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A Look At 2015 St. Louis Rams Rookies

Posted: August 21, 2015 by The Cheap Seat Fan in Gaming, NFL
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When the 2015 NFL Draft concluded earlier this year, the St. Louis Rams came away very satisfied. They felt like they addressed a bunch of needs, while getting some elite-level talent. Some experts might not be quite as high on the picks, but in a few weeks, everyone will get a chance to see how they perform. Here’s a closer look at what to expect out of their top rookies.


Todd Gurley

Obviously, this rookie running back is going to make or break this draft class. He has the chance to be one of the best in fantasy football money leagues, but as for right now he is trying to just be healthy enough to play in 2015. A rough knee injury ended his college career, but he looks at it as a new beginning. St. Louis won’t rely on him solely, but he should still be in the running for offensive rookie of the year in the NFL.

Rob Havenstein and Jamon Brown

After taking a flashy running back in the first round, St. Louis addressed their OT concerns by grabbing these two. Havenstein will now be an anchor on the line for them, as Jeff Fisher hopes  to run the ball more often this upcoming season.

Brown very well could be better pro than college player. He was a tackle in college, but St. Louis could use him inside as a guard. He is big and athletic, and that is exactly what the Rams needed.

Bud Sasser

Third round pick Sean Mannion will probably not play much if at all at quarterback in 2015, and Andrew Donnal is just a solid OT to add to the line. However, those in fantasy football money leagues have a chance to learn more about Bud Sasser as the season moves along. He is a bigger receiver, and Fisher likes using guys like that. He had a lot of success at Missouri, and he could get some targets in 2015.

St. Louis is hoping that this draft class can get them back into playoff contention as early as this year. It will mostly come down to Gurley, but don’t sleep on all the line help they stockpiled.


Here are the picks for the 16th go around for the NFL. There are nine teams that can clinch playoff berths this week, including a battle for the NFC South crown, a major NFC West showdown and the AFC wild card further sorting itself out.

As for the Cheat Sheet, it has been a limp the finish, but it’s not over until it’s over and I suppose it’s never too late to activate the genius. So, with that said…here’s how the game will sort itself out today.


Free Money Picks: 5-7

Upset of the Week: 2-6-1

RECORD—Week 15: 7-9, Season: 129-78-1


Miami Dolphins (8-6) at Buffalo Bills (5-9) [MIA -2, Over/Under: 43]

Minnesota Vikings (4-9-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (9-5) [CIN -9, Over/Under: 47.5]

Indianapolis Colts (9-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (11-3) [KC -7, Over/Under: 46]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10) at St. Louis Rams (6-8) [STL 3.5, Over/Under: 43]

Cleveland Browns (4-10) at New York Jets (6-8) [NYJ -1, Over/Under: 41.5]

Dallas Cowboys (7-7) at Washington Redskins (3-11) [DAL -3, Over/Under: 52]

New Orleans Saints (10-4) at Carolina Panthers (10-4) [CAR -3, Over/Under: 44.5]

Tennessee Titans (5-9) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10) [TEN -4, Over/Under: 43.5]

Denver Broncos (11-3) at Houston Texans (2-12) [DEN -10, Over/Under: 53.5]

New York Giants (5-9] at Detroit Lions (7-7) [DET -9.5, Over/Under: 48.5]

Arizona Cardinals (9-5) at Seattle Seahawks (12-2) [SEA -10, Over/Under: 43]

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8) at Green Bay Packers (7-6-1) [GB -2, Over/Under: 44.5]

Oakland Raiders (4-10) at San Diego Chargers (7-7) [SD 9.5, Over/Under: 51]

New England Patriots (10-4) at Baltimore Ravens (8-6) [BAL -1.5, Over/Under: 45]

Chicago Bears (8-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (8-6) [PHI -3, Over/Under: 55.5]


Atlanta Falcons (4-10) at San Francisco 49ers (10-4) [SF -14, Over/Under: 45]


The NFL moves on from Day After Tomorrow, also known as Week 14, where half the games around the league looked like Tony Montana’s face in the last 5 minutes of his lifetime.  And now as Week 15 comes up the playoff picture continues to get more and more important, and the games continue to get unpredictable.

But looking at the picks, and picture is trending upwards again for the CHEAT SHEET. While the top upset picks continue to disappoint, the money locks are coming through. This week looks to be a much safer week to get some low risk payouts in, as well as some strong upset chances as well. Sunday in both Tennessee and Dallas could get interesting, and the while the week doesn’t start off with much of a challenge game in Denver, it does provide a chance to bet a pretty safe over/under either way.

Regardless of how you pick, it is bound to be an entertaining week, with Seahawks out for vengeance against the turnover prone Giants, the Redskins QB carousel going into soap opera levels of ridiculous and a certain #18 in the orange and blue looking to break a record that seemed pretty far out just a few months ago tonight.

Here is how it’s all playing out this week….


Free Money Picks: 5-7

Upset of the Week: 2-6-1

RECORD—Week 15: 10-6, SEASON: 122-69-1


San Diego Chargers (6-7) at Denver Broncos (11-2) [DEN -11, Over/Under 56.5]


Washington Redskins (3-10) at Atlanta Falcons (3-10) [ATL -7, Over/Under 50.5]

Chicago Bears (7-6) at Cleveland Browns (4-9) [CHI -2, Over/Under 45]

Houston Texans (2-11) at Indianapolis Colts (8-5) [IND -5, Over/Under 45.5]

New England Patriots (10-3) at Miami Dolphins (7-6) [NE -2, Over/Under 45.5]

Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) at Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1) [PHI -5, Over/Under 51.5]

Seattle Seahawks (11-2) at New York Giants (5-8) [SEA -7, Over/Under 41.5]

San Francisco 49ers (9-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9) [SF -5, Over/Under 41]

Buffalo Bills (4-9) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9) [BUF -1, Over/Under 43]

Kansas City Chiefs (10-3) at Oakland Raiders (4-9) [KC -5, Over/Under 41]

New York Jets (6-7) at Carolina Panthers (9-4) [CAR -11, Over/Under 40.5]

Green Bay Packers (6-6-1) at Dallas Cowboys (7-6) [DAL -7, Over/Under 49]

Arizona Cardinals (8-5) at Tennessee Titans (5-8) [ARI -3, Over/Under 41.5]

New Orleans Saints (10-3) at St. Louis Rams (5-8) [NO -6, Over/Under 47.5]

Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8) [CIN -3, Over/Under 41]


Baltimore Ravens (7-6) at Detroit Lions (7-6) [DET -6, Over/Under 48.5]

THE CHEAT SHEET: NFL Picks, Lines and Upsets – Week 14

Posted: December 5, 2013 by The Cheap Seat Fan in NFL
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Fresh of the first double-digit win week within the last few, as well as those Fantasy playoffs about to get under way, the CHEAT SHEET is revved back up and feeling good. Despite an NFL Week 14 that’s starting off with a brutal 5-19 shared record between the Thursday matchup, it brightens up from there. Big time divisional matchups between the Saints/Panthers and 49ers/Seahawks highlight the best of the NFC pitted against each other. Crossover to the AFC and the Colts/Bengals showcases two squads that are at the top of their respective divisions. Basically, at this point, there are no weeks off.

On the bet side of it, there is some easy money to be made with Denver (per usual) and the Pats as well. But there are some deceptive matchups in Washington, New York and San Diego, which could see the right confidence work into a nice pay out.

But with that said, it’s time to take a look at the slate for the week, and how the beginning of the last month of the regular season will shake out.


Free Money Picks: 4-6

Upset of the Week Picks: 2-5-1

Record—Week 13: 11-5, Season: 112-63-1


Houston Texans (2-10) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9) [HOU -3, Over/Under 43]


Oakland Raiders (4-8) at New York Jets (5-7) [NYJ -2.5, Over/Under 40.5] 

Indianapolis Colts (8-4) at Cincinnati Bengals (8-4) [CIN -6, Over/Under 43]

Atlanta Falcons (3-9) at Green Bay Packers (5-6-1) [EVEN, Not Set Yet]

Cleveland Browns (4-8) at New England Patriots (9-3) [NE -11.5, Over/Under: 44.5] $$ Free Money of the Week #1 $$

Detroit Lions (7-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (7-5) [PHI -2.5, Over/Under 54] **Upset of the Week**

Miami Dolphins (6-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7) [PIT -3, Over/Under: 40.5]

Buffalo Bills (4-8) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-9) [TB -2.5, Over/Under: 42.5]

Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) at Washington Redskins (3-9) [KC -3, Over/Under: 45]

Minnesota Vikings (3-8-1) at Baltimore Ravens (6-6) [BAL -7, Over/Under: 42.5] 

Tennessee Titans (5-7) at Denver Broncos (10-2) [DEN -11, Over/Under: 49] $$ Free Money of the Week #2 $$

St. Louis Rams (5-7) at Arizona Cardinals (7-5) [ARI -3, Over/Under 41.5]

New York Giants (5-7) at San Diego Chargers (5-7) [SD -3, Over/Under: 47]

Seattle Seahawks (11-1) at San Francisco 49ers (8-4) [SF -3, Over/Under 40.5]

Carolina Panthers (9-3) at New Orleans Saints (9-3) [NO -3.5, Over/Under: 45.5]


Dallas Cowboys (7-5) at Chicago Bears (6-6) [EVEN, Over/Under: 49.5]

The Cheat Sheet: NFL Picks, Lines and Upsets – Week 13

Posted: November 28, 2013 by The Cheap Seat Fan in NFL
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One of the most successful, stable and thriving relationships alive is the one between football and Thanksgiving. It is a cornerstone of the holiday and a turning point in the NFL season. It’s the precursor to the stretch run of the season, and this 13th time around the NFL will see a few of the most meaningful games of the year.

Between the round 2 of the Broncos/Chiefs and the showdown for top billing in the NFC between the Seahawks and Saints, the week is sure to end on a high note. But it all begins with the traditional slate in Detroit and Dallas, and then a nightcap with the Black and Blue Division in Baltimore. And for the CHEAT SHEET, it represents and easy day to get the ball rolling back up the mountain of picks.

Week 12 represented a third consecutive week that saw the picks take a roller coaster ride around the town. Hell, there was even a tie thrown in there for the second straight year, which is the equivalent of seeing your brother and ex-girlfriend show up for dinner tonight. It’s just weird, and with six games featuring matchups of teams within one game of each other. Those are the tough calls, there are only two games (Tampa Bay at Carolina and New England in Houston) that could be call as legit safe calls.

It will be a tough week to make a safe bet, but a great one for football. And in the end, that is one thing that is close to top of every sports fan’s things to be thankful for, yet again.



UPSET of the WEEK: 2-4-1

Record—Last Week: 7-6-1, Season: 101-58-1



Green Bay Packers (5-5-1) at Detroit Lions (6-5) [DET -6.0, Over/Under: 48.5] $$ Free Money of the Week $$

Oakland Raiders (4-7) at Dallas Cowboys (6-5) [DAL -9.5, Over/Under: 48]

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) at Baltimore Ravens (5-6) [BAL -2.5, Over/Under: 40.5] **UPSET of the WEEK**


St. Louis Rams (5-6) at San Francisco 49ers (7-4) [SF -8.0, Over/Under: 42]

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) at Cleveland Browns (4-7) [CLE -7.0, Over/Under: 40]

Tennessee Titans (5-6) at Indianapolis Colts (7-4) [IND -4.0, Over/Under: 45]

Chicago Bears (6-5) at Minnesota Vikings (2-8-1) [EVEN, Over/Under: 49.5]

Miami Dolphins (5-6) at New York Jets (5-6) [NYJ -2.0, Over/Under: 39.5]

Arizona Cardinals (7-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) [PHI -3.0, Over/Under: 48.5]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-8) at Carolina Panthers (8-3) [CAR -8.0, Over/Under: 41.5] $$ Free Money of the Week #1 $$

New England Patriots (8-3) at Houston Texans (2-9) [NE -9.0, Over/Under: 47.0]

Atlanta Falcons (2-9) at Buffalo Bills (4-7) [BUF -3.0, Over/Under: 46.5]

Denver Broncos (9-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) [DEN -5.5, Over/Under: 48.5]

Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) at San Diego Chargers (5-6) [EVEN, Over/Under: 48.5]

New York Giants (4-7) at Washington Redskins (3-8) [EVEN, Over/Under: 45.5]


New Orleans Saints (9-2) at Seattle Seahawks (10-1) [SEA -4.5, Over/Under: 47]

The Cheat Sheet: NFL Picks, Lines and Upsets – Week 12

Posted: November 21, 2013 by The Cheap Seat Fan in Gaming, NFL
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The playoff picture is beginning to take shape, as regular season NFL is nearly down its final quarter of the year. And with that, the levels of the league are sorting out as well. The elite are who they are, the bums are likewise. Yet as always, its the middle that complicates things, as well as collisions at the top, as there are the teams that have proven they are better than we thought they are.

Chief among those teams are the Panthers, who upset the pick sheet for the second week in a row. They’re the top of the list of risers in the league, and are looking like this season’s version of the Seahawks rise from late last year. The smart money is with them, in the same way that life is returning to the Giants and Steelers, who brought L’s to the Sheet last week.

Looking to Week 12, there a few blow outs that will likely take place (starting with tonight in Atlanta and carrying right through to Monday), but there are some tight games that wreak of upset as well.  The road team could rule the week as well, and its a good chance to place the smart money not on the records, but on the situation (look no further than New York and Green Bay for proof of this).

Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have a date on Sunday Night. Hell of a week ahead, and after the worst week of the year on the picks sheet, it time to have one here too again.


Free Money Picks: 5-6

Upset of the Week: 2-4

Record—Week 11: 7-8, Season: 94-52




New Orleans Saints (8-2) at Atlanta Falcons (2-8): [NO -9, Over/Under: 53] **Free Money of the Week #1**


Chicago Bears (6-4) at St. Louis Rams (4-6): [EVEN, Over/Under 45]

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6) at Cleveland Browns (4-6): [CLE -1, Over/Under: 40]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8) at Detroit Lions (6-4) [DET -9.5, Over/Under: 48]

Minnesota Vikings (2-8) at Green Bay Packers (5-5): [GB -4.5, Over/Under: 43.5] **Upset of the Week**

San Diego Chargers (4-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-1): [KC -5, Over/Under: 41.5]

Carolina Panthers (7-3) at Miami Dolphins (5-5): [CAR -4.5, Over/Under: 41.5]

New York Jets (5-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-6): [BAL -3.5, Over/Under: 39]

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) at Houston Texans (2-8): [HOU -10, Over/Under: 43.5]

Tennessee Titans (4-6) at Oakland Raiders (4-6): [EVEN, Over/Under: 41.5]

Indianapolis Colts (7-3) at Arizona Cardinals (6-4): [ARI: -2.5, Over/Under: 45]

Dallas Cowboys (5-5) at New York Giants (4-6): [NYG: -2.5, Over/Under: 44.5]

Denver Broncos (9-1) at New England Patriots (7-3): [DEN: -2.5, Over/Under: 54] **Free Money of the Week #2**


San Francisco 49ers (6-4) at Washington Redskins (3-7): [SF -6, Over/Under: 47]




It’s late this week, so no intro and no recap. Just straight the straight dope…


Free Money Picks: 4-5

Upset of the Week: 2-3

Record—Week 10: 8-6; Season: 87-44


Indianapolis Colts (6-3) at Tennessee Titans (4-5) [IND -3.0, Over/Under: 42.5]


New York Jets (5-4) at Buffalo Bills (3-7) [NYJ -1.5, Over/Under: 39]

Baltimore Ravens (4-5) at Chicago Bears (5-4) [CHI -3.0, Over/Under: 40.5]  **Upset of the Week**

Cleveland Brown (4-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) [CIN -4.5, Over/Under: 40.5] **Free Money Pick #1**

Washington Redskins (3-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) [PHI -4.5, Over/Under: 54.5]

Detroit Lions (6-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6) [DET -3.0, Over/Under: 45]

Atlanta Falcons (2-7) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8) [TB -2.0, Over/Under: 43.5]

Arizona Cardinals (5-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) [ARI -9.0, Over/Under: 40.5]

Oakland Raiders (3-6) at Houston Texans (2-7) [HOU -10.5, Over/Under: 40.5]

San Diego Chargers (4-5) at Miami Dolphins (4-5) [SD -2.5, Over/Under: 45] **Free Money Pick #2**

Green Bay Packers (5-4) at New York Giants (3-6) [NYG -3.0, Over/Under: 41]

Minnesota Vikings (2-7) at Seattle Seahawks (9-1) [SEA -13.0, Over/Under: 45.5] **

San Francisco 49ers (6-3) at New Orleans Saints (7-2) [NO -3.0, Over/Under: 50]

Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) at Denver Broncos (8-1) [DEN -2.5, Over/Under: 49]


New England Patriots (7-2) at Carolina Panthers (6-3) [CAR -2.5, Over/Under: 46]