The 2014 fantasy football season is nearly upon us, but assembling a championship-ready roster is only part of the battle. A hilarious team name can mean the difference between year-long bragging rights and ending up as the league laughingstock.
Creativity is the key to any good fantasy football team name. Nearly every league will have a team named “Somewhere Over the Dwayne Bowe” or “Show Me Your TDs”; funny names, but certainly not the best in terms of originality. Eric Kay of CBS Sports notes that names such as “Da Bears” or “Turn Down For Watt” are already among the most commonly used on the site’s fantasy football service.
Struggling to find the right team name? A roundup of possible options, featuring references to football players, notable quotes, popular movies and other sports pop culture can be viewed below.
The Dwayne Bowe Connection. Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwyane Bowe's name seems to be perfect for funny fantasy football team names.
London Broyles. Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles hasn't made much of a splash in the NFL just yet, but he could be in for a breakout season after recovering from a torn Achilles.
Money Manziel. Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel's off-field antics are already legendary; whether or not he will be a "money" player in the NFL remains a matter of debate.
Johnny Backup. Manziel may have been known as "Johnny Football" in college, but Brian Hoyer is still the Browns' starting quarterback for the time being. This one might appeal to fans of Cleveland's rival teams.
Bout That Action, Boss. This is a direct quote from Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's extremely brief meeting with the press at Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day.
Freddie Mitchell’s Hands. Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell once thanked his hands at a press conference "for being so great."
Yo Soy Fiesta. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a way with words.
Insane Clowney Posse. Remember, Houston Texans defensive end and 2014 first-overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney can do things like this.
Kaepernicking It Old School. An homage to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
John Kuhn’s Vertical. The Green Bay Packers fullback had a hard time completing the Lambeau Leap in 2013.
Drake’s Bandwagon. The Toronto rapper has caught a lot of flack due to the perception that he only roots for winning teams. See what we're getting at?
The Real McCoy. Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy led the NFL with 1,607 rushing yards and 2,146 yards from scrimmage in 2013.
Charles In Charge. In addition to his league-leading 12 rushing touchdowns in 2013, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles just signed a new contract extension.
Manningface. Presented without comment.
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Peyton Manning’s Audibles. The Broncos quarterback's frequent calls of "Omaha" were a phenomenon last season.
Smack Cam. With 24 passing touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns in 2013, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton smacked opponents in more ways than one last season. Also, there's this.
Le’Veon Bellringers. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back is a nightmare for opposing tacklers.
Revis Island. New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis has marooned opposing wide receivers for years.
Strong Side. "Remember The Titans" fans will immediately understand this one.
Miami Sharks. Can't go wrong with a reference to Any Given Sunday.
The ButtFumbles. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez will never live this down.
No Harm No Foles. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles did plenty of harm to opposing secondaries last season, posting a league-best 119.2 quarterback rating.
Elementary My Dear Watkins. Many pundits believe that Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins is a candidate for the 2014 NFL rookie of the year ward.
Ertz Doughnut. Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz put a hurting on opposing teams in the red zone last season, snagging three touchdowns in his final five games.
Won’t Take No Flacco. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco catches a lot of flack over his massive contract, but he does have a Super Bowl ring.
Nobody's Burfict. Except for Cincinatti Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
Belichick's Hoodie. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's sideline sweatshirt game is unmatched.
Santana Claus. If Robert Griffin III returns to form, Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss may be a late-round gift to fantasy football teams this year.
The Annexation Of Puerto Rico. We'll let the video explain this one.
Game Of Thrones Fantasy Football Team Names: NFL.com put together an amazing list of possibilities, such as "Astapor Unsullied" and "Castle Black Crows."