Tiers are an alternate form of rankings that’s less concerned with parsing individual players and more concerned with where the biggest drop-offs are. Players whose value is essentially the same are bundled together to help you prioritize which position to draft next. If the goal in a draft is to maximize the return of each pick, then a simple way to do so is to target a position that’s nearing a drop-off and wait on a position that isn’t. By crossing off names as you go, your path to victory should become clear.
Below are the second base tiers for 2024, revealing a position that’s suddenly replete with talent thanks to some surprising breakouts last year. Just be aware that the many multi-eligible players could cause the position to deplete faster than most.
The First-Rounders: Mookie Betts
The Also-Elite: Jose Altuve, Ozzie Albies, Marcus Semien
The Near-Elite: Nico Hoerner, Matt McLain, Ha-Seong Kim, Ketel Marte, Bryson Stott, Zack Gelof, Gleyber Torres, Andres Gimenez^
The Next-Best Things: Luis Arraez, Nolan Gorman, Jonathan India, Tommy Edman, Brandon Lowe
The Fallback Options: Thairo Estrada, Jorge Polanco
The Last Resorts: Ryan McMahon, Edouard Julien, Brandon Drury, Davis Schneider, Whit Merrifield, Jeff McNeil, Gavin Lux, Brendan Donovan, Jordan Westburg
The Leftovers: Luis Rengifo, Brendan Rodgers, Jake Cronenworth, Michael Massey, Geraldo Perdomo, Amed Rosario, Luis Garcia, Brice Turang, Jose Caballero
^ one tier lower in points leagues