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 9th 🇺🇸
🇺🇸 Gordon Hayward $3,000 / $6,000
This is Absolutely a FREE SQUARE on Draftkings tonight. Don’t even think twice about this one. He’s min price on Draftkings and he’s expected to make his return to the lineup tonight. I’m sure the team will be cautious with him for awhile, but, that doesn’t scare me away from him at min price. I’m not expecting him to play 30 minutes but I’m expecting him to easily reach and exceed value against the Cavaliers tonight who are one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA.
Kawhi Leonard will rest tonight so the res to the Clippers will get substantial boosts in usage and shot attempts. Paul George, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell are the 3 I will target here with Kawhi out. None of them are true “values” but for the extra workload they will see without Kawhi they are all too cheap. Most will flock to Paul George as he’s the next best player on the Team after Kawhi, but I’ll personally have more Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell in my lineups.
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Brandon Ingram $7,500 / $9,500
Here is another Draftkings specific play today, as he is simply Too Cheap on that site tonight. He’s priced at only $7,500 on Draftkings, despite averaging nearly 45 fantasy points per game this season. His last 2 games have been let downs, as he has scored only 22 and 32.5 fantasy points in those games. I expect him to get back to his 45-55 point range today against a poor Pistons team.
Norman Powell $4,900 / $5,700
With Free VanVleet out tonight for the Raptors, I expect Norman Powell to get the start against the Bulls. VanVleet is leading the NBA in minutes played per game this season so there are plenty of minutes to fill here. Powell has been solid and he’s been putting up decent fantasy scores despite not playing much past 20 minutes per game. In his last 3 games where he reached 30+ minutes, he scored 38 – 34.75 and 42 fantasy points. I’m expecting another 30+ game from him tonight at a reasonable salary.
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AND 1 Top 3’s today
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James Harden leads the slate today with a 23.20 AND1 Rating in his matchups against the Blazers. 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 – Russell Westbrook
SG – James Harden
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – Blake Griffin
C – Andre Drummond
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