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: 145.3 (2nd)||Sacks Allowed: 30 (T-14th)|
|Pass YPG: 232.3 (17th)||QB Hits Allowed: 16 (2nd)|
|Week 17 Opponent: at Washington|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 103.2 (10th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 246.1 (22nd)|
|Sacks: 36 (T-17th)|
Backups: (T): John Wetzel, Darrion Weems, Jermey Parnell(G): Mackenzy Bernadeau (C):
Fantasy Impact: Dallas' o-line has another strong outing in Week 16's blowout win over Indianapolis. The line was decent in the running game - 127 yards, 3.2 yards per carry - though they did not dominate on the ground as much as normal, which could also be due to DeMarco Murray playing with a broken hand. The line was better in pass protection - 1 sack, 0 hits, 4 hurries - as they gave Tony Romo all the time he could have needed in the pocket, leading to another banner fantasy day for the veteran signal caller. The Cowboys face a much easier task in Week 17, as they face a Washington defense that has been besieged by injuries. Dallas' o-line should be able to win the battles on the line of scrimmage, relatively handily, which should portend another nice offensive game for the Cowboys. Start your Dallas players in Week 17.
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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: 126.0 (7th)||Sacks Allowed: 18 (2nd)|
|Pass YPG: 235.3 (14th)||QB Hits Allowed: 20 (8th)|
|Week 17 Opponent: vs. Cleveland|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 142.4 (32nd)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 220.1 (7th)|
|Sacks: 30 (T-26th)|
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 had one of their worst outings of the season, in Week 16's surprise loss to Houston. The line was completely bottled up in the running game - 33 yards rushing, 2.1 yards per carry - and were equally poor in pass protection - 2 sacks, 4 hits, 10 hurries - as they were manhandled all afternoon by JJ Watt and the Texans' defensive front. This was a terrible loss for the Ravens, as now they have to fight for their playoff lives in Week 17, against a Browns team that would like nothing more than to end Baltimore's season. However, despite the awful Week 16 performance, this Ravens' o-line has been outstanding all season, so expect them to bounce back in Week 17. The Browns' defense is the league's worst against the run, so look for Justin Forcett and the Ravens' running game to show up, in a big way, in Week 17.
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