Tiers are a practical way of displaying rankings for optimal use on Draft Day. The goal is to accentuate which position is closest to a drop-off by denoting where the drop-offs are at each position. During the heat of the draft, you'll know that the position to target is the one that's current tier is closest to depletion.
The Fantasy Baseball Today team dove a bit deeper into Scott's tiered rankings, how to use tiered rankings for snake drafts vs. salary cap drafts, why people are sleeping on Joey Votto, and more:
Below are the first base tiers for 2022, depicting a position that's light on studs but has more talent the deeper you go.
The Elite: Vladimir Guerrero, Freddie Freeman
The Near-Elite: Matt Olson, Paul Goldschmidt, Pete Alonso, Jose Abreu^
The Next-Best Things: Joey Votto, C.J. Cron, Rhys Hoskins
The Fallback Options: Max Muncy, Jake Cronenworth, Ryan Mountcastle^, Ty France, Josh Bell, Jared Walsh^
The Last Resorts: Brandon Belt, Luke Voit, Frank Schwindel, Yuli Gurriel, Alex Kirilloff, Tyler Stephenson, Anthony Rizzo, DJ LeMahieu, Trey Mancini
The Deep-Leaguers: Jonathan Schoop, Miguel Sano, Jesus Aguilar, Bobby Dalbec, Nate Lowe
The Leftovers: Seth Beer, Keston Hiura, Carlos Santana, Eric Hosmer, Spencer Torkelson, Triston Casas, LaMonte Wade, Rowdy Tellez, Lewin Diaz, Bobby Bradley, Nick Pratto, Christian Walker, Vinnie Pasquantino
^ one tier lower in points leagues