NFL Offensive Line Overview: Week 13 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.

With fantasy football playoffs fast approaching, informed lineup decisions are key now more than ever — but tabulating projected points and playing matchups can only go so far. One of the strongest indicators of offensive success remains, as always, the reliability of a team’s protective front. Without further ado, let’s check in on which O-lines are trending up and down across the league.

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Thanksgiving Preview

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.

Last week’s article pegged this point of the NFL season as the crucible — the period where contenders would fully distinguish themselves from pretenders — and Week 11 didn’t disappoint. Multiple Super Bowl-bound teams took the opportunity to show what they’re made of (see: Monday Night’s madness). Other groups have hit bumps in the road, and face new obstacles to overcome on the journey to the playoffs. Without further ado, let’s check in on the state of the NFL’s trenches heading into Thanksgiving Day’s matchups.

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Week 9 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 Week 9:

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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: 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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