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 🇺🇸 December 10th 🇺🇸
The Heat are dealing with a ton of injuries tonight, with Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow OUT there are a ton of minute opened up in the backcourt. Jimmy Butler has been carrying the load for the at Heat Offense recently. In his last 4 games, he has scored 43.50, 68.25, 55.50 and 62.25 fantasy points. With Dragic off the floor, he should get plenty of usage again tonight vs the Hawks who are a bad defensive team who play at a very quick pace.
Kendrick Nunn, Tyler Herro and Derrick Jones Jr are all fully in play here tonight vs the Hawks. I prefer Nunn over the others but the min price value of Derrick Jones may be tough to avoid if you’re trying to pay up for an extra stud tonight. The matchup vs the Hawks is ELITE and the Heat are dealing with injuries that should open up extra minutes for all of these players. The only question will be, how many Heat is too many Heat tonight.
The Wizards will be without Jordan McRae, Isaiah Thomas, and Thomas Bryant again tonight against the Hornets. This is going to open up tons of opportunities for the rest of the team and force the Wizards to run a pretty tight rotation. Rui Hachimura, Davis Bertans, Moe Wagner and Ish Smith will all get minutes bumps here. They are no longer elite value plays but, given their increased roles I feel they are all still too cheap. This is the best game to target on the slate and it has a 229.5 total, which is 11 points higher than the next closest game.
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Miles Bridges $5,100 / $5,400
Bridges gets juicy matchup today against the Wizards who are one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA. The Hornets have a 113 implied team total tonight and Bridges should be able to pay off this low salary fairly easily. He’s had a rough stretch since his hot start to the season, but that isn’t going to scare me away from him tonight. Last game he played 38 minutes vs the Hawks and put up 28 fantasy points on 7 of 14 shooting from the field. I’m expecting another solid game from him tonight against the Wizards for a reasonable price.
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AND 1 Top 3’s today
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Jimmy Butler leads the slate today with a 21.0 AND1 Rating in his matchups against the Hawks. 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 – Terry Rozier
SG – Jimmy Butler
SF – Miles Bridges
PF – Bam Adebayo
C – Joel Embiid
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