to move the ball with ease against a bad Bears defense.
Previous: (2016 Week/Rank) 1/2, 2/1
2. Cincinnati Bengals Excellent Stability / Fair Health
Starters: Andrew Whitworth (LT), Clint Boling (LG), Russell Bodine (C), Kevin Zeitler (RG), Cedric Ogbuehi (RT)
|2016 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 82.0 (27th)||Sacks Allowed: 12 (T-31st)|
|Pass YPG: 293.0 (7th)||QB Hits Allowed: 15 (T-15th)|
|Week 4 Opponent: vs. Miami (Thursday Night)|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 147.3 (31st)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 267.7 (18th)|
|Sacks: 9 (T-7th)|
Injuries: Cedric Ogbuehi, (out), Jake Fisher, ankle (questionable)
Backups: (T): Jake Fisher, Eric Winston (G): Christian Westerman (C): T.J. Johnson
Fantasy Impact: Cincinnati's o-line played well, for the most part, in Week 2's loss to the Steelers. Granted, the line wasn't able to get anything going on the ground (46 yards, 2.6 YPC), but Pittsburgh's run defense is incredibly stout, and the Bengals gameplan coming in - leaning heavily on the passing attack - suggested they understood this; and in this respect, the line excelled. The line dominated the line of scrimmage in pass protection, holding off a strong Steelers pass rush; this was heartening to see after the line's rough Week 1 showing against a terrific Jets pass rush. Having said that, things will only get tougher for this line in Week 3, as they face a Denver defensive front that is the premier unit in the league. And oh yea, their secondary is too; so, this is a tough spot for the Bengals' offense across the board. And while I think this line will be able to, at least, hang with Denver's defensive front, I think Cincy's offense will struggle on the whole against the league's best defense.
Previous: (2016 Week/Rank) 1/1, 2/2
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