With the NFL Season upon us, it’s that time of year to recognize Fantasy Football Team Names Awards Winners – Best of 2017. As most everyone knows who plays fantasy, coming up with a great team name is of huge importance. Our ceremony today recognizes that and gives you a few ideas if you’ve yet to name your team.
2017 Fantasy Football Team Names Awards Winners
The arduous process of identifying 29 categories, finalists and winners began after last year’s draft. With considerable study and contemplation, our panel of judges debated and determined finalists and winners. Congratulations to all contestants.
Touchdown Tommy Award
- Brady and the Champ
- Brady Gaga
- Here’s my #, Call Me Brady
“Brady Gaga.” Although the judges liked the logo possibilities of showing Brady and Coach Belichick together with the “Brady and the Champ” alternative, the short “Brady Gaga” gets the nod for a million reasons.
Top Rookie Fantasy Names
- Little Red Fournette
- D’Onta Foreman Grill
- Christian Missionaries
“Little Red Fournette.” The celebration of Prince’s life continues to be strong as this selection sped by other worthy candidates.
Aaron Rodgers That
- Rodgers Neighborhood
- The Jolly Rodgers
- Armed Rodgery
“Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood.” When asked to justify their answer, the judges just hummed, “It’s a Beautiful Day in this Neighborhood.”
Sir Cam Newton
- Cam You Feel the Love Tonight?
- Camburger Helper
- Green Eggs and Cam
- Teenage Newton Ninja Turtles
- Wham Bam Thank You Cam
“Teenage Newton Ninja Turtles.” A crowded field left the judges with many choices, but with the finishing bites of their pepperoni pizza, they announced “Teenage Newton Ninja Turtles” as the winner.
Drew “Grilled Brees Sandwich”
- Going to Brees Right Bayou
- Breesy like Sunday Morning
- Breesus, King of the Drews
“Going to Brees Right Bayou” wins in a tight race. A little smack talk woven into the team name couldn’t be beat in the eye of these judges.
Team Based Monikers
- Da Bears (Saturday Night Live homage to the Chicago Bears)
- Football Cheesus (Packers and cheese go together )
- The Immaculate Collection (Steelers’ reference to the Immaculate Reception)
“The Immaculate Collection.” The undertone of this name indicating that the league’s prize money will be coming your way was just too good to pass by.
Saved by Le’Bell
- Le’Veon Let Die
- Highway to Bell
- Le’Veon la Vida Loca
“Highway to Bell.” Le’Veon’s Highway seems to be running down hill for him. The guy just knows how to pick up yards, and may display more patience than any back in history.
Julio Jones for this and a Jones for that Award
- Julio Let the Dogs Out?
- Julio Jones Diary
- Me and Mr. Jones
- Game of Jones
“Game of Jones.” Game of Thrones reference pairs the best receiver in the NFL with the best show on TV.
- Everyday I’m Russelling
- Russell Sprouts
- From Russell With Love
“Everyday I’m Russelling.” It’s a name with a built in fight song – Everyday I’m Hustlin’.
Andrew “Two Buck” Luck
- Cool Hand Luck
- Luck Dynasty
- The Luckness Monster
“The Luckness Monster” and “Luck Dynasty” will share this award. Both clever names with great logo possibilities. You can’t go wrong assuming Mr. Luck is healthy enough to play.
The Big Gronkowski Award
- Party like a Gronk Star
- Gronky Kong
- Gronky Tonk Man
- Willy Gronka
“Gronky Kong.” So many great choices, but this one cleared all the barrels.
Game of Thrones Fantasy Football Name
- Mother of Touchdowns
- James Starks of Winterfell
- Jon Snow: Sleeper Pick
- Monday Night Watch
- Matty Ice Dragon
“Matty Ice Dragon.” The best thing about GOT is the dragons. This pick was a no-brainer for the fire-spewing judges.
Baffle the Opponents Category
- Bye Week
- Week Off
- No Game This Week
“Bye Week.” When in Rome, act as the Romans do. The NFL calls it “Bye Week,” and so should fantasy leagues.
TV Show Reference
- American Hoyer Story
- It’s Always Runny in Philadelphia
- The Boldin The Beautiful
- Doug “My Favorite” Martin
“It’s Always Runny in Philadelphia.” Great show, great name.
Most Colorful Category
- Rudolph the Red Zone Receiver
- Yippee Ki Yay Justin Tucker
- Roethlisberger Helper
“Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer.” It’s the ultimate choice for a touchdown-catching tight end.
- Cowboy Up
- And so it was Witten
- Dak to the Future
“Dak to the Future.” The fate of the Cowboys is in Dak Prescott’s hands (or arm or arms and legs).
- Elway or the Highway
- Miller Time
- Save a Bronco, Ride a Cowboy
“Miller Time.” Von Miller is the most dominating player on the Broncos. Give him his due.
- Men of Steel
- Antonio Brown Eyed Girl
- Big Ben
- Steelers Sixcess
“Men of Steel.” Any link to Superman is a good one.
Green Bay Packers
- 52 Shades of Clay
- The Cheese Stands Alone
“The Cheese Stand Alone.” What Packers name is worthy of consideration that doesn’t pay tribute to the Dairy State?
Defensive Player Name of the Year
- To Khalil a Mockingbird
- Miller High Life
- License to Khalil
“To Khalil a Mockingbird.” Ok, Harper Lee might not be proud.
Ad Slogans Reference
- Every Kiss Begins with Clay (Kay Jewelers)
- With a name like Justin Tucker, it has to be Good (Smuckers)
- Be All You Cam Be (Army)
- Share the Fantasy Football (Chanel)
“Every Kiss Begins with Clay.” It’s good to see some defenders get some recognition.
- Discount Belichick
- Straight Outta Tomlin
“Discount Belichick.” Belichick always finds a way to win – this was no exception.
- Scoreless in Seattle
- Julio Jones Diary
- Final DEZtination
- Dunkirk Cousins
“Dunkirk Cousins.” The judges took a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately approach and went with a more recent movie name.
- And Hurns to you Allen Robinson
- Chris Ebony and Ivory
- Hooked on a Thielen
- Lacy in the Sky with Diamons
- Stairway to Evans
“Stairway to Evans.” The Hard Knocks star Mike Evans has moved into the elite receiver category. This could be a huge year for him.
Unorthodox Naming Ideas Category
- Rudy was Offsides
- Mel Kiper’s Best Available
- Eventual Champions
“Rudy was Offsides.” A funny take on the football movie classic, “Rudy.” Judges note that this would also make a great league name.
Retail Store Reference
- Victorious Secret
- Bed Bath & Beyonce
- “Bed Bath & Beyonce.” Judges couldn’t find one football thing about it, but it still works.
Basketball Team Reference
- Golden Taint Warriors
“Golden Taint Warriors.” The hottest NBA team didn’t need Kevin Durant to win this recognition.
Catch Phrase Award
- I Pitta the Fool
- Eat Drink and D. Murray
- In a Van down by the Rivers
- Gym, Tannehill, Landry
“Eat Drink and D. Murray.” The stars were aligned for this name to come together.
Hall of Fame Nominations
- Favre Dollar Footlong
- Forgetting Brandon Marshall
- Flacco Seagulls
- Straight Cash Homey (Randy Moss line)
“Favre Dollar Footlong.” Do you want to make that a meal?
- Hyde and Go Zeke (You’ll need Carlos Hyde and Ezekiel Elliott to pull this off.)
- You Winston, You Lose Some (Jameis Winston)
- De More De Maryius (Demaryius Thomas)
- What Can Brown Do For You? (Antonio Brown)
- Sir I Sack Newton (Von Miller, Denver Bronco’s Defense)
“Sir I Sack Newton.” In the 2015 Super Bowl, Von Miller had 2.5 sacks of Cam Newton including two strip-sacks that turned the game in the Broncos’ favor. In four short words, your fantasy football name is communicating an awful lot with our 2017 winner.
Congratulations all, and we’re out of time. See you next year!