Week 7 has arrived and fantasy owners will be catching up on weather forecasts from San Diego to London this week as the NFL’s “International Series” continues. The main weather concerns this week will be found in the South and Mid-Atlantic regions, as precipitation that is drenching the middle of the United States will make its way East on Sunday. Grab an umbrella and slip into a rain jacket as we splash through Week 7 weather forecasts around the NFL.
Wet Weather Watch
Five games warrant weather concern this week, and all of these games will be played on or near the East coast, where the majority of weather interference will occur on Sunday. Rain is not necessarily a death sentence for fantasy players, especially quarterbacks, but the combination of heavy winds and rain can lead to the potential downgrading of fantasy passing and kicking options.
Tampa Bay at Washington (1:00 PM ET): Saturday will be dry in the nation’s capital, but rain showers are expected to move in on Sunday morning before the Redskins and Buccaneers kick off at FedEx Field. Cloudy skies are in the forecast for the afternoon in Washington, so any rain showers that are present for this game should move through the area before the game is over. Wind won’t be much of an issue here with just an 11 mph breeze in the forecast and no significant fantasy adjustments need to be made in this game with just the light showers expected, but be aware that precipitation could be present.
Atlanta at Tennessee (1:00 PM ET): Cloudy skies and 66 degree temperatures will welcome the Atlanta Falcons to Nissan Stadium on Sunday, where rain is expected to make an appearance. The chance of rain is forecasted at 50 percent, but with winds expected to be at just 5-10 mph, both quarterbacks should be able to handle the wet conditions with ease. Most of the relevant fantasy options in this game come from the Atlanta side, and no benching will be necessary if you are starting any skill players in this game.
Houston at Miami (1:00 PM ET): Clouds will be hanging over Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Sunday, with 85 degree temperatures expected for Dolphins’ the second game under Dan Campbell. Rain is in the Miami forecast for Sunday evening, but wind will be the main concern in this game. Gusts are expected to be anywhere from 15 to 20 mph on Sunday, which should be monitored during pregame warmups. Both quarterbacks should be fine here but I would downgrade both Andrew Franks and Nick Novak in the fantasy kicking game.
New York Jets at New England (1:00 PM ET): Conditions at Gillette Stadium on Sunday will be similar to those found in Washington, as early morning rain showers will move into the area before cloudy, overcast skies take over in the afternoon. Temperatures will be around 60 degrees at kickoff between the Patriots and Jets on Sunday, so a potentially soggy field is the only noteworthy weather condition. No need for major fantasy adjustments.
Dallas at New York Giants (4:25 PM ET): MetLife Stadium should be dry by the time kickoff between the Giants and Cowboys fires up, but be aware that rain showers are expected to move through the area on Sunday morning. This game doesn’t kick off until 4:25 PM ET, so the chances of showers lingering around to impact this game are quite small. 67 degree temperatures and 10 mph winds won’t be of concern, so simply be reminded that rain will be in the area on Sunday.
The four games below will see pleasant conditions for football on Sunday, presenting no weather concerns for the fantasy options in these contests.
Buffalo at Jacksonville (9:30 AM ET): The Bills and Jaguars meet in London this week for the second of three games in the NFL’s 2015 International Series. Wembley Stadium is partially covered, but this game won’t have much weather interference either way. Rain is expected in London on Saturday evening, but the Sunday forecast is dry with mostly sunny skies in the forecast. The temperature will hover around 55 degrees as E.J. Manuel makes his second start while filling in for injured quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
Pittsburgh at Kansas City (1:00 PM ET): The second game of the post-Jamaal Charles era will kick off under mostly sunny skies on Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs host the Pittsburgh Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium. Winds will not be significant during this game, and 68 degree temperatures will make for pleasant conditions for this contest.
Oakland at San Diego (4:05 PM ET): The finest Week 7 weather will unsurprisingly be found in San Diego as the Chargers host the visiting Oakland Raiders. Wind won’t be an issue and no precipitation is expected from the partially cloudy skies above Qualcomm Stadium, and temperatures will be at 85 degrees when this AFC West battle kicks off.
Philadelphia at Carolina (8:30 PM ET): Conditions will be comfortable on Sunday night as Carolina attempts to keep their undefeated season rolling. Just a 20 percent chance of rain is in the forecast with minimal winds expected as the temperature dips into the upper 50’s at kickoff. All Eagles and Panthers fantasy options will be safe to use as normal.
Home Teams Are Dome Teams
Four Week 7 games will be played in domes or stadiums with retractable roofs, including Monday night’s matchup between the Cardinals and Ravens.
New Orleans at Indianapolis (1:00 PM ET)
Minnesota at Detroit (1:00 PM ET)
Cleveland at St. Louis (1:00 PM ET)
Baltimore at Arizona (8:30 PM ET, Mon)