28-Year-Old Defensive Tackle – New Orleans Saints
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
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...
2015 ADP: –
Bye Week: 11
Nick Fairley Contract Information:
Signed a one-year deal with the Saints in March of 2016.
Fairley will sign a one-year contract with the Saints, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
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Nick Fairley: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The Rams announced Fairley's signing at the introductory press conference for new quarterback Nick Foles. Joining a front seven that already ranked among the NFL's best, Fairley may be somewhat limited in terms of snap count, which is probably for the best. While the former Lion won't be an IDP option, it should be entertaining to watch the St. Louis defensive line this upcoming season.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Fairley, who was listed as a limited participant in practice both Thursday and Friday, only did individual work during that span, and he's all but ruled out for Sunday's contest. If the Lions advance past this weekend's wild card round, however, it's plausible that Fairley could be back in action for the divisional round of the playoffs.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.
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.
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.
It’s 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.