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

Updated September 21, 2020 72.8k votes 8.4k voters 58.6k 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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  • 26
    399
    507

    James White

    New England Patriots

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida

  • 27
    288
    370

    Kenyan Drake

    Oakland Raiders

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplacePowder Springs, GA, United States of America

  • 28
    397
    523

    Tevin Coleman

    San Francisco 49ers

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceTinley Park, FL, United States of America

    Age27

  • 29
    379
    507

    Frank Gore

    Buffalo Bills

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age37

  • 30
    532
    726

    Jordan Howard

    Philadelphia Eagles

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceGardendale, Alabama

  • 31
    245
    334

    Matt Breida

    San Francisco 49ers

    PositionRunning back

  • 32
    24
    31

    Cam Akers

  • 33
    37
    61

    Tarik Cohen

    Chicago Bears

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceBunn, North Carolina

    Age25

  • 34
    481
    766
  • 35
    288
    474

    Lamar Miller

    Houston Texans

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age29

  • 36
    233
    388

    Latavius Murray

    New Orleans Saints

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceTitusville, FL, United States of America

    Age29

  • 37
    207
    355

    Darren Sproles

    Philadelphia Eagles

    PositionRunning back, Return specialist

    BirthplaceWaterloo, Iowa

    Age37

  • 38
    247
    423

    Carlos Hyde

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age29

  • 39
    172
    365

    C. J. Anderson

    Detroit Lions

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California

    Age29

  • 40
    303
    625

    LeGarrette Blount

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplacePerry, Florida, United States of America

    Age33

  • 41
    69
    170

    Rex Burkhead

    Cincinnati Bengals, Nebraska Cornhuskers football

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky

    Age30

  • 42
    122
    277

    Jerick McKinnon

    San Francisco 49ers

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Age28

  • 43
    140
    324

    Dion Lewis

    Tennessee Titans

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceAlbany, New York

    Age29

  • 44
    48
    136

    Chase Edmonds

  • 45
    242
    557

    DeMarco Murray

    Oklahoma Sooners football, Dallas Cowboys

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada

    Age32

  • 46
  • 47
    79
    229

    Alfred Morris

    Washington Redskins

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Age31

  • 48
  • 49
  • 50
    112
    335

    Spencer Ware

    Seattle Seahawks, LSU Tigers football

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age28