Tiers are a practical way of organizing rankings for their most optimal use on draft day. The goal is to accentuate which position is closest to a drop-off by denoting (roughly) 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.

Tiers 3.0: C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP

Below are the first base tiers for 2022, depicting a position that's light on studs but has more talent the deeper you go.

For a deeper look at the position, check out Scott's 1B strategies.

The Elite: Vladimir Guerrero, Freddie Freeman
The Near-Elite: Matt Olson, Pete Alonso, Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Abreu^
The Next-Best Things: Joey Votto, Josh Bell, C.J. Cron, Rhys Hoskins
The Fallback Options: Max Muncy, Jake CronenworthLuke Voit, Ryan Mountcastle^, Jared Walsh^, Ty France
The Last Resorts: Alex Kirilloff, Brandon Belt, Tyler Stephenson, DJ LeMahieu, Anthony Rizzo, Frank Schwindel, Yuli Gurriel, Trey Mancini
The Deep-Leaguers: Jonathan Schoop, Spencer Torkelson, Miguel Sano, Jesus Aguilar, Bobby Dalbec, Nate Lowe
The Leftovers: Seth Beer, Keston Hiura, Carlos Santana, Eric Hosmer, Triston Casas, LaMonte Wade, Rowdy Tellez, Brad Miller, Lewin Diaz, Bobby Bradley, Nick Pratto, Christian Walker, Vinnie Pasquantino

^ one tier lower in points leagues

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