Arizona's O-Line Woes Could Play Significant Role In Week 1 Fantasy Matchups

Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks (4) Kevin Kolb and (19) John Skelton on the sidelines in the second half against the Oakland Raiders during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The Cardinals are trotting out a patchwork offensive line against a stout Seahawks defense. We break down the fantasy implications.

The Arizona Cardinals are going into the regular season with a shaky QB situation and running game, and neither of those units are being helped by an offensive line decimated by injuries. LT Levi Brown's season-ending triceps tear forced a depth chart shakeup - according to the Arizona Republic, starting RT D'Anthony Batiste will move to the left side while fourth-round rookie Bobby Massie gets the start at RT.

Fantasy Impact: Massie struggled in the preseason and wasn't supposed to start as a rookie, but Brown's injury has forced him into the fire early. The patchwork O-line is easily the Cards' biggest weakness on offense and the fantasy repercussions could be big. John Skelton is unplayable in most leagues, while Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams are iffy against Seattle's stout run defense. On the flipside, the Seahawks' D/ST is looking like one of the more attractive options this week.

For more on the Cardinals, check out Revenge Of The Birds and SB Nation Arizona. For more fantasy info, check out the SB Nation Fantasy War Room Monday through Friday 4pm to 8pm ET and Sunday 8am to 1pm.

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