With the fantasy football draft season now in full swing, there are several aspects of a team an owner must take care of before the year begins.
For some, the draft might have already taken place. Other owners are waiting for the big day to finally arrive. After bringing in an impressive crop of fantasy stars, several owners look to reference their players in team names.
Some names are played out at this point, but others are timeless classics. While some owners keep their players from previous years and retain the same name, it's a revolving door for others who look to earn points for originality.
As fantasy drafts everywhere start up, here's a look at some of the best player reference names for the 2014 season.
Do the Sankey Leg
For those who need another reason to take Bishop Sankey as a potential RB2, hilarious names with the Tennessee Titans running back should help.
The rookie from Washington is expected to do great things in fantasy, but he also might help owners earn some laughs with his last name. Being counted on to step up as a reliable option, Sankey could be a keeper for years to come as well.
Sankey is emerging as one of the top rookies in fantasy and has a chance to get several snaps for the Tennessee Titans this season. In fact, Michael Fabiano of the NFL Network has him as 2014's top rookie:
Along with his flex appeal early in the season, Sankey provides a solid nickname for any team looking to secure a name for years to come. In keeper and Dynasty leagues, owners might have a reliable option and one of the funniest names.
Those who don't think the "Stanky Leg" is cool anymore might also want to go with You Sankeyd My Battleship. Either one is family friendly, but having a touchdown dance tied up in the name makes this name a perfect one.
Gotta Catch Jamaal
Owners who have a chance to select in the top three of their drafts have several options. Those who select Jamaal Charles also have an awesome possible team name for the 2014 season.
After he torched the NFL, Charles was the best running back in fantasy last year. He also solidified his place along with Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy as one of the top backs in fantasy football.
While some might be worried about a preseason injury, Charles has already returned to practice. Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton spoke about the back, per Randy Covitz of The Kansas City Star:
We’ve seen him all preseason, of course, and he’s one of the best going. He gives us a good look in there. Glad to see him out there, period.
The guys that have been nicked up are trying to get their reps back on the scout team. (Mike) DeVito is over there, Josh Mauga is over there. It’s just a way for them to get work and not take away from guys that are definitely playing.
Clearly a joke on the Pokemon franchise, Gotta Catch Jamaal is both humorous and true for his owners. With a player like Charles on the roster, every other player will be terrified to face the dynamic running back.
In order to win the league, other owners truly will have to live by this team name on the season. Fill out an explosive roster after taking Charles, and this moniker might be engraved on a trophy after 2014.
Hyde Ya Kids, Hyde Ya Wife
Much like Sankey, Carlos Hyde has come on strong as a rookie running back. The former Ohio State player is expected to push Frank Gore for carries throughout the 2014 season.
Like the previous team name, the reference is slightly played out. Antoine Dodson might not be in the spotlight anymore, but Hyde certainly has a chance to be a star this season.
With Hyde having a chance to blow up this year, he might hold the same value as Sankey next year. As he rises up the rankings, other owners might eventually try to hide their teams from playing against the rookie.
Hyde owners have a great team name and potential keeper. That's a positive for players and a great plan for the future of your franchise—because fantasy is that serious.
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