Choosing a fantasy football team name is an important responsibility for any owner. Choose incorrectly, and you risk getting laughed out of your league or just drawing a series of blank stares. But if the stars are in alignment, and you select the perfect team name, expect the legend of your franchise to flourish, regardless of your win/loss record.
Taking your time (research) is not only the most important factor when it comes to making money playing fantasy sports, it is the most important factor in choosing a good fantasy team name.
Try jotting down 25 or so names, and then narrow the list from there. I�ve even known fantasy owners who would generate as many as 100 names before culling it down to a final selection. Ultimately, you just want to make sure that you�ve had adequate time to consider various types of names.
Below, I�ve tried to break up the types of fantasy football team names into different categories. You might consider focusing on a category which matches your personality, as someone without a good sense of humor is unlikely to come up with a side-splitting team moniker.
Funny Fantasy Football Team Names
When choosing a name for their fantasy football team, a lot of owners prefer to go with something that�ll crack up the competition (or at least themselves). Granted, a lot of these names could be accused of being a little on the cheesy side, but nobody in fantasy football is shooting for a Pulitzer Prize.
When choosing a funny fantasy football team name, it�s often advisable to select something which almost sounds like a legitimate word or phrase. That way, the owners of your league will be doubly impressed (well, maybe not). Here are some examples:
Unregistered Sex Offenders
A Group of Fat People
Serious Fantasy Fotoball Team Names
While they might not be the most memorable, there�s nothing wrong with selecting a fantasy football team name that�s more serious. When I say �more serious,� I�m not talking about naming your team something like The Rainforests Are Dying, but rather the absence of silly puns or absurdist humor. In fact, you might still get a little chuckle out of the name, but don�t expect anyone else to.
The biggest advantage of a serious name is that you won�t be embarrassed to go to the engraver if you win your league. On the other hand, an owner who named his team The Scrotum Suckers (or possibly far worse) might draw some odd looks from the old lady behind the counter.
In other words, serious names are the safest picks available. Here are a few examples:
The Big Dawgs
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Two Minute Warning
Third and Goal
We Got Game
Dirty Fantasy Football Team Names
In most cases, owners either love dirty fantasy names or hate them. Not for the faint of heart, the ones listed below are actually tame compared to some I�ve seen. Dirty team names come in all shapes in sizes, from names of obscure sexual positions and fetishes like Cleveland Steamer and Rusty Trombone to more basic names like The Skull Fuckers.
Just keep in mind what kind of league you�ll be playing in. Dirty names wouldn�t be appropriate for a church league or family league, but they�ll be right at home (and often downright welcome) if you�re playing against guys who are usually smashed by the third round.
If your league is online, also remember that some fantasy football services (like Yahoo!) won�t allow obscene names. Be sure and check before you spend hours coming up with a perfectly offensive gem.
Here are a few to get you started:
Forsett Down Her Throat
2 Inches Flacco, 4 Inches Huard
The Bangkok Whores
Down and Dirty Sanchez
The Cleveland Steamers
Crazy Fantasy Football Team Names
As the name would imply, crazy fantasy football team names usually don�t make a bit of sense. That being said, they can often be pretty damned funny.
Whether you make one up yourself or use a team name generator, these bizarre monikers will often leave your competition scratching their heads in confusion. And really, who wants to lose to a team named The Gentlemanly Sock Puppets?
Selecting crazy fantasy names becomes even more hilarious if you�re in a league full of owners who like to outdo each other. If this is the case, expect the names to get progressively stranger as your draft approaches. Just pray that nobody asks you for an explanation.
Bucket of Truth
Monkeys with Crayons
Escape from Spam Mountain
The Dancing Gorbachevs
The Flaming Phalanges
Major Giggles and the Justice Pals
An Assassin’s Lunch Meat
Death Eating a Cracker
Michael Vick Fantasy Football Team Names
Few NFL players have provided fantasy football managers with more fodder for team names than Michael Vick. Whether it involves him fighting (or killing) dogs or the use of the name �Ron Mexico,� selecting one of these is guaranteed to elicit groans, laughs or both.
With his rise back to the first round of your typical fantasy draft board, the Vick fantasy football team names may have a bit more mileage in 2011 and beyond.
The following should give you a pretty good idea of what I�m talking about:
Vick’s Dog Walking Service
Kibbles & Vick
My Vick is Itchy
Vick in a Box
Ron Mexico’s Revenge
Vick Used Dog Sale
Bad Newz Kennels
NFL Fantasy Football Team Names
There are plenty of humorous events which occur in the National Football League. For example, who can forget legendary tirades by the likes of Denny Green, Jim Mora and Herman Edwards? Or how about a drunken Joe Namath stating that he wanted to kiss reporter Suzy Kolber? Rex Ryan’s foot fetish videos, Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg and going to prison for 3 years, etc., etc., etc.
Besides citing specific instances, it�s also humorous to just make fun of the names of players and coaches. Think of it as getting to be Chris Berman for a day.
There are literally a ton of these, and stupid athletes and coaches are seemingly providing new ones every hour or so. Below are some of our favorites for 2011:
My Poop Is Ronnie And Brown
Rex’s taste of De-FEET
Sexy Rexy and the Dirty Sanchize
Texas Chainsaw Massaquoi
Make It Wayne On ‘Em
Forte Percent Chance of Wayne
Cam you see my Newtons
Ben There Raped That
Travis Henry is My Dad
Donte Drink and Drive
Pop Culture Fantasy Football Team Names
Using a film or song title in your fantasy team name is a great way to show that you�re up on current events. It can also serve as an icebreaker with owners you�re meeting for the very first time.
But you don�t have to stop there; you can use almost any pop culture reference in your team�s name. Just hope the reference doesn�t go over their heads, or else you�ll have some �splainin to do.
To generate ideas, just grab any CD or DVD you�ve got sitting around the house. Take a look at the title and the actors (or musicians) involved, and you should be well on your way towards a great fantasy football team name. You might also watch some Internet clips of shows like South Park, Family Guy or The Simpsons, as they feature tons of pop culture gags and references.
It�s Britney, Bitch
Michele Bachman’s Straight Parade
Neverland Ranch Hands
Cooking With Dom Deluise
Pumps and a Bump
Phil Collins� Invisible Touch
The Avenging Disco Godfather
The Name�Is Dalton
Current Events Fantasy Football Team Names
Fantasy football team names based on current events can often overlap with those in the pop culture category. However, this group also includes happenings from the political and scientific community (although most owners will probably shy away from naming their team after a branch of physics).
While there�s still the opportunity to be clever, these team names also indicate that you have a certain grasp of world affairs. Referencing such figures as Dick Cheney or Barack Obama in your team name will quickly earn you a reputation as a thinker, especially if your league is populated by power drinkers and modern-day cavemen.
The downside is that topical names used for inspiration may quickly fade from the spotlight, thereby requiring you to either use a dated reference the following season or change it completely. In other words, if you�re going to reference a world leader or celebrity, make sure they have some degree of staying power. That way, your name will draw nods of approval for years to come.
Obama Your Momma
Last Dance With Saddam Hussein
Dick Cheney�s Cardiologist
Paris Hilton for President!
Lindsay Lohan�s Brain Candy
Free Chad Johnson!
No Peace in the Middle East
Too Poor 4 Gas
The War on Terror
Roger Clemens� Roid Rage
Perzonalized Fantasy Football Team Names
Some fantasy owners prefer to use their team name to demonstrate loyalty to a particular franchise or to mention their place of employment. There�s nothing wrong with that, although personalized team names tend to be a bit less compelling than other options. Still, if you want everyone in the league to know that you work at Best Buy or hail from Portland, then this is the way to go.
Joe�s Wrecking Crew
Female Fantasy Football Team Names
Fantasy football isn�t just for men anymore, and a growing number of female fantasy players are springing up around the globe. While women have all the regular options available when choosing a team name, they�re also able to push the envelope a bit. Remember, ladies, nothing humiliates a guy more than losing to a woman at fantasy football. Keep that in mind when choosing a team name. Here are a few examples:
End Zone Divas
Women Do It Better
Women Who Score
Girls Gone Wild
On the Rag-ged Edge
Chicks with Balls
Best Fantasy Football Team Names
While I was compiling information for this article, a came across hundreds of fantasy football team names. These were some of the best, in my opinion.
Church League Fistfight
Dances with Whiskey
Blood, Sweat and Beers
League of Extraordinary Genitals
The Inglorious Bastards
Brand New Edgar Suit
Greatest Show on Paper
Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza
Blame the Refs
Legion of Doom
Fantasy Football Team Name Generator
Are you still stuck for a fantasy team name? If so, you might consider using a name generator. There are plenty of these on the Internet, but the following are tailored specifically to fantasy football. Do note, however, that the names generated tend to be a bit on the nonsensical side.
So there you have it. A complete look at the various styles of fantasy football team names available to you. Just remember to take your time and pick a name which best suits your personality. If you do, you�ll end up with a memorable name which both amuses and strikes fear into the hearts of the competition. And, really, isn�t that what fantasy football is all about?