|ADP:||Round: 14, Pick: 11|
|Ht / Wt:||5'11" / 182 lb.|
|Born:||January 29, 1994|
|Drafted:||2016 / UDFA|
Fairbairn is signing a four-year contract to stay with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The 26-year-old kicker played all 16 games each of the past three seasons, converting 83.7 percent of field-goal attempts and 91.7 percent of extra-point tries, including 10 of 16 from 50-plus yards. Fairbairn's volume has been far less consistent than his accuracy -- 25 FGAs in 2017, a league-high 42 in 2018, and then 25 again in 2019. The average of 30.7 per season is a reasonable expectation for 2020, assuming the Houston offense remains solid with Deshaun Watson leading the charge.
Fairbairn converted one of two field-goal attempts and four of four extra-point kicks in Sunday's 51-31 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: In a game that became shootout, one in which the Chiefs scored touchdowns on seven consecutive drives, sending Fairbairn out to attempt field goals was not part of the thought process in the second half. One year after leading the NFL in points, Fairbairn dropped back to 19th among kickers with 100 points. The 25-year-old placekicker enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.
Fairbairn converted both of his field-goal attempts in Saturday's 22-19 overtime win over the Bills in their AFC Wild Card playoff game.
Analysis: Fairbairn booted a 41-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter then sent Houston onto the divisional round after an accurate 28-yarder in overtime. The 25-year-old placekicker has made all of his kicks over the last seven games, going 9-of-9 on field goals and 16-of-16 on extra points.
Fairbairn made both of his extra-point kicks in Sunday's 35-14 loss to Tennessee in Week 17.
Analysis: With nothing on the line for the Texans, head coach Bill O'Brien sat most of his skill position players, including quarterback Deshaun Watson and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. With other regulars injured and inactive -- Kenny Stills (knee) and Will Fuller V (groin) -- and Carlos Hyde limited to five snaps, Houston's offense was not as explosive as it could be. That limited Fairbairn's opportunities to put points on the board.
Fairbairn successfully converted all three field-goal attempts and two extra-point kicks in Saturday's 23-20 win over Tampa Bay in Week 16.
Analysis: In a throwback game to 2018, the Texans' offense stalled three times in the Buccaneers' red zone and needed Fairbairn to bail them out. He did so from 32, 25 and 37 yards, the last one being the game-winning score that clinched the AFC South for the Texans. Fairbairn has 98 points, which currently ranks 13th among kickers, entering the regular-season finale against the Titans next week.
Fairbairn made his lone field-goal attempt and all three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Titans in Week 15.
Analysis: The Texans were in the red zone five times and converted three for touchdowns. The other two ended with Fairbairn's 29-yard field goal and an interception. He has just 22 field-goal attempts in 2019 after he led the world with 42 tries last season. Houston's red-zone efficiency has robbed Fairbairn of opportunities. The third-year kicker is in line a potentially productive Week 15 when Houston faces Tampa Bay, which ranks 30th in scoring defense.
Fairbairn made his lone field-goal attempt and all three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 38-24 loss to Denver in Week 14.
Analysis: Fairbairn showed off his leg once again, connecting on a 54-yard field goal for Houston's lone score in the first half, but that was only FGA. Houston fell behind 31-3 at half time, and playing for field goals was not an option in the second half. Fairbairn's made three of six from beyond the 50 this season and 10 of 16 over his career.
Fairbairn made all four of his extra-point kicks for four points in Sunday's 28-22 win over New England.
Analysis: The Texans were in the business of scoring touchdowns against New England's top-ranked scoring defense, which limited Fairbairn's scoring opportunities. Houston scored touchdowns on four of its five trips to New England's side of the field.
Fairbairn made both of his field-goal attempts and both extra-point kicks in Thursday's 20-17 win over the Colts in Week 12.
Analysis: Fairbairn connected from 35 and 36 yards and remains a perfect 9-for-9 inside the 40-yard-line. His productivity has dropped off in 2019, largely due to Houston scoring more touchdowns when entering the red zone. Fairbairn ranks 23rd among kickers with 6.5 points per game.
Fairbairn missed his lone field-goal attempt and converted one extra-point kick in Sunday's 41-7 loss to the Ravens in Week 11.
Analysis: Fairbairn was wide right late in the first half on a 43-yard attempt, his second miss in as many weeks. It was the fifth time in 10 games that Fairbairn has been held to one field goal or fewer.
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.
Analysis: 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.
Fairbairn converted one of two field-goal attempts and two of three extra-point kicks for four points in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Chiefs in Week 6.
Analysis: Fairbairn's missed kicks in each of the last four games, although none have been costly. At some point, however, the sheer volume of missed kicks could cost him a job. Last year's leading scorer among kickers is sitting at 17th this season. Some of that is due to Houston's improvement in the red zone, but Fairbairn has missed seven kicks (four extra points, three field goals) though the first six weeks.
Fairbairn converted 2-of-2 field-goal attempts and 5-of-7 extra-point kicks for 11 points in Sunday's 53-32 win over Atlanta in Week 5.
Analysis: Fairbairn reached double-digit scoring for the first time in 2019. 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. While he's been shaky in post-touchdown kicks, Fairbairn's been good when asked to convert field goals. He's 5-of-7 with his two misses having come from beyond the 50-yard-line.
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.
Analysis: Fairbairn has missed two field-goal attempts this season, both from beyond 50 yards, and an extra-point kick, but O'Brien is not ready to bring in competition. "No, I don't worry about Ka'imi," O'Brien said. "He's got a good mindset. He's had a couple of kicks that have sprayed to the right on him, but he'll fix it." Fairbairn entered the season having converted seven of 10 attempts from beyond 50.
Fairbairn made 1-of-2 field-goal tries and his lone extra-point kick for four points in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Panthers in Week 4.
Analysis: Fairbairn's miss came from 52 yards, so it was not a chip shot, but he's got the leg for that distance. He entered the season having made 7-of-10 kicks from beyond 50, but it's up to the offense to put him in position to score. Houston's offense was bottled up all day, and Carolina made it difficult for quarterback Deshaun Watson who was sacked six times and turned the ball over twice. Fairbairn has just five FGA through the first four weeks and has yet to reach double-digits in points, an indication that the Texans need to fix their 22nd ranked offense (19.5 PPG).
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.
Analysis: Fairbairn's missed field-goal was a 56-yard attempt as time ran out before halftime. The Texans have done a much better job of finishing drives in 2019, hitting paydirt six of seven times when reaching the red zone. That's had a cooling effect on Fairbairn, who led the NFL in field-goal attempts in 2018 but has just three through the first three weeks of 2019.
Fairbairn converted two of two field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point kick in Sundays' 13-12 win over the Jaguars in Week 2.
Analysis: Fairbairn was not called upon to kick a field goal in Week 1, so these two attempts were his first of the season. He remains perfect after two weeks, nailing all seven of his kicks (five extra points, two field goals), although he was bailed out on an extra-point miss in Week 1 by a penalty.
Fairbairn successfully converted all four extra-point kicks in Monday's 30-28 loss to the Saints in Week 1.
Analysis: Fairbairn narrowly escaped with his perfect night after the Saints were whistled for a roughing the kicker penalty on his final attempt. The infraction played no role in the miss, which Fairbairn pushed wide right with the game tied at 27-27. Given a second chance, the 25-year-old gave Houston a one-point lead before Drew Brees took the Saints downfield for a winning field goal. Fairbairn was the league-leader in field-goal attempts in 2018, but there were no such opportunities in the regular-season opener, as the Texans finished off all four drives that reached New Orleans' side of the field.
Fairbairn successfully converted all three field-goal attempts in Saturday's preseason Week 2 win over the Lions.
Analysis: Fairbairn booted three-pointers from 50, 27 and 39 yards. He's a perfect 5-for-5 over the first two preseason games and leads all kickers with 20 preseason points. Fairbairn led the NFL in kicker scoring in 2018, fueled by a league-high 42 field-goal attempts (37 FGM).
The Texans signed Fairbairn, an exclusive rights free agent, on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: After the Texans extended a second-round tender to Fairbairn in early March, a return to Houston was all but guaranteed considering the price tag attached to him. In his second pro season in 2018, he led the NFL in both field-goal attempts (42) and field goals made (37) en route to 150 points. This latter number likely will go down if the Texans find the end zone more often this fall, but he should still be among the top kicking options for fantasy purposes.
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