Worry-free weather as the qualifiers approach
The NFL and the world of fantasy football Head into week 14 with our weekly weather report. Who doesn’t need more information to stress out? We’re breaking down the NFL slate, forecast and weather reports for Week 14, and if any of your fantastic players could be hit.
As always, good luck. Be careful. And let’s win this week.
Note: All times are Eastern Time and the NFL Week 14 weather forecast will be updated if there are any changes between time of writing and kick off. The NFL weather forecast for week 14 is based on reports from the National Weather Service. All NFL odds are taken from the official NFL website.
NFL weather report and forecast for week 14: worry-free weather
But the weather doesn’t matter! Oh, so is that it? Next time you hear that, feel free to redirect their attention to Monday night of last week and see if the opinion is valid. Of course, it was on an extreme scale to the point where Buffalo and New England were playing in a wind tunnel, significantly affecting the game – more than anyone probably thought.
That’s why, as insignificant as it may sound, it’s worth watching the upcoming NFL predictions to see if there are any hot spots to potentially pivot from. I can at least say that there will be nothing like what we saw last week. All in all, it will be a clear week from a weather point of view. That said, the field games have more than enough questions to keep fantasy managers busy in week 14.
Update 12/12/21: The Cowboys have announced that Tony Pollard will be inactive for week 14.
Keep an eye out for Tony Pollard’s status and when inactive are announced at 11:30 am ET. Pollard tore the plantar fascia on his left foot in week 13 and didn’t register any training all week, making it a decision to be made during the game. I’d be surprised if he dresses up, leaving Ezekiel Elliott as a high-end RB2.
The next player I’m looking at is Terry McLaurin. He’s no longer a staple, but you need several top-level WRs to put him on the bench. Despite making up 26.4% of targets (11th for WR) and 43.58% of aerial yards (second), McLaurin has only one exit in the top 10 in the last five games, the four others outside the top 30.
During this span, which includes his goodbye, McLaurin is the WR32 scoring with an average of 10.8 PPR. Despite everything he means to the team, McLaurin is still a starter, but as an inferior WR2, not a locked WR1.
As for the weather for week 14 in Washington, expect 49 degrees, sunny skies and winds of 8 mph with gusts of 15 mph.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans (-8), O / U 43.5 | Sunday 1 p.m. ET
Not only does James Robinson suffer from an injury (ankle / heel), but he has a bigger problem with Urban Meyer. Rumors are circulating about the status of the first-year head coach with the Jaguars and what really happened last week when he put Robinson on the bench.
Add in a Titans defense that gives RBs the fifth fewest points (20.53) and total yards (113.67), and Robinson is a low-end RB2 that could disappoint given the calamity surrounding this team. .
The Nashville Week 14 weather forecast is expected to feature mostly sunny skies, winds of 5 mph and highs near 51 degrees.
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs (-10), O / U 47.5 | Sunday 1 p.m. ET
We must respect the name of Hunter Renfrow. Not only does he look like 17 in the pads and 40 when he takes off his helmet, but the guy can play ball. He’s seen more than 8 targets in eight games, including five of his last six. In games where Renfrow saw 6 or more targets (10), he produced fantastic double-digit points.
Since the Raiders’ bye in Week 9, Renfrow is the WR8 in the PPR score, averaging 8.2 targets, 7 receptions (85.4% catch rate), 72.2 yards and 16.8 points. There’s no question he took advantage of Darren Waller’s absence, but Renfrow is a reliable WR2 in Week 14.
When it comes to the weather forecast in Kansas City, expect sunny skies, winds of 11mph with gusts of 22mph, and temperatures of 54 degrees at kickoff.
New Orleans Saints vs. New York Jets (-5.5), O / U 42.5 | 1 p.m. ET
For a game that doesn’t mean much, there’s a bunch to unbox and watch. What are the Jets doing at WR? Corey Davis was placed on IR, but more importantly Elijah Moore was too. As of week 9, Moore has been the WR2 in fantasy (20.1 points per game) with 39.8% of the team’s aerial yards and 25.4% of targets. Can Jamison Crowder be able to do enough to get us paying attention in the weeks to come?
Then we have the Saints, and there are two stories: 1) Can Taysom Hill throw the ball with his injured hand? 2) What will be its impact on Alvin Kamara. We saw a massive drop in Kamara’s targets with Hill under center last season, and that could be a blow to his fantasy on the rise.
However, I’m confident Kamara will place in my top three for Week 14 against a Jets defense allowing for the 26th most fantastic points in the last four games (28.43).
Expect temperatures of 48 degrees, winds of 7 mph and sunny skies in East Rutherford for Week 14.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers (-3), O / U 41 | Sunday 1 p.m. ET
What that Panthers offense will look like after OC Joe Brady is sacked. At least they had a pass to figure things out, but either way, they won’t have Christian McCaffrey, who was placed on the end-of-season IR. Those who added Chuba Hubbard and held onto him just got a huge boost ahead of the fantastic playoffs.
In the five games with McCaffrey inactive, Hubbard averaged 18 rushing attempts, 65.8 yards, 0.4 touchdowns, 2.6 receptions, 17.6 receiving yards and 13.3 PPR points per game. These are marginal RB2 numbers, and he enters as RB24 in the Week 14 leaderboard.
As for the weather forecast this week, expect temperatures of around 52 degrees, sunny skies and winds of 7 mph in Charlotte.
Baltimore Ravens v Cleveland Browns (-3), O / U 42.5 | Sunday 1 p.m. ET
The Ravens look like a mess lately. Their only regular player was Devonta Freeman, whom I never saw coming. As of week 9, Freeman is the RB11 with an average of 14.6 PPR points. He should be a reliable RB2 against a Browns defense conceding a whopping 24.8 points in their last four games. Plus, they gave Freeman 97 yards, a touchdown and 20.7 points just two weeks ago.
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The Cleveland Week 14 weather forecast is expected to feature sunny skies, winds of 11mph with gusts of 22mph and highs near 45 degrees.
Detroit Lions vs Denver Broncos (-11.5), O / U 42 | Sunday 4:05 p.m.
According to Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com, Melvin Gordon (hip / shoulder) is listed as questionable, but head coach Vic Fangio expects him to play. To fancy, this is a catastrophic situation. After watching Javonte Williams rush for 178 yards and a touchdown last week, we now have to wonder how much work Gordon will receive and whether or not that fullback will revert to a near 50/50 split or not.
Personally, I think Williams did enough last week. Plus, the team could relax on their return, allowing Williams to retain the No.1 role. He has RB1 upside down against the 29th ranked race defense. Gordon falls like a high end RB3.
As for the weather for week 14 in Denver, expect 59-degree skies, mostly sunny, and winds of 8 mph with gusts of 15 mph.
San Francisco 49ers (-2) and Cincinnati Bengals, O / U 49 | Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET
Let’s continue our series of questions. Will Joe Mixon play after missing all three practices due to illness, and how well will he play if he does? What will the passing game look like with Joe Burrow battling an injured pinky finger on his throwing hand? Will Deebo Samuel play after missing last week? How will Jeff Wilson Jr. behave after a goose egg last week? Did he grab role # 1 with Elijah Mitchell (concussion) for week 14?
In order, Mixon should be fine and is a must-have RB1. Burrow is a high end streamer, and I see Tee Higgins outperforming Ja’Marr Chase, but both are WR2s. If Samuel is playing, the risk of further injury is a major concern, but you have to start him anyway. As for Wilson, it’s a low-end RB2 that worries me a bit. Nevertheless, it can explode. In his last four starts, Wilson has averaged 117.5 total yards on 21 touches per game with 6 total touchdowns.
The Cincinnati Week 14 weather forecast is expected to feature mostly sunny skies, winds of 6 mph and highs near 48 degrees.
Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3.5), O / U 54 | Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET
With all the talk about the QBs and WRs, Leonard Fournette could have the biggest game of them all. As of Week 10, he’s averaged 20.6 touches and 97.3 total yards per game and is the PPR’s RB2 with 24.2 points. He leads the NFL in receptions for running backs and has 28 catches in his last four games. Over the past four weeks, Buffalo is No. 31 against the RB, allowing 33.4 points per game. Fournette is among the top three RB this week.
When it comes to the weather forecast in Tampa Bay, expect partly cloudy skies, winds of 6 mph, and temperatures of 83 degrees at kickoff.
Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers (-11.5), O / U 42.5 | Sunday 8:20 p.m. ET
Allen Robinson (hamstring) is back this week, and no one should be celebrating. Robinson has been a non-factor all season and is unlikely to come close to the starting XI.
Aaron Jones made a surprising comeback before the bye after spraining his MCL, and now we have to see how the backfield shakes up with him and AJ Dillon. They will feed off each other, but this is not a situation where we should get too cute. Start them both in fantastic lineups with Jones a high end RB2 and Dillon a low end RB2.
Expect temperatures of 37 degrees, winds of 13 mph, and clear skies in Green Bay for Week 14.
Indoor games of the week 14
The teams below will be playing in optimal conditions, and there will be no effect on the passing and kicking game. This eliminates at least one fantastic variable that managers need to consider every week.
- Seattle Seahawks (-8.5) to Houston Texans
O / U 40.5 | Sunday 1 p.m. ET
- New York Giants at Los Angeles Chargers (-9)
O / U 43 | Sunday 4:05 p.m. ET
- The Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals (-2.5)
O / U 51 | Monday 8:15 p.m. ET
Week 14 off shifts
The following teams have their goodbye week in week 14. Be sure to recheck the queues to remove all affected players.
- Indianapolis Colts
- Miami dolphins
- New England Patriots
- Philadelphia Eagles