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.
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.
Fairbairn reached double-digit scoring for the first time in 2019, a feat he accomplished seven times last season, and he also made his first kick from 50-plus yards. Sunday's missed extra points ended up not being a factor, but Fairbairn's failed to convert three extra points this season and could have had a fourth but was saved by a penalty. Houston head coach Bill O'Brien said he was not worried about Fairbairn when asked about his misses during the practice week leading into Sunday's tilt, but that could change as the misses pile up or become costly. While he's been shaky in post-touchdown kicks, Fairbairn's been good when asked to convert field goals. He's 5-for-7 in that area, with his two misses coming from beyond the 50-yard-line.
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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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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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Has first field-goal attempts
KHouston Texans
September 16, 2019
Fairbairn converted both field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point kick in Sundays' 13-12 win over the Jaguars in Week 2.
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Scores four points Week 1
KHouston Texans
September 10, 2019
Fairbairn successfully converted all four extra-point kicks in Monday's 30-28 loss to the Saints in Week 1.
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