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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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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989 625
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Dallas Cowboys

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721 432
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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162 36
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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527 339
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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956 693
Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Pittsburgh Steelers

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368 248
Melvin Gordon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
San Diego Chargers

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489 375
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

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457 450
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Buffalo Bills

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104 54
David Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
David Johnson Arizona Cardinals

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325 305
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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351 335
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Atlanta Falcons

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274 283
Jordan Howard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Chicago Bears

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297 335
Jay Ajayi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Philadelphia Eagles

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71 46
James White is listed (or ranked) 16 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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226 256
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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45 20
Sony Michel is listed (or ranked) 18 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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57 39
Nick Chubb is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Nick Chubb Cleveland Browns

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76 67
Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings

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61 51
Joe Mixon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Joe Mixon Cincinnati Bengals

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171 220
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Tennessee Titans

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198 297
LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Detroit Lions

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34 35
Aaron Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 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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134 200
Tevin Coleman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Atlanta Falcons

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13 6
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
ndog added

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176 297
DeMarco Murray 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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146 246
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Miami Dolphins

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28 41
Chris Carson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Chris Carson Seattle Seahawks

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8 6
James Connor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
ndog added James Connor

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28 45
Dion Lewis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Tennessee Titans

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109 193
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Cleveland Browns

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13 20
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Carey Kepler added Seattle Seahawks

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105 187
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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24 42
Kenyan Drake is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Kenyan Drake Miami Dolphins

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21 37
Matt Breida is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Matt Breida San Francisco 49ers

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1 1
m'baku is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
27mccaffreyw added m'baku

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jaylen samuels is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
27mccaffreyw added jaylen samuels

playing both tight end and running back samuels is obviously one of the top 61. I mean what an athlete.

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Alex Collins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Baltimore Ravens

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Jerick McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
San Francisco 49ers

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85 171
Latavius Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Minnesota Vikings

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Isaiah Crowell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Georgia Bulldogs football

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he stinks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
ndog added he stinks

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Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
1526579089152 added Philadelphia Eagles

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C. J. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jonathon Hollis added Carolina Panthers

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Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
ndog added

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76 166
Jonathan Stewart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New York Giants

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63 156
Jeremy Hill 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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62 157
Ty Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Green Bay Packers

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8 39
Ameer Abdullah is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Ameer Abdullah Detroit Lions