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NFL Week 15: Fantasy Weather Report

Forrest KobayashiSenior Analyst IDecember 18, 2016

IconFantasy football is played on paper—but the real games are played amidst the elements.

Here's a look at the inclement weather forecasts for Sunday's NFL games—and a consideration of the net effects on the teams and players involved...



Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers: Sunday, 1:00 PM EST

A wintry mix and strong winds (around 25-30 MPH) are expected for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh.

This could have drastic effects on several players—including kickers Jeff Reed and Josh Scobee. Seeing how difficult it is to kick at Heinz Field under ideal conditions, I'd sit both if possible.

Expect each team to keep the ball on the ground more than usual, resulting in a slight downgrade for QBs Ben Roethlisberger and David Garrard.

 

Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins: Sunday, 1:00 PM EST

Scattered thunderstorms and high winds are the forecast in Miami as the Dolphins continue their pursuit of a single 2007 win.

This game probably won't be that exciting, as both of teams are among the worst in the league. Both kickers (Jay Feely and Matt Stover) should be benched, no question. The offenses shouldn't be affected too greatly by the thunderstorms, so continue to start WRs Mark Clayton and Derrick Mason, if you must.

There isn't a lot of exciting fantasy talent in this game in the first place, so pick your starters here cautiously.



Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns: Sunday, 1:00 PM EST

Major snowfall is expected in Cleveland, with temperatures around 30°.

Look for both offenses to focus on the running game, and give a slight upgrade to Jamal Lewis and Marshawn Lynch.

Both quarterbacks are young, so I look for Derek Anderson and Trent Edwards to make more passing mistakes than usual, possibly leading to turnovers.

 

New York Jets at New England Patriots: Sunday, 1:00 PM EST

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