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 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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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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