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June 2, 2017 6:00 am

Updating the Tiers: Relief Pitcher

2

Matt Collins

Only Kenley Jansen, Craig Kimbrel and Wade Davis are the elite—the best of the best. But David Robertson is pretty good, too, doggone it.

Welcome to Baseball Prospectus in-season rankings update to our preseason positional tiers article. As we did before Opening Day, players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by a star” rating. In addition, unlike with the preseason star” ratings, these lists can also be viewed as a straight ranking.

If you are wondering why a specific player isn’t listed, please note that in many cases players in the one-star tier and players who are not ranked are interchangeable.

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June 1, 2017 6:00 am

Updating the Tiers: Shortstop

12

Eric Roseberry

Manny Machado has too much of a track record to be dropped from the five stars—even if he's not hitting like an elite SS.

Welcome to the Baseball Prospectus in-season rankings update to our preseason positional tiers article. As we did before Opening Day, players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by a “star” rating. In addition, unlike with the preseason “star” ratings, these lists can also be viewed as a straight ranking.

If you are wondering why a specific player isn’t listed, please note that in many cases players in the one-star tier and players who are not ranked are interchangeable.

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January 27, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base

21

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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December 16, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Trouble With Tiers

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Mike Gianella

Why adhering to tiered rankings might be an impediment in auctions.

It is only a few players into your 2014 NL-only fantasy auction and you are already unhappy with how the auction has progressed. It isn’t because you panicked and overspent on a player or two early but rather because everyone else is buying players and you’re still sitting on the sidelines, waiting to hit your spot. The problem is that you’re reaching the point of the auction at which you have to fill your top offensive slot with a $30-plus player and they’re almost entirely gone. You don’t want to pay $35 for Hanley Ramirez, but the only alternative left is David Wright, and you have a bad feeling about him this year.

For some fantasy players, this scenario might not sound familiar. However, if you use a tiered approach to auctions, it is entirely possible that you can get trapped in a scenario where you feel like you have to overpay a player or two in order to fill out your “tiers” on offense.

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