Fairbairn missed his lone field-goal attempt and made two of two extra-point kicks in Sunday's 21-14 loss to the Jets.
Analysis: Fairbairn's 55-yard attempt was wide left and was the last sniff Houston had at scoring. Fantasy managers looking for placekickers should avoid Fairbairn, who kicks for team that's scored just 12.5 points per game over the last six weeks.
Nov 29, 2021 5:59 AM EST
Fairbairn made all three of his field-goal attempts but missed one of two extra-point tries in Sunday's 22-13 win over the Titans.
Analysis: Fairbairn split the uprights from 43, 24 and 37 yards on his field goals, helping him reach double-digit points despite his misfired PAT. After that season-best tally, Fairbairn will strive to keep his scoring touch in Week 12 versus the Jets.
Nov 23, 2021 4:26 PM EST
Fairbairn was successful on three of three field-goal attempts in Sunday's 17-9 loss to Miami.
Analysis: Fairbairn's three field-goal attempts and nine points were a season high, which may be attributed to the return of Tyrod Taylor at quarterback. The placekicker entered Sunday's contest with 12 points over the previous five weeks, all started by rookie quarterback Davis Mills.
Nov 8, 2021 5:33 AM EST
Fairbairn missed his lone field-goal attempt and made two of two extra-point kicks in Sunday's 38-22 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Fairbairn was wide right on a 45-yard attempt on the final play of the first half. It's been a rough season for the usually consistent kicker, who has amassed just 12 points over five games. Most of that is due to the team's poor offense, but Fairbairn hasn't helped matters by missing two of five extra-point attempts.
Nov 1, 2021 7:04 AM EST
Fairbairn was successful on his lone field-goal attempt, a 53-yard effort, in Sunday's 31-5 loss to Arizona.
Analysis: Fairbairn's established a strong leg and accuracy during his stay in Houston, but he's challenged by an offense that has scored just 30 points over the last four games. Sunday's game was the third time in those four games he's had just one field-goal attempt. If or until the offense can get on track, Fairbairn is a placekicker to avoid. The silver lining is that Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) could return Week 8 against the Rams, which could generate more offense.
Oct 25, 2021 6:48 AM EST
Fairbairn successfully converted his lone field-goal attempt in Sunday's 31-3 loss to Indianapolis.
Analysis: Fairbairn has been uber quiet since returning from the injured list Week 4. He's missed three of six attempts, including two extra-point misses, and the offense hasn't afforded Fairbairn many chances.
Oct 18, 2021 7:09 AM EST
Fairbairn converted one of two field-goal attempts and one of three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Fairbairn's typically a better kicker than he showed Sunday, so the temptation is to write this off as a bad week. The missed field goal was an excusable 56-yard try, but the two missed extra points and a kickoff that went out of bounds were problematic. It should be noted that these were his first attempts since returning from a leg injury in Week 4. Other than a kickoff, he did not make the field during last week's 40-0 loss to Buffalo.
Oct 11, 2021 7:16 AM EST
Fairbairn did not attempt a kick in Sunday's 40-0 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Fairbairn was active for the first time this season after overcoming a leg injury, but the kicker didn't have any scoring opportunities as Houston was blanked in Buffalo. The veteran will hope to get a few chances to show his stuff in Week 5 versus the Patriots.
Oct 5, 2021 11:42 AM EST
Fairbairn was activated off injured reserve Saturday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Analysis: Fairbairn missed the first three games while recovering from a leg injury, but the 27-year-old will make his return Week 4 in what figures to be a difficult matchup against a tough Buffalo defense. Fairbairn will replace Joey Slye who was waived earlier this week after going 11 of 13 on total kicks to start the season.
Oct 2, 2021 2:27 PM EST
The Texans are expected to add Fairbairn to the 53-man roster this week and have his assume kicking duties Sunday against the Bills, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports. "I expect him to," head coach David Culley said of Fairbairn's pending return this week.
Analysis: After missing the Texans' first three games while recovering from a leg injury, Fairbairn was designated to return from injured reserve Monday and took part in practice that day. Houston has apparently been satisfied with how Fairbairn has checked out during his first couple of workouts, with special teams coordinator Frank Ross telling Aaron Reiss of The Athletic on Thursday that the kicker is ready to play. Assuming Fairbairn is in fact activated from IR before Saturday's deadline for Week 4 eligibility, he'll take back kicking duties from Joey Slye, who missed one of five field-goal attempts and one of eight extra-point attempts through Houston's first three weeks.
Sep 30, 2021 8:54 AM EST
Fairbairn (leg) has been designated to return from injured reserve by the Texans on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: With the move, Fairbairn will have a three-week window to be added to the active roster. If not, he'll remain on IR. Coach David Culley has expressed confidence that, when healthy, Fairbairn will be Houston's kicker, so it's safe to assume he will overtake Joey Slye if he is activated.
Sep 27, 2021 2:33 PM EST
David Culley said Friday that Fairbairn (leg) will be re-evaluated Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Analysis: Fairbairn was placed on IR before the Texans' season opener and will be eligible to return during Week 4 if he is healthy. Joey Slye has connected on four of his five field-goal attempts and seven of his eight PATs while filling in for Fairbairn, but he hasn't done enough to win the job. Culley said, "If [Fairbairn] is ready to go, we'll go with him".
Sep 24, 2021 8:43 AM EST
Fairbairn (leg) has been placed on IR by the Texans.
Analysis: Fairbairn, who suffered a leg injury during pregame warmups prior to Houston's third preseason game, with thus sit out at least the team's first three games. In the wake of the move, look for the Texans to promote Joey Slye from their practice squad in advance of Sunday's season opener against the Jaguars.
Sep 8, 2021 1:18 PM EST
Fairbairn (leg) won't kick in Sunday's season opener against the Jaguars, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.
Analysis: Fairbairn is still recovering from an injury that he suffered in pregame warmups prior to Houston's third preseason game. In his looming absence, look for the Texans to promote Joey Slye from their practice squad.
Sep 8, 2021 9:35 AM EST
Fairbairn was held of of Saturday's preseason game against the Buccaneers after tweaking a muscle pregame, but the injury isn't expected to affect his availability for Week 1 against the Jaguars, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Coach David Culley said Fairbairn would have been able to play were it the regular season, so the kicker's absence appears to have been a precautionary measure. There's not much concern over the issue, and the 27-year-old will have a couple weeks to get back to full health before the Sept. 12 opener versus Jacksonville.
Aug 28, 2021 8:37 PM EST
Fairbairn was held out of Saturday's preseason game against the Buccaneers due to a minor injury, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Fairbairn's absence is merely a precautionary measure, and likely one to ensure he's as healthy as possible for the regular season. The Texans next take the field Sunday, Sept. 12 against the Jaguars.
Aug 28, 2021 5:21 PM EST
Fairbairn made two of two field-goal attempts and both extra points in Saturday's 20-14 win over Dallas in Preseason Week 2.
Analysis: Fairbairn has converted all six field-goal tries over the first two preseason games and is poised for a potentially productive season, if the offense fails to finish drives. Houston's offense stumbled for a second straight week, producing its lone touchdown after the defense forced a turnover on the Cowboys' first drive of the game.
Aug 22, 2021 9:57 AM EST
Fairbairn was successful on all four of his field-goal attempts in Saturday's 26-7 win over the Packers in Preseason Week 1.
Analysis: Fairbairn connected from 37, 25, 41 and 42 yards in the win, as the offense failed to finish off multiple drives. That could be a harbinger of the regular season for an offense that features several new pieces under a new head coach. The four three-pointers in one game resembles the 2018 season, when Fairbairn led the NFL with 42 field-goal attempts and 150 points.
Aug 15, 2021 8:19 AM EST
Fairbairn successfully made four of four field-goal attempts and two of three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 41-38 loss to Tennessee.
Analysis: Fairbairn had a season-high 14 points, including a 51-yard field goal calmly drilled with 18 seconds left to tie the game at 38-38. Unfortunately, Houston's sketchy defense gave up a big play and his heroics were for naught. Fairbairn finished the season with 118 points, the third consecutive season with more than 100 points, and was successful on 87 percent of his field-goal attempts. He inked a four-year deal prior to the 2020 season and should be back for 2021.
Jan 4, 2021 3:48 AM EST
Fairbairn made one of one field-goal attempts and four of four extra-point kicks in Sunday's 37-31 loss to the Bengals.
Analysis: Fairbairn's production in Week 16 leaves him with 104 points, the fourth straight season he's crossed the 100-point threshold. For his four-year career -- and with one week left in 2020 -- the UCLA grad has averaged 111.5 points while connecting on 84 percent of field-goal attempts and 92.4 percent of extra-point kicks.
Dec 28, 2020 5:20 AM EST
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