Articles by Ilango Villoth

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

NFL O-Line Overview: Week 6

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offense 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 at which O-lines around the league are looking up and which are holding their team back.

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NFL O-line Overview: Eagles vs Packers TNF Preview

Thursday Night Football showdowns are infamously hit-or-miss affairs, and the 2019 season has certainly had a number of misses. That’s hopeful to change Sept.27, when the 3-0 Packers host the 1-2 Eagles — two teams who came into the season with high expectations and have flashed, but haven’t yet managed to perfect their formulas. Interestingly enough, both the Packers and Eagles are attempting to anchor their gameplans around stellar O-line play. We’ll examine how well that’s working out for each franchise in the Week 4 edition of our weekly Offensive Line Overview, and check in with other risers and fallers around the league.

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NFL O-line Overview: Week 3

Injuries can derail a team’s season like nothing else. Aside from losing a starting quarterback (the early favorite for “Narrative of the 2019 season”) injuries to the offensive line can be particularly tricky to overcome. That’s namely because of the general gap in quality between starters and backups, but also because the ol’ swap-guys-around trick rarely works out.

Without further ado, let’s check in at which O-lines around the league are looking up and which are holding their team back.

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NFL O-line Overview: Status Quo Check-in

At long last, Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season is in the books and we’re in the thick of things. The league didn’t disappoint, offering up the usual breakouts and throwing managers whose players didn’t perform on tilt. Of course, the offensive line landscape wasn’t spared of the maelstrom. Without further ado, let’s check in on which O-lines around the league are looking up and which are holding their offense back.

Risers:

New Orleans Saints

The Saints were projected as a top-five group entering the regular season, but if they continue playing to the level of Monday’s win over the Texans they could rival Dallas for the league’s top spot. That’s unlikely, of course, but it can’t be overstated that New Orleans’ offensive front (specifically RT Ryan Ramczyk) held J.J. Watt without a single tackle or sack for the first time in his 105-game NFL career. If the Saints’ O-line is able to repeat a similar performance against Aaron Donald in Week 2, expect next week’s article to begin with a list of accolades to be heaped on the unit.

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NFL O-line Overview: Offseason Observations

With training camp underway and preseason games around the corner, football is officially back. In other words, it’s finally time for our extra-early look at how the NFL’s offensive lines have fared through free agency and the draft. Without further ado, let’s kick off the 2019 Offensive Line Overview series.

Risers:

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts sold out to improve their offensive front last season and did so to great success. After boasting a perennially poor unit for much of the last decade, Andrew Luck now benefits from one of the best O-lines in the league – a unit so good that worries of Luck’s shoulder, which dominated last year’s offseason storylines in Indianapolis, have all but entirely vanished from the NFL zeitgeist. After hitting big on two starters in the 2018 NFL Draft in Quenton Nelson (No. 6 overall) and Branden Smith (No. 37 overall), the team didn’t make notable splashes on the unit this offseason – yet they manage to earn a spot in our “Risers” section. That’s because the Colts’ line could realistically improve upon last year’s performance, a rare feat to manage for an already top-ranked O-line. Usually, from the top there’s nowhere to go but down. The O-line’s strong 2018 performance came in spite of some struggles with injury, and both Nelson and Smith will benefit from a full year of experience at the NFL level at positions which are notoriously difficult for rookies to adapt to. If everything breaks right for Indianapolis, it’s conceivable that the 2019 season could conclude with their offensive line as the consensus best group in the league. If that’s the case, Marlon Mack (ADP 38) could end up being a premier steal in fantasy drafts.

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Championship Edition

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offense 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.

It’s win or go home, all or nothing: the fantasy championship begins this Saturday. Let’s cut to the chase, and discuss the state of offensive lines around the league.

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Fantasy Playoffs Pt. 2

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offense 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.

Heading into the second week of the fantasy playoffs, lineup decisions become more tense than ever. The difference between a safe play and a smart one can determine everything about a matchup, especially when a league’s top teams go head to head. Information remains the key to victory, with savvy owners diving behind start-sit lists and projected points. In the interest of closing out the year strong, when things count most, let’s take a look at the state of offensive lines around the league.

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