Jake Fromm Waiver Wire Week 14: Fantasy outlook for new Giants QB

Jake Fromm is in line to get his first career start -- should fantasy managers give the Giants QB any consideration on the waiver wire?

The New York Giants are on their third-string quarterback for this week’s game, with Daniel Jones and Mike Glennon likely to be unavailable. Jake Fromm, whom the Giants claimed off the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad this week, looks like he’ll be making his first career start on a team he doesn’t know with a playbook he’s unfamiliar with. This sounds promising. Should fantasy football managers give him a look on the waiver wire?

Update 12/9/2021: Mike Glennon is expected to start as long as he continues progressing through the concussion protocol. He has not yet been cleared, but head coach Joe Judge is “optimistic.”

Jake Fromm hasn’t seen NFL action yet

Fromm is a second-year quarterback out of the University of Georgia that was drafted to be a backup for the Bills. In his tenure with Buffalo, he did not see any game action.

In college, Fromm was considered to be more of a cerebral quarterback. He doesn’t have incredible athletic ability, and he was labeled with the “game manager” moniker quite a bit.

The problem with that is that you’d hope a “game manager” would have a high completion percentage, which he didn’t. In his final year at Georgia, Fromm completed 60.8% of his passes. He didn’t turn the ball over much, so I’ll at least give him that.

Still, Fromm had a five-game stretch at Georgia in 2019, where he completed under 50% of his passes and averaged only 185 passing yards per outing. He wasn’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard. Oh, and he doesn’t run the ball either. Fromm had 38 rushing attempts for -12 rushing yards in 2019. Yes, you read that right — negative 12 (though in college, sacks weigh in rushing stats for some reason).

The Giants offense hasn’t been good lately

Over the last three weeks, the Giants haven’t scored more than 13 points in any game. They can’t get Saquon Barkley going on the ground — he’s yet to top 55 yards rushing since returning from injury — and it’s seemingly impossible for this team to get their entire wide receiver room healthy and on the field at the same time.

If there’s one silver lining, it’s that the Giants’ offensive line has been improved this year and is near the middle of the pack in sacks allowed. They’ve surrendered 26 sacks, 15th-most in the NFL. Maybe Fromm can find a little time in the pocket Fromm which to operate. (Too punny? Whatever, I’m keeping that line in there.)

Fantasy expectations for Fromm in Week 14

Should you add Fromm? Should you expect anything from him from a fantasy perspective that makes him worth any sort of consideration for slotting into a starting lineup? Does he have any hope of succeeding?

Chances are slim for all of the reasons stated above. Further, trusting him for fantasy purposes in his first career start with a limited playbook that he is having to crash-course study doesn’t exactly inspire confidence when fantasy playoffs are on the line.

But Jon, I’m in a deep Superflex league and I have no choice but to start Fromm. What can I realistically expect?

I wouldn’t expect much and would do everything you can to fill in other areas of your roster to make up for the points you probably won’t get from Fromm. For example, if the Chargers defense is on the waiver wire, go put in a claim immediately. Joey Bosa, Derwin James, Asante Samuel Jr., and Co. should have a nice day against Fromm.

While that might seem counteractive, remember, you’re trying to make up for lost points. If Fromm is your only choice, this is a move you should consider. If he isn’t, check out our Week 14 Superflex Rankings for other quarterbacks better than Fromm.

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