The most popular Yahoo Fantasy Football team names are strokes of genius

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/pit" data-ylk="slk:Pittsburgh Steelers">Pittsburgh Steelers</a> running back <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/players/26671/" data-ylk="slk:Le’Veon Bell">Le’Veon Bell</a>, left, and <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/det" data-ylk="slk:Detroit Lions">Detroit Lions</a> receiver <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/players/24035/" data-ylk="slk:Golden Tate">Golden Tate</a> are the inspiration for two of this year’s most popular fantasy team names. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, left, and Detroit Lions receiver Golden Tate are the inspiration for two of this year’s most popular fantasy team names. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Fantasy Football season is fast approaching, and that means it’s time for you to think about what to name your team. Last year featured plenty of terrific names — from pop-culture references to athlete name puns to much more — and the early returns from this year are promising, too.

Here’s how a portion of Yahoo Fantasy owners are naming their squads:

Of course, there’s a large crossover area that combined pop culture and player names. Here are some of the most popular names:

Pop culture references:

Game of Thrones references remain very popular. “A Team Has No Name” came in at the top last year. Arya Stark approves.

Also popular were Game of Jones, Demaryius Targaryen (a cross between Demaryius Thomas and Daenerys Targaryen), King of the North and Valyrian Steelers.

“The League” remains a fantasy favorite. The seven-season sitcom, which ran from 2009 to 2015, gave us plenty of great names, including: Chalupa Batman, Password is Taco, Taco Corp and the always-horrifying Mr. McGibblets, all of which were inside the top 200 most popular names in 2017.

Of course there are always plenty of other pop culture references, such as Victorious Secret, Prestige Worldwide, Laces Out, Straight Cash Homie, The Replacements, Sacks in the City, and even Big Baller Brand (LaVar, is that you?).

Player Reference

My Ball Zach Ertz (just like the Eagles tight end, this team name had a banner 2017)
Golden Tate Warriors (someone’s going for their third title in four years, led by the Lions’ slot man)
Le’Veon a Prayer (Bell’s our No. 2 RB overall player behind Todd Gurley)
Hooked on a Thielen (with the Vikings receiver coming off a breakout season, this name is on the rise)
The Brady Bunch and Brady Gaga
Dezpacito (unfortunately we’re still looking for the song of the summer and Dez Bryant is still looking for a team)
Dak to the Future and Baby Got Dak
Stairway to Evans
The Big Gronkowski (Gronk is our top tight end)
Abdullah Oblongata

Some general guidelines

Naming a team shouldn’t be too difficult: Be funny but don’t be profane, and don’t make it too complicated. If you have to explain your team’s name to everyone, it’s not as funny as you think it is. And don’t be boring. First name’s team shouldn’t be what you’re rocking.

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