It’s November and that can only mean one thing. The seasons are changing and NFL games in outdoor venues will start to feel the effects. Just like the real NFL, fantasy football players can benefit from keeping an eye on the forecast. Only for us, the forecast isn’t just weather, but fantasy matchups too. Let’s take a look at the Fantasy Forecast for the next month.
Storm Front (Decent Schedule That Gets Worse)
Next 4 Opponents: CLE, @CHI, MIN, @BAL
The thing about cloudy skies is that they don’t always seem threatening until you hear the thunder and by then it is too late. You’re going to get wet. Stafford’s schedule seems pretty good with the Browns on tap in Week 10. But the schedule takes a sharp turn for the worse. In Weeks 11 through 13, Stafford is on the road 2 out of the 3 weeks and must face 3 of the NFL’s top 5 toughest defenses. Deploy Stafford, as usual, this week, but start making other plans going forward.
Heavy Fog (Gloomy Now, Should Burn Off)
Next 4 Opponents: CIN, @PIT, @IND, HOU
The thing about fog is that it generally burns off by the late morning/early afternoon. This is similar to what Davis owners can expect. He has two brutal matchups against the 4th and 2nd toughest defenses for wide receivers, but then the sun comes out with matchups against softer division opponents. If you have Corey Davis, stash him on your bench. If you don’t, see if you can find that impatient owner in your league and see if you can make a move.
Next 4 Opponents: @CAR, TB, @NE, DEN
Not unlike the Corey Davis situation, Drake owners might want to temper expectations for Drake this week in Carolina. The Panthers are allowing just 78.4 rush yards per game, second-fewest in the league. However, in Weeks 11 and 12, I expect Drake to make some big plays against the beleaguered defenses of Tampa Bay and New England. If Drake is still on waivers, or lands there after a poor Week 10 performance, jump on him quickly.
Next 4 Opponents: @AZ, ATL, @SF, PHI
In case you are unfamiliar with Wilson’s track record, this guy is absolute aces in the back half of NFL seasons. Something about the weather change brings out the best in Wilson and company in Seattle. Not only will his owners have this trend going for them but he also faces 2 bottom 5 defenses in Arizona and San Francisco this month. While his other two games come against the Falcons and Eagles. Both of these contests have shootout written all over them. Start Wilson with confidence.
Evacuation Warning (Sell/Poor Schedule)
Green Bay WRs
Next 4 Opponents: @CHI, BAL, @PIT, TB
The injury to Aaron Rodgers has had a devastating effect on the Green Bay pass catchers. Meanwhile, Head Coach, Mike McCarthy, is insistent that Brett Hundley is not the problem. Except that he is. But even if he isn’t (he is) the upcoming schedule will be. The Packers must go on the road to Soldier Field this week and then face two of the stingiest defenses in the league in back to back weeks in the Ravens and the Steelers. If you are able to cash out on Jordy Nelson’s name value or Randall Cobb’s decent Week 9 performance, I would be willing to accept just about any startable asset in return. Davante Adams, who, as you know, stinks, is probably droppable.