Fantasy NBA Season Rankings: Week 17
Justin Fensterman gives you his rankings for fantasy basketball on a weekly basis
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|1||Damian Lillard||POR||2||Lillard keeps the top spot and he'll continue not only being clutch, but taking a lot of shots throughout the game. His minutes will continue to stay high.|
|2||Trae Young||ATL||2||Young continues to take some of the deepest three-pointers of any player in the league and he makes them look easy. He'll also help out on the assist side as well and he'll log a lot of minutes.|
|3||Kemba Walker||BOS||2||Walker is healthy and he should be able to get a full workload in both of his games this week. He'll continue to get a good amount of shots and time with the ball.|
|4||Devonte Graham||CHA||2||Graham hasn't been as hot from the field since earlier in the season but he is still the prioritized scorer in Charlotte and with players being waived, he'll be relied on even more to lead.|
|5||Chris Paul||OKC||2||Paul continues to keep himself logging a healthy amount of shots in the Thunder's offense. He's been a helpful three-category producer and continues to silence his doubters.|
|6||Kyle Lowry||TOR||2||INJ: Lowry may have to sit for the Raptors first game of the week on Monday because he's still feeling effects from the collision he had from the other night. Fred VanVleet will help run the point.|
|7||D'Angelo Russell||MIN||2||INJ: Russell hasn't made his debut with Minnesota yet because he's been dealing with a minor quad injury and if he can't go, Jordan McLaughlin will continue to help fill the void.|
|8||Russell Westbrook||HOU||1||Westbrook would be much higher if he had a full slate of games, but he has only one and he's been shooting a bit better in recent weeks but his game will still be mainly driving to the hoop.|
|9||De'Aaron Fox||SAC||2||Fox keeps the Kings offensive pace at a high level and with other big men injured in Sacramento, the guards will have to take more control of the offense for the rest of the season.|
|10||Spencer Dinwiddie||BKN||2||Dinwiddie shouild be able to thrive with Kyrie Irving still out and it's not looking like Irving will play in either game for the Nets this week and that will benefit Dinwiddie who gobbles up all of the usage.|
|11||Malcolm Brogdon||IND||2||Brogdon has been able to still be very impactful even though Victor Oladipo is working his way back to a full workload. We'll have to monitor the situation and see if his shot numbers take a hit.|
|12||Lonzo Ball||NO||2||Ball may not be the best shooter, but he'll still get to the hoop and he'll help out in other areas. Ball grabs boards and he crashes them after he shoots and he'll also help with dimes and steals.|
|13||Ricky Rubio||PHX||2||If Deandre Ayton sits, expect Rubio to pick up more shots because he will be expected to drive the lane while Devin Booker hangs at the arc and Rubio will do a good job of drawing contact.|
|14||Ben Simmons||PHI||1||Simmons is another guard who struggles with his jump shot, but dominates in other areas. He's one of the best drivers in the league and he'll help out big time with boards and dimes.|
|15||Jamal Murray||DEN||2||Murray is once again healthy and with Will Barton banged up, he'll get to take a few more shots and get more time with the ball. He should be able to play full minutes in both games.|
|16||Dennis Schroder||OKC||2||Coming off the bench is the best thing that could have happened for Schroder's career because he's been the main scoring option off the bench and he'll frequently hit double figures.|
|17||Eric Bledsoe||MIL||2||Bledsoe will see his usage go up if Giannis Antetokounmpo ends up sitting for the Bucks first game of the week. He'll get more shots and time with the ball.|
|18||Goran Dragic||MIA||2||Dragic has done a great job coming off the bench this season and he's been able to play both on and off the ball and if Jimmy Butler sits, he'll get more opportunities to produce.|
|19||Reggie Jackson||DET||2||Jackson has been able to stay healthy for the most part since returning and with Derrick Rose hurt and Andre Drummond traded away, expect Jackson to get a ton of shots in this offense.|
|20||Dejounte Murray||SAS||2||It's always to track the Spurs guards because different guards produce on different nights, but we know that Murray's minutes are safe and he'll help a good amount with boards and steals.|
|1||James Harden||HOU||1||I know this looks strange, but Harden has been one of the top fantasy producers all season and even with just one game on the slate he can get a high level of all-around production.|
|2||Bradley Beal||WSH||2||Beal will see a countless number of shots especially with Isaiah Thomas off the team. He has the eternal green ligh at this point and he'll help out with dimes and steals.|
|3||Devin Booker||PHX||2||Booker is already the top scoring option in Phoenix and if Ayton has to sit, he'll get even more time with the ball. He'll also still help run the point a bit when Rubio is on the bench.|
|4||Jrue Holiday||NO||2||Holiday has struggled a bit in the last few weeks, but if Brandon Ingram and/or Zion Williamson has to sit, he'll see more shots. Could it be that Holiday's usage drops off because of Williamson? Possibly!|
|5||Khris Middleton||MIL||2||Middleton will be the Bucks top scoring option if Antetokounmpo has to sit out and he'll see a lot of shots from the elbow and the top of the key. He'll hit the cutter from the top of the key.|
|6||DeMar DeRozan||SAS||2||DeRozan doesn't even need a long-range game in order to be productive as he'll provide balanced production between scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. He's the Spurs top option.|
|7||Fred VanVleet||TOR||2||VanVleet will certainly see his scoring and assists go up if Lowry has to sit. With Norman Powell already out, other mid-court players need to fill THAT void so FVV can see more comb-guard minutes.|
|8||Donovan Mitchell||UT||2||Mitchell will always be a better Mitchell when Mike Conley is off the floor, but he'll still get a ton of shots and be the top option for Utah. He'll help with steals as well.|
|9||Jimmy Butler||MIA||2||INJ: Butler is dealing with an injured Shoulder and after missing Sunday's game, there's a chance he'll have to sit out for Monday's as well. His status is still up in the air.|
|10||Andrew Wiggins||GSW||2||Wiggins should see more shots in the Warriors offense as their top shooting option. Wiggins was behind Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota and now he's the top guy until Stephen Curry returns.|
|11||Buddy Hield||SAC||2||Hield will continue to see a lot of shots and it doesn't matter if he starts or comes off the bench. He'll help grab long boards as well and steals on the perimeter and in the lane.|
|12||Shai Gilgeous-Alexander||OKC||2||Gilgeous-Alexander continues to shine as the Thunder's top scorer and in recept weeks he's been a monster on the glass and he's another good guard at reading screens who will grab steals.|
|13||Jaylen Brown||BOS||2||Brown has been able to stay healthy and even with Kemba Walker back in the lineup, he'll still continue being the team's third scoring option and he'll look to drive if the lane is open.|
|14||CJ McCollum||POR||2||McCollum's minutes are safe and despite Gary Trent Jr. coming on a little stronger in the rotation, McCollum will continue being the second scoring option for Portland.|
|15||Terry Rozier||CHA||2||Rozier has been helpful being a good combo-guard for the Hornets. The Hornets guards handle most of the offense and with other wing and post players off the team, they'll get more shots.|
|16||Lou Williams||LAC||2||Williams should see a start if Patrick Beverley continues to be injured. Regardless if he starts or not, he'll help out with scoring and steals with the Clippers second unit.|
|17||Evan Fournier||ORL||2||Fournier will continue seeing a lot of shots and we may not see Jonathan Isaac for the rest of the season and he'll toggle between being the second and third scorer on the team with Aaron Gordon .|
|18||Zach LaVine||CHI||1||LaVine is the last man standing it seems like in Chicago and that's a scary thought because he himself has dealt with injuries throughout his career. He'll be able to take as many shots as he wants.|
|19||Marcus Smart||BOS||2||Smart provides a ton of defense off the bench and he'll get the first shot at starting if either guard is injured. He'll take a good amount of shots with the Celtics second unit and he'll grab swipes.|
|20||Kevin Huerter||ATL||2||Huerter has scored in double figures in his last six games and it's very encouraging because Young takes a lot of shots. He'll provide some help with boards and dimes and even blocks lately.|
|1||LeBron James||LAL||2||James will spend a good amount of the game running the point and he'll be very helpful with scoring, rebounding and assists and he still has great speed and will never be limited.|
|2||Kawhi Leonard||LAC||2||Leonard just rested and he should be all set to be active both games this week for the Clippers and the addition of Marcus Morris won't take usage away from him.|
|3||Brandon Ingram||NO||2||INJ: Ingram missed his last game with an Ankle injury and his status for Tuesday's game is still uncertain.|
|4||Kelly Oubre Jr.||PHX||2||Oubre will see a lot more usage if Ayton sits and he's done a very good job of toggling between both forward spots. With Dario Saric still hurt, Oubre will be needed in the post a bit more.|
|5||Gordon Hayward||BOS||2||Hayward looks not only fully healthy, but he's moving quicker on the court and he's been crashing the boards a lot more being at SF and we can rely on him for inside production.|
|6||T.J. Warren||IND||2||Warren is over his Concussion and he'll be able to keep his minutes with Oladipo back in the lineup, but he will likely begin losing shots to him and Jeremy Lamb over the next few weeks.|
|7||Taurean Prince||BKN||2||Prince will continue being fed at the arc. He literally camps out there every possesion and he has the ability to slash when on the ball but he always settles for three's. He'll help with boards and steals.|
|8||Josh Hart||NO||2||If Ingram has to sit, Hart will see his usage go up and he's improved his play lately and he can sub in at multiple positions and can even run the point if needed.|
|9||Bogdan Bogdanovic||SAC||2||Bogdanovic will still see a good amount of shots until the big men on the Kings get healthy and he'll also see minutes as the playmaker and that will help his assists long-term.|
|10||Marcus Morris||LAC||2||Morris will see his role reduced a bit because of the Clippers depth. He won't get as many shots unless Kawhi Leonard or Paul George sits, but he'll still log at least 20 minutes per game.|
|11||Joe Ingles||UT||2||Ingles can sub in at multiple positions and even though his usage drops with Conley in the lineup, he plays good defense and will help run the point at times. Expect scoring and steals.|
|12||Miles Bridges||CHA||2||Bridges has been playing a bit better, but he still doesn't attack unless the lane is wide open. He'll help secure mid-range blocks, but on offense he's been staying more at the arc.|
|13||Joe Harris||BKN||2||Harris will see more shots with Irving out, although let's not forget about Caris LeVert . Harris will also see minutes behind Taurean Prince and with Irving out, he'll still hit the 25-minute mark.|
|14||Harrison Barnes||SAC||2||Barnes will spend a bit more time at Power Forward if Marvin Bagley III can't make it back this season. He'll be able to get minutes at both forward spots and he'll help produce some boards.|
|15||Jae Crowder||MIA||2||Crowder could be seeing a bigger role right out of the gate because of the injuries to Tyler Herro and Jimmy Butler . If needed, he can even sub in at PF and play in the post a bit more.|
|16||Tobias Harris||PHI||1||Harris will see more competition for shots with additions of Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks . He'll still be the third option for the team, but maybe he'll start slashing to the rim a bit more.|
|17||Troy Brown Jr.||WSH||2||Brown will benefit from the departure of Jordan McRae , but we'll have to see how many shots Shabazz Napier takes when in the game. Brown should be able to be the second or third shooter.|
|18||OG Anunoby||TOR||2||With Norman Powell out, Anunoby's defense is needed and we certainly can't rely on his offense and that's where another option like Terence Davis will thrive, but Anunoby can guard the elbow.|
|19||Dorian Finney-Smith||DAL||2||Finney-Smith will see more shots as long as Luka Doncic is out and with other guard options banged up, he'll get more time with the ball. His defense will keep him playing deep into games.|
|20||Eric Paschall||GSW||2||With Glenn Robinson III traded, Paschall won't have to rely on Draymond Green missing games as much in order to log serious minutes. He'll help out a bunch at Small Forward for the rest of the way.|
|1||Giannis Antetokounmpo||MIL||2||There's a chance that Antetokounmpo has to sit out for his first game of the week because of personal reasons and it's still unknown whether or not he'll suit up for Monday's game.|
|2||Anthony Davis||LAL||2||Davis is fully healthy and he shouldn't see any kind of minutes limit this week and he'll be able to continue being the most dominant second option in the league.|
|3||John Collins||ATL||2||Collins will be right behind Davis as one of the most dominant second scorers, at least until Clint Capela returns to the floor. Collins won't have to share with Capela for at least another week.|
|4||Pascal Siakam||TOR||2||Siakam will see even more time with the ball if Kyle Lowry sits. He'll become the undisputed top option for the team and he'll get a lot of time to drive and draw contact.|
|5||Paul George||LAC||2||George is healthy and should see full minutes this week in both of his games. Always be in the know with who is available because you never know when the Clippers will give George a rest game.|
|6||Jayson Tatum||BOS||2||The Celtics are healthier and Tatum won't see extra usage, but he'll continue working his mid-range game. We can't always rely on him to grab a good amount of boards but his minutes are safe.|
|7||Kristaps Porzingis||DAL||2||Porzingis will continue to see heavy volume on offense as the Mavs top option while Doncic is out. He's been very helpful on the glass lately and he'll block shots consistently.|
|8||LaMarcus Aldridge||SAS||2||Aldridge will continue being the second option and he hasn't looked back over his last couple of games as he seems over his Thumb injury.|
|9||Danilo Gallinari||OKC||2||Gallinari doesn't have a lot of competition behind him for minutes and he'll continue being the third option on the team and he'll get fed a lot at the arc and he'll grab long boards.|
|10||Zion Williamson||NO||2||INJ: Williamson missed his last game with a sprained Ankle and his status for Tuesday is still up in the air. Don't be surprised if the Pelicans play it safe and hold him out for one or both of his games.|
|11||Serge Ibaka||TOR||2||Ibaka will continue filling in at Center and until we get a clear timetable regarding Marc Gasol , we'll keep Ibaka with the Power Forwards. If Gasol needs to miss major time, he'll shift to Center.|
|12||Bojan Bogdanovic||UT||2||Bogdanovic has been clutch lately and the Jazz will continue feeding him shots. It can be frustrating at times because he'll often stay at the arc and he won't grab as many boards.|
|13||Draymond Green||GSW||2||Green won't always help with scoring, and he's been banged up throughout the season. He'll help more with boards, dimes and steals. He'll be the ultimate bailout option from the arc if needed.|
|14||Aaron Gordon||ORL||2||Gordon will continue to benefit from Isaac being out and he's been playing more in the post and has improved his rebounding numbers because of it. He'll always get a good amount of shots.|
|15||Nemanja Bjelica||SAC||2||Bjelica's value is safe because we don't know if we'll see Bagley return to the court. Once Richaun Holmes returns, Holmes will start at Center and Bjelica will get majority of the Power Forward minutes.|
|16||Kevin Love||CLE||1||Love only has one game this week, but it will be interesting to see if Andre Drummond takes away from his usage at all. Love will still be the top shooting option, but Drummond will be fed a lot inside.|
|17||Carmelo Anthony||POR||2||Anthony's value is safe with Zach Collins still out and he'll always grab cheap boards at the elbow and even with the arrival of Trevor Ariza , he's been able to keep his shots and minutes.|
|18||Myles Turner||IND||2||Turner is very hit or miss when it comes to production as he doesn't play in the same spots in games. Some games he's more in the post and in others, he stays more at the arc.|
|19||Julius Randle||NY||1||Randle will see even more shots with Morris off the team and he should be able to average in the 20's in scoring by the end of the season. Expect Randle to always play deep into games.|
|20||PJ Washington||CHA||2||Washington will see a lot of shots from the arc and his rebounding, which we were able to rely on earlier in the season, has become a bit inconsistent. His minutes will remain safe.|
|1||Karl-Anthony Towns||MIN||2||Towns will see even more shots until Russell is ready to return. He'll remain the top option for Minnesota after not getting dealt at the deadline.|
|2||Nikola Jokic||DEN||2||Jokic is over his early-season struggles and we can rely on him more for overall production. He gives us top production with scoring and rebounding, but he also helps big time with assists.|
|3||Hassan Whiteside||POR||2||Whiteside will continue to play a lot of minutes with Jusuf Nurkic still hurt and suffering an additional injury while in rehab. Whiteside will help out a ton with points and boards.|
|4||Domantas Sabonis||IND||2||Sabonis has been a strong producer all year and his shots shouldn't be impacted with Oladipo back on the court and he'll produce mainly from the inside, but can step out and drain three's if needed.|
|5||Rudy Gobert||UT||2||Gobert is a beast in the paint and it's very hard to box him out and he'll help a ton with scoring, boards and especially with blocks and he hardly has any depth behind him.|
|6||Nikola Vucevic||ORL||2||Vucevic will continue being the top option for Orlando and he'll get a few shots from long-range as well. The other active big men besides Gordon don't produce consistently enough.|
|7||Bam Adebayo||MIA||2||Adebayo will continue being the second scoring option for the Heat and he's another big man with handles and he'll even help produce assists and bring up the ball on transition.|
|8||Deandre Ayton||PHX||2||INJ: Ayton's Ankle is sore and there's a chance that he has to sit for his first game of the week on Monday. If he can't go, Cheick Diallo will see a lot more playing time.|
|9||Andre Drummond||CLE||1||Drummond will have just one game before the All-Star Break and he should easily be able to play 30 minutes per game with Tristan Thompson relegated to the bench.|
|10||Joel Embiid||PHI||1||Embiid shouldn't see his shots impacted by the trades that Philly made but if the Sixers need more help hitting three's and the offense starts flowing better, he may finally play more in the post.|
|11||Montrezl Harrell||LAC||2||Harrell will keep seeing a lot of minutes off the bench and Marcus Morris being around shouldn't impact him because he gets most of his minutes at Center. Ivica Zubac is normally limited with PT.|
|12||Jarrett Allen||BKN||2||Allen should be able to get more plays in the post while Irving is off the floor. Irving takes a lot of time because of his isolation. He'll still be prioritized over DeAndre Jordan .|
|13||Davis Bertans||WSH||2||Bertans will see more minutes and shots with Thomas Bryant back on the shelf. He'll be competing against Mo Wagner for minutes when (if) the Wizards get fully healthy. Expect a lot of three's!|
|14||Steven Adams||OKC||2||Adams hasn't been scoring as much this season and he's had to miss games because of isolated injuries, but he still remains the starter and he'll help grab boards and block shots more consistently.|
|15||Derrick Favors||NO||2||Favors could see his usage go way up if Ingram and Williamson need to sit. He'll still get starts and help out right from under the basket for the most part and score and grab boards.|
|16||DeAndre Jordan||BKN||2||Jordan still gets enough minutes to be relevant and he'll see a good amount of playing time versus opposing second unit Centers and he'll help with boards and blocks.|
|17||Brook Lopez||MIL||2||Lopez doesn't grab as many boards, but he'll see more shots if Antetokounmpo ends up sitting for the Bucks first game of the week. He'll still be helpful blocking shots.|
|18||Enes Kanter||BOS||2||Kanter is healthy and shouldn't see any minutes restrictions this week. He'll be splitting minutes with Daniel Theis and Kanter is a volume producer who doesn't need a lot of playing time to produce.|
|19||Jonas Valanciunas||MEM||1||Valanciunas has been getting more playing time and we'll see if Gorgui Dieng and Brandon Clarke end up taking time away from him long-term, but for now, we should see more 30-minute games.|
|20||Cody Zeller||CHA||2||Zeller can't always be trusted to score in double figures, but he's been helpful grabbing boards and steals. He still gets 23 minutes per game and the Hornets don't have a lot of big man depth.|
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L. James - SF
LeBron James (sitting out with a sore groin) said prior to Thursday's loss to the Rockets that there is an off-court issue going on with the Lakers right now that he can't control and that he'd rather not talk about it.
That's all we know at this point and we're all curious to find out what he's talking about. The Lakers made JaVale McGee inactive tonight and sat Anthony Davis in the fourth quarter, but McGee wasn't needed against a Rockets team that starts a forward at center. The Lakers have now lost three of their last four bubble games with three to play before the playoffs start. Stay tuned.
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B. McLemore - SG
Ben McLemore moved into the starting lineup with Russell Westbrook sitting with a quad injury and hit 7-of-13 shots and five 3-pointers for 20 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.
The small ball thing is working for the Rockets right now and they didn't miss a beat with Westbrook sitting. McLemore had one of his better games of the season and rewarded owners who may have taken a flier on him in DFS tonight. Jeff Green stayed hot with 15 points and three 3-pointers, while Danuel House added 14 points and a couple 3-pointers in the win.
Added Yesterday 11:58 pm (EST)
J. Harden - SG
James Harden played 36 minutes and hit 11-of-19 shots, five 3-pointers and 12-of-12 free throws for 39 points, eight rebounds, 12 assists, three steals and a block in Thursday's dominant 113-97 win over the Lakers.
He missed a dubious quadruple-double by two rebounds and one turnover, as he had nine giveaways on the night. The Rockets have won three straight in the bubble and are currently the No. 4 seed, tied with the Jazz. If the playoffs ended today they'd face the Jazz in Round 1 of the playoffs.
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K. Kuzma - PF
Kyle Kuzma, starting for LeBron James (groin) hit 8-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 30 minutes of Thursday's loss to the Rockets.
Anthony Davis played 30 minutes and finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds while resting in the fourth quarter, but Kuzma turned out to be the play of the day for the Lakers. The Lakers have clinched the No. 1 seed in the West and while they still want to work on chemistry and game flow for the starters, you have to think they could rest AD and LeBron more over the last three regular-season games in hopes of having everyone healthy for the playoffs. The plan was to play both LeBron and AD in the second game of a back-to-back tonight, but Bron's sore groin foiled that plan. Be sure to watch the news if you plan on using LeBron or Davis going forward. Kuzma, on the other hand, could be the guy to go to in DFS the rest of the way. The Lakers are stumbling right now, losing three of their last four games with three to go until the playoffs.
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G. Trent - SG
Gary Trent Jr. hit 10-of-15 shots and 7-of-10 3-pointers on his way to 27 points, three boards, four assists and two steals in Thursday's 125-115 win over the Nuggets.
Trent is really coming into his own in the bubble and has benefitted greatly from the absence of Trevor Ariza in Orlando. He's scored between 16 and 27 points in each of his four bubble games and it was really nice to see him kick in the boards, assists and steals tonight. If he can start doing that regularly he could become a fantasy beast for the last four games and the playoffs.
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J. Nurkic - C
Jusuf Nurkic hit 9-of-20 shots and 4-of-5 free throws for 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in Thursday's big 125-115 win over Denver.
Nurkic held his own with Nikola Jokic tonight and has been great in the Orlando bubble, where he's played every game this season. He's now averaging 22.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.0 blocks in four games. The Blazers are fighting as hard as they can to get into the playoffs and if they make it, Nurkic, Damian Lillard and Gary Trent Jr. will get a lot of the credit.
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D. Lillard - PG
Damian Lillard put on a show on Thursday, draining 13-of-21 shots, 11-of-18 3-pointers and 8-of-10 free throws for 45 points, four rebounds, 12 assists, three steals and just two turnovers.
Dame was electric on a night when C.J. McCollum couldn't get it going, hitting just 4-of-15 shots. Lillard got plenty of help though, as guys like Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Trent Jr. came through with big games. The Blazers are fighting like heck to make the playoffs and got another step closer tonight, sitting just 0.5 games behind the No. 8 Grizzlies with four to play. They also increased their lead to 1.5 games on the streaking Suns and at this point, it looks like Lillard may just will Portland into the playoffs.
Added Yesterday 10:45 pm (EST)
P. Dozier - PG
P.J. Dozier played 22 minutes off the Nuggets bench on Thursday and he hit 5-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 13 points, four rebounds and four assists.
The Nuggets are a bit injury depleted and short handed right now and Dozier is taking advantage of some extra minutes. Even so, he's still not someone we'd mess with when setting a DFS lineup.
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