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Week 5 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: 5 Players To Avoid This Week

5 Players To Avoid This Week

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Fantasy owners trip over themselves every week to grab players off the waiver wire, but not everyone is worth reaching for. To help you identify the true talent in the free agent pool, here are five players to avoid grabbing off the fantasy baseball waiver wire in Week 5.

5. RP Tony Watson, Pittsburgh Pirates

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5. RP Tony Watson, Pittsburgh Pirates

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There has been some speculation that Watson will take over the closer role with Jason Grilli on the disabled list. However, the obvious replacement in the ninth inning will Mark Melancon. He saved 16 games in Grilli's absence last season and the veteran has a career 1.14 WHIP out of the pen. Watson will receive much more work as a result, but he won’t be getting many save opportunities with Melancon still around.

4. SP Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros

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4. SP Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros

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Keuchel has been a bright spot in Houston’s rotation this season, but he has really struggled as of late. The southpaw’s ERA has climbed up 3.56 and he has surrendered two earned runs or more in three straight starts. Keuchel will be a hot commodity on the wire this week, but it would be better to look for a more experienced arm.

3. SP Franklin Morales, Colorado Rockies

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3. SP Franklin Morales, Colorado Rockies

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Morales has a career 4.38 ERA, which is eerily similar to his 4.40 ERA so far through 2014. Even more alarming, Morales has walked 12 batters through 30.2 innings of work. Morales has given up five long balls in five starts already, which certainly doesn't bode well for once the Colorado air starts launching balls out of Coors Field. It is only a matter of time until this journeyman is moved back into the bullpen.

2. SP Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals

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2. SP Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals

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Roark pitched a complete game shutout last week, and as a result, he has been trending upwards all week. However, that was the only game in which he made it into the seventh inning. The 27-year-old's fastball has averaged a very hittable 91.1 MPH and he simply doesn't have the ability to dial up the velocity in the late innings. He is just another end of the rotation starter and fantasy fans shouldn't get carried away with this one-hit wonder.

1. SP Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers

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1. SP Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Most fantasy owners are tripping over themselves right now to pick up Beckett after his eight-inning gem last Friday night. However, in his three starts prior to that, Beckett didn't last more than five innings. He has also failed to throw over 100 pitches in a single start this season. It is only a matter of time until Beckett ends up on the shelf and it would be better to simply avoid him this year, so let someone else deal with the headache.