Zach LaVine is currently playing on a four-year, $78 million contract and becomes an unrestricted free agent after next season. So far this season, he’s averaging 26 points, 4.9 boards, 4.4 dimes, 1.4 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 2.6 tres. The points, boards, and blocks are all career-highs!

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Niet you say? Let’s break it down. Last year was the first time he finished as a top 40 player on a per-game basis. Granted, two seasons were cut short due to injury but 61, 157, 62, 138, and 275 are not endearing numbers. You know what are, though?

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
45 7 7 0 0 5 10/16 15/26 5/5

The 45 points weren’t even a career-high! For you inquiring minds, it’s 49. Pa rappa da rappa is in da house. So far this season, LaVine is garnering a usage rate of 31 and converting a career-high 49% of his 19.8 shot attempts. He’s finished above 46% only once so expect some regression. As a result, the top 25 projection likely won’t be sustainable, but finishing as a top 40 player should be a likely outcome.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

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The Celtics/Heat game was postponed due to Rona. The league should probably press pause on the season but $hey $on’t $ecause $f $$$$$.

 

Patrick Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 2 2 2 0 2 3/5 6/9 2/2

Williams hasn’t been great for fantasy this year, as he’s a top 150 player but you know what? Most rookies aren’t great for fantasy their first year. With that said, he’s starting and, while he’s not doing anything spectacular, he’s contributing a little something something in every cat. I wrote a few weeks ago that I like Williams because the defensive contributions will be there but he has the ability to score from all three levels. He gonna be a good one.

Coby White

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 8 13 1 0 5 0/4 4/11 1/2

In 43 minutes. White has really improved from his rookie year. He can get his shot, score, dish out dimes, and get his board on. For fantasy, though, he’s still only a top 150 player on the season, after being outside the top 200 last season. The low shooting percentage and lack of defensive stats will keep his overall value down, but at least he’s not  Coby Blackhole.

Garrett Temple

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 6 1 2 0 2 3/4 7/8 1/1

Got the start and played 36 minutes because Otto Porter was out due to back spasms. I don’t go to Temple as I’m not Jewish but if I was then a Sunday would’ve been a good day as any. Especially since he was starting.

Kawhi Leonard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
35 2 4 3 0 2 7/9 14/22 0

Over the past six years, Kawhi has finished as the 4, 7, 23, 4, 2, and 6 player on a per-game basis. That 23 number was when he got injured and only played nine games.

 Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 7 9 2 0 2 5/8 8/19 7/9

PG is the number 10 player for fantasy right now. Fuck yeah! The Fantasy Blurbing Association just messaged me that they will be slapping this blurb with an R rating. Those mother #@#$!ers!

Marcus Morris Sr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 7 0 0 0 1 3/5 3/8 2/2

In his third game back, Morris played 25 minutes. He will provide points and tres. That’s about it. The interesting thing to note is that Nicolas Batum is still starting and getting plenty of run, as he played 28 minutes last night.

Trey Lyles

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
5 10 2 0 0 0 0/1 2/4 1/2

Got the start and played 35 minutes because DeMar DeRozan did not play due to personal reasons. He played a total of 30 minutes the entire season before last night sooooooooo…….My momma always told me, “If you ain’t got something nice to say about someone, then don’t say anything at all.”

Lonnie Walker IV

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 3 4 1 1 2 3/7 9/19 4/6

Garnered a team-high 33.3 usage rate with DeRozan unable to go. The potential is sky-high for Walker at both ends of the floor. It will be fun to see if he can continue developing but the elephant in the room is what happens when Derrick White returns? Near the latter stages of this game, Walker grabbed his hammy and was thought to have suffered an injury, but it was later revealed that he was just cramping. Whew. Grounded Walker just doesn’t have the same ring as Sky Walker.

D’Angelo Russell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 5 5 1 0 4 4/7 9/21 5/6

No KAT, no problem, as Russell had a 40.6 usage rate and led the Timberpuppies to a win. Unfortunately, he had a team-worst 103.1 defensive rating but whatever. “I get paid to get buckets” he pronounced to the group of reporters plastered on his monitor before he opened up a new tab and played some online poker.

Malik Beasley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 3 0 0 0 0 3/6 8/16 3/3

Beasley has now scored over 20 points in back-to-back games. He’s gone over 20 points in five of 10 games. That’s nice and all but he doesn’t contribute much in anything else. I get it, though. He needs to save his energy for his extracurricular activities.

Karl-Anthony Towns did not play in this one due to it being a back-to-back. meow. Ed Davis got the start but only played 18 minutes while Naz Reid played 29 minutes off the bench and scored 11 points with seven boards.

Anthony Edwards

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
0 6 1 0 0 2 0/2 0/8 0

In 18 minutes and his first back-to-back of the season. What? You didn’t do two-a-days in college?

Pascal Siakam

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 11 3 0 0 2 2/4 9/19 5/9

He’s starting to heat up, as he’s been a top 50 player over the past four games, shooting 51% from the field. Now, the free throw shooting hasn’t been good and the defensive stats have been lacking but…..Shhhh, what’s that I hear? Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh. A voice whispers, P.S., he’s good.

Chris Boucher

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 6 0 1 6 0 2/3 6/10 1/1

In 24 minutes off the bench. Just start him! Nurse did start with a small-ball lineup with Siakam, Anunoby, Lowry, Powell, and VanVleet. Start Boucher and have Powell lead the second unit.

Alex Len and Aron Baynes were DNP-CDs. I imagine they are not completely toast, as Nurse will likely play them against bruisers down low, but their fantasy prospects are not bright.

Draymond Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 9 10 0 1 3 2/5 3/8 2/3

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalmost messed around. Draymond is a straight shooter but he’s messed around 34 times in his career. For fantasy, he’s outside the top 150 because he doesn’t shoot or block shots anymore. The shooting efficiency is worse than awful now as well. With that said, he provides boards, dimes, and steals, and as evidenced last night, still has the capacity to mess around.

Steph Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 9 6 0 0 5 1/10 2/16 6/6

Caught the contagious Oubre flu that mixed with the Draymond strain that’s been going around.

Kelly Oubre Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 6 3 0 1 1 1/6 5/14 1/1

Oubre is shooting 33% from the field. Yuck. He’s a career 42% shooter from the field so it’s going to get better. Right? Buehler?

The Lakers dispatched of the Rockets in relatively easy fashion, 120-102. As a result, Anthony Davis and LeBron James only played 30 minutes. Davis went for 27 points, four rebounds, one dime, and three blocks while James only scored 18 points but contributed seven boards, seven dimes, one steal, and one block. Yaaaaaaaawwwwnn.

Talen Horton-Tucker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 5 3 4 0 2 2/3 7/8 1/1

In 21 minutes. We know what THT can do but getting the playing time is an issue. Wesley Matthews didn’t play last night due to a sore Achilles and the game was a blowout so extra run. In normal competitive games, the minutes won’t be there.

John Wall

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 10 5 1 2 4 2/4 5/14 2/2

Wall has slowed down a bit after his torrid start as the shot attempts and dimes have all decreased. Christian Wood, James Harden, and Wall are still figuring out how to play with each other. Houston sure is happy that Wall was brought into their community but what would fantasy managers consider a win? Top 75 production? Top 40? Because over the past four games, he’s been top 80.

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 6 9 0 2 7 2/8 7/14 4/5

James used to get me Harden excited. Now? Not so much. Over the past four games, he’s been a top 50 player, averaging 17.8 points while shooting 40% on 14.5 attempts. The 11 dimes are nice, though, but the usage rate is a paltry 24. Remember when he used to garner a number closer to 40?

DeMarcus Cousins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
6 4 0 1 0 1 2/4 2/5 0

Played eight minutes off the bench before getting ejected after a flagrant foul on LeBron and scuffle with Morris. Boogie nights off.

Nikola Jokic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 10 5 1 1 2 1/3 9/15 3/3

Only played 30 minutes because the Knicks suck? I thought they were good. I used to hear so many good things about Arvydas Sabonis back in the day. It’s too bad he came here after he was washed but I always think about him when I watch Jokic for some reason. Anyways, he’s the number four player for fantasy. The only thing preventing him from being number one is the blocks.

Jamal Murray

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 0 3 0 0 0 1/4 4/9 0

I used to enjoy stuffing my face with gum and blowing the biggest bubbles I could. I’d even do bubbles within a bubble, Inception-style. You always think you can go bigger or add one more but the end result is always the same. Pop! Now, Murray isn’t this bad, but he was over drafted due to the Bubble. Don’t forget that he was playing 40 minutes a game there.

JaMychal Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 8 1 1 0 0 2/2 4/5 0

In 23 minutes off the bench. He seems pretty locked into this 20-minute role off the bench. He can provide points, tres, and boards. If he starts to get an uptick in minutes or displaces Paul Millsap from the starting rotation, then I may have an interest. Not before then.

The game was such a blowout that Zeke Nnaji got four minutes of run.

Darius Bazley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
5 5 2 0 2 1 1/4 2/6 0

Don’t worry. About a thing. Cause every little thing gonna be alright. Singing, don’t worry about a thing. Cause every little thing gonna be alright. The shooting efficiency will never be great but Bazley has a decent usage rate of 20 and is hoisting up over 10 shots a game. He will grab boards, drain tres, and contribute defensive stats. The only thing he doesn’t provide are dimes, but it takes the youth many years to learn about sharing is caring.

Al Horford

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 6 3 1 1 2 3/7 9/17 1/1

Momma, he still got it!!! He scored at least 2o points in seven games last season. He’s ahead of the pace! This is the Horford we know and love, as he can contribute across the board. He just doesn’t do it enough. So, where does Horford end up and how many 1s is Presti going to get for him?

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 6 7 2 1 2 2/4 11/16 7/8

Over the past four games, Shai has been a top 20 player, averaging 23.8 points, 2.3 tres, 5.8 boards, 6.8 dimes, 1.8 steals, and 0.5 blocks on 54% shooting from the field and 81% from the line. Only 2.3 turnovers as well. So freaking Gilgeous-Alexander.

Hamidou Diallo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 3 4 4 0 0 1/4 10/14 4/4

In 24 minutes off the bench. That’s back-to-back games scoring over 20 points. Supposedly he was happy playing back in NYC. Will likely return to a pumpkin with no one searching for the foot that fits the glass slipper.

Kevin Durant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 11 4 0 1 4 2/7 11/21 12/15

Returned from a three-game absence and….It was like he never left. I’m still amazed when I look at his past history. Over the past seven years, he’s finished in the top five in six of those years. He’s never finished outside the top 10 and been the number one player for fantasy three times. One of the greatest ballers I’ve ever seen.

Jarrett Allen

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 10 1 0 1 3 0 6/7 3/3

Nash went back to Jarrett! Woo hoo! Got the start and played 33 minutes. DeAndre Jordan only played 10 minutes.

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Rudy Gobert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
4 19 1 0 4 4 0 1/5 2/6

The boards and blocks are belle and beau. The shooting? A besoin de plus de pratique.

Mike Conley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 5 6 2 0 1 2/4 8/13 4/4

Top 60 player on the year, but over the past four games, he’s been outside the top 100. The tres, dimes, and steals are there. Conley even chips in a decent amount of boards. It’s the shooting efficiency that kills him at times, shooting 40% from the floor.

Blake Griffin

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 6 5 1 0 1 1/7 4/12 1/3

Over/Under on when Ricky Lake Griffin blocks his next shot? January 27th for me.

Jerami Grant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 4 4 0 1 1 3/9 9/19 7/8

Top 30 player on the season. Grant has to be the fantasy MVP so far, right? He was going outside the top 100 in drafts.

Mason Plumlee

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
6 8 3 2 1 1 0 3/5 0

The Pistons really chose this over Wood?

Josh Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
2 2 1 2 0 0 0/3 0/5 2/2

Got the start but only played 14 minutes. He’s now played 14 and 18 minutes the past two games. It was only a few weeks ago that he was dropping 27 points in 28 minutes and stuffing the stat sheet. Life comes at us fast.

 

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Jason Lee
Jason Lee
1 year ago

Absolutely a fan of your pieces Son. Your Gobert bit cracks me up lol Wish you could write recap more often now and then

eballs
eballs
1 year ago

Are you holding Keldon?

Chris
Chris
1 year ago

Thanks son!

What side do you like?

Joe ingles and dragic for JOsh richardson

Chris
Chris
1 year ago
Reply to  Son

12 team league h2h 9 cats.

Chris
Chris
1 year ago
Reply to  Son

G-Steph Curry-Hield-Clarkson-Herro-Hardaway-Seth Curry
F-Sabonis-Siakim-Holmes-Ibaka-J Green-Michael Porter
C-Jordan-Mitchell Robinson

Chris
Chris
1 year ago
Reply to  Son

I have Richardson and have a trade offer for Ingles and Dragic.

Son
Son
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris

Gotcha. You need dimes and steals. If you bolstering dimes and punting steals, then sure

Principal Blackman
Principal Blackman
1 year ago

Thanks for the write up Son. As always informative and entertaining. Who would you take in a Mitch Rob for Siakam swap. It’s a 10-cat roto league with no TOVs.
Thanks!

Principal Blackman
Principal Blackman
1 year ago
Reply to  Son

14 team league. I would be getting siakam. Am in need of pts and fgm. And I am pacing the league in blocks.

Principal Blackman
Principal Blackman
1 year ago

And here is the rest of my team
Lowry
Oladipo
Payton
Leonard
Kuzma
Plumlee
Robinson
Wiseman
Embiid
Clarkson
Smart
Olynyk
Pritchard
Danny Green

Tenethor
Tenethor
1 year ago

Howdy Son!

Im in a 12 team – 9 Cat – H2h league.

Should i trade my Gobert and Rozier for Doncic ?

Thanks in advance!

Tenethor
Tenethor
1 year ago
Reply to  Son

My team :

Lillard
Ayton
Van Vleet
Bertans
Rozier
Clarke
Gobert
Wiseman
Porter Jr
Dejounte Murray
Al Horford
Josh Jackson
Millsap (had Bogdan instead of Milsap but dropped him after his last injury).

So what do you think?

Thanks for your time!

Eddie
Eddie
1 year ago

Hey Son. Should i pick up whiteside? if so who would you drop?

10 team 9 cat
Fred Van Vleet
t ross
t harris
p george
larry nance
bertans
b clarke
c boucher
nurkic
leonard
jerami grant
delon wright
james wiseman
Karl Anthony towns

Eddie
Eddie
1 year ago
Reply to  Eddie

lets put whiteside and Batum in the convo? Pick up both or just one

eballs
eballs
1 year ago

KP is back baby! Who should I drop to activate him?

Washington
Boucher
Keldon
Hachimura
Carter Jr.
Mikal Bridges

Points League (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers, double doubles, triple doubles)

jeff
jeff
1 year ago

Hey,

I am in dire need of steals and blocks. I have a killer squad but those are killing me. 10 team h2h 10 cat…anyone i can target for cheap or and trades i should try to make?

PG – Shai/Westbrook/Neto/George Hill/Teague
SG – Harden/Hield/Trent/Seth curry
SF- Hayeard/Mikal Bridges/Vanderbilt/Ingles
PF-AD/Sabonis/Robert Williams/Bertans
C- Jokic/Holmes/Nurkic

Son
Son
1 year ago
Reply to  jeff

I can’t answer that because I don’t know who’s available and who’s not. Identify guys you’d be interested in then see if you can make a deal that’s mutually beneficial.

Take flight
Take flight
1 year ago

Thanks Son – your articles keep me coming back for more! Need your thoughts- been offered Pascal/ JV for my FVV/Cameron Johnson. Context:

12 team H2H std cat
Core: Bam, LMA, Adams, Plumlee, FVV, Smart, Rubio
End of bench: Cameron Johnson, Danny G, O’Neale, Melton, Theis, Avdija
INJ: Tatum, MPJ

Chris
Chris
1 year ago

I have Richardson and have a trade offer for Ingles and Dragic.

Trader
Trader
1 year ago

My team is in the hospital!! So here is my current squad in a 12 team, h2h, 9 cat league.

Harden, Paul, Bledsoe
Beal, Barton
Hunter, Ingles
Horford, Keldon
Ayton, JV, Holmes, Theis
Streamer spot: Dotson currently
IR: JJJ

WW: B Lopez, Ant Edwards, Olynyk, Reid, J Rich, PJ Tuck, T Horton-Tuck.

1. Theis was a good idea on Friday and now games cancelled. So he goes. Portis outplaying B Lo badly so leery of wasting a claim but could use blocks and boards. Grab or pass?
2. If pass on B Lo or I get undercut, who is your second choice to replace Theis?
3. Is Ingles a hold or does he go too?

I miss my team.

Son
Son
1 year ago
Reply to  Trader

MIL plays 3 games while WAS plays 4. I’d go with Robin Lopez

Ingles can go

Trader
Trader
1 year ago
Reply to  Son

I was not ready for a Robin recommendation. Interesting. Side note: my son played with and then against Brook and Robin in HS when the twins transferred to a Catholic school. Pondexter was also on the Lopez team. So three pros. Somehow we beat them.

Son
Son
1 year ago
Reply to  Trader

Ha! Sorry to rock your world. He’s going to play around 24 mpg and has a four game week. Should provide birds and blocks

Whoa. That’s pretty cool

Trader
Trader
1 year ago
Reply to  Son

Would you trade Keldon for LeVert given my team above?

Trader
Trader
1 year ago
Reply to  Son

He asked Keldon and Hunter for LeVert.

Would you do that?
If no, would you do Keldon and Barton for LeVert?

Son
Son
1 year ago
Reply to  Trader

I’m good with keldon amd barton

Dungeons and Dragics
Dungeons and Dragics
1 year ago

14 team, 9 cat H2H

Here’s my squad:

PG- Paul
SG- Westbrook
G- Schroder
SF- Ross
F- Oubre
PF- Boucher
C- KAT
UTIL- Ayton
BN – Delon Wright, Redick, Dort, Lonnie Walker, Crowder
IL – Kevin Porter Jr.
IL- Time Lord

Would you make any swaps with these notable FA:
– Josh Jackson, Vanderbilt, Tristan Thompson (INJ), Robin Lopez, Okoro, Osman, Bey, McDermott

fantasy-sleeper
fantasy-sleeper
1 year ago

Maaaaan, I dropped Boucher after two duds in a row early this season. Had Keldon, Bazley so I thought I needed something stable. So saaad right now :(((

fantasy-sleeper
fantasy-sleeper
1 year ago

10T 9 cat h2h. Team:
G: Shai, Dejounte, Coby, Clarkson, Brooks, Tyus(streamer)
F: Siakm, Oubre, Keldon, Bazley, Clarke
C: KAT, Nurkic, Turner
O: MPJ

I believe I’ll benefit from trading for Boucher, what u think. Who should I try to sell for him? Coby or even Oubre maybe?

fantasy-sleeper
fantasy-sleeper
1 year ago
Reply to  Son

He has a punt ast build. Lets say i willing to givup one of these: Keldon, Bazley, Clarkson, Coby and even Oubre maybe. Anyone that i should def keep and dont trade?

Seco
Seco
1 year ago

Hola Son!

Starting to get tired of Ayton.
My second pick. 🙁
Being offered Aldridge for him.
What do you think?

Gracias.

Seco
Seco
1 year ago
Reply to  Son

Jajajajajajajajajajaja.

Yeah….

I though it over after i wrote it, and yes.
If i had been offered someone producing right now, but Aldridge is not at that spot, and his risks aren’t small.

Muchas Gracias!

Seco
Seco
1 year ago
Reply to  Seco

Would your offer Valanciunas for Nurkic, by the way?

Ace
Ace
1 year ago

Hello Son,

Could you please rank these players for rest of the season ?? (h2h,9cat)

Nurkic, ayton, LMA, porzingis, siakam

Thanks

Ben
Ben
1 year ago

Hi Son,

I could use your advice. My team is: Haliburton, Brogdon, Lebron, Jokic, Porzingis, Otto Porter Jr., Barnes, Mitchell Robinson, Bazley, Brooks, Batum, Fournier, Okoro, Shake, T. Thompson, Killian (and Klay on IR).

I am in 5/13, but a good day could bring me to 3rd. My weakest categories have been 3PM, Blocks, TO, and points. Getting Porzingis back will help, but I need more.

I have a few offers on the table. In all of these but option 4 I’d have to drop some guys to make space (likely some combination of Klay, Killian, Okoro):

Option 1- Haliburton, Bazley, and an NCAA pick next year (the better I finish the lower the pick) for Harden. My thoughts: Harden is not the same Harden of years past. I need points/3s, but I’m not sure he’s the best person to help. Also not great for blocks.

Option 2- Same package for Lillard. My thoughts: seems to be playing better than Harden, but it’s a lot to give up and still no blocks. I might be able to get Kawhi instead, for what it’s worth.

Option 3- Same package for Towns and Ibaka. My thoughts: I like the across the board help, but worried about Towns’s health. Any concerns? It also takes out my salary cap. I could probably get Terrence Ross instead of Ibaka if I wanted, Ibaka hasn’t exactly been great.

Option 4- Haliburton for Kyrie (or Wood). My thoughts: I am concerned with Kyrie because I don’t know when he plays again. He’s been great though, and I wouldn’t have to drop anyone else. And I’d get to keep Bazley. Ideally I get Wood too, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

What do you think? I’ve been going and forth. Thanks, I appreciate the input.

Ben
Ben
1 year ago
Reply to  Son

Thanks Son. If I can get both Kyrie and Wood you think that pair instead of KAT and Ibaka?

Ben
Ben
1 year ago
Reply to  Son

Thanks, KAT was where I was leaning too. The nice thing about Kyrie is that I can hold Bazley, so I only lose Haliburton, but KAT is pretty great for what I need.

I might be able to get Aldridge with Kyrie too and hold Bazley. Probably still better to have KAT/Ibaka at the cost of Haliburton and Bazley, but close.

Ace
Ace
1 year ago

Hello Son,

Could you please rank these players for rest of the season ?? (h2h,9cat)

Nurkic, ayton, LMA, porzingis, siakam

Thanks

Son
Son
1 year ago
Reply to  Ace

KP, Siakam, Ayton, Nurkic, LMA