2012 Grid Challenge: Son rises in the West

SAN FRANCISCO -- Good morning from Candlestick Park, where parking lot attendants have been on duty since 4 a.m. local time, bracing for a busy weekend in the Bay Area.

With so much going on, I wasn't going to sit around and wait for traffic to cut off arteries into the stadium. So, I arrived at the Stick just a few minutes early (390).

This seemed like a good time to put together an item updating our 2012 NFC West Gridiron Challenge fantasy league.

A quick glance at the highest scores for Week 4 showed one man standing above all others. That man isn't really a man. It's my 7-year-old son. Seriously. His team put up 184 points in Week 4, more than any of the 1,500-plus entries scored, thanks to 29 from Aaron Rodgers, 31 from Tom Brady, 22 from Michael Turner, 22 from Jamaal Charles, 12 from Larry Fitzgerald, 15 from Jordy Nelson, 16 from Rob Gronkowski, six from Jay Feely and 31 from the San Francisco 49ers' defense.

This shows fantasy football is all about skill and preparation. My son put in at least 30 seconds of research in setting a lineup that outscored all but 22 teams out of more than 200,000 entries in the broader Gridiron Challenge competition for Week 4. "Yeah, I had the 49ers' defense going," he knowingly said to a friend earlier in the week, when I knew his team had done well, but not this well.

Moving along, my lineup for Week 5: Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Lloyd, Julio Jones, Vernon Davis, David Akers and the New York Giants' defense (against Cleveland).

Best of luck to you.