Chris Bennett's analysis of every NFL team's offensive line – with a focus on how it impacts fantasy football.
1. Tennessee Titans Excellent Stability / Excellent Health
Starters: Taylor Lewan (LT), Quinton Spain (LG), Ben Jones (C), Josh Kline (RG), Jack Conklin (RT)
|2016 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 136.7 (3rd)||Sacks Allowed: 28 (T-7th)|
|Pass YPG: 221.3 (25th)||QB Hits Allowed: 51 (2nd)|
|Week 1 Opponent: vs. Oakland|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 117.6 (23rd)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 257.5 (24th)|
|Sacks: 25 (32nd)|
Backups: (T): Dennis Kelly, Taylor Marz (G): Jake Simonich, Josue Matias (C): Tim Lelito
Fantasy Impact: There's optimism abound when it comes to the Titans 2017 prospects, and offensively, a lot of that optimism starts with knowing they have sound protection. Former first-round picks Jack Conklin and Taylor Lewan provide outstanding bookends, while the interior is no slouch either. This is a line that returns all five starters, and it's an offense that addressed its need for playmakers during the offseason, drafting receivers Corey Davis and Taiwan Taylor while also signing Eric Decker. There's plenty of room for growth in this passing attack, and the rushing attack figures to remain formidable. The makings are here for a top offensive unit, and they figure to come out blazing with opening games against Oakland and Jacksonville.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers Good Stability / Excellent Health
Starters: Alejandro Villanueva (LT), Ramon Foster (LG), Maurkice Pouncey (C), David DeCastro (RG), Marcus Gilbert (RT)
|2016 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 110.0 (14th)||Sacks Allowed: 21 (2nd)|
|Pass YPG: 262.6 (T-5th)||QB Hits Allowed: 56 (3rd)|
|Week 1 Opponent: at Cleveland|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 142.7 (31st)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 249.8 (21st)|
|Sacks: 26 (T-30th)|
Backups: (T): Matt Feiler, Chris Hubbard (G): Jerald Hawkins, Mike Mathews (C): Kyle Friend
Fantasy Impact: The top of our rankings are dominated by teams with minimal turnover, hence the Steelers showing strongly. An Top-10 unit from 2016 returns fully intact, and a Week 1 matchup at Cleveland figures to get this offense off to a fast start before a more difficult Vikings defense comes to Pittsburgh in Week 2. That's followed by the Bears, Ravens and Jaguars, giving the Steelers at least three favorable matchups into early October
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