Week 4 in the NFL gave fantasy football owners a break from any real adverse conditions to worry about weather-wise. Between the six games played indoors and more favorable forecasts as Sunday drew near, it was a reasonably smooth slate. Week 5, however, poses a few more concerns when looking ahead to Sunday’s games.
There are only three games indoors giving more opportunity for Fall weather to play a factor for game scripts. Also, we have our first game abroad of the season, giving UK weather a chance to impact fantasy football owners back in the States.
Remember that as of writing this, all weather reports and odds are accurate as of now but can change by game time. If there is anything in the world more prone to change, it’s the weather and Vegas.
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans (1:00 PM)
It does not surprise me the game with the lowest over/under (38) also has one of the worst forecasts for the day. After almost taking down the New England Patriots last week, the Buffalo Bills come to Nashville and are welcomed with a wet and windy forecast.
Sunday is looking like a rainy day from morning up to kickoff and beyond. Morning rain turning to thunderstorms is expected for game-time along with 15 mph winds. Not only will footing be an issue, but so will any deep throws and kicks. Although in a game featuring a quarterback matchup between Marcus Mariota and Matt Barkley, I don’t see that coming into play too many times.
Chicago Bears at Oakland Raiders (1:00 PM EST – 6:00 PM London)
Week 5 gives fantasy football owners the first London game of the year, and typical UK weather is joining them. Heavy rain, totaling a quarter of an inch, is forecasted to fall by night time. As if chilly rain wasn’t enough, wind speeds of 15-20 mph are expected, making conditions worse. Expect footing to be an issue for this game with both teams trying to rely on their rushing game to move the ball forward.
Chase Daniels is set to make his first start of the season with Mitch Trubisky out with a shoulder injury. Looking at this game, I would downgrade all Chicago Bears wide receivers. One upside play could be from Bears’ running back David Montgomery, who, if given a healthy workload, could have his best game of the season.
Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals (1:00 PM)
Sunday’s weather forecast is as spotty as both teams’ offensive line play. Rain is possible over the whole day and will most likely happen a time or two during the game. Wind will not be much of a factor as only five mph gusts are forecasted. This game features one of the highest implied totals of the day (48), meaning Las Vegas expects a bounce-back game for both teams coming off Week 4 losses. Both sides will be missing vital wide receivers as John Ross (IR) and Christian Kirk have been ruled out for the game.
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (1:00 pm)
Western Pennsylvania weather looks much the same as Ohio calling for chances of rain for Sunday’s game. The expected wind does seem to be worse, calling for 10-15 mph winds for the contest. Last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense was always in the backfield, sacking Andy Dalton a career-high eight times and will look to try to contain Lamar Jackson as best they can.
On offense, the Steelers found a working game plan as well, giving fantasy football owners hope for the coming weeks. Rookie wide receiver Diontae Johnson appears to have the WR2 role for now after having back-to-back productive weeks. If he can make it three in a row, Johnson will be finding himself in starting lineups in deeper leagues.
Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants (1:00 PM)
Dalvin Cook looks to continue his fantastic season in a Week 5 matchup against the middle of the road defense of the New York Giants. Whether Stefon Diggs will be happy is another matter entirely with rumors swirling around the state of the wide receiver all week. Weather-wise, 72-degree temperatures, partly cloudy skies, and eight mph winds won’t be a factor in this game.
New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles (1:00 PM)
Quarterback Sam Darnold is finally practicing but has been ruled out of Sunday’s game as he continues to try and recover from mononucleosis. Fantasy owners are looking at the Philadelphia Eagles’ backfield as a true committee with Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders in an even split for touches. Seventy-four-degree temperatures, cloudy skies, and seven mph winds won’t cause any issues for this game.
New England Patriots at Washington Redskins (1:00 PM)
After a close call in Buffalo, Tom Brady and the Patriots look to get back to dominating teams starting with the Washington Redskins. The Redskins won’t stand in the way of this happening as fantasy football owners should start all available Patriots players in this game. A beautiful day featuring 76-degree temperatures, mostly cloudy skies, and nine mph winds won’t be slowing them down either.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Carolina Panthers (1:00 PM)
Christian McCaffrey looks to build on his NFL-leading rushing total in what should be another high use game. Playing in 97.6% of the Carolina Panthers offensive plays, McCaffrey seldom sees the sidelines; 80-degree temperatures, mostly sunny skies, and four mph winds won’t be taking him off the field either.
Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers (4:05 PM)
Week 5 marks the return of running back Melvin Gordon in what will be his first action of the 2019 season. Fantasy football owners will be paying close attention to the timeshare between both him and Austin Ekeler; 84-degree temperatures, sunny skies, and four mph winds make for perfect Southern California conditions.
Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs (8:20 PM)
Reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes looks to be getting back one of his weapons as Damien Williams is on pace to return from his ankle injury. Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton was a limited participant at practice on Thursday, making his availability for Sunday night’s game questionable; 56-degree temperatures, overcast skies, and seven mph winds won’t be an issue for the game with the highest implied total of the day (56).
Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers (Monday 8:15 PM)
The Cleveland Browns finally looked like the team we expected in Week 4, scoring 40 points on the Baltimore Ravens behind a three-touchdown performance from Nick Chubb; 64-degree temperatures, clear skies, and 6mph winds will be a non-factor in this game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (1:00 PM)
Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans (1:00 PM)
Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys (4:25 PM)
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