Sleeper WRs – Legedu Naanee and Greg Little – The Locals Take

I reached out to 2 locals in Cleveland and Carolina to get their take on the Legedu Naanee signing and the progress of rook WR Greg Little.

Legedu Naanee – He came like a flash and went down like a heap in fantasy 2010. He is 6’2 220lbs which is a decent size for a WR. As a 5th round pick in 2007 he was a late bloomer for NFL mediocrity. Some will argue that he is simply a flash in the pan and that Phillips Rivers can make any WR look competent. He was hampered most of last year with hammy injuries so it is truly hard to gauge his value. However, signing with Carolina may elevate his stock. Carolina has nothing in the WR front except for a wack-a-noodle Steve Smith. I wouldn’t put him in Randy Moss attitude yet but he is damn close. No matter what our resident Carolina expert Robert Edgcomb states Gettis and LaFell hold ZERO fantasy value. Robert does state that preliminarily it looks like Naanee will line up opposite of Steve Smith. If Smith’s game still shows enough skill to draw double coverage this will leave Naanee open. He is 4 inches taller the Smith so it will give either Cam Newton or Jimmy Clausen a “bigger” WR to chuck it to.

My Biggest Concern in Carolina is the passing game. Mr Edgcomb also feels that Ron Rivera will be committed to the pass. A vast change for Carolina worshippers. Let’s just hope they can figure out which QB can handle the offense. I lean towards agreeing that Clausen will start the season as the #1 QB. Coach Chudzinski (offensive coordinator) was the OC when Edwards, Winslow, and Anderson rocked the house in Anderson’s only Pro Bowl year (wink, wink is that why Anderson was brought in to Carolina?). The bottom line is that the new O in Carolina is largely being ignored in fantasy circles (mainly bc of QB uncertainty). If the QBs can keep it together I could see the starting WR core of Smith and Naanee having some impact. My fantasy god Doc over at Razzball had Smith ranked 37th in PPR with a projection of 5 TDs and 800 yards. With the addition of Naane I see Smith going over 1000 yards with 7 TDS. Naane will probably fall in the 600 yard 3-4 TD range. Not bad production for two undervalued players.

Greg Little – Little is much more a speculative play. I reached out to Matt Loede a beat reporter in Cleveland (also  partner of the Sports Gab Network and editor of NFL Grid Iron Gab). He states that early on Massaquoi and Cribbs have been nursing injuries. This has given Little more time to find a rapport with Colt Mccoy. As a stated in my earlier sleeper post Little is perhaps best equipped to adapt to the new West Coast Offense. As Matt puts it:

I know they are expecting big things from Little, and why not, they have awful WR’s and really could use a guy like that to step up and play well.  I think that it’s a safe bet to take him late (don’t think anything before the 8-10th round) and let him sit the first 1-3 weeks to see how much they use him. 

I agree with Mr. Loede’s assessment. I wouldn’t grab him as early as 8 but round 11-12 seems reasonable to me. I don’t see anyone grabbing a Brown’s rookie WR any time before then. If Little can master the West Coast he could see a ton of catches…



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4 Responses to “Sleeper WRs – Legedu Naanee and Greg Little – The Locals Take”

  1. TD says:

    Chargers passing game isn’t going anywhere. Naanee, Gates and (hopefully) Vincent Jackson should have big years.

  2. TD says:

    If Naanee had stayed

  3. TD says:

    That was the word in 2010. He’s supposed to be great talent

  4. The Fantasy Flukie says:

    Speaking of Chargers passing game I’m keeping my eye on the rookie Vincent Brown. He would have been a HUGE sleeper if Malcolm Floyd hadn’t resigned. If Floyd gets hurt there is no doubt Brown will be useful in the Chargers prolific passing game.

    I’m hoping Naane pans out. I’m paying attention in particular to the Washington and Carolina passing game —- I’m looking for that diamond in the fantasy rough!

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