Tiers are a simple but effective way of plotting out a draft strategy that assures you won't fall behind at any position while maximizing your return on every pick. They serve as an alternate form of rankings that groups players by expected level of production, denoting the points in the rankings where the most significant drop-offs occur. In the heat of a draft, you'll know which position to target by observing which one is closest to having its current tier depleted.
Below are the shortstop tiers for 2020. They depictthat nonetheless can still be get shallow in leagues with more teams or deeper rosters. We broke down the position in our shortstop preview on the Fantasy Baseball Today podcast, including why we're so excited about someone like Corey Seager even at a stacked position:
The Fallback Options: Jorge Polanco
The Deep-Leaguers: David Fletcher†
^:one tier lower in points leagues