2016 Average: 118.55
He is without a doubt the AFL’s cult figure. After a compelling 2016, Gawn is ready to back it up as the league’s premier ruckman. He had never played more than 13 games across a single season, last year he played every game whilst averaging 42 hit-outs, 3.6 tackles, 4 marks and 14.4 disposals. Gawn scored over 140 seven times during his career best year, and whilst he wasn’t dominant across this year’s pre-season games (average of 80 from three JLT games) he will still provide your side with monstrous scores like he did the previous year. Should be one of the first locked in players.
2016 Average: 95.67
You’d think North Melbourne’s Todd Goldstein would be the guy here, but 2017 is Grundy’s year, with strong talk revolving around the 22-year-old Magpie for their first or second ruck spot. In his fourth year in the league, Grundy finished 9th in total hit-outs and was terrific towards the back end of the season. From Round 12 onwards Grundy averaged 107 points per game as the Pies began winning more games. Played two games over the JLT series, scoring 63 and 99.
2016 Average: 74.83 (six games)
The name on everyone’s lips, the former Swan will be looking to cement his spot as Richmond’s number one ruck after a strong pre-season campaign. Nankervis comes to the Tigers after playing just 12 games for the red and white. In 2016, he scored over 80 four times from a possible seven games – one even coming in a semi-final. Nankervis made his big statement during the JLT series, however, with two scores of 89 and a big 129 against the Power. This has caused Nankervis to skyrocket in popularity, as it currently stands 30 per cent of SuperCoach teams will go into the season with him starting.
2016 Average: 70.8 (five games)
The great SuperCoach ruck story of Aaron Sandilands could return for one last chapter. At 34 years old, Sandilands has been thrown right into contention for season 2017 with a hugely under-priced $308,200 attached to his name. The main thing here for ‘Sandi’ is staying on the park, getting a bit of money so we can sideways him or otherwise keep him. Although he did have a problem with his hand in JLT 3, the gentle giant scored 63 points after managing a ridiculous 133 the week before against the Pies. Due to injury, Sandilands only played five games last season, his first game he scored 108 and his last game 105. He still has it. This is a guy who has averaged over 100 six times across his long tenure as a Docker. 43 percent of teams have locked him in, will you?
2016 Average: N/A
Rookie rucks are hard to judge early on, they usually aren’t needed in both SuperCoach and AFL. Some might come along and surprise us due to injury/suspension of their sides number one ruck, but as of now let’s talk about the top ruckman in last year’s draft pool – Tim English. He averaged just 35 across two JLT games and is a possibility to start round one against the Pies with both Jordan Roughead out and backup Tom Campbell looking unlikely. If he plays, he’s two games closer to reaching his first break even.