Category Power Rankings: Week 22

Week 22 of the Category Power Rankings is here as Colin Ward helps those playoff hopefuls.

It’s time for your weekly dose of CPR!


Batting Average (AVG)


Top 25


1Michael BrantleyHOUOF
2DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/3B+1
3Anthony RendonWSH3B+1
4Christian YelichMILOF-2
5Jeff McNeilNYM2B/3B/OF+1
6Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-1
7Charlie BlackmonCOLOF+1
8Freddie FreemanATL3B-1
9Mike TroutLAAOF
10Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
11J.D. MartinezBOSOF
12Rafael DeversBOS3B+1
13Xander BogaertsBOSSS-1
14Jose AltuveHOU2B+1
15Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF-1
16Ketel MarteARZ2B/SS/OF+1
17Justin TurnerLAD3B+1
18Bryan ReynoldsPITOF+3
19Mookie BettsBOSOF
20Kris BryantCHC3B/OF-4
21Jorge PolancoMINSS-1
22Francisco LindorCLESS
23Trea TurnerWSHSS+2
24Hanser AlbertoBAL2B/3BUnranked
25Juan SotoWSHOF-2


Off the list: Ronald Acuna Jr.

Anthony Rendon continues to be one of the most underappreciated stars in baseball. The Nats’ third baseman hit .394 for the month of August while driving in 29 runs across 26 games. He is shaping up to be a super early-round selection in drafts in 2020 and rightfully so.


Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)


1Bryan ReynoldsPITOF
2Hanser AlbertoBAL2B/3B
3Corey DickersonPHIOF+2
4Kolten WongSTL2BUnranked
5J.D. DavisNYM1B/3B/OF-2
6David FletcherLAA2B/3B/SS/OF
7Jake CaveMINOFUnranked
8Howie KendrickWSH1B/2B/3B/OF
9Dee GordonSEA2B/SS/OF-5
10Amed RosarioNYMSS-1


Off the list: Leury Garcia, Hunter Pence (injury)

Jake Cave was a popular name in deeper league drafts at the beginning of the year after a strong finish to 2018. He’s had a disappointing 2019 involving injury and being the odd man out in a crowded Twins outfield. With Byron Buxton out, Cave has done a great job at the dish and should see fairly regular playing time moving forward.


Runs (R)


Top 25


1Mookie BettsBOSOF
2Mike TroutLAAOF
3Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF
4Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
5Freddie FreemanATL1B
6Charlie BlackmonCOLOF
7Xander BogaertsBOSSS
8Anthony RendonWSH3B+1
9Rafael DeversBOS3B+1
10Christian YelichMILOF-2
11Trevor StoryCOLSS+1
12DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/3B+1
13Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS+2
14Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF
15Kris BryantCHC3B/OF-4
16Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
17George SpringerHOUOF
18Francisco LindorCLESS+1
19Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS-1
20J.D. MartinezBOSOF
21Starling MartePITOF
22Marcus SemienOAKSS
23Carlos SantanaCLE1B/3B
24Adam EatonWSHOF+1
25Jose AltuveHOU2B-1


Off the list: None

Imagine the year Trevor Story would be having if he hadn’t missed the second half of the month of June. Story is currently on a 162-game pace of 39 HRs, 26 SBs, and 130 runs. That has first-round talent written all over it.


Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)


1Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B+1
2Bryan ReynoldsPITOF-1
3Leury GarciaCHWSS/OF
4J.D. DavisNYM1B/3B/OF
Jon BertiMIA2B/3B/SS/OFUnranked
6Kevin NewmanPIT2B/SSUnranked
7Hanser AlbertoBAL2B/3B+3
8Kevin PillarSFOF+1
9Christian WalkerARZ1B-3
10Kole CalhounLAAOF-3


Off the list: Kyle Schwarber, Manuel Margot

Trivia time: who has more runs scored over his last 30 days than Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, Charlie Blackmon, and Story?

Answer: Jon Berti, with 22.


Home Runs (HR)


Top 25


1Mike TroutLAAOF+1
2Pete AlonsoNYM1B+2
3Christian YelichMILOF-1
4Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF-1
5Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
6Jorge SolerKCOF
7Freddie FreemanATL1B
8Aaron JudgeNYYOF
9Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
10J.D. MartinezBOSOF+2
11Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF+2
12Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS-2
13Mike MoustakasMIL2B/3B-2
14Nelson CruzMINUT
15Matt ChapmanOAK3B+1
16Eugenio SuarezCIN3B+2
17Trevor StoryCOLSS
18Matt OlsonOAK1B+1
19Yordan AlvarezHOUOF+2
20Josh BellPIT1B
21Max KeplerMINOF+1
22Josh DonaldsonATL3B+2
23Gary SanchezNYYCUnranked
24Francisco LindorCLESS+1
25Hunter RenfroeSDOF-10


Off the list: Max Muncy (injury), Rhys Hoskins

Each week that I do this list, the current HR leader is different. I don’t have one guy to talk about here but I just want to point out how fun it has been to watch this race to be the HR king of 2019 between Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger, Pete Alonso, and Christian Yelich.


Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)


1Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B
2Franmil ReyesCLEOF
3Willie CalhounTEXOF+5
4Kyle SchwarberCHCOF
5Renato NunezBAL1B/3B-2
6Mike YastrzemskiSFOF
7Kyle SeagerSEA3B
8Ryan McMahonCOL1B/2B/3B+1
9Mark CanhaOAK1B/OFUnranked
10Christian WalkerARZ1B


Off the list: Daniel Vogelbach

Ryan McMahon is on a full season pace of 27 HRs and 101 RBI. McMahon enjoyed a solid month of August in terms of power output mashing eight homers.


Runs Batted In (RBI)


Top 25


1Freddie FreemanATL1B
2Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
3Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
4Mike TroutLAAOF
5Anthony RendonWSH3B
6Josh BellPIT1B+3
7Pete AlonsoNYM1B
8Jose AbreuCHW1B
9J.D. MArtinezBOSOF+1
10Christian YelichMILOF-4
11Xander BogaertsBOSSS+1
12Rafael DeversBOS3B+1
13Eduardo EscobarARZ3B/SS+2
14Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
15Anthony RizzoCHC1B-4
16Bryce HarperPHIOF
17Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF+2
18Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS
19Trevor StoryCOLSS-2
20Juan SotoWSHOF+5
21Yordan AlvarezHOUOFUnranked
22Eugenio SuarezCIN3B-2
23Aaron JudgeNYYOF-1
24Jorge SolerKCOF-1
25Eddie RosarioMINOF-1


Off the list: Rhys Hoskins

Juan Soto has scoffed at the idea of a sophomore slump and has been worth every penny of the early-round draft stock their owners invested way back in March. He is on a 40 HR/122 RBI pace right now and is looking like a fantasy stud that will be an early-round target for many years to come.


Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)


1Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B
2Franmil ReyesCLEOF
3Bryan ReynoldsPITOF
4Kyle SeagerSEA3B
5Kyle SchwarberCHCOF+1
6Willie CalhounTEXOF+1
7Mike YastrzemskiSFOF-2
8Kole CalhounLAAOF+2
9Ronny RodriguezDET1B/2B/3B/SSUnranked
10Corey DickersonPHIOFUnranked


Off the list: Nick Ahmed, Daniel Vogelbach

We know what to expect from Kyle Schwarber, but that still does not take away from how hot he can get when he is going right. Schwarber drove in 19 runs this past month with a .978 OPS and is now up to 32 bombs on the year. He will always have the potential to carry our fantasy team when he’s hot, despite the drag on your AVG.


Stolen Bases (SB)


Top 25


1Mallex SmithSEAOF
2Trea TurnerWSHSS
3Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF
4Jonathan VillarBAL2B/3SS
5Jarrod DysonARZOF
6Adalberto MondesiKC2B/SS+8
7Elvis AndrusTEXSS
8Christian YelichMILOF-2
9Starling MartePITOF-1
10Victor RoblesWSHOF-1
11Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF-1
12Dee GordonSEA2B/SS/OF
13Francisco LindorCLESS
14Billy HamiltonATLOF-3
15Kevin KiermaierTBOF
16Manuel MargotSDOF
17Trevor StoryCOLSS
18Tim AndersonCHWSS
19Kolten WongSTL2B+2
20Lorenzo CainMILOF
21Yasiel PuigCLEOF-2
22Mookie BettsBOSOF
23Amed RosarioNYMSS
24Tommy PhamTBOF
25Ozzie AlbiesATL2B


Off the list: None

Adalberto Mondesi made his long awaited return for fantasy owners this past weekend and proceeded to swipe two bags in his first game back. He is quite possibly the most elite source of SBs in all of fantasy.


Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)


1Mallex SmithSEAOF
2Jarrod DysonARZOF
3Billy HamiltonKCOF
4Kevin KiermaierTBOF
5Manuel MargotSDOF
6Kolten WongSTL2B
7Amed RosarioNYMSS
8Leury GarciaCHWSS/OF
9Adam EatonWSHOF
10Jon BertiMIA2B/3B/SS/OF


Off the list: None

No change here. If you are lacking in speed, it is going be tough for you to make up for it at this point.


On-Base Percentage (OBP)


Top 25


1Mike TroutLAAOF
2Christian YelichMILOF
3Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
4Anthony RendonWSH3B+3
5Carlos SantanaCLE1B/3B+1
6Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF-2
7Freddie FreemanATL1B-2
8Juan SotoWSHOF
9Anthony RizzoCHC1B+2
10Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF-1
11Mookie BettsBOSOF+1
12Kris BryantCHC3B/OF-2
13George SpringerHOUOF
14DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/3B
15J.D. MartinezBOSOF
16Bryce HarperPHIOF
17Jeff McNeilNYM2B/3B/OF+1
18Xander BogaertsBOSSS+1
19Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-2
20Michael BrantleyHOUOF
21Josh DonaldsonATL3B
22Rafael DeversBOS3B
23Justin TurnerLAD3B
24Ketel MarteARZ2B/SS/OF+1
25Yordan AlvarezHOUOFUnranked


Off the list: Ronald Acuna Jr.

There are few hitters with a better approach at the dish than Anthony Rizzo. He is currently on pace to finish the season with less than 100 strikeouts for the third consecutive season, which is unheard of in this day and age. His OBP sits at a stout .403 on the year which is a career high for the Cubs’ first baseman.


Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)


1Bryan ReynoldsPITOF
2Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF
3Kolten WongSTL2B+2
4J.D. DavisNYM2B/3B/OF-1
5Mark CanhaOAK1B/OF+1
6Christian WalkerARZ1B+2
7Justin SmoakTOR1B+2
8Kyle SeagerSEA3BUnranked
9Hanser AlbertoBAL2B/3BUnranked
10Dexter FowlerSTLOFUnranked


Off the list: Jason Heyward, Daniel Vogelbach, David Fletcher

Since the beginning of July, Kolten Wong has a slash line of .366/.446/.517. That is pretty darn good considering he is still only 27% owned in Yahoo leagues and 30% owned in ESPN.


Wins (W)


Top 25


1Justin VerlanderHOUSP
2Gerrit ColeHOUSP
3Clayton KershawLADSP
4Zack GreinkeHOUSP
5Stephen StrasburgWSHSP+2
6Aaron NolaPHISP
7Max ScherzerWSHSP+1
8Hyun-Jin RyuLADSP-3
9Charlie MortonTBSP+1
10Jose BerriosMINSP-1
11Walker BuehlerLADSP
12Shane BieberCLESP
13Luis CastilloCINSP+1
14Domingo GermanNYYSP/RP+2
15Jacob deGromNYMSP
16Patrick CorbinWSHSP+2
17Lance LynnTEXSP
18Trevor BauerCINSP-5
19Mike ClevingerCLESP+1
20Lucas GiolitoCHWSP
21Ryan YarbroughTBSP/RP+1
22Mike MinorTEXSP-1
23Jake OdorizziMINSP
24Eduardo RodriguezBOSSP+1
25Max FriedATLSP/RP-1


Off the list: None

Stephen Strasburg has only allowed two earned runs over his last three starts, but has recorded just one victory. Strasburg has been a real innings eater this year ranking fourth in the majors with 179 IP, so there is no doubt the veteran righty will be able to do everything in his power to find himself in the win column more often than not.


Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)


1Dakota HudsonSTLSP/RP+2
2Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
3Michael PinedaMINSPUnranked
4Cal QuantrillSDSP/RP+1
5Chris BassittOAKSP+1
6Zach EflinPHISP+1
7Marco GonzalesSEASP-3
8Rick PorcelloBOSSPUnranked
9Zach PlesacCLESP-1
10Steven MatzNYMSPUnranked


Off the list: Kyle Gibson (injury), Ivan Nova, Joe Ross

Michael Pineda has won his last four decisions while posting a 3.91 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP over that span. Pitching for the Twins with their high-powered offense will give Pineda every chance to rack up victories for your fantasy teams down the stretch. And he has pitched effectively, too.


Earned Run Average (ERA)


Top 25


1Justin VerlanderHOUSP
2Jacob deGromNYMSP
3Clayton KershawLADSP
4Gerrit ColeHOUSP+1
5Hyun-Jin RyuLADSP-1
6Max ScherzerWSHSP
7Charlie MortonWSHSP
8Zack GreinkeHOUSP
9Walker BuehlerLADSP
10Luis CastilloCINSP
11Shane BieberCLESP
12Mike SorokaATLSP+1
13Patrick CorbinWSHSP-1
14Aaron NolaPHISP+1
15Stephen StrasburgWSHSP+1
16Jose BerriosMINSP-2
17Lucas GiolitoCHWSP+1
18Kyle HendricksCHCSP+1
19Sonny GrayCINSP/RP+3
20Wade MileyHOUSP
21Mike MinorTEXSP
22Jack FlahertySTLSP+1
23Marcus StromanNYMSP+1
24Jake OdorizziMINSP+1
25Julio TeheranATLSPUnranked


Off the list: Trevor Bauer

Julio Teheran has been super steady this year, much to the surprise of, well … everyone. The veteran righty has posted three straight quality starts and four over his last five outings. He has only surrendered three earned runs in those starts and will probably find himself on a lot of fantasy championship teams for those savvy owners who bought in and picked him up along the way.


Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)


1Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
2Cal QuantrillSDSP/RP
3Zac GallenARZSP
4Dakota HudsonSTLSP/RP+3
5Chris BassittOAKSP-1
6Anthony DesclafaniCINSPUnranked
7Ivan NovaCHWSP-2
8Sean ManaeaOAKSPUnranked
9Adrian HouserMILSP/RPUnranked
10Logan WebbSFSP-1


Off the list: Dustin May, Kyle Gibson (injury), Zach Plesac

Anthony Desclafani has been pretty good since the end of June and it has gone seemingly unnoticed. He has pitched to a 3.25 ERA over his last 11 starts while striking out more than a batter per inning. Pretty good stuff from a guy who is still under 40% owned in Yahoo leagues.


Strikeouts (K)


Top 25


1Gerrit ColeHOUSP
2Justin VerlanderHOUSP
3Max ScherzerWSHSP+2
4Jacob deGromNYMSP
5Shane BieberCLESP+2
6Trevor BauerCINSP-3
7Stephen StrasburgWSHSP-1
8Charlie MortonTBSP
9Matt BoydDETSP
10Patrick CorbinWSHSP
11Robbie RayARZSP
12Aaron NolaPHISP
13Luis CastilloCINSP
14Walker BuehlerLADSP
15Lucas GiolitoCHWSP
16Mike ClevingerCLESP+1
17James PaxtonNYYSP-1
18Lance LynnTEXSP
19Yu DarvishCHCSP
20Jack FlahertySTLSP
21Sonny GrayCINSP/RP+3
22Mike MinorTEXSP
23Zack WheelerNYMSP-2
24Madison BumgarnerSFSP+1
25Clayton KershawLADSPUnranked


Off the list: German Marquez (injury)

Don’t look now, but Clayton Kershaw has racked up 83 Ks over his last 63 innings. He has looked every bit like the “old” Kershaw over his last 10 turns and it could not come at a more opportune time for fantasy owners.


Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)


1Dinelson LimetSDSP
2Andrew HeaneyLAASP+4
3Zac GallenARZSP-1
4Steven MatzNYMSPUnranked
5Jordan LylesMILSP/RP-2
6Mike MontgomeryKCSP/RPUnranked
7Chris BassittOAKSP
8Mike FoltynewiczATLSPUnranked
9Anthony DesclafaniCINSPUnranked
10Kolby AllardTEXSPUnranked


Off the list: Jordan Yamamoto (injury), Spencer Turnbull, Elieser Hernandez, Trent Thornton, Jakob Junis

Kolby Allard has shown some real improvement from his cup of coffee with the Braves last year. His velocity is up a few ticks and he has pitched to a 2.81 FIP across five starts with Texas. He has never been more than around an 8 K/9 guy, but so far has been racking up more than his share of strikeouts. If it continues, he could be a real asset to teams with playoffs coming up.


Saves (SV)


Top 25


1Kirby YatesSDRP
2Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
3Brad HandCLERP
4Roberto OsunaHOURP
5Will SmithSFRP+1
6Kenley JansenLADRP-1
7Josh HaderMILRP
8Felipe VazquezPITRP
9Alex ColomeCHWRP
10Raisel IglesiasCINRP
11Hector NerisPHIRP
12Ian KennedyKCSP/RP+1
13Liam HendriksOAKSP/RP-1
14Ken GilesTORRP
15Taylor RogersMINRP
16Hansel RoblesLAARP
17Carlos MartinezSTLSP/RP
18Emilio PaganTBRP
19Mark MelanconATLRP
20Craig KimbrelCHCRP
21Archie BradleyARZRP
22Sean DoolittleWSHRPUnranked
23Brandon WorkmanBOSRP+2
24Jose LeclercTEXSP/RP-2
25Edwin DiazNYMRPUnranked


Off the list: Daniel Hudson, Seth Lugo

Although it is only two appearances, Edwin Diaz has already looked lightyears better than he had in previous weeks. It may take another outing or two to get his closer’s role back, but if there is anyone with the talent to do so, it is definitely Diaz.


Deep League Top 10 (>12-Team leagues/65% owned or less)


1Mark MelanconATLRP
2Brandon WorkmanBOSRP+4
3Jose LeclercTEXSP/RP
4Seth LugoNYMSP/RP
5Joe JimenezDETRP+2
6Matt MagillSEARP+2
7Wade DavisCOLRP+2
8Mychal GivensBALRP+2
9Austin AdamsSEARPUnranked
10Daniel HudsonWSHRP-5


Off the list: Archie Bradley (ownership)

Matt Magill has done a serviceable job filling in as closer for the Mariners thus far, but Austin Adams is the arm that they will undoubtedly groom for that role. The 28-yer old has an electric fastball/slider combo and has struck out a whopping 16 batters per nine innings. He should find his way into some save chances down the stretch if Magill slips up at all.


WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)


Top 25


1Justin VerlanderHOUSP
2Gerrit ColeHOUSP
3Clayton KershawLADSP
4Zack GreinkeHOUSP
5Max ScherzerWSHSP+1
6Shane BieberCLESP+2
7Jacob deGromNYMSP
8Hyun-Jin RyuLADSP-3
9Walker BuehlerLADSP+1
10Stephen StrasburgWSHSP+1
11Charlie MortonTBSP-2
12Luis CastilloCINSP
13Kyle HendricksCHCSP
14Aaron NolaPHISP+1
15Mike SorokaATLSP+1
16Jose BerriosMINSP-2
17Mike ClevingerCLESP+1
18Patrick CorbinWSHSP-1
19Lucas GiolitoCHWSP+2
20Matt BoydDETSP-1
21Madison BumgarnerSFSP+1
22Jack FlahertySTLSP+1
23Sonny GrayCINSP/RP+1
24Jeff SamardzijaSFSP+1
25Yu DarvishCHCSPUnranked


Off the list: Trevor Bauer

Yu Darvish has really turned his season around. Since the start of July, Darvish owns a 3.19 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP. More impressively, he has only walked three batters over his last 10 starts after walking 49 batters over his first 17 outings.


Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)


1Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
2Cal QuantrillSDSP/RP
3Michael PinedaMINSP+2
4Chris BassittOAKSP-1
5Sean ManaeaOAKSPUnranked
6Zach PlesacCLESP-2
7Zac GallenARZSP
8Tony GonsolinLADSPUnranked
9Ivan NovaCHWSP-1
10Pablo LopezMIASP-1


Off the list: Kyle Gibson (injury), Jordan Yamamoto (injury)

Sean Manaea made his return to the Oakland rotation this past weekend and looked extremely sharp against a very tough matchup in the Yankees. Manaea will give the playoff-hopeful Athletics a nice boost, as well as fantasy owners. He needs to be owned in all mixed leagues for the stretch run.


Quality Starts (QS)


Top 25


1Justin VerlanderHOUSP
2Gerrit ColeHOUSP
3Jacob deGromNYMSP
4Clayton KershawLADSP
5Zack GreinkeARZSP
6Patrick CorbinWSHSP
7Max ScherzerWSHSP
8Aaron NolaPHISP
9Shane BieberCLESP+2
10Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
11Jose BerriosMINSP-2
12Hyun-Jin RyuLADSP
13Charlie MortonTBSP
14Luis CastilloCINSP
15Walker BuehlerLADSP
16Mike ClevingerCLESP+2
17Lance LynnTEXSP
18Madison BumgarnerSFSP+1
19Lucas GioitoCHWSP+1
20Mike SorokaATLSP+2
21Trevor BauerCINSP-5
22Mike MinorTEXSP-1
23Kyle HendricksCHCSP+1
24Sonny GrayCINSP/RPUnranked
25Marcus StromanNYMSP


Off the list: Matt Boyd

Patrick Corbin has proved he was worth every penny of that long term contract he signed in Washington over the offseason. The lefty has reeled off five consecutive quality starts and, remarkably, 12 in his last 14 outings.


Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)


1Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
2Dakota HudsonSTLSP/RP
3Michael PinedaMINSPUnranked
4Joe MusgrovePITSP/RPUnranked
5Brett AndersonOAKSP+2
6Steven MatzNYMSP+2
7Andrew HeaneyLAASPUnranked
8Zach EflinPHISPUnranked
9Aaron CivaleCLESPUnranked
10Marco GonzalesSEASP-5


Off the list: Jakob Junis, Zach Plesac, Zac Gallen, Ivan Nova, Chris Bassitt

Aaron Civale has posted five QS over his first six career starts and finished one out shy of going 6-for-6. Civale put up really good numbers at Triple-A and has a good five-pitch mix to be effective at the big league level.


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Colin Ward

Colin currently resides in the Buffalo, NY area and studied at SUNY Fredonia earning a degree in Sport Management. He is a former Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director at the collegiate level. Baseball is his passion and he bleeds Pinstripes.

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