Nick Fairley

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Nick Fairley | Detroit Lions | Defensive Lineman

2011 IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: While I had hoped that Nick Fairley would make an instant impact for the Lions and in IDP leagues, the lockout coupled with a early training camp foot injury make it unlikely that Fairley will do much for Detroit in the first half of the season.

Fairley is expected to likely miss most if not all of training camp with his foot injury, and that basically means he had hardly anytime on the field to workout this off-season. For all the promise that the Lions draft picks had this spring, it looks like they won’t make the impact we hoped, as even second round pick running back Mikel Leshoure will be gone for the season with a torn Achilles injury.

Hopefully the hard luck Lions will pull it together and find a way to stay healthy, to at least compete for a wild card spot, late into the season. This is still at team, and a player on the rise, but you shouldn’t look to Fairley in your IDP fantasy draft, as he needs to show us he can win a starting job first.

Tackles
Total Solo Sacks FF PD
2011 Projected Stats 32 24 3 1 1
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

While I had hoped that Nick Fairley would make an instant impact for the Lions and in IDP leagues, the lockout coupled with a early training camp foot injury make it unlikely that Fairley will do much for Detroit in the first half of the season.

Fairley is expected to likely miss most if not all of training camp with his foot injury, and that basically means he had hardly anytime on the field to workout this off-season. For all the promise that the Lions draft picks had this spring, it looks like they won’t make the impact we hoped, as even second round pick running back Mikel Leshoure will be gone for the season with a torn Achilles injury.

Hopefully the hard luck Lions will pull it together and find a way to stay healthy, to at least compete for a wild card spot, late into the season. This is still at team, and a player on the rise, but you shouldn’t look to Fairley in your IDP fantasy draft, as he needs to show us he can win a starting job first.

Tackles
Total Solo Sacks FF PD
2011 Projected Stats 32 24 3 1 1

June 2011

It’s rare that you find a defensive tackle that can start in IDP leagues in which your not required to have a tackle position but the Lions may have two tackles that are worth starting. While Ndamukong Suh is an absolute beast, pairing Nick Fairley along side him with productive defensive ends on the side, almost isn’t fair for opposing quarterbacks and offensive lines.

While I’m concerned that Fairley will have some problems staying on the field at all times, he should find a way to post at least six sacks this season and could make for a starter in at least big play leagues. We will need to see what his role will look like heading into the season, but Fairley is definitely a player worth keeping tabs on, and we will update you on his situation throughout the summer and early portion of the season.

Admittedly, I didn’t watch a tone of the Auburn Tigers last season, but because I’m a Ducks fan, I did watch the Championship game. Now I watched every game the Ducks played last season, and they ran circles around most teams but Fairley was too quick up the gap, against them and picked up easy sack opportunities and tackles for losses. Maybe some doubt his ability, but that won’t be myself as I know what the Ducks speed can do, and this guy made it look easy at times.

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