Week 16 marks the end of most fantasy seasons and also features three games on Saturday. Don’t forget to set your lineup prior to lock on Saturday! Before I break down the forecasts this week be sure to check out John Daigle's Injury report.
Cincinnati at Miami (1:00 PM ET): The toilet bowl could be especially awful considering the expected weather. 76-degree temperatures won’t impact the game, but 15 MPH winds with gusts in the 20’s as well as rain throughout the game could make for a tough outing. This is a tough game to break down prior to the day of. Wind speeds above 20 and heavy rains make passing games on both sides a must-avoid. On the other hand, light rains and wind speeds below 15 MPH will hardly have an impact on the game. Make sure to check in on the forecast prior to kickoff.
Houston at Tampa Bay (1:00 PM ET, Saturday): Jameis Winston will be without both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin against the visiting Texans. 72-degree temperatures and mostly cloudy skies won’t cause any issues but 15 MPH winds may. Passing games generally don’t see much of an impact until there are sustained wind speeds of 20MPH or more which means this is a game to keep an eye out for. At the moment I’m not making any drastic changes to lineups based on the forecast. If wind speeds climb above 20 MPH I would consider benching Winston without his top-two weapons in rough conditions. Watson adds enough value with his legs and is in a stellar matchup that he’s tough to bench unless wind speeds are outrageously high.
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Buffalo at New England (4:30 PM ET, Saturday): The second game on Saturday will feature 30-degree temperatures, mostly cloudy skies, and three MPH winds. All fantasy options you planned on starting are good to go.
LA Rams at San Francisco (8:15 PM ET, Saturday): The final game on Saturday features 57-degree temperatures, overcast skies, and seven MPH winds. Neither team should be impacted.
NY Giants at Washington (1:00 PM ET): Daniel Jones and Dwayne Haskins will square off in this meaningless divisional matchup. 40-degree temperatures, mostly cloudy skies and two MPH winds are expected.
New Orleans at Tennessee (1:00 PM ET): The Saints and Titans are expected to score the most combined points of the week. Weather won’t be a factor with 46-degree temperatures, clear skies, and four MPH winds.
Pittsburgh at NY Jets (1:00 PM ET): Devlin Hodges and the Steelers travel to New York to take on the Jets. Weather won’t cause any issues with 35-degree temperatures, clear skies and two MPH winds.
Baltimore at Cleveland (1:00 PM ET): The Ravens are double-digit road favorites despite losing to the Browns earlier in the season at home. 36-degree temperatures, partly cloudy skies and six MPH winds are expected. Start all fantasy options as normal.
Detroit at Denver (4:05 PM ET): Drew Lock and the Broncos host David Blough as seven-point favorites. 56-degree temperatures, overcast skies, and three MPH winds are expected which means all fantasy options should be started as normal.
Oakland at LA Chargers (4:05 PM ET): Neither team should be impacted by the weather in this AFC West matchup. Fire up all fantasy options as 62-degree temperatures, mostly cloudy skies and seven MPH winds are expected.
Arizona at Seattle (4:25 PM ET): Russell Wilson and the Seahawks take on the Arizona Cardinals at home. 44-degree temperatures with overcast skies and three MPH winds are expected. All fantasy starters can be played as usual.
Dallas at Philadelphia (4:25 PM ET): One of the biggest games of the season will be played in Philadelphia. Luckily both teams are expected to avoid any inclement weather with 4-degree temperatures, clear skies, and a two MPH breeze.
Kansas City at Chicago (8:20 PM ET): If you would have told me the Bears would be hosting a night game in late December I would have guessed the temperature would be in the single-digits. Luckily that’s not the case as both teams will enjoy 36-degree temperatures, partly cloudy skies, and eight MPH winds.
Home Teams are Dome Teams
Three games will be played indoors this week including Monday night’s divisional matchup between the Packers and Vikings.
Jacksonville at Atlanta (1:00 PM ET)
Carolina at Indianapolis (1:00 PM ET)
Green Bay at Minnesota (8:15 PM ET, Monday)