Thursday Night’s game between the Patriots and Giants was expected to see some of the worst weather of the week with 20+ MPH winds and pouring rain. That didn’t quite pan out as wind speeds dipped below the difference-making threshold (15 MPH) and the Patriots Offense functioned normally. At this point in the season we are mostly keeping an eye out for a forecast with strong winds that might affect both teams' passing attacks. Before we dive into Week 6, be sure to check out Hayden Winks' Fantasy Football Forecast. With four teams on bye, we have a bit of a smaller slate this week.
Seattle at Cleveland (1:00 PM ET): This is the one game this week that people should monitor the weather up until kickoff. Cleveland is expected to see winds of 15-20 MPH with gusts of 25+. This is firmly in the danger zone for passing as we see a big decrease in yards per attempt and completion rate after winds eclipse 20 MPH. You shouldn’t be starting Baker Mayfield right now regardless, and Russell Wilson has been too good to sit. Unless winds are consistently above 20 MPH on game day and you have another solid top-12 quarterback, it’s tough to consider benching Wilson. I would still start all fantasy options you were planning on unless wind speeds are worse than expected on Sunday.
Carolina at Tampa Bay (9:30 AM ET, London): The second London game of the season starts bright and early on Sunday. 49-degree temperatures, mostly cloudy skies, and five MPH winds shouldn’t be a factor in this one.
Washington at Miami (1:00 PM ET): The “toilet bowl” will likely avoid inclement weather but wind speeds are something to watch out for. The forecast calls for 12 MPH winds which is close to the threshold of importance. I can’t imagine many people are starting players from this horrific matchup but proceed with caution on options from the passing game if you are.
Houston at Kansas City (1:00 PM ET): This game has massive blow-up potential with the highest total on the slate. You can fire up all fantasy options in this one as 56-degree temperatures, clear skies, and five MPH winds are expected.
New Orleans at Jacksonville (1:00 PM ET): The legend of Gardner Minshew continues this week at home against an overperforming saints team led by Teddy Bridgewater. 82-degree temperatures, partly cloudy skies, and five MPH winds won’t impact this one.
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Cincinnati at Baltimore (1:00 PM ET): The Ravens host the Bengals as double-digit favorites. This divisional matchup features 61-degree temperatures, overcast skies, and three MPH winds. All fantasy options are in play here.
San Francisco at LA Rams (4:05 PM ET): The undefeated 49ers will travel to Los Angeles and take on the Rams as 3-point underdogs. Both teams should enjoy 77-degree temperatures, partly cloudy skies, and a mild six mph breeze.
Dallas at NY Jets (4:25 PM ET): The Cowboys have a good bounce-back opportunity on the road after losing two straight games against the Packers and Saints. 69-degree temperatures, mostly cloudy skies, and five MPH winds won’t impact this one.
Tennessee at Denver (4:25 PM ET): This is an uninspiring matchup between two teams who are average in nearly every facet of the game. 70-degree temperatures, clear skies, and three MPH are expected, meaning you can start all fantasy options you were planning on.
Pittsburgh at LA Chargers (8:20 PM ET): The Chargers are seven-point favorites against the Steelers who are rolling out Devlin Hodges as their starting quarterback. Both teams will enjoy 70-degree temperatures, partly cloudy skies, and seven MPH winds meaning you shouldn’t think twice about starting fantasy options from this one.
Detroit at Green Bay (8:15 PM ET, Monday): This divisional matchup features upset potential if the Lions are able to have their way in the running game. 41-degree temperatures, partly cloudy skies, and six MPH shouldn’t be a factor.
Home Teams are Dome Teams
Only two games will be played indoors this week and avoid any potential weather issues.
Philadelphia at Minnesota (1:00 PM ET)
Atlanta at Arizona (4:05 PM ET)