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So this was it.  This was the night that Matt Cassel could’ve saved his starting job.  Could’ve saved the Chiefs from a 1-7 start and from forcing Chiefs fans into watching the Brady Quinn era unfold before their nearly gouged out eyes.  Cassel could not have asked for a better matchup to prove his mettle as the Chargers ranked 10th worst in terms of fantasy QBs scoring against them.  Ok, he could’ve asked for the New Orleans Saints but he already went against them and failed.  This was supposed to be a hungry Matt.  A Matt that wanted to reclaim his job and prove he was worthy of a starting quarterback job in the NFL.  Instead of seeing resiliency, Cassel treated us to dormancy as he threw for only 181 yards while turning the ball over twice for defensive touchdowns.  Sure, the INT could’ve been caught by his receiver but he could’ve thrown it a bit better.  No reason to throw a bullet to a guy 10 feet away from you and if you do, maybe you shouldn’t throw it high and a little behind.  Actually, if Matt were a country singer that should be his first single: ‘High And A Little Behind’.  I’m picturing a sad ballad there.  Decent drives turned to mush the moment the Chiefs got in scoring territory as I like to call it ‘the area where your QB needs to be accurate’.  The death of fantasy relevance hangs heavy in Chiefdom tonight and the blood will be on Cassel’s hands.  Welcome to Brady-ocrity, KC.  In other fantasy football news…

Dwayne Bowe – Bowe looked like the WR2 you drafted tonight, despite the fumble: 79 yards on 8 receptions.  If it weren’t for inaccuracy, he might’ve tacked on a touchdown.  Now he’ll be stuck with the Charlie Sheen offense:  Quinning!  Doesn’t matter if you have Tiger Blood, you still need to get thrown to and Brady won’t be doing that much.  Hard to think the offense could get worse than tonight but believe me, this Brady Bunch won’t be fantasy family friendly.

Philip Rivers – Fantasy relevant this week which is more than you can say for him over the last…hrm, what?  Forever weeks?  If you own him and there’s a needy owner out there looking for a QB, I have a useful four-letter word for you.  No, not that one.  Unless you’re stuck in traffic, that word works well there.  No, the word is SELL.  This game was about attrition, not retribution.  This is not the Charger you were looking for.

Jamaal Charles – Finally started running the ball well and then got knocked out with an apparent ‘neck injury’.  Hrm, gonna have to disagree here.  Unless those starry-eyed looks were out of love and admiration for his coach while he was on the sideline, I think it’s fair to say the issue was not the neck but from the neck up.  Charles was decidedly not in charge of his faculties.  Hard to say how worried I’d be as a Jamaal owner at the moment as I could be very wrong about the concussion (though I doubt it).  I really hope they’re not playing with the kid’s future by trying to avoid concussion tests.

Antonio Gates – Gates owners after the first quarter: ‘Man, 3 receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown and we’re only a quarter in.  This is gonna be a monster game for Gates!’.  Gates owner after the 4th quarter: ‘Only 3 receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown for the entire game!  @#$# you, Gates!!!’.  Pretty much the Chiefs started double-teaming him after the first quarter, effectively forcing Rivers to find other guys which he did, albeit sparingly.  Wanna know what four letter word goes with Gates?  Re-read the Rivers blurb.

Ryan Mathews– Minus a great field reversal run for 31 yards, Ryan’s night was fairly moot as he gained 67 yards on 13 carries and 5 yards on 2 receptions.  I guess owners can be thankful he went for a discount in the draft because of injury.  I guess they can be un-thankful because the discount wasn’t steep enough.  Not hating on Mathews here, hating on the Chargers offense.  Can’t see the difference?  It means I hate them all.  I’m an equal hater-tunist.

Shaun Draughn – Scored the only KC touchdown on the night but don’t read too much into it.  The score came late in the 4th quarter when KC was already down 31-6 and Charles was nursing his ‘neck’ injury by staring into space.  I’m sure he’ll see a few more reps if Charles misses time next week but I wouldn’t be spending much thought on picking him up.  Peyton Hillis is second in command there, despite all the hard work he’s put in not to be.  Oh and then there’s Dexter McCluster.  Yeah, it’s ugly.  I think Dexter’s last name minus the ‘Mc’ describes it quite well.  Could even tack on what Gates owners said after the 4th to that and it would be more accurate.

Malcom Floyd – Nabbed a touchdown while the game was still in doubt in the third and finished the night with 48 yards on 4 receptions.  Has clearly established himself as the WR1 in San Diego but as his owners would tell you, that don’t mean much.  On pace for 4 TDs on 66 receptions and roughly 1000 yards.  Not bad but not what you would’ve expected a couple of years ago when saying ‘I drafted SD’s WR1’.  Namely because no one speaks in acronym.  It’s hard to pronounce.

Ronnie Brown– Had a nice fantasy potpourri on the night with 11 total touches (5 rec/6 rush) for 73 total yards.  Is Mathews losing his starting job?  Not in a world that makes sense.  Is Brown clearly a useful RB in deeper PPR leagues?  Yes.  Can’t see how San Diego doesn’t need to throw the ball a lot the rest of the way and Brown now has 13 receptions over the last two weeks which puts him on pace for 66 on the year.  Hey, that’s what Malcom’s on pace for!  #disheartened

Danario Alexander – Injury-plagued his entire career in STL, Danario moved out to San Diego to find himself, surfing and smoking away the pain.  Ok, other than everything up to ‘San Diego’ in that last sentence I can’t fully stand behind but he was a decent talent while playing for the Rams and may carve himself out more playing time after tonight’s line of 61 yards on 3 receptions.  If not, Robert Meachem gets back in the line up and continues to not get passed to nor catch the passes thrown his way in the first place.  If I know Norv, he’ll go for the latter because he’s such an offensive genius.  I score more points for the double entendre of offensive there, right?

  1. Gavin says:
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    It is getting so frustrating to watch how SD uses Mathews. You like McGahee and his sweet schedule over him ROS?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Straight up I don’t think I’d want to do that but you’re of the right mindset.

  2. smegma says:
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    Is this a good trade for my team (3WR league non-ppr):

    I give: Spiller/Gordon/Rudolph
    I get: Fitz/JStew

    I’m just throwing Rudolph in as he is my 2nd TE.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Not huge on Fitz in a non-PPR setting but I think it’s a good gamble. I’d take it.

  3. Ryan says:
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    I laughed at that bit about Phillip Rivers. Watching the game on NFL network last night, they were all singing his praises, at least up until that pick at the end of the first half. “This is the Phillip Rivers we’re used to seeing” and other such figurative fellatio. Guy has never been and never will be a top talent.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, he’s just a’ight. Definitely don’t think he’s the Rivers of 2011 but 2012 Rivers still isn’t going to help you enough to hold onto him.

  4. ArtVandelay says:
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    Romo or Flacco rest of season?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Because of Baltimore’s losses on defense, I’ll have to say Flacco. Believe he’ll be forced to air it out more.

      • ArtVandelay says:
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        @Sky, Thanks! Makes sense. What about J. Jones vs. Colston ROS? Jones has a nice schedule and seems to have the higher upside, but I expect Colston will be more consistent. Any strong feelings?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Colston would be the more consistent of the two but I have little doubt Julio ends the year with more points overall. Honestly pretty flat but I’d lean Colston.

  5. Murph says:
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    W

  6. Murph says:
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    Why does every coach think that they can utilize the multiple RB set like Belicheck does? Norv anf Romeo need to stick to what works for them give the ball to your best player….Norv give Mathews 20+ carries and Romeo give Charles 20+ carries pretty simple, both teams are extemely talented but are a complete failure at the coaching and GM level.

    Austin or Stewart as a flex non PPR? I could also bench Fitz and play them both.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Belichick has the element of surprise down pat. He only puts in guys like Woodhead down near the goal line where you’d say to yourself ‘he wouldn’t run Danny’. But nope, Crennell sets up with Charles in the backfield in a formation that screams ‘sweep’ and it’s a sweep. Next time it’s Hillis in the backfield and it’s clearly a power run up the middle. Stupidity abounds there, for sure.

      I’d go Stewart/Fitz. ATL’s secondary is pretty good.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky,

        And then we ask Romeo…How did this happen? and he says I dont know…thats what happens when you hire a defensive coordinator as head coach the offense gets forgotten about. Not to mention the best they can do is hire the former Browns and Dolphins offensive coordinator? Those were some high powered offenses haha. Seriously is it that bad working for the KC managment and owner that they can’t get anyone better?

        Any chance Austin gets an upgrade over Fitz if Dez sits out Sunday night? ATL secondary is outstanding but we know Dallas can’t run the ball and they will most likely be playing from behind the entire game.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, how does Cassel have a starting job for 4 years and your team does not get aggressive about drafting a quarterback? It’s ugly down there…

          I could see it for sure. My main thinking is AZ isn’t going to have a lead in that GB game. Skelton is going to have to throw and throw it a lot but overall, the two are close in my rankings for the week anyways. Dez out would probably sway me.

          • Murph says:
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            @Sky,

            The “Cassel Experiment” is offically over and they need to realize it. Not sure what pick they had this year in the draft but look at what this draft class of rookies is doing!!! Cassel fits right in with the “average” stats for all rookie QBs.
            (Leaving out Luck and RGIII)

            Weeden: 55% comp 1,912 yrds 9 TD
            Wilson: 61% 1,466 yrds 10 TD
            Tannehill: 59% 1,472 4 TD

            Cassel: 60.4% 1,549 yrds 6 TD

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Exactly and I’d easily want all three of those guys over Cassel regardless of upside/age. Random fact that I read on ESPN here recently. The last time KC won a game with a QB they actually drafted? 1987…Harsh. KC needs a change from the top down at this point. No one seems to understand football there.

              • Murph says:
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                @Sky,

                I would too not to mention that KC’s talent in the skill position exceeds that of Miami, Seattle and Cleveland.

                Yeah I heard that on the radio too…unbelievable. True doormat team of the AFC drastic changes before its too late Bring in Gruden!!!Bring in Cowher!!!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Just bring someone in with a decent understanding of the game. I don’t care who it is…sad times in KC. Seeing Bowe & Jamaal waste their talent there is disheartening.

                  • Murph says:
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                    @Sky,

                    #disheartened

  7. Ryan says:
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    Looking ahead
    I have Rodgers on bye next week
    Would you start Fitzpatrick @NE or
    Ponder vs. Detroit
    Standard league
    Need to pick up this week

    • Murph says:
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      @Ryan,

      Fitzpatrick for sure starting any QB against NE is safe.

      Week 4 against NE 350 yrds 4 TDs and 4 INT but the points are there thats how you beat the patriots pass pass pass and pass some more.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Agree w/Murph

  8. Ryan says:
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    One more…. Do u always play the same kicker
    I start Blair Walsh…
    Would u start tucker vs browns or
    Suisham at NYG
    Or just stick with Walsh and not over think it
    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I don’t think about kickers, period. Can go Suisham

    • Murph says:
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      @Ryan,

      Just find the most consistent/accurate kicker and ride them until the bye week. No need in trying to decifer matchups as its the flukeiest stat out there and I know flukey!!! Kicking really is decided by game flow is complete luck of the draw. Connor Barth is a good one to use ROS and this week. Only 2 misses all year and the coaching staff isnt going to test him to try unmakeable field goals and tampa is finally learning how to effectively move the ball.

  9. Adam says:
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    +1 PPR (different league)…pick 2, please.

    LaRod Stephens-Howling @ GB, Felix Jones @ ATL, James Jones vs ARI, Lance Moore vs PHI, Cecil Shorts vs DET.

    If it matters any… Brees is my QB (possible combo with Moore), Felix plays Sunday night, and Moore plays Monday night.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Adam, sorry I missed this one Adam. LSH & Lance Moore

  10. Max says:
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    Big Ben or RG3?Why?Im thinking RG3 bounces back,but hard to sit Ben in an apparent shootout…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Gotta go RGIII there. Pittsburgh’s passing game is good but it’s not shootout good. Lot of slants/quick outs/screen passes. Don’t think you’re going to see what you’re looking for there.

  11. CDogg says:
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    Am I crazy to drop Andy Dalton in a 12 team league for a Kicker? Cam Newton’s my QB. I’d rather not drop Gostkowski…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, not really big on the idea of dropping skill players for kickers but I don’t really covet kickers. Just depends what other kickers are out there.

      • CDogg says:
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        The only way that could hurt me is obviously if Newton went down, or another owner used Dalton in a good game. But does Dalton have any favorable / start-able matchups coming up? (maybe @ KC – week 11) Being a 12 team league, Dalton’s very close to being waiver wire material isn’t he?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @CDogg, I can see your argument but I’ll put it to you this way. He’s about 10 points ahead of a huge class of kickers underneath him because he hasn’t had his bye. I’m not against your argument, it’s just not for me to drop a skill player.

  12. ant says:
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    If you had a choice to trade rashad jennings for any of these who would you pick: Hakeem Nicks, Big Ben, MJD, Jamaal Charles, or trade Luck and Jennings for Newton. Thanks alot.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @ant, That’s a diverse lot of players in terms of position. It depends on what I need. Eventually, his stock will be near worthless if MJD comes back healthy so I’m not against selling. Prefer a bigger name in return. I’d take Jamaal if I could get him. Not sure if I want to trade away the player in MJD’s spot for MJD himself. Don’t like Luck/Jennings for Cam. Jennings alone should net more for his role in the offense.

      • ant says:
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        @Sky, Thanks a lot for the reply, much appreciated. Here’s what my team looks like… I’m trying to upgrade my qb and rb situation and not sure how to attack it.
        qb: Luck
        rb: mcfadden
        rb: forte
        wr: cruz
        wr: Julio Jones
        TE: Rudolph/Hernandez
        Flex: R.Jennings
        Bench: Cobb,Spiller,Tsmith, Romo

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @ant, Go Luck/Jennings for Cam. That’s the one that makes the most sense.

  13. Mike says:
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    Hey Sky.

    I have to drop an RB before Sunday in a 12 team standard

    The guy I keep has to play in Week 11.

    Who do I drop. Donald Brown (@NE in week 11) or Green-Ellis (@KC in week 11)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Mike, I’d drop Brown between those two

  14. Johnny Hammersticks says:
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    Hello it’s me again. Now that the injury updates etc. have washed out, need your calls on:

    Start Nicks? (he has Eli)

    and

    @ RB: Jennings, Leshoure or Jstew? I’m still leaning jennings

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Johnny Hammersticks, Hard to say to start Nicks or not without knowing who he’d be replacing…

      Have all three mid to high teens for running back rankings this week. JStew/Jennings/LeShoure is how I see them.

  15. Johnny Hammersticks says:
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    thanks. as for Nicks, I’ve got James Jones and Jordy, as well as Britt.

    Likely forced to start Nicks and one of the packers?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Pretty sure Nelson isn’t playing. I assume you can only start 3, right?

  16. jerky says:
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    i have Charles and Sproles. traded lynch away for fitz in 12team ppr. I have to make a deal my sjax for 2 of these 4 F. Jones, P. Tanner, D. Thomas or Starks…which 2 or do i just stick with Hilliman and Forestt on my bench. If so which one should i start for this week. sorry lots of words but going through a downward spiral.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I wouldn’t trade SJax for two of any of those guys right now. Start Hillman

  17. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Mendo or PT Cruiser ROS?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      PT, but I wasn’t a Mendo fan coming into the season.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky, I took a shot on Mendo, but I think he has had too many hiccups in his recovery.

        What about ivory?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ivory is a shot in the dark. I picked him up in two leagues because I don’t believe in Ingram but I am not very hopeful about the pickup.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky, he has had sucess in the past when thrown into duty. I grabbed him in my RCL with the hope of finding another backup.

            Drink your IPA and eat your nachos tomorrow with some assurance that Ivory is a good gamble for the minute.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate, Oh trust me, I liked him coming into the season:

              http://football.razzball.com/2012-fantasy-football-sleeper-chris-ivory

              His only problem is the common practice of teams trying to prove they didn’t make a mistake in the draft. We probably see Ingram flail about for a couple of games and then see some Ivory action. Stupid a guy with his career numbers doesn’t even have a carry this year. He might be a playoff changer or just another FA that you used to know.

              I will follow your orders diligently with regards to consumption. Might even get a head start tonight.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky, go drink the shit out of that IPA…make me proud!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  I aim to please…I’m on it!

  18. Ian says:
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    Hey Sky,

    Who would you recommend playing at WR and Flex this week (no PPR) out of Austin, Cobb, and the questionable Bradshaw.

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Cobb/Bradshaw

  19. Prezii says:
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    Megatron is probably going to play.. but.. if he doesnt, im going to need to flip flop a little and it will leave me with a flex of leshoure or felix. Who gets plugged in, if needed? I havent played leshoure since picking him up but this could be the week right? I just cant trust a 100% healthy felix, let alone a nicked up one… And against a stout defense..

    Thoughts? Agruments?? Thanx sky!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d go LeShoure there. Not liking/trusting Felix.

      Thoughts: Not enough people heard Big Wreck’s first album: In Loving Memory Of…Underrated rock band from Canada.

      Arguments: The Edge, though a great musician, is decidedly not one of the greatest guitar players.

      • Prezii says:
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        @Sky, haha niceee.. we all get a look into the mind of sky at this moment! I have no clue who Big Wreck is.. seeing how im not all that high on rock and not from canada… Hell i dont even know who the edge is.. haha but i do know theres no arguement for best guitar player ever… Jimi hendrix. Roll it up and listen in ;)

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Definitely give Big Wreck a listen if you get a shot, at least their first album. Second album – though it had a few great tracks – had too much throwaway on it and was overproduced.

          The Edge is U2’s guitar player. If you need a nickname, you’re probably not that good is my motto.

          Oh and of course Hendrix forever :)

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