Winning your fantasy football league almost always starts with picking the right name.
You can spend hours figuring out the right pun or pop culture reference. You definitely want to avoid using something that's already been done time and time again, so inventing something fresh can be somewhat difficult.
The incoming rookie class is a fertile ground for fantasy football monikers because the top players haven't been punned to death.
You can most likely come up with something better than the five team names listed in this article, but they could be a good start. If you have something better, put it in the comments below.
The one drawback to naming a team after Blake Bortles is that it appears he's not going to see much of the field in 2014. John Oehser of Jaguars.com reported that the Jacksonville Jaguars' plan is to use Chad Henne this year and build around Bortles for the future:
Jaguars GM David Caldwell clearly wants QB Chad Henne to start 16 game, but says rookie QB Blake Bortles will certainly be top backup.— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) July 25, 2014
While many teams throw their rookie QBs into the fire, having Bortles hold a clipboard for a year could work out in the long run. He's certainly a work in progress and could use a little more time before he takes the field in an actual NFL game.
In terms of fantasy names, it seems like there would be plenty of pun material for Bortles, but I ran out of ideas.
Richard Sherman on the Mount
For those unfamiliar, the Sermon on the Mount was one of the most influential speeches/teachings in history. It's only appropriate to use it as a pun for one of the most influential NFL stars—nay, human beings—in modern recorded history.
Richard Sherman is one of the best cornerbacks in the game, and he knows it. That confidence may rub some the wrong way, but when you're as good as he is, why not let everybody know it?
In the words of Kanye West, it's "hard to be humble when you stuntin' on a jumbotron."
Then, when you win your league at the end of the year, you can go on a Sherman-esque rant and talk about how mediocre your fellow owners were.
Calm Dee Ford the Storm
This works as both an homage to Dee Ford and a warning to your competitors. When they're reading your team name, they know that it's only a matter of time before they're left in your path of destruction. They better have their fun when they can.
Ford was a bit of a gamble for the Kansas City Chiefs. They weren't lacking in pass-rushers, and other positions presented more immediate needs.
On ESPN.com, Adam Teicher was asked by a fan which Chiefs rookie he felt would make the biggest impact. He answered:
Ford for now is a backup behind Justin Houston and Tamba Hali in the regular defense and the Chiefs haven't used their nickel defense much so far at training camp. But I expect Ford to play in obvious passing situations and he has already shown he has a lot of natural ability as a pass rusher.
Ford might not be playing an immediate role in Kansas City's defense, but that shouldn't prevent him from being the namesake of your fantasy football team.
Nothing Comes Easley
Dominique Easley was the first-round draft pick of the New England Patriots. Translation: He's the next guy Bill Belichick turns into a Pro Bowler. That's how it always goes.
This name is acutely appropriate to the player being punned, too. Easley has battled injuries throughout his career, including two ACL tears, and will start the 2014 season on the non-football injury list.
"I'm just working to get back healthy and I'm just ready to get up there," he said in May, per Boston.com's Zuri Berry. "I didn't say that [I'm not 100 percent], I'm just working to get back healthy, that's all. I'm just working. I just want to work, just get better, learn a new playbook and learn a new system."
Isn't It Ebronic?
There are a few different directions you could go here: Hooked on Ebronics, the Detroit Philhebronic, Ebronic the Hedgehog, From Sea to Shining Seabron, among others.
The name above appeals to that cross section of fans who love both the NFL and music from the '90s, which one can only assume is 100 percent of football fans.
Eric Ebron is cut from the mold of emerging hybrid tight ends. He's got a ton of speed for the position and presents defensive coordinators with matchup nightmares. With Calvin Johnson demanding most of the opposing secondary's attention, Ebron should get plenty of looks from Matthew Stafford.
It's an added to bonus to name your team for somebody who can actually help you out. The former North Carolina star should be among the top rookie performers in fantasy football this season.