January 19

NHL DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (January 19/22)

Published by Rajonrondough


Tomas Tatar (NJ) (W) – $4,500

  • Our NHL optimizer has been on fire lately so let’s continue this hot streak by crushing this 3 game slate! Of course, on a smaller slate, it’s hard to find a lot of value but the one player that stands out on both sites is Tomas Tatar. For this price tag, he provides the salary relief we need in order to play Francouz and Nathan MacKinnon, as the Aves are my favorite team to target.

Jakob Chychrun (ARI) (D) – $5,000

  • After a long break from injuries and COVID, Chychrun is finally back and healthy. Before he went down, I picked him almost every slate he was on as he played 25+ minutes every night. I’m not sure if he will get the same amount of minutes right away but for 5k, he is worth taking a shot.

Pavel Francouz (COL) (G) – $8,200

  • It’s really important on FD for your goalie to pick up the win (+12) and even a shutout would be amazing (+10). The Aves have a staggering 69% win rate projection who face the Ducks tonight. The Ducks are the only team that are projected to score less than 2 goals and I expect the Aves to dominate.


Tomas Tatar (NJ) (LW) – $3,500

  • Price is good and will need him as a salary relief as my other core plays include MacKinnon at 8.8k and Matthews at 8.3k.

Nathan MacKinnon (COL) (C) – $8,800

  • I am locking in Nate as my spend up as he way too cheap. I am not sure why his price dropped as he has been on fire lately for all the game log watchers. This is the best matchup for him and I want 100% of Nate shares.

Auston Matthews (TOR) (C) – $8,300

  • Another player I will be locking is Auston Matthews. Just like Nate, he has the potential to break a slate and with the cheap value from Tatar and even Subban, I feel comfortable fitting both the elite players in my cash game build.

P.K. Subban (NJ) (LW) – $3,300

  • Subban has been regressing as the years go by and it was a treat watching him play back in Montreal. However, he is still given a ton of minutes and for 3.3k, that is all we need in order to play Nate and Auston.

Cash Play Considerations


  • Nathan MacKinnon (COL) (C) – $10,400
  • Mitchell Marner (TOR) (W) – $6,400
  • Yegor Sharangovich (NJ) (W) – $4,700


  • Igor Shesterkin (NYR) (G) – $7,600
  • Yegor Sharangovich (NJ) (RW) – $3,700

Key Injury News

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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.