Top seeds in top form

9/18/2009 - NFL

Top-ranked Kenny Wayne Shepherd's KWS Domination and No. 2-ranked Matt Willig's Calabasas Clueless are halfway to meeting in the final of the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League.

At halftime of the semifinals, The KWS Domination leads Vinnie Paul's Team The Brickwall 114-85 and Calabasas Clueless leads Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc. 125-101, so Paul and Wylde are by no means out of it.

As we get closer to determining who will be battling in the championship, here's a rundown of the charities each participant was playing for and a list of the valuable items that will soon be put up for an online auction (the champion's charity will receive all the proceeds from the auction):

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Vinnie Paul

  • Charity: Little Kids Rock

  • Auction: Autographed Vinnie Paul custom snare drum and a Dimebag Darrell Dean guitar

Matt Willig

Zakk Wylde

Scott Ian

Jerry Cantrell

  • Charity: Autism Speaks

  • Auction: A Rampage Tribute Jerry Cantrell guitar signed by Alice In Chains

Duff McKagan

  • Charity: The Heroes Project

  • Auction: Duff McKagan fan pack, featuring "Guns 'N' Roses Appetite for Destruction" bass guitar book signed by McKagan; signed Velvet Revolver leather computer bag (one of a kind because this piece was only a prototype); Duff McKagan Velvet Revolver wristband; three Duff McKagan guitar picks; "Loaded" CD signed by McKagan.

Matthew Berry

Mike Inez

  • Charity: City of Hope

  • Auction: Signed Alice In Chains Warwick Bass (Warwick Rockbass Streamer LX)

Kenny Aronoff

  • Charity: City of Hope

  • Auction: Kenny Aronoff fan pack, featuring a signed cymbal, drumhead and drumsticks

Here are the final regular-season standings, with a look ahead to this weekend's matchups (mouse over the photos for bios of the participants):

Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League Regular-Season Standings

  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
    Place of birth: Shreveport, La. Age: 32 Fantasy football experience: Rookie Favorite team: Indianapolis Colts

    Personal: Shepherd cut his musical teeth opening for The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, The Eagles and Van Halen.

  • Jerry Cantrell

    Place of birth: Tacoma, Wash. Age: 43 Fantasy football experience: 5 years Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks/Pittsburgh Steelers

    Personal: Lead guitarist Cantrell's legacy with Alice In Chains includes 14 million albums sold, 19 Top 40 singles and six Grammy nominations.

  • Scott Ian

    Place of birth: New York Age: 45 Fantasy football experience: Rookie Favorite team: New York Giants

    Personal: When Ian isn't playing guitar for Anthrax, he's schooling amateurs at the poker table.

  • Vinnie Paul

    Place of birth: Abilene, Texas Age: 45 Fantasy football experience: 10 years Favorite team: Dallas Cowboys

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

  • Zakk Wylde
    Place of birth: Bayonne, N.J. Age: 42 Favorite team: New York Giants

    Personal: Wylde landed the job of lead guitarist and co-songwriter for Ozzy Osbourne at the age of 19 and later founded Black Label Society.

  • Kenny Aronoff

    Place of birth: Albany, N.Y. Age: 56 Fantasy football experience: 3 years Favorite team: Indianapolis Colts

    Personal: Aronoff has played drums for a who's who of rock legends, including Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more.

  • Matt Willig
    Place of birth: Whittier, Calif. Age: 40 Fantasy football experience: 0 years Favorite team: No favorite, but "I do like to watch the Carolina Panthers every Sunday, especially to watch my boy, [left tackle] Jordan Gross, play."

    Personal: One of two non-musicians in the league, Willig spent 12 years in the NFL with six different teams.

  • Duff McKagan
    Place of birth: Seattle Age: 45 Fantasy football experience: Rookie Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks

    Personal: Before playing bass for Velvet Revolver, McKagan spent 13 years with Guns N' Roses, so he's ready for anything.

  • Mike Inez
    Place of birth: San Fernando, Calif. Age: 43 Fantasy football experience: 6 years Favorite team: Oakland Raiders

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

  • Matthew Berry
    Place of birth: Denver Age: "Late 30s" Fantasy football experience: 17 years Favorite team: Washington Redskins

    Personal: Berry, who wouldn't disclose any musical talents, is ESPN.com's Talented Mr. Roto and a five-time award winner from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.