Commentary

Defending champ turning things around

Updated: October 9, 2010, 8:09 PM ET
By Jim Wilkie | ESPN.com

The giant might have been awakened in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League.

Matt Willig, a 6-foot-8 former offensive lineman for the Jets, Falcons, Packers, 49ers, Panthers and Rams, earned his first victory of the season by beating league founder Jerry Cantrell.

The league's defending champion expressed his relief on the message board earlier this week.

Off the Donut
Matt Willig
Halfway Clueless

Gentlemen, let me just say that it is good to be on the board!

Though Willig is 1-3, he's had a league-high 401 points scored against him, suggesting that scheduling was partly to blame for his three-game losing streak. Willig also has the No. 1 fantasy quarterback, Peyton Manning, and the sixth-ranked running back, Frank Gore, to keep Halfway Clueless on track. Playing Vinnie Paul's low-scoring The Brickwall Brickwall (1-3) also helps this week.

Despite the poor start, Willig's team is just two games behind first place because Meat Loaf's Hell In A Handbasket (3-1) gave Scott Ian's Fear And Loathing (3-1) their first loss last week, leaving four teams tied atop the league at 3-1. The other two 3-1 teams, Mike Inez's M.I. Evil? and Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Team Re-Domination go head-to-head this week.

Participants in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League will each put one valuable item up for auction by the end of the season. The league champion will get to designate which charity receives the proceeds of the auction. More details on the auction will be announced in the coming weeks.

Weekly updates on the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League, trash talk and interviews with the owners will be published on ESPN.com's The Life and Music sections throughout the season. Members of the league also will drop by for occasional chats on SportsNation.

Here is a recap of Week 4 and a look ahead to Week 5's matchups: