5 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players Trending Up for 4/11/16

Which players could provide value at higher price tags this evening?

If you're a frequenter of our site, you've probably noticed our commitment to providing you with as much daily fantasy content as possible, especially when it comes to daily fantasy basketball as of late.

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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: $6,500

FanDuel Season Avg. L5 Avg. % Above
Tim Frazier 11.00 35.86 226.06

This week, I'm kind of changing it up a little by focusing on mid-tier and high-tier options on tonight's slate, and -- as a byproduct of a $3,000 salary increase over the last month --  Tim Frazier fits the bill. No longer a value, Frazier has still been stuffing the stat sheet as of late, averaging 13.4 points, 9.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds per his last five contests.

Due to the backup point guard's ability to rack up peripherals and score rather consistently in double figures, Frazier has provided DFS players with an average return of 6.7 FanDuel points per $1,000 in his past five games. He may be a backup, but he's playing 32.9 minutes in the last five, so -- even at his price -- Frazier looks like an option in cash games this evening against a Bulls team ranked 16th of 18 teams in action tonight against the point guard position.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Milwaukee Bucks

FanDuel Price: $9,700

FanDuel Season Avg. L5 Avg. % Above
Giannis Antetokounmpo 35.20 50.04 42.15

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the fourth-most expensive player on tonight's slate, so it will be tougher for him to reach his salary-implied value than for someone like Frazier. However, the Greek Freak is averaging more than a point and a half above his expected FanDuel total in his five most recent games. In two of those, he has exceeded 53 FanDuel points.

The Milwaukee point-forward's success is directly tied to his move to primary playmaker, as his Usage Rate of 27.05% over his last five games is 4.5% higher than his total season average. It follows that Antetokounmpo is dishing out 8.4 assists per game, and with this unique ability to hit double-digit assists from his position, he always has the chance to go off for a triple-double. 

Paul Millsap, PF, Atlanta Hawks

FanDuel Price: $8,900

FanDuel Season Avg. L5 Avg. % Above
Paul Millsap 37.74 47.82 26.72

Another versatile forward, Paul Millsap, has been putting up DFS points quite consistently and in various categories. In his last five games, Millsap is posting averages of 18.6 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.4 blocks a game. He's had a double-double and three blocks in four of five games, in which he's averaging big minutes -- 35.3 per to be exact.

Due to his uptick in minutes and production, the under-sized (and underrated) power forward is carrying a value of 6.44 points per $1,000 over his last four games into tonight's meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers. And sure, the matchup isn't great (the Cavaliers rate second of all teams on tonight's slate versus power forwards), but Millsap has been playing lights out. At home, he's not a bad play in either format.

Rudy Gay, SF, Sacramento Kings

FanDuel Price: $7,100

FanDuel Season Avg. L5 Avg. % Above
Rudy Gay 29.91 37.58 25.63

It's been an awful year for Sacramento, and it hasn't been any better for Rudy Gay. He's been a big disappointment with his on-court play and his fantasy production. But, maybe as a result of some days off, Gay has been pretty reliable for DFS purposes.

He's totaling 5.96 points per $1,000 on 19.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game while playing over three quarters (36.2 minutes) a game. At just over $7,000, Gay makes for a good tournament pivot off of Giannis because he has shown his 40-point upside on three occasions over his last five games. Against a poor Phoenix defense, 40 points is definitely within the realm of possibilities.

Gordon Hayward, SF, Utah Jazz

FanDuel Price: $7,000

FanDuel Season Avg. L5 Avg. % Above
Gordon Hayward 31.80 35.94 13.02

Tonight, Dallas meets Utah in a big matchup with great playoff implications. The Jazz and Mavs are separated by just one one game. The Jazz are the 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs as of now, and Dallas holds the 7 seed. Oh, and Houston's a game behind the Jazz for the last spot in the postseason. A Jazz win could be huge for solidifying at least a spot in the race.

So, I'd expect this to play into the style of game tonight. It's going to be a highly contested game with the starters playing a lot of minutes on both sides. Gordon Hayward, who is averaging 37.8 minutes over his last five games, might see close to 40 minutes in this one. And averaging nearly a point a minute in this same span, Hayward has the promise of 35-plus FanDuel points with the upside of 45-plus. His 22 or more real points in four out of his last five could indicate more of the same tonight, which could lead to a big night for the Jazz swingman.