Preseason 2018

The Case For Nank

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Toby Nankervis

AGE: 23
PRICE: $488,300
2017 AVERAGE: 88.6 (21 games) – Richmond
2016 AVERAGE: 74.8 (6 games) – Sydney

Nankervis narrowly missed out on the 2016 Swans grand final team, being named as an emergency. The Swans would then go on to be easily defeated by the premiership drought-breaking team, the Western Bulldogs. The Former Swans ruckmen made the move to Punt Road at the end of the 2016 season to seek more opportunity. And that’s exactly what ‘Nank the Tank’ received.

No less then 12 months later, Nankervis would find himself a premiership player for another club! Who would’ve thought? Nankervis was one of the top recruits for the Tigers in 2017, grasping the opportunity upon on him with both hands and cementing his spot as the number 1 ruckmen. Nankervis managed just 13 games with Swans over two years, but featured in 21 regular season games, along with 3 spectacular final performances for the Tigers in his first season.

Nankervis was listed as DPP (dual-position player) for Supercoach in 2017, which was very enticing for many coaches. We had the ability to rotate Nankervis throughout the forward line and ruck department the whole year, and you just can’t put a price on that. He was also extremely valuable, starting the season at only $366,000.

Nankervis commenced his season in unbelievable fashion, posting scores of 114,124,107,91 and 127 in the first 5 rounds, pleasing his fantasy owners.

‘Nank the Tank’ had established himself as a genuine ruckman with his aggression on the contest and fierce competitiveness.

Nankervis had a decline in form as he struggled throughout the middle parts of the season, finding it difficult to accumulate satisfactory scores. To many, he looked flat and exhausted. Maybe the lone ruck role and inexperience of Nankervis had finally caught up with him.

Nevertheless, Nankervis pushed through tirelessly and rewarded his owners with scores of 112 and 90 in the final two rounds of the Supercoach season, completing his amazing journey throughout the year with a final season average of close to 89. A fantastic output for a DPP. He achieved career highs in every aspect of his game, averaging 15 disposals, 24 hit-outs, 3 marks (1 contested), 4 tackles and 0.5 goals a game.

Unfortunately, Nankervis has lost dual position status for 2018. However, at only 23 and with just 32 games under his belt, Nankervis is still yet to reach his prime. He is at what I call a “bargain” price yet again, listed at $488,000, making him the 12th most expensive ruckmen.


Many have written off Nankervis this year due to his dual position loss, but with the uncertainty surrounding ruckmen this year, it’s hard to look past ‘Nank the Tank’ at his price. Nankervis looked fantastic in his second JLT game against North Melbourne, posting an impressive score of 132 points. In his second year at the Tigers, Nankervis is exceedingly likely to retain his spot as the lone ruckmen. There’s no doubt that Nankervis will improve yet again this year after a successful pre-season, and the only question that remains uncertain is. By how much?

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  1. Carleton

    March 21, 2018 at 4:47 am

    Disagree. To accompany Gawn, there are at least 5 better choice than Nankervis this year — take Kreuzer, Ryder, Goldstein, Grundy, or even Jacobs…

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