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

Updated September 21, 2020 72.9k votes 8.4k voters 58.8k views62 items

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

Using a combination of speed, strength, and agility, NFL running backs must carry the 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. Some of whom might even end up among the greatest running backs in football history.

In his rookie year, Dallas Cowboy Ezekiel Elliott lead the league in yards rushed and first downs rushed. However, New England Patriot LeGarrette Blount lead other RBs with 18 rushing 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. If you're a fantasy football player, head over and help decide the best fantasy football RBs of 2019.

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  • 1
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    718

    Derrick Henry

    Tennessee Titans

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceYulee, FL, United States of America

  • 2
    2,308
    1,170

    Christian McCaffrey

    Carolina Panthers

    PositionRunning back, Return specialist

  • 3
    1,251
    731

    Dalvin Cook

    Minnesota Vikings

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceMiami, Fl, United States of America

  • 4
    1,278
    792

    Nick Chubb

    Cleveland Browns

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceCedartown, GA, United States of America

    Age26

  • 5
    2,443
    1,589

    Alvin Kamara

    New Orleans Saints

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceNorcross, GA, United States of America

  • 6
    2,742
    1,793

    Saquon Barkley

    New York Giants

    PositionRunning back

  • 7
    787
    526

    Aaron Jones

    Green Bay Packers

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceSavannah, Georgia

  • 8
    3,095
    2,246

    Ezekiel Elliott

    Dallas Cowboys

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

  • 9
    494
    325

    Josh Jacobs

    Oakland Raiders

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

  • 10
    2,515
    2,018

    Todd Gurley

    Los Angeles Rams

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceTarboro, North Carolina

    Age27

  • 11
    996
    896

    Mark Ingram, Jr.

    Houston Texans

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceHackensack, New Jersey

    Age31

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  • 12
  • 13
    597
    536

    Chris Carson

    Seattle Seahawks

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceBiloxi, MS, United States of America

  • 14
    665
    606

    Joe Mixon

    Cincinnati Bengals

    PositionRunning Back

    BirthplaceOakley, CA, United States of America

  • 15
    374
    331

    Phillip Lindsay

    Houston Texans

    PositionRunning back

    Age27

  • 16
    1,262
    1,199

    Kareem Hunt

    Cleveland Browns

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceElyria, OH, United States of America

    Age25

  • 17
    1,814
    1,762

    Le'Veon Bell

    New York Jets

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceReynoldsburg, Ohio

    Age29

  • 18
    1,061
    1,063

    Melvin Gordon

    Los Angeles Chargers

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceKenosha, Wisconsin

  • 19
    739
    780

    Adrian Peterson

    Washington Redskins

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplacePalestine, Texas, United States of America

    Age36

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  • 20
    606
    655

    James Conner

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceErie, Pennsylvania

    Age26

  • 21
    63
    53

    Ronald Jones

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    PositionRunning Back

    BirthplaceFort Stewart, Georgia

  • 22
    626
    761

    David Johnson

    Houston Texans

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

  • 23
    715
    875

    Devonta Freeman

    Atlanta Falcons

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceBaxley, Georgia, United States of America

    Age29

  • 24
    765
    947

    LeSean McCoy

    Buffalo Bills

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceHarrisburg, Pennsylvania

    Age33

  • 25
    492
    611

    Sony Michel

    New England Patriots

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida

    Age26