October 22

NHL DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (October 21)


Connor McDavid (EDM) (C) – $9,300

  • In his first 3 games, Connor is showing everyone why he is the best in the world. Almost averaging 3 points per game and 33.7 FD points per game, he is once again a lock for me on FD. The Edmonton Oilers play the Arizona Coyotes who are clearly looking at this season to be a tank year. Losing their first 3 games and allowing almost 6 goals against per game, this is another great spot for McDavid to light it up.

Patrick Kane (CHI) (W) – $7,800

  • Patrick Kane will be turning 33 next month and he honestly doesn’t look like he will be slowing down anytime soon. He never relied on his speed but instead his silky mitts and is still one of my favorite players to watch. He is up against one of the worst defense in the Canucks who have allowed close to 4 goals per game this season. Kane is my favorite play on this slate for both sites. Lock him and build around the best American born player to ever play.

Brent Burns (SJ) (D) – $5,000

  • Burns is still 1k-1.5k too cheap here. In both of his 2 games this season, he played 27 in each of them. In those heavy minutes, he got 22.8 FD points and 17.6 FD points. Easily my favorite defensemen on the slate and I’m expecting him to rack up the points against a weak Ottawa Senators roster.


Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG) (RW) – $5,300

  • Ehlers already played the Anaheim Ducks in his season debut who put up 15 DK points. He was priced $6,500 to start the year but since he has struggled, he is now $5,300. Ehlers plays close to 20 minutes per game and being $1,200 cheaper against the same team, he is a lock for me over on DK as he is projected to play on the top line as well as the top power play unit.

Patrick Kane (CHI) (RW) – $7,400

  • Just like FD, Kane is my favorite play on DK as well. I was skeptical of the Vancouver Canucks defense core before the season and with injuries already, it looks even worse on paper tonight. Throughout his career, Kane has always crushed the Canucks and I can’t wait to watch Showtime dangle and snipe!

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) (C) – $4,200*

  • I am adding RNH to my core as the Edmonton Oilers have decided to split Leon and McDavid. Leon is now playing on L2 along side RNH and at this price, it’s a lock. He gets to play with arguably the second best player in the league. RNH also plays on the top power play unit which makes him an even better play.



  • Enjoy McDavid while you can. His price tag keeps going up and there is no doubt that he can put up another 3 point night. I am currently landing on Andrew Copp (WPG) (W), Thomas Chabot (OTT) (D) and Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG) (W). I just think that the Winnipeg Jets are in a prime spot tonight against the Ducks. Copp and Ehlers will be playing on the same line together (L1) and this can be a great pairing in cash games. I prefer Ehlers on DK but is still viable on FD. Thomas Chabot is another solid player who plays high minutes and offers a decent floor. He just happens to play on a bad team but he gets all the opportunity as their number 1 defensemen.


  • As much as I want to roster McDavid on DK, he is priced $9,500 and I feel like we can get away with fading him. It’s definitely scary but it’s a big 10 game slate and we can find better value somewhere else. I am looking at Connor Murphy (CHI) (D), Kyle Connor (WPG) (LW) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) (C). If you want to jam in McDavid, you need salary relief and you get that by playing Murphy. He is averaging 20 mins of ice time as a top 4 defensemen. I would like for Kyle Connor to play with Ehlers but he is projected to play on L2. However, there is correlation with Ehlers on the top power play unit. Lastly, I am honestly not sure why DK still has RNH priced at $4,200. He was in my core play last time he was on the slate and he put up 16 DK points. Looking at this now, I am strongly considering putting RNH as one of my core plays.
  • Alex DeBrincat (CHI) (LW) is popping in my builds now and as much as I hate rostering against my Canucks, he is standing out as a good play in cash games. Quinn Hughes is still a GTD and would make their defense even worse.

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.