As Week 8 approaches, temperatures are continuing to dip all over the country. It hasn't gotten cold enough to where it will matter yet but it's coming. The matchup between San Francisco and Washington last week ended up seeing enough rain to impact the game and force both teams into a run-heavy game plan. Before we dive into the games that could be affected by the weather this week, be sure to check out Hayden Winks' Fantasy Forecast.
Philadelphia at Buffalo (1:00 PM ET): The Eagles haven’t lived up to their billing this season and now draw a tough road matchup against the Bills. Buffalo is currently two-point favorites in what could be an ugly game. Weather won’t be favorable for either side as 14 MPH winds, light rain, and 55-degree temperatures are expected. Right now, neither the rain or wind is enough to consider taking much action but if either were to severely worsen on game day I would consider making some changes. Carson Wentz hasn’t been as productive as we’d hoped and isn't receiving much help from his wideouts. In a tough matchup against the Bills secondary there are a number of better options for your fantasy team. Other than Wentz I’m starting everyone else as normal.
Carolina at San Francisco (4:05 PM ET): This could be the second straight week the 49ers are affected by the weather. Last week was heavy rain, and now both teams will likely see 15 MPH winds with gusts at 20 MPH or more. The 49ers were likely coming into this game with a run-heavy game-plan against the Panthers who rank 30th in Football outsiders’ run defense, 26th in success rate allowed, and 30th in explosive run rate allowed. If winds are even worse on gameday – specifically consistent 20 MPH wins or worse – I would avoid most weapons in the passing game on both sides.
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Wet Weather Expected
Cleveland at New England (4:25 PM ET): The Patriots host the Browns as 13-point favorites with over a week of rest after playing on Thursday Night the week before. Forecasts are calling for 51-degree temperatures, light rain, and 11 MPH winds. Wind speeds are well below the 15 MPH threshold of mattering so the only thing to worry about here is the rain. As of writing, there looks like a good chance this game could see moderate amounts of rain throughout the game. I’m not benching anyone from this one unless I have a very comparable option with no other differentiation besides weather.
Tampa Bay at Tennessee (1:00 PM ET): Jameis Winston travels to Tennessee to take on the Titans as slight road underdogs. Both teams will enjoy 60-degree temperatures, partly cloudy skies, and two MPH winds. All fantasy options can be started as normal.
Cincinnati at LA Rams (1:00 PM ET): The hapless Bengals now have to play the Rams as 13-point underdogs at Wembley Stadium in London. The game is played at 1:00 PM ET, but it will be nighttime across the pond. 47-degree temperatures and partly cloudy skies are expected meaning you can start all of your fantasy players from this one.
NY Jets at Jacksonville (1:00 PM ET): Gardner Minshew and company will look to continue their impressive run against the Jets this week. 82-degree temperatures and mostly cloudy skies are by far the hottest temperatures of Week 8. Neither team should be impacted which means you can fire up all fantasy options.
LA Chargers at Chicago (1:00 PM ET): Both of these teams have been massive letdowns so far and are looking to get back on track. The weather in Chicago is still fairly mild with 52-degree temperatures, mostly cloudy skies, and nine MPH winds expected. Fantasy relevant options can be started as usual.
Green Bay at Kansas City (8:20 PM ET): This would have been a much more exciting matchup if Patrick Mahomes was active but he has already been ruled out. The forecast calls for 51-degree temperatures, partly cloudy skies, and nine MPH winds. Don’t think twice about starting anyone you were planning on.
Miami at Pittsburgh (8:15 PM ET, Monday): The NFL is really testing their viewership limits here, having the tanking Dolphins match up against the Steelers second-string quarterback in an island game. 54-degree temperatures partly cloudy skies and three MPH winds won’t make a difference in this one.
Home Teams are Dome Teams
Five games will avoid any inclement weather and be played indoors this week.
Seattle at Atlanta (1:00 PM ET)
Arizona at New Orleans (1:00 PM ET)
NY Giants at Detroit (1:00 PM ET)
Oakland at Houston (1:00 PM ET)
Denver at Indianapolis (4:25 PM ET)