Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Episode 15, Defensive Line Play: Brandon Thorn, USA Football

Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast welcomes USA Football writer, Brandon Thorn to the podcast for an in-depth discussion on defensive linemen, the value of today’s running backs, and notable lines on both sides of the football. 

In one way, this episode with Brandon (@VeteranScout)  is a good fantasy football podcast that isn’t a fantasy football podcast. An analyst who specializes in offensive and defensive line play, Thorn recently participated in the first OL Masterminds Summit, featuring 26 of the NFL’s best linemen working to share their knowledge and improve their overall games.

On the surface, Thorn’s knowledge-drop in this podcast doesn’t always give fantasy football general managers an easy cheat sheet of answers to the test. However, he’s sharing how to value defensive linemen, especially defensive tackles who provide potential IDP value as pass rushers and run-stoppers.

Football fans and fantasy players should also pay close attention to Thorn’s thoughts on the units on both sides of the ball:

  • The league’s stingiest run defenses.
  • The offensive lines that match up well with the best run defenses.
  • Run defenses and offenses on the rise.
  • The weakest run defenses this year.
  • The value of elite running backs in football.

He also brings up the underrated play and value of Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin. If you’re a true football fan, a student of the game, or a fantasy player who can connect the dots, you’ll enjoy this episode.

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