5 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players Trending Up for 4/8/16

Despite increasing salaries, which five players are still worth a look in tonight's contests because of their recent play?

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Our new trends tab shows you a variety of player stats over the last five or 10 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 -- and ones in good spots going into tonight's slate of games.

Tim Frazier, PG, New Orleans Pelicans

FanDuel Price: $6,600

FanDuel Season Avg. L5 Avg. % Above
Tim Frazier 10.18 35.74 251.14

Tim Frazier is, in fact, probable to play in tonight's game against the Lakers, so why not dial him up? The one thing that might concern you is the fact that Frazier's price skyrocketed $1,600 in the matter of two days. For cash games, I wouldn't sweat it, though. Frazier's average output over his last five is still nearly three points above his salary-implied score of 33 FanDuel points, and he's been getting all the minutes for this ailing New Orleans team.

In his last five, Frazier has played 32.2 minutes a night while scoring 15.4 points and 8.6 assists per game. If the production itself isn't worthy of rostering him, the matchup is. Of all the teams on tonight's set, Los Angeles is the absolute worst team against the point guard position.

Thomas Robinson, PF, Brooklyn Nets

FanDuel Price: $6,600

FanDuel Season Avg. L5 Avg. % Above
Thomas Robinson 12.29 34.24 178.6

The Brooklyn Nets have decided to sit down Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez for the rest of the 2015-16 campaign. That has presented Thomas Robinson with an opportunity to show what he can do on the court at the same time providing fantasy roundballers with a great power forward option down the stretch.

Robinson isn't disappointing, as he's averaged an impressive double-double of 15.2 points and 12.2 rebounds in 27.8 minutes a game. This outstanding production has created an average value of eight points per $1,000 for those rostering him over the last five. Now, Robinson is no longer a steal, after seeing his salary jump $2,100 from where it was a couple of games ago. However, even at his heightened price, Robinson is a pretty good cash game play against the Hornets.

Luke Babbitt, SF, New Orleans Pelicans

FanDuel Price: $5,400

FanDuel Season Avg. L5 Avg. % Above
Luke Babbitt 11.93 28.96 142.85

Luke Babbitt joins his teammate as one of those benefiting from the injuries and shutdowns across the Pelicans' roster. For a lot of teams, Babbitt might not even be a rotational player, but on this one, Babbitt has been forced into action, playing 30.6 minutes over the last five games.

With the climb in playing time, Babbitt has seen an increase in his fantasy value, averaging a return of nearly six points for every $1,000 dropped on rostering him. His fantasy points have mainly come from the actual points he has put up on a consistent basis -- 17 per night over his last five -- so Babbitt isn't a great tournament play. On the other hand, that consistency is still nice for cash games, especially when you take Babbitt's fair price into consideration.

J.J. Barea, PG, Dallas Mavericks

FanDuel Price: $6,800

FanDuel Season Avg. L5 Avg. % Above
J.J. Barea 18.88 38.18 102.17

Here's a familiar face. J.J. Barea makes the cut for the second time this week -- and why not? The Mavs' "backup" point guard has been a beast as of late (with Deron Williams suffering from a sports hernia), churning out 24.2 points and 7 assists on a nightly basis over his last five matchups. That has caused the Puerto Rican's salary to rise $1,800 in a week, but that isn't something to put too much stock in quite yet.

Barea has been outscoring his price rather easily, all the while offering 40-plus point upside. In comparison to the three players before him, the point man makes for a pretty good tournament play in what is a contrarian position against Memphis, who does fairly well to stymie opposing floor generals.

Rodney Hood, SG, Utah Jazz

FanDuel Price: $5,600

FanDuel Season Avg. L5 Avg. % Above
Rodney Hood 23.54 32.14 36.52

Any of the above players I'd strongly consider using in cash games tonight. I'd fit at least one, if not two, of them into my lineup with the value that they provide. The same cannot be said for Rodney Hood, who is probably best served for tournaments and GPPs. Hood has been on fire as of late, averaging 21.6 real points per game in his last five.

On the other side of things, Hood is a volatile player and finds himself in an advantageous matchup on its face. The Clippers are resting a lot of their better players, and even Austin Rivers is out due to injury, but the Jazz might just roll over the Clips' backups in what could be a really down-paced game, so Hood could go big, but he could disappoint all the same. If you think he'll get 30-plus minutes, then fire him up.