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Fantasy Football Rankings and Team Names

by ja on 8/21/2016 11:43:29 PM

Fantasy Football Rankings and Team Names

One common strategy for drafting a team for fantasy football is to do so based on tiers. The way this works is you just split all the players for a given position into multiple tiers according to how well they will do fantasy wise. Usually the top few players are roughly equal and then there is a big drop off in value between one player in the next. That dropoff is the tier divider. Using a tier based drafting strategy is great because then you can feel pretty good about taking ANY player from a given tier as they will all be roughly equal. That plus you get et the added bonus of a guided draft in that you can make a rule that you will always draft from the highest tier available for any position - you can always tweak this rule however you see fit such as not drafting
a kicker until you've filled every other slot or something like that.

With my drafting via tiers methodology in mind I've taken these fantasy football ESPN rankings by Matthew Berry [@MatthewBerryTMR] and I've broken the players up into tiers for drafting purposes. Then I added several team name options related to each of those players. The team names were culled from by just searching on the tags page for each of the players specified.

You should check the rankings source (linked above) for the most up to date rankings and continue to check back here for the most up to date team names for those players. For what it's worth, I attempted to avoid "hater" names in this article. The names I've put forward in this are more for if you own a player than for if you want to bash a team or a player. You can find all the team names for any player or team (including hater names) by clicking on the tags menu of our site and then finding the player there. Also, on first release of this article I'm only going to have names for the Tier1 players, but I'll be filling out the others as I have time. You can always just go to to find all of these ideas plus over a thousand more.

With all that said let's do it.

Quarterback Rankings and Team Names

Whether you are a person who likes to draft a top ranked quarterback in the early rounds or wait until the mid rounds to get someone who's either a sleeper in your mind or "good enough" you need a decent quarterback in order to build the best possible team. If you can get one that fits your personality or comes from your favorite team, then all the better, but the focus should be on winning. Some QBs are a lock to put up great stats as long as they're healty and those will definitely help you win you fantasy league. Other QBs are just average and mostly will be relied on to be consistent so as to not hurt you. No matter who you choose though you're going to need a team name and since quarterbacks are the leaders of real life team basing your name on your starting quarterback is certainly a reasonable team naming strategy in the fantasy world.

QB Tier1 Team NameIdeas
1. Cam Newton CAR [Wham Bam Thank-U Cam], [I Cam, I Saw, I Conquered]
2. Aaron Rodgers GB [Armed Rodgery], [New York Bozo]
3. Andrew Luck IND [Are ya feelin Luck-y], [Luck Dynasty]
4. Russell Wilson SEA [Russle n' Flow], [Everyday I'm Russelin']
5. Tom Brady NE [Bad Mother Tucker], [Brady-o-Active]

QB Tier2
6. Drew Brees NO [Breeeeeeeeeeeees Nuts!], [Easy Breezy]
7. Carson Palmer ARI [PalmEr TD`s], [FacePalmers]
8. Ben Roethlisberger PIT [Ruthlessberger], [Ben there, Won that*]
9. Eli Manning NYG [The Man, The Myth, The Manning], [Manning of Steel]
10. Philip Rivers SD [A Rivers Runs Through It], [Cry Me a Rivers*]
11. Kirk Cousins WAS [Kissing Cousins, Captain Kirk*, Captain Kirk to McCoy* - bonus if you happen to have both!]
12. Blake Bortles JAC [Teenage Mutant Ninja Bortles*,
13. Matthew Stafford DET [Rod and Staff*], [Stafford Infection]
14. Tyrod Taylor BUF [Tyrodasaurus Rex*], [Cray Cray for Tay Tay], [Tay Tay Goin Cray Cray*]
15. Tony Romo DAL [Wake me up Before you Romo], [Romosexual Tendencies]
16. Andy Dalton CIN [Dalton Abbey*], [The Dalton Our Stars*]
17. Derek Carr OAK [Time to Meet Your MaCarr],[Instant Carrma**]
18. Jameis Winston TB [You Winston, You Lose Some], [All I do is Winston]

QB Tier3
19. Ryan Tannehill MIA [The Tannehills Have Eyes], [TANNEHILLbillies]
20. Joe Flacco BAL [Don't Give Me No Flacco], [AintNoHollaFlacco]
21. Marcus Mariota TEN [So I Mariota Axe Murderer*], [Marcus My Words, You Will Lose*]
22. Brock Osweiler HOU [If it ain't Brock*],
23. Matt Ryan ATL [Take it to the Matt*]
24. Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ ***

QB Tier4
25. Robert Griffin III CLE [RGIII-PO], [ABC, easy as RGIII]
26. Sam Bradford PHI [Inglorious Bradfords]
27. Blaine Gabbert SF **
28. Jay Cutler CHI [Cutler Commandos], [The Cutler Did it]
29. Alex Smith KC **
30. Mark Sanchez DEN [Butt-Fumblers Anonymous*], [Marked for Death*]
31. Teddy Bridgewater MIN [Teddy Grahams]
32. Jared Goff LA [Master Peyton is Jacking Goff*] [Feels so good getting Goff*]

Running Backs Rankings and Team Names

Many people swear that elite running backs (RB) are the most consistent players and also have the most upside in terms of output for any given game. Whether this is still true in the world of scrambling quarterbacks and an increased focus on the passing game is certainly up for debate, but there's no doubt that your team will need running backs, that you want those running backs to put up huge numbers, and that top running backs are in limited supply. Let me not be misunderstood. Your odds of winning a league without a top tier running back are far worse than if you got one. It's a safe bet to take a RB first and I highly recommend it. I also advise you grabbing your starter's backup if possible in a little bit later round just in case your starter gets injured. If it was already a committee you hit pay dirt, and if it wasn't a committee then odds are the handcuff will get most of the carriers your injured player will no longer get. Sometimes it even works out in your favor. Let's look at the rankings with tiers included and check out the team names.

RB Tier1
1. Adrian Peterson MIN [UrGirlWantsMyPETERson*], [Opener of Cans* (has a little GameOfThrones ring to it too]
2. Lamar Miller HOU [Miller High Life*],
3. Todd Gurley LA [Gurly Power!*], [Gurley Man], [Gurley Gone Wild*]
4. David Johnson ARI [My Johnson hits the hole hard]
5. Ezekiel Elliott TBD [Lets Get PhyZekiel*], [Zeke and Deztroy*]
6. Le'Veon Bell PIT [Le'Veon on a Prater (Prater as kicker or just Prayer if you don't have Prater)]
7. Mark Ingram NO [The InGramlins]
8. Jamaal Charles KC [Charles in Charge] [He. Could. Go. Jamaal.The.Way] [Gotta Catch Jamaal]

RB Tier2
9. LeSean McCoy BUF [Backfields and McCoys*], [The Shady Bunch]
10. Devonta Freeman ATL
11. Doug Martin TB
12. C.J. Anderson DEN
13. Thomas Rawls SEA
14. Eddie Lacy GB
15. Jonathan Stewart CAR
16. Carlos Hyde SF [Hyde your Kids, Hyde Your Wife], [Jekyll and Hyde]
17. Dion Lewis NE
18. Matt Forte NYJ
19. Jeremy Hill CIN
20. Matt Jones WAS
21. Jeremy Langford CHI
22. Frank Gore IND
23. Ryan Mathews PHI
24. DeMarco Murray TEN
25. Latavius Murray OAK
26. DeAngelo Williams PIT

RB Tier3
27. Rashad Jennings NYG
28. Jay Ajayi MIA
29. Giovani Bernard CIN
30. Danny Woodhead SD
31. Justin Forsett BAL
32. Duke Johnson Jr. CLE
33. Melvin Gordon SD
34. Chris Ivory JAC
35. Ameer Abdullah DET
36. LeGarrette Blount NE
37. Paul Perkins NYG
38. Arian Foster MIA
39. T.J. Yeldon JAC
40. Kenneth Dixon BAL
41. Isaiah Crowell CLE
42. Theo Riddick DET
43. DeAndre Washington OAK
44. Derrick Henry TEN
45. Khiry Robinson NYJ

RB Tier4
46. Jerick McKinnon MIN
47. Keith Marshall WSH
48. Darren McFadden DAL
49. Ka'Deem Carey CHI
50. Jordan Howard CHI
51. Charles Sims TB
52. Wendell Smallwood PHI
53. C.J. Prosise SEA
54. Spencer Ware KC
55. Chris Johnson ARI
56. Devontae Booker DEN
57. Charcandrick West KC
58. Karlos Williams BUF
59. Andre Ellington ARI
60. James Starks GB
61. Shaun Draughn SF
62. Bilal Powell NYJ
63. James White NE
64. Stevan Ridley DET
65. Shane Vereen NYG
66. Ronnie Hillman DEN
67. Chris Thompson WAS
68. Tim Hightower NO
69. Tevin Coleman ATL
70. Darren Sproles PHI
71. Tyler Ervin HOU
72. C.J. Spiller NO
73. Cameron Artis-Payne CAR
74. Zach Zenner DET
75. Javorius Allen BAL

Wide Recievers Rankings and Team Names

The fantasy position of Wide Reciever (WR) is probably one of the most inconsistent positions (behind tight end) in terms of fantasy scoring, but it is also one of the most dynamic. If a WR has one big play then they can put up a very solid number. A couple of big plays in one game can turn them into the MVP for the week. Things to keep in mind when ranking your wide receivers is that some leagues are points per reception (PPR) which means that every catch, whether a short pass or a long pass, adds fantasy points to the receivers daily haul. In these leagues players who catch a lot of little short passes may be more valuable than those wide outs who only catch a few. Another thing to know is whether your league gives points to kick returners for the yards they gain after receiving a kick / punt. Often, these kick returners are wide receivers and if you've got one who is very involved in the offense and is a kick returner you have a great combination. It's worth noting that wide receivers are starting to become more and more valuable in fantasy leagues, especially high volume receivers, because backfields are starting to become more committee based than they were even just a few years ago when even average number 1 backs on just about every real life team could be expected to see 30+ carries per game. With that being the outlier now instead of the norm a high volume WR can actually outpace the average #1 RB for many teams when it comes to fantasy point production.

WR Tier1
1. Antonio Brown PIT [What can Brown do for you], [First Brown then the Crown*]
2. Odell Beckham Jr. NYG [Bend it like Beckham***], [OBJYN*]
3. Julio Jones ATL [The Great Corn Julio], [Romo and Julioet (Tony Romo also)]
4. DeAndre Hopkins HOU [DeAndre The Giant Killer], [Nuk Juke'm] --
5. Jordy Nelson GB [Full Nelson], [Jordy Wanna Ride*]
6. Dez Bryant DAL [Dezpicable Me], [Dezed and Confused]

WR Tier2
7. A.J. Green CIN
8. Allen Robinson JAC
9. Demaryius Thomas DEN
10. Brandin Cooks NO
11. Brandon Marshall NYJ
12. Keenan Allen SD
13. Alshon Jeffery CHI
14. Julian Edelman NE [XtraordinarygEdelman,
15. Randall Cobb GB

WR Tier3
16. Kelvin Benjamin CAR
17. Mike Evans TB
18. Sammy Watkins BUF
19. Golden Tate DET
20. Eric Decker NYJ
21. Amari Cooper OAK
22. T.Y. Hilton IND
23. Emmanuel Sanders DEN
24. Jeremy Maclin KC
25. Jordan Matthews PHI
26. Doug Baldwin SEA
27. DeVante Parker MIA
28. Jarvis Landry MIA
29. John Brown ARI
30. Larry Fitzgerald ARI
31. Michael Crabtree OAK
32. Michael Floyd ARI
33. Torrey Smith SF
34. Donte Moncrief IND
35. Josh Gordon CLE
36. Allen Hurns JAC
37. DeSean Jackson WAS
38. Steve Smith Sr. BAL
39. Stefon Diggs MIN
40. Kevin White CHI
41. Sterling Shepard NYG
42. Willie Snead NO
43. Vincent Jackson TB
44. Tyler Lockett SEA

WR Tier4
45. Travis Benjamin SD
46. Michael Thomas NO
47. Marvin Jones DET
48. Markus Wheaton PIT
49. Tavon Austin LA
50. Ted Ginn Jr. CAR
51. Kamar Aiken BAL
52. Laquon Treadwell MIN
53. Will Fuller HOU
54. Corey Coleman CLE
55. Justin Hardy ATL
56. Mohamed Sanu ATL
57. Rashad Greene JAC
58. Rueben Randle PHI
59. J.J. Nelson ARI
60. Pierre Garcon WAS
61. Josh Doctson WSH
62. Dorial Green-Beckham TEN
63. Robert Woods BUF
64. Jeff Janis GB
65. Jaelen Strong HOU
66. Phillip Dorsett IND
67. Danny Amendola NE
68. Sammie Coates PIT
69. Rishard Matthews TEN
70. Jamison Crowder WAS
71. Chris Hogan NE
72. Victor Cruz NYG
73. Kendall Wright TEN
74. Breshad Perriman BAL
75. Brandon LaFell CIN

Tight Ends Rankings and Team Names

Tight Ends (TE), like WR, can be a difference maker. Several teams have offenses that are very passing focused and that do a lot of relying on the TE to be a sort of safety valve that can be a target every single play if one of the options further down field isn't available which makes them valuable in PPR leagues. They also generally excel in very crowded situations on the football field so this makes them very valuable foroffenses that spend a lot of time in the redzone. Since there is only one TE spot availabe on most fantasy rosters, if you can manage to grab a top level TE then you'll have an advantage over every team that doesn't have a the same caliber of player at that position. It could be worth as much as a 10 point advantage going into every single fantasy week!

TE Tier1
1. Rob Gronkowski NE [Gronk if you Want Some], [Gronk to See My TDs]
2. Jordan Reed WAS [Reed My Lips]
3. Greg Olsen CAR **

TE Tier2
4. Delanie Walker TEN [Walker, Titans Ranger*]
5. Travis Kelce KC [Kelce You Again*]
6. Coby Fleener NO [Playing With My Fleener], [Fleener in the Slot]
7. Tyler Eifert CIN [Eifert the law, n' the law won], [The Eifert Tower]
8. Gary Barnidge CLE [Barn Burners*],
9. Zach Ertz PHI [Ertz So Good*],
10. Zach Miller CHI
11. Julius Thomas JAC
12. Jimmy Graham SEA [InstaJimmyGraham], [Grahamlins]
13. Ladarius Green PIT
14. Antonio Gates SD

TE Tier3
15. Martellus Bennett NE
16. Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB
17. Jordan Cameron MIA
18. Eric Ebron DET
19. Jason Witten DAL
20. Jeff Heuerman DEN
21. Benjamin Watson BAL
22. Vance McDonald SF
23. Charles Clay BUF

TE Tier4
24. Jared Cook GB
25. Cameron Brate TB
26. Clive Walford OAK
27. Kyle Rudolph MIN
28. Dwayne Allen IND
29. Larry Donnell NYG
30. Brent Celek PHI
31. Hunter Henry SD
32. Will Tye NYG
33. Niles Paul WAS
34. Jermaine Gresham ARI
35. Jace Amaro NYJ

Defense / Special Teams Rankings and Team Names

There's an old school of thought in sports that goes something like "defense wins championships". Whether you choose to believe that or not is up to you, but one thing you should believe is that if you don't have a top tier defense then you might as well just punt the whole category. The difference between the top tier and middle tiers is huge so you don't want to miss out on a top tier if you can avoid it. The good news is that there's always a couple of surprise special teams / defenses that manage to become elite and handsomely reward their fantasy managers. If you don't get a top tier then just roll the dice and cross your fingers - maybe you'll find out whoever you did get was underrated. I think this is the reason that a lot of people just choose the team that is their favorite to be their special team / defense. It could work out, but even if it doesn't there's still some seriously sweet names you can use if you decide to pick a team name based off this component of your fantasy team.

1. Denver Broncos AFC West [Wish I were a Mile High], [Don't Buck with a Bronco*]
2. Arizona Cardinals NFC West [Angry Birds*], [For Unlawful Cardinal Knowledge*]
3. Seattle Seahawks NFC West [Hawk'n Balls], [Sleepless in Seattle*]
4. Carolina Panthers NFC South [She Likes The Carolina D*], [Cat Scratch Fever*]
5. Kansas City Chiefs AFC West [Call me Chief*], [Chief Concern - Winning]

6. Houston Texans AFC South
7. Los Angeles Rams NFC West
8. Minnesota Vikings NFC North
9. Miami Dolphins AFC East
10. New York Jets AFC East
11. Cincinnati Bengals AFC North
12. New England Patriots AFC East
13. Baltimore Ravens AFC North
14. Detroit Lions NFC North

15. New York Giants NFC East
16. Buffalo Bills AFC East
17. Washington Redskins NFC East
18. Dallas Cowboys NFC East
19. Jacksonville Jaguars AFC South
20. Pittsburgh Steelers AFC North
21. San Diego Chargers AFC West
22. Atlanta Falcons NFC South
23. Chicago Bears NFC North
24. Philadelphia Eagles NFC East

25. Green Bay Packers NFC North
26. New Orleans Saints NFC South
27. Oakland Raiders AFC West
28. Indianapolis Colts AFC South
29. Cleveland Browns AFC North
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFC South
31. Tennessee Titans AFC South
32. San Francisco 49ers NFC West

Kickers Rankings and Team Names

Having a high producing fantasy football kicker is underrated. The difficulty of choosing the best kicker usually doesn't lie in choosing the kicker with the most skill, it lies in choosing the kicker that will get the most opportunities. A decent real life kicker on a team that just can't quite get into the endzone will have a ton of opportunities to kick 4+ point field goals. Compare that to a kicker on a great team that always scores TDs and ends up kicking for 1 pt extra points or 3 point short range kicks instead. At the same time, you don't want a kicker that misses the ones they should make because those are a big cost as well as points are often deducted for missed kicks.

K Tier1
1. Stephen Gostkowski NE [The Big Gostkowski]
2. Graham Gano CAR [Graham Positive*], [U Gano? U Betta ask somebody!*]
3. Steven Hauschka SEA [Hauschka Doin?*]
4. Justin Tucker BAL [Tucker Good*], [One Mean Tucker*]

K Tier2
5. Chris Boswell PIT
6. Chandler Catanzaro ARI
7. Mason Crosby GB
8. Brandon McManus DEN
9. Dan Bailey DAL

K Tier3
10. Blair Walsh MIN
11. Roberto Aguayo TB
12. Josh Brown NYG
13. Robbie Gould CHI
14. Matt Bryant ATL
15. Matt Prater DET

K Tier4
16. Adam Vinatieri IND
17. Jason Myers JAC
18. Kai Forbath NO
19. Nick Folk NYJ
20. Sebastian Janikowski OAK
21. Dan Carpenter BUF
22. Mike Nugent CIN
23. Travis Coons CLE
24. Greg Zuerlein LA
25. Cairo Santos KC

Wrapping Up

So there you go. I'll be adding names to this list for a while. Feel free to add a team name to the site by using the add a name link. Maybe I'll use it in the updates to this article, but even if I don't I'll still appreciate it and so will the other people who come across it! Good luck and thanks for reading!

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