January 2

NHL DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (January 2/22)


Darcy Kuemper (COL) (G) – $7,700

  • The Anaheim Ducks are the only team to project under 2 goals today and Kuemper is under 8k. Prior to being placed in COVID protocols, Kuemper was on a 4 game winning streak and had a .915 save %. I expect him to pick up the win against a very weak team. The price is too good on FD which makes him a lock.

John Carlson (WSH) (D) – $6,700

  • John Carlson is a very consistent player who provides a high floor every night. He is my favorite defensemen and for 6.7k, he becomes an elite play in cash games. Another lock for me on FD.

William Karlsson (VGK) (C) – $4,600

  • Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty are both out again which will open up value. Karlsson is priced as if he is projected to play on L2 or L3 but he is expected to lead the way on the top line as well as the top PP unit. Although he has been inconsistent, 4.6k is a bit too cheap for his upside.

Shea Theodore (VGK) (D) – $6,200

  • Another defensemen I really like today and will be rostering is Shea Theodore. The VGK are first in their division and it’s mostly due to Theodore. He has been very solid all year racking up 23 points in 31 games. He continues to play as a top 4 pairing but he is on the top power play unit which correlates well with Karlsson.


Dominik Kubalik (CHI) (LW) – $3,200

  • Kubalik continues to be priced in the low 3ks and although he plays on L3/PP2, he is still a great salary relief play. The last 5 games, he went over 10 DK points in 2 of them and his third game was 9.3 DK points. If you plan on playing my other core plays who are 9.2k, 8.1k and 9k.

Alex Ovechkin (WAS) (LW) – $9,200

  • Like Lebron James, Ovechkin keeps on playing better and better as he ages. Just last game, he scored and became the player with the most power play goals. Ovechkin is always a great play on DK as he shoots a lot and gets most of them on net. He leads the league with 156 shots and the next player is Kyle Connor with 30 less shots.

Darcy Kuemper (COL) (G) – $8,100

  • I wish Kuemper’s price was flipped on FD and DK. It would have been perfect but we have a 8.1k Kuemper on DK. He is a lock for me on FD and I don’t plan on playing any other goalie on DK.

Nathan MacKinnon (COL) (C) – $9,000

  • I’m already spending up to Ovechkin and paying a premium price for Kuemper but it’s hard for me to fade MacKinnon on DK. Just like Ovi, MacKinnon racks up the shots on net which benefits him more on DK with the 5+ shot bonus. By rostering all 4 of my core plays, you will be left with an average of 4.1k.



  • Tom Wilson (WSH) (W) – $5,100


  • Shea Theodore (VGK) (D) – $5,600


  • None

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.