Greg Little Fantasy News

Browns sign Nate Burleson to a one-year deal
Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:28am

Cleveland Browns - [Full Article]

The Browns have agreed to terms on a deal with WR Nate Burleson, the club announced.

Burleson, who spent the past four seasons in Detroit, will provide the Browns with some depth and an experienced veteran who can help mentor young receivers such as Josh Gordon. In 2011, he won the Lions' Good Guy Award from the local sportscasters and Pro Football Writers Association and was a leader in the locker room.

Fantasy Impact:

The Browns also signed Andrew Hawkins to man the slot, so Burleson is likely to be the team's WR4 assuming they find a starter in the draft. If not, he is capable of starting opposite Gordon, though he doesn't offer much playmaking ability at this point in his career. Greg Little's days in Cleveland look to be numbered.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013, 2:48pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Cleveland Browns placed wide receiver Davone Bess on the reserve/non-football illness list and he will miss the final two games of the season, the team announced Saturday.

Fantasy Impact:

Bess missed practice Thursday and Friday while dealing with a "serious family issue," according to The Plain Dealer. He was listed as questionable on the Week 16 injury report, the story said. Josh Cooper will likely replace Bess in the slot. The Browns could also move around Greg Little and Josh Gordon more to compensate for Bess' absence.

Monday, November 4, 2013, 1:25pm

Scott Petrak on Twitter - [Full Article]

Browns HC Rob Chudzinski on WR Greg Little: shoulder sprain, good chance he'll practice Tuesday.

Davone Bess starting ahead of Greg Little in Week 3
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 11:21am

Nate Ulrich, Twitter - [Full Article]

Browns HC Rob Chudzinski said Josh Gordon & Davone Bess will be starting WRs Sunday. Chud demoting Greg Little.

Fantasy Impact:

This move doesn't have big fantasy implications this week, but it's something to note as the Browns get Brandon Weeden back.

Browns name Brandon Weeden starter
Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 11:29am

FOX Sports - [Full Article]

Brandon Weeden has been named the Browns' starting quarterback.

Coach Rob Chudzinski announced his decision on Monday, ending weeks of speculation about whether Weeden would start the season opener against Miami on Sept. 8.

Chudzinski said Weeden has earned the job with a strong offseason, training camp and preseason. Weeden started 15 games as a rookie last year, but Chudzinski and the Browns' new coaching staff wanted to see improvement from the 29-year-old — and they have.

Fantasy Impact:

Weeden was pushed in camp by veteran Jason Campbell. Weeden started off strong last season but didn't finish on fire by any means - just five TD passes over the final eight games. There reason to be excited about his potential with young WRs like Greg Little and Josh Gordon, an up-and-coming TE in Jordan Cameron and a young RB in Trent Richardson. But even with all that we rank him 28th in what is just too deep of a QB class this year. He's worth a shot in deep leagues and could even start a game or two depending on matchups. He will play six games against tough division defenses like Cincy, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, however.

Josh Gordon showing immaturity at practice
Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 10:48pm

ESPN Cleveland - [Full Article]

Fans, media, and Browns front office personnel are watching WR Josh Gordon to see if he has learned from his impending two game suspension or if he will continue to make immature decisions.

On the field has never been the problem. He was dominant through the first few days of camp and is by far the most talented receiver on the roster.

However, on Monday, he was pulled from practice half way through for what coach Rob Chudzinski said was patellar tendonitis.

Injury or not, Gordon was also scolded during that same practice for not finishing plays or running after the catch. He is frequently the last receiver into position drills and has yet to work with Greg Little and Brandon Weeden after practice, despite the fact that Little and Weeden have worked on routes after every single session thus far.

Fantasy Impact:

There was a nine-game stretch from Week 5 to Week 14 where Gordon played like a fantasy WR2. He averaged 3.9-71-.56, which projects to #14 WR numbers. His speed is a good match for QB Brandon Weeden's big arm. The two game suspension puts a dent in his upside, as does his work ethic.

Monday, July 29, 2013, 2:22pm

Akron Beacon Journal - [Full Article]

Plagued by dropped passes, inconsistent performances and flashes of immaturity in his first two seasons, Browns WR Greg Little seems to be carrying himself a bit differently than before.

“I just understand the profession of the business and the time that goes into preparation,” said Little, a second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. “I understand what you put in is what you’re going to get out. It’s a long season, and we’re just going to prepare for this uphill climb and this journey."

Fantasy Impact:

Little is part of a young Browns offense that showed signs of improvement as the season went on last year. He ranks just 55th on our list and likely won't get drafted in a lot of leagues, but don't forget his name as the season goes on. He'll have a chance to step up as Josh Gordon will sit out a two-game suspension.

Monday, July 22, 2013, 7:06pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Browns WR Greg Little traveled to Oklahoma earlier this month to spend three days working out and running routes with quarterback Brandon Weeden. It’s the latest example of a young receiver -- one who’s been a lighting rod for fan criticism -- demonstrating his maturity and commitment to the team.

“I worked with a big group of guys,” Weeden said. “Obviously, (Josh Cooper of Mustang, Okla.) was out there. But it was good. It was good Greg came down. We got three really hard days of work. I threw until I couldn’t throw anymore and he ran until he couldn’t run anymore, so we got a lot of work in.”

Fantasy Impact:

Little could emerge as fantasy relevant as the Browns' WR2, especially early in the season as Josh Gordon serves his two-game suspension.

Sunday, July 14, 2013, 9:29am

Cleveland Plain Dealer - [Full Article]

Browns beat writer Mary Kay Kabot said: RB Trent Richardson was already a big part of the passing game last season, finishing second to WR Greg Little with 51 catches for 367 yards and a TD. I think he'll factor in heavily again, as will some of the other backs.

Fantasy Impact:

We've heard many times that the offense will run through Richardson in Cleveland and that's barely keeping him in our top-10 RBs because he was hampered by injuries last season. We don't see a lot more passing game production for Richardson this year, calling for 53 catches and 379 yards. If he can stay healthy, he has the potential be a solid, late-first-round pick.

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 9:18pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Inconsistent but talented Browns receiver Greg Little has showed well in OTAs, but, as staffers there note, this team can't afford to make too much of anything accomplished in shorts and no contact.

Fantasy Impact:

Little certainly has the talent but hasn't shown enough to be a fantasy WR you can trust. Little likely won't get drafted in your league, but there is a lot of turnover at WR throughout the year so his progress is worth monitoring.

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 9:16pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Browns QB Brandon Weeden may not quite be in an "open" quarterback competition in the truest sense of the word. He enters camp as the starter, and it's his job to lose. But no one I've talked to would be stunned if his spot on the depth chart grows increasingly tenuous. He just may lose it.

Brian Hoyer's intellect and enthusiasm already has impressed the staff; he quickly absorbed Turner's playbook and concepts upon his late arrival to town after his release by the Cardinals.

And journeyman Jason Campbell has enough quality play and big throws in this league that he also poses a real threat to Weeden.

Fantasy Impact:

Weeden is ranked 27th among our QBs and likely won't get drafted in your league. He got off to a nice start last year but faded. The good news is this new coaching staff likes to push the ball down field and there is some talent at WR with Josh Gordon and Greg Little.

Thursday, May 30, 2013, 9:52am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Judging from the comments coming out of Cleveland -- from the owner down to the wide receivers -- the first impression of OC Norv Turner's offense is the aggressiveness of it.

“Everything is downfield, and you get taught pretty quickly that you have to be well conditioned to play fast and play at a high level,” wide receiver Greg Little said. “I just like the way Norv thinks. He calls more post and go routes than I’ve ever run before."

Said wide receiver Josh Gordon: "Defenses will be shocked to say the least with how much we're running downfield."

Fantasy Impact:

The new offense has helped to make Gordon a favorite breakout candidate in the middle rounds. There was a nine-game stretch from Week 5 to Week 14 where Gordon played like a fantasy WR2. He averaged 3.9-71-.56, which projects to #14 WR numbers.

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:23pm

Tony Pauline, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Browns completed the anticipated trade with the Miami Dolphins for Davone Bess and rewarded him with a three-year extension. In exchange for Bess, the Browns moved down seven spots in the fourth round (104 to 111) and swapped their fifth-round pick (164) for a seventh-rounder (217).

Fantasy Impact:

Bess is expected to compete with newly signed David Nelson for slot duties. Nelson is coming off an ACL tear but is "close to being healthy." Expect Greg Little and Josh Gordon on the outside.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 2:22pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

The Browns believe Greg Little and especially Josh Gordon can make an impact in the new offense, which will stress more long passing than the previous West Coast offense. The new offense also should help QB Brandon Weeden, as he'll be throwing more often out of the shotgun. On paper, it looks promising.

Fantasy Impact:

There was a nine-game stretch from Week 5 to Week 14 where Gordon played like a fantasy WR2. He averaged 3.9-71-.56, which projects to #14 WR numbers. His speed is a good match for Weeden's big arm, so Gordon should progress in 2013. As for Little, he gained at least 48 yards and/or scored a TD in seven of his last eight games. It's good to hear that the Browns believe he can make an impact in the new offense.

Monday, March 4, 2013, 10:11am

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Reviewing the tapes from last season, the new Browns coaches were very impressed with the improvement of WR Greg Little. In the first five games, he had 11 catches and six drops. In the last 11 games, it was 42 catches and three drops. Little receives high grades for blocking and toughness. He seems to be a significant part of the plan for 2013.

Fantasy Impact:

It appears that Little has a strong hold on the WR2 job opposite of Josh Gordon. He averaged 4.4-57-0.4 in the last five games, which are #26 WR-type numbers. It's a small sample size, but Little isn't a bad fantasy WR5/WR6 at this point.