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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Updated: September 24, 6:22 PM ET
KWS Domination lives up to its name

By Jim Wilkie

ESPN fantasy football expert Matthew Berry's Team Berry was crushed 127-65 by guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd's KWS Domination to highlight Week 1 of the Alice In Chains & Friends Charity Fantasy Football League.

Scott Ian Signature Guitar
Scott Ian will be putting up a Scott Ian Signature Guitar like this up for auction.

Shepherd cruised thanks to the production of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (37 points), Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (22 points) and New York Jets running back Thomas Jones (22 points), while Berry's only double-digit performers were New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (21) and Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson (16).

Shepherd's league-high points total earned him first place above the other four Week 1 winners: Jerry Cantrell, Scott Ian, Vinnie Paul and Zakk Wylde.

League founder Cantrell's JC Aroma Of Tacoma is second after he won bragging rights within Alice In Chains by beating bandmate Mike Inez's M.I. Evil? Yes I Am 108-69 thanks to balanced production from Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes (19 points), Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb (17 points), Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (17 points), Patriots receiver Randy Moss (14 points), Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (12 points) and Arizona Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers (12 points).

Coincidentally, SportsNation voters ranked Cantrell's and Shepherd's teams first and second in our preseason poll that asked readers to rank all teams from one to 10. Berry, the voters' choice for third, comes in at 10th, however, because of his lowest points total, although he's tied with Inez, Duff McKagan, Kenny Aronoff and Matt Willig at 0-1.

Participants in the Alice In Chains & Friends Charity Fantasy Football League will each be putting up one valuable item for auction by the end of the season. The league champion will get to designate which charity gets 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 League, trash talk and interviews with the owners will be published on's The Life section throughout the season. Members of the league will also drop by for occasional chats on SportsNation.

Here are the standings after Week 1 with a look ahead to this weekend's matchups (mouse over the photos for bios of the participants):