Articles by Ilango Villoth

A listing of all the articles written by Ilango Villoth for the RotoWire Blog.

NFL Offensive Line Overview: Week 7 Edition

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, we look at which of the league’s 32 offensive lines are trending up and down.

 Without further ado, let’s check in on the state of the NFL’s trenches heading into Thursday Night Football.

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Quarter Poll Edition

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, the ebb and flow of all 32 offensive line groups around the NFL is analyzed and relevant fantasy implications are uncovered.

With a fourth of the regular season under our belt, let’s take a look at which offensive lines trending upwards or falling heading into Week 5:

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Week 4 Edition

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, the ebb and flow of all 32 offensive line groups around the NFL is analyzed and relevant fantasy implications are uncovered.

Last week was defined by shocking upsets — the Bills trounced the Vikings, Detroit felled New England, and an injured Marcus Mariota led the Titans to a win over the lauded Jaguars defense. To decipher out whether such results were anomalies or whether the status quo is truly in flux, let’s take a look at the foundations of key offenses around the league heading into Week 4:

 

Risers:

Detroit Lions

It’s been the same story for years with this team: “Matthew Stafford doesn’t receive adequate protection, there’s no running game to get off the ground, and as a result the offense just can’t move consistently.”  But after a questionable start to the 2018 season, Detroit seems to have finally shifted the narrative; the team’s offense is actually defined by consistency up front.  Considering the amount of questions surrounding the Lions’ O-line heading into the season, the group’s performance is nothing short of shocking. That Detroit hadn’t had a 100-yard rusher in 70 games (until rookie Kerryon Johnson ended the drought last week) is one of the most bandied about stats of recent times, but even that doesn’t come close to exemplifying just how well this offensive front has played. In 138 pass attempts over the last three games, the O-line has allowed Stafford to be sacked only three times — making them the best pass protection group in the NFL thus far. While it should be considered that Detroit has yet to face a top-end pass rush, the improvements surrounding the protection can’t be ignored: for the first time in years, this team’s offensive line is a strength and not a weakness.

What to watch: Despite a marked improvement in run-blocking, neither Kerryon Johnson or LeGarrette Blount has scored a touchdown this season. That could change after Sunday’s tilt against the Cowboys.

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Week 3 Roundup

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, the ebb and flow of all 32 offensive line groups around the NFL is analyzed and relevant fantasy implications are uncovered.

With two weeks of the regular season to digest, we can finally start to really separate the contenders and pretenders. One common theme shared between underwhelming offenses? — shoddy offensive line play. Looking at teams like the Cardinals, Texans and Giants, it’s obvious that not even fantasy studs like David Johnson, OBJ and Deshaun Watson are immune to being dragged down by poor O-line play. Now heading into Week 3 of the 2018 season, let’s take a look at which lines around the league are trending up or down:

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: TNF Preview Edition

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, the ebb and flow of all 32 offensive line groups around the NFL is analyzed and relevant fantasy implications are uncovered.

With Thursday Night Football about to kick off Week 2, this edition of our weekly O-line analysis piece takes a look at how the Bengals and Ravens will match up. Without further ado, let’s check in on who’s trending up or down with a week of NFL football under our belt:

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Regular Season Kickoff Edition

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, the ebb and flow of all 32 offensive line groups around the NFL is analyzed and relevant fantasy implications are uncovered.

Without further ado, let’s check in on which O-lines are trending up or down as Week 1 kicks off.

 

Risers:

Philadelphia Eagles

Nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters seems to have fully recovered from an ACL tear, and the 36-year-old’s presence should bolster an already outstanding Eagles offensive line which performed to outstanding levels in last year’s championship run (even in Peters’ absence), with both center Jason Kelce and right tackle Lane Johnson earning All-Pro honors. With all major pieces remaining in place and Peters set to return, the Eagles O-line remains an elite option in 2018. This bodes well for running back Jay Ajayi, and even more so for quarterback Carson Wentz, whose protection coming off a season-ending ACL injury should be the team’s priority. The O-line could also serve to make Nick Foles a viable fantasy option for the first few weeks of the regular season, if their performance in last year’s postseason is any indication.

What to watch: Corey Clement, who stands to gain from increased running back usage in the red zone.

Tennessee Titans

Investing first-round draft capital in the offensive line has paid dividends for Tennessee, with Taylor Lewan (2014, No. 11 overall) making his second consecutive Pro Bowl last season and Jack Conklin (2016, No. 8 overall) recovering without setbacks from a torn ACL suffered in January. Even if Conklin is sidelined to begin the regular season, it’s a good sign that he avoided the PUP list. In Conklin’s absence, Dennis Kelly and free-agent acquisition Kevin Pamphile should provide Tennessee with reliable depth to protect an Marcus Mariota – who has proven to be an injury-prone quarterback. A top-tier run-blocking unit, the Titans O-line should create ample room for running backs Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis, both of whom recorded an outstanding 3.2 YPC after contact last season.

What to watch: Corey Davis, who should see increased target quality from a well-protected Mariota.

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NFL Training Camp Notes: McKinnon Goes Down, Mack Heads To Chicago

With less than a week remaining until the NFL regular season kicks off – five days, but who’s counting – we have an abundance of important news from around the league to keep us busy this Saturday. As the busiest draft weekend of the year continues, this Saturday’s edition of Rotowire Training Camp Notes will cover a devastating injury to the 49ers backfield, the trade of the league’s (newly) highest-paid defensive player, and all the takeaways of final roster cuts.

Without further ado, let’s get right down to business.

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