Posted by pb15 on 3/3/2014 1:11:00 AM (view original):
Or you could just play him through the fatigue. Negative effects seem to be minimal (possible decreased performance or increased risk of injury but its hard to prove).
I wouldn't advise that. There seems to be enough anecdotal evidence that risking major injury may not be in an owner's best interest.
Platooning for the first half of the season makes the most sense, will keep him fairly fresh for the second half of the season. Then you can manage his fatigue more closely on a game by game basis.
I typically won't play a guy below 98% until we reach the home stretch of the season and I'm fighting for a playoff spot. Then I'll accept the risk and push him as hard as I need to in order to clinch a playoff spot.