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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Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
SuperUnicorn33 added New York Giants

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1,297 758
Todd Gurley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Los Angeles Rams

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1,336 797
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Dallas Cowboys

4
927 558
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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324 135
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Carolina Panthers

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488 325
Melvin Gordon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
San Diego Chargers

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1,055 830
Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Pittsburgh Steelers

8
610 472
Kareem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Kansas City Chiefs

9
554 479
Leonard Fournette is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Jacksonville Jaguars

10
169 101
Nick Chubb is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Cleveland Browns

11
125 75
Sony Michel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
hdalessio21 added New England Patriots

12
404 389
Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New Orleans Saints

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176 138
David Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Arizona Cardinals

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270 253
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Tennessee Titans

15
312 307
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Washington Redskins

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131 94
James White is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
GDGD1 added New England Patriots

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79 35
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
ndog added

18
498 540
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Buffalo Bills

19
398 420
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Atlanta Falcons

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76 33
James Connor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
ndog added James Connor Pittsburg Steelers

21
126 99
Joe Mixon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Cincinnati Bengals

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133 112
Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Minnesota Vikings

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322 351
Jordan Howard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Chicago Bears

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330 392
Jay Ajayi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Philadelphia Eagles

25
82 74
Chris Carson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Seattle Seahawks