NFL Week 18 Weather Updates: Rain, wind, cold in forecast could affect fantasy, betting decisions

As you head into January, you should be prepared for just about anything in the NFL weather forecast. Fortunately, the first Week 18 in NFL history doesn’t look too bad for this time of year, but it’s far from optimal as cold temperatures, winds, rain, and perhaps some snow are available. Fortunately, Kevin Roth, Meteorologist at RotoGrinders to help us break down the NFL weather updates you need to know before your (daily) fantasy football and betting decisions.

Before we get into the Week 18 predictions, here’s a reminder that if you have any questions about sports weather or how the weather might affect the game (and potentially your fantasy, DFS, and game decisions) don’t hesitate. to reach out to RotoGrinders Meteorologist Kevin Roth on Twitter (@KevinRothWx) or take a look at hourly NFL weather forecasts at RotoGrinders. To take your game to the next level, subscribe to RotoGrinders’ exclusive WeatherEdge tool and see how different weather conditions have impacted the historical score.

NFL Week 18 Weather Updates

Courtesy of Forecasts for Kevin Roth at RotoGrinders

There is a 37 percent chance of rain for this game, but the winds will be more than manageable. There’s no reason to be overly concerned about any of the offensive players, but given the mediocre offenses involved, any inclement weather is an advantage for defenses.

With a decent chance of rain, at least early, and 15-20 mph winds, this game is fit for backup quarterbacks. High winds are a concern for kickers and generally should lead to a lot of running. It’s not like the teams aren’t capable of shooting at all, but with little incentive for either club to do their best, you shouldn’t expect an offensive explosion here.

There’s a pretty good chance of precipitation, temperatures around 30 degrees, and winds over 10 mph are expected. For two teams going nowhere, this could lead to an uglier game than usual. Bet low and expect a lot of races.


There is a relatively small chance of precipitation and temperatures in the 30s, but the big concern here is gusts over 20 mph. The winds will be consistently high so it should affect kicking and even passing games at least a little bit. Josh Allen will be fine thanks to his running ability, but you can’t count on every WR from Buffalo.

There is a 30 percent chance of rain and winds of around 15 mph are expected here. While it’s not a big deal, that could get the Pats running a bit more and won’t help the Dolphins’ passing offense.

All of this is subject to change as we get closer to the start. You can follow meteorologist Kevin Roth on Twitter (@KevinRothWx) and take a look at hourly NFL weather forecasts at RotoGrinders. For the best weather-related fantasy tips, take a look at WeatherEdge.