People wary of Freddy remember back farther than the last two years. He missed 26 out of 48 starts from 1999-2001 due to injury, most notably the groin injury of 2001. This is significant because he had a huge rookie year in 98, I think he scored around 14 TDs. Thus, people drafted him as a #1 RB for 1999 and got burned when he missed 7 starts. Then he bounces back in 2000 with 12 TDs and 1300+ yards. People then draft him as a #1 RB again in 2001 and he misses 14 games. Burned again. Those of us who have tried to build a team around a guy with undisputable talent, then watch our season crumble when he goes down, are a little wary of relying on him this year.
I know Freddy has played 32 strait games, and probably is at no greater risk than any other back. I guess that makes me something of a Homer for still being wary of him. Still, there is something to be said for not letting the same guy ruin multiple seasons for you. For those of us that Freddy has burned before, it is tough to take him with a first round pick. As a No 2 back? Sure, I'll take him. But my days of relying on him as a number one are long gone.
Vengeance is mine.