Weathering the Impact on Your Fantasy Players (Forecasts for April 17-23)

  • It looks like this will be a week of messy spring weather. Sharp fantasy managers know that they can help their teams by staying informed about the weather…and this week will give us many opportunities to avoid problem areas while seeking better hitting environments.  Two forecasts that I always pay attention to are for Coors Field and Wrigley Field (the Windy City really earns its nickname in the spring). Expect weather impacts at both stadiums this week (see below).

    General Forecast for April 17-23

    The storm that caused weekend delays in the Great Lakes and Northeast will bring cold air to those areas Monday into Tuesday. A mid-week storm will form in the Central U.S. and then cause scattered rains everywhere east of the Mississippi River Thursday through the coming weekend.

    This Week’s Worst Hitting Environments

    The worst weather will be in the Great Lakes area on Monday. A mix of cold air, low wind chills, light rain, and/or some light snow will cause problems for these Monday games:

    • Cleveland at Detroit
    • Philadelphia at Chicago White Sox
    • Tampa at Cincinnati

    The weather won’t be much better on Tuesday in Detroit or Chicago but temps will warm some in Cincinnati. Instead of the games listed above, you probably should target games played in domes on Monday or those played in traditionally “nice” weather cities like Miami (vs SF), San Diego (vs ATL), and Los Angeles (vs NY Mets).

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