At first glance, trying to parse through which rookie offensive lineman will have an effect on your fantasy team seems like a pointless task. Unless in an absolutely wild league, you don't draft O-lineman and they certainly don't give you points on a week-to-week basis. But just like with a real team, the O-line is still crucial to the success of any fantasy team. Your QB can't get passing yards if he's lying on his back and that shiny new running back you drafted 1st overall isn't going to be very useful if he's getting hit in the backfield every down. 


At the moment, there are roughly 10 or 11 rookies that will be starting on the line come week one:

That's quite a few names, so here's a rundown of 5 that'll have a major impact in fantasy. 


Will Hernandez - New York Giants


Hernandez is probably the biggest name on this list solely because he'll be blocking for top fantasy rookie Saquon Barkley. The six-foot-three, 304-pound guard out of UTEP has been "setting the tone" in training camp for the Giants and is looking to keep Eli alive in the pocket and open up massive holes for Saquon on the right side. 


Connor Williams - Dallas Cowboys


The Cowboys already have the best O-line in football and Williams will be slotting in at left guard to solidify that line even more. It was already a pretty good bet to draft Ezekiel Elliott high, and Williams will likely play a big role in how that pick works out. 


Frank Ragnow - Detroit Lions


Yet another probable starting guard, Ragnow has the tall task of not only switching over from center but also joining a Lions unit that gave up 47 sacks in 2017 and hasn't had a 100-yard rusher since 2013. There are plenty of viable Lions skill players in fantasy this year, so you'll have to hope Ragnow comes through as advertised if you pick one. 


Mason Cole - Arizona Cardinals


Similar to Ragnow, Cole joins an O-line that was not good last season, giving up 52 sacks in 16 games. But Cole will be starting at center, which means he'll have possibly a bigger impact than any other player here. Outside of that, keeping the pocket clean for Josh Rosen and allowing David Johnson room to run will be his main fantasy duties. 

 

Orlando Brown - Baltimore Ravens 


From combine laughing stock to potential starter, Orlando Brown has been one of the stranger stories of the season so far. While it's ill-advised to draft Joe Flacco or really any Ravens receiver at any point, Alex Collins is a bonafide RB-2 in most leagues and with the number of stretch concepts the Ravens run on offense, Brown will be crucial to Collins' success all season. 


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