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.