December 7

NHL DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (December 7)


Auston Matthews (TOR) (C) – $9,900

  • Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs have the highest team total on the slate projected for little over 4 goals. He isn’t a lock for me on FD due to his expensive price tag but he is a very solid play and still a core play for me.

Jake Muzzin (TOR) (D) – $3,800

  • Muzzin now plays on the second PP unit and although the Leafs play their top unit most of the time, it’s still a bump. Consistently playing as a top 4 pairing as well as the top PK unit, he stands out as one of the best salary relief plays. If you plan on playing Matthews at 9.9k, you need to save somewhere.


Auston Matthews (TOR) (C) – $8,700

  • Unlike FD, Matthews is too cheap on DK today for the upside he brings to every slate. Lock and move on.

Elvis Merzlikins (CBJ) (G) – $6,900

  • This one is a tricky one as the Blue Jackets play the Leafs today. On a giant slate like today, I never like to play a skater against my own goalie, not to mention I will be having rostering a forward (Matthews). Merzlikins is way too cheap and the only reason I would consider this is because the Leafs lead the league in most shot attempts which boosts Merzy for that 35+ shot save bonus. I found success playing a player or two against my own goalie in the past and as of now, I have Matthews / Muzzin against Merzlikins. I will update the DFS Crunch Discord community if my plan changes.

Mike Hoffman (MON) (LW) – $3,200

  • Best value play at 3.2k. Hoffman plans on the top line as well as the top PP unit. Save your money if you don’t want to play Merzlikins.



  • Dominik Kubalik (CHI) (W) – $4,900
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy (TB) (G) – $8,300
  • Mike Hoffman (MON) (W) – $4,900
  • Connor McDavid (EDM) (C) – $10,400


  • Dominik Kubalik (CHI) (LW) – $3,600
  • Connor McDavid (EDM) (C) – $9,600
  • Jake Muzzin (TOR) (D) – $3,200


  • None

Rajon Rondough

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Rondough has been playing DFS for the last 5 years as a core team member of DFS Crunch. He specializes in cash game contests and is a community leader at DFS Crunch.