January 17

NHL DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (January 17/22)

Published by Rajonrondough


Ilya Sorokin (NYI) (G) – $8,300

  • There is a big time difference between FD and DK today as FD locks at 1pm PST and DK locks at 4:30pm PST. As always, let’s start with FD by picking Sorokin as my favorite play on both sites. He faces the Flyers today and is projected to get the win.

Patrick Kane (CHI) (W) – $8,000

  • Showtime has been on fire lately in his last 5-6 games. I expect him to continue that today against a weaker team in the Seattle Kraken. He is one of my favorite spend ups on this bigger slate and project him to get 16.79 FD points.

Sidney Crosby (PIT) (C) – $7,500

  • NHL is always better when Crosby is healthy and on the ice. He plays a strong defensive team in the VGK and has cooled off the past few games but he is still one of the best players. Age is catching up so let’s enjoy what’s left in Sid the Kid.


Illya Sorokin (NYI) (G) – $8,100

  • On a smaller 3 game slate, it’s more challenging to play Sorokin as I have like some plays on the Flyers side. If you don’t want to play skaters vs your own goalie, you can play Robin Lehner instead or fade the Flyers forwards and keep my favorite goalie.

Shea Theodore (VGK) (D) – $5,700

  • One of the most consistent defenders who provides a safe floor. He is a solid player and continues to be productive. For 5.7k, he is a near lock.

James van Riemsdyk (PHI) (LW) – $2,900

  • JVR is one of the best salary relief plays on the slate but this is a trick one as I really like Sorokin today. I am actually fine with playing skaters vs my own goalie in cash games on a smaller slate. If you are not okay with this, fade JVR and play Sorokin.

Cash Play Considerations


  • Dominik Kubalik (CHI) (W) – $4,300
  • Roman Josi (NSH) (D) – $7,500
  • Jeff Petry (MON) (D) – $3,600


  • Jeff Carter (PIT) (LW) – $5,100
  • Alex Pietrangelo (VGK) (D) – $7,000
  • Claude Giroux (PHI) (C) – $4,800

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.