By Jim Owczarski Sports Editor Published Oct 01, 2014 at 4:06 PM

It was odd week in fantasy football – but when isn’t it? Up is down, down is up and Alex Smith was a better fantasy play than Drew Brees. Confused with what to do this week? We're here to help.

Now, you're not going to find "start Peyton Manning" here. If you drafted a player in the first five rounds, chances are those are your go-to players, so we'll try to give you some less-than-obvious choices to bolster your lineup every week.

On that note, here we go for week 5:

Start 'em

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh tight end at Jacksonville
Normally when a role player breaks out one week, teams scramble to pick him up in the hopes of a repeat – and are generally disappointed. While Miller’s 11 targets last week were likely an aberration – he was targeted 16 times the first three weeks combined – the Steelers head into Jacksonville where nearly every offensive player gets healthy. While Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown should also have big weeks, Miller could get you double-digit points if you’re looking for a bye-week fill in.

Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay quarterback at New Orleans
If you’re looking to catch lightning in the bottle, this could be a good play for a few reasons. Tampa should fall behind, and will be throwing – a lot. Which is something the Saints can’t really defend – they’re fourth-worst in the league in giving up 272.5 yards per game, have allowed seven touchdown passes and have not intercepted one yet. Opposing quarterbacks have also posted a 105.7 rating against them. Glennon only completed 50 percent of his passes last week at Pittsburgh, but the sheer volume of attempts one could anticipate this week might lead to another 300-yard, multiple-touchdown game.

Last week: Atlanta defense (41 points allowed); Colin Kaepernick (218 passing yards, 2 TD, INT, 58 rush yards).

Sit 'em

Brandon LaFell, New England wide receiver vs. Cincinnati
See my opening thought on Miller, but apply it here. LaFell went without a catch the first two weeks to four in week 3 and then six for 119 yards and a touchdown on Monday night. He’s obviously earning Tom Brady’s trust. But, Brady isn’t the quarterback he once was in terms of accuracy and the Patriots will be facing one of the league’s best defenses coming off a bye week. Opposing quarterbacks have posted a woeful 56.9 rating and have been intercepted six times against the Bengals while being sacked seven times. LaFell may be targeted, but the odds of producing a big game are slim.

Knile Davis, Kansas City running back at San Francisco
Even though Jamaal Charles returned from his high ankle sprain Monday night, Davis saw plenty of work, rushing 16 times for 107 yards while catching one ball for 12 yards. Charles was effective, but clearly Andy Reid wanted to play it safe with his star running back. While the same formula will apply on a short week, there is now film on some of the unique formations the Chiefs employed against Bill Belichick’s formerly No. 1 ranked rush defense. Also – remember that 48 of Davis’ yards came on one run. The 49ers held LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles to 21 combined yards on the ground last week, and while the Chiefs should have more success on the ground this week Davis isn’t a good bet for his third straight double-digit point game.

Last week: Rashad Jennings (55 rush yards, 1 target, 1 catch, -3 yards); Vincent Jackson (10 targets, 3 catches, 32 yards, TD).


Scott Chandler, Buffalo tight end at Detroit
This would be a deep sleeper, a hunch play, but Buffalo has already named backup quarterback Kyle Orton its starter for this game and the combination of a rusty quarterback and a stout run defense (and pass rush) could lead to a high volume game for the tight end. Chandler was not a favorite of starter EJ Manuel, with just 13 targets and nine catches in four weeks. We saw what the Lions did to Aaron Rodgers, but there’s a good chance that Chandler proves to be a safety net for Orton.

Last week: Randall Cobb (9 targets, 7 catches, 113 yards, 2 TD).

Jim Owczarski is an award-winning sports journalist and comes to Milwaukee by way of the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network.

A three-year Wisconsin resident who has considered Milwaukee a second home for the better part of seven years, he brings to the market experience covering nearly all major and college sports.

To this point in his career, he has been awarded six national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news and projects. He is also a four-time nominee for the prestigious Peter J. Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, presented by the Chicago Headline Club, and is a two-time winner for Best Sports Story. He has also won numerous other Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards.

Jim's career started in earnest as a North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) senior in 2002 when he received a Richter Fellowship to cover the Chicago White Sox in spring training. He was hired by the Naperville Sun in 2003 and moved on to the Aurora Beacon News in 2007 before joining

In that time, he has covered the events, news and personalities that make up the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, NCAA football, baseball and men's and women's basketball as well as boxing, mixed martial arts and various U.S. Olympic teams.

Golf aficionados who venture into Illinois have also read Jim in GOLF Chicago Magazine as well as the Chicago District Golfer and Illinois Golfer magazines.