by Brian Luzier (@TheFFBoss)
Some day I’ll write about a player you haven’t heard me hype already, but that day is not today.
Hey man, it’s easy to find people you like months after you started this whole “writing” thing- come back to me in a year, and I’ll probably be stuck hyping Jeremy Kerley (gross). Two weeks ago I wrote about my man crush on Rod Streater, and before that I wrote about how I love me some Pitta. Today I’ll be writing about another underrated receiver who certainly has his flaws, but who I’ve come away from a couple times thinking “Damnnn! How did he do that?”.
It’s no secret Greg Little has his detractors, but I for one am sticking up for him, and here’s why:
1. “You can never catch enough balls, you can never watch enough film”
Believe it or not that’s a real quote he gave during his combine interview. He has a solid head on his shoulders, and has learned from mistakes which caught up to him at UNC where he was suspended his entire senior season after he received jewelery and travel accommodations, and then lied to NCAA investigators about it. When asked about the experience he says it’s “the best thing that’s ever happened to him,” which reflects a more mature outlook than you’d expect for someone that was suspended one whole season in college. It’s also important to note he was regarded as a true leader in high school, so I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. While “character concerns” have become a hot topic in dynasty circles recently, I’m not losing sleep over a wide receiver who scooped some Ice for his efforts in college.
2. He looks good in shorts
Okay, maybe there was a less flagrant way to say that, but seriously, how do you not get excited about a 6′ 3”, 220 lb receiver who benches 225 lbs 27 times (1st amongst WRs in 2011), has a 40.5” vertical (4th) and a 129” broad jump (4th) (all “top performer” worthy on NFL.com). He also ran a 4.53 40 yard dash which isn’t setting the world on fire, but certainly isn’t slow. His measurables are surprisingly good when you consider the bad rap he’s received recently, and when you consider where he was drafted (Rd 2, 59th overall). I know he’s “disappointed” so far in his career, but since when is two seasons enough to pass judgment on a player? We need to see more, he’s got a good head on his shoulders and very solid physical attributes. Not sold? Let’s dig a little deeper.
3. He’s physical
He originally was listed as a “WR, RB” and had more carries than receptions his freshman and sophomore year of college. From scout.com: “Tremendous athlete that can play running back, linebacker, safety, or wide receiver in college. Size/speed/strength combination is off the charts.” Watch some of his highlights, like this one, and watch him bowl people over. It’s evident he invites contact and can handle the hits- that’s rare in the NFL, but at the WR position in particular. I also can really appreciate that from a physical standpoint, as he’s played all 16 games both years of his career despite his “in your face” running style. Check it out:
Not a fan of his running skills? Fine. What about blocking? You like it when your Receivers can bring it to a Cornerback? Check this out:
4. Times, they are a changin’
With a switch to a Norv Turner run offense, I expect some more signs of life from the entire Browns attack. I’ve mentioned my interest in Weeden before, and I stand by that. He’s certainly not young, but he’s grizzled and has a very good OC who is willing to work with Weeden’s strengths to maximize his performance. The Browns have been known for being awful on both sides of the ball in the past, but their defense finally has some playmakers, and their offense has some dynasty lovelies in Josh Gordon and Trent Richardson to help keep some attention off of Little. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that as Gordon became the WR1 defenses planned for Little started to step up, which leads me to my next point…
5. Hot Hands
You may not have known this, but I like riding momentum from the end of one season through the next. I think it’s a great way to get some true difference makers on your squad if you can scoop them before they blow up this season and acquire lots of attention from the masses. People seem to have a “what have you done for me recently” mentality which can benefit those of us who remember the days gone by. If you extrapolate his last five games of the season you’ll get 70/918/6.4 which translates to 200.6 PPR points which would put him at WR20, right behind Steve Smith and Stevie Johnson, and right ahead of Mike Wallace and Mike Williams last year. With an ADP around the beginning of the 13th round, that’s a great value to snag. I actually just grabbed him in the 18th in this Dynasty 365 Expert IDP League which I was extremely excited about. P.S. Be sure to follow along with the draft and it’s head honcho, @DynastyFF365.
That’ll do it for today! I hope you enjoyed reading it, and if not, at least learned something new about an awesome player that’s still undervalued in many leagues.
Feel free to hit me up @TheFFBoss to talk about Little, sleepers, or anything football related. I’m always willing to discuss player values and trade scenarios!