Cantrell-Shepherd showdown for first

Barring a tie, there will be an undisputed leader in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League after this week's games.

Jerry Cantrell's JC Aroma Of Tacoma and Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Team Re-Domination are tied with 5-2 records atop the league. And in a nice bit of timing, they face each other in Week 8.

After beating Duff McKagan's Team Loaded last week, Cantrell, the league's founder, was looking forward to this week's showdown and shared his thoughts on the league message board:

Costly Win
Posted: Oct 26, 11:23 p.m.
Jerry Cantrell
JC Aroma Of Tacoma

Duff was definitely ready for a fight to the death this week so I had to whip out some serious voodoo to get it done. Duff is bigger than me and has a longer reach so instead of the ring I chose the alley to equal the playing field a bit. Two buddies, two 4-2 teams and one Monday night game to settle it all.

I took my lumps, though. Looks like I lost my starting quarterback for the season to a snapped twig in the process. … Bummer.

Five games left, boys, heading into the home stretch tied at 5-2 with Kenny Wayne. Top four teams get in. Time to step up to the plate, gentlemen.

But close behind Cantrell and Shepherd are five teams tied at 4-3 who are keeping the heat on the league leaders. Those teams are Team Loaded, Zakk Wylde's Team Doom Crew Inc., Mike Inez's M.I. Evil?, Meat Loaf's Hell In A Hand Basket and Scott Ian's Fear And Loathing.

Team Loaded and Fear And Loathing face each other, so the winner will be in good shape, likely tied for second place.

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

Here is a recap of Week 7 and a look ahead to Week 8's matchups:

Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League overall standings

  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
    Place of birth: Shreveport, La. Age: 33 Fantasy football experience: 1 year 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: 44 Fantasy football experience: 6 years Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks/Pittsburgh Steelers

    Personal: Lead guitarist Cantrell's legacy with Alice In Chains includes 16 million albums sold, 21 Top 40 singles and seven Grammy nominations.

  • Scott Ian

    Place of birth: New York Age: 46 Fantasy football experience: 1 year 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: 46 Fantasy football experience: 11 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.

  • Zakk Wylde
    Place of birth: Bayonne, N.J. Age: 43 Fantasy football experience: 1 year 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.

  • Meat Loaf

    Place of birth: Dallas Age: 62

    Personal: Legendary singer, aka Michael Aday, has been just as successful on your TV and film screens as your radio.

  • Matt Willig
    Place of birth: Whittier, Calif. Age: 41 Fantasy football experience: 1 year and the AIC&FFFCL reigning champ Favorite team: No favorite, but "I do like to watch the Carolina Panthers every Sunday, especially to watch my boy, Jordan Gross [left tackle], 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: 46 Fantasy football experience: 1 year 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: 44 Fantasy football experience: 7 years Favorite team: Oakland Raiders

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

  • Jay Harris
    Place of birth: Norfolk, Va. Age: 45

    Personal: Harris is the weekday co-host of the 6 p.m. ET "SportsCenter" and has been with ESPN since 2003.