The most die-hard fantasy footballers will use any advantage when it comes to drafting their team. Anyone can look up who threw the most touchdowns or ran for the most yards but are you looking up why or how they did that? The offensive line is an important part of the offensive equation – in real life and fantasy – and should be taken into account during draft season. Below are the better offensive lines to remember when you’re drafting.
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Top 10 Best Offensive Lines for Fantasy
Let’s dive into the top 10 offensive lines in the NFL.
1. Philadelphia Eagles
Hard to argue with the top team in PFF’s annual rankings who also pushed Miles Sanders to over 1,200 yards and quarterback Jalen Hurts to over 700 rushing yards. A big piece of the Eagles’ success this year was just shoving the opposing line on short-yardage situations to the tune of a 93% success rate. The line itself will be largely unchanged. The Eagles did lose Isaac Seumalo to the cross-state Steelers but can expect back a healthy Lane Johnson after off-season surgery that kept him limited to the end last season.
2. Baltimore Ravens
While the majority of the drama around the Ravens involved quarterback Lamar Jackson, the offensive line tasked with keeping him upright had none. The line consists of a returning starter at every spot with all five projected starters earning a positive PFF grade. They’re multi-talented too as Baltimore finished third in the league in rushing yards but also tied for 10 when it came to sacks allowed, averaging just 2.2-per-game.
3. Chicago Bears
Ranked just 14th last season, the pieces the Bears have put together this off-season will help dramatically. First were the pieces that stayed. On the left side of the line are holdovers, Braxton Jones and Teven Jenkins along with center Cody Whitehair. All three ranked high in PFF’s position rankings and were part of a unit that propelled quarterback Justin Fields to the second-most rushing yards for a quarterback in history. The pieces they added should make the unit even better. Guard Nate Davis signed a big free agent contract after a positively graded season in Tennessee and Chicago used the 10th overall pick on tackle Darnell Wright.
4. Detroit Lions
The NFL North is nothing but maulers with the Lions our third team from the division in our top five. They return four starters including two Pro Bowl selections in tackle Penei Sewell and center Frank Ragnow. They’re joined by tackle Taylor Decker who, despite never making a Pro Bowl, is viewed as one of the better and more consistent tackles in the game. Both he and Sewell played every offensive snap last season while Ragnow played 94%. That trio led the Lions to allow just 1.4 sacks per game, good for second-best in the league.
5. Atlanta Falcons
If this list just considered the best offensive tackle tandems, the Falcons would be even higher. Left tackle Jake Matthews is a former Pro Bowler who is still getting high grades from PFF and played all but four offensive snaps last season. On the right side is Kaleb McGary who turned in the fourth-highest PFF grade among tackles in 2022. Between those two, rookie running back Bijan Robinson should be able to run wild. If that wasn’t enough, the Falcons boast a Pro Bowler on the interior in guard Chris Lindstrom who, quite literally, had the top PFF grade of any guard.
6. Green Bay Packers
If the Packers are going to succeed during the Jordan Love experiment, he must be protected. Luckily for them (and him), Green Bay is at the top of the list. Welcoming back every starter from last year, Green Bay allowed just under two sacks per game last season – good for sixth in the league – and just over two the season before. All that protection allowed Aaron Rodgers to have some of the best seasons of his career including MVP awards. That protection shifts to Love who should have a ton of time (in and outside the pocket) to make his case.
7. San Francisco 49ers
Without a solid offensive line, Head Coach Kyle Shanahan wouldn’t be known as one of the better play-callers he is today. His usage of movement and the run game requires competency on the offensive line which has allowed the 49ers to propel average-to-good players to fantasy relevance. It’s also turned Mr. Irrelevant Brock Purdy into a household name. The line, which allowed less than two-sacks-per-game last season, will return four of five starters. Former backup Colton McKivitz will be tasked with replacing Mike McGlinchey who signed a huge contract with Denver in free agency.
8. Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys have been much higher on this list so we know they’re capable. Welcoming back three starters that had a positive PFF grade in 2022, the entire unit hinges on the health of Tyron Smith. Smith has played in just 17 games – full seasons worth – over the last three seasons. When he plays, Smith is great, making the Pro Bowl as recently as 2021 when he appeared in just 11 games. If Smith can bounce back, he’ll lead an experienced and good group.
9. Cleveland Browns
There’s no doubt that Nick Chubb is a talented running back. But even the best need some help if they’re going to average five yards per carry. Chubb and the Browns have that in a veteran offensive line. All five starters return after all of them logged at least 70% of the offensive snaps last season. The running game was great as usual, finishing 10th in team yards-per-carry. The unit could do better in the passing game. Luckily for them, quarterback Deshaun Watson still put up elite fantasy numbers despite being one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the game.
10. Indianapolis Colts
With the drafting of quarterback Anthony Richardson, it’s clear that the Colts plan to just run over people. Luckily, they have a good line to do it. It’s a veteran group with three of them playing over 90% of the offensive snaps last season as a hobbled Jonathan Taylor still ran for nearly 900 yards despite missing nearly half the season. The line is led by Pro Bowler Quinton Nelson, one of the best guards in the game. The tackles are bookended by Braden Smith and Bernhard Raimann, both of whom graded positively last season.
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