NFL Week 4 Weather Updates: Rain, wind for Texans-Bills, Buccaneers-Patriots, more could affect fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions
The Week 4 NFL weather forecast has some minor wind and mild rain concerns, but it looks like we’re going to make it through the first month of the season without any major weather-related panics. Of course, even one game with poor conditions is enough to cause fantasy football owners to overanalyze their start ’em, sit ’em decisions, so, with the help of RotoGrinders’ meteorologist Kevin Roth, we have the weather updates you need to know before locking in your lineups.
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NFL Week 4 weather updates
Forecasts courtesy for Kevin Roth at RotoGrinders.
Lions @ Bears. There’s a good chance this game will see rain at some point, perhaps all game, but it shouldn’t be too windy. Heavier rains could come later in the second half. That keeps Allen Robinson and T.J. Hockenson in play, but everyone else might be unnecessarily risky since they’re already on start-sit bubbles.
Texans @ Bills. Wind shouldn’t be an issue, but with chances of rain hovering around 70 percent, conditions figure to be slick for all or parts of this game. The impact will come down to how hard it’s raining at any given point. The are some chances for heavy rain at certain points. For now, it sounds like the worst will be over by kickoff, so don’t freak out too much if you see some ugly scenes on the pre-game shows. It shouldn’t be terrible all game. It doesn’t seem bad enough to bench any key players, especially given the mediocrity of the Texans defense (and Brandin Cooks’ high target volume). Kickers and fringe WR3s (Gabriel Davis) are the only concerns.
Colts @ Dolphins. High temps (mid-80s), mild wind (10-13 mph), and the chance for rain picking up later in the game (20 percent) aren’t enough to scare you away from any normal starters in this game (not that there are that many).
Seahawks @ 49ers. Winds figure to really pick up in the second half of this game, but with clear conditions expected, there’s no reason to bench any usual starters. The two kickers are the only players who might be better off left on benches.
Steelers @ Packers. There’s a 50-60-percent chance of rain for this game, but light winds are expected. Unless there’s a sudden downpour, the wet conditions shouldn’t affect the Steelers’ dink-and-dunk passing game too much, and you’re certainly not going to bench Aaron Rodgers or Davante Adams.
Buccaneers @ Patriots. Expect some light rain for this one, especially in the second half. Like most of the other games, not much wind is expected, so you can’t risk benching any key players in the Bucs passing-game.
All of this is subject to change as we get closer to kickoff. You can follow meteorologist Kevin Roth on Twitter (@KevinRothWx) and check out the hourly NFL weather forecasts on RotoGrinders. For the best weather-related fantasy advice, take a look at WeatherEdge.