The fantasy football community owes one hearty thank you to the NFL for solving the largest Week 12 weather problem and preventing mountains of agony about starting players like Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin. In case you have been lost in a snow drift in Western New York, the NFL has moved the Buffalo Bills-New York Jets game to beautiful Detroit, Michigan this week due to the insane amount of snow that pounded the Buffalo area over the last few days. The game will be played on Monday at 7:00 ET, so all worries about running backs plodding through the snow and speedy wide receivers running on ice can be safely shelved for now.
The Buffalo snow fiasco is a great reminder that winter is now upon us, so we will likely have many more instances of snowfall creeping into the fantasy world over the next few weeks and into the fantasy playoffs. This week, we don’t have much precipitation in the national forecast as most of the rainfall in the country will be spread over the central parts of the U.S. on Sunday. A few spots of heavy winds and rain will appear over the course of Week 12’s NFL slate, but the overall weather picture looks decent now that the Buffalo game has been relocated. Bundle up and grab that Thermos as we preview Week 12 weather forecasts around the NFL.
Cause For Concern
Tampa Bay at Chicago (1:00 ET): Rain will be the primary obstacle at Soldier Field as the Bears host the visiting Buccaneers, with an 80% chance of showers forecasted for the Chicago area. Temperatures will be around 50 degrees and winds should be at 15 mph. Most of the steady rain is expected in the later afternoon, so there is a chance that this game is played with easily manageable levels of precipitation. All fantasy options should be good to start as normal.
Miami at Denver (4:25 ET): Precipitation won’t be an issue at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, but temperatures will be chilly and strong winds will make an appearance as the Broncos face the Dolphins. 40 degree temperatures are in the forecast, along with 20-30 mph winds moving through the Denver area. Both Brandon McManus and Caleb Sturgis should be dropped for safer options in the fantasy kicking game with the high winds likely to cause trouble for kickers. Quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Ryan Tannehill can both be started as normal however, as Manning will likely utilize the short passing game to mitigate the wind impact and Ryan Tannehill is poor in the deep passing game anyhow (32.3% completion rate on passes over 20 yards, per ProFootballFocus).
Dallas at New York Giants (8:30 ET): Conditions at MetLife Stadium will be mild during the day on Sunday, but as the evening kickoff approaches, rain showers are expected to move into the area. At kickoff, 44 degree temperatures will be present along with clouds and steady rainfall. Winds of 14 mph shouldn't be too much of a factor, but keep in mind that with rain expected throughout the night and into Monday morning, this game is likely to be played under considerable showers. All fantasy passing game options are still start-worthy here, but give an extra bump to both Rashad Jennings and DeMarco Murray in the ground game as they may receive a few extra touches if the rainfall gets too heavy.
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Tennessee at Philadelphia (1:00 ET): Lincoln Financial Field will be under partly cloudy skies with temperatures around 55 degrees on Sunday as the Eagles host the visiting Tennessee Titans. Winds at 7 mph will be of no concern as former backups Mark Sanchez and Zach Mettenberger take the field.
Detroit at New England (1:00 ET): Rain will move into the Foxborough, Massachusetts area but not until well after the Lions and Patriots face off. Gillette Stadium will see 52 degree temperatures on Sunday along with mostly sunny skies and winds of just 9 mph. Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, and their assortment of high profile fantasy weapons will all be ready do battle on Sunday.
Green Bay at Minnesota (1:00 ET): The Minneapolis area will see rain showers prior to kickoff and snow showers later in the evening, but the afternoon looks clear for this NFC North contest. Chilly conditions will be nothing new to the Packers and Vikings, as both teams will be well prepared for 42 degree temperatures and 9 mph winds. No major weather concerns in this game as Aaron Rodgers looks to continue his red-hot play.
St. Louis at San Diego (4:05 ET): The Chargers and Rams will meet at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday in perfect Southern California weather. 75 degree temperatures and sunny skies are expected and winds of only 9 mph won’t impact the kicking or passing games. All fantasy options in this game should be ready to roll.
Arizona at Seattle (4:05 ET): CenturyLink Field in Seattle will see mild conditions on Sunday as the Seahawks host the Arizona Cardinals in a crucial NFC West battle. Temperatures near 50 degrees are expected along with cloudy skies and just a 20% chance of rain. Winds of 12 mph shouldn’t be of much concern in this game, so all fantasy options should be relied upon as usual.
Washington at San Francisco (4:25 ET): Northern California won’t see quite the same perfect conditions as San Diego, but the 49ers will host visiting Washington in comfortable conditions of 66 degrees. The skies above Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara will be sunny and clear with winds of 10 mph as Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III square off.
Home Teams Are Dome Teams
Five Week 12 games will be played in domes or stadiums with retractable roofs, including both Monday games.
Cleveland at Atlanta (1:00 ET)
Jacksonville at Indianapolis (1:00 ET)
Cincinnati at Houston (1:00 ET)
New York Jets at Buffalo (7:00 ET, Mon)
Baltimore at New Orleans (8:30 ET, Mon)