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Football fans are used to the standard stats: yards, touchdowns, maybe tackles. But when you look at a football player's performance, it's important to look closer at his performance on every play. How did he do based on the situation? How did he do based on the context of his opponents? For a receiver, are you considering not only the balls he caught, but all the balls he didn't catch? Often, those standard stats overstate a player's performance because the player did poorly in important situations or was inconsistent.

Those are the kind of advanced stats we use at Football Outsiders, and based on those stats, here are five players whose value didn't quite match their standard statistics in 2011.

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Under-Rated list


Sean Weatherspoon

#56 LB

Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta's weakside linebacker, Weatherspoon really blossomed in his second season. Weatherspoon was involved in 16 percent of Atlanta's total defensive plays (tackles or assists), which was the third-highest figure for an outside linebacker behind Carolina's James Anderson and Minnesota's Chad Greenway. Weatherspoon was particularly strong when it came to stopping the run, and he made his average tackle on run plays after a gain of just 2 yards -- ranked second among 4-3 outside linebackers. Weatherspoon was also part of a Falcons linebacker group that played excellent pass defense. The Falcons ranked first in the league in DVOA against tight ends and seventh in DVOA against running backs as receivers.

It was no Falcon players on the over-rated list

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