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List Rules Vote up the most accomplished running backs currently playing in the NFL.

Using a combination of speed, strength, and agility, NFL running backs must carry that football through elite defenses. During the rush to a touchdown, they must avoid getting tackled and fumbling the ball, which sounds easier than it is. Only the most athletic halfbacks, tailbacks, and fullbacks are able to juke and spin their way onto this list of the best running backs in the NFL right now in 2017-2018. Some of whom might even end up among the greatest running backs in football history.

In his rookie year, Dallas Cowboy Ezekiel Elliott is leading the league in yards rushed and first downs rushed. However, New England Patriot LeGarrette Blount, who is in his seventh year, leads other RBs with 18 rushed touchdowns. Other notable running backs include Chicago Bear Jordan Howard, Tennessee Titan DeMarco Murray, and Pittsburgh Steeler Le'Veon Bell. 

Vote up the athletes you think are the best running backs in the NFL right now. Even if the player is a rookie or a veteran, just vote up the halfbacks, tailbacks, and fullbacks who are currently playing well in the league. Feel free to add other great running backs missing from the list. 

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368 158
Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Le'Veon Bell Pittsburgh Steelers

2
252 117
Todd Gurley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams

3
260 182
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys

4
206 140
David Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
David Johnson Arizona Cardinals

5
165 104
Alvin Kamara is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Alvin Kamara New Orleans Saints: Rookie (2017)

6
147 91
Leonard Fournette is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Leonard Fournette Jacksonville Jaguars: Rookie (2017)

7
138 84
Kareem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Kareem Hunt Kansas City Chiefs: Rookie (2017)

8
179 130
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
LeSean McCoy Buffalo Bills

9
142 104
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Devonta Freeman Atlanta Falcons

10
123 89
Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Mark Ingram, Jr. New Orleans Saints

11
121 114
Jay Ajayi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jay Ajayi Miami Dolphins

12
105 106
Jordan Howard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jordan Howard Chicago Bears

13
79 75
Christian Mccaffrey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Christian Mccaffrey

14
98 100
Melvin Gordon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Melvin Gordon San Diego Chargers

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15
103 114
LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
LeGarrette Blount New England Patriots

16
109 130
DeMarco Murray is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
DeMarco Murray Tennessee Titans

17
60 64
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Derrick Henry Tennessee Titans: Rookie (2016)

18
70 87
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings

19
46 65
Tevin Coleman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Tevin Coleman Atlanta Falcons: Rookie (2015)

20
69 109
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Frank Gore Indianapolis Colts

21
47 88
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Carlos Hyde San Francisco 49ers

The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

22
56 105
Lamar Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lamar Miller Houston Texans

23
45 86
Jonathan Stewart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jonathan Stewart Carolina Panthers

24
36 71
Ty Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Ty Montgomery

25
42 85
Latavius Murray is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Latavius Murray Oakland Raiders

26
37 86
Matt Forte is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Matt Forte New York Jets

27
24 62
Alex Collins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Alex Collins Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens: Rookie (2016)

28
33 84
Jeremy Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jeremy Hill Cincinnati Bengals

29
33 88
Isaiah Crowell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Isaiah Crowell Cleveland Browns

30
26 79
Robert Kelley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Robert Kelley Washington Redskins

31
26 86
Spencer Ware is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Spencer Ware Kansas City Chiefs

32
21 80
Terrance West is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Terrance West Baltimore Ravens

33
20 78
Bilal Powell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Bilal Powell New York Jets

34
20 86
Ryan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Ryan Matthews Philadelphia Eagles