FF Tips

6 Offensive Lines Poised to Help or Harm Your Fantasy Team

By Kevin English 9:07am EDT 7/15/19

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.


Top-3

Indianapolis Colts

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.


Sorry, the rest of this content is reserved for DS Insiders.

Get instant access to read it all.

Get the insider information

Already a DS Insider? Login now

Share This!

Agree? Disagree? Tell us what you think in the comments:

comments powered by Disqus

Related Fantasy Football

Premium Content QB Strategy Guide

Does it make more sense to target an early-round QB this year? And who are the best values at the position?

8:08am EDT 8/19/19 Read More
Premium Content Stock Up/Stock Down Report (8-10 through 8-16)

A quick look at the 25 guys who moved up or down our rankings over the past week.

9:08am EDT 8/17/19 Read More
Podcast: Perfect Draft and Mailbag 8-15-19

Let's talk about perfect draft strategy, selecting keepers, budgeting for an auction and just generally starting your draft off right.

7:08pm EDT 8/15/19 Read More
Podcast: Preseason Week 1 Reactions

Did David Montgomery play well enough to rocket up the rankings? Is Terry McLaurin set for early stardom in Washington? Should we quit on Dante Pettis? Let's take some time to react -- or overreact -- to the 1st full round of NFL preseason games ...

3:08pm EDT 8/13/19 Read More
Premium Content 11 Fantasy Football Sleepers

Want to find upside in the double-digit rounds of your draft? Of course you do. And here are 11 targets in that range poised to deliver.

9:08pm EDT 8/12/19 Read More
Premium Content 8 Overvalued Players

Stay away from these 8 guys in your fantasy drafts.

11:08am EDT 8/12/19 Read More
Premium Content 9 Undervalued Players

Let's take a look at recent ADP and see who's coming at a discount in 2019 drafts.

7:08am EDT 8/12/19 Read More

Read More Articles

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Download on Google Play