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  • Brandon 10:16 am on December 14, 2010 Permalink
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    Week 14 FAIL: Kyle Orton punishes fantasy owners for sticking with him 

    Here are a few players who just didn’t quite live up to expectations this week. Were they over-rated to begin with? Did they just have a bad game? Were they benched because their team was dominating (or getting dominated?) It’s probably just a one week mishap, but if they land on this list a couple weeks in a row, you might start worrying! Anyways, feel free to add to the discussion with your own. Maybe someone that you blame this week’s loss on?

    Week 14 is the first week of the playoffs in most fantasy football leagues, so I’m interested to see who you’re blaming for your quick (or near) departure? This week the fails are again headlined by Kyle Orton and Dwayne Bowe, as they both were out to punish their fantasy owners for no apparent reason (maybe they’re not big on the holidays or something!) Not to be outdone though, whole boatload of receivers ended up with an awesome ONE reception and probably didn’t help your squad.

    I’ve included the entire season count of FAIL’s as a separate worksheet in the spreadsheet, so you can click the “Season” tab and see where each player stacks up. As usual, drama-king himself, Brett Favre continues to lead the pack!

    Anyways, here are the rest of them (and here’s a direct link to the spreadsheet)…
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    • solomon_adams 10:44 am on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Cowboys fan here… tough pass defense? really? The reason Celek had 0 catches is b/c it was the Vick, DJax, and Mccoy show. No need to get anyone else involved.

      • Brandon 10:57 am on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, that’s why I say “Oddly…” but I guess they only played tough pass defense against players not named DeSean Jackson anyways. Figured I would give him some kind of excuse other than saying “None.”

      • Hawgman 11:08 am on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        ANTI Cowpokes here – but I gotta say I was wishing that someone on the Dallas D would have ballz enough to break that little showboat half. I felt the same way when TO did the thing in the star all those years ago. Break a couple of those cats in two and it will stop. A 15 yard penalty that the D has to pay for is nothing to these “ME-ME-ME” chumps.

    • Hawgman 11:04 am on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      ORTON TRIED TO KILL MY TEAM TWO WEEKS IN A ROW!! I was also fortunate enough to make it the 2nd round of the playoffs, but it was because of D-Mac picking up the slack.
      I am seriously thinking of dropping Orton’s Donkey-Ass and picking up Josh Freeman. I have Big Ben, but his match-ups the next couple of weeks have me a little concerned. I just know that as soon as I do, Orton will go off for 6 TD’s and 500 yards.
      What do you think about Freeman vs Big Ben?

    • Lindsay 1:31 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How much does this hurt Brandon Lloyd going into week 15? I could put in Kenny Britt vs. Houston instead, but can’t tell if it would be worth it.

      • Lindsay 1:32 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Aaand I should have put this in the Orton post below.

      • Brandon 10:12 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not high on Lloyd at this point. Britt is not a sure bet either though, but at least he’s got a MUCH better matchup. Roll with Britt and good luck!

  • Brandon 12:05 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink
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    User Requested Player Ranks – Week 14 

    This year we’re trying something a little different when it comes to player rankings. We’re letting our readers decide which players show up on the lists. This means less work for me (or at least spreads out the work) while ensuring that all requested players show up on the lists and all quandaries are resolved. Hopefully last weeks rankings helped at least a few teams out there win their match-ups and hopefully this week’s do the same!

    Remember, if you have any Flex slot questions, continue to post those as comments and we can respond to them individually. Anyways, feel free to start posting your line-up questions, along with any questions/comments about this new format. This week I’ve kicked off the lists with the top five players from last week at each position. You can find the spreadsheet after the jump. (More …)

    • azfan 12:52 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can you add:
      QB: Eli and Sanchez
      RB: Ahmad Bradshawy and LeSean McCoy
      WR: Fitzgerald and Mike Wallace

    • Brock 1:05 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Brandon,

      Quick flex spot questions for you: Who would you start between Ahmad Bradshaw and Fred Jackson? I have Arian Foster and Michael Tunrer already penciled in as my two starting backs. Thanks for the help!!

      • Brandon 10:23 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Got Fred Jackson and Ahmad Bradshaw on the list now. Based on last week, you would think it was crazy to recommend Jackson, but there are a few factors to consider: 1) Jackson was doing well before last week, 2) Buffalo plays at home and it’ll be cold, so lots of running probably, 3) Bradshaw splits carries pretty evenly with Brandon Jacobs, and 4) Bradshaw is on the road against a tough Vikings run defense. Too bad you can’t start them all, but I think Bradshaw sees his way to the bench this week.

    • matt 2:11 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Could you rank Mario Manningham @ MIN and Michael Crabtree vs. SEA? Who would you rather have for playoffs? Cheers.

      • Brandon 10:46 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Got Crabtree ranked higher this week against a bad Seahawks pass defense. Although I’m not diggin’ the coach’s thoughts on picking a starting QB on a week-to-week basis, I think Crabtree has the most potential through the playoffs as the top (or 1B to Vernon Davis’ 1A) target in the offense. Manningham hasn’t done much as the top target, but maybe it’ll actually help when Nicks or Smith return to the offense. Anyways, good luck!

    • The Don 2:30 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Brady, brees, steve johnson, knowshon moreno, chris ivory, chris cooley, wes welker, jermy maclin, matt forte, percy harvin, james starks, darren sproles, sidney rice , mike goodson

    • ryan 3:20 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      QB: Vick
      RB: Stephen Jackson, McFadden, Blount
      WR: T.O, Calvin Johnson, Knox
      D/ST: Falcons

      would you play Vick or Orton?
      which 2 RB’s would you choose between Stephen Jackson, Darren McFadden, and Blount?
      Knox or T.O?

      Thank you!

      • Brandon 4:29 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Got them on there, so it the ranks should answer your questions 🙂

    • George B. 8:06 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Alright, I’ve got a whole lot for you this week…

      Can you add Kitna, Garrard, Fitzpatrick, Brian Westbrook, Ryan Mathews, DeSean Jackson, Mike Thomas, Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith, Zach Miller, and the Tampa Bay Defense.


      • Brandon 4:17 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        All of these guys should be on there now. Nicks and Smith are big question marks at this point until we know exactly what is going on with them.

    • Brian 8:39 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply


      S Rice


      Thanks guys!

    • Duncan 9:07 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      RB Anthony Dixon
      WR Miles Austin
      WR Santana Moss

      Also, some advice on flex…I need to start three of the following (only 1 can be a RB): A. Bradshaw, C. Ivory, W. Welker, Sidney Rice, Santana Moss and/or M. Austin. Any thoughts?

      • Brandon 11:21 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Added those guys. At flex, I’d go with Bradshaw, Austin and Welker. I know it’s tough to bench Sidney Rice after his performance last game, but with Favre potentially starting and the team playing the Giants, his numbers could dip a bit. I’m hoping the reverse is true for Austin, with his numbers getting boosted by Bryant’s absence. Good luck!

    • Duncan 9:15 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Also, if Nicks is able to play, do I start him over Austin? I know they will both be in your rankings but I’m assuming you will rank Nicks according to his current status which is questionable. Thanks!

      • Brandon 11:09 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’d start Miles Austin, especially with Dez Bryant out now. Austin becomes the top target in the offense, while we still don’t even know if Nicks is going to play.

    • Danny 10:01 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Andre Johnson

    • e-roc 10:01 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Limped into the playoffs…

      I saw a few of these WRs already requested:
      > Earl Bennett
      > Jabar Gaffney
      > Steve Smith (NYG)
      > Manningham
      > Hakeem Nicks

      DEFs: Saints, Falcons.


      • Brandon 11:08 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Got them on there e-roc. Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks are at the bottom of the WR rankings though, since I have no clue if they’ll even play. I’ll try to adjust accordingly as I find more news.

        • e-roc 5:14 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Guh…. thanks for getting them on the list… It appears that they’re all going to play now.

    • Hawgman 5:39 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      QB – Roethlisberger, Orton
      RB – Steven Jackson, Felix Jones, McFadden, Hillis, Woodhead
      WR – Andre Johnson, Boldin, Welker, Woodhead, Manningham, Bennett, Collie, Nate Washington
      D/ST – Chicago, Cleveland


    • Rev. Benjamin 8:55 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Please add these guys!

      RB: Keiland Williams, Arian Foster, LT, Shonn Greene, Tashard Choice, Ryan Torrain, Pierre Thomas, Anthony Dixon
      WR: Wes Welker, Danny Woodhead (or RB, whichever)
      QB: Drew Brees, Tom Brady
      TE: Benjamin Watson, Jacob Tamme, Visanthe Shiancoe
      D: Steelers, San Diego, Chicago

      Also, Torrain’s open in my league, and I’m sitting on Williams. Would you drop KW for RT? Also, Roy Williams is out there, and with Nicks hurt I’m kind of going 100% Patriots WR hahaha. And what do you think of the whole LT situation… I almost feel like playing Foster/Torrain/Choice. And I’m feeling like with Westbrook’s prime far gone, it may be time for Anthony Dixon (who had a great preseason) to shine. Many questions! Good news is I somehow drafted near identical in two leagues, and I’ve rode the Nicks/Foster train to the playoffs!

      • Brandon 4:54 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just added those players. As for Torain vs Williams, there’s really no way to know how the split will go with Mike Shanahan running the show. With Torain healthy though I’m leaning towards him getting more carries. At WR, I like Roy Williams over Danny Woodhead and even like Nicks more than Woodhead if it’s confirmed that Nicks is playing. At running back, if you’re starting three, you might go with Foster, LT and Choice. I’d put in Torain over Choice if it’s confirmed that he’s the starter, but even then, it’s not by that much. Good luck however you end up picking them!

        • Rev. Benjamin 5:42 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Right on. Thank you Brandon! Best of luck for your leagues too!

    • Corey 10:40 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Last one: Jason Whitten vs. Daniel Graham and Ben Roethlisberger vs. Joe Flacco?

      • Brandon 10:54 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Daniel Graham? For serious?! Go with Witten every day of the week and twice on Sundays, especially with Dez Bryant out. As for quarterback, just adding them now…

        • Corey 11:20 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Hahahaha completely mixed up former Patriots TE’s. Meant to say Ben Watson. Are you still taking Witten over Watson?

    • Joe 10:52 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Michael Vick, Greg Jennings, Arian Foster, Alanta DEF, Denver DEF

      • Brandon 11:00 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just added them. Love Vick, Jennings and Denver this week…and also think Foster and the Falcons should do alright.

    • steve 10:57 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Please add Meachem, Jacoby Ford, Tampa Bay D, and Ivory. Thanks.

    • Tony 12:09 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can you add the gents on this list not already on the list? Thanks.

      QB Peyton Manning
      QB Tarvaris Jackson
      WR DeSean Jackson
      WR Stevie Johnson
      RB Jamaal Charles
      RB Christopher Ivory
      TE Jacob Tamme
      W/T Vernon Davis
      W/R Santonio Holmes
      W/R Sidney Rice
      QB Drew Stanton
      RB Toby Gerhart
      WR Deion Branch
      RB James Starks

      Can you then advise if I need to make any changes other than closely watching Favre’s playing status this weekend?
      Thanks again!!

      • Brandon 4:37 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        No changes necessary as long as Favre doesn’t play. Otherwise, seems you’re stuck with Drew Stanton…yikes! (Not that T-Jack is much less risky)

    • jack 1:00 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hey Brandon

      CRUCIAL quarterfinal game this weekend, pummeled this guy last time around (he had vick 1 week after his 60 pt game). he already has vick/rodgers (your 1-2 for QBs) then he picked up my man Starks! and choice! picked everyone up.

      could pls you add:
      darren mcfadden, AP, Torain train, jahvid best, (AP, Jamaal charles, run DMC only clicked last week, do you dare play torain or best?)
      kitna, fitzpatrick, (How can you win with these as QBs?) dropped sanchez after mon night
      Denver Def
      Amendola, Donald driver, jacoby ford, seyi, nate burleson. Need 2 to go w/ roddy, who is projected not to have such a great game either? it may snow for Stevie johnsons game right?


    • Joe 1:52 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Philadelphia DEF

    • TJ 3:33 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Brandon – Could you add LT, Choice, TB’s M Williams, Blair White.

      Also – Jacob Tamme is listed as questionable (knee), he was limited yesterday, have found no substantial updates for today yet. I have Vernon Davis waiting……… would hate to lose out on a late scratch or re-aggravation tonight.

      • Brandon 3:48 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I just moved Tamme based on the fact that the Colts are playing tonight and at this point he’s still questionable. It’s not worth the risk, plus I hate starting players on Thursday. I’ll add the other guys in a bit. Good luck!

      • Brandon 4:14 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just hearing that apparently Tamme will play tonight, so you’re probably safe to start him…


        • TJ 5:23 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          But should I? I hate starting guys on Thursday too……. Vernon Davis isn’t too bad of an alternative, although you’d think the Seattle D might be keying in on him this week….. Which one would you start?

          • Brandon 9:14 am on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            What’d you end up doing? Hopefully you didn’t start him based on his numbers…which you’ll now have to worry about all the way until Sunday if you did 🙁

          • TJ 12:00 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Went with my gut and stuck with Davis – looks like the right call so far! Now only need to worry about Roddy White and Ray Rice not showing up. Hate to sit Roddy, but I’ve got a bad feeling about him this week.

          • Brandon 12:02 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            No way you can bench Roddy White after what he’s done for you this season. Hopefully he and Ray Rice (who I would also appreciate) will reward you with some big time performances!

    • Steve 1:37 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Please add Vincent Jackson. Thanks.

      • Brandon 11:56 am on December 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        He’s on there now. Not sure I trust him after his last appearance, but you could start him if you’re in a bind.

    • Eric 9:39 pm on December 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Having trouble choosing between Floyd, Ochocinco, and Starks for my final slot. What do you think?

  • Brandon 10:57 am on December 6, 2010 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 14 pick-ups: Has the Tarvaris Jackson era begun? 

    Week 14 in many leagues means the start of the fantasy football playoffs…so hopefully your team is still alive! At this point, if you’re relying on waiver wire pickups to carry you to victory, you could be in serious trouble. However, maybe you just need to upgrade one minor spot to give you that tiny edge you need to advance to the next round. Anyways, I just needed someone for the post heading, so I picked Tarvaris Jackson, and if Favre starts in week 14, you obviously don’t want to start him! As always, we’ve included the percentage owned (taken from Yahoo.) Take a look and see if any of these guys can help patch your squad together and carry you to the Promised Land…

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  • Josh 9:49 am on December 4, 2008 Permalink
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    Guest Post: Week 14 WR Fantasy Football Rankings 

    Editors’ note: The following post was written by a guest blogger, Josh from Pro Football 101.

    Must Starts:

    1. Randy Moss vs. Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks have been getting lit up through the air, and until last week, Cassel was torching defenses as well. Look for Cassel to get back on track and for Moss to be the recipient of a lot of medium to deep passes. Strong fantasy play. 100 yards and 2 TDs.

    2. Marques Colston vs. Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are playing very well this year and are actually only one game out of first in the division. Regardless of that fact, very few teams have been able to stop Brees and his passing attack, and we don’t see it happening this week in the Superdome. Look for Brees and Colston to once again have big fantasy days on Sunday. 100 yards and 1TD. (More …)

    • E-roc 12:00 pm on December 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I have Wayne, Boldin, Brandon Marshall and Hixon.

      Which three would you start?

    • Josh 12:04 pm on December 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a good problem to have… I’d definitely start Boldin – the Cards are always a pass first team. I’d also start Wayne because regardless of match-up, and the Colts could get an early lead and begin running the ball, he’s always a must start. So the dilemma lies with Hixon and Marshall. I think I’d lean on Hixon because he’ll be the Giants’ big play threat and he’s produced in all three games this year he’s started while Marshall has been quite inconsistent of late. The Broncos also have a good chance of playing with a lead and if that’s the case, you’ll see the ball handed to Hillis a lot. So Boldin, Wayne for sure, and then it’s a toss up with Marshall and Hixon.

    • E-roc 12:22 pm on December 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Josh. So the quandary still exists for me between Marshall & Hixon. I might look at the weather forecast or flip a coin…. and pray that Marshall doesn’t repeat his Week 1 performance.

      I actually have Hillis as well.

      Thanks again.

    • Josh 12:26 pm on December 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      No problem. Definitely check for weather as I think it’ll be cold/windy/snowy up here in NY this weekend so that could affect the passing game. However, I do think the Eagles will force Eli to beat them as Arz/Wash have done in recent weeks, so that could bode well for Hixon. Do you have three quality tailbacks so you could just go with the two receivers or is Hixon/Marshall the better options at this point?

    • E-roc 12:30 pm on December 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Our league set-up requires 2 RB, 3 WR and 1 TE. We don’t have a flex position…. The forecast looks better in Denver than NY/NJ.

      I’ve been playing running back roulette all season because I failed to snag a good RB in the draft (not even a Michael Turner, Matt Forte or Chris Johnson!). I’m sitting on Slaton & Hillis with Pierre Thomas & L-Wash. I wish I had better options, but I can’t really complain with a Bye week this week.

    • Josh 1:20 pm on December 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      You’re looking good for the playoffs… Keep an eye on the weather, but I see Hixon getting at least 70 yards in this game and possibly a TD. Marshall might come back but opposing teams have been focusing more attention his way and that’s why his numbers have been down of late.

    • Dave 2:14 pm on December 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I have a keeper league format question: This is our first year in the keeper league and we discover new unanticipated situations frequently.

      In our league we are able to keep 3 players from the previous draft’s rounds 1-10 (Regular Players) and 2 players from the previous drafts rounds 11-17 (Wildcard Players). FAs or Waiver Wire pickups act as your 17th round pick. Regular players are kept as 1st, 2nd, or 3rd rd picks the following year. Wildcard players are kept in the rounds you drafted them. Our regular season ended week 13.

      Owner A (did not make the playoffs) is dropping half of his team and picking up anyone and everyone he may think will serve as a Wildcard player. He currently has no defense or kicker. Many owners believe this is cheap and unfair. Do you believe setting a rule that “freezes” EVERY roster for keeper purposes at the conclusion of week 13 is appropriate? Playoffs team would still be able to make transactions but would be unable to keep new pick ups.

      Sorry for the length — I appreciate comments — Thanks!

    • Josh 2:41 pm on December 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Your question is a bit confusing but I think that all keepers for the following year should come from week 13 and before. Once the playoffs begin, it’s another season and those players should be exempt from the keepers.

    • Dave 2:48 pm on December 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Yes – without going into great detail its difficult to describe our keeper format.

      We just wanted to pass a rule that would prevent non-playoff teams from making unwarranted roster moves during the playoffs.

      I was just curious if other keeper leagues had similar rules that “froze” the rosters at a certain point during the season to prevent this problem.

      Thanks for the advice!

    • Josh 2:57 pm on December 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, pass a rule that week 13 is the cut-off date. That will help solve any problems.

    • Shirley 8:13 pm on December 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      QB: Romo or Thigpen? Even though it’s Romo, he’s playing the Steelers and so I’m leaning toward Thigpen right now.
      DEF: BAL (v. PHI) or ARI (v. STL)? The Ravens typically get more sacks and INTs than the Cardinals but the Cardinals are going up against the Rams…

    • Josh 8:31 pm on December 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t play Romo. It looks like Barber will have to sit and Pittsburgh will destroy this offense if made one dimensional. It’ll also be 30 degrees or below.

      The defense is a bit more tricky. If Steven Jackson has a big role in the game, I don’t think the Rams will be as anemic as they’ve been. And for the Ravens, with Portis a non-factor even if he plays, they should be able to make life miserable for Campbell and the weather should be a factor too.

    • e-roc 9:37 am on December 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      So the correct answer was Antonio Bryant, Brandon Marshall and Anquan Boldin… Bryant went for 56 points in our league.

    • Josh 10:04 am on December 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, Bryant had a ridiculous game. He’s actually a solid play again as Tampa will have to pass in order to beat the Falcons on their home field.

  • Josh 4:37 pm on December 2, 2008 Permalink
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    Guest Post: Week 14 QB Fantasy Football Rankings 

    Editors’ note: The following post was written by a guest blogger, Josh from Pro Football 101.

    Must Starts

    1. Kurt Warner vs. St. Louis Rams. Warner and his offense have had a tough go of it these past two weeks, as they were beaten by better football teams from the NFC East, but this is the week that we begin to hear the Warner MVP chants again.

    Heading back to Arizona, the hapless Rams come to town and bring with it its suspect defense. Look for Warner to locate his talented trio on the outside and eclipse the 300-yard mark with at least three TDs.

    2. Peyton Manning vs. Cincinnati Bengals. I’m not sure what happened on Sunday, but Manning certainly disappointed many fantasy owners with his 125 yard, two INT performance vs. the Browns. And since his defense couldn’t get off the field, he had very little time in which to work with.

    This week, back at home, we like Manning and his offense to bounce back against the Bengals and for the QB to throw for at least 250 with a couple of scores. (More …)

    • Crazy81 3:33 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      So how do you do this when your writing job keeps you tied to your desk? ,

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