Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE
Rain and winds around 20 miles per hour in Buffalo could affect the fantasy value of players like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chad Henne, C.J. Spiller and Rashad Jennings for Sunday's game between the Bills and the Jaguars. We break down the fantasy implications.
Sunday's weather forecast calls for rain and winds around 20 miles per hour for Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars in Buffalo. Bad late season weather at Ralph Wilson Stadium has become a yearly ritual in the NFL. This week, the likes of Ryan Fitzpatrick, C.J. Spiller, Chad Henne and Rashad Jennings will try to brave the elements.
Fantasy Impact: The foremost effect of bad weather tends to be on the quarterbacks. Think back to Week 8 when the Cleveland Browns hosted the San Diego Chargers in a slop-fest. Philip Rivers went 18-for-34 passing for 154 yards, and was somehow the leading passer in the game. Brandon Weeden went an abysmal 11-for-27 for 129 yards, and neither quarterbacks threw a touchdown (or an interception). The game was a season low in yardage for both players.
On the flip side, the running games thrived. Ryan Mathews had 95 yards rushing, and Trent Richardson had 122 yards and a touchdown. Both players carried the ball 24 times. That's good news for Spiller and Jennings, who should expect to touch the ball a lot even if they are ineffective. Fred Jackson is a potential Flex play, after rushing for just 16 yards in a subordinate role last week.