This article is part of our Offensive Line Overview series.
From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offense runs through the offensive line. With Week 12 upon us, let's evaluate the fantasy implications of changes in status quo to O-lines around the NFL.
New England Patriots – LT Isiah Wynn (toe) activated off injured reserve
- State of Affairs: The Patriots looked the part of a team anchored by the offensive line in preseason, but injuries to starters Isaiah Wynn and David Andrews quickly skewed that narrative. Andrews is done for the year, but Wynn, at least, is on track to return this week against Dallas and bump Marshall Newhouse to a backup role. If Wynn can anchor the left side of the O-line as well as Shaq Mason does the right side, some of New England's deficiencies up front could be covered.
- Impact: New England's offense hasn't included much downfield success this season. Indeed, Tom Brady's recent dink-and-dunk approach has resulted in a paltry 5.4 YPA the last two weeks. The 42-year-old is on pace to throw just six passes of 40-plus yards and 22 touchdowns this season, both of which would be career lows. There's at least some reason for fantasy managers to be optimistic that the game plan will change: a triumphant return by Wynn would bolster the line's pass protection, which could realistically, in turn, lead to the Patriots' aerial attack more confidently dialing up downfield attempts.
New York Giants – LT Nate Solder (concussion)
- State of Affairs: The Giants