2017 Sports 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 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. 

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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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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

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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

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Alvin Kamara is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Alvin Kamara New Orleans Saints

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David Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
David Johnson Arizona Cardinals

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Jordan Howard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jordan Howard Chicago Bears

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Jay Ajayi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jay Ajayi Philadelphia Eagles

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Melvin Gordon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Melvin Gordon San Diego Chargers

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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 Carolina Panthers

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Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Derrick Henry Tennessee Titans

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LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
LeGarrette Blount Detroit Lions

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Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Adrian Peterson N/A (Free agent)

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DeMarco Murray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
DeMarco Murray Tennessee Titans

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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

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Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Frank Gore Miami Dolphins

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Dion Lewis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Dion Lewis Tennessee Titans

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C. J. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
jonathonkehollis added C. J. Anderson Carolina Panthers

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Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings

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Joe Mixon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Joe Mixon Cincinnati Bengals

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Nick Chubb is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Nick Chubb Cleveland Browns

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Jerick McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jerick McKinnon San Francisco 49ers

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Chris Carson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Chris Carson Seattle Seahawks

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Kenyan Drake is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Kenyan Drake Miami Dolphins

The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Carlos Hyde Cleveland Browns

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Alfred Morris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Alfred Morris N/A (Free Agent)

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Mike Gillislee is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Mike Gillislee New England Patriots

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Stevan Ridley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Stevan Ridley Pittsburgh Steelers

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Matt Breida is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Matt Breida San Francisco 49ers

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Marcus Murphy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Marcus Murphy Buffalo Bills

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Orleans Darkwa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Orleans Darkwa N/A (Free Agent)

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Benny Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Benny Cunningham Chicago Bears

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Ameer Abdullah is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Ameer Abdullah Detroit Lions

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Alex Collins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Alex Collins Baltimore Ravens

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Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
1526579089152 added Darren Sproles Philadelphia Eagles

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Jonathan Stewart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jonathan Stewart New York Giants

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Latavius Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Latavius Murray Minnesota Vikings

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Lamar Miller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lamar Miller Houston Texans

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Ty Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Ty Montgomery Green Bay Packers

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Isaiah Crowell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Isaiah Crowell New York Jets

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Jeremy Hill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jeremy Hill New England Patriots

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Spencer Ware is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Spencer Ware Kansas City Chiefs

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Ryan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Ryan Matthews N/A (Free Agent)

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Bilal Powell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Bilal Powell New York Jets

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Robert Kelley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Robert Kelley Washington Redskins

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Terrance West is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Terrance West Baltimore Ravens