NFL Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?  

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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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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

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530 270
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
523 333
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
423 254
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
360 218
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
330 199
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 - Jacksonville Jaguars: Rookie (2017)

7
353 229
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
LeSean McCoy Buffalo Bills

8
293 188
Kareem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Kareem Hunt Kansas City Chiefs - Kansas City Chiefs: Rookie (2017)

9
259 172
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
204 176
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
215 197
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
179 162
Melvin Gordon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Melvin Gordon San Diego Chargers

13
183 169
Jordan Howard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jordan Howard Chicago Bears

14
135 149
Christian Mccaffrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Christian Mccaffrey

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156 190
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

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108 123
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Derrick Henry Tennessee Titans - Tennessee Titans: Rookie (2016)

17
152 202
DeMarco Murray is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
DeMarco Murray Tennessee Titans

18
127 166
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

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113 179
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Frank Gore Indianapolis Colts

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83 129
Tevin Coleman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Tevin Coleman Atlanta Falcons: Rookie (2015)

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82 136
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

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69 128
Latavius Murray is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Latavius Murray Oakland Raiders

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80 150
Lamar Miller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lamar Miller Houston Texans

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55 104
Alex Collins is listed (or ranked) 24 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)

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66 127
Jonathan Stewart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jonathan Stewart Carolina Panthers

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18 43
Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
1526579089152 added Darren Sproles New Orleans Saints - Eagles

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55 114
Ty Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Ty Montgomery

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51 120
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

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53 126
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

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52 129
Matt Forte is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Matt Forte New York Jets

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43 125
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

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36 125
Ryan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Ryan Matthews Philadelphia Eagles

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32 120
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

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33 123
Robert Kelley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Robert Kelley Washington Redskins

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31 123
Terrance West is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Terrance West Baltimore Ravens