I do a large amount of upper back work. They're some of my better lifts... can do pullups for reps with a 45 on me, and I'm very consistent with that because of the reasons you've cited.
I was considering doing close grip bench as an alternative. I believe Jim Wendler said this in his book, and I was thinking of giving it a shot. I haven't done close grip in a long ass time so I'm not sure how it affects my shoulder really.
Well, I'm only doing two days of skillwork, so I'm thinking that if I use a three day a week template, the low volume of the program will give me more time to recover.