January 5

NHL DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (January 5/22)


Jake Muzzin (TOR) (D) – $3,800

  • We have a small 2 game slate where it’s hard to find a lot of value but Jake Muzzin at 3.8k stands out to me. Just like Connor Murphy, Muzzin plays as a top 4 pairing. He continues to play heavy minutes near the 25 min mark and for close to min price, he is a lock for me.

Mitchell Marner (TOR) (W) – $6,700

  • Marner isn’t having himself the best season but is averaging 12.6 FD points per game. It’s not horrible but definitely not something we expect from the former 4th overall pick. The Maple Leafs have the highest team total and are up against the Oilers who are without their Captain due to COVID.

Ryan O’Reilly (STL) (C) – $5,500

  • The Blues need to play their best game today and it starts with Ryan O’Reilly in the middle for the top line. For 5.5k, he is a bit too cheap and although Matthews is over 10k, I can play the stud since I have Muzzin, O’Reilly and even Marner. Starting with these three as your foundation in cash games will be a great start.


Jake Muzzin (TOR) (D) – $3,100

  • Even though McDavid is out due to COVID, the Oilers arguably still have the second best player in Leon Draisaitl. Muzzin will need to out there whenever Leon is to try and slow him down. 3.1k is again, too cheap for a player who plays 22-25+ minutes. Another lock button for me.

Auston Matthews (TOR) (C) – $8,300

  • I had to take a second look but I can confirm Matthews is 8.3k on DK. He is simply 1k too cheap which makes him an auto-lock.

David Perron (STL) (RW) – $4,600

  • For my third and final core play for DK, 4.6k David Perron is cheap as well. Projected to play on L1/PP1, I am looking at Perron and O’Reilly to lead the Blues tonight. Speaking of O’Reilly, he can very well be a core play on DK for 4.4k and would definitely be a positive to correlate the two.



  • Auston Matthews (TOR) (C) – $10,100
  • Jack Campbell (TOR) (G) – $8,600


  • Jake Guentzel (PIT) (LW) – $6,000
  • Leon Draisaitl (EDM) (C) – $7,700
  • Ryan O’Reilly (STL) (C) – $4,400


  • 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.