It is easy to tell who the elite players are in this league. From a running back's perspective, it is all about the yards-per-carry average, the touchdown total, and the amount of catches he reels in each year. Some of it though, goes deeper than just numbers. The value of Joseph Addai in Indianapolis is far greater as a pass blocker, than a guy running for 100 yards per game.
Just as the elite backs like Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, and Maurice Jones-Drew get so much attention, there are a select few that hardly get any attention. They don't go unnoticed, but their overall work is sometimes overlooked. When you look at the numbers they put up, it can catch you off guard. There are five guys that I think fit in this category, who all had fantastic seasons last year, and should do the same in 2011.