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Here’s my Week 13 running back rankings.

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1. Jamaal Charles vs. Denver
2. Peyton Hillis @ Miami
3. Adrian Peterson vs. Buffalo
4. Arian Foster @ Philadelphia (Thursday)
5. Chris Johnson vs. Jacksonville
6. Ray Rice vs. Pittsburgh
7.  Michael Turner @ Tampa Bay
8. Rashard Mendenhall @ Baltimore
9. Maurice Jones-Drew @ Tennessee
10. LeSean McCoy vs. Houston (Thursday)
11. Knowshon Moreno @ Kansas City
12. Mike Tolbert vs. Oakland
13. Steven Jackson @ Arizona
14. Thomas Jones vs. Denver
15. Matt Forte @ Detroit
16. Mike Goodson @ Seattle
17. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. New York Jets (Monday)
18. Fred Jackson @ Minnesota
19. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Washington
20. Felix Jones @ Indianapolis
21. Darren McFadden @ San Diego
22. Jonathan Stewart @ Seattle
23. Brandon Jacobs vs. Washington
24. Brian Westbrook @ Green Bay
25. Ronnie Brown vs. Cleveland
26. LaDainian Tomlinson @ New England (Monday)
27. Cedric Benson vs. New Orleans
28. LeGarrette Blount vs. Atlanta
29. Ricky Williams vs. Cleveland
30. Christopher Ivory @ Cincinnati
31. Danny Woodhead vs. New York Jets (Monday)
32. Maurice Morris vs. Chicago
33. Beanie Wells vs. St. Louis
34. Shonn Greene @ New England (Monday)
35. Tim Hightower vs. St. Louis

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Inside the numbers:

  • Coming off a monster 173 yard game against Seattle, Jamaal Charles is set to explode on a Denver team allowing 141.6 rushing yards per game.
  • I’m a little concerned about Adrian Peterson’s ankle, but I think he’ll be just fine. He also happens to draw a favorable match-up this week. Only the injury concerns keep him from the top spot.
  • Peyton Hillis has 666 total yards and seven touchdowns in his past four games.
  • I was hesitant to give Knowshon Moreno his due, but he delivered with 118 total yards and a touchdown. He’s had at least that many total yards and a touchdown in each of his past three games.
  • Mike Tolbert has hit the century mark with a touchdown in his past two games. He should be at it again against a Raiders run defense that’s yielding 133.7 yards per game on the ground.
  • Marion Barber is expected to miss a couple of games, making Felix Jones a strong play against the Colts. Tashard Choice is a sleeper pick.
  • With Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs in a timeshare, I like them both as RB2s.
  • I am not high on LeGarrette Blount against a Falcons team that has allowed just 93.7 rushing yards per game and four rushing touchdowns.
  • They aren’t sexy situations, but Carolina (Mike Goodson & Jonathan Stewart) and Arizona (Beanie Wells & Tim Hightower) have a pair of RBs that can be used as RB2s or as flex options.
  • With Frank Gore out for the season, Brian Westbrook makes a low-end RB2 against the Packers.

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Here are my Week 13 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Michael Vick vs. Houston (Thursday)
2. Peyton Manning vs. Dallas
3. Drew Brees @ Cincinnati
4. Aaron Rodgers vs. San Francisco
5. Kyle Orton @ Kansas City
6. Philip Rivers vs. Oakland
7. Eli Manning vs. Washington
8. Tom Brady vs. New York Jets (Monday)
9. Matt Cassel vs. Denver
10. Jay Cutler @ Detroit
11. Sam Bradford @ Arizona
12. Matt Ryan @ Tampa Bay
13. Mark Sanchez @ New England (Monday)
14. Ben Roethlisberger @ Baltimore
15. Joe Flacco vs. Pittsburgh
16. Josh Freeman vs. Atlanta
17. Carson Palmer vs. New Orleans
18. Matt Schaub @ Philadelphia (Thursday)
19. David Garrard @ Tennessee
20. Brett Favre vs. Buffalo
21. Jon Kitna @ Indianapolis
22. Donovan McNabb @ New York Giants
23. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Minnesota
24. Chad Henne vs. Cleveland
25. Derek Anderson vs. St. Louis
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Inside the numbers:

  • Michael Vick didn’t get the win for the Eagles, but he passed Chicago’s tough test with flying colors throwing for 333 yards and a pair of touchdowns (one interception). He added 44 yards on the ground. He’s a terrific play against Houston’s generous pass defense.
  • No Moss, no problem for Tom Brady. He has 11 touchdown passes in his past four games. The Jets will present a challenge, but it would be hard to sit him the way he’s playing right now.
  • Is Dwayne Bowe red hot or is it Matt Cassel? My guess is that it’s a combination of both. Cassel has 12 touchdown passes in his past four games, and is a good play against a vulnerable Broncos’ pass defense, who he torched for 469 yards and four touchdowns in week ten.
  • I guess Jay Cutler may be back. With Detroit on tap, it appears to be a good week to play him.
  • Sam Bradford has plenty of room to improve on his first game against Arizona, and I have every reason to believe he will.
  • Mark Sanchez threw for 220 yards and three scores in the first meeting with the Patriots. He’s a borderline fantasy starter this week.

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Here’s my Week 12 IDP rankings.

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1. Jerod Mayo (NE) @DET:  Averaging 13.3 tackles over past seven games.
2. Paul Posluszny (BUF) vs. PIT:  Averaging 12.5 tackles over past four games.
3. Chad Greenway (MIN) @WAS:  Averaging 9.9 tackles per game this year.
4. Stephen Tulloch (TEN) @HOU:  Averaging 10.4 tackles over past eight games.
5. Patrick Willis (SF) @ ARI:  Averaging 11 tackles over past four games.
6. London Fletcher (WAS) vs. MIN:  Averaging 9.2 tackles per game this year.
7. James Anderson (CAR) @CLE:  Should bounce back trying to stop Peyton Hillis.
8. Ray Lewis (BAL) vs. TB:  Averaging 9.5 tackles over past four games.
9. Dhani Jones (CIN) @ NYJ:  Averaging 10.0 tackles over past three games.
10. Donte Whitner (BUF) vs. PIT:  Averaging 8.6 tackles this year.
11. Curtis Lofton (ATL) vs. GB:  Averaging 8.8 tackles over past five games.
12. Derrick Johnson (KC) @ SEA:  Averaging 8.1 tackles for the year.
13. Karlos Dansby (MIA) @ OAK:  Averaging 8.8 tackles over past five games.
14. E.J. Henderson (MIN) @ WAS:  Averaging 8.0 tackles over past three games.
15. James Harrison (PIT) @ BUF:  Averaging 6.3 tackles and a sack over past four games.

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Here’s my Week 12 team defense rankings.

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1. Philadelphia @ Chicago
2. Cleveland vs. Carolina
3. New York Giants vs. Jacksonville
4. New York Jets vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)
5. San Francisco @ Arizona (Monday)
6. Pittsburgh @ Buffalo
7. Minnesota @ Washington
8. Kansas City @ Seattle
9. New England @ Detroit (Thursday)
10. Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay
11. New Orleans @ Dallas (Thursday)
12. Washington vs. Minnesota
13. Oakland vs. Miami
14. Miami @ Oakland
15. Green Bay @ Atlanta

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Inside the numbers:

  • Philadelphia’s aggressive defense should not bode well for Jay Cutler, who has a tendency to get sacked and throw picks.
  • When was the last time the Browns were thought about as a good fantasy defense option? It’s a combination of their improvement and Carolina ineptitude.
  • Both New York teams make solid plays this week. On a side note, who would have thought without T.O. the Bills would have a better offense than Cincy with him (not that I’m blaming T.O.)?
  • The Niners looked awful last week, but they should get a reprieve against the Cardinals.
  • I think the Vikings will look more like last year’s version with the coaching change. The players’ hearts weren’t in it for Brad Childress. That said, Washington is a decent play this week because of Favre’s tendency to get sacked and throw picks.

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Here’s my Week 12 kicker rankings.

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1. Matt Bryant (ATL) vs. GB:  Has 8 FGs in the past three games. GB has allowed 16 FGs.
2. David Akers (PHI) @ CHI:  Double-digit points in past four games.
3. Sebastian Janikowski (OAK) vs. MIA:  Leads league with 23 FGs. Dolphins have allowed 18 FGs.
4. Neil Rackers (HOU) vs. TEN:  Has 16 FGs. Titans have allowed league-high 27 FGs.
5. Nick Folk  (NYJ) vs. CIN:  Has 8 FGs in past 3 games. Cincy has allowed17 FGs.
6. Rob Bironas (TEN) @ HOU:  Multiple FGs in 6 of past 8 games. Texans have allowed 16 FGs.
7. Dan Carpenter (MIA) @ OAK:  Burned me last week, but should bounce back.
8. Graham Gano (WAS) vs. MIN:  I’m expecting bend, but don’t break defense from Vikes. Multiple FGs.
9. Adam Vinatieri (IND) vs. SD:  17 FGs on the year. SD has allowed 16.
10. Billy Cundiff (BAL) vs. TB:  10 FGs in past 4 games.
11. Robbie Gould (CHI) vs. PHI:  5 FGs in past 2 games.
12. Matt Prater (DEN) vs. STL:  Rams have allowed 24 FGs on the year.
13. Josh Brown (STL) @ DEN:  Has multiple FGs in 7 of 10 games this year.
14. Mason Crosby (GB) @ ATL:  8 of his 14 FGs have come from 40+ yards.
15. John Kasay (CAR) @ CLE:  5 FGs in past two games.

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Here’s my Week 12 tight end rankings.

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1. Brandon Pettigrew vs. New England (Thursday)
2. Jacob Tamme vs. San Diego
3. Todd Heap vs. Tampa Bay
4. Chris Cooley vs. Minnesota
5. Kellen Winslow @ Baltimore
6. Tony Gonzalez vs. Green Bay
7. Vernon Davis @ Arizona (Monday)
8. Zach Miller (OAK) vs. Miami
9. Marcedes Lewis @ New York Giants
10. Jason Witten vs. New Orleans (Thursday)
11. Visanthe Shiancoe @ Washington
12. Jermaine Gresham @ New York Jets (Thursday)
13. Kevin Boss vs. Jacksonville
14. Jimmy Graham @ Dallas (Thursday)
15. Aaron Hernandez @ Detroit (Thursday)
16. Joel Dreessen vs. Tennessee
17. Rob Gronkowski @ Detroit (Thursday)
18. Greg Olsen vs. Philadelphia
19. Randy McMichael @ Indianapolis
20. Brent Celek @ Chicago
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Inside the numbers:

  • The Lions will be forced to throw a lot against New England, which works in their favor as the Patriots struggle to defend the pass. I’m expecting big things from Brandon Pettigrew this week.
  • Jacob Tamme shrugged off the back injury and caught seven catches for 70 yards. He’s a strong play yet again this week.
  • Todd Heap is averaging 51.4 yards with four touchdowns in his past five games.
  • I can’t trust Antonio Gates until he shows signs that he’ll be ready to go.
  • Jason Witten was more involved this week, but isn’t the focus of the offense the way he was in Weeks 7 & 8.
  • The Jets aggressive style lends itself to strong TE play. Look for Gresham to have a decent game.
  • With their WRs banged up, Kevin Boss figures to step up for the Giants.
  • I’m expecting Owen Daniels to be out again, meaning Joel Dreessen has fantasy relevance again.
  • ***UPDATE*** – Tony Moeaki (concussion) is out again this week. I added Jimmy Graham, and bumped him up a spell as Jeremy Shockey could miss this week as well.

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Here’s my Week 12 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson vs. New England (Thursday)
2. Greg Jennings @ Atlanta
3. Dwayne Bowe @ Seattle
4. Marques Colston @ Dallas (Thursday)
5. Roddy White vs. Green Bay
6. Andre Johnson vs. Tennessee
7. Mike Wallace @ Buffalo
8. DeSean Jackson @ Chicago
9. Reggie Wayne vs. San Diego
10. Santonio Holmes vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)
11. Brandon Lloyd vs. St. Louis
12. Anquan Boldin vs. Tampa Bay
13. Dez Bryant vs. New Orleans (Thursday)
14. Jeremy Maclin @ Chicago
15. Terrell Owens @ New York Jets (Thursday)
16. Larry Fitzgerald vs. San Francisco (Monday)
17. Mario Manningham vs. Jacksonville
18. Steve Johnson vs. Pittsburgh
19. Percy Harvin @ Washington
20. Michael Crabtree @ Arizona (Monday)
21. Miles Austin vs. New Orleans (Thursday)
22. Wes Welker @ Detroit (Thursday)
23. Braylon Edwards vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)
24. Chad Ochocinco @ New York Jets (Thursday)
25. Nate Burleson vs. New England (Thursday)
26. Hines Ward @ Buffalo
27. Johnny Knox vs. Philadelphia
28. Mike Williams (TB) @ Baltimore
29. Pierre Garcon vs. San Diego
30. Steve Breaston vs. San Francisco (Monday)
31. Robert Meachem @ Dallas (Thursday)
32. Deion Branch @ Detroit (Thursday)
33. Malcom Floyd @ Indianapolis
34. Vincent Jackson @ Indianapolis
35. Santana Moss  vs. Minnesota
36. Mike Thomas @ New York Giants
37. James Jones @ Atlanta
38. Danny Amendola @ Denver
39. Kevin Walter vs. Tennessee
40. Donald Driver @ Atlanta
41. Brandon Gibson vs. Atlanta
42. Nate Washington @ Houston
43. Lance Moore @ Dallas (Thursday)
44. Lee Evans vs. Pittsburgh
45. Steve Smith (CAR) @ Cleveland
46. Brandon Marshall @ Oakland
47. Roy Williams vs. New Orleans (Thursday)
48. Sidney Rice @ Washington
49. Derek Hagan vs. Jacksonville
50. Ben Obomau vs. Kansas City

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Inside the numbers:

  • I’m afraid Calvin Johnson is just too big and powerful for a Patriots’ defense allowing 300+ passing yards per game. Look for a Thanksgiving feast for Megatron.
  • Donald Driver’s return did not spoil Greg Jennings fantasy value. Look for another strong effort against Atlanta’s weak pass defense.
  • Dwayne Bowe has ten touchdowns in his past six games, and he’s facing Seattle, who is allowing 300.2 passing yards per game along with 16 passing touchdowns.
  • Marques Colston is heating up. He has 32 catches in his past four games. Over that stretch he’s averaging 91.3 yards and a touchdown per game.
  • The T.O. and Ocho Show get to face Revis and Cromartie. The “diva receivas” should be quieter this week.
  • Steve Johnson has a tough match-up against Pittsburgh, but he’s playing too well to bench against anybody.
  • With Leslie Frazier taking over the Vikings’ ship, I expect the team to play inspired, tempering my expectations for Santana Moss.
  • I can’t bring myself to endorse either Brandon Marshall or Randy Moss until they prove themselves.
  • ***UPDATE*** Malcom Floyd slid a bit as his hamstring has become a issue. I can’t trust Seattle’s Mike Williams (foot) right now either. Derek Hagan makes the list.
  • Ben Obomau replaces Davone Bess.

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Here’s my Week 12 running back rankings.

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1. Rashard Mendenhall @ Buffalo
2. Adrian Peterson @ Washington
3. Chris Johnson @ Houston
4. Arian Foster vs. Tennessee
5. Peyton Hillis vs. Carolina
6. Frank Gore @ Arizona (Monday)
7. Ray Rice vs. Tampa Bay
8.  Michael Turner vs. Green Bay
9. Jamaal Charles @ Seattle
10. Knowshon Moreno vs. St. Louis
11. Maurice Jones-Drew @ New York Giants
12. LeSean McCoy @ Chicago
13. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Jacksonville
14. Darren McFadden vs. Miami
15. Steven Jackson @ Denver
16. Ronnie Brown @ Oakland
17. Thomas Jones @ Seattle
18. Matt Forte vs. Philadelphia
19. LaDainian Tomlinson vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)
20. Cedric Benson @ New York Jets (Thursday)
21. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Detroit (Thursday)
22. Fred Jackson vs. Pittsburgh
23. Mike Goodson @ Cleveland
24. Mike Tolbert @ Indianapolis
25. LeGarrette Blount @ Baltimore
26. Christopher Ivory @ Dallas (Thursday)
27. Felix Jones vs. New Orleans (Thursday)
28. Danny Woodhead @ Detroit (Thursday)
29. Brandon Jacobs vs. Jacksonville
30. Maurice Morris vs. New England (Thursday)
31. Keiland Williams vs. Minnesota
32. Shonn Greene vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)
33. Brandon Jackson @ Atlanta
34. Tim Hightower vs. San Francisco (Monday)
35. Ricky Williams @ Oakland

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Inside the numbers:

  • The Raiders did a decent job slowing Rashard Mendenhall, but I’ll take a shot on him in the number one slot again as he takes on Buffalo’s league-worst run defense (163.5 yards allowed per game).
  • Washington is giving up 131 yards per game on the ground. Adrian Peterson should find plenty of running lanes against them.
  • Peyton Hillis’ magical season continues with a juicy match-up against Carolina, who is yielding 128.4 rushing yards per game. Hillis has ten combined TDs and 1125 total yards.
  • Frank Gore failed to capitalize against Tampa’s previously porous run defense, but he should bounce back against Arizona.
  • Both BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead are borderline RB2s against Detroit.
  • Reggie Bush may be able to go against Dallas, but Christopher Ivory is still the RB to use for New Orleans.
  • Mike Goodson will likely get another start, but he’s not a sure RB2 going up against Cleveland.
  • Brandon Jacobs will get the start for the Giants, which moves him up a few spots. Ahmad Bradshaw should still be used heavily so I only bumped him down a few.
  • I have been burned by Knowshon Moreno in the past, which made me back off a little on my rankings. I’m taking a leap with him. He’s been great in the past two games and has a good match-up.

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Here are my Week 12 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Aaron Rodgers @ Atlanta
2. Ben Roethlisberger @ Buffalo
3. Peyton Manning vs. San Diego
4. Drew Brees @ Dallas (Thursday)
5. Michael Vick @ Chicago
6. Tom Brady @ Detroit (Thursday)
7. Philip Rivers @ Indianapolis
8. Shaun Hill vs. New England (Thursday)
9. Kyle Orton vs. St. Louis
10. Eli Manning vs. Jacksonville
11. Joe Flacco vs. Tampa Bay
12. Jon Kitna vs. New Orleans (Thursday)
13. Matt Cassel @ Seattle
14. Mark Sanchez vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)
15. Matt Ryan vs. Green Bay
16. Sam Bradford @ Denver
17. Brett Favre @ Washington
18. Carson Palmer @ New York Jets (Thursday)
19. Matt Schaub vs. Tennessee
20. David Garrard @ New York Giants
21. Jay Cutler vs. Philadelphia
22. Josh Freeman @ Baltimore
23. Donovan McNabb vs. Minnesota
24. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Pittsburgh
25. Troy Smith @ Arizona (Monday)
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Inside the numbers:

  • The Chargers (#1) and Colts (#8) are two of the best at holding opposing quarterbacks to low yardage, but that goes out the window when Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning square off.
  • The Cowboys have improved in recent weeks, but they still struggle to defend the pass. Drew Brees has many of things to be thankful about on Thursday, and facing the Cowboys is one of them.
  • New England is allowing 300.5 passing yards per game this year with 20 passing touchdowns. Shaun Hill isn’t sexy, but he has thrown for 300+ yards or multiple touchdowns in five of the six games he started and finished.
  • Seattle is allowing 300.2 passing yards per game, making Matt Cassel a borderline fantasy starter this week.
  • Carson Palmer, Matt Schaub, and Jay Cutler have tough match-ups this week meaning your likely #1 to start the season will be riding the pine.
  • With Tennessee’s quarterbacks dropping like flies, the Texans get a reprieve. There’s an outside chance that they end the week out of the cellar in passing yards allowed.
  • What a difference a couple of days make. For starters, Colt McCoy (ankle) will likely be out so I replaced him with Brett Favre. With Brad Childress gone, I think the Vikings play inspired football, moving Favre up the rankings.

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Here’s my Week 11 IDP rankings.

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1. Jerod Mayo (NE) vs. IND:  Simply a beast. 78 tackles in his past six games.
2. Chad Greenway (MIN) vs. GB:  Mr. Consistency has had between 8-12 tackles every game.
3. Paul Posluszny (BUF) @ CIN:  40 tackles in past three games, 78 on the year.
4. Stephen Tulloch (TEN) vs. WASH:  74 tackles in his past seven games.
5. London Fletcher (WAS) @ TENN:  39 tackles in past four games. CJ will keep him busy.
6. Lawrence Timmons (PIT) vs. Oakland:  Raiders rushing attack and use of TE will make him active.
7. James Anderson (CAR) vs. BAL:  Averaging 9.3 tackles per game with 2.5 sacks and a pick.
8. D.J. Williams (DEN) @ SD:  Should bounce back from benching. 74 tackles and 3.5 sacks on the year.
9. Derrick Johnson (KC) vs. ARI:  12 tackles last week, 77 on the season.
10. Ray Lewis (BAL) @ CAR:  Long week to rest and get ready for the Panthers.
11. Patrick Willis (SF) vs. TB:  31 tackles in past three games, 78 on the year.
12. LaRon Landry (WAS) @ TEN:  46 tackles in past five games, 85 on the year.
13. Dhani Jones (CIN) vs. BUF:  22 tackles in past two games, 73 on the year.
14. Barrett Ruud (TB) @ SF:  34 tackles the past four games, 70 on the year.
15. Clay Matthews (GB) @ MIN:  10.5 sacks. 9 tackles, 2 sacks, and INT in past two games.

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