Ever since the start of training camp I’ve had my eye on 6’2″, 210-pound Chicago rookie WR Tanner Gentry. And this was the week I was about to make my move. Tanner had a great preseason, catching just about every ball thrown his way while establishing a great rapport with rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky. After being cut, he passed through waivers and was signed to the Bears’ practice squad. At this point, I felt that it was safe to let him ride the waiver wire (this is an experts league with very deep rosters. 12-team, 40-man rosters with IDP). But when WR Kevin White went down with a season-ending injury, Gentry was signed to the 53-man roster.
So what’s the problem, you ask? Well, I decided to try and deal away a player or two in order to make some space on the roster for Gentry. But while I was wasting time trying to get a deal done, another owner swooped in and picked up Gentry. No problem, I figured, just make him an offer that he can’t refuse. Well, this owner was not interested. I even went as high as a 2nd round pick, but still no interest.
Here was his response…
“Hey Jim, I’m guessing you see the same potential I do. By mid-season I’ll either have Chicago’s #1WR or a roster spot to fill. He’s a boom/bust, but I’ll take the chance. If they use him in the slot, with Trubisky at QB (eventually), he could be gold in a season.”
Amen, brother, amen!
I could go on and on telling you why you should roster Gentery. Instead, why don’t you take a look at some highlights of his time at the University of Wyoming and you can decide for yourself.
Despite not getting Gentry in this league and another, as I’m in two experts leagues with this same owner and he scooped him in both leagues, I do have Gentry rostered in two other leagues. He’s a fun player to watch that could pay huge dividends and won’t cost you anything to pick up. Just don’t wait too long or you too could miss out.