A perfect day across the league for the conference championships
The NFL and the world of fantasy football Head into the conference championship round with our weekly weather report. Who doesn’t need more information to get stressed? We’re breaking down the NFL slate, weather forecasts/reports for this weekend’s games, and determining if any of your Fantasy/DFS players might be impacted.
As always, good luck. Be careful. And let’s win this week.
Note: All times are in Eastern Time. The Conference Championship Round weather report will be updated if any changes occur between time of writing and kickoff. NFL weather forecasts are based on National Weather Service reports. All NFL odds come from the official NFL website.
NFL weather report and forecast for conference championship round: All calm as Super Bowl game prepares
Well, it’s been a good ride – a historically long, winding, ridiculous ride, to be precise. Still, this — the 21st episode of the NFL’s Weekly Weather Report — is the last. I mean not for good. We will resume it in about eight months when the 2022 season begins.
There are three games left in the 2021-22 NFL schedule. The conference championships, then the big one, Super Bowl LVI. Among these games, two are inside and even at the same address. That means it’s going to be a short, sweet NFL weather report.
Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs (-7), O/U 54.5 | Sunday 3 p.m. ET
What the Kansas City Chiefs did last week was incredible. What Patrick Mahomes did in 13 seconds is even more spectacular. Never let anyone tell you that 13 seconds isn’t long enough for anything in life if it can help lead the Chiefs to the field goal.
While I don’t think this game lives up to last week’s nail biting, it should still be fantastic. If you’re playing DFS to take the itch out of fantasy football, you can treat this as a single game slate and probably just fine in cash games.
A heavy DFS game is viable this weekend
On PFN Weekly I did exactly that and showed a lineup on DraftKings that was heavy with Patrick Mahomes ($7,400), Joe Mixon ($6,800), Jerick McKinnon ($5,100) , Tyreek Hill ($7,000), Ja’Marr Chase ($6,700) and Travis Kelce ($6,500). This is only possible because of the favorable prices they have charged in the playoffs.
That left me with two spots to fill. With one I went Tyler Boyd ($4,200), who entered last week’s game with four straight games with a TD. With the Bengals likely in a negative play scenario, Boyd’s boom-bust nature could come into play. However, you can also pivot to Byron Pringle for $4,300. Over his last five games, Pringle is the Chiefs’ leading TD scorer (5), on 24 receptions for 232 yards.
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At the flex, I went for a double TE approach with CJ Uzomah ($3,400). He just finished a game of 7 of 8 for 71 yards and has a total of 135 yards and a playoff touchdown. That leaves $2,800 for the 49ers defense. You can go with the Bengals, but I want the best defense and the team that could lead the slate in points. It’s a lineup I’m going to run and enjoy in what should be a high-scoring affair. If you play this and win, my current rate is a 20% discount. I’m glad we reached this agreement.
As for the NFL weather forecast for Kansas City, expect temperatures of 46 degrees, light and variable winds and sunny skies. Basically a perfect late January day.
Conference Championship Indoor Games
The NFC Championship Game will be played under optimal conditions, and there will be no effect on passing and kicking games. This eliminates at least one fantastic variable that managers need to consider every week.
- San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams (-3)
O/U 45.5 | Sunday 6:30 p.m. ET