While it might be mid-October, it certainly doesn’t seem like it weather-wise. Last week gave us minimal worries, and NFL Week 7 looks even better. That means it should be another solid week of fantasy football production.
The main concern I had last week was for the London weather forecast affecting the Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While it didn’t have a massively negative impact, some stat lines weren’t great. Take the number one overall fantasy football player so far, Christian McCaffrey, for example.
Sure, he did give owners a solid scoring effort (21.70 in PPR), but the way he got there was uncharacteristic. After averaging 5.62 yards per carry through five weeks, McCaffrey rushed for 31 yards on 22 carries (1.4 ypc) against the Bucs. The scoring was salvaged, however, with 4 receptions along with 2 touchdowns. As we get further into the season and closer to winter, the weather forecasts will become more of a storyline. We will do our best to keep you informed to help with your start-sit decisions.
As of right now, the forecast for NFL Week 7 looks to be about as good as we have seen all year for fantasy football. The majority of weather conditions for this week report next to no wind concerns and minimal precipitation. That means you won’t have to second guess your matchups. Now let’s dive into the Week 7 weather forecasts and any fantasy football implications it might have.
Note: All times listed are Eastern Standard Time.
Chance of Rain
San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins (1:00 PM)
One thing that doesn’t care what the weather is doing is a great defense, and the San Francisco 49ers seem to have that. Currently, the 49ers are giving up the fewest passing yards (175.4) and are sixth in rushing yards allowed per game (86.8) in the NFL.
The last unbeaten team in the NFC will look to maintain that record against the 1-5 Washington Redskins. There is a 50% chance of passing showers during the game, and I expect to see some light rain during the game, at least, but nothing that will have a significant impact on play. Light winds of 3-6 mph won’t have any effect here and especially for the 49ers who will want to keep this game on the ground. Even though they are using a more of a committee approach, feel free to start the 49ers running backs against one of the worst rushing defenses in your fantasy football matchups.
Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks (4:25 PM)
Earlier in the week, the Baltimore Ravens bolstered their defense by making a trade with the Los Angeles Rams for CB Marcus Peters. Peters will get his first test with his new team against one of the most efficient passers in the NFL in Russell Wilson. Only allowing 80.7 yards rushing every week (fourth in the NFL), Peters can be a substantial addition to helping balance out their approach on defense.
This game gives us our best chance of seeing any sustained rain for a game this week. Rain looks to start earlier in the day and continue into the afternoon with 75% of precipitation for the of the day. The chance of rain shouldn’t come as a surprise since Seattle is one of the wettest cities in the country, especially this time of year. On the positive side, only eight mph winds are expected, meaning there will be little impact on the game from it.
Something to watch in the game for fantasy points will be the Seahawks’ passing distribution, especially in the red zone. Breakout tight end Will Dissly was lost last week for the rest of the season and put on IR with a torn Achilles. He had been one of Wilson’s favorite targets near the goal-line. Even though this is a loss to an already depleted TE pool in fantasy football, players like Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf get a substantial boost in the weekly potential for touchdowns.
Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants (1:00 PM)
The timing couldn’t be better for the New York Giants as they look to get back both Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram. Both players were off of this week’s injury report and practiced fully in multiple practices.
Engram gets the best possible matchup here too against an Arizona Cardinals’ defense that has given up a touchdown to tight ends in all but one of their games. He is locked in as a top-10 play at the position and should be started in all fantasy football leagues on a weekly basis regardless of matchup. There is a 30% chance of rain during the game, but it will have a minimal impact, as it will be light showers, if anything. The weather conditions of 63-degree temperatures and seven mph winds won’t be a problem here.
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (1:00 PM)
At this point in the season, no one should have to tell you to start players against the tanking Miami Dolphins. Are any of your fantasy football teams needing a boost for the rest of the season? Do your best to try to trade for Buffalo Bills’ players like Josh Allen, Devin Singletary, and John Brown. Maybe you’re even lucky enough to scoop one or more of these players up off the waiver wire or free agents. If they’re available, go get them now!
At worst, lock these players in your daily fantasy football lineups not only for NFL Week 7, but for plenty of games for the rest of the season. The Bills have, arguably, the easiest ROS schedule with games against the Dolphins (twice), Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Denver Broncos all coming up. That’s a great looking schedule of NFL teams to target for fantasy football production. Extreme cold is normal in the weather forecast when these two teams matchup in Buffalo, but this time the 1:00 pm kickoff is expected to warrant just 64-degree temperatures, partly cloudy skies, and four mph winds.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals (1:00 PM)
After surrendering 167 yards rushing to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette should have a field day against the Cincinnati Bengals’ defense. Fournette is one of the best plays of Fantasy Football Week 7. Between the Bengals ineptitude to contain the run and Fournette’s workload, he is my number two ranked RB for this week.
Gardner Minshew should have a very productive day in his own right, but this matchup has all the makings of a Fournette boom-type performance. The 73-degree temperatures, cloudy skies, and five mph winds make this a worry-free play.
Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers (1:00 PM)
The weather won’t be an issue, but who Aaron Rodgers is going to throw to will be. Davante Adams has been ruled out as he is still dealing with a turf toe injury. Making matters worse, though, is Geronimo Allison (concussion), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (knee, ankle), and Jimmy Graham (ankle) are all questionable for their game.
Graham has the best outlook for starting, and if he does, given the lack of depth at wide receiver, he could see a jump in workload. The Green Bay Packers’ injury report may be an issue, but the 59-degree temperatures, partly cloudy skies, and four mph winds, however, show that the weather conditions won’t be.
Los Angeles Chargers at Tennessee Titans (4:05 PM)
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel has seen enough of Marcus Mariota and has chosen to move on. Ryan Tannehill will be the team’s new quarterback moving forward. The move could serve as good news for fantasy football owners who have held onto wide receivers Corey Davis and rookie A.J. Brown. If the chemistry is found quickly, both players look to see a boost in opportunities and could increase fantasy points for owners. The weather forecast of 77-degree temperatures, partly cloudy skies, and four mph winds make for perfect weather in Music City.
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears (4:25 PM)
Alvin Kamara is going to miss Sunday’s matchup with a high-ankle sprain. Backup RB Latavius Murray is set to fill in for Kamara, making him a low-end RB2/Flex play for fantasy football, although the matchup isn’t great. The Chicago Bears received bad news as well, though, as they put run-stopper Akiem Hicks on IR with an elbow injury. This could be a very low productive game for fantasy, but the 58-degree temperatures, cloudy skies, and seven mph winds will be of little concern here.
New England Patriots at New York Jets (8:15 PM Monday)
Another team to target for trades is the New York Jets in fantasy football. Heck, Sam Darnold and Chris Herndon might even be sitting on your waiver wire right now. Grab them now because their schedule is about as good as it gets. The NFL teams the Jets will face in the next seven games are Jacksonville, Miami (twice), New York Giants, Washington, Oakland, and Cincinnati.
This kind of move might be what it takes to help get you into your playoffs. This week, however, against the New England Patriots will be tough, but the 58-degree temperatures, cloudy skies, and seven mph winds won’t have any impact on this game.
Los Angeles Rams at Atlanta Falcons (1:00 PM)
Minnesota Vikings at Detriot Lions (1:00 PM)
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (1:00 PM)
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (8:20 PM)
Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Tommy Garrett is a writer for PFN covering Fantasy Football. You can follow him at @TommygarrettPFN on Twitter.