2014 Fantasy Baseball Positional Tiers

Mar 21

2014 Fantasy Baseball Positional Tiers

When it comes to Fantasy Baseball Positional Tiers, I consider myself a champion of utilizing them. One thing is for certain when it comes to talking Fantasy Sports — I am usually saying things like “He’s a Tier-2 kinda player, with Tier-1 potential” or “That guy isn’t even worth a flyer, I didn’t even put him in a tier.”

Tiers are very important, and if I am not prepping for a draft, or if I’m drafting without them, I am at a loss. Aside from ADP and rankings, tiers are my No. 1 tool. They level the positions into groups and values. Deep positions will still be deep, they simply have more players in select tiers, such as Starting Pitchers, or Outfielders.

If you haven’t used tiers before, they are pretty easy to use, and even make yourselves if you opt to do that. If not I am providing my tiers below. Anyhow, players at each position are split into tiers of value and, most importantly, potential.

The idea being in the early rounds of the draft, the top tier (Elite/Near Elite) players typically go first. If it comes to deciding between two positions, you should weigh the positional scarcity of the position, and then the tiers the remaining players are in.

One example is if you have David Wright (a Tier-1 3B) or Joey Votto (a Tier-2 1B) available in the second round at pick No. 22. Now you know which way you should go. Considering positional scarcity, this makes the case for Wright even stronger. If it is a points game, Votto is far more valuable and likely won’t be at pick No. 22.

Be sure to check out my Draft Strategy series, as well, and look for even more guidance for your upcoming drafts. Strategy, Tiers and Rankings will only ensure you are ready to dominate your draft. If you’d like to get caught up before your drafts this weekend Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy.

So without further ado, here are my tier rankings!

2014 Fantasy Baseball Positional Tiers

Hitters:

Tier
First Base
Second Base
Third Base
Shortstop
1- EliteMiguel Cabrera; Paul Goldschmidt; Chris Davis, Prince FielderRobinson Cano; Jason KipnisMiguel CabreraHanley Ramirez; Troy Tulowitzki
2- Near EliteEdwin Encarnacion, Joey Votto, Freddie Freeman, Eric Hosmer, Albert Pujols, David OrtizDustin Pedroia,Jedd Gyorko, Matt Carpenter, Ian KinslerEdwin Encarnacion, Adrian Beltre; Evan Longoria; David Wright, Jedd Gyorko, Ryan ZimmermanJose Reyes, Ian Desmond, Jean Segura,
3- Very GoodMark Trumbo, Adrian Gonzalez, Buster Posey, Anthony Rizzo, Matt Adams,Jose Abreu, Joe MauerBen Zobrist, Jose Altuve, Aaron Hill, Chase Utley, Martin Prado,Matt Carpenter, Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Pedro Alvarez,Elvis Andrus, Ben Zobrist, J.J. Hardy, Everth Cabrera,
4- StarterAllen Craig, Brandon Belt, Carlos Santanna, MIke Napoli, Billy Butler, Corey Hart, Kendrys Morales,Brandon Phillips, Brian Dozier, Brad Miller, Anthony Rendon, Neil Walker, Kolten Wong, Jurickson Profar, Jed Lowrie, Daniel Murphy,Xander Bogaerts, Nolan Arenado, Kyle Seager, Will Middlebrooks, Aramis Ramirez, Anthony Rendon, Chase HeadleyBrad MIller, Xander Bogaerts, Starlin Castro, Andeltron Simmons, Jimmy Rollins, Jurickson Profar,
5- ServicableJustn Morneau, Darin Ruf, Mark Teixera, Yonder Alonso, Ryan Howard, Nick SwisherMarco Scutaro, Kelly Johnson, Omar Infante, Dan Uggla, Howie Kendrick, Gordan Beckham, Dee Gordon, Alex GuererroPablo Sandoval, Jurickson Profar, MIke Moustakas, Brett Lawrie,Alexai Ramirez, Asdrubal Cabrera, Erick Aybar, Derek Jeter, Stephen Drew, Didi Gregorious, Jonathan Villar, Alcides Escobar, Jordy Mercer, Dee Gordon,
6- Deep League Value/FlyersJustin Smoak, Mike Morse, Adam Lind, Logan Morrison, Ike DavisJonathan Schoop, Brian Roberts, Rickie Weeks, Nick Franklin, Alberto Callaspo, Scooter Gennett, Eric SogaardMatt Dominguez, Cody Asche, David Freese, Trevor Plouffe, Javier Baez, Matt Davidson, Chris Johnson, Lonnie Chisenhall, Juan FranciscoJose Iglesias, Yunel Escobar, Zack Cozart, Brandon Crawford, Adeiny Hechavarria, Rafael Furcal, Chris Owings, Mike Aviles, Pedro Florimon,

Tier
Catcher
Outfield
1- EliteBuster Posey; Joe Mauer, Carlos Santanna,Mike Trout
2- Near EliteYadier Molina, Jonathan Lucroy, Wilin Rosario, Salvador PerezAndrew McCutchen; Carlos Gonzalez; Ryan Braun, Adam Jones, Bryce Harper, Jacoby Ellsbury, Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Upton
3- Very GoodMatt Wieters, Brian McCann, Wilson Ramos,Yasiel Puig, Carlos Gomez,Jay Bruce, Shin Soo Choo,Starling Marte, Wil Myers, Matt Kemp, Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, Alex Rios, Martin Prado, Jason Heyward, Domonic Brown, Mark Trumbo, Hunter Pence
4- StarterEvan Gattis, Miguel Montero, A.J.Pierzynski, Jason Castro, Alex Avila, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Russel MartinYoenis Cespedes, Ben Zobrist, Jayson Werth, Desmond Jennings,Shane Victorino, Alex Gordon, Billy Hamilton,Leonys Martin, Carlos Beltran, Josh Hamilton, Dexter Fowler, Coco Crisp, Curtis Granderson, Josh Willingham
5- ServicableDevin Mesoraco, Yan Gomes, Mike Zunino, Dioner Navarro, Carlos Ruiz,Austin Jackson, Kole Calhoun, Michael Cuddyer, Torii Hunter,,Khris Davis, Adam Eaton, Alfonso Soriano, George Springer, Nelson Cruz, Brandon Moss, Christian Yelich, Ben Revere, Eric Young, Rajai Davis,
6- Deep League Value/FlyersTravis D'Arnaud, Ryan Doumit, Josmil Pinto, John Jaso, Welington Castillo, J.P. Arencibia, Chris Ianetta, Ryan Hanigan, Geovany Soto, Tyler Flowers, Yasmani GrandalNorichika Aoki, Angel Pagan, Oswaldo Arcia, Alejandro De Aza, Nick Markakis, Brett Gardner, Michael Bourn, Carl Crawford, Avisail Garcia, Nick Swisher, Marlon Byrd, Will Venable, Michael Morse, Colby Rasmus, Chris Carter, Oscar Taveras, B.J. Upton,

Pitchers:

Tier
Starting Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
1- EliteClayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish, Max Scherzer, Adam Wainwright, Felix Hernandez, Craig Kimbrel
2- Near EliteCliff Lee, Jose Fernandez, Stephen Strasburg, Justin Verlander, Madison Bumgarner, Chris Sale, David Price, Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez
The Next-Best Things: Matt Cain
Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen,
3- Very Good Mat Latos, Mike Minor, Jordan Zimmermann, Homer Bailey, Gio Gonzalez, James Shields, Alex Cobb, Jered Weaver, Hisashi Iwakuma, Gerrit Cole, Michael Wacha, Julio Teheran, Shelby Miller, Masahiro Tanaka, Tony Cingrani, Matt Moore, Cole Hamels Trevor Rosenthal, Greg Holland, Joe Nathan, Glen Perkins
4- Starter Patrick Corbin, Francisco Liriano, Sonny Gray, Jon Lester, Marco Estrada, Kris Medlen, Johnny Cueto, Zack Wheeler, Justin Masterson, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Danny Salazar, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jeff Samardzija, Andrew Cashner, Clay Buchholz, C.J. Wilson, Chris Tillman, A.J. Griffin, Lance Lynn, Doug Fister, Chris Archer, Corey Kluber, Matt Garza, Sergio Romo, David Ronertson, John Axford, Jim Johnson, Grant Balfour, Jonathan Papelbon, Addison Reed, Rafael Soriano
5- ServicableJohn Lackey, R.A. Dickey, Brandon Beachy, Scott Kazmir, Lance Lynn, Hiroki Kuroda, CC Sabathia, Tim Lincecum, A.J. Burnett, Doug Fister, Chris Archer, Corey Kluber, Taijuan Walker, Matt Garza, Yovani Gallardo, Jake Peavy, Ervin Santana, Drew Smyly, Alex Wood, Dan Straily, Jose Quintana, Dan Haren, Tyson Ross, Ivan Nova, Rick Porcello,Huston Street, Ernesto Frieri, Casey Janssen, Steve Cishek, Jim Henderson, Bobby Parnell, Fernando Rodney,
6- Deep League Value/FlyersJarred Cosart, Martin Perez, Jarrod Parker, Josh Johnson, Michael Pineda, Kyle Lohse, Wade Miley, Travis Wood, Dillon Gee, Brandon Morrow, Hector Santiago*, Charlie Morton, Bartolo Colon, Tim Hudson, Jonathon Niese, Ricky Nolasco, Mike Leake, Bronson Arroyo, Tyler Skaggs, Felix Doubront, Wily Peralta, Brad Peacock, Danny Duffy, Alexi Ogando, Erik Johnson, Rick Porcello, Jhoulys Chacin, Archie Bradley, Jake Odorizzi, James Paxton, Ian Kennedy, Garrett Richards, Brett Anderson, Jason Vargas, Nate Eovaldi, Kevin Gausman, Joe Kelly, Carlos Martinez, Noah Syndergaard, Jameson Taillon, Josh Beckett, Tanner Roark, Mark Buehrle, Scott Feldman, Miguel Gonzalez, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Tyler Thornburg, Chad Billingsley, Derek Holland, Henderson Alvarez, Brandon Workman, David Phelps, Trevor Cahill, Wei-Yin Chen, Matt HarrisonJesse Crain, Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz, Nathan Jones, Latroy Hawkins, Tommy Hunter

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