Final playoff push in AIC fantasy league

We're down to the final week of the regular season in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League and seven teams still have a chance at three of the four remaining playoff spots.

Only Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell's Aroma Of Tacoma (8-4) has clinched a playoff spot, though AIC drummer Sean Kinney's Team Nosering (7-5) is in good shape just one game behind.

After that it's wide open because of the Week 13 matchups as former Queensryche guitarist Chris DeGarmo's Mach Six's (6-5-1), Heart singer Ann Wilson's Annie's Dogs (6-6), AIC singer William DuVall's Team DuVall (6-6), Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul's The Brickwall Paul (6-6), actor Jay Ferguson's Dallas' Best (6-6) and Loaded frontman Duff McKagan's Team McKagan (5-6-1) all have mathematical chances to reach the final four.

It should be a wild weekend and -- much like many other fantasy leagues -- tensions began to mount when a late-season trade came under review. Here is a sample of some talk this week on the league message board in response to Cantrell trading Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith to Ferguson in exchange for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (click on link to view the image):

Steve Smith for Cam Newton?!?
Posted: Nov 29, 9:46 p.m.
Ann Wilson
Annie's Dogs

At least kiss me first for God's sake!

Re: Steve Smith for Cam Newton?!?
Posted: Nov 30, 5:39 a.m.
Jerry Cantrell
Aroma Of Tacoma

Big sloppy one for ya, sis.

Re: Steve Smith for Cam Newton?!?
Posted: Nov 30, 6:58 a.m.
Ann Wilson
Annie's Dogs

Best record in the league and you stoop to collusion. Excellent.

Re: Steve Smith for Cam Newton?!?
Posted: Nov 30, 3:44 p.m.
Jerry Cantrell

That's a serious accusation. And to be clear … I would never do that. Jay is carrying three quarterbacks -- Drew Brees and Matt Ryan; he doesn't need Cam. What he does need is a wide receiver and Steve Smith is the third best receiver in the league, the best on my team and if the trade goes through Smith has more points than any receiver on Jay's roster. By making this trade I get a decent QB but I also make myself thin at wide receiver. Jay's team gets better; he also is fighting for a playoff spot and Smith seemed more valuable to him than Cam for this final game of the regular season. You should look at the trade based on need. I don't think it's unfair and you have the right to vote against it, of course. I know we play this week and I wish you and the other owners who have a shot to make the playoffs luck. I'm already in, but this trade doesn't guarantee I'll win it all. I'm just doing the best I can to manage my team. I'm competitive as hell, everybody knows this … but I'm no cheater.

Re: Steve Smith for Cam Newton?!?
Posted: Nov 30, 3:29 p.m.
Ann Wilson
Annie's Dogs

Whoa, there big fella! Who said anything about cheating? Just taking a few pot shots at this week's foe. I may not like it but trades are trades.

Sorry to get your hackles up. You don't need any bulletin board material …

See you in the playoffs next week.

Each participant will put one valuable item up for auction by the end of the season. The league champion will get to designate which charity receives the net 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 Charity League, trash talk and interviews with the owners will be published in ESPN.com's The Life and Music sections throughout the season. Members of the league also will drop by for occasional chats on SportsNation as Cantrell and Paul did Tuesday.

Here is a look at Week 13's matchups and last week's results:

Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League overall 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."