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NFL weather forecast for Ravens-Steelers on Week 18, what it means for fantasy and betting

The weather report can impact fantasy football and betting. We break down the important information you need to prepare for Week 18’s matchup between the Steelers and Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

Heavy rain falls as Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 hands the ball off to running back Alex Collins #34 of the Baltimore Ravens against the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 23, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 EST for a game that is very important to one team and not important at all to another. The Ravens are coming off a big win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 17 that locked them into the No. 1 seed in the AFC, while the Steelers beat the Seahawks, giving them a reasonable shot at making the playoffs if they can get some help in Week 18.

The Ravens are going to rest key starters, the biggest being the likely MVP Lamar Jackson. That’s good news for the Steelers, who need a win to help their chances of making the playoffs. But, both teams will need to deal with some wintry weather on Saturday. We’ll take a look below.

Weather needs to be extreme to truly impact games, but when deciding between two players who you like equally, it might be a helpful tie breaker. What we really don’t want to see is 20 mph or higher wind speeds. Rain can cause problems, but unless it is a combination of high winds and rain, we usually don’t want to downgrade our fantasy football players too much.

Helpful weather resources include National Weather Service and Accuweather, among others.

Weather for Ravens vs. Steelers on Week 18

Forecast

The timing of rain, snow and sleet for the Baltimore area on Saturday will be tough to predict completely, but NOAA’s forecast has it like this:

Rain and snow likely before 1pm, then rain and snow, possibly mixed with sleet between 1pm and 4pm, then rain after 4pm. High near 40. Southeast wind 5 to 13 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

The good news is that the winds aren’t going to be bad at all. That should keep the passing game and kicking game from being a circus. The sleet and rain could impact the game, as the ball could be slippery and turnovers more prevalent. At this point, I’m not going to downgrade the offenses based on the weather though.

Fantasy/betting implications

The weather shouldn’t push you to hit the under or bench fantasy players from this matchup. Of course, the Ravens will rest key players, which should have much more impact on the game than the weather.