Fantasy owners need to watch the weather

It’s championship week in fantasy football. It’s also the time of year when the weather can wreak havoc on a player’s production.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the games that could be impacted by Mother Nature in Week 16:

Cardinals at Patriots: There’s a strong chance for precipitation in the area, with snow mixing with rain. That’s bad news for the value of Kurt Warner and Matt Cassel. It’s a positive for the ground game, however, so upgrade Sammy Morris (and Kevin Faulk as a flex starter) on your rank lists. I still don’t like Tim Hightower. Video: Weather report

Bengals at Browns: The forecast calls for snowy and windy conditions, which could negate the pass attacks for both teams. Of course, fantasy owners have no use for Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ken Dorsey, but the value of T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Braylon Edwards could be affected. Upgrade the Browns’ defense as well. Video: Weather report

Jets at Seahawks: With snowy and cold conditions forecast for this game, Brett Favre, Seneca Wallace and the receivers of both teams could be impacted. This is a great week to start Thomas Jones, who should run the ball a ton. The conditions also make the Jets’ defense a valuable fantasy option. Video: Weather report

Eagles at Redskins: Rain and cold conditions are expected, and wind could be a factor as well. I’d still stick with Donovan McNabb, but the forecast makes it hard to start the unreliable Jason Campbell. Look for Brian Westbrook and Clinton Portis to run the ball often in what should be a low-scoring game. Video: Weather report

Panthers at Giants: The weather will be frightful in the Meadowlands, as snow, rain and wind are expected for this important NFC clash. I’d avoid both Jake Delhomme and Eli Manning, but it’s hard to sit the Panthers Steve Smith. DeAngelo Williams and Brandon Jacobs should see more than their share of carries in bad conditions. Video: Weather report

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