Hello everyone, and welcome to another Wednesday, Rankings Day! In case you haven’t heard, I’m going to be switching up the format for this article. I’m going to keep my blurbs short and sweet, like the Matt/Jay/Tehol do, with more emphasis on the “Tool Time” series, where not only will we have more updated information regarding who’s healthy or not, but also a clearer look at match-ups, and a chance to give you guys more information regarding our Razzball-certified picks for the week ahead.

Enough chatter, let’s get to it!


 

 

Players That I’m High On

DeShaun Watson

Well, I was wrong last week, as I talked about how we shouldn’t overreact after one week, and after another 5-TD performance against the Chiefs last week, it’s looking like Watson is the real deal. Now he gets a juicy matchup against Cleveland this week, and Watson should be a lock to finish inside the Top-10.

Kirk Cousins

Washington has had a chance to regroup during the bye week, and now Cousins gets to face his future team at home in the 49ers. I expect for them to try to get Pryor and Crowder as active as they can in this passing game, and against San Francisco, they shouldn’t have any issues. I like Cousins this week.

Alvin Kamara

Now without Adrian Peterson in the picture, I wrote about how Kamara is now the running back to own in New Orleans, and now he faces off against Detroit ready to roll. I expect him to dominate touches in this backfield, and he gets a great first start.

C.J. Anderson

Anderson had been struggling a bit heading into the Broncos’ bye week, but now gets a great matchup at home versus a Giants defense that has struggled against the run thus far, ranking 31st against the run, per Football Outsiders.

Michael Crabtree

Crabtree produced last week without his best friend Derek Carr, and now that it looks like Carr is coming back next week, I’m back on the Crabtree hype train. I’m surprised he’s so low on the ECR.

Adam Thielen

The Vikings offense struggled a bit on Sunday Night, but I think this offense can get back on track versus the Packers’ exploitable secondary, especially Thielen with most of the attention on Diggs.

Ryan Griffin

Griffin has an excellent matchup against the Browns, who rank 27th against TE’s. The Texans should be rolling in this matchup on Sunday.

Denver Broncos

Fresh out of the bye week, the Broncos will face a Giants team that could have Matt and Jay start at WR. Yeah I think I’ll take Denver as my DST #1.

Players I’m Not High On

Ben Roethlisberger

Big Ben is on the road. Nope (it’s also against Kansas City, double nope).

Jordan Howard

The matchup is tough for Howard. He’s had a pretty good 2017 season thus far, but I would rather find someone else as Howard faces off against the fierce Ravens front seven on the road.

Amari Cooper

I’m not sure what the issue is for Cooper. Although Carr is coming back, I’m not interest in Cooper for this week, or for ROS.

Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph has been up-and-down throughout the entire season, and now has to face a tough GB defense that cover the TE position quite well.

 

Alright guys, that about does it for me. As always, leave your questions and comments below and I will answer them in a timely manner. Once again, stay tuned for Saturday as I’ll be giving out some Razzball-certified plays for Week 5! Take it easy.

 

 

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  1. Clos says:
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    12 man ppr. Are you holding Benjamin Watson or are you dropping for any of these guys? Martellus Bennett, hunter Henry, fleener, Doyle, Ryan griffin. Eifert and clay are on the wire as well but both have bye weeks. Should I go for clay or Eifert for next week too?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Clos: The only guy I would pick up out of these names is Clay. Try to go for him now or even next week, whenever you can get him. Other than that, keep Watson

  2. Comatose says:
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    How droppable is Eifert? I’m starting Engram. 10 team half PPR. I’d be dropping to add Marlon Mack.

    Same question for Big Ben. I’d be dropping for Carr to start this week with Russel Wilson on bye.

    • Comatose says:
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      @Comatose: Could also drop Foreman.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Comatose: I would drop Eifert. You can’t count on him now with the injuries. Same applies to Big Ben, especially if you have Wilson and Carr

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Comatose: more than you think, season ending back surgery (and man i’d have to guess 3 of them in 3 years kinda sounds like career ending shit here)

      • Zach

        Zach says:
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        @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: Yeah this was before the news about the season-ending back surgery. Definitely drop Eifert

        • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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          @Zach: yeah he’s been dropped in most of my 12’s weeks ago, had thought to add him if possible, but in some it looked better to stash olsen (assuming a stash slot of course). i’d much rather have the extra RB though even before the ruled out for season, unless they were REALLY bad out there. just look, you could’ve stashed morris in most leagues and not had to get beat to him in like 20 minutes or less of news being broke had you done that.

  3. Benny says:
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    Which side would you prefer in a half point PPR in each trade below.

    Trade 1:

    Gronk, Martavis Bryant, Rob Kelly -for- Devante Adams, Tevin Coleman, Amari Cooper

    Trade 2:

    Gronk, Keenan Allen, Rob Kelley -for- Lesean McCoy, Amari Cooper, Devante Adams

    After picking a side in each, which would you lead with?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Benny: I would rather have Gronk-Bryant-Kelley and and Gronk-Allen-Kelley

  4. Cram It says:
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    Man, you don’t see some potential with McCown to not have a totally shiite game? Figure a couple of TD’s should be doable in a game they’ll be playing catch up. Or do you think NE’s defense has is finding a groove after shutting down Jameis?

    • Frank says:
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      @Cram It:

      Misleading, Winston wasn’t shut down. Sure he threw for 91 yards in the first half but he racked up yards & totaled 334 yards , 1 TD 0 INTs. He actually had a better fantasy game than brady

      • Cram It says:
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        @Frank: Fair enough, he wasn’t shut down. But he threw the ball 46 times with 1 TD. You’d expect more if the Pats D was awful as it had seemed to be before that game.

        • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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          @Cram It: i saw whole game winston was flat out awful for at least the 1st half of that game. that being said thursday games this happens a LOT of the time to a LOT of teams and/or QB’s. but no matter how awful he was it wasn’t due to the NE defense (so no “shut down”). his throws were just bad. maybe not bradford on monday bad, but bad, till sometime in the 3rd quarter.

          • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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            @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: d.martin looked REALLY good, i’d say that’s more indicative of NE def than winston’s performance for at least 68% of that game.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Cram It: I really think it’s a stretch that McCown will go off against this Pats defense. Sure, it’s a great matchup, but I don’t think he has the weapons around him to really have a nice fantasy day. Plus, because it’s McCown, there is some risk.

      • James says:
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        @Zach: Pats D looked improved last week. I’m wondering if they’re a sneaky pickup here. I’m rolling Texans D against CLE this weekend but it’s tempting to scoop up the Pats as they’d be a nice ROS option if they did shore up their early season struggles in the secondary.

        • James says:
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          Especially with Hogan being (somehow) scarier than McCown.

        • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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          @James: NE D ranked quite high this week after filtering out the sub 30’s at FP. 7th.

            • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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              @James: well they aren’t good but i doubt they end year as their currently ranked 32nd. unless of course NYJ do really well on offense this week, THEN maybe they hang around 32nd for ROS.

  5. Friendship is Magic says:
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    Would you add Devin Funchess for either Amari Cooper, Sammy Watkins or Will Fuller ROS?

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Zach: but who’s his drop?

  6. fudgemybudge says:
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    14T half ppr
    Drop Rawls, Kelley, AP or L Murray for John Brown?
    Starting RBs: L Bell, T Coleman
    WR: Diggs, Tate, Cobb
    Thx

  7. RicoSuave says:
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    Great Job Zach,

    14 team PPR league…

    I got offered A. Cooper, Russell Wilson and G. Tate for my Cousins and Evans

    What do you think?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @RicoSuave: Thank you Rico!

      I would hold onto Cousins and Evans

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Zach: Thanks man!

  8. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Superflex, 0.5 PPR, Buck Allen or Kevin Hogan?

  9. William Hung says:
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    Here are my WRs and RBs for my .5 PPR team (14 team league)

    WR – Cooper, Martavis, Parker, Crowder, Ricardo Louis, Mike Wallace
    RB – Kamara, Freeman, Ty Mont, Gallman, Mack

    Would you drop any for Orleans Darkwa – and how low should I be selling Cooper? Like Cooper Kupp / Sammy Watkins level?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @William Hung: Out of any of these players, I would drop Ricardo Louis.

      I think you should be targeting guys like Golden Tate, Devin Funchess, Demaryius Thomas, and Willie Snead (all in the range of Cooper)

      • James says:
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        @Zach: You consider Funchess and Snead in the tier of Tate and Demaryius? I like this.

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @James: I consider them near the same tier ROS, definitely players who you can target in trades

  10. Fizz says:
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    Where do you rank TE D. Njoku this week? Should I start him over Bennette?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Fizz: I would start Njoku over Bennett this week

      • Zach

        Zach says:
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        @Zach: My personal rankings don’t reflect that but I’m not high on Bennett this week, or ROS, so you might as well take a flyer if Njoku is your best option

  11. John-A says:
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    Hey guys in a 2 man keeper PPR league do i trade away
    Amari cooper, 5th rd pick (next year)
    For
    Demarco murray, 14th rd (next year)

    Here is my team
    Wilson, Newton
    Mccoy, CJA, powell, brieda
    Diggs, evans, dez, pryor, cooper
    Gronk, rudolph
    Tucker
    Broncos def

    I have dez and pryor as my keepers in the 11th rd

    We start qb, 2wr, 2rb 1flex 1 te.

    I have already traded away my 2nd 4th and 6th next year to get gronk pryor dez and denver def.

    I dont think id start cooper much more this year maybe to fill diggs bye week thats about it.  As for murray he and cja will be matchup plays.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @John-A: If you could get Murray, I would pull the trade

      • John-A says:
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        @Zach:

        What about my worries for next year early picks? Still do it. I know im bad at rb tho.

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @John-A: I still like the guys you have for those picks in future years. Not too much risk there

  12. JP Morgan says:
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    Would you trade Tom Brady and Devante Adams for Derrick Carr and Kareem Hunt the offer could be Larry Fitz instead of Adams if that changes anything ?

    Thanks

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @JP Morgan: I would keep Brady and Adams

  13. Wedding crasher Vince Vaughn says:
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    Happy waiver wire Wednesday man!

    .5 PPR league my RBs are Gordon, hunt, mcaffery, Aaron jones, McKinnon, Adrian Peterson, Austin ekeler (Gordon cuff), chark west (Hunt cuff). DJ on one of my 2 IR spots

    My WRs we start 3 could be 4 with flex :
    Keenan Allen, Baldwin, tyreek hill, chris hogan , d Parker , will fuller

    — a league mate dropped Dak because of his bye I didn’t necessarily need him but I added him anyways so now I’ll play matchups ROS between my Winston & Prescott

    — based on my team would you look to package mcaffery + either Baldwin or tyreek hill? If yes what example of WR or RB should I target via a trade?

    — do you think chris hogan stays this hot? Or is now the tine to sell high? If I can move hogan for one of these do it or no? Kamara? Mark Ingram? Brandin cooks? Amari Cooper? Crabtree? Shady McCoy (I may have to include a piece here)

    Thanks man!

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Wedding crasher Vince Vaughn: SUP VINCE!!!!! I like your team a lot, and I don’t think you should be looking to trade anyone. I think you should hold onto Hogan because I think he’ll continue to stay hot as long as this offense is hot, which it will be all year. Brady is finding a way to get Hogan the ball.

      • Wedding crasher Vince Vaughn says:
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        @Zach:

        Thanks man! Almost the best move sometimes is a non move!

        What about thoughts on mcaffery for Cooks then in a separate deal ; deal fuller for kamara?

        All in all I may just stand pat

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Wedding crasher Vince Vaughn: To get Kamara, sure, but I like your team in general and I don’t think you NEED to trade right now

  14. MBMBAM says:
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    Hey Zach!

    Half PPR, I’m loaded with RB2/RB3 and just lost OBJ.

    First, trying to figure out my starters at RB this week, and who to target at WR to fill out.

    I’ve got Jordan Howard, Kamara, Abdullah, McKinnon, Buck Allen, Aaron Jones, Tarik Cohen, and Wayne Gallman at RB. Currently starting Kamara, Abdullah, and Howard, but thought about Buck or McKinnon, or Jones instead of Howard.

    Also, who would you target at WR as a buy low candidate? I’m sitting with Theilan, Sanders, and Hopkins, and picked up Roger Lewis Jr., but have no depth. Appreciate any insight.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @MBMBAM: I think you should start Allen, Kamara, and Abdullah for now. I would honestly try to get Cooper for as cheap as you can. However, I do like Thielan this week. Demaryius Thomas is also a nice buy low candidate, but I see you already have Sanders

  15. ATrain says:
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    .5 PPR. Would you move Aaron Jones for Coleman or Ajayi?

    I’m thinking Coleman is equal to Jones with a better schedule while Ajayi has the highest upside based on volume. Set with Hunt and Gurley at RB so I have some roster space to swing for the fences here.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @ATrain: If you could get Ajayi for Jones, that might be a nice buy low candidate.

  16. Noam says:
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    Thanks for the rankings!

    For PPR, Who do you like more, Brate or Rudolph? Brate seems to be an end zone favorite which is a plus

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Noam: Thank you Noam! I like Brate this week over Rudolph

  17. ctrengove says:
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    ROS for a standard 10-team league:

    Tarik Cohen or Aaron Jones?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @ctrengove: That’s tough but I think I’d go with Jones

  18. KeeblerMN says:
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    Trade Proposal:
    I need a QB as I have Dalton and Tyrod who both suck and are on bye.
    I give: Bell and DeSean Jackson
    I get: M. Gordon and Brissett

    I bet I could get Rivers from him… so basically the real question is Bell for Gordon straight up?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @KeeblerMN: I wouldn’t do that trade.

  19. Mike_Vee_ says:
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    I have Roethlisberger and picked up Bradford before his start vs. The Bears. Wondering if I should just straight up drop them both and stream QBs the rest of the year. Just try and add positional depth elsewhere. Brissett was just dropped and is on waivers, McCown is a free agent, and is an option as well. It’s like that.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Mike_Vee_: Yeah, streaming QB’s is the way to go for ya.

  20. Christian herman says:
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    Where is the texans kicker

  21. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Hey Zach! in PPR – would u trade away Diggs & Hyde to get Fournette? thx

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @JohnnyBeGood: SUP JOHNNY!!!!! It depends on the rest of your team, but to get Fournette, I would.

  22. William Trill Cauley-Stein says:
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    Zach, good sir. How are you? I appreciated your advice last week. My team won. I am in a 0.5 PPR ten team league. Could you please help me with my line up for week 6? I appreciate it.

    QB1- Winston or Mariota? or Watson
    RB1-Freeman? Miller? Coleman? C. Thompson?
    RB2-Elliott? Miller? Coleman? Henry? C.Thompson?
    WR- C. Hogan? Hopkins? or Funchess?
    WR2-Hopkins or Hogan or Funchess?
    F-L. Miller? T. Coleman? D. C.Thompson? or Funchess?
    TE- D. Walker
    K-Bryant
    D-HOU? or MIN?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @William Trill Cauley-Stein: SUP WILLIE!!! I’m doing great my man, what about you?

      Watson, Freeman, Elliott, Hogan, Hopkins, Miller, Walker, Bryant, HOU. Good luck!

  23. eggman says:
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    What up Zach. Why Tarik Cohen so high as opposed to say, Tevin Coleman? I’ve played him every week and he hardly touches the ball now. I guess this could be more of a ‘why so low on Coleman’ question.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @eggman: ROS I like Coleman WAY better, but for this week, I’m just not interested in either option (and the Pigskinonator believes this as well).

  24. rainer says:
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    half ppr, ajayi or mccaffrey ros? i can get ajayi for my boy caf but i doubt ajayi will turn it around

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @rainer: Ajayi honestly. Still very much involved in every aspect of the Dolphins offense. Can’t say that about McCaffrey

  25. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    Zach,

    12 tm standard, start 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 flex

    my rbs: gore, mack, mckinnon, mcguire, ellington, david johnson
    my wrs: Hogan, Jeffery, K Benjamin, Garcon

    Would you trade:

    Gore/Garcon for Breida/Fuller? or Collins/Fuller
    or
    Ellington/Garcon for Collins/Fuller? or Breida/Fuller

    What about Garcon for Fuller straight up?

    There is a guy in my league I think I can get a deal done with…which deal do you like the best or should I hold Garcon and Gore/Ellington?

    He also has Rob Kelley who he may include as the RB…

    thanks

    TFD

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @The Fantasy Dick: I don’t like those trades because you’re giving too much up in Garcon

  26. Ron P says:
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    Need your input. Trying to put together a trade that doesn’t hurt me too bad.

    1) How would you rank these 4 players ROS in a .25 PPR league? Julio, Michael Thomas, Jordy, Freeman.

    2) Rob Kelly or Cohen?

    Thanks!

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Ron P: Julio, Jordy, Thomas, Freeman.

      Kelley

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