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: 150.1 (2nd)||Sacks Allowed: 21 (T-11th)|
|Pass YPG: 237.2 (17th)||QB Hits Allowed: 11 (T-1st)|
|Week 13 Opponent: vs. Philadelphia (Thursday)|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 109.0 (32nd)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 266.3 (22nd)|
|Sacks: 38 (T-25th)|
Backups: (T): John Wetzel, Darrion Weems, Jermey Parnell(G): Mackenzy Bernadeau (C):
Fantasy Impact: Dallas' o-line proved why they are the best unit in the league, with a brilliant performance in Week 12's win over the Giants. The line continued their season-long dominance in the running game - 119 yards rushing, 4.8 yards per carry - as they helped propel DeMarco Murray to his 10th game with 100 or more rushing yards this season. The line also played well in pass protection - 2 sacks, 2 hits, 5 hurries - especially on the 4th Quarter game-winning drive, where the line took the game over, and helped allow Romo to lead the Cowboys down the field to victory. However, Week 13 presents a tough challenge, as this line will be playing on a short week, against a Philadelphia defensive front that has been outstanding this season. The Eagles have played the run well, and sport one of the league's best pass rushes, so Dallas' o-line will be a key to the team's potential for offensive success. Expect Dallas to continue to pound the rock with Murray, the key will be the o-line's ability to hold off Connor Barwin and this aggressive Eagles' pass rush.
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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: 132.4 (6th)||Sacks Allowed: 15 (T-4th)|
|Pass YPG: 240.1 (16th)||QB Hits Allowed: 13 (T-4th)|
|Week 13 Opponent: vs. San Diego|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 108.8 (18th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 221.3 (6th)|
|Sacks: 18 (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 was brilliant in Week 12's prime time win over New Orleans. The line manhandled the Saints' defensive front in the running game - 215 yards rushing, 6.7 yards per carry - as the Ravens ran, at will, all game long. The o-line also played wonderfully in pass protection - 1 sack, 2 hits, 1 hurry - as Joe Flacco had a lot of time in the pocket, which helped allow Steve and Torrey Smith to get open and make plays down field. From top to bottom, it was simply an outstanding performance from the Ravens' o-line. The o-line has another favorable matchup in Week 13, as they face a Chargers' defensive front that has been average, for the most part, this season. Look for the Ravens to, again, lean on Justin Forcett and the running game, as that is the best way to attack this Chargers' defense. This o-line should be able to have their way with San Diego's defensive front, so expect another nice offensive week for the Ravens in Week 13.
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