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Fantasy Baseball: Week 5 Start 'Em or Sit 'Em Breakdown
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Hisashi Iwakuma is expected to make his 2014 debut on Friday against the Houston Astros.

The April portion of the calendar transforms into May during Week 5 of the MLB season. Does this mean gloomy pitchers will blossom into delightful flowers?

Pitchers who rained on their fantasy owners' ERA and WHIP still have plenty of time to turn around a tumultuous beginning to 2014. Unfortunately, there's just enough data to express legitimate concerns over some failing to get their act together.

On a brighter note, other hurlers of contrasting varieties have jumped out to promising starts. From a rebounding veteran to a hot-shot prospect to a reliever-turned-starter, this week's "Start 'Em or Sit 'Em Breakdown" welcomes players from all backgrounds.

And hey, an old friend also returns to the fold this week. Well, I don't know him personally, but Hisashi Iwakuma's anticipated debut is still a sweet sight for daring drafters who stashed him on the disabled list throughout April.

Who gets inserted into the starting lineup this week? Who takes a seat on the bench? Let's take a look at a few intriguing cases to close out April and usher in May. 

 

Note: All advanced statistics courtesy of FanGraphs.

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