Five teams fight for two playoff spots

Updated: December 5, 2009, 10:43 AM ET
By Jim Wilkie | ESPN.com

Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Zakk Wylde have secured playoff spots in the semifinals and five more owners are vying for the final two positions with one week remaining in the "regular season" of the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League.

After Matt Willig's Calabasas Clueless (7-5), which can clinch a spot in the semifinals with a victory, four teams are at 6-6 and will likely need assistance from some spoilers to make the final four.

A key matchup is Clueless against Scott Ian Mean Machine (6-6) because Willig leads all the bubble teams in points (1,130), which is the first tiebreaker. So as long as Clueless doesn't completely flop, it could likely get in with a loss.

And Scott Ian's squad has the next-most points with 1,080, so he should make the semis with a victory as long as Jerry Cantrell (1,056 points) and Duff McKagan (1,007 points) don't score huge victories.

Team The Brickwall (6-6) is too far back at 966 points to worry about tiebreakers, so Vinnie Paul needs to beat Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc. (8-4) and hope Ian loses, Team Berry (4-8) beats Cantrell's JC Aroma of Tacoma (6-6) and Kenny Aronoff's Team 9 (3-9) knocks off Team McKagan D (6-6).

And in the unlikely event it's necessary, the next tiebreaker after points scored is head-to-head record.

Each participant in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League will put up one valuable item for auction by the end of the season. The league champion will designate which charity receives the auction's proceeds.

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 section throughout the season. Members of the league also will drop by SportsNation for occasional chats.

Here are the standings after Week 12, with a look ahead to this weekend's matchups (mouse over the photos for bios of the participants):