We are only 11 days from the start of the 2016 NFL Season, which means it’s prime time for fantasy football drafts. Most fantasy football commissioners have their drafts set for sometime following the third week of the preseason and the start of the regular season in order to protect against any serious injuries that may be suffered during the preseason.
The first order of business when joining fantasy football leagues is to select your team name. Some owners like to spend as little time as possible on their team name and typically choose something generic. Others like to spend a lot of time trying to come up with something witty, typically a play on words that proves them to be some sort of genius.
— SN Fantasy (@SN_Fantasy) August 26, 2016
Personally, I don’t spend a lot of time on it as I’ve won many leagues by using “Double Trouble,” an ode to the little-known nickname of the Carolina Panthers’ two-headed monster at running back years ago, Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams. It also has double meaning for me as I’m the father of boy/girl twins.
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) August 26, 2016
That being said, there are some extremely creative people in the fantasy football community, and these are the top 10 team names that I’ve come across while drafting in 2016.
10. Hartline Bling (h/t For the Win)
Credit to this hilarious play on Drake’s smash hit “Hotline Bling” and NFL free agent wide receiver, Brian Hartline, goes to guy with the Twitter handle, @Arifstotle_.
— Arif (@Arifstotle_) August 24, 2016
9. The Zeke-A-Virus (h/t ESPN)
Combining Dallas Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott’s nickname with a very dangerous disease that’s plaguing the world is pretty amazing work. ESPN’s senior fantasy writer Matthew Berry had this one submitted to him by Charethcutestory on his FantasyLife app.
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Bortles (h/t For the Win)
As a huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan growing up, this one is a favorite of mine. Blake Bortles is also a good mid-round value quarterback for those of you brilliant managers waiting on a quarterback.
7. Pimpin’ Ain’t Breesy (h/t Sporting News)
I’m sure this one has been used throughout the years, but it’s still amazing.
6. 99 Problems But A Fitz Ain’t One (h/t Sporting News)
Larry Fitzgerald and Jay-Z? That’s a ton of star power for one team name.
5. No Suh For You (h/t Sports Grid)
Even if you’re not a Seinfeld nut like me, which you should be, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of the Soup Nazi.
4. Le’Veon A Prayer (h/t Bleacher Report)
If you’re not a fan of Bon Jovi, I’m not sure we can be friends.
3. Make America Gronk Again (h/t Bleacher Report)
For the political folks, this is one of my favorites. Who wouldn’t want to “Make America Gronk Again?”
2. Gotta Catch Jamaal (h/t Bleacher Report)
Expect to see some Pokemon GO names in your leagues this year. This phenomenon has taken the world by storm, and your fantasy football league is next.
1. Dude, Where’s Derek Carr? (h/t Sporting News)
I’m a huge Ashton Kutcher fan, and Dude, Where’s My Car? is my favorite movie that he’s ever done. I might be changing some of my team names to this one once I’m done with this article.
These are my top 10 favorites that I’ve come across so far, but I’d love to hear some more from you guys in the comments section. If you’ve seen a great fantasy football team name that isn’t on the list, please leave a comment.
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