January 4

NHL DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (January 4/22)


David Pastrnak (BOS) (W) – $7,600

  • It’s nice to have NHL back as there was only one game last night. We get a 8 game main slate and to kick it off, let’s lock in Pasta at 7.6k. The Bruins have the highest team total and are up against the Devils who give up the 4th most GA in the league.

Jonathan Toews (CHI) (C) – $4,500

  • I know the Chicago Blackhawks don’t even project for more than 2 goals tonight but almost all of them are under priced. Captain Toews is 4.5k on L2/PP1. I currently have 4 Blackhawks and if I could play more, I would. My favorite on FD would have to be Toews then Kane, Kubalik and Murphy.


Nathan MacKinnon (COL) (C) – $9,300

  • Nate is 1.1k cheaper on DK and always has the upside of the 5+ shot bonus. I am locking him in and starting my cash game build around the stud.

Dominik Kubalik (CHI) (LW) – $3,100

  • Kubalik was my core play last game at 3.2k who put up 10.5 DK points but is $100 cheaper. The only explanation is that the Blackhawks project to score under 2 goals but that isn’t stopping me from playing the best value play on DK. Kubalik looks more confident and in his last 2 games, he has put up 9 shots in total.

Connor Murphy (CHI) (D) – $3,500

  • I think people keep forgetting that Murphy was a top 20 pick back in 2011 and has a very solid career. He continues to be under priced due to the fact that he is not on any power play unit but he is a top 4 pairing with the bonus of being on PK2. Murphy continues to play at least 20+ minutes which is honestly closer to mid 20s and he blocks a ton of shots which favors the 3+ block bonus on DK.

David Pastrnak (BOS) (RW) – $7,500

  • Although Pasta is $100 cheaper on DK, we have to keep in mind that you start out with $55,000 on FD and only $50,000 on DK. I still like him a lot on DK but he is not a lock for me. I am deciding if I should play Bergeron instead but as of now, I want Pasta.



  • Patrick Kane (CHI) (W) – $7,600
  • Darcy Kuemper (COL) (G) – $7,900
  • Nathan MacKinnon (COL) (C) – $10,400
  • Max Comtois (ANH) (W) – $3,600


  • Patrick Kane (CHI) (RW) – $6,700
  • Max Comtois (ANH) (LW) – $2,500


  • 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.