Jordan Clarkson offers too much upside for the price to pass up

(Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports)
(Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports)

There are just five games on the schedule Sunday, and whenever there are limited options available, anchoring your lineup with a couple of reliable studs is a must. With that in mind, make sure to keep tabs on Philadelphia 76ers center Nerlens Noel ($7,200, 14.4% of cap), who is questionable after suffering a cut above his eye last night. If he takes the court, he is a must-start option against a New York Knicks team that he pounded for 57.50 fantasy points March 20.

Featured stud

C DeMarcus Cousins, Kings vs. Jazz
$9,500 salary | 19.0% of cap

Cousins has been destroying opponents recently, topping 70.00 fantasy points in three straight games. He is also averaging 78.38 in the two games Rudy Gay has missed. With Gay sidelined again Sunday, Cousins has to be in your lineup.


G Jordan Clarkson, Lakers vs. Clippers
$4,800 salary | 9.6% of cap

The rookie is the one bright spot for the Lakers these days, and he has delivered at least 35.00 fantasy points in six of his last seven games, including four straight. He offers too much upside for the price to pass up.

G Ishmael Smith, 76ers at Knicks
$5,000 salary | 10.0% of cap

He is thriving as the starting point guard, scoring at least 27.75 fantasy points and averaging 32.90 in five straight games. His hot streak should continue against the last-place Knicks.

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F Omri Casspi, Kings vs. Jazz
$2,200 salary | 4.4% of cap

Casspi has stepped into the starting lineup in place of the injured Gay, and he is averaging 28.25 fantasy points in 37.5 minutes over his last two games. Take advantage of his increased workload and production if you are looking for cap relief.

F Aron Baynes, Spurs vs. Warriors
$2,200 salary | 4.4% of cap

He has put together back-to-back solid outings, scoring 18 points and topping 25.00 fantasy points apiece. His value should enjoy a further boost tonight with Tiago Splitter sidelined, making Baynes a safe source of cap relief.


F Draymond Green, Warriors at Spurs
$7,200 salary | 14.4% of cap

He returned from a shin injury last night but finished with just 19.50 fantasy points in 30 minutes. Plus, there is a good chance he sees a lighter workload with the Warriors playing on back-to-back nights.

F Paul George, Pacers vs. Heat
$4,500 salary | 9.0% of cap

George will take the court Sunday for the first time this season, but that doesn't mean he needs to be in your lineup. His minutes are going to be heavily monitored, and he is going to have to shake off a lot of rust. Even at a reduced price, George is likely to disappoint.

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