Stamps on collision course

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

The Alter Egos play with tons of attitude and confidence, much the same as their general manager Nik Lewis.

Money N The Bank has been money this season, as GM Joffrey Reynolds guides his club the way he runs the football -- with precision.

Both these teams have perfect 4-0 records in a 10-team fantasy football league featuring seven current Calgary Stampeders players and front-office staff.

Like many fantasy players, these real pros are following their teams closely today after a week spent reading injury updates and making moves.

Burke Dales' Leg Power is off to a slow start at 1-3, and the team is suffering because its first-round pick was Reggie Bush, and the injured Marvin Harrison was its second.

"For a lot of us, it's our first year," said Dales, a third-year punter with the Stamps. "It's very frustrating but I don't have control over it. I will keep dressing Reggie Bush and hope he has a big game eventually."

Scott Coe showed his fantasy inexperience on draft day. He used his first-round pick to take kicker Adam Vinatieri, passing on many top receivers and running backs.

"I have never been in a draft before," said Coe. "That didn't work out too well for me.

"I took Alge Crumpler, not thinking there was no Michael Vick in Atlanta. Not a good choice. I didn't do a lot of homework. I kinda flew by the seat of my pants."

Lewis has built a solid roster, but did it by taking some chances in the draft. He worked a draft-day trade with Reynolds to get Tom Brady in exchange for Peyton Manning, then took Terrell Owens and Randy Moss early. Those moves were criticized by fellow GMs, but they are paying off as Moss leads the NFL in TDs.

"I know who produces and who doesn't," Lewis said. "Everybody was saying my team is high risk. But then it becomes high reward. I don't think I'm lucky. I knew TO and Randy Moss would produce."

Zero to 60, managed by receiver Markus Howell, is doing OK at 2-2 but they have been scored against more than any other team. Now the club is dealing with injury problems, as their QB Marc Bulger and top running back Brian Westbrook are ailing.

So Howell picked up former Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Kenton Keith and will start him today against Mike Labinjo's winless Fresh Legs.

"The guys are razzing me about getting Kenton because I had to pick up a former CFLer," Howell said. "In that system, their offensive guys should perform.

"I'm counting on Bulger getting healthy. I'm trying to decide between playing Matt Schaub and Derek Anderson right now."

The two undefeated clubs are set to meet in the final week of the season, and Lewis is already picking his team to win.

Reynolds' team may lose Travis Henry because of an impending drug suspension and will be scrambling to fill that spot. Reynolds loaded up on Colts this season, although that move cost him last year when Indianapolis rested players during the fantasy playoffs.

"It's fun because on Sundays, I sit down and watch certain players and see how they're doing," said the Stamps running back. "I have the NFL (Sunday Ticket) and I'm flipping back and forth through the games."

The simply-named Sandro (owned by kicker Sandro DeAngelis, of course), is struggling at 1-3 but the GM suffers from quick, rash decisions brought on by poor performances.

Sandro recently traded Steven Jackson away for Kevin Jones because he was upset with the Rams running back, and then he stuck Jamal Lewis on the sidelines for a week when he ran for more than 200 yards.

"The week before he had two fumbles, so I benched him," DeAngelis said in defending his decision. "That's one thing I'm starting to learn. If a player sucks one week, you have to stick with him."

Sandro was also the victim of a Monday night comeback by the Alter Egos. Moss and Brady hooked up for a late touchdown to give Lewis the win. From two lockers over at work, DeAngelis got an earful about the loss.

"This is fun, and it's addicting. I'm glad I did it because I haven't watched this much NFL in eight years," DeAngelis said.

"I like the trash talking aspect as well. It helps the locker-room cameraderie. It would be nice if I could win a couple of games as well."

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COMEBACK KIDS

- Managed to get both Terrell Owens and Randy Moss, then snagged Antonio Gates and traded for Tom Brady. Unbeaten.

LOVES THE COLTS

- Unbeaten in four games, riding hot arm of Peyton Manning, one of three Colts. Playing tight end Jason Witten as his flex.

BURNED BY BUSH

- Reggie Bush's slow season has led to 1-3 start but has solid foundation with Vince Young, Torry Holt and Marvin Harrison.

LOVIN' A KICKER

- Took Adam Vinatieri with a bad first pick. Decent depth with Carson Palmer and Shaun Alexander but lost Deuce McAllister.

BATTLE OF BULGER

- At .500 but future depends on injured QB Marc Bulger and success of free-agents Sammy Morris and Kenton Keith.


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