Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Fined $21,000 For Hit On Byron Leftwich: Fantasy Implications

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles laterals the ball while being tackled by Graham Gano #4 of the Washington Redskins following a blocked field goal attempt during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for his hit on Byron Leftwich last week. We break down the fantasy implications.

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been fined $21,000 for his hit on Byron Leftwich in the team's preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to reports. Rodgers-Cromartie was flagged for unnecessary roughness after launching himself towards Leftwich's head in the first quarter. While the cornerback believes he laid down a clean hit, some around the league are surprised he did not earn a suspension.

Analysis: The important bit from a fantasy perspective is that Rodgers-Cromartie didn't earn a suspension, making him safe to deploy as an IDP from Week 1 of the regular season. Few will argue that the hit was clean, despite what the cornerback says. As a fantasy option, you should be able to find a better starting option, unless you are in a particularly deep IDP league. Rodgers-Cromartie is only an 'okay' source of tackles for the position, and he recorded zero interceptions in 13 games played last season.

For more on Rodgers-Cromartie and the Eagles, check out Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly.

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