5 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players Trending Up for 3/21/16

D.J. Augustin is trending the right direction lately. Who else can say the same thing entering tonight's action?

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Our new trends tab shows you a variety of player stats over the last five or ten games, Feel free to check it out for yourself. But, if you don't have the time today, I'm here to provide you with five of the hottest players from the last five games. Ones that, if they continue their great play, could provide some value for your lineups tonight.

Lance Stephenson, SG, Memphis Grizzlies

FanDuel Price: $7,000

FanDuel Season Avg. L5 Avg. % Above
Lance Stephenson 14.21 38.44 170.61

There's no question that Lance Stephenson's season average is, in large part, a result of his time spent on the bench in Los Angeles, but he's nearly tripled that in his last five games with the Grizzlies. As the team's primary playmaker Stephenson is averaging 21.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 33.9 minutes per game for an ailing Memphis squad. His bump in Usage (24.68% over his last five) has been a huge reason for Stephenson's fantasy success as of late, and I wouldn't expect that to change tonight, as the Grizzlies take on the Suns in what is a more than favorable matchup for Stephenson. He might just be the most popular cash play of the night.

D.J. Augustin, PG, Denver Nuggets

FanDuel: $4,600

FanDuel Season Avg. L5 Avg. % Above
D.J. Augustin 11.97 28.86 141.17

I wasn't quite sure whether or not to throw D.J. Augustin into this group, but what the heck. And that's exactly the type of play Augustin should be tonight -- a "what the heck" tournament play. He's been on fire as of late, killing his season average by tallying up 16.6 points and 6.2 assists per game over his last five matchups. He has been playing a lot -- 28.1 minutes -- in recent games, especially alongside rookie Emmanuel Mudiay. What's surprising is that Augustin has managed a Usage Rate of 24.5% even with his fellow ball-handler at his side, so he's sure to produce. And if Cleveland plays the same type of defense they did in Miami, where they surrendered 122 points to the Heat, Augustin could have a big night at a low price.

Doug McDermott, SF, Chicago Bulls

FanDuel Price: $4,000

FanDuel Season Avg. L5 Avg. % Above
Doug McDermott 13.5 24.18 79.17

Doug McDermott, aka "Dougie McBuckets," has been making good on his nickname recently. He's had to play more as a result of injuries to Pau Gasol, Derrick Rose and Mike Dunleavy -- to name a few -- but he's been sure to take advantage of the opportunities he's been given. In 28.2 minutes a game, the second year pro is averaging 18.2 points, on 54.5% shooting from the floor, with 3.0 three-point makes per over the last five contests. In that time, McDermott has provided those rostering him with a value of 6.5 FanDuel points per $1,000. Tonight, he gets the porous Sacramento Kings defense on a back-to-back in Chicago. Can you say tournament play?

Zach Randolph, PF, Memphis Grizzlies

FanDuel Price: $6,900

FanDuel Season Avg. L5 Avg. % Above
Zach Randolph 27.27 34.96 28.33

Zach Randolph is the second Grizzlies player to make this week's edition -- and for pretty obvious reasons. The Grizzlies are down so many players that the usage and production stemming from it has got to come from somewhere. Without the presence of Mike Conley, Marc Gasol or even Mario Chalmers, it appears that Z-Bo is poised to take on a lot of responsibility. His most recent line of 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists stated that loud and clear. Expect more of the same against a Suns team giving up over 107 points per game over their last five. You shouldn't expect him to have the same production, but at $6,900, Randolph should bring good value to your daily squad this evening.

Otto Porter, SF, Washington Wizards

FanDuel Price: $4,800

FanDuel Season Avg. L5 Avg. % Above
Otto Porter 23 27.96 21.56

It seems like it was just yesterday that Otto Porter was consistently priced in the $5,600 to $6,100 range, averaging 30-some minutes per game with the capability of putting up 30 or more fantasy points on any given night. Due to his many injuries and inconsistencies, and the move for Markieff Morris, Porter isn't the same player with the same opportunity nowadays. Just two weeks back, Porter had a run of five games without scoring in double-digits and topped out at 15.8 FanDuel points. Over his last five, however, Porter has averaged 15 points and 27.96 FanDuel points in nearly 33 minutes per game. His average is nearly four points above his salary-implied total of 24 points, so Porter makes for a solid cash game play tonight.