January 11

NHL DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (January 11/22)

Published by Rajonrondough


Nikita Kucherov (TB) (W) – $8,400

  • On a 2 day winning streak for CHEL, let’s continue and make it 3 in a row today. Nikita Kucherov aka The Russian Rifle is my cover boy today and is my favorite play on both sites. NHL is always better when Kuch is healthy and the last couple of games, he looked solid. Small sample size but he is averaging 14.4 FD points. The matchup can’t get any better as he faces off against an always rebuilding Buffalo Sabres.

Dominik Kubalik (CHI) (W) – $4,400

  • Long gone are the days where I put Jakob Chychrun as my core play but instead, Kubalik has taken over the crown. His game log is ugly and I can understand why people will want to fade him but I will continue to play a 4.4k player who plays 16-18 minutes per game.

Joanthan Toews (CHI) (C) – $4,500

  • I am once again on the Chicago Blackhawks players and believe me or not, this is one of the better matchups, if not the best. This game will be very even as both teams are projected to score 3 goals. The Blackhawks players (Kubalik, Toews and Kane) are all underpriced and I will gladly play them here against the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Nikita Kucherov (TB) (RW) – $6,800

  • I already really like him over on FD for 8.4k and he is 1.6k cheaper here on DK. Lock button for me as the best stud for a big discount.

Dominik Kubalik (CHI) (LW) – $3,500

  • I am locking Kubalik on DK but I don’t blame you if you don’t want to. He just provides the best value on this slate and I am all for saving money which will allow me to play elite players like Auston Matthews.

Auston Matthews (TOR) (C) – $8,700

  • Speaking of Matthews, he is 1.5k cheaper here than FD. It’s all relative as we all know that we start out with 5k less in our total salary on DK but still a bit too cheap.

Cash Play Considerations


  • Patrick Kane (CHI) (W) – $7,900


  • Patrick Kane (CHI) (RW) – $7,000
  • Oliver Bjorkstrand (CBJ) (RW) – $4,800

Key Injury News

  • Dylan Larkin – questionable

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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.