Fantasy Football Team Names: Amusing Monikers Celebrating 2013's Rookie Class

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2013

Jul 30, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans guard Chance Warmack (70) warms up during his first day of training camp at Saint Thomas Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
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A new draft class can often be a fertile treasure trove of fantasy football names.

Everybody is jumping on names for established players like "Somewhere over Dwayne Bowe," "Forte-Yard Dash," "Boy Named Suh" and whatever can allude to the "Butt Fumble."

By going to the rookies, you can get the jump on some of the better names. You get extra points for creativity, and you can watch as your team moniker makes that leap into the upper echelon of fantasy football names.

Here is a good place to start when trying to think of how you can tie the new rookies into your fantasy football team.


The Slack-Jawed Joeckels

Luke Joeckel was the second overall pick in the draft, so it's always good when you can pick a player that everybody knows. Plus, who doesn't love Cletus the slack-jawed yokel?

Some may like having a team name that only a couple of people get and flies over the head of everybody else.

There's plenty of enjoyment coming from the low-hanging fruit, though. This way, you'll get plenty of credit for the name, and people don't think you're some condescending fan who thumbs his nose at the mainstream. Nobody likes that guy.


Safety Chance

If you can tie your name to a song, it's always a good thing. That song can become your battle hymn, no matter what it is. When you're victorious, the song's beautiful melody can be your victory anthem, turned all the way to 11 if your competition is within earshot, thus rubbing the win in that much more.

Chance Warmack should become one of the best guards in the league. It's an unglamorous position, so you're also ticking the "Humanitarian Pursuit" box on your fantasy name checklist. Any attention offensive linemen can get is positive attention.

Tight end Vance McDonald would also work for this name.


Reiding Rainbow

This works on a lot of levels. Eric Reid looks like the real deal, and it's only a matter of time before he's one of the best safeties in the game. Then you've got the nostalgic level for all the fans who learned to read with LeVar Burton. Lastly, you've got the awesome Reading Rainbow theme, which can serve as your fight song.

Sure there's already future Hall of Famer Ed Reed already getting first right of refusal on any fantasy name. But now's the time to jump on the Eric Reid bandwagon while there's still room.


What's For Dysert

When you're naming your team, you always look to the seventh-round quarterbacks, right?

Zac Dysert only has to unseat Peyton Manning to become the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Although he's unlikely to have much of a pro career, Dysert has a name that's built for fantasy football.

Plus, you may be able to get that one guy who went to Miami (Ohio) and loves fantasy football. Then you become friends with that guy. And once you become friends with that guy, you make one-sided trades with that guy that only helps out your team and dooms your new friend.

See, it's not always a bad thing to pick players at random and create fantasy names.