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Today, we break down this week’s football roster, see what the NFL weather report and forecast will be for week 15, and determine if any of your fantasy football players could be affected. As always, good luck, stay safe and let’s win the week!

NFL Weather Report and Forecast for Saturday, Week 15: Buffalo Snowstorm

All times are eastern, and the Week 15 NFL weather report will be updated if any changes occur from the time of writing to the start of the game. The NFL weather forecast for week 15 is based on reports from the National Weather Service. All betting lines are from the official NFL website.

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (-7), O/U 44.5 | Saturday 8:15 PM ET

Fantasy managers, look away. Players like Tua Tagovailoa, Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle take you to where you are now in the fantasy football playoffs. But I hate to be the bearer of bad news this time of year but you can have a long cold weekend.

This is the storm I talked about in last week’s weather report and I even mentioned that this Arctic change would come back in week 13 in the long lane. The cold air pushed downward, which in turn caused a flurry of thunderstorms and tornadoes in the deep south. But as it moves northeast, we’re seeing lake effect snow once again.

It won’t be the same stretch Buffalo saw a few weeks ago when it turned the game around, but I wouldn’t be surprised if conditions on Saturday are very reminiscent of the 2017 snow game, where LeSean McCoy was the only player looking to get his footing.

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The Orchard Park area is expected to have over a foot of snow by 11 pm ET Saturday, but that could even reach 20 inches if the storm tracks 20 miles north or south. The area is currently under a lake effect emergency as local authorities are issuing warnings in preparation.

How much of this drops during gameplay is yet to be determined. Of course, it will be chilly with the onset of the evening in December and thanks to 10mph winds it will feel around 20 degrees with a 100% chance of snow.

In short, this is the worst weather we’ve seen for an NFL game this year. Between the freezing temperatures, windy conditions, and substantial snowfall, it’s an overall downgrade for players’ floors and ceilings. We’ve certainly seen big snow games in the past, but those are outliers. If it was just rain, I would feel so much better.

When it comes to Tua, Allen, Diggs, Hill and even Waddle, you’re unlikely to have better options to risk seating them, but it’s doubtful they’ll carry your squad like they have in weeks past.

While it’s only a list of three games here on Sunday in Week 15, the weather conditions in Buffalo make it a must-play. I would give anything to be in this game in person.

NFL Weather Report and Forecast for Saturday’s Week 15 Games: Worry-Free Weather

After a week full of surprises, the rest of Saturday’s Week 15 fixture list should be quiet as far as the weather is concerned.

Baltimore Ravens v Cleveland Browns (-2.5), O/U 38.5 | Saturday 4:30pm ET

Although Buffalo and Cleveland border the same body of water, conditions on the south side of Lake Erie will be much more pleasant. But that’s not to say it won’t feel like winter.

Of course, it will be cold, with temperatures hovering around 25 degrees thanks to 13 mph sustained winds. Overcast skies might also lessen the precipitation a bit, but I don’t think it will be anything more than light squalls as the area should only see half an inch all day. Break that down into a three-hour window that the game fits into, and I think we’ll be good to go.

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Meanwhile, Lamar Jackson won’t be ready to go as he’s out this week. Fortunately for the Ravens, Tyler Huntley was upgraded from a limited practice on Tuesday to a full participant on Wednesday and will start this week after clearing concussion protocol. He’s a QB2 midfielder.

Still, this is a game that will be won on the ground. JK Dobbins returned last week and wasted no time getting back in action. He played on 43% of snaps while rushing 15 times for 120 yards on the score. He’ll be a solid RB2 this week against a Browns defense that, as of Week 10, is 27th in rushing success rate, 23rd in yards per game, 28th in explosive rushing rate and 29th in DVOA.

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Cleveland, on the other hand, needs to get its act together, as Nick Chubb is in a slump with only one game of 100+ rushing yards in his last five and three appearances under 70 yards. Volume is at 18.4 touches from the Week 9 bye, but it still hasn’t turned into production as Chubb faced some of the best defenses in recent weeks with games against Miami, Buffalo and Cincinnati.

Baltimore is even more challenging. As of Week 10, they are #1 in yards allowed, EPA and DVOA. Chubb is a low end RB1/top RB2 in Week 15.

Closed Saturday Games in Week 15

Since these NFL games are closed, weather conditions can be controlled. As such, they will be optimal playing conditions for these teams. Passing and shooting games will not be affected.

  • Indianapolis Colts at the Minnesota Vikings (-3.5)
    O/U 47.5 | Sunday 1pm ET