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January 27, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base

18

Craig Goldstein

Breaking down the position into fantasy-value-based bins.

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January 20, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base

16

Mike Gianella

Breaking down the position into value-based bins.

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January 13, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Basemen

24

Nick Shlain

Breaking down the position into fantasy-value-based bins.

The positional tier rankings continue to roll out, and today we have the first basemen. For the third year in a row, we’ve made this a collaborative effort.

Players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by a “star” rating. Five-star players are the studs at their position. In general, they are the players who will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and they will fetch auction bids in excess of $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will also be early-round selections, and they are projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are late-round sleepers and roster placeholders. The positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of last year’s values but rather try to offer some insights into what we expect will happen in 2015.

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January 6, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Catchers

34

Mike Gianella

Breaking down the position into fantasy-value-based bins.

Today, we kick off our positional tier rankings. For the third year in a row, we have made this into a collaborative effort. Players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by a “star” rating.

Five-star players are the studs at their position. In general, they are the players who will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and they will fetch auction bids in excess of $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will also be early-round selections, and they are projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are late-round sleepers and roster placeholders. The positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of last year’s values but rather try to offer some insights into what we expect will happen in 2014.

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March 4, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Relief Pitchers

8

Paul Sporer

Breaking down the position, from the top-shelf closers to the setup men who might be on the cusp.

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February 25, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers

43

Paul Sporer

Two possible first-round picks give these rankings a distinct sixth tier.

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February 18, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Outfielders

24

Mike Gianella

Mike Trout is head and shoulders above the competition, but he's not alone in our top tier.

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February 11, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Basemen

26

Mike Gianella

In his last year of eligibility at the hot corner, Miguel Cabrera stands alone at the top.

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February 4, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Shortstops

13

Paul Sporer

Hanley Ramirez leads off a list that offers plenty of speed and might be deeper than you think.

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January 28, 2014 8:38 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Basemen

28

Craig Goldstein

First-year Mariner Robinson Cano sits alone at the top in this year's breakdown of the top 25 at the position.

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January 21, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Basemen

10

Mike Gianella

Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Davis lead the way, but there are plenty of power bats in the middle and lower tiers.

This series began last week with a look at the catchers. Today, our positional tier rankings series continues with a look at first base.

Players at each position are divided into five tiers, represented by a numerical star rating. Five-star players are the studs at their respective position. In general, they are the players that will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and they'll fetch auction bids in excess of $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will also be early-round selections, and they are projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are late round sleepers and roster placeholders. The positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of last year’s values but rather try to offer some insights into what we expect will happen in 2014.

We retained last year's roster requirements for the positional tier series. Dollar values come from last year’s PFM using a 12-team, standard 5x5 scoring format, with 23-man rosters and the following positions: C (2) 1B (1) 2B (1) 3B (1) SS (1) CI (1) MI (1) OF (5) UT (1) P (9). The minimum bid for players is $1, and, as we did last year, we allocate $180 of a $260 budget to hitters. Players needed to play in 20 games at a position to qualify there. The PFM is customizable, so if your league uses a different format, you can adjust it to match your league settings and see how it impacts players’ dollar values.

Players with multi-position eligibility are listed at the position where it is most likely they would start in a standard fantasy league. Buster Posey and Carlos Santana both have eligibility at catcher and first base but are not included in this part of the series for this reason. While there are unique situations where a fantasy owner might start Posey or Santana at first, these situations are the exception and not the rule.

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Buster Posey and Joe Mauer headline a large group of high-end backstops, followed by thinner groupings below.

Today we kick off our positional tier rankings. For the second year in a row, we have made this into a collaborative effort. Players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by the number of stars.

Five-star players are the studs at their position. In general, they are the players that will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and they'll fetch auction bids in excess of $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will also be earl- round selections, and they're projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are late-round sleepers and roster placeholders. The positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of last year’s values but rather try to offer some insights into what we expect will happen in 2014.

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