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With an exciting 16th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 17 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
Hernandez was a big letdown in Week 16, but should bounce right back against the Miami Dolphins. He had 97 yards against them in Week 13. Rob Gronkowski could return to take some of the pressure off of Hernandez.
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2. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Witten receives more targets than any tight end so the threat of a dud is minimal. He had 74 yards the last time he faced the Washington Redskins.
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3. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Graham hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 11, but he was more to form last week with 88 yards against the Cowboys. Graham scored in his first meeting with the Carolina Panthers.
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4. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen is averaging 57.9 yards with four touchdowns in his past seven games. He’s a strong play against the Saints.
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5. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Gates has scored in two straight games. The Oakland Raiders have allowed eight tight end touchdowns.
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6. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta is averaging 75.7 yards with three touchdowns in his past three games. He had 73 yards and a touchdown in his first meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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7. Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers
Finley is averaging 54 yards in his past six games. He is averaging 67 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in four career games against the Minnesota Vikings.
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8. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
The Patriots are so secretive with their injuries. It’s hard to know what their plans are with Gronk. If he plays, he could be a force. They could also just let him get in a few reps to prepare for the playoffs. He’s a risk/reward option.
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9. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Gonzo will likely have an early exit, but with a bye week looming the Falcons will have to balance between avoiding injury and avoiding rust. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a bad enough pass defense that Gonzo could get his fill in limited play.
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10. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
Gresham is averaging 48.2 yards in his past six games.
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With an exciting 15th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 16 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
Hernandez is averaging 82.3 yards and a touchdown in his past three games. Even if Rob Gronkowski does return, Hernandez should be a key option in the Patriots’ passing attack against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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2. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Witten scored for just the second time this year. He is a steady option and has serious upside against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed five tight end touchdowns in the past six games.
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3. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Gonzo has scored in two of his past three games. He’s up to eight touchdowns on the year. The Detroit Lions have allowed eight tight end touchdowns this year.
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4. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Graham has gone quiet as a wrist injury has slowed him down. Still, it’s hard to imagine sitting a player with Graham’s potential in the biggest fantasy game of the year.
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5. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Miller is averaging 85 yards with two touchdowns in his past three games. He had 53 yards and a touchdown in his first meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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6. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen ranks sixth among receivers with 747 yards. The Oakland Raiders have allowed eight tight end touchdowns, including three in the past four games.
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7. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta has averaged 58 yards and a touchdown in his past four games. He has seven scores on the year. The New York Giants have allowed three tight end touchdowns in the past seven games.
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8. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
Daniels ranks ninth in tight end yardage with 662 yards. He’s also one of eight tight ends with six or more touchdowns. The Minnesota Vikings have allowed seven tight end scores.
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9. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
Gresham ranks eighth in tight end yardage with 699. He has two touchdowns in his past four games. The Steelers have allowed five tight end touchdowns.
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10. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Gates snapped a streak of four straight games without a touchdown. He’s a risk/reward play against the New York Jets.
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With an exciting 14th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 15 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
In a tough matchup with the San Francisco 49ers, Hernandez should still see plenty of targets. He’s an extremely difficult cover. His versatility combined with Bill Belichick’s creativity and Tom Brady’s accuracy make him tough to stop.
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2. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Graham has not scored in three straight games. He missed the first game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Look for Graham to get back on the board against the Bucs. He averaged 101 yards against them last year.
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3. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Gonzo has just one touchdown in the past four games, but remains one of the top weekly threats. His red zone prowess keeps him a notch about Jason Witten in non-PPR formats.
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4. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Witten is averaging 67.7 yards per game. His upside is minimal due to his lack of touchdowns, but he’s a nice, safe play against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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5. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
Daniels has been one of the premier tight ends this year. The Indianapolis Colts have allowed six tight end touchdowns in the past six games.
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6. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen has scored in consecutive weeks and has four scores in the past five games. The San Diego Chargers have allowed a tight end touchdown in three of the past five games.
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7. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Miller is averaging 75.3 yards in his past three games and has seven touchdowns on the year.
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8. Martellus Bennett, New York Giants
Bennett has scored in consecutive weeks. The Falcons have allowed 50 yards or a touchdown to a tight end in nine of 13 games.
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9. Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders
Myers is one of the top targeted tight ends. He is coming off a disaster of a game against the Denver Broncos, but should bounce back against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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10. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
Gresham is averaging 51.8 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past six games. The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed 56.2 yards and 0.5 touchdowns to tight ends in their past six games.
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With an exciting 13th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 14 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Graham has been quiet the past two games. Look for him to explode back on the scene against the New York Giants.
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2. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
Hernandez was heavily involved last week catching eight of 13 targets for 97 yards. Only Welker and Hernandez are reliable in the passing game. Look for plenty of work for Hernandez.
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3. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Gonzo is showing no signs of slowing down. He has seven touchdown and is averaging 64.2 yards per game. Look for success against the Carolina Panthers.
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4. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Witten doesn’t score, but he continually sees a healthy number of targets. He secure over 70 percent of his looks. He should have another solid game against the Cincinnati Bengals
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5. Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders
Myers has the fourth most receiving yards (721) from a tight end. He has scored in two of his last three games and has four scores in his past five. The Denver Broncos have allowed nine tight end touchdowns.
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6. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph is an amazing talent. He has eight touchdowns, often in spite of Christian Ponder. He’s scored in three straight, including Week 12 against the Chicago Bears.
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7. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Miller has seven touchdowns. He’s averaging 80 yards per game with Charlie Batch so he should be in good shape against the San Diego Chargers even if Ben Roethlisberger can’t go. They have allowed a tight end touchdown in the past two games.
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8. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
It will be all hands on deck against the New England Patriots. Daniels has six touchdowns. The Pats have allowed seven tight end scores.
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9. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen is averaging 60.3 yards with three touchdowns in his past four games. He had 89 yards and a score in the first meeting with Atlanta.
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10. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
Gresham has scored in three of the past four games. The Cowboys have allowed six tight end touchdowns.
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With an exciting 12th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 13 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
In his last meeting with the Atlanta Falcons, Graham went for 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
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2. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Gonzo countered Graham with 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns of his own.
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3. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
He isn’t getting into the end zone, but at least you can count on Witten to receive plenty of looks against the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s securing 73.2 percent of his targets.
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4. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
Hernandez had a mediocre return to action with 36 yards on Thanksgiving. He should benefit from the extended rest as he prepares for the Miami Dolphins.
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5. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Gates has 30 yards in his past two games. So glad I traded for him. I’m equal parts hopeful and convinced that he’ll bounce back this week against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have allowed five tight end touchdowns.
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6. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
Gresham has had at least 69 yards or a touchdown in his past four games.
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7. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
Daniels has six touchdowns in his last eight games. The Titans have allowed seven tight end touchdowns.
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8. Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers
Finley had his second solid game in a row. Finley is averaging 69.3 yards with two touchdowns in three career meetings with the Minnesota Vikings.
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9. Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars
With Chad Henne at quarterback, Lewis has been solid. He’s a decent option against the Buffalo Bills.
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10. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions
Pettigrew received a ridiculous 15 targets on Thanksgiving. The Indianapolis Colts have defended the tight end well this year though.
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11. Dustin Keller, New York Jets
Keller is averaging 57.4 yards with two touchdowns in his past five games. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed four tight end touchdowns.
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12. Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders
Myers is averaging 52 yards with three touchdowns in the past four games. He should continue to be heavily targeted as the Raider face the Cleveland Browns.
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13. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Just when you think he’s back, Davis is skunked for the second time this year. It will take nerves of steel to start him against the St. Louis Rams.
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14. Martellus Bennett, New York Giants 
Bennett has been mediocre since the early part of the year. He did have 79 yards against the Washington Redskins (this week’s opponent) back in Week 7. They have allowed seven tight end touchdowns.
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15. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Miller has not scored in four straight games, but has six touchdowns on the year. He had 63 yards last week. He’s a low-end TE1 against the Baltimore Ravens.
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With an exciting 11th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 12 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
With Gronk out Graham is now the top option without question. He has five touchdowns in his past four games. There is no reason to think he won’t continue to excel against the San Francisco 49ers.
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2. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Witten racked up seven more receptions giving him 65 in the past seven games. A trip to the end zone would be nice. The Washington Redskins have allowed seven tight end touchdowns so it could happen.
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3. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones is hurting so Gonzo could be active against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed five tight end touchdowns, including four in the past five games.
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4. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Gates had a disappointing showing against the Denver Broncos. He should rebound against the Baltimore Ravens.
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5. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Davis should be able to produce against the New Orleans Saints.
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6. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
Hernandez should be back just in time to replace Gronk. The New York Jets have allowed six tight end touchdowns.
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7. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
Gresham is averaging 64 yards in his past three games. The Oakland Raiders have allowed six tight end touchdowns.
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8. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
Daniels is averaging 59.3 yards with two touchdowns in his past three games. The Detroit Lions have allowed six tight end touchdowns.
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9. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions
I expect the Lions to have a hard time running against Houston. That’s when Pettigrew seems to be active. The Texans have allowed six tight end touchdowns.
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10. Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders
Myers has three touchdowns in the past three games. The Bengals have allowed five tight end touchdowns.
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11. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen remains a top weapon for Cam Newton. The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed two tight end scores in the past three games.
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12. Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers
Finley came off bye to score. He’s a risky TE1, but with Aaron Rodgers he could be solid against the New York Giants.
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13. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
Allen is averaging 57.8 yards over the past four games. The Bills have allowed three tight end touchdowns in the past three games.
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14. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Miller is not a legit TE1 against the Cleveland Browns without Big Ben in the lineup.
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15. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
He looked good prior to the bye. He’s a risk because Christian Ponder often forgets he’s there. Rudolph is a great athlete though. The Bears present a tough challenge.
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With an exciting tenth week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 11 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Graham has four touchdowns in the past three games while averaging 93.7 yards. The Raiders have allowed five tight end scores.
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2. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Gronk has five touchdowns in his past three games while averaging 85 yards. They are 1-A and 1-B. The Colts have not faced an elite tight end this year. Gronk scored twice against them last year.
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3. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Gates has four touchdowns in his past four games. He’s back. The Broncos have allowed eight tight end touchdowns, including two to Gates in Week 6. Giddyup.
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4. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Witten now has 58 receptions in his pas six games. Cleveland has played tight ends well, but the volume of targets Witten sees keeps him a high-end TE1.
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5. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Gonzo was very active last week with 11 catches for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He’s a solid play against Arizona.
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6. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
Gresham is averaging 52.5 yards with 0.5 touchdowns in his past four games. He’s a solid play against the Chiefs.
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7. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions
Pettigrew had 116 yards in his last meeting with Green Bay.
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8. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
You can hope Hernandez will play against the Colts, but make sure you have a backup plan. He caught seven passes against them last year.
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9. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
Daniels’ back wouldn’t allow him to play last week, but he should be ready to roll against the Jags. They are tough against tight ends though so he’s not an ideal play this week.
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10. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen is coming off a monster game with nine catches for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Tampa has allowed five tight end touchdowns, including three in the past two games.
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11. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Value takes a hit against Baltimore with Big Ben out.
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12. Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills
Chandler has 116 yards in his past two games and five touchdowns on the year. The Dolphins are giving up 57.1 yards per game to tight ends.
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13. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Davis is averaging 33.7 yards over his past three games and has the daunting task of facing the Bears.
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14. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
Allen was quiet last week against Jacksonville, but is averaging 54 yards in his past three games. The Patriots have allowed six tight end touchdowns.
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15. Dustin Keller, New York Jets
Keller has averaged 69 yards the past three games. The Jets face the Rams this week.
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