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DuVall vs. DeGarmo in AIC charity final

12/24/2011 - MLB NFL Randy Wolf Milwaukee Brewers + more

After knocking out drummer Sean Kinney, singer William DuVall is the sole representative of Alice in Chains left with a chance to win the third annual Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League.

DuVall will take on Chris DeGarmo in the final over the last two weeks of the NFL season after the former Queensryche guitarist eliminated Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell in the other semifinal matchup.

Although it's DuVall's first season in the league, earlier this week he said he hasn't received any advice from fantasy football veteran and league founder Cantrell.

"We've done all right as it is. Now hopefully we can bring it home," DuVall wrote in an email Thursday. "I want to thank and congratulate everyone who participated this year. And I especially want to thank my head coach, Mark Wakefield, for doing a brilliant job. This was a fun introduction to this entire process for me."

DeGarmo is also a rookie and he has been getting help in managing his team from Cantrell's ex-girlfriend, Heather Ankeny.

"Making it to the finals, let alone the championship game, was a pleasant surprise as far as my expectations," DeGarmo said via email Friday. "My co-owner, Heather Ankeny, may have had higher expectations. She's been a tremendous help, as my schedule has required her additional guidance and input. Many thanks to Heather."

Each of the 10 participants in the league will put one valuable item up for an auction after the season. The league champion will get to designate which charity receives the net proceeds of the auction.

It's a fitting matchup, as DeGarmo's Mach Six's were the highest-scoring team in the regular season and so far in the playoffs, DuVall's Team DuVall were second in points in the regular season and third in the postseason.

"Although my point total is marginally higher, it's going to be tough to beat William. The projections are favoring a Duvall victory, so I'll just hope it's close and enjoy the underdog status," said DeGarmo, who is donating a Fernandez Sustainer guitar he has used on numerous Queensryche recordings for the charity auction.

DeGarmo doesn't foresee any tough roster decisions, but DuVall was still mulling over his options at running back and wide receiver as of Thursday afternoon.

"It's between [Bills RB C.J.] Spiller, [Jets RB Shonn] Greene and [Cowboys WR] Dez Bryant. My head coach is leaning toward playing Greene and Spiller because they're likely to get more touches. But we've been burned by both before. So it is indeed a dilemma," said DuVall, who is donating an autographed black ESP LTD Hybrid 400 guitar for the charity auction.

Here is a look at the final postseason matchups and last week's results:

Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League final regular-season standings

  • William DuVall
    Place of birth: Washington, D.C. Age: 44 Fantasy football experience: Rookie Favorite team: 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers

    Personal: Joined Alice in Chains as its full-time lead singer in 2007, contributing to its 2009 comeback album, "Black Gives Way To Blue." DuVall previously had been in Comes With The Fall and recently produced MonstrO's debut album.



  • Jerry Cantrell

    Place of birth: Tacoma, Wash. Age: 45 Fantasy football experience: 7 years Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks/Pittsburgh Steelers

    Personal: Lead guitarist Cantrell's legacy with Alice in Chains includes 35 million albums sold worldwide, 21 Top 40 singles and eight Grammy nominations.



  • Randy Wolf

    Place of birth: Age: 35

    Personal: Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher who has also played for the Phillies, Dodgers, Padres and Astros.


  • Vinnie Paul

    Place of birth: Abilene, Texas Age: 47 Fantasy football experience: 12 years Favorite team: Dallas Cowboys

    Personal: Paul, who formed Pantera with his late brother Dimebag Darrell, plays drums for Hellyeah the way Ray Lewis hits people. In other words, hard.


  • Chris DeGarmo
    Place of birth: Wenatchee, Wash. Age: 48

    Personal: DeGarmo is a co-founder of heavy metal band Queensryche, for whom he was lead guitarist. He is now a professional pilot.


  • Ann Wilson

    Place of birth: San DiegoAge: 61 Fantasy football experience:: Rookie Favorite team: New Orleans Saints

    Personal: Lead singer of Heart, the pioneering female hard rock band that has sold more than 30 million records.


  • Sean Kinney
    Place of birth: Renton, Wash. Age: 45 Fantasy football experience: Rookie Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks

    Personal: Kinney, who has been playing drums since he was 5, has been the only drummer for Alice in Chains and he has also played with the likes of Johnny Cash, Krist Novoselic and Kim Thayil.


  • Duff McKagan
    Place of birth: Seattle Age: 47 Fantasy football experience: 2 years Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks

    Personal: Before playing bass for Velvet Revolver, McKagan spent 13 years with Guns N' Roses. The lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Loaded, McKagan began writing a sports column for ESPN Music in 2011.


  • Mike Inez
    Place of birth: San Fernando, Calif. Age: 45 Fantasy football experience: 8 years Favorite team: Oakland Raiders

    Personal: Before playing bass guitar for Alice in Chains, Inez was rocking arenas with Ozzy Osbourne.


  • Jay Ferguson
    Place of birth: Dallas Age: 37 Fantasy football experience: 6 years Favorite team: Dallas Cowboys

    Personal: Ferguson portrays Stan Rizzo on AMC's "Mad Men," and his other TV credits include "Burn Notice," "Judging Amy" and "Evening Shade."