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Nick Fairley

29-Year-Old Defensive Tackle – New Orleans Saints

2016 Defensive Stats

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43

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6.5

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2017 Defensive Projections

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2017 Fantasy Football Outlook

After disappointing seasons in Detroit and St. Louis, Fairley signed a one-year deal with New Orleans last season and produced career highs with 43 tackles (29 solo) and 6.5 sacks. In fact, Fairley fi...

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2017 ADP:

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  5

STATUS:  NFI     INJURY:  Illness
HT: 6' 4"   WT: 308   DOB: 1/23/1988
College: Auburn  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Nick Fairley Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $30 million contract with the Saints in March of 2017.

June 26, 2017  –  Nick Fairley News

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Fairley (illness) was placed on the Saints' reserve/non-football injury list Monday, effectively ending his 2017 campaign, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

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Nick Fairley NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2009 21 CFB 12 - - - - 0 0 - - - - - -
2010 22 CFB 13 - - - - 1 0 - - - - - -
2011 23 DET 10 15 9 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 24 DET 13 35 28 7 5.5 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
2013 25 DET 15 34 22 12 6 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
2014 26 DET 8 14 8 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2015 27 STL 15 29 18 11 0.5 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2016 28 NO 16 43 29 14 6.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Nick Fairley – Playing Time Overview

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#5 Defensive Tackle

Snap Count Stats

723

Defensive Snaps in 2016

Nick Fairley was on the field for 723 of his team's snaps on defense in 2016.

9

Special Teams Snaps in 2016

Nick Fairley was on the field for 9 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2016.

Year Def ST
2014 288 9
2015 422 16
2016 723 9
Nick Fairley 2016 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 Oak 48 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 @NYG 58 5 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Atl 40 0 7 4 3 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 @SD 41 0 3 2 1 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 BYE Bye Week
6 Car 58 0 3 0 3 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 @KC 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Sea 40 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 @SF 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Den 61 0 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 @Car 41 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 LA 41 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Det 47 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 @TB 46 0 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 @Ari 43 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 TB 39 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 @Atl 43 0 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Nick Fairley
As Compared To Other Defensive Tackles
Height:   6' 4"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   308 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.87 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.56 sec
GOOD
Cone Drill:   7.14 sec
ELITE
Arm Length:   34.75 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.75 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   31 in
GOOD
Broad Jump:   113 in
ELITE
Bench Press
Not Available
New Orleans Saints Team Injury Report
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Terron Armstead  PUP-P
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Dan Arnold  IR
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Nick Fairley  NFI
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Nick Fairley: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Fairley is waiting on a third opinion on his career-threatening heart condition, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.

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Fairley has been absent from OTAs due to a heart issue that could jeopardize his career, FOX Sports' Jennifer Hale reports.

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Fairley signed a four-year, $30 million contract with the Saints on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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Fairley had 43 tackles (29 solo) and 6.5 sacks in 16 games in 2016.

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Fairley played 58 of the Saints' 82 defensive snaps in Week 6, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He made three tackles and half a sack against the Panthers.

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Fairley posted 1.5 sacks to go along with three tackles Sunday against the Chargers.

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Fairley made seven tackles (four solo), including 1.5 sacks, in Monday night's loss to the Falcons.

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Fairley will sign a one-year contract with the Saints, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

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Fairley will visit with the Patriots on Monday, NFL.com reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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2016

Picked 13th overall by the Lions in the 2011 NFL Draft, Fairley has endured a number of ups and downs during his five-year career. He had a total of 98 tackles and 13.5 sacks, while missing a total of 18 games, during his first four season in Detroit. As a rotational backup with the Rams in 2015, he had only 29 tackles and a half sack, but was lauded by scouting services such as Pro Football Focus for being a disruptive presence. After signing a one-year deal this offseason with the Saints, Fairley is expected to see significant playing time at defensive tackle alongside Saints' 2016 first-round draft pick Sheldon Rankins. If Fairley can convert some of those defensive pressures into sacks -- as he did during his first few seasons in Detroit -- he could be a valuable IDP option in position-specific fantasy leagues.

2015

Fairley goes from one great defensive front to another, leaving the Lions and joining the Rams in 2015. He will combine with Defensive Rookie of the Year Aaron Donald to form one of the best defensive tackle duos in the NFL if Fairley can stay healthy and motivated. Talent has never been a knock on Fairley, but his commitment to be the best every down has come into question on occasion. Playing alongside Donald, Robert Quinn and Chris Long, should provide opportunities for 308-pound tackle, as teams can't focus in on any one defensive lineman for St. Louis. A change of scenery could provide the fifth-year tackles with what he needs to return to his 2012 and 2013 form, when he averaged 34 tackles and 5.5 sacks per year.

2014

Fairley hasn't quite been the force the Lions had hoped when they drafted him, but he's still a load, especially considering he won't be constantly double-teamed thanks to the strength of the team's defensive line. He's not likely to be an IDP all-star, but he should be a productive player.

2013

Fairley had his second season cut short due to a shoulder injury, but he had somewhat of a breakout season with 35 tackles (28 solo), 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He will start alongside Ndamukong Suh at DT in 2013.

2012

Fairley was arrested twice this offseason and could draw interest from the league office. He is, however, healthy after a less-than-stellar rookie campaign that got off to a delayed start due to injury. He'll make up a a major part of a Detroit defensive line that has the talent to be a fearsome bunch, though whether his numbers will be fantasy-worthy in many IDP formats remains to be seen.

2011

Its tempting to rank a massive talent like Fairley higher, but rookies bring a certain risk. Fairley, the 13th overall pick in April's draft, has huge upside in Detroit not only is he an elite talent, but he should get favorable matchups thanks to the presence of Ndamukong Suh. Fairley dominated the college ranks last year with 60 tackles (36 solo) and 11.5 sacks in 14 games for Auburn and has the potential to be an impact player in the NFL.