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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.