The bye weeks are over but with a three-game Thanksgiving slate behind us, there are only 13 games on Sunday and Monday. There are a few specific games that could see high wind speeds or wet weather but before we dive in be sure to check out Hayden Winks' Fantasy Football Forecast.
Oakland at Kansas City (4:25 PM ET): Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs host the Raiders as double-digit favorites in their second matchup against one another this season. 39-degree temperatures and clear skies won’t be an issue but 20 MPH winds may be. Most forecasts project the winds to be anywhere from 18-20 MPH during the game. This isn’t stopping me from playing any Chiefs player involved in the passing game but makes me a bit pessimistic towards deep threats like Tyrell Williams on the Raiders. Derek Carr is already known for checking down and not forcing the ball downfield so adding in strong winds certainly doesn’t help. Everyone else can pretty much be started as normal unless wind speeds climb even higher.
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville (1:00 PM ET): The weather in this game could be uncomfortable but might not impact either teams' play. There’s a 40 percent chance of precipitation at kickoff with 18 MPH winds in the forecast. The rain isn’t expected to be heavy and wind speeds are a concern but not a game-changer. For the moment I’d still roll with passing options from both games unless you have nothing else as a tie-breaker between two players.
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Wet Weather Expected
San Francisco at Baltimore (1:00 PM ET): This game is expected to be really interesting but there is a 100 percent chance of precipitation from 11 AM ET all the way through 3 PM. This means there could be heavy rains all the way into the second half. I’m not sure it changes the outlook on Marquise Brown all that much given that if you are playing him, you are mostly praying for him to connect on a bomb. It might influence both teams to run more but both already run the ball at the highest (Baltimore) and fifth-highest (San Francisco) rate in one-score games. I would temper expectations for wideouts like Emmanuel Sanders and Deebo Samuel who already draw a tough matchup against the Ravens revitalized secondary.
Green Bay at NY Giants (1:00 PM ET): The Packers are in a solid bounce-back spot on the road against the Giants woeful defense. Heavy rains may play in the Giants favor though with a 90 percent chance of precipitation starting at 12 PM ET and continuing until nighttime. I would still start all fantasy options from this one as normal unless wind speeds worsen, or the rain becomes unbearably heavy.
NY Jets at Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET): The Jets travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals who ended the Ryan Finley experiment and will once against start Andy Dalton. 44-degree temperatures and clear skies should be expected. 13 MPH winds are something to keep an eye on but nothing to worry about for the time being.
Washington at Carolina (1:00 PM ET): Washington travels to Carolina to take on the Panthers as 10-point road underdogs. 64-degree temperatures with overcast skies shouldn’t cause any issues but the wind speeds should be watched. 14 MPH winds are expected, right on the brink of the danger zone of 15-or-more. Everyone should be started as normal unless wind speeds worsen.
Philadelphia at Miami (1:00 PM ET): The Dolphins are 10-point home underdogs against the struggling Eagles. Miami doesn’t stand much of a chance but both teams will enjoy playing in 79-degree temperatures with partly cloudy skies.
Cleveland at Pittsburgh (1:00 PM ET): Will we see another fight between these two teams? Mason Rudolph isn’t starting and Myles Garrett is still suspended indefinitely but there’s always a chance. Weather won’t be a factor in this one with 45-degree temperatures, overcast skies and nine MPH winds expected.
LA Chargers at Denver (4:25 PM ET): Broncos rookie QB Drew Lock will be active for the first time all season and could get his first start this week against the Chargers. Fire up all fantasy options from this one with 37-degree temperatures, clear skies, and 4 MPH winds are expected.
Minnesota at Seattle (8:15 PM ET): This game has massive playoff implications and luckily weather isn’t expected to be an issue. 45-degree temperatures, clear skies, and three MPH winds are in the forecast.
Home Teams are Dome Teams
Three games will be played indoors this week including Sunday Night Football and two divisional matchups.
Tennessee at Indianapolis (1:00 PM ET)
LA Rams at Arizona (4:05 PM ET)
New England at Houston (8:20 PM ET)