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. Knowing which position to target means knowing where the biggest drop-off is coming, and having tiers will make it immediately apparent during the heat of the draft.

Tiers 1.0: Catcher | First base | Second base | Third base | Shortstop | Outfield | Starting pitcher | Relief pitcher   

Below are the shortstop tiers for 2021, depicting a well-distributed position that's host to some of the biggest stars in the game.

The Super Elite: Fernando Tatis, Trea Turner^, Trevor Story^
The Elite: Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager
The Near-Elite: Adalberto Mondesi^, Tim Anderson, Xander Bogaerts, Bo Bichette
The Next-Best Things: Gleyber Torres, Javier Baez, Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson
The Fallback Options: Didi Gregorius, Marcus Semien, Jake Cronenworth, David Fletcher
The Last Resorts: Andres Gimenez^, Chris Taylor, Wander Franco, Willi Castro, Jorge Polanco, Paul DeJong, Ha-seong Kim, Tommy Edman^, Jonathan Villar^
The Deep-Leaguers: Willy Adames, Amed Rosario
The Leftovers: Nick Ahmed, Joey Wendle, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Jeter Downs, Royce Lewis

^ one tier lower in points leagues
† one tier lower in categories leagues