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), Ronald Leary (LG), Travis Frederick (C), Zack Martin (RG), Doug Free (RT)
|2014 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 147.1 (2nd)||Sacks Allowed: 30 (T-9th)|
|Pass YPG: 236.5 (16th)||QB Hits Allowed: 17 (2nd)|
|Week 1 Opponent: vs. NY Giants (Sunday Night)|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 135.1 (30th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 240.6 (18th)|
|Sacks: 47 (4th)|
Backups: (T): John Wetzel, Darrion Weems, Ryan Miller, Chaz Green, R.J. Dill (G): La'El Collins, Mackenzy Bernadeau, Reshod Fortenberry (C): Shane McDermott
Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys have the best offensive line in the NFL. This is not up for debate. Dallas' talent along the line is outstanding and they are returning their entire starting unit from a stellar 2014 campaign. In addition, Dallas signed La'El Collins as a rookie free agent. Collins famously fell from a surefire first round pick to being undrafted due to questions about his potential involvement in the murder of his ex-girlfriend. However, Collins seems to have been cleared of all involvement in the murder and the Cowboys ended up with a first round talent for pennies on the dollar. The rich get richer. Collins could potentially challenge Ronald Leary for the starting left guard position or, worst case, will be among the best backups in the league, with the ability to play both tackle or guard. In addition, Martin should progress in his second year in the league after a terrific rookie season, and Tyron Smith is among the best lineman in the league. Dallas' o-line may be the best positional group of any group in the league, on offense or defense.
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2. Baltimore Ravens Excellent Stability / Good Health
Starters: Eugene Monroe (LT), Kelechi Osemele (LG), Jeremy Zuttah (C), Marshal Yanda (RG), Ricky Wagner (RT)
|2014 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 126.2 (8th)||Sacks Allowed: 19 (2nd)|
|Pass YPG: 238.7 (13th)||QB Hits Allowed: 21 (8th)|
|Week 1 Opponent: at Denver|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 79.8 (2nd)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 225.4 (9th)|
|Sacks: 41 (T-9th)|
Backups: (T): James Hurst, Marcel Jones, Daryl Baldwin, Blaine Causell, De'Ondre Wesley (G): Jah Reid, John Urschel, Kaleb Johnson, Robert Mayes, Leon Brown (C): Ryan Jensen, Nick Easton
Fantasy Impact: Baltimore's o-line was outstanding in 2014 and is returning all five members of their starting unit. Yanda and Osemele form the best guard combination in the league, and Ricky Wagner had a breakout season in 2014 and should only get better this season. Eugene Monroe will be the key piece for the line, as the left tackle underperformed last season while dealing with a number of nagging injuries. Assuming Monroe improves, this Ravens' line should be the best in the league after Dallas, and has the potential to be a dominant force in both the passing and running games.
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