Offensive lines are often overlooked in the fantasy space. But they have the potential to make or break fantasy seasons.
Today, we're putting 6 units under the microscope -- 3 of the projected best, and 3 with some serious question marks. Note that O-line play is considered when compiling our Preseason Projections.
Projected lineup: LT Anthony Castonzo, LG Quenton Nelson, C Ryan Kelly, RG Mark Glowinski, RT Braden Smith
We know a familiar coaching staff helped attract Philip Rivers to Indy. But the O-line was another selling point.
This group returns all 5 starters from 2019. Each member played over 1,000 snaps.
Truly, there’s no weakness here. Castonzo considered retirement this offseason but returns on a 2-year extension. He tallied a Pro Football Focus pass-blocking grade of 84.4 last fall — 7th best among tackles.
Nelson’s played like an elite guard since entering the league in 2018. He’s a 2-time All-Pro who’s yet to miss a game.
Kelly rebounded from injury trouble in 2017 and 2018 to play a full slate last year. His 73.0 overall PFF grade marked a career high.
Glowinski isn’t a headliner, yet he finished a respectable 48th out of 82 qualifiers in PFF grade. His number dropped by 10.1 points from 2018, so we know there’s room for a rebound. Smith looks like a player on the rise after making a year 2 jump, particularly in run blocking. He deserves credit for the Colts reaching 2,000 rushing yards for the first time since 1994.
After allowing a whopping 46 total pressures, though, his pass blocking bears watching.
Overall, the Colts recorded a Pass Block Win Rate of 65% — 3rd best league-wide. Per ESPN, PBWN “tells us the rate at which linemen can sustain their blocks for 2.5 seconds or longer.”
Rivers’ brings further decline risk, but he’s at least a spot-start option. And the backfield looks poised to build off a strong 2019.