Football 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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794 434
Todd Gurley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Los Angeles Rams

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794 486
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Dallas Cowboys

3
881 555
Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Pittsburgh Steelers

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555 316
Alvin Kamara is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added New Orleans Saints

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447 292
Leonard Fournette is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Jacksonville Jaguars

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420 273
Kareem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Kansas City Chiefs

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102 21
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
RyanTraverse added New York Giants

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439 356
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Buffalo Bills

9
280 207
Melvin Gordon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
San Diego Chargers

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330 260
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Atlanta Falcons

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270 249
Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New Orleans Saints

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247 230
Jordan Howard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Chicago Bears

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279 268
Jay Ajayi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Philadelphia Eagles

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40 8
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Carolina Panthers

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43 14
David Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
David Johnson Arizona Cardinals

16
45 29
Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings

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181 222
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added N/A (Free agent)

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149 182
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Tennessee Titans

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30 23
Joe Mixon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Joe Mixon Cincinnati Bengals

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185 260
LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Detroit Lions

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22 19
James White is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
GDGD1 added James White New England Patriots

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173 260
DeMarco Murray is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Tennessee Titans

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119 176
Tevin Coleman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Atlanta Falcons

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136 221
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Miami Dolphins

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17 23
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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14 20
Chris Carson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Chris Carson Seattle Seahawks

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16 25
Dion Lewis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Tennessee Titans

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101 171
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Cleveland Browns

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1 2
Sony Michel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
hdalessio21 added sony michel New England Patriots

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11 20
Jerick McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
San Francisco 49ers

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13 24
Kenyan Drake is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Kenyan Drake Miami Dolphins

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5 12
Isaiah Crowell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Georgia Bulldogs football

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8 18
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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93 171
Lamar Miller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Houston Texans

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10 23
C. J. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jonathon Hollis added Carolina Panthers

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35 68
Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
1526579089152 added Philadelphia Eagles

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69 129
Alex Collins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Baltimore Ravens

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78 153
Latavius Murray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Minnesota Vikings

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4 16
Aaron Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
GDGD1 added Aaron Jones Green Bay Packers

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73 149
Jonathan Stewart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New York Giants

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5 20
Alfred Morris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
N/A (Free Agent)

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5 21
Orleans Darkwa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
N/A (Free Agent)

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61 137
Ty Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Green Bay Packers

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9 34
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
leilamackenzie12 added New England Patriots

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62 140
Jeremy Hill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New England Patriots

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1 10
Robert Kelley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Robert Kelley Washington Redskins

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4 22
Ameer Abdullah is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Ameer Abdullah Detroit Lions

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3 19
Mike Gillislee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New England Patriots

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1 11
Ryan Mathews is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
San Diego Chargers

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2 17
Marcus Murphy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Marcus Murphy Buffalo Bills