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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1,015 567
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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1,012 638
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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733 443
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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168 44
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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961 702
Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Pittsburgh Steelers

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529 347
Kareem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Kansas City Chiefs

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376 251
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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495 379
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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461 455
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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107 58
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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328 308
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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353 340
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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275 287
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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75 48
James White is listed (or ranked) 15 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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298 339
Jay Ajayi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Philadelphia Eagles

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232 257
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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61 39
Nick Chubb is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Nick Chubb Cleveland Browns

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48 22
Sony Michel is listed (or ranked) 19 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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81 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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65 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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176 221
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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37 36
Aaron Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 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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199 299
LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Detroit Lions

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136 201
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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14 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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31 41
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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10 6
James Connor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
ndog added James Connor

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176 298
DeMarco Murray is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Tennessee Titans

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146 247
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Miami Dolphins

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29 46
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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26 42
Kenyan Drake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Kenyan Drake Miami Dolphins

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14 21
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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106 187
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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109 194
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Cleveland Browns

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2 1
jaylen samuels is listed (or ranked) 36 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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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

he my boi so wus up

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21 38
Matt Breida is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Matt Breida San Francisco 49ers

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79 148
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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17 39
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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85 172
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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12 33
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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41 90
Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
1526579089152 added Philadelphia Eagles

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16 43
C. J. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jonathon Hollis added Carolina Panthers

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76 168
Jonathan Stewart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New York Giants

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

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64 157
Jeremy Hill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New England Patriots

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1 10
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
ndog added

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62 159
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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9 40
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