I have seen all kind of projections and rankings around here that have players like Milton Bradley and Chipper Jones ranked below where they should be and just shake my head... I write this because most people do not take into account that just because your starter gets hurt, that doesn't mean you cannot find someone off of the WW that can't fill in while your player is out. For instance, let us take a look at two players from last year who got drafted in the wrong order, IMO. Chipper Jones and Garret Atkins.
Okay, as we most know, Atkins has been in a tail spin since his dominant 2006 second half, in which he hit .354 and 18 home runs in 73 2nd half games. Very impressive. Atkins is a very durable player, and we fantasy owners enjoy the luxery that comes with our corner infielder playing 150+ games.
I know that Atkins will take a hit this year because his numbers have fallen off the last two seasons, but I am going throw out last season for both players and look at 2007 numbers.
Atkins - 605 AB's, 182 Hits, 25 Hr, 111 Rbi, 83 R, and a .301 avg. --- 155 out of 162 games
Chipper - 513 AB's, 173 Hits, 28 Hr, 102 Rbi, 108 R, and a .337 avg. -- 134 out of 162 games
Looking at the #'s it is very clear that Chipper was the more effective fantasy players when you add 28 games of a player like Wiggington or a 3b on the WW. Even if that batter that you were to choose only hits .250 with 10 runs, 4 hr, and 11 rbi or so over those 100 or so AB's, your 3rd base position is still going to net you around .324, 118 runs, 32 hr and 113 rbi.
Obviously these injury concerns are due to age and other factors, but I am not so sure why people are so quick to write off position players who are very effective like A Soriano, M Bradley and C Jones.