Last night I put Gayle out for 3 weeks. That equals 3 rounds in our league. And I redid the schedule since we only have 2 divisions now, instead of 4. And it looks like each team will have 7 rounds (every team player each other onec, no more H/A) with one BYE week. So that means you could still have Gayle for 3 rounds. (And 1 of them could one of you by weeks, 2-3 rounds). And if you make it to playoffs he will come handy. But it's all risky. You could get someone else who will be available for all the games. So I like the fact that you guys skipped him for the first rounds.
May be if you have room in your roster you could pick him later.