Offensive line players do not typically grab headlines but they are the unsung heroes of NFL teams.
The offensive line is the cornerstone of a successful offense, protecting quarterbacks and paving the way for running backs.
As Fantasy managers are deciding which players to start in their teams for the start of the regular season, we broke down the top 10 offensive lines that will be crucial for the success of their quarterbacks and running backs in their fantasy leagues.
The Eagles have been a dominant force in both run and pass in recent years and show no signs of slowing down.
With veterans like Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson as line leaders, their remarkable depth sets them apart despite struggling with penalties in 2022.
Fantasy players directly impacted: Jalen Hurst, Kenneth Gainwell, Rashaad Penny, Boston Scott, and D’Andre Swift.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have rebuilt their offensive line and enter 2023 with a stellar unit.
With All-Pro linemen like Creed Humphrey and Joe Thuney, along with the addition of Jawaan Taylor at right tackle, this line aims to provide a solid pocket for Patrick Mahomes.
Fantasy players directly impacted: Patrick Mahomes, Isiah Pacheco, Jerick McKinnon, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
The Lions have displayed a strong offensive line for a few seasons now. Led by Frank Ragnow, Taylor Decker, Jonah Jackson, and Penei Sewell, this well-rounded unit excels in both pass protection and run blocking. Their low sack rate and contributions to the running game make them a top-tier offensive line.
Fantasy players directly impacted: Jared Goff, David Montgomery, Jason Cabinda, and Jahmyr Gibbs.
The Browns have built a powerful offensive line that fuels their potent running attack. Players like Jedrick Wills, Joel Bitonio, and Jack Conklin contribute to their success. While depth might be a concern, their front five is one of the NFL’s strongest groups.
Fantasy players directly impacted: Deshawn Watson, Nick Chubb, Jerome Ford, and Pierre Strong Jr.
The Ravens are elite in both pass and run blocking, thanks to continuity with four returning starters. Ronnie Stanley, Tyler Linderbaum, Kevin Zeitler, and Morgan Moses form a solid foundation. With Lamar Jackson benefiting from their protection and JK Dobbins in the backfield, the Ravens look poised for success in 2023.
Fantasy players directly impacted: Lamar Jackson, J.K. Dobbins, Patrick Ricard, Gus Edwards, and Justice Hill.
The Cowboys’ offensive line, led by Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and Tyler Biadasz, can be elite if they stay healthy. Terence Steele’s development adds to their strength. Their performance hinges on their ability to keep their starting five on the field consistently.
Fantasy players directly impacted: Dak Prescott, Tony Pollard, Rico Dowdle, Deuce Vaughn, and Hunter Luepke.
Atlanta’s offensive line excels in run blocking, perfectly suited for their run-heavy offense. Players like Chris Lindstrom and Jake Matthews provide stability, while rookie Matthew Bergeron aims to upgrade the left guard position. Their ability to open lanes for Bijan Robinson will be crucial for the Falcons’ success.
Fantasy players directly impacted: Desmond Ridder, Bijan Robingson, and Tyler Allgeier.
Green Bay Packers
David Bakhtiari leads the Packers’ offensive line, which boasts versatility with players like Elgton Jenkins and Zach Tom. The unit’s performance may be affected by the transition to Jordan Love at quarterback, but their adaptability will be key in 2023.
Fantasy players directly impacted: Jordan Love, Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon, and Emanuel Wilson.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers’ offensive line is anchored by Rashawn Slater, who looks to return to Pro Bowl form after an injury. Corey Linsley provides consistency at center. For this unit to excel, young players like Zion Johnson and Trey Pipkins need to step up their game.
Fantasy players directly impacted: Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, Joshua Kelley, Isaiah Spiller, and Elijah Dotson.
Garrett Bolles protects Russell Wilson’s blindside, and his return from injury is crucial for the Broncos. Center Lloyd Cushenberry may be the weakest link, but newcomers like Quinn Meinerz and Ben Powers add depth. The Broncos aim to improve their league-worst sack rate from last season under coach Sean Payton’s guidance.
Fantasy players directly impacted: Russell Wilson, Javonte Williams, Michael Burton, Samaje Perine, and Jaleel McLaughlin.