In the fantasy space, offensive lines don’t get much love.
Or even attention.
But they have the potential to make or break fantasy seasons. Today, we've put 6 units under the microscope -- 3 of the projected best, and 3 of the projected worse.
2019 Projected Lineup: LT Anthony Castonzo, LG Quenton Nelson, C Ryan Kelly, RG Mark Glowinski, RT Braden Smith
Nelson, a First-Team All-Pro, didn’t miss a single snap in 2018. He helped Indy rank 4th in Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards (a measure of rushing efficiency) and 2nd in adjusted sack rate. In fact, Andrew Luck absorbed only 18 sacks — the fewest for any 16-game starter. Just 23, Nelson’s dominance should only grow this fall.
Smith, another 23-year-old, profiles as an asset. He worked at RG last year before injuries forced him into the lineup at RT in Week 5. He took the job and ran with it, ultimately allowing only 3 sacks on 485 pass-blocking snaps.
A full offseason at RT bodes well for the former 2nd-rounder.
“I watch what he’s doing right now and am really impressed with him,” HC Frank Reich said via Colts.com during OTAs. “I love everything about Braden. I love his approach. He’s mentally as tough of a person you want to be around. This guy wants to be coached hard, owns his mistake when he makes a rare mistake – physically or mentally he owns it. He’s really a model. This guys is a model of the way we want to work. And then just the way his technique has continued to improve playing that position rep after rep after rep.”
Castonzo and Kelly are proven talents, but their health will be worth watching closely. Castonzo missed the first 5 games last year with a hamstring strain. Kelly sat out 4 games with an MCL sprain and a neck injury. Kelly’s now missed 13 games over the past 2 seasons.
Kelly ranked 12th in Pro Football Focus’ center grades last year. Castonzo, meanwhile, checked in 14th among tackles. So they’re solid players with résumés to suggest higher-end play is achievable. Either way, Andrew Luck is in great hands for another strong season.