NFC North: Jamal Charles

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If you're a fantasy football player, then you're probably already thinking about your roster for this season.

And if you're a Green Bay Packers' fan, which is safe to assume since you’re reading this, you have decisions to make. Do you draft with your heart and select Packers players or do you draft with your head and take the best player available?

Perhaps there's a way to do both.

We have unveiled our latest fantasy rankings for the 2014 season. Among the top 200 players overall regardless of position were seven Packers.

Here's a breakdown of where they fell on the top 200 list:

6. Eddie Lacy: After rushing for 1,178 yards last season, the reigning offensive rookie of the year could top that if he can stay healthy for the entire season. He missed one full game and significant parts of two others because of injuries (concussion, ankle) last season. Running backs occupied the top six spots, and Lacy was behind Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Jamal Charles, Matt Forte and Marshawn Lynch.

12. Aaron Rodgers: Only one quarterback, Peyton Manning, ranked ahead of Rodgers. That says it all.

22. Jordy Nelson: Nelson is hoping to avoid his every-other-year pattern. In 2011 and 2013, he had big seasons with 1,200 yards or more in each season, combined to catch 23 touchdowns and did not miss any games. But in 2012 he missed four games and managed just 745 yards and seven touchdowns. Ranked seventh among receivers.

30. Randall Cobb: After an 80-catch season in 2012, he was poised for another big year last season before a fractured leg limited him to six games. Like Nelson, Cobb is in a contract year, which could help his production. Ranked 10th among receivers.

122. James Starks: Had his most productive season last year as Lacy's primary backup, posting career highs in touchdowns (four -- three rushing, one receiving) and yards per carry (5.5). Ranked 51st among running backs.

154. Mason Crosby: Saved his job last season by making 33-of-37 field goals (89.2 percent) after a career-low 63.6 percent conversion rate in 2012. Has tallied at least 100 points in seven straight seasons. Ranked fourth among kickers.

161. Jarrett Boykin: Emerged last season as a viable No. 3 with 49 catches for 681 yards and three touchdowns over the final 12 games but could see reduced playing time this year after the Packers drafted three receivers. Ranked 54th among receivers.
Once you get past our Halloween small talk, and Mike Sando's explanation for this photograph, the Inside Slant podcast has an NFC North feel to it this week.

Mike and I expanded on Adrian Peterson's stunning return from a major knee injury, one that has set a new standard in ACL rehab: Peterson did it in one offseason. It's gotten to the point where we felt compelled to criticize Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel for not using tailback Jamaal Charles -- another running back who has returned successfully from a 2011 torn ACL -- more often.

We also discussed the exemplary first half of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in the context of aging quarterbacks who have sought to extend their careers after their original team moves on. Brett Favre's name came up, naturally.

The podcast reveals my Halloween costume for this evening, but contrary to what you might hear, it does not include Underoos in any way, shape or form.

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