The Fantasy Hockey World Championship Final took place this past Saturday, May 1, as 40 of the top NHL DFS players on DraftKings competed for the $600,000 total prize pool. The winner (crclngthdrn) took home the $150,000 top prize and will also earn a seat at the DraftKings 2021-2022 Tournament of Champions.
The DraftKings Championship Series is the king of competitions, minting 100 millionaires in the 2021-2022 season. For more info on the series and all of the events visit our DraftKings Championship Series Information page.
Saturday’s slate for this main event featured many of the NHL’s top goal scorers, as competitors had to make difficult choices between Connor McDavid ($9,200), Leon Draisaitl ($7,500), Auston Matthews ($9,100) and Nathan MacKinnon ($9,000), all of whom had good matchups. These four players wound up being the four highest-owned skaters on the slate, and all four had good games, each scoring between 23 and 30 DKFP. Most lineups had one or more of these players, and the results between them were roughly a wash, so the difference-making choices were largely the cheaper players that the competitors filled the rest of their lineups with.
The winning lineup for crclngthdrn was impressively unique, with six of the nine players being choices that were used by three or less of the 40 participants. Three of these players had peak performances, with the Islanders being the biggest difference makers. Brock Nelson ($3,800), Anthony Beauvillier ($3,600), and Josh Bailey ($2,900) have been a good salary-saving line over the last few seasons, but Saturday was one of their best games as they beat the Rangers 3-0. Bailey scored two goals, but crclngthdrn also got two goals from Anthony Duclair ($5,100) and had the only lineup in the field with both of those players. Here’s a look at the final standings:
As part of the event, DraftKings ran a shadow contest, free for anyone to join. The contest included $20,000 in prizes, with an additional $10,000 jackpot to be split amongst anyone whose score beat the FHWC’s winning score. One person did just that, edging out crclngthdrn by a few points with a score of 182.70. nlang003 won the $1,000 first prize, as well as the entirety of the $10,000 jackpot. It was a similar lineup to the one crclngthdrn had, but but nlang003’s defensemen scored better and it was enough to finish slightly ahead.
The DraftKings Champions Series continues later this month with the $3M Fantasy Golf Millionaire on Thursday, May 20, followed by the $5M Fantasy Basketball World Championship on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23. More information on those two events can be found here.
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