Chris Bennett's analysis of every NFL team's offensive line – with a focus on how it impacts fantasy football.
1. Philadelphia Eagles Excellent Stability / Excellent Health
Starters: Jason Peters (LT), Stefen Wisniewski (LG), Jason Kelce (C), Brandon Brooks (RG), Lane Johnson (RT)
|2017 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 132.2 (3rd)||Sacks Allowed: 36 (16th)|
|Pass YPG: 233.6 (13th)||QB Hits Allowed: 107 (26th)|
|Week 1 Opponent: vs. Atlanta (Thursday night)|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 104.1 (9th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 214.3 (12th)|
|Sacks: 39 (T-13th)|
Backups: (T): Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Taylor Hart (G): Darrell Greene, Chance Warmack (C): Isaac Seumalo
Fantasy Impact: Philadelphia figures to welcome back Jason Peters from a torn ACL at left tackle, the only potential change up front for the league's Super Bowl winning unit. Having an aging left tackle coming back from a serious knee injury, and being tasked with protecting a quarterback who is returning from the same injury sends plenty of red flags out, but Halapoulivaati Vaitai's play in Peters' 2017 absence should lend itself to relief. The middle three are all above average, forging plenty of running room for a committee backfield.
2. New Orleans Saints Good Stability / Excellent Health
Starters: Terron Armstead (LT), Andrus Peat (LG), Max Unger (C), Larry Warford (RG), Ryan Ramczyk (RT)
|2017 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 129.4 (5th)||Sacks Allowed: 20 (2nd)|
|Pass YPG: 261.8 (5th)||QB Hits Allowed: 58 (2nd)|
|Week 1 Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 117.5 (23rd)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 260.6 (32nd)|
|Sacks: 22 (32nd)|
Backups: (T): Michael Ola, Rick Leonard (G): Jermon Bushrod, John Fullington (C): Will Clapp
Fantasy Impact: Coming off of a sterling 2017 campaign, health appears to be the only thing that could derail the Saints' blockers. That appeared to be the case last year as well, but New Orleans was able to move bodies around and create success through depth. That's the concern here, as the retirement of Zach Strief and the departure of Senio Kelemete leave New Orleans green at best and vulnerable at worst should a starter go down. But as is, the front five is the same as a year ago when they were great, and nothing short of that success should be expected to start 2018.
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