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Don’t worry, they sell Fantasy handcuffs at that one store down the street…

I guess this could have been considered breaking news, but I’m still waiting for the NFL to have any kind of self-awareness with Ray Rice only getting a two-game suspension for assault. Silly me! So here I am, in complete awe, as Pennsylvania has basically taught us the best way to handcuff running backs in fantasy football. Both Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were charged with possession of marijuana following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon. Apparently there’s also a DUI charge in the works, which seems logical, you know, kill two birds with one stone, etc., and, of course, the NFL is expected to review the incident. Personally, I think they both should have just stayed home and punched their girlfriends.

“Kohlhepp said traffic officer Sean Stafiej pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday after Stafiej, who was on a motorcycle, noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Stafiej found a 20-gram bag of marijuana inside the car. Bell, Blount and a female passenger all claimed ownership of the marijuana, according to police.”

I’m pretty sure the most shocking detail in this was the fact that a Camaro was involved. Related: this is the only version of a Camaro that exists in my head:

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Which is the best kind of Camaro, for the record.

Well, it’s good to see “the Patriot way” in action. And while I had little-to-no concerns that Blount having a timeshare with Le’Veon Bell would affect his production negatively, with this indicent, one has to wonder what kind of repercussions, if any, will materialize. And let’s frame this with the fact that Dri Archer is the next in line on the depth chart, and all other runningbacks on the roster have zero NFL experience. So, to address the elephant in the room (What? I have a big room…), I don’t think we need to worry at this point. While this is a second offense for Blount, and he could face some kind of in-season punishment, the truth is, if you were counting on him for your fantasy team, you’re doing it wrong. For Bell, this would be his first offense, and I doubt there are any in-game repercussions here. The DUI is the bigger issue, but I doubt any type of resolution would be enacted so close to the NFL season.

So everyone don’t do what I thought you were going to do and freak out. I would still draft Le’Veon Bell where you were going to, and if he gets underrated a bit by this, go all in. I actually could have told you to “ring that Bell”, but I consider myself to be a pretty nice guy. So you’re welcome.

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  1. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Agreed on the Camaro, as soon as I heard the make and model, that car came to mind. Mine was white with a T-top but different strokes for different Razball writers and all that. I also pictured them smoking out of a metal pipe they bought at a flea market and listening to The Eminem show.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: I hear ya. To be honest, I forgot to mention in the post, but what good is it to have a another person in the car if they aren’t going to take the fall? They are doing this totally wrong.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Jay: Yeah? Like her whole job is to be the out of control girlfriend who decided to smoke her weed no matter what Blount and Bell said. Why did they all take the fall? This is pot-smoking 101.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Jay: Touche Salesman

  2. John Rubino says:
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    “Personally, I think they both should have just stayed home and punched their girlfriends.”

    That just made me cry a little inside. Damn.

  3. Steve says:
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    10 team standard
    Based on my draft position thinking I will go with Murray and Demarious first 2 picks
    Would u take Julius Thomas or jordy Nelson next??
    Thinking Thomas wil be l a monster and then a huge drop off in TE.
    Tough choice..love jordy
    Thoughts??

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Steve: I would go Nelson… I actually think Thomas might be taken, even not, TE depth is very strong this season. I’m fine waiting for Witten or Olsen.

  4. Steve says:
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    Thx
    Other tough choice is do I take joique bell or cordalle Patterson….both are ranked similar in ESPN standard…
    If I get Demarious and jordy/Cobb with Murray….
    Thanks

    • Jay

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      @Steve: I like Patterson here still.

  5. Steve says:
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    Antonio brown,Jeffery,or Cobb??
    All bunched together …this can make or break
    Who you got??
    Thanks!

    • Jay

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      @Steve: Jeffrey by a hair in standard leagues.

  6. Allan says:
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    I have to wonder if this will affect the Josh Gordon decision at all.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Allan: I wouldn’t think so, but the NFL has surprised me before.

  7. Mark says:
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    Grabbed Le’Veon for $27 last night in an auction. Is that a decent discount? He was usually going closer to $35 in mocks I’ve seen/done before the incident. If he gets suspended a game or 2 I grabbed decent enough backup RBs in Chris Johnson and Danny Woodhead to fill in.

    • Jay

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      @Mark: Yeah, I think that’s pretty awesome.

  8. smoketheblountbell says:
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    le’veon bell or gio bernard?
    le’veon or montee?

    also, got offered terrance williams for kendall wright. thoughts?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @smoketheblountbell: My rankings say Bell in both cases. I’d want Wright, and it’s not that close.

      • letsgo says:
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        @Jay:

        thanks for the reply. obviously this is all speculation.

        the league is NOT PPR. so, terrance williams over wright then? possession receivers are nice in a ppr format, but tremendous upside and alshon -like situation (opposite of DEZ) have me thinking terrance williams over wright if NOT PPR. had it been a ppr league i agree

        • Jay

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          @letsgo: I’d still want Wright. I think he sees more TD’s… not a huge uptick, but if had 6 TD’s, that would have made him a top-20 receiver last season in standard formats. That’s not to say I don’t like Williams, but I’m willing to admit I’m higher on Wright than others.

          • letsgo says:
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            @Jay: thanks. i think the combination of liking to do a lot of trades and having alshon jeffery’s understudy in my mind may be clouding me to like terrance williams so much. for what it’s worth, i have: Demeryius thomas, Colston, Roddy white, keenan allen and josh gordon already at WR, so it’s not like wright is my WR2 or even WR3. (praying that works out, but drafted him knowing he’ll prb be suspended all year) already at WR. I plan to only play 2 wr’s a week with 3 rb’s anyway.

            thanks again.

            • Jay

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              @letsgo: Wow, to be honest, yeah, that’s a pretty deep WR core.

  9. Bro Jackson says:
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    Jay,

    I need some help. I am in a ppc/ ppr league with the points heavily favoring QBs. Based on last years stats, Manning scored 750pts, Brees was at 689, followed by 30 Qbs and then Charles scored 389 pts.

    Here is my question, I pick 8th this year. I won’t get Manning or Brees…… Rodgers is likely out. At 8th, do I go best available QB (maybe Stafford, Ryan or Cam) or do I go best available player?

    As you can guess, the 1st place guy last year had manning. 2nd Brees. 3rd Rivers. 4th Dalton. etc.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Jay

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      @Bro Jackson: Yeah, when a league essentially makes it so a QB is worth two top-10 players, you have to keep up. I would want Cam there (unless rushing numbers are dampened), and if that’s the case, Ryan.

      • Bro Jackson says:
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        @Jay:
        Thanks. I appreciate it. Keep up the awesome work here and on the baseball side of things.

  10. Mike says:
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    So I had my draft last night and not too happy with the result. Would love to hear your thoughts. It’s a 14 team ppr league. It’s a keeper auction league start 3wr

    Qb-Rodgers
    Rb-AP
    Rb-Sproles
    Wr-Hilton
    Wr-Edelman
    Wr-Maclin
    Flex-D’angelo Williams
    Te-Olsen

    Be-boldin
    Be-Greg Jennings
    Be-Khiry Robinson
    Be-jeryck Mckinnon
    Be-john brown

    Be critical and don’t sugar coat it. Where should I look to make trades? Who should I trade?

    Someone offered me garçon or Keenan Allen for Sproles should I do that?

    Thanks for the guidance

    • Mark says:
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      @Mike:

      You pretty much have to do Allen for Sproles I would think. Might then want to look at flipping Maclin/Edelman for a RB. In a PPR league starting 3 WR you can probably get away with a really weak RB2 next to AP.

    • letsgo says:
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      @Mike: keenan allen for sproles is a steal.

      • letsgo says:
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        @letsgo: what rb’s are on the waiver wire? i agree with above flip two wr’s for a rb. take keenan allen though.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Mike: You have to do that trade, for either WR. I don’t think it’s a terrible team, but you need a little help at WR and a better flex option.

      • Mike says:
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        Thanks all

  11. DomMattingly says:
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    QB:
    Luck
    Cutler
    RB:
    L. Bell
    A. Morris
    B. Sankey
    B. Pierce
    S. Greene
    WR
    MEGATRON
    K. Allen
    M. Floyd
    T. Williams
    K. Britt
    TE
    Olsen
    Ertz

    Might need a little help at RB?
    Do I drop Ertz for Blount, J. Stewart?
    Drop Britt for the same?
    Drop Britt for M. Lee?
    Hold?

    Thanks

    • Jay

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      @DomMattingly: I’d hold in all cases. Your team loos okay, RB is interesting, but should be fine.

      • DomMattingly says:
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        @Jay: thanks man!

  12. goodfold2 says:
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    re: grimes HOU RB. so would you put grimes in a.brown’s previous place in RB rankings (right ahead of moreno in standard)?

    • Jay

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      @goodfold2: Maybe a little lower, bu t yes, around the same area.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Jay: thanks. got 3 regular non dynasty drafts in next 2 days. (sooo much easier to just value the players by this year’s projections than worry about forever contra next few months). if only people did this with birth control (i.e. pretend sex is a dynasty league vs a redraft, which it clearly is)

  13. Thom says:
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    Jay is there a printable version of your rankings anywhere?

  14. Who wins in PPR.
    Get roddy White, give deshaun Jackson (flex spot)
    Get demarco Murray-rb2, Riley cooper-te, give Julio jones-wr1 and foles-qb2

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Turd Ferguson: Can you give me your whole team for context?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Turd Ferguson: Jackson, but only by a hair… honestly, it’s a coin flip. Depending on your WR and QB, I’d hold.

  15. Also, different league but still PPR.

    Get roddy White, give Victor Cruz. WR2

  16. Bobby says:
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    Just a question regarding a trade. In a keeper league would you trade Calvin Johnson and Russell Wilson for Nick Foles and Eddie Lacy?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bobby: No way. Keep Megatron here.

  17. B.J. says:
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    Hey guys,

    Just completed my one and only draft for this season. I picked from the 4 spot and I think I like my team but I’m not 100% sure. My team is: (#) denotes round selected in

    QB- Brees (2) WR- R. White (4), Crabtree (5), G. Tate (7)
    RB- Peterson (1), Ellington (3) Flex- Chris Johnson (6)
    TE- M. Bennett (10) K- didn’t draft one D- Cincy (15)

    Bench- SJax (8), C. Shorts (9), Big Ben (11), M. Ingram (12), J. Matthews (13), A. Bradshaw (14), H. Douglas (16), A. Hawkins (17)

    I was planning on taking a Kicker in the 17th round but my internet cut out and I was left with Hawkins, who was at the top of my queue.

    I’m leaning towards putting in a $0 bid for a kicker and giving Hawkins the boot.

    Any feedback would be great. Thanks in advance.

    • B.J. says:
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      @B.J.: 12 team nonPPR

    • Jay

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      @B.J.: The only weakness here is the Flex spot and TE. I would drop Big Ben for a TE (Dwayne Allen or Kelce) and play match-ups with SJax and CJ. Overall though, this team could make some noise.

  18. Ron says:
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    Jay do you agree with Tehol to draft AP ahead of JC with #1 pick in 12-team .5PPR league???

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ron: No, but honestly, I wouldn’t argue with it… it’s not crazy. I think AP can be PPR viable this season in a Turner offense.

  19. DiRo says:
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    What do you think for a standard 12 team ESPN league, I drafted 11th overall. My only real regret is not getting Jennings, I took Gore instead but at least I handcuffed myself with Hyde whom I like a lot. QB’s went fast and the only better option was Wilson at the time in round 7 or 8 I think. I could have also gone Vereen over Johnson, but this is non PPR.

    QB: Philip Rivers
    RB: Andre Ellington, Chris Johnson, Frank Gore, Terrance West, Carlos Hyde, Tre Mason
    WR: Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Cordarrelle Patterson, Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton, Brandon LaFell
    TE: Travis Kelce
    PK: Dan Bailey
    TD: St. Louis Rams

    Thanks again for the advice/help/team review.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @DiRo: Yeah, I hear you on Hyde. I like this team. Some risk at your RB’s, but love that WR core.

      • DiRo says:
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        @Jay: I figure out of the 4 WR’s I have I could get some trade done mid season for a RB if I am truly desperate.

        • Jay

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          @DiRo: I agree.

  20. Philsfan says:
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    Hey Jay,
    My 2 keepers were Lynch and Antonio Brown. The top QB’s are off the board…
    Who you taking with the first pick in a 12 team PPR?
    Ellington
    Bell
    Matthews
    Martin
    Spiller

    or
    Julio Jones

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Philsfan: PPR? Probably Jones here since you have your RB1.

  21. letsgo says:
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    demeryius thomas and greg olson for jimmy graham.. who ya got!? i know demeryius is a top 5WR, and olson could have a great year… but it’s jimmy graham.

    keenan allen would become my WR1, with roddy white/ kendall wright/ colston filling in as my WR2.

    what do you think?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @letsgo: I would actually hold, though it’s close.

  22. SMLV1 says:
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    Hey Jay, Will need a Kicker for week 1.

    Who do I drop? Should I wait till after Preseason week 4 games to decide?

    Qb – Ryan
    WR – Nelson, Cruz, A. Johnson, Wright and Wayne
    RB – Lacy, Stacy, Tate, P. Thomas, Moreno, L. Miller
    TE- Reed, Rudolph
    K- NONE
    DEF- STL

    Im thinking P. Thomas since it is a Standard Redraft league and not PPR. I don’t know whats going to come of the Dolphins RB situation, so I Kinda wanna hold Moreno. What do you think Jay?

    • Jay

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      @SMLV1: my first instinct is Moreno, but I think you’re right here going with Thomas.

  23. Derrick says:
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    Any thoughts on this team? I’m not thrilled with it.

    .8 PPR, 12-team, H2H, 2RB’s, 2WR’s and a flex and you get to keep two players drafted past the 4th round. So this looks a little weird because 24 players in this draft are off the board before it even started.

    I had the 3rd pick.

    Round 1: RB – Adrian Peterson
    Round 2: WR – Pierre Garcon
    Round 3: WR – Andre Johnson
    Round 4: WR – Kendall Wright
    Round 5: RB – Doug Martin (keeper)
    Round 6: WR – Julian Edelman
    Round 7: QB – Matt Ryan
    Round 8: RB – DeAngelo Williams
    Round 9: RB – Darren McFadden
    Round 10: WR – Reuben Randle
    Round 11: RB – Ahmad Bradshaw
    Round 12: RB – Jeremy Hill
    Round 13: QB – Eli Manning
    Round 14: TE – Jordan Reed (keeper)
    Round 15: WR – Tavon Austin

    • Jay

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      @Derrick: I’m actually okay with this team. I like the bench especially, and I’m not sure if I see any profound weakness here.

  24. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Got a question man. 16 teams, 7 IDP’, $250 budget…we keep 5. Right now my no doubt 4 are Brown $30, Ryan $13, Ellington $12, and Cobb $11. Now I have to decide between Gordon $17 or Joique $10. Do I play it safe and go Bell or take the risk and go with Gordon? I really am 50/50 on this. A part of me wants to play it safe but also a part of me wants to keep Gordon because he can be such a difference maker. Your thoughts are appreciated.

    • Jay

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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: Go with Bell. Remember, even in the best scenario with Gordon, he still has a DUI charge hanging over his head.

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Jay: Thanks man…Gordon does have too much hanging over his head. Gonna roll with Bell.

  25. Thom says:
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    12 team PPR

    Could you evaluate and let advise who to drop for K/DST?

    QB Cam
    QB Cutler

    RB Murray
    RB Matthews
    RB Charles
    RB Hyde
    RB L. Miller
    RB K. Robinson

    WR Cruz
    WR K. Wright
    WR Boykin
    WR Mike Floyd
    WR Stills
    WR Hartline

    TE D. Allen

    • Jay

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      @Thom: At this point, Stills and Hartline, or maybe Stills and Robinson. Hold until the last possible minute though. We’ve got starters playing a lot of series tonight, who knows what could happen.

      • Thom says:
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        @Jay: Thanks again sir!

  26. Sange76 says:
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    12 team .5 ppr keeper league
    Just had my draft. How’s it lookin?

    Qb kaepernick rd 7 keeper
    Rb forte 1st
    Rb Stacey 14th. Keeper
    Wr Julio jones. 2nd
    Wr v Jackson. 3rd
    Te witten. 4th
    Flex rashad jennings. 5th
    Def. NE Pats. 13th
    Pk. Gostowski 15th
    Bench
    Qb cutler
    Rb Joique bell.
    Rb jeremey hill
    Wr kelvin Benjamin
    Wr Jordan Matthews
    TE z. Ertz
    Tb tre mason. ( may waiver him for grimes)

    My take. Stacked on starters, banking on a lot
    Of young guys for depth but, it’s a keeper league and my starters are all pretty much plug and play except For the few bye weeks. Pretty psyched, especially about Julio, landing witten where I did, and cutler as a backup…
    Thanks!

    • Jay

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      @Sange76: Oh, it’s lookin good. Love Forte, Witten is great… not sold on Kaepernick, but I think Cutler there helps. Good bench in Bell and Hill with Benjamin.

  27. Edan L says:
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    Hey Jay
    Do you keep Luck or Rashad Jennings?

    I already have in my keepers A Jeffery and G Bernard. And I have the first pick of the draft so i’ll get Adrian Peterson (in our rules, anyone who got drafted in the first 2 rounds last year can’t be kept).

    Thanks,
    Edan

    • Jay

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      @Edan L: If you are getting Peterson for sure, it’s okay to keep Luck.

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