In the world of fantasy football, the first round is the most important thing—but a great team name is a close second.
A wrong move in the first round can cripple a team beyond repair depending on the severity of the gaffe (such as grabbing a quarterback not named Peyton), but a bad team name is a serious misstep.
A cliche or cringe-worthy name makes a losing season even worse, and a league-winning owner who touts such a name is hard to take seriously. The best owners excel in both areas, so let's take a look at an updated first-round mock based on standard leagues and some more unique names.
Fantasy Football 1st-Round Mock
|1||LeSean McCoy||Philadelphia Eagles||RB|
|2||Jamaal Charles||Kansas City Chiefs||RB|
|3||Adrian Peterson||Minnesota Vikings||RB|
|4||Matt Forte||Chicago Bears||RB|
|5||Eddie Lacy||Green Bay Packers||RB|
|6||Calvin Johnson||Detroit Lions||WR|
|7||Jimmy Graham||New Orleans Saints||TE|
|8||Montee Ball||Denver Broncos||RB|
|9||Dez Bryant||Dallas Cowboys||WR|
|10||Demaryius Thomas||Denver Broncos||WR|
|11||Peyton Manning||Denver Broncos||QB|
|12||Marshawn Lynch||Seattle Seahawks||RB|
Fresh Team Names
Turn Down for Watt?
Humor and a sense of cultural awareness each play a role in any great team name.
For this one, owners get the best of both worlds. J.J. Watt's name is butchered to mesh with a recent hit song that, to be kind, is funny in a strange sort of way.
It matters little that Watt is a defender. IDP leagues are sweeping the globe in the same way point-per-reception and dynasty leagues are. Even if used in a standard league, the name holds weight because Watt has quickly become one of the most recognizable names in football.
Just 25 years old, Watt is the most terrifying defender in the league at the moment. Watt is the owner of 32 sacks in the past two seasons alone, and the use of his name suggests that a relentless owner sits behind the screen, which parallels the strange song's theme in a way too.
Dumb and Dumervil
One of the best movies in history is getting a sequel, so it is only right that the world of fantasy football honors the occasion this season.
Luckily for owners, one Elvis Dumervil is here to help in the pursuit of a creative moniker.
Fans can be forgiven for letting Dumervil slip the mind. He joined the Baltimore Ravens last year and had a rather quiet season by his standards, which means just 9.5 sacks.
It is easy to gloss over the fact that he ranked as the No. 3 overall outside linebacker last season, per Pro Football Focus (subscription required). Like Jim Carrey, Dumervil's talent is not going anywhere.
Tickle Me Al-Mo
There was a time when Tickle Me Elmo was the biggest craze in the nation.
The same can be said for Washington running back Alfred Morris. Over the course of his first two seasons in the league, the Florida Atlantic product posted elite numbers:
Since, though, owners have become a bit shy, most likely because of new head coach Jay Gruden. As a result, Morris has an average draft position of 2.10. That places him outside the top 10, and wild cards such as Arian Foster, Le'Veon Bell and DeMarco Murray come off the board first.
When an owner sees an adversary draft Morris, he or she simply smirks because of the backfire potential.
Then again, the joke could just as easily turn out to be on them. It's hard to say how this is akin to owning a Tickle Me Elmo, so just understand that Morris is a great value given his current slotting.
The Big Gronkowski
Why not honor a classic movie too?
Rob Gronkowski is a fantasy monster with no equal at his position. Over the course of the last few years, he has even blown New Orleans' Jimmy Graham out of the water on a per-game basis. The numbers do the talking:
The obvious issue is his injury track record, but that has become less and less of a problem as this preseason has worn on toward the regular 16-game slate.
"Definitely a step forward with participating more and more," Gronkowski said, per ESPN.com's Mike Reiss. "It's doing well so far, no setbacks or anything. ... I'm having a blast competing back out there."
Look, with an ADP of 3.05, Gronkowski is quite literally the best fantasy gamble this season. Last year, Graham outscored all but five running backs, and we know his rival in New England can do better. If an owner can grab Gronkowski in the third round after going RB-RB or RB-WR, it is a nearly impossible standard team to beat.
Oh, and the intertwined team name falls under the same classification.