January 1

NHL DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (January 1/2022)


Auston Matthews (TOR) (C) – $10,400

  • Happy New Years everyone! Let’s start this year off right by cashing big in the NHL main slate. Starting off with my favorite play on the slate, Auston Matthews. The Maple Leafs, who have the highest scoring team total at 4.34 projected goals face the 3rd worst team in the league in the Sentators. Matthews has been on fire lately and I don’t see him slowly down tonight.

Mitchell Marner (TOR) (W) – $6,700

  • Marner hasn’t been producing as much as he should be which is the reason why his price is at a discount. For 6.7k, he is slotted to play beside Matthews on the top line as well as PP1. Both of them are locks for me on FD. Over on DK, he is still viable in cash games at 7.2k but I definitely like the price better here.


Auston Matthews (TOR) (C) – $9,400

  • For those of you who are reading my articles for the first time, I write FD core plays first and if they are also my DK core play, you can simply read the write up on the player above for both sites. Matthews is a lock for me as well on DK.

David Perron (TOR) (RW) – $5,000

  • If you are looking for a great mid-range play, Perron sticks out to me today for 5k. Before getting injured, he had 10+ DK points in his last 4 games and in his first game back, he scored 11 DK points. It’s also reassuring that he played 21 minutes of ice time in his return.

Kevin Fiala (MIN) (LW) – $4,400

  • Fiala is also another cheaper option you can go in building your cash lineups today. He had a monster night in his last game and will look to do the same again against the Blues. They are a good defensive team but the value is there with Fiala today.



  • Ivan Provorov (PHI) (D) – $4,400
  • Ryan O’Reilly (STL) (C) – $5,700


  • Elias Pettersson (VAN) (C) – $3,900
  • Mitchell Marner (TOR) (RW) – $7,200


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Rajon Rondough

About the author

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.