Fantasy Football 2021: Funny Team Names for the Upcoming Season

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2021

Fantasy Football 2021: Funny Team Names for the Upcoming Season

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    We're on the eve of NFL training camp season, as the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers are set to open camp Wednesday. This means that teams and fans alike are laying plans for the 2021 regular season.

    While many fans are counting down the days until the return of real, meaningful football games, others are busy preparing for the fantasy season. The time for fantasy drafts is quickly approaching too—though it's best not to draft too early because preseason injuries will again be a thing in 2021.

    For its diehard enthusiasts, fantasy football is serious business, but that doesn't mean that managers can't get a little silly when it comes to crafting their teams. We're talking about team names specifically here.

    While perhaps not as important as forging a winning roster—though for some, that may be debatable—finding the perfect team name can help create a rewarding experience from draft day to the postseason.

    To help get those creative juices flowing, we're here with some humorous suggestions for the 2021 season. Before we get into the funny, though, let's take a look at the top fantasy prospects for points-per-reception (PPR) scoring heading into training camps.

Fantasy Football PPR Top 40

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    1. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

    2. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings

    3. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints

    4. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

    5. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

    6. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

    7. Stefon Diggs, WR, Buffalo Bills

    8. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

    9. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

    10. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Arizona Cardinals

    11. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts

    12. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

    13. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

    14. Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons

    15. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

    16. Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings

    17. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns

    18. DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks

    19. A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans

    20. Darren Waller, TE, Las Vegas Raiders

    21. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

    22. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

    23. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

    24. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers

    25. Allen Robinson II, WR, Chicago Bears

    26. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

    27. Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team

    28. Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Football Team

    29. Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams

    30. Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys

    31. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

    32. Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams

    33. Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    34. D'Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions

    35. Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    36. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys

    37. Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills

    38. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    39. Julio Jones, WR, Tennessee Titans

    40. DJ Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers

Names Based on Injury Returns, Other Relevant Situations

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    Timeliness matters when it comes to fantasy team names. Now that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has retired, for example, "Feel the Brees" no longer makes a ton of sense.

    Fortunately, there are plenty of storylines heading into camp that can be used as the basis of a strong team name. Players like Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey are returning from injury, while teams like the Saints are set to hold quarterback competitions.

    The Green Bay Packers, meanwhile, have no real idea of when or if quarterback Aaron Rodgers will report to camp.

    "I would just say there's nothing new to update on the issue," team president Mark Murphy told reporters.

    Some timely team names include:

    Dak's Back

    Barkley Up the Right Tree

    I'd (Jordan) Love for Rodgers to Return

    McCaffRe-Peat

    Wheeeere's Aaron?

    Me and Julio Down in Tennessee

    Just Wanna Winston

    BridgewaterWorld

Rookie-Themed Team Names

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    If the news cycle really isn't your thing, taking inspiration from the rookie draft class is usually a safe alternative.

    While building a roster around a first-year player typically isn't a sound strategy, rookies can provide a ton of upside because of their draft positioning. Unproven players generally don't get drafted in the first couple of rounds, but they can deliver on the stat sheet.

    Minnesota Vikings wideout Justin Jefferson, for example, racked up an incredible 1,400 receiving yards as a rookie last season.

    With this topic in mind, here are some suggestions based on incoming rookies like Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Mac Jones, Trey Lance and more:

    Mac Attack

    Lawrence and Order

    Fields of Dreams

    Najee, I'm Good

    Chase Jam

    50 Shades of Trey

    DeVonta's Inferno

    Moore Wins, Please!

    Bateman Forever

    Pitts' Creek

Oldies but Goodies

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    While it's fun to be innovative, there's something to be said for tradition. Just as we've become accustomed to seeing players like Tom Brady, Julio Jones and Aaron Rodgers on the football field, some team names have become fantasy staples.

    While rehashing team names from years past won't appeal to everyone, some classics simply never go out of style:

    Tompa Bay

    Hot Chubb Time Machine

    Brady's Bunch

    Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard

    Charks and Recreation

    One Flew over the JuJu Nest

    Davante's Peak

    Tin Kupp

    Dak to the Future

    Game of Jones

    Belichick Your Head

    What's Up Mahomes?

    Zeke and Destroy

    Roethlisbergers with Cheese

    O' Henry

    For Whom Odell Tolls

    Country Roads, Take Mahomes

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