MacPharlain has been playing and writing about fantasy sports (including fantasy football, NASCAR, and golf) for over a decade.
What to name my fantasy team?
Your entire fantasy season depends on this crucial decision. It determines whether you will be feared, respected or laughed at by other players. Don't screw it up.
Seriously, it's not that big of a deal. This guide offers ideas to help you pick a great name for your fantasy team or league. Many of the examples are from fantasy football but these ideas can be used to name teams in fantasy baseball, hockey, basketball, soccer or any fantasy sport...even fantasy golf.
What makes a good fantasy team name?
Team names can instill fear in your opponents, make them laugh or just ask "what is this dude on?".
Whether you're going for a funny, clever or outrageous name, your team name should sound good when used in smack talk.
1. "You don't have a prayer against team name."
2. "team name is going to dominate this league."
Remember, it's your team so have fun naming it. The name doesn't even have to make sense and you can always change it later. Some people change their team name every week to trash talk their opponent.
Real Sports Teams
Lots of people name their fantasy team after their favorite pro or college team. It's quick, easy and you show support for your team.
If you want to be more creative, change the name up a little with similar words. For example, there's a guy in one of my leagues who is a Detroit Lions fan so he names his fantasy team "Motorcity Maulers".
Movies & TV Shows
The title of your favorite movie/TV show or a great quote from it can make a good team or league name. A former popular TV show title turned team name is "Jersey Leshoure".
Here are a few movie title team name ideas for a fantasy football team:
Sports Phrases & Quotes
Athletes, coaches and those knuckleheads in the broadcast booth frequently mouth off with memorable quotes. Use one as your team name.
Songs & Bands
Use the title or a lyric from a favorite song. Country songs can make good team names because they usually have funny titles. Any song titles by Weird Al Yankovic are also good candidates.
Some example ideas:
Current Events and Slang
Make up a name based on anything that's happening in the sport or other news. One year I named my fantasy NASCAR team "Jet Fuel Additives Anonymous" based on the fuel additive scandal at the start of that season. Any season with a referee strike makes "Rookie Refs" and "The Replacements" good names.
Past favorites for fantasy football teams were names like "Vick's Dog Sitting Service" or "Favre's Flip Floppers". A few years ago I saw lots of teams with "Winning" or "Tiger Blood" in their names. Charlie Sheen's Twitter feed is still full of funny team name ideas.
Slang words or phrases are good, too. "Pimp My Team" for example. "Git 'R Done" and "Got 'R Did" are good for Fantasy NASCAR teams.
How Often Do You Change Your Team Name?
I tend to use a name for a couple seasons then change it to something else or I'll reuse a name from a few seasons ago. My longest same name streak so far is 8 years in a row. I rarely change a team's name after the season has started but I've seen other teams change theirs every week in some leagues.
Your Own Name or Nickname
Hey, it's your team, put your name on it. A popular idea is to find something that starts with the same letter as your name. You could also use your pet's name.
"Matt's Masters of Mayhem"
"Rover's Racetrack Raiders"
Where Are You From?
Use your nationality or location in your team name
Americans aren't fans of getting beat at our own game by someone who shouldn't know anything about football, basketball or baseball. So if you're from another country, make sure to remind us with your team name. Something like "British Bulldogs", "Kiwis" or "Scottish Soccer Hooligans" should do the trick.
You can also use your city, street or neighborhood in your team same. Some examples include "Pine Street Punks", "Boston Bruisers" or "South Street Crew".
Girl Team Names
Fantasy Team Name Ideas For Women
Any of the above ideas will work for a girl's team. But if you really want to have fun, pick something that reminds the guys they are getting whooped by a girl.
Kira suggested "Victorious Secret" in the comments below. That's a perfect women's team name because it's fun, confident and a great play on the name of a popular store for women (and guys).
"End Zone Divas"
Anything with the word "pink"
Work and Occupation Related Names
A lot of fantasy leagues are started by people at the same job. Make up a name based on your company, job field or something funny that happened at work.
Still can't think of a good team name?
I've searched the web for lists of good fantasy team names. I discovered there's a lot of junk and not much good stuff. Here's the best of what I've found so far.
- Junkyard Jake's Team Name Generator
This is cool. The site will generate a random name and logo for you. Expect names like the Astonishing Touchdown Hags, Disturbed GameDay Psychos and Loony TrashTalk'n Chicks.
A new site where you can submit and vote for your favorite fantasy team names. You'll find some good ones like Tomorrow Never Addais and Bill Belichick's Video Rentals.
- Action Art Banner's Team Names
A sports banner company that built a list of team names from the banners they've created.
A list of team names that you can rate. Also has a random team name generator.
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What's your favorite fantasy team name? What do you use for ideas? Please leave a comment below.
What's Your Name?
Lynn Klobuchar on January 07, 2014:
How scary is this. When I ask son three what his fantasy hockey team name is he says, "I don't remember." Concussion?
B-heem on October 30, 2013:
Thanks for the help! I'm not creative when it comes to names.
jura on September 04, 2013:
To pick a name for a team is not easy task ,great lens .
SamiPearl on August 09, 2013:
@LawrenceArriano: In one league last year I was "fluffbunny" because I just made up something quickly when I registered and completely forgot to change it. Got 2nd in the league though!
SamiPearl on August 09, 2013:
@anonymous: Oh I think I might have to steal that.
sportsguy123jm on August 05, 2013:
Nice ideas...I used Blount Force Trauma when I had LeGarrette Blount on my team a few years ago.
socialcx1 on July 18, 2013:
Great lens and will come back with a new name.
Joy2013 LM on May 28, 2013:
Very Hepful lens cause I'm looking a good team name for Mario game.
Nijabar on April 25, 2013:
I like Dimitar Berbatov's line: "Keep Calm And Pass Me The Ball". Nice!
1800loanstore on April 05, 2013:
My name is ChumpCupOnTHree, is that a good one?
antonioknapp7 on January 27, 2013:
I've enjoyed the reading, will note some ideas for a team name
FantasyFootballRankings on January 08, 2013:
Great ideas about fantasy sports team name. Thanks for sharing.
anonymous on January 08, 2013:
I didn't come up with it but have used "No Punt Intended" for a few years now...
JimMcD on December 14, 2012:
anonymous on December 03, 2012:
BallsDeep best team name ever, Forsett in her butt was good too
treehousebrando1 on November 16, 2012:
Great ways to come up with a team name. I've recently found my own naming convention, but enjoy seeing what other's out there are doing. They had a commercial once with some fake team names promoting a fantasy football service, and I was entertained by the names they came up with.
anonymous on October 26, 2012:
can anyone help me come up with a team name for football? i have ray rice and lesean mccoy
OmarAndWill on October 07, 2012:
Great fantasy team names. With fantasy basketball coming up in 2012, I found some funny basketball ones as well!
TheSoccerNews on October 05, 2012:
please make a fantasy soccer game.. it would be great.
anonymous on September 15, 2012:
anonymous on September 03, 2012:
mworrell3 on September 02, 2012:
"Cam's Laptop Rental" is what I have used the last two years. (Because he was kicked out of UF for stealing laptops) ha.
PAVION on September 02, 2012:
Being the best fantasy football player ever....last place 2 years running...Dawg. : )
SnowWhitePrincess on September 01, 2012:
I recommended one..."Sultans"
FreddieHanger on August 31, 2012:
Still haven't decided on a name... I guess I'll just have to call them "The Nameless"!
MariaRuiz on August 30, 2012:
I love all the ideas for my fantasy sports team!
MimayManalo on August 30, 2012:
i don't know yet but i love to name teams .. il just think about it. :)
anonymous on August 28, 2012:
She Pet It Grew
Schaub on My Johnson
Tebows Before Hoes
anonymous on August 26, 2012:
LawrenceArriano on August 25, 2012:
I call my team "The Fluffy Bunnies" so they underestimate me and I can beat them ;)
anonymous on August 16, 2012:
awesome not cavlin johnson
p.s. go cowboys
anonymous on July 29, 2012:
I love Calvin Johnson, No Romo
anonymous on July 24, 2012:
Dez Your Mom Like It
anonymous on July 19, 2012:
anonymous on July 08, 2012:
Broncos; Peyton manning
msseiboi on July 08, 2012:
anonymous on July 05, 2012:
"Cruz"in to a SB "Victor"y
xriotdotbiz lm on June 29, 2012:
Using a name generator to spark other possible ideas would help, if nothing came to me right away.
FestivalGirl on June 28, 2012:
Thanks for ideas
anonymous on June 16, 2012:
22Hicks on June 08, 2012:
Great info! Coming up with a name can be the most agonizing aspect of a fantasy tea. Thanks!
mikemaccers on June 05, 2012:
Teams I use for football - Ivory Toast, Glorygnomes and Lawnmowers United!
anonymous on May 22, 2012:
But here's my Humber, Furcal me Maybin
anonymous on May 07, 2012:
@anonymous: What about Swifteeez
anonymous on May 01, 2012:
BradKamer on April 17, 2012:
martinepb on March 28, 2012:
this is cool :)
anonymous on March 26, 2012:
I Need some good names not crappy ones
anonymous on March 25, 2012:
HALF A TEAM ... half a team is better than the bills
anonymous on March 19, 2012:
A-rod is a Jeter is my favorite
CharlieHawks on February 28, 2012:
The Snaggletoothed Hicks... I don't know... It just seems to inspire confidence and sends out a positive message... we are winners.
lensesbyjames on February 23, 2012:
The Title Holders - can be used for any sport!
CrazyIM on February 12, 2012:
Thanks for the ideas. It is not easy to come up with a nice name. This is inspiring, not only for fantasy...
SAMEPRINCESS10 on February 03, 2012:
Squidoo York Giants :-) For squidoo fans. Go Eli Squid Manning. This is also one of my new lenses i'm making for this month. Thanks!
happygirl4 on January 24, 2012:
anonymous on January 16, 2012:
Fantasy NASCAR - Shine runnin' Hillbillies
found it on www.runforthewarrior.com
Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on January 04, 2012:
Da bulldogs for gentlemen and Purplettes for ladies!
seo_optimisation on November 20, 2011:
Thanks for the few ideas, I was actually hoping for a little more meat than there was. I always struggle for names for my tipping comps as well.
chrisstapper on November 20, 2011:
I love the idea for this lens.:)
jaywigz311 on November 17, 2011:
I'm in 3 separate leagues and my team names are as follows - Multiple Scoregasms, Daddy Loves TD's, and The Burly Vagiants
trees001 on November 11, 2011:
This was really cool! I have been recycling the same tired name "More Zoloft" for like 8 years. These are awesome - thanks!
anonymous on October 31, 2011:
how about dragon boosters?
or flower charms
or total destructors
or even the titans
kevingomes13 lm on October 29, 2011:
My favorites are Favre Dollar Footlong, I got CRABS, 49oz beer andTittsburgh Feelers
JamiePJHumphries on October 29, 2011:
HuntAndFishGuides on October 28, 2011:
How 'bout the "Nelson's" - you know, that kid on the Simpson's that always says "Ha Ha!", because that's what you'd be saying to everyone when you win the fantasy football season, "Ha Ha!". =)
SIALicenceUK on October 27, 2011:
Magnificent Football Hogs :)
tenger lm on October 27, 2011:
Efforvesence doesn't seem to be taken yet. How about that?
kjbranch77 on October 27, 2011:
It's my Vick in a Box
Jim Sterling from Franklin, Tennessee on October 26, 2011:
anonymous on October 20, 2011:
diyav22 on October 19, 2011:
Tonto Murray on October 13, 2011:
good lens, some funny stuff.
quartstudio on October 01, 2011:
Anything with the word "pink"? Pink Panter?
MacPharlain (author) on September 18, 2011:
@brando87: That's a good way to trash talk your opponents. I've never seen a league like that...do you allow trades between your own teams?
brando87 on September 18, 2011:
I'm in a 6 team league with two of my buddies, we each have two teams, so I named one team insulting one friend, and one insulting the other.
trainstorm on September 17, 2011:
Good fun - difficult subject. You can end up looking like a proper chump with an ill-fashioned name.
anonymous on September 13, 2011:
My Best to date 'Prom Night Dumpster Babies'
anonymous on September 12, 2011:
somewhere over dwanye bowe
Lucas-Kain on September 12, 2011:
Domique21 on September 09, 2011:
A name often attract the attention of watchers or viewers. A good name can get the crowd's favor and cheers. A name that can be used could be the place, a sound or things used in the game or historical.
anonymous on September 06, 2011:
My best hockey name is Body Czech Republic...
anonymous on September 05, 2011:
pokeyoat on September 04, 2011:
I generally use name generators for things like this.
tstandiford on August 28, 2011:
I always liked "Trogdor's Burninators"
NidhiRajat on August 28, 2011:
my dream team.......
EmpowerLiberty on August 25, 2011:
C-Town , Or whatever letter the city you live in starts with
anonymous on August 24, 2011:
anonymous on August 22, 2011:
One Man Wolfpack!
Shaving Ryan's Private
Hickey on my Dickey
CarynJSwift56889 on August 22, 2011:
maybe I can choose a team name from my thoughts
RonnieV74 on August 19, 2011:
movie title - The Outsiders
anonymous on August 19, 2011:
Nnamdinominational Church of Football
TIRMassageStone1 on August 15, 2011:
The Flamingos or The Bumblebees
anonymous on August 06, 2011:
Using Players names creatively is fun. I have seen my team names posted all over the place. A few favorites off the top of my head: -Silicone Breastons- (Steve Breaston KC WR)
-Revis and Buttheads-(Revis DB for the Jets -Cutlers and Seven- (Bear QB Jay Cutler)Somewhere Over D-Wayne Bowe- (Dwayne Bowe KC WR) -Plaxico's Gun Club- (Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg) -A Boy Named Suh- (N Suh DT for the Lions) Kung Suh Fighters- -Nice Rackers!- (Neil Rackers Kicker) Saving Matt Ryan- (Atlanta QB) -A Rivers Runs Through It-(Chargers QB) -Two and a Half Mendenhall- (RB for Steelers) -No Punt Intended- ...well you get the idea
anonymous on July 29, 2011:
Off On the Field is my team name....That way I can tell everyone "No matter how hard you try, you just can't beat Off On the Field." LOL
jackkellner on July 28, 2011:
Im definately using They are who we thought they were! So hilarious!
anonymous on July 27, 2011:
4th and 9 inches. i thought that was pretty funny....
Spikey64 on July 24, 2011:
Incorporate your star sign into one.
anonymous on July 24, 2011:
Dbrizzle Fa Shizzle.
anonymous on July 04, 2011:
Last year we used "Two Minute Drill...With Your Mom". I thought that was pretty good.
TIRMassageStone1 on June 28, 2011:
There's so many to choose from!