With Ophelia threatening the Eastern Seaboard this weekend, several NFL games will be at risk of having quite a messy game on Sunday.
Not only could this affect play calling and ball handling, but fantasy football owners may also want to use alternative options for the teams that will be affected.
The use of running backs will be critical as the throwing game might be minimized due to the pouring rain.
Here are the games that could be impacted by Ophelia:
Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens could see a washout Sunday
At a roofless M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, rain, rain, and more rain is in the forecast.
The Ravens will not only need to worry about which quarterback will be starting for the Colts, but Lamar Jackson will need to utilize both Gus Edwards and Justice Hill with J.K. Dobbins out for the year. But let’s not forget the wheels on Jackson. He will be a no-brainer for a fantasy start, as his running stats alone could carry the team.
And the Indianapolis Colts’ lackluster run offense will further be tested with rain and wind come Sunday. Zack Moss will be a solid fantasy choice should you be desperate for a running back.
Buffalo Bills vs. Washington Commanders will be in the thick of the tropical storm
The forecast will be much of the same – rainy and windy.
After a comeback win over the Denver Broncos last Sunday, the Washington Commanders will need to bring the momentum to overtake Josh Allen and the Bills stellar offense.
The Commanders will need to depend on running back Brian Robinson Jr. for carries or short drop passes from quarterback Sam Howell.
After a horrendous game 1, Allen improved his football IQ in last week’s game over the Raiders. He will need to rely on James Cook to get the ball down the field with the steady rain.
And if you’re looking for a fantasy pickup, Dalton Kincaid will be a solid choice for short drop passes to gain extra points.
New England Patriots vs. New York Jets will play in the rain
Up to an inch of rain could fall during the Patriots-Jets game on Sunday.
With Aaron Rodgers out, quarterback Zach Wilson will need to further prove himself if the Jets want to be playoff-bound. With options like Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook, Wilson will have solid choices for running back options.
As for the Patriots, Mac Jones will need to rely on Rhamondre Stevenson and Ezekiel Elliott to get the ball down the wet field.
Forecast for the coastal storm
Ophelia has wreaked havoc along the Eastern Seaboard this weekend, and will continue to bring rain and winds to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast through Sunday evening.
Several inches of rain are expected to fall from the Carolinas to the Northeast and New England during the event. Strong winds will also push water in from the ocean and could lead to flash flooding and coastal flooding.
Parts of the Northeast and southern New England could also see higher rainfall totals between 2-3 inches with locally higher amounts.