DuVall storms to big lead in AIC final
Alice in Chains FFL auction items
After the season, each member of the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League will put a valuable item up for auction with the net proceeds going to the league champion's chosen charity. Here are some of the auction items:
Cantrell's custom-made black denim pants and jacket worn during Alice In Chains concerts. Includes black studded leather belt, a one-of-a-kind jacket and lace-up jeans made by Agatha Blois with Cantrell-inspired symbols.
Autographed black ESP LTD Hybrid 400 guitar.
Paul-autographed Dean Dimebag Dime O Flage Floyd ML Guitar and an autographed Vinnie Paul Signature Dragon snare drum.
Wolf's personal glove and baseball bat signed by Wolf. All items are genuine models used in major league games.
Framed Gold Record and Gold Sales Awards presented to Wilson commemorating the sale of more than 500,000 copies of Heart's 1985 self-titled album. The back of the frame is autographed with a message and signature by Wilson.
Remo drum head autographed by Alice In Chains, Kinney's DW Edge series 7 X 14 Brass/Maple Shell Snare Drum with Remo drumheads already broken in by Kinney, 14 of Kinney's Signature Series Vater drumsticks used in concert and five sets of new Sean Kinney Signature Series Vater VHSKW Percussion drumsticks.
Fernandez Sustainer guitar he has used on numerous Queensryche recordings.
Signed Warwick Bass.
"Mad Men" "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" writer's first draft pilot script dated April 5, 2001, signed by the "Mad Men" cast. "Mad Men" Season 4 on Blu-Ray is also included.
Alice in Chains lead singer William DuVall has jumped out to a 123-66 lead after one half of the championship game in the third annual Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League.
DeGarmo's Mach Six's were the highest-scoring team in the league but had a bad time to have their lowest output of the season in the first half of the two-week final. The main culprit was Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's zero fantasy points against the Eagles because of an injured hand.
The former Queensryche guitarist doesn't have another QB to turn to on his roster, so his choices are picking up something off the free agent scrap heap or taking his chances on a bum Romo in the Cowboys' must-win game against the New York Giants.
"I'm sticking with Romo. How effective he will be remains to be seen," DeGarmo said via email.
A formidable running back corps also betrayed DeGarmo last week. Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was suddenly ineffective, picking up just four fantasy points last week. He remains the top-rated fantasy RB, but is listed as probable with an injured ankle.
DeGarmo also has fourth-rated RB Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he is listed as questionable because of a bad ankle.
"I'm getting hammered by injuries and questionable playing status throughout my lineup. McCoy's situation concerns me. I'll make adjustments if required, but I think Team Duvall looks pretty golden right now," said DeGarmo, who is playing for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
DuVall said he has very few roster dilemmas, though he did pick up Dolphins QB Matt Moore "as a precautionary measure" to back up Lions QB Matthew Stafford.
"We're about as dialed in as we possibly could be. All that remains is playing this thing out. Chris is a formidable opponent. We take nothing for granted. Hopefully we have a good day," DuVall said via email.
DuVall has just two players who rank in the top five in their positions (Packers tight end Jermichael Finley and Chargers kicker Nick Novak), but he doesn't seem worried about the notoriously unpredictable Week 17 of fantasy football.
"On the whole, we believe all of our guys will be good to go on Sunday," said DuVall, who is playing for the Boys And Girls Clubs of America.
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.
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
|1.||Sean Kinney||Team Nosering||8||5||0||1,226||1,163||--|
Last week: Trails Aroma Of Tacoma 110-91 after one half Next up: Aroma Of Tacoma (8-5)
|2.||Jerry Cantrell||Aroma of Tacoma||8||5||0||1,194||1,172||--|
Last week: Leads Team Nosering 110-91 after one half Next up: Team Nosering (8-5)
|3.||Chris DeGarmo||Mach Six's||7||5||1||1,349||1,164||.5|
Last week: Trails Team DuVall 123-66 after one half Next up: Team DuVall (7-6)
|4.||William DuVall||Team DuVall||7||6||0||1,312||1,196||1|
Last week: Leads Mach Six's 123-66 after one half Next up: Mach Six's (7-5-1)
|5.||Ann Wilson||Annie's Dogs||7||6||0||1,221||1,213||1|
Last week: Trails Your Real Dad Al Davis 101-85 after one half Next up: Your Real Dad Al Davis (5-8)
|6.||Jay Ferguson||Dallas' Best||6||7||0||1,133||1.193||2|
Last week: Leads Team McKagan 103-77 after one half Next up: Team McKagan (5-7-1)
|7.||Vinnie Paul||The Brickwall Paul||6||7||0||1,133||1,138||2|
|8.||Duff McKagan||Team McKagan||5||7||1||1,073||1,229||2.5|
|9.||Mike Inez||Your Real Dad Al Davis||5||8||0||1,189||1,213||3|
Your Real Dad Al Davis are 26-point favorites with the edge in five positions.
|10.||Randy Wolf||Team Valley Trash||5||8||0||1,029||1,178||3|
Last week: Trails The Brickwall Paul 105-66 after one half Next up: The Brickwall Paul (6-7)
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.
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.
Place of birth: Age: 35
Personal: Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher who has also played for the Phillies, Dodgers, Padres and Astros.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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