After back-to-back disappointing seasons in Detroit and St. Louis, respectively, Fairley signed with New Orleans this offseason and returned to being a disruptive force on the interior of the defensive line. In fact, Fairley finished in a tie for fifth among NFL defensive tackles in total sacks in 2016. Fairley is a free agent this offseason, but he should likely start wherever he lands after his bounceback campaign.
Fairley now has 3.5 sacks this season, which ranks third in the NFL among defensive tackles. His 19 combined tackles also rank in the top 25 among all defensive linemen. After struggling in limited action his last two seasons in both St. Louis and Detroit, Fairley has been receiving consistent playing time in his first season in New Orleans and currently is on pace to set career highs in both sacks and tackles. While his snap count may be reduced some when rookie first-round pick Sheldon Rankins is activated from IR, Fairley should continue to see enough playing time to warrant owning in deeper IDP leagues based on his impressive early-season performance.
Fairley posted 1.5 sacks to go along withthree tackles Sunday against the Chargers.
After not getting to the quarterback over the first two weeks of the season, Fairley has come storming back with 1.5 sacks in each of the last two games. Aside from the sacks, he offers little else as an interior lineman, as he's had exactly three tackles in three of four games to start the season. After recording 5.5 and six sacks, during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, his current total of three sacks easily puts him on pace for a career high. He's a player to keep on IDP watch lists, but his career numbers suggest that he may not be a long-term solution.
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Fairley also visited the Patriots as a free agent, but apparently has decided to play for the Saints this coming season. In a situational role last year, Fairley managed only 29 tackles and 0.5 sacks for the Rams, but should enjoy a more expanded snap count with the Saints given their interior defensive line needs.
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