27-Year-Old Defensive Tackle – Detroit Lions
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
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 d...
Nick Fairley Contract Information:
The Lions signed Fairley, their first-round pick in April, to a four-year, $10 million deal in July of 2011.
Fairley (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, the Lions' official site reports.
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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.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Fairly suffered a sprained MCL/PCL back in Week 8, and at this stage, his return is evidently not imminent, with the defensive tackle thus presumably closer to week-to-week than day-to-day.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.