2018 Offensive Line Rankings

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018


Every year we talk about how talented certain running backs are, and while there are several elite backs that have the ability to still perform behind a sub-par O-line, you'll find the best production coming out of those running backs with a solid line in front of them. A good offensive line makes an average back a great back and a great back an elite back. Need convincing? Recent Cowboys running backs flourished behind that offensive line (Zeke, DeMarco Murray, etc). We watched both Ingram and Kamara explode behind the talented O-line in New Orleans.

2018 Offensive Line Rankings

Here are our 2018 Offensive Line Rankings:


RankTeamPlayers Impacted
1. Dallas CowboysDak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Allen Hurns
It doesn't get much better than LT Tyron Smith, C Travis Frederick, and RG Zack Martin. This line consistently delivers and 2018 should be no different.
2. Philadelphia EaglesCarson Wentz, Jay Ajayi, Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery
The reigning Super Bowl champs have All Pros C Jason Kelce and RT Lane Johnson anchoring a solid line.
3. Atlanta FalconsMatt Ryan, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman
The Falcons are fortunate to be anchored by C Alex Mack who has been an ironman for the line. RG Brandon Fusco is new this year, but his run blocking skills are solid.
4. New Orleans SaintsDrew Brees, Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara
The Saints rushing attack ranked 5th last year, and they finished 2nd in the league in total yardage. Zach Strief retired, but this line is going to pave the way for a nice 2018.
5. Pittsburgh SteelersBen Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown
This will be the third year that the Steelers offensive line will have the exact same starting five. This is a known quantity and should help provide fantasy points to the skill-position players.
6. Oakland RaidersDerek Carr, Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson
Derek Carr is a happy man behind this offensive line as they allowed fewer QB hits than any other line last year.
7. Tennessee TitansMarcus Mariota, Corey Davis, Delanie Walker
This is just a solid line overall, but where the Titans excel is on the edges with LT Taylor Lewan and RT Jack Conklin.
8. Detroit LionsMatthew Stafford, Marvin Jones, Kerryon Johnson
The Lions drafted the top-rated college center Frank Ragnow to fill the LG spot and should have a solid line going into 2018 with leadership from T.J. Lang, Rick Wagner, and Graham Glasgow.
9. Los Angeles RamsJared Goff, Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks
Even though LT Andrew Whitworth and C John Sullivan have some age, they anchor a line that was easily one of the most improved last year.
10. Green Bay PackersAaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Jamaal Williams
For the Packers, it's all about health. David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga are two of the highest rated pass protectors in the NFL. Keep an eye on RG Justin McCray who is the only weak spot on the line.
11. Washington RedskinsAlex Smith, Jamison Crowder, Derrius Guice
Prior to last season, the Redskins were a dominate offensive line. Injuries were the problem in 2017. With All-Pro RG Brandon Scherff back from a knee injury, he and LT Trent Williams should elevate the game. Weak spot would be LG Shawn Lauvao.
12. New England PatriotsTom Brady, Julian Edelman, Rex Burkhead
Compared to other starting fives, the Patriots have a solid line across the board. Only real concerns are with the tackles. Keep an eye on Wynn to overtake Brown for the LT spot.
13. Jacksonville JaguarsBlake Bortles, Leonard Fournette, Marqise Lee
The Jaguars instantly boosted their line with the signing of LG Andrew Norwell. Weak spot is likely LT Cam Robinson which isn't great for Blake Bortles.
14. Cleveland BrownsTyrod Taylor, Carlos Hyde, Jarvis Landry
The departure of Joe Thomas leaves a hole here, but overall, the inside three are pretty solid. The tackles have room to grow.
15. Chicago BearsMitchell Trubisky, Jordan Howard, Allen Robinson
The questions here are focused on whether or not C Cody Whitehair can return to his rookie performance and whether RG Kyle Long can stay healthy. LT Charles Leno is an ironman who has started every game for the past three years.
16. San Francisco 49ersJimmy Garoppolo, Jerick McKinnon, Pierre Garcon
The tackles in San Francisco are some of the best talent in the league with Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey defending the edges. Expectations are high for LG Laken Tomlinson this year.
17. Indianapolis ColtsAndrew Luck, Marlon Mack, T.Y. Hilton
The Colts line should be much better than it was last year, especially with the arrival of LG Quenton Nelson who should be able to make an immediate impact.
18. Denver BroncosCase Keenum, Devontae Booker, Demaryius Thomas
Anchored by LG Ron Leary and C Matt Paradis, the Broncos line should be marginally better than last year. Biggest question mark remains with the right tackle position.
19. Kansas City ChiefsPatrick Mahomes, Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce
The right side of this line is solid, but the center left is average adding some risk to Mahomes blind side.
20. Carolina PanthersCam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, Greg Olsen
The loss of Andrew Norwell to the Jags isn't going to be filled adequately by Amini Silatolu or whomever gets the starting nod. This line was stellar last season, but we are expecting a significant regression in 2018.
21. Los Angeles ChargersPhilip Rivers, Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen
The Chargers should have RG Forrest Lamp back after an ACL tear sidelined him last year. Mike Pouncey has come over from Miami and upgrades the center position.
22. Tampa Bay BuccaneersJameis Winston, Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson
The weak spot for the Bucs here is at left tackle where Donovan Smith failed to live up to expectations last year. RG Caleb Benenoch lowers this line's effectiveness. The Bucs will need RT Demar Dotson to remain healthy.
23. New York GiantsEli Manning, Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr.
The blind side is taken care of here with Nate Solder and Will Hernandez both very solid options, but the center-right trio is average...at best.
24. Miami DolphinsRyan Tannehill, Kenyan Drake, DeVante Parker
Veteran LG Josh Sitton is a definite upgrade for the Dolphins and C Daniel Kilgore should fill in decently for Pouncey leaving Davis and Tunsil as the biggest weak spots for this line.
25. Baltimore RavensJoe Flacco, Alex Collins, Michael Crabtree
The effectiveness of the Ravens O-line is really dependent upon future HOF'er Marshal Yanda who will likely see some regression. LT Ronnie Stanley is solid, but the rest of the line is mediocre.
26. Cincinnati BengalsAndy Dalton, A.J. Green, Joe Mixon
The 2018 Bengals will be a lot like the 2017 Bengals even with the addition of first-rounder Billy Price at center.
27. Minnesota VikingsKirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen
There's nothing particularly special about this O-line. They gave up a ton of pressures last year and there's very little reason to think that this starting five will progress in a meaningful capacity.
28. Arizona CardinalsSam Bradford, David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald
Injuries were the Achilles Heel for this line last year and history could very well repeat itself this year.
29. Buffalo BillsAJ McCarron, LeSean McCoy, Kelvin Benjamin
Perhaps no other O-line has been downgraded as much as the Bills have this year. The loss of LT Cordy Glenn, LG Richie Incognito, and C Eric Wood will do that. Dawkins and Ducasse are the lone bright spots on this line.
30. Seattle SeahawksRussell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, Rashaad Penny
Other than LT Duane Brown, there's nothing to get excited about with this O-line. The rest of the line is fairly weak with Pocic, Fluker, and Ifedi.
31. New York JetsJosh McCown, Robby Anderson, Isaiah Crowell
The Jets couldn't do much offensively last season and this line bears much of that responsibility. The guards are awful and the rest aren't much better.
32. Houston TexansDeshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Lamar Miller
There's really nothing nice that we can say about this offensive line which doesn't bode well for the safety of Deshaun Watson whom we expect to see a ton of pressure once again.

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