You’ve pored over stats and read countless in-depth expert analyses to draft that perfect fantasy football team. Now you’re ready for an even bigger challenge: picking the best dog breeds to be in your squad. Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place. We consider ourselves experts when it comes to choosing dogs for sports teams. We thought long and hard about each draft pick and came up with what might be considered the perfect roster. Because, just like human fantasy football, the dog version of this game is VERY serious. So get ready: With this canine lineup, you’ll be first in your league in no time.
Quarterback (QB) — Labrador Retriever
you’re looking for a canine Cam Newton, Russell Wilson or Tom Brady, you’ve
got to go with the Lab. He typically has leadership and athleticism to lead a team to
victory — and the star power to be a media hit (he tops the AKC's list for most popular dog breed
in the U.S., after all).
What if your fan strategy is based more on a team’s mascot or colors than on their statistics? Then the Bull Terrier is your dog. No, not for his athletic prowess — for his
looks! This guy looks like a literal football. Plus, you’d be surprised by how
many underdogs score major fantasy points, which is an asset in even a second-string quarterback.
Running Back (RB 1) — Greyhound
your first running back, go with the 44-mile-per-hour couch potato: the
Greyhound. This breed can be fast and capable of outrunning all the other dogs on
the field. But remember, this guy may rather be home on the couch watching
football with you, so you’ll need to sub him out every once in a while. We recommend a Whippet for some depth in your bench. He’s basically a
smaller, more compact version of a Greyhound and can be capable of being a total speed demon.
Running Back (RB 2) — Border Collie
need an athletic Einstein on your team, and a Border Collie may fit the bill. He could
probably play any of the offensive positions, including QB, but we've got him at RB since he typically has enough endurance, speed and agility to dodge
defenders with ease. With skills like these, he’s likely to breeze into the end zone.
can never have enough running backs on your bench, so it’s a good idea to pick
the Saluki, too. The sighthound usually loves a game that involves high-speed
running, as he was bred to hunt hare and gazelle. Just keep in mind that he may
not always listen when your quarterback or coach calls plays.
Wide Receiver (WR 1) — Flat-Coated Retriever
need a positive, up-beat player to rally your team, and the typically friendly
and optimistic Flat-Coat is just the right dog to pep up your squad. Of course,
his retrieving skills are usually top-notch, too. Granted, he may wish this
sport were played in water.
Flat-Coat is going to tire out eventually, so it's a good idea to have a Jack Russell on your
bench. He tends to have energy to spare and often excels at many dog sports.
But keep an eye on him: If he gets bored, he may dig up the whole football
Wide Receiver (WR 2) — Golden Retriever
would be remiss if we didn’t include the Golden Retriever in our lineup. If
there’s a ball he can fetch, the Golden will usually go after it until your arm
gives out. But don’t be surprised if he makes friends with the other team and runs
to the wrong end zone. Not because he’s trying to sabotage the game — he just tends to
love everyone he meets.
a German Shepherd to your bench. His general confidence and intelligence
combined with his typical athletic ability and versatility can make him a standout
player on the field.
Tight End (TE) — Boxer
Every team needs a Gronk (aka Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots’ tight end), and the Boxer can have the toughness, energy and sporting skills for
this important position. And, like Gronk, Boxers usually aren’t afraid to show their
silly sides. This dog’s off-field antics could prove quite amusing (again, just like Gronk).
course, we couldn’t leave out a bench pick. We recommend the Doberman. He
tends to be tough, energetic and extremely loyal — excellent traits for a tight
Defense/Special Teams (D/ST) — Mastiff
really only one breed who will do for this position: the Mastiff. The breed
can weigh up to 230 pounds, and his size is enough to intimidate any team’s
offense. If you have space on your bench, go for a Tibetan Mastiff or
Neapolitan Mastiff as a backup.
Kicker (K) — Irish Wolfhound
isn’t exactly a skill dogs are known for, but we think an Irish Wolfhound
would be a fine pick for this position. Standing nearly three feet tall, the breed
has long legs that, in theory, could kick a football really far. You’re going
to rack up those field goal points! Similarly, the Great Dane is another tall dog
who could be a good kicker. Make sure you have one on your bench.