Weather reports give people an idea of what’s to come over the next couple days and maybe even weeks, but no body needs a report to tell them what it’s like outside right now. Fantasy Football is no different. On Wednesdays, your league’s waiver claims have been processed and the games start tomorrow. Chances are that your roster is more or less set for this week, but it is never too soon to take a look ahead to next weeks games. This is where the Fantasy Forecast comes in. I will be giving you a peek at things to come so you can get a jump start on next week’s possible waiver claims and take advantage of buy/sell windows that your opponents may be too short-sighted to see. Without further ado, let’s get to the forecast which will hopefully be more accurate than your local weatherman.
Clear Skies (favorable schedule)
Next 4 Opponents: @CIN, @NE, TEN, KC
With a potential change at QB, I expect the Texans offense to get rolling over the next month with pleasant weather on the horizon. Their next three opponents looked mediocre at best on defense in Week 1. Go ahead and slot Lamar Miller and DeAndre Hopkins into your starting lineups for the next 3 weeks. And if someone in your league bails on Houston’s defense, make sure that you scoop them up this week as Cincinnati’s offensive line struggled mightily last week.
Green Bay Packers
Next 4 Opponents: @ATL, CIN, CHI, @DAL
Obviously, the Packers offense is one of the elite units in the league, but they faced a tough Seattle team in Week 1 so their production was somewhat limited. Over the coming weeks, the sky may be no limit to what this team can achieve especially for Ty Montgomery who proved himself to be a viable featured back. Don’t forget about Martellus Bennett either, he may be a waiver wire option for you at TE.
Cold Front (poor schedule)
Next 4 Opponents: MIN, @CHI, @BAL, JAX
It is no secret that Ben Roethlisberger struggles on the road compared to his home splits. Last season his passer rating was nearly 40 points lower on the road as his TD to INT ratio was 9:8 compared to 20:5 at home. This is important because over the next month Big Ben faces two defenses that look like they could be among the league’s best in 2017 (Minnesota, Jacksonville). His other two games are on the road. If you have Roethlisberger, I recommend making other plans.
Next 3 Opponents: @JAX, SEA, @HOU, @MIA
The Titans schedule is going to put owners in a bind. There isn’t really a selling opportunity following a disappointing Week 1 performance, and I don’t expect an immediate rebound. If you own the likes of DeMarco Murray, Marcus Mariota, Corey Davis, your best option may be to batten down the hatches and ride this one out. The sun will shine for this team eventually, but you may have to wait until Week 5 or later.
Low Pressure (Buy low opportunity)
Next 4 opponents: HOU, @GB, @CLE, BUF
Keep an eye on the other owners in your league. If they have AJ Green, Andy Dalton, Tyler Eifert, or Joe Mixon and get off to a slow start you may be able to take advantage. The Bengals Week 1 performance was horrific. The next 2 weeks don’t look much easier with matchups against the Texans and a trip to Lambeau Field. Bengals owners who face a 1-2 or 0-3 start may be looking to trade away their assets. Look to scoop them up before favorable matchups at Cleveland and against the Bills.
Next 4 opponents: @LAR, @NYJ, NO, TEN
Actual weather reports have put the Dolphins in the weird position of having their bye in Week 1. This means that Dolphins players get to play 16 of the next 16 weeks, giving them one extra game over every other team in the league (except the Buccaneers). A hurricane is never ‘convenient’ for anyone. However, this one bought new QB, Jay Cutler, an extra week to familiarize himself with his new team in time for a favorable schedule. You will want to scoop up and start just about any Dolphin you can get your hands on.
On the Horizon
There’s no immediate cause for concern here, but just keep in mind that bye weeks are coming. Week 5 is the first regularly scheduled week off in the NFL and will feature the Broncos, Redskins, Saints, and Falcons. You will want to peek ahead to Week 5 for potential streamers. Even if you do not roster them immediately, it is a good idea to start making plans.