So what is a Free Square exactly? In DFS we define the Free Square as a player to build your lineups around. Generally, this player represents the closest we can find to a sure thing for the slate.
This column is all about trying to identify the free square for a particular slate. Often times, this will be a low-cost player who is thrust into a starting role and sure to make or exceed value. The type of player that allows us to load up the rest of our lineup with high salary studs. Occasionally it will be a high priced stud in a great spot. Each slate we will take a look at three or four players which represent great value on the day’s slate of games and choose the one which best represents the top value and floor play to earn the title of the slates Free Square
My NBA Free Squares for Today 🇺🇸 November 15th 🇺🇸
Today we get a solid 8 game Friday slate to breakdown. Currently, the highest implied team totals belong to the T’Wolves (123.75), the Wizards (117.25) and the Celtics (115.75). While the three lowest totals belong to the Kings (102), the Grizzlies (103.25) and the Spurs (103.75).
(prices shown are Draftkings / Fanduel)
🇺🇸 PJ Tucker $4,500 / $5,000
Tyson Chandler could start at center but I can’t see him playing a ton of minutes at this stage in his career and with Clint Capela is out for the Rockets tonight so we should see PJ Tucker get some run at center in this game vs the Pacers. Tucker has played 38, 33, 32, 37 and 34 minutes in his past 5 games. Unfortunately, only 1 of those games was a great DFS game, against the Warriors when he scored 45.75 fantasy points. The other 4 games he was right around 20 fantasy points each game. I like the idea of him playing 35+ minutes and as apart of the team with the highest implied total on the slate I think he’s got a real good chance to pay off his salary tonight.
NOTE – James Harden is the most expensive player on the slate on both sites tonight but he could be a near lock given the Rockets injury situation. Without Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and Danuel House, we should see James Harden handle the ball even more than usual. His last 5 games he has scored 71.5, 62, 75, 74.5 and 73.5 fantasy points. I may just lock in Harden and Tucker and build from there tonight on Draftkings.
🇺🇸 Andre Drummond $8,400 / $10,300
This is a Draftkings specific play for me, and when I checked salaries this morning this one stuck out like a sore thumb. His numbers are a little down with Blake Griffin back in the fold but, I still believe $8,400 is simply too cheap for Drummond in this spot against the Hornets who simply can’t rebound the ball. I’m expecting another Barbara Walters 20/20 special from Drummond tonight.
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Turn and Lamb are expected to be out again tonight so we can roster Domantas Sabonis with confidence tonight. I wouldn’t really call him a Free Square, but, he’s been crushing recently with Turner off the floor and he should keep that up tonight against the Rockets who will be without Clint Capela. The Pacers will likely start Aaron Holiday again for Lamb, but, he’s a little priced up out of the punt value range he was a few days ago. Still, in this game environment, he could be a solid play here as well. Maclom Brogdon is in play here as well, as this is just a great spot for the Pacers overall.
Gordon Hayward is still out, and he will be out for a few weeks. Marcus Smart will start for him and we’ll get boosts for Kemba Walker, Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown while he’s out. None of these three really qualify as “Free Squares” but I want to mention them because of the increased usage and opportunities they will see with Hayward out. Daneil Theis and Robert Williams are also being listed as questionable tonight, so we should expect Enes Kanter to start again. I’m not marking him up as a Free Square but he’s a decent value play, and we’ve seen him flash upside in limited minutes in the past.
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AND 1 Top 3’s today
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Karl Anthony Towns leads the slate today with a 26.5 AND1 Rating in his matchups against the Wizards. Check out the Rest of the Top 3 at each position below. Mix in the Free Squares with these guys below when you build your lineup this evening.
PG – Derrick Rose
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – LeBron James
PF – Anthony Davis
C – Karl-Anthony Towns
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