Kickoff Time! Check Out Our Fantasy Football League, With Lil Wayne, Paul Wall, Method Man

Each week, we'll bring matchup previews, standings and results.

As September rolled in, millions of Americans let out a roar: Football season is back, baby! As the teams suit up and hit the turf, a multitude of people will be keeping a close eye on players and teams they might not normally care about. Why? Because they are caught up in the competitive rapture of fantasy football, where office co-workers, friends, family and even strangers form their own online football leagues and choose real-life players to be on their team. How the player performs in each week’s games affects your team’s stats online.

The good folks here at MTV News are no different: Some of us live for fantasy football. As we found out recently, so do several members of the hip-hop community. So we started the MTV News Fantasy Football League with Cool & Dre, Yung Joc, Block Entertainment CEO Block, Lil Wayne, Tyrese “Black Ty” Gibson, Uncle Luke, Method Man, Paul Wall and our own on-air correspondent Liz Hernandez all taking on teams.

Last week, we gathered everyone together for a fantasy draft at Jay-Z’s 40/40 club in New York, where the draft order was chosen by Method Man, who picked names out of a hat (he picked his own name first. Hmmmm …). From there, the gloves came off! Questionable picks got a lot of trash talk: Luke was ribbed something awful when he chose Kansas City’s Priest Holmes, who is all but out of the league, although Luke did show his juice when he called up Arizona Cardinals perennial Pro Bowl running back Edgerrin James and put him on speaker phone). And Liz heard plenty of jokes when she chose the controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens, who has a penchant for missing games due to injuries and discipline from his coaches.

































MTV News Fantasy Football League
Watch Method Man, Lil Wayne and more run their teams in round-by-round coverage of our first fantasy league.






And let’s not forget Paul Wall telling the whole room why Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young should have won last year’s Heisman Trophy (awarded to the best college player) over one of Wayne’s picks, New Orleans Saints rookie running back Reggie Bush.

But now the dust has cleared, the rosters are set and the battle lines drawn. We’ll be here every week, giving you the matchups, the standings and everything you need to know about life in the MTV News Fantasy Football League — some of the team “owners” will even be checking in with us from time to time. Strap your helmet on tight: It all starts here with the week 1 matchups. Here’s how it breaks down:












































Liz Hernandez vs. Method Man
Jake Delhomme, Carolina QB Carson Palmer, Cincinnati
Steven Jackson, St. Louis RB Shaun Alexander, Seattle
Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati RB Willie Parker, Pittsburgh
Terrell Owens, Dallas WR Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
Randy Moss, Oakland WR Chris Chambers, Miami
Jason Witten, Dallas TE Todd Heap, Baltimore
Dallas Cowboys D/ST New York Giants
John Kasay, Carolina K Jay Feely, New York


Meth’s deck is stacked with more all-stars than a Chunky Soup ad, and he racked up 115 yards from the Steelers’ Willie Parker before anyone else got to step on the field. Liz needs a big day from Terrell Owens to start the season with a “W.”



 












































Lil Wayne vs. Yung Joc
Daunte Culpepper, Miami QB Eli Manning, New York
Larry Johnson, Kansas City RB LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego
Reggie Bush, New Orleans RB Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis WR Anquan Boldin, Arizona
Andre Johnson, Houston WR Plaxico Burress, New York
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City TE Alge Crumpler, Atlanta
Baltimore Ravens D/ST Seattle Seahawks
Neil Rackers, Arizona K Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis


It’s always a risky fantasy strategy to put too many eggs in one team’s basket, but Yung Joc is banking on big things from the Giants’ offense (starting both Eli Manning and Plaxico Burress). Lil Wayne counters with a hometown favorite: rookie Reggie Bush. He could be the wild card Wayne needs to pull off the win.



 












































        Cool & Dre vs. Tyrese “Black Ty” Gibson
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis QB Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia
Ronnie Brown, Miami RB Tiki Barber, New York
Julius Jones, Dallas RB Carnell Williams, Tampa Bay
Steve Smith, Carolina WR Torry Holt, St. Louis
Donald Driver, Green Bay WR Hines Ward, Pittsburgh
Jeremy Shockey, New York TE L.J. Smith, Philadelphia
Carolina Panthers D/ST New England Patriots
David Akers, Philadelphia K Jason Elam, Denver


Cool & Dre know better than to bet against Peyton Manning in primetime. Tyrese counters with Donovan McNabb, a bold move given the Eagles’ question marks at receiver. Look for Black Ty’s secret weapon, Tampa Bay’s Carnell Williams, to make the difference.



 












































Uncle Luke vs. Paul Wall
Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle QB Tom Brady, New England
Edgerrin James, Arizona RB LaMont Jordan, Oakland
Kevin Jones, Detroit RB Corey Dillon, New England
Chad Johnson, Cincinnati WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
Santana Moss, Washington WR Roy Williams, Detroit
Randy McMichael, Miami TE Antonio Gates, San Diego
Chicago Bears D/ST Pittsburgh Steelers
Jeff Wilkins, St. Louis K Shayne Graham, Cincinnati


Paul got an early high-scoring performance from his defense courtesy of the Steelers (and Joey Porter’s interception return for a TD). Luke has some ground to make up, and he’s banking on a revitalized Edgerrin James — now carrying the ball for Arizona — to deliver.

Check back on Tuesday for the latest scores and standings.