Six weeks are in the books, folks. Hopefully you all emerged one win better, and are fully prepared for things to get wild. Your league’s trade deadline is only a few weeks away and nearly every team will be attempting to bolster their lineup. Trade negotiations will catch fire and the chatter in your league will reach higher decibel levels. Message board pleas, rants, and proposals get posted more frequently this time of year, which is why we love playing this game. At this very moment, my own league is reaching “Cancun spring break” levels of wildness. It is now up to you to mix it up with your league mates and ensure that your league isn’t “T.G.I.Friday’s on Wednesday at 8pm” wild, but “three day bender in Thailand” wild. I sure know where I would rather be. Here are a couple of fantasy situations to check out this week, and an idea regarding a hot topic in the world of fantasy trades.

Tampa Bay Offense: Last week, the Bucs offense finally took a step in the right direction. Josh Freeman cracked 300 yards, Ernie Graham had a very productive day at RB, and three of the Tampa Bay wide outs got involved. This is a young (more so when Blount returns) offense that has the tools to succeed, and after a sluggish start to the 2011 season, this is the time to gauge the value of these players in your league. The upcoming schedule is decent, with Chicago at home this week and then a rematch with New Orleans coming after their bye. I expect Mike Williams to explode in the upcoming weeks and am hopeful that Freeman can keep his momentum rolling, so check in on these players now.

Try this: Use Tampa Bay’s week 8 bye to your advantage. This is a scenario where you don’t necessarily have to “buy low,” but “buy due to bye.” We could even go with “Buy buy bye” if you’ve got N*Sync on blast in your headphones right now…I’m not judging. Check out the teams that own Freeman, Williams, Graham, and even Arrelious Benn (a good throw in if a deal is in the works). Check to see if they have a stack of guys on bye in week 8. If so, attempt to relieve them of their issue. Start negotiations by discussing the other team’s week 8 dilemma and see if you can swing a favorable deal for one of these swashbucklers and ease their bye week burden.

Greg Little: There are not many players available on your waiver wire that have the potential to seriously impact your season down the stretch, but Gregory B. Little is one of them (not sure what his middle name is, but it’s probably badass). If he is still out there, this is your chance to make a serious addition to your squad. Little was promoted to the starting lineup in week 6, and the opportunity was not wasted as he grabbed 6 passes for 72 yards on a team high 12 targets. This 6’3’’ 231 lb stallion has all the makings of a star, and will be reaching that status sooner, rather than later. There aren’t many chances to get one of these guys at this level of value, so pounce now.

Try this: If you’re in the 76% of Yahoo! leagues where he’s available, please pick this guy up immediately. Congratulations, you are the proud new owner of a WR who could either help your team, or be a nice pawn in your elaborate 3-team trade web that somehow nets you Darren McFadden (trust me, I think up impossible schemes like that too and they always work much easier in my head). What if he’s already owned? Take out your wallet, flip it upside down, and shake out all of the recent waiver wire WR’s you’ve added. Victor Cruz, Denarius Moore, James Jones, Doug Baldwin, etc.. Start there and offer these guys up for Little. Hell, throw two of them together and see if that gets you close. If no deal gets done, begin creeping higher. Eric Decker, Heyward-Bey, Santana Moss…keep going until you are in low WR2 zone if you have too. Get this deal done before this Sunday’s juicy matchup with Seattle’s weak secondary.

Say No To Veto: (As always, the stories and accounts in the Smash Back are factual. All events and names are 100% real…mostly because I like making fun of the guys in my league).

I used to LOVE voting to veto other team’s trades. The rules of my hometown league were created with a requirement of 7 (out of 12) votes of “approval” before a trade was official. Anytime I saw a trade that was even 1% lopsided, I enjoyed smacking my mouse and submitted my vote to veto. I loved feeling like The Punisher of fantasy football…out to bring justice to unfair trades. Then, in September 2008, my entire prospective changed.

I was in Vegas for a bachelor party for one of my buddies from college. Sorry, no more details about that…there is a chance my mother may read this. So, I was standing in front of the Palms, when my phone got an explosion of text messages. Once I sifted through the shrapnel, I found that my two pals Chuck and Mikey had just made a trade of Edgerrin James for the Packers defense. Now, Edgerrin James had some crap-filled years at the end of his career, but he was coming off 1400 total yards and 7 TDs in 2007, and was just traded for a DEFENSE! I quickly dismissed this notion, as there was no way it would pass league vote. Then, inexplicably, it managed to slide through. Both guys made posts on the league site explaining why they made the deal, and the deal was approved. Dumbfounded, I stood in Vegas wondering what the hell was happening to my league.

As I returned home, I began to see the light. Both guys, whether I agreed with their rational or not (which I absolutely did not), had proved that collusion was not a factor. After that was established, I really couldn’t argue with approving the trade. Just because Chuck got a good deal, I couldn’t bring myself to stop the transaction. I felt like a new man as my league then voted to require an “approval vote” only if someone alleged collusion. We haven’t voted on a trade since.

Try this: Have you seen some crazy trades in your league this year? Then I’m sure you have seen the ensuing “message board battle” and threats of quitting. Not fun. If your league encounters this, contact your commissioner and propose this idea: Have each owner involved in the deal write an email to the commissioner outlining (in-depth) their reasons behind making the trade. After the commish reviews them, post a quick synopsis on the league site to illustrate to the entire league that collusion isn’t an issue, because collusion is the only reason a trade should ever be blocked. This seems strange at first, but trust me, trades are best handled this way. Just because one team gets the “initially perceived” advantage of a deal, doesn’t mean it should be blocked. After all, that’s what we are all trying to do…make trades that make our team better while giving up as little as possible. Don’t get angry if another owner makes a trade you don’t agree with…perhaps you should have gotten yourself involved in the trade discussion as well.

In case you’re curious, the 2008 season continued, as the “trade veto” option in our league did not. The trade that spawned this entire controversy ended up involving a running back who ran for a mere 500 yards that year, and a defense that allowed 24 points per game and was 26th in the NFL in rush defense. Unbelievably (or perhaps not), both Chuck and Mikey’s teams finished 2-11.

  1. mgeezy says:
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    Qb- stafford
    WR-Vincent Jackson
    WR-Nate Washington
    RB-cj2k
    RB-Steven jacks
    Te-Dallas Clark
    WR/RB/Te- A Hernandez
    WR/RB/Te-Percy

    Is it smart to trade Vincent Jackson and a Hernandez for Jimmy Graham and Eric decker? Or should I try to get more? Like add on Lloyd and/or magahee to the deal? PPR 1 poi

  2. Gametime says:
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    Tough call… Big Ben or Tebow? My gut feeling is telling me Tebow…

  3. thefonz says:
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    Start Morris or Hardesty?

  4. ringo says:
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    ROS Bernard Scott or CJ Spiller? they are both purely depth plays in my 16 team league, the thing is both have been slowly getting more touches each week so i am torn, do u see bernard scott going back to useless after week 8?… Thanks in advance, this site is so helpful

  5. Jeff Brubach

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    @mgeezy: The drop from Graham to Hernandez isnt quite as far as VJax down to Decker, even though Graham has been awesome. I’d try to get at least McGahee thrown in the mix.

    @Gametime: Really tough one. If your gut is telling you Tebow, go for it. It’s close enough to go either way so stick with your gut feeling.

  6. Mikey says:
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    I’m trying, desperately, to smash back for a decent wide receiver.

    I have Matthews at the RB1 but I have gimps in my RB2 locker with Hillis, Hightower, and now the concussed Jahvid Best. I can’t flip either of the two former for the likes of Mario Manningham so far and I’m worried about giving up a week 10+ asset in Best if he can get healthy.

    Should I dump Timmy H for the best WR free agent?
    Cut bait on Peyton Hillis?
    Try to wheel Best for someone of worth?

  7. Frustrated Owner says:
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    Buy or Sell NoShow Moreno and Chris Johnson being worth the draft picks we used on them this year from here on out?

  8. Rocky says:
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    For a flex spot, I have K. Walter and Michael Bush to choose from. With Finnegan on Walter, you think Bush is the better option to vulture a td?

  9. Jeff Brubach

    Jeff Brubach says:
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    @thefonz: Roll with Morris.

    @ringo: Thanks for reading. Tough one. I’d go Scott since you’ll at least get one start out of him and hopefully they keep him involved after week 8. If the league is PPR, I wouldnt argue with going Spiller since they’re lining him up at WR a bit now.

    @Mikey: This is difficult because of the unpredictability of all three RB situations. I would still hold out hope for Hillis once he gets over this hammy issue he’s got (and youd be selling at an all time low with him right now). Wouldnt necessarily cut Hightower for the top FA WR unless it was someone good. I’d say dangle Best out there and see what some teams offer. Start there. If you get a big offer take that. If not, wait to see if Hightower can improve his stock this week and try again to deal him next week.

  10. Jeff Brubach

    Jeff Brubach says:
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    @Frustrated Owner: Sell Moreno, cautiously buy CJ.

    @Rocky: I would stick with Walters.

  11. AZCARDS says:
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    Hi Jeff..

    Gore has bye week. Should I roll with DeMarco Murray or Jon Stewart?

    Standard league. My other RB is Sproles (retun yards 25 perpoint)

    thanks in advance.

  12. Ryan says:
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    Need 2 to start this week…decker,little,Holmes,or Murray in standard league
    Help!!

  13. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Who to drop for Little? Ben Tate (not a Foster owner), Fitzpatrick (have Ryan and just picked up Tebow), or Meachem (WR5 in a league where we start 3)? I have a few trade offers out there that’d clear a spot for me to pick up Little without dropping any of these guys, but there’s been no movement on them, and I think he’ll be picked up soon if I don’t make a move.

  14. Mungfisher says:
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    So I’m 6-0 and trying trade depth for studs. I’ve got some offers out for Hakeem Nicks, Greg Jennings and Fitz, but I’m thinking of making a big play for Megatron.

    I have Ray Rice, Mathews, FJax, Dan Thomas, Jackie Battle and Roy Helu at RB and Mike Wallace, Steve Johnson, Marshall, Manningham and Doug Baldwin at WR. We start 3 WR plus a flex. After this week, my starting RBs are all beyond their bye weeks (Rice, Mathews, FJax, and Thomas).

    I’m thinking of offering F. Jax and Marshall or Steve Johnson for Megatron. Would you do it and do you think it’s a fair offer?

  15. Jeff Brubach

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    @AZCARDS: Roll with Murray. Should get a good work load and the Rams D sucks.

    @Ryan: Little and Murray. Good Luck!

    @ Steve Stevenson: I’d have no problem at all dropping Meachem for Little.

    @Mungfisher: Interesting. First of all, I like the idea. You’re right, it would take one of your top 3 RB to get that deal done for Megatron. Start with FJax alone for Megatron. If that doesn’t work, start low with your throw in WR and work up from there. Marshall is about as high as I’d go for the throw in. Boy, Rice/Mathews/D. Thomas and Wallace/Megatron/Steve Johnson would be one serious squad. Good luck.

  16. T-Bone says:
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    Shonn Greene or Jackie Battle in my flex spot?

  17. Jeff Brubach

    Jeff Brubach says:
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    @T-Bone: Battle on.

  18. Mywaiverwiresucks says:
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    So here’s my dilemma. I have nicks and fjackson on bye this week so I’m already in a tough spot. I have left at rb foster, tate, blount (injured) and torain and I have to start 2. My league has a stupid waiver wire rule limiting us to ten transactions for the season and I only have 3 left for emergencies . Should I use 1 of my last waiver picks for battle/ graham just to get me through 1 week or can I count on torain to get me through just this week? Thanks.

  19. Lubey says:
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    I hope you are right about Little. I picked him up last week thinking he would develop into their number 1 after I found out he would become a starter in their west coast offense. I need him to come up big in my ppr league because I really dont have a WR2.

    Also the reason I dont have another WR2 is because my league unfortunately vetoes every trade proposed. It is sooooooo annoying. Ever since a fair trade was vetoed in the beginning of the season, every trade has now been vetoed since. All the players are holding grudges against each other. Do you have any suggestions on ways to change this during the season?

  20. Jeff Brubach

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    @Lubey: I think Little will keep his momentum rolling this week and continue to play well now that he’s starting. Looks like a great player in the making.

    As far as the veto issue, that sucks. You never want it to get to that point. My only suggestion would be to try having the teams involved in the trade publicly post their reasons for making the deal on the league website. That way they have to be upfront and everyone can get an idea of where they’re coming from. Besides that, not a lot you can do besides try to get the commish to step in and call a truce.

  21. Jason says:
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    Standard league scoring; qb, wr, rb, te, w/r, w/r, w/r. k, def, 6 bench

    qb= romo, ben, tebow wr= white, manningham rb= peterson, gore, s. jax, battle, murray, morris te= gresham, dickson (bye wk) k= open slot (drop kickers to max waiver or trade. on sunday drop weekest link for kicker) def= rotate wkly

    > Even if Stafford plays should I start S. Jax? Please, put my rb’s in order of start
    > If by Sunday, I’m unable to make a move, who do I drop for kicker. Maningham (bye wk)? Green is still available. Who would you rather have?

  22. Jason says:
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    I was offered a trade for Gore. He’s offering te Hernandez. I already have te Gresham (cin). I have depth at rb peterson, gore, s.jax, d.thomas, battle, murray, morris. I like gore and his schedule. Plus I think that’s too rich. He’s open to counter, but doesn’t like battle’s “uptick”.
    > What do you think? Do the deal? or try …

    Thanks

  23. Jason says:
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    Jeff update to post #20. After I read it I forgot a player on my team rb. d. thomas. So, here is the post with correct players. Sorry, it’s getting late.

    Standard league scoring; qb, wr, rb, te, w/r, w/r, w/r. k, def, 6 bench
    qb= romo, ben, tebow wr= white, manningham rb= peterson, gore, s. jax, d. thomas, battle, murray, morris te= gresham, dickson (bye wk) k= open slot (drop kickers to max waiver and trade. on sunday drop weekest link for kicker) def= rotate wkly

    > Please put rb’s inorder of starts.
    > If by Sunday I’m unable to make a move who would you drop for kicker. (by the way great strategy)

  24. Jason says:
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    Would you rather own Mario Mannigham or Greg Little?

  25. Jeff Brubach

    Jeff Brubach says:
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    @Jason: #21: With Gore’s recent performance being so strong, I think you should hold out for more, even though Hernandez is a good start. Try to get a middle of the road WR or maybe a lower end RB thrown in.

    #22: I like your RB’s in this order (for this wk, Gore is on bye): AP, SJax/Thomas (very close), Battle, Morris, Murray. I think with your RB depth, hold on to Manningham. Drop one of your TE’s to fill your kicker spot, or try to deal one of your many RB’s (package with Ben maybe?) to open the slot. And thanks, my ‘K’ spot is open right now too.

    #23: I’d stick with Manningham right now, but I think it’s fairly close.

  26. barker says:
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    is this trade vetoeable ?? it was vetoed in a 12 team league
    the trade is with the commish who is a friend and is in last place his team is pretty laughable

    i give garcon j stew a hern for rivers tolbert heyward bey

    he has heath miller as his best TE and is in last place and he has tebow

    my team after trade rivers colston mike williams tb manningham rice cj2k graham decker bn schaub heyward bey tolbert lance moore felix hardesty

    turns out there were three vetoes and the commish was bullied into vetoing
    the veto process was originally commish review and they changed it just for this

    the commish reproposed the trade and i accepted and now it is under league votes

    things are getting spicy here and im laughing at all of them while i fight it b/c in the end i have nothing to lose

  27. Jeff Brubach

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    @barker: I don’t think it’s vetoable. Just because people dont agree, doesnt mean it shouldnt happen. I dont think the Raiders should have given up so damn much for Palmer but if I was an NFL owner, I wouldnt veto the deal simply because Cincy got the better end of the trade, you know? The other guy has QB depth and you have TE depth so I wouldnt fight it. Good luck, let me know how it turns out.

    @Mywaiverwiresucks:10 transactions for the year? Wow, now THAT is tough. I would say it depends on your record. If you’re 4-2 or better, I would say roll with Torain. If not, I might blow one of your three remaining moves this week. If you make the move, go with Battle, as he would probably give you the most “playable” weeks for the year since your moves are limited. Once Blount returns, Graham’s role will be reduced.

  28. Jason says:
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    thanks jeff. take care and good luck

  29. DavedandConfused says:
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    Worth dropping Addai or Helu for G-Little? Also, better start this week, Jordy Nelson or V Jax?

    thanks!

  30. dingbat says:
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    Julio Jones, Greg Little, and Jackie Battle are all available on the waiver. I have Ryan Torain and Jake Ballard droppable on my squad. Who should I drop and who should I pick up?

  31. Jay says:
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    Im 4-2 in a 12 team PPR.

    I Give SGreen, JStarks, JulioJones, Bernard Scott
    I Get LMcCoy, CJSpiller

    Im playing the McCoy owner this week and this will likely guarantee a Loss for me. (The plan is to pick up and play DBrown and KWilliams this week). However if this trade went through my team would be:

    QB Stafford, RB Foster, RB McCoy, WR MWallace, WR MAustin, Flex AHernandez, TE FDavis, Bench MHasselbeck, BTate, KMoreno

    Thats all my depth for McCoy. I probably dont need to make this trade but it’s an aggressive play that could set me up for the rest of the season…unless someone gets hurt.

    Worth the risk?

  32. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    12-team, 0.5ppr

    Would you trade Tebow for Reggie Wayne if your other QBs were Ryan and Flacco and your other WRs were Lloyd, AJ Green, Mike Williams (TB) and Denarius Moore?

  33. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    12-team, 0.5ppr

    I’m loaded at WR (VJax, Fitz, Little, Cruz, Manningham, Burleson)

    I’m weak at RB (D. Williams, Benson, Graham, D Murray)

    Trade Cruz for M. Hardesty?

  34. DW says:
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    Flex? (standard league)

    James Starks, DHB, or Greg Little?

  35. Jeff Brubach

    Jeff Brubach says:
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    @DavedandConfused: Depending on your RB depth, I could see dropping Helu…and go with VJax.

    @dingbat: Depends on what positions you need, of course…but grab Julio Jones/Little. Keep in mind Jones may not play this week, if you have bye issues already. Battle a good option if you need RB, but Little/Jones most potential.

    @Jay: I like the idea, but I usually wait until I’m a bit more locked in to the playoffs before making a deal like this, especially if it means you’ll give a game away this week. I would suggest trying to win this week and then pulling the trigger. 5-2 would be a bit more comfortable, but you’re right you would be pretty stacked for the remainder of the year.

    @Commish Cauda: I don’t think that’s terrible considering your depth, but I think you could probably get a bit more for Tebow, who may end up outscoring your other 2 QB’s for the rest of the year.

    @Commish Cauda: I think the trade is fine, just keep in mind that Hardesty faces 2 tough run defenses the next two weeks (sea/sf) and then Hillis will probably be back in the mix at some point.

    @DW: Little

  36. Jason says:
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    My opponent and I are playing higher-lower. I’m trying to make a deal for te hernandez. I offered rb battle and he counter for rb gore. Obviously no, so now what? I’m thinking of packaging gresham with an rb murray. Gresham will be part of the deal, because I have k slot open and need to fill. Drop or trade.

    10 team Standard league scoring; qb, wr, rb, te, w/r, w/r, w/r. k, def, 6 bench

    qb= romo, ben, tebow wr= white, manningham rb= peterson, gore, s. jax, d. thomas, battle, murray, morris te= gresham, dickson (bye wk) k= open slot (drop kickers to max waiver and trade. on sunday drop weekest link for kicker) def= rotate wkly

    He’s 2-4 and we don’t play one another again, unless we meet in the playoffs. His next few matches are against opponents I would like to see lose. It may benefits my standings.

  37. Ryan says:
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    Would u start battle over decker this weekend in standard league?
    Help!

  38. Jeff Brubach

    Jeff Brubach says:
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    @Jason: I think Gresham/Murray would be pretty good.

    @Ryan: YES!

  39. Scott says:
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    Murray,Holmes,or decker this week in standard league
    Thanks!

  40. Jeff Brubach

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    @Scott: Murray. I think they blow STL out and Murray will get lots of work.

  41. quarterback_carousel says:
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    ok so here’s my dilemma. I have fred jackson and H. Nicks on bye this week plus blount who’s injured so i’m already in trouble this week. Im relying on foster and torain at rb, but most of my other wr’s have qb drama. What 3 of these wr’s should I start this week? S. Moss, DHB, B. Lloyd, M. Williams(tb), D. Moore, Torrey Smith. I’m at a loss for who to start, please help. Thanks.

  42. quarterback_carousel says:
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    Forgot to say its ppr, sorry

  43. Jeff Brubach

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    @quarterback_carousel: tough spot. Mike Williams for sure. Crapshoot after that really but id go with Lloyd and dhb. good luck.

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