To tier a position means to bundle players with a similar projected outcome, creating an alternate form of rankings that will better serve you on Draft Day. Tiers make it immediately apparent during the heat of the draft where the drop-off is coming next so that you'll know which position to target with each and every pick.
Below are the first base tiers for 2021, depicting a position that's lacking in game-changers at the top but well-stocked with capable options in the middle.
The Elite: Freddie Freeman, Cody Bellinger, DJ LeMahieu
The Near-Elite: Jose Abreu, Pete Alonso^, Matt Olson^, Vladimir Guerrero
The Next-Best Things: Paul Goldschmidt, Max Muncy, Luke Voit, Anthony Rizzo, Dominic Smith, Josh Bell, Mike Moustakas, Rhys Hoskins†
The Fallback Options: Carlos Santana†, Andrew Vaughn, Miguel Sano, Eric Hosmer
The Last Resorts: Ryan Mountcastle, C.J. Cron, Jared Walsh, Christian Walker, Yuli Gurriel, Jake Cronenworth, Bobby Dalbec^, Hunter Dozier, Joey Votto†
The Deep-Leaguers: Tommy La Stella, Jeimer Candelario, Rowdy Tellez, Brandon Belt
The Leftovers: Nate Lowe, Evan White, (Miguel Cabrera), Ryan McMahon, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jesus Aguilar, Garrett Cooper, Mitch Moreland
^ one tier lower in points leagues
† one tier lower in categories leagues
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