January 14

NHL DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (January 14/22)

Published by Rajonrondough


Nathan MacKinnon (COL) (C) – $10,300

  • What a night on FD last night as our projections crushed (turning $64 into $264). Let look to do that again tonight on this 3 game slate. I will be locking in MacKinnon and Rantanen today on both slates and try to find value plays that I can as I want both of the top studs. This matchup is too good to fade and will be fine using 25% of my salary on these two players.

Mikko Rantanen (COL) (W) – $9,000

  • No way I am fading an elite player against the Coyotes. Mikko can break a slate on any given night, especially against one of the worst teams in the league.

Matt Boldy (MIN) (W) – $3,100

  • Matt Boldy scored his first goal in his first career game and the 12th overall pick looks to be a solid pick for the Wild. From playing 13 mins to 20 mins, if we can get 20+ again for 3.1k, he becomes a lock for me. Currently we don’t know as it’s a small sample size but if you plan on playing Nate and Mikko, you need to find close to min price players.


Nathan MacKinnon (COL) (C) – $9,100

  • Lock on both sites.

Mikko Rantanen (COL) (RW) – $8,200

  • Lock on both sites.

Aleksander Barkov (FLA) (C) – $7,000

  • There is a huge price different with Barkov today as he is 9.4k on FD. For 7k on DK, this is an absolute steal and we are going to need every $ to make up for Nate and Mikko.

Patric Hornqvist (FLA) (RW) – $2,900

  • Another cheap salary relief play is Hornqvist from the Panthers. For 2.9k, you get a solid player but unfortunately, he is projected to play on L4. However, he should play on the second PP unit which will help compensate that.

Cash Play Considerations


  • Nick Schmaltz (ARI) (C) – $4,000
  • Kevin Fiala (MIN) (W) – $6,000
  • Pavel Francouz (COL) (G) – $8,400


  • Kevin Fiala (MIN) (RW) – $5,100

Key Injury News

  • None

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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.