You just can't afford not to have Westbrook in your lineup

You just can't afford not to have Westbrook in your lineup

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You just can't afford not to have Westbrook in your lineup

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(Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports) (Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports)

There are plenty of options to pull from Sunday with 11 games on tap if you include the afternoon portion of the schedule and six games on the evening slate alone. Either way, make sure you keep a close eye on the status of Sacramento Kings C DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) heading into tonight's game against the Washington Wizards. He has missed the last two games, and in his absence, F Rudy Gay ($7,100 salary, 14.2% of cap) is averaging 47.18 fantasy points. If Cousins sits again, Gay is a must-start option against a Washington team that struggles to defend small forwards.

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G Russell Westbrook, Thunder vs. Heat
$9,500 salary | 19.0% of cap

It may sound like a broken record, but you just can't afford not to have Westbrook in your lineup. He is coming off his ninth triple-double of the year against one of the NBA's best defenses, and at this point, it is a surprise when he doesn't top 60.00 fantasy points.

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G John Wall, Wizards at Kings
$8,500 salary | 17.0% of cap

He isn't on Westbrook's level, but Wall has been one of the best high-priced options recently. He has topped 40.00 FantasyScore points in six straight games, and he torched the Kings for 53.00 fantasy points when the teams met March 14.

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G Reggie Jackson, Pistons at Celtics
$5,100 salary | 10.2% of cap

Jackson has notched three straight double-doubles heading into tonight's game, averaging 45.83 fantasy points during the streak. He should continue to provide high-end production for a mid-range price against Boston's 24th-ranked scoring defense.

C Nerlens Noel, 76ers at Lakers
$6,800 salary | 13.6% of cap

He eased any concerns about his foot injury by torching the Knicks for 57.50 fantasy points Friday, and the red hot Noel draws an equally friendly matchup this afternoon against the Lakers' 28th-ranked scoring defense. He has topped 30.00 fantasy points in nine of his last 10 games, and he has topped 40.00 four times during the stretch.

G Alexey Shved, Knicks at Raptors
$5,000 salary | 10.0% of cap

He had another big game against the 76ers Friday, and Shved has now topped 30.00 fantasy points in seven straight games and is averaging 39.3 over his past three. With little competition for minutes, he should post another big line for the last-place Knicks Sunday.

C Steven Adams, Thunder vs. Heat
$4,200 salary | 8.4% of cap

Adams delivered 42.50 fantasy points Friday with Enes Kanter (ankle) and Serge Ibaka (knee) sidelined, and even though Kanter could return today, Adams should make a solid value pick either way. He is averaging 31.00 fantasy points in the three games he has played with Kanter in the lineup since Ibaka has been out.

F DeMarre Carroll, Hawks vs. Spurs
$4,200 salary | 8.4% of cap

If you are looking for some cap relief Sunday, Carroll should do the trick. He is averaging 32.42 fantasy points in the three games Kyle Korver (nose) has missed, and for the price, he offers safe production with some upside.

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G Tony Parker, Spurs at Hawks
$5,800 salary | 11.6% of cap

Parker has cooled off again after a hot streak to start the month, and he has scored 25.00 fantasy points or less in three of his last four games. This afternoon, he draws a tough matchup against an Atlanta defense allowing the third fewest points to point guards.

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