Ka'imi Fairbairn
Ka'imi Fairbairn
25-Year-Old KickerK
Houston Texans
2019 Fantasy Outlook
An unexpected scoring leader last year, Fairbairn benefited from a Houston offense ranked 15th in yards (363 per game) and 27th in red-zone TD rate (50 percent). Harrison Butker was the only kicker with more cumulative opportunities between field goals and extra points, with Fairbairn getting a boost from Houston's strong play on defense. Accuracy helps his cause, but some of 2018's FGs will become PATs. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Texans in April of 2019.
Kicking issues not on kicker only
KHouston Texans
October 15, 2019
Houston head coach Bill O'Brien ascribed the team's kicking issues to the entire operation, and not just Fairbairn, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Fairbairn missed his fourth extra-point kick and a 46-yard field-goal attempt in Sunday's win over the Chiefs. "I think we've got to improve," O'Brien said Monday. "I think we've got to look at the whole operation technique-wise. We have to make those kicks. That's professional football. We have to make the kicks, Ka'imi knows that. We're going to work hard to try to make that better this week." There is a new holder in place -- punter Bryan Anger replaced Trevor Daniel -- which could be the source of some of the kicking issues Fairbairn is experiencing. The bottom line is that the Texans are not thinking about making a change at kicker at this time.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Fairbairn beat out Nick Novak in a kicking battle last season, then had a quiet debut campaign on a miserable team. The 24-year-old did enjoy a couple big games before Deshaun Watson was injured, and he made nine of 11 attempts from 40 yards or longer. The downside was a trio of misses from inside 40 yards and three more misses on PATs. Fairbairn could become a productive option if Watson returns healthy and proves to be a star.
Fairbairn surprisingly beat out incumbent Nick Novak to win the kicking battle in Houston. This is not an insignificant development. Novak finished second in the NFL with 41 field-goal attempts in 2016. Much of that had to do with a Texans' offense that had difficulty finishing drives. Houston's quarterback play this season may only be marginally better as an untested Tom Savage directing the offense, meaning Fairbairn's leg could be an important part of the offense.
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More missed kicks
KHouston Texans
October 14, 2019
Fairbairn converted one of two field-goal attempts and two of three extra-point attempts in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Chiefs in Week 6.
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Two more missed kicks
KHouston Texans
October 6, 2019
Fairbairn went 2-for-2 on field-goal attempts and 5-for-7 on extra-point kicks for 11 points in Sunday's 53-32 win over Atlanta in Week 5.
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Gets boost from coach
KHouston Texans
October 1, 2019
Houston head coach Bill O'Brien said he's not concerned about Fairbairn's start to the season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Misses one kick
KHouston Texans
September 30, 2019
Fairbairn made one of two field-goal tries and his lone extra-point kick for four points in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Panthers in Week 4.
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Misses two kicks
KHouston Texans
September 23, 2019
Fairbairn missed his lone field-goal attempt and converted three of four extra-point kicks in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers in Week 3.
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