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Decision time: Stretch run moves that will determine fantasy futures

1932 -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected president for the first time. Imagine leading a nation amid an economic meltdown and a global war while confined to a wheel chair. Nice call, grandma and grandpa.

1966 -- California elects actor Ronald Reagan as governor, thus paving the way for more celebrities to rule including the "Governator" and eventually one of the Kardashian sisters.

1968 -- John Lennon legally divorces Cynthia. Goodbye, Beatles. Hello, Yoko Ono.

1970 -- The AFL and NFL officially merge. Where would fantasy football be without colorful teams like the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders? More importantly for commentators, the AFL introduced players' names on the back of jerseys.

1973 - New Orleans kicker Tom Dempsey boots an NFL record 63-yard field goal to beat the Lions, 19-17. What a ballsy Les Miles-like decision by the Saints coach.

Entering Week 10 of the football season, which is only a month away from the fantasy playoffs, every decision going forward is important. Here's help making the right calls:

Invest in Buffalo's passing game (QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR Steve Johnson and WR Lee Evans) -- The Bills have over 1,100 yards passing and nine receiving touchdowns in their past four games. Still winless at 0-8, they are used to playing from behind. And if you make the fantasy playoffs, you'll enjoy Buffalo's passing schedule (Week 14 against Cleveland and Week 16 against New England).

Cut your Dallas backs (Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Tashard Choice) -- The Cowboys can't do anything right, and that includes running the football.

Give up on Robert Meachem -- Don't fall in love with his potential. The Saints receiver has recorded three average games this season mixed in with six duds, including Sunday's two catches for 15 yards versus the Panthers

Bench Shonn Greene -- After losing his starting job to LaDainian Tomlinson in Week 3, Greene has been mostly ineffective. In the past two games, he has carried the ball just 16 times for 68 yards and no scores.

Abandon Arizona's backfield (Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower) -- Wells can't stay healthy and Hightower can't hold onto the football. Meanwhile, defenses are daring the Cardinals to throw the football, leaving little room to run.

Believe in Carolina's rushing attack -- Ranked third in 2009, the Panthers are down to 26th and things aren't looking better. DeAngelo Williams has missed two games with an ankle injury and Jonathan Stewart was knocked out of Sunday's game against the Saints with a concussion. Tyrell Sutton, a second-year back out of Northwestern, is not a permanent fix.

Doubt "old guy" Derrick Mason -- The 36-year-old receiver responded to a joke about his age with four catches for 42 yards and a score against Miami, even outperforming his teammate Anquan Boldin. Mason will need to pick up his production, though, if he wants to record his fourth consecutive season with 1,000 yards receiving (he's on pace for about 800 yards).

Forget about Detroit's passing game -- All Matthew Stafford has done since returning from a shoulder injury is throw the ball -- 81 passing attempts, 452 yards and six passing touchdowns in two games. That's good news for receivers Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson, and even rookie back Jahvid Best (especially in PPR leagues). But if Stafford is down, so is the Lions aerial attack.

Wait around for a New Orleans back -- Two are injured indefinitely (Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush) and two are nothing special (Julius Jones and Chris Ivory). That explains why the Saints attempted only 18 carries in Sunday's rout of the Panthers.


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