Denver at Buffalo (1:00 PM ET): The Broncos travel east to take on the Bills in Buffalo. 35-degree temperatures and mostly cloudy skies won’t impact much, but wind speeds are expected to be constant from 15-20 MPH. This is in the range where we see quarterbacks’ yards per attempt and completion percentage decrease slightly. It was tough to be bullish on either passing game heading into the week given the matchup on both sides and this will push me off it even further. The Broncos should lean heavily on Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman in this one, especially if wind speeds climb above 20 MPH.
Detroit at Washington (1:00 PM ET): Jeff Driskel matching up against Dwayne Haskins isn’t very inspiring and to top it off, inclement weather is expected. 48-degree temperatures and partly cloudy skies won’t cause any issues but 16 MPH winds will make it difficult for Haskins to play better. Given the wind concerns and general lack of playing ability from both signal-callers, neither passing game should inspire much confidence this week.
NY Giants at Chicago (1:00 PM ET): It looks like Mitch Trubisky will be getting the start for the Bears against the Giants. On paper, the matchup looks good against New York’s bottom-tier defense, but Trubisky has been pretty bad all season regardless of the matchup. Wind speeds of 13 MPH aren’t anything to be concerned about yet but it’s something to keep in mind. Allen Robinson is already a dicey start given quarterback play. On the other side, Sterling Shepherd will return, complicating the rotation between Golden Tate, Shepherd and Darius Slayton. Start everyone you were planning on for the time being.
Seattle at Philadelphia (1:00 PM ET): Carson Wentz should enjoy plenty of time in the pocket against Seattle’s pass-rush which ranks 31st in pressure rate. The issue is, he may be without nearly all of his top pass-catchers. 45-degree temperatures and overcast skies are expected along with 14 MPH winds. No action needs to be taken based on the current forecast but it’s something to check back on before game time.
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Wet Weather Expected
Oakland at NY Jets (1:00 PM ET): This game will feature a combination of wind and rain but neither looks like they are going to be very extreme. There’s a 34 percent chance of rain at kickoff and winds will be at 12 MPH. That’s not enough for me to switch anything up in fantasy. As the game progresses, wind speeds are expected to increase by 1-2 MPH but the chance of precipitation decreases. Keep all this in mind prior to kickoff but at the moment I would plan on starting everyone you were going to from this one.
Dallas at New England (4:25 PM ET): One of the marquee matchups of the week has a lot of animosity surrounding it with Brady’s injury a major unknown. You can also add in a risk of heavy rain. There’s a 56 percent chance of rain at kickoff which means I would plan on this game being a wet one. This could lead the Patriots Offense to a run-heavier approach but with how much their offense has been struggling in general, it’s tough to speculate. Heavy rain would probably make me concerned about starting fringe options like Phillip Dorsett or N’Keal Harry if Mohamed Sanu sits. Otherwise, I’m probably starting all other fantasy options as normal here.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET): Mason Rudolph and company travel to Cincinnati to take on noodle-armed rookie QB Ryan Finley. 38-degree temperatures, mostly cloudy skies, and 10 MPH winds won’t make an impact in this one.
Miami at Cleveland (1:00 PM ET): The Browns host the Dolphins as double-digit favorites despite suspensions to numerous defensive linemen after last week's brawl. 35-degree temperatures, mostly cloudy skies, and 11 MPH winds shouldn’t cause any issues.
Jacksonville at Tennessee (4:05 PM ET): This divisional matchup will feature some of the best weather of the week. 54-degree temperatures, clear skies, and seven MPH winds are expected. Start all fantasy options as normal.
Green Bay at San Francisco (8:25 PM ET): This is a key matchup for the NFC playoff race and has the 49ers as 3-point favorites going into Sunday. 64-degree temperatures, clear skies, and four MPH winds are expected which means all fantasy options should be fired up.
Baltimore at LA Rams (8:15 PM ET): Two good primetime games in back-to-back nights seems like a lot to ask for but here we are. 67-degree temperatures, clear skies, and seven MPH winds gives this game the best weather of the slate.
Home Teams are Dome Teams
Tampa Bay at Atlanta (1:00 PM ET)
Carolina at New Orleans (1:00 PM ET)