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

Updated September 21, 2020 72.7k 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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    714

    Derrick Henry

    Tennessee Titans

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceYulee, FL, United States of America

  • 2
    2,301
    1,178

    Christian McCaffrey

    Carolina Panthers

    PositionRunning back, Return specialist

  • 3
    1,234
    734

    Dalvin Cook

    Minnesota Vikings

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceMiami, Fl, United States of America

  • 4
    1,275
    791

    Nick Chubb

    Cleveland Browns

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceCedartown, GA, United States of America

    Age25

  • 5
    2,453
    1,599

    Alvin Kamara

    New Orleans Saints

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceNorcross, GA, United States of America

  • 6
    2,764
    1,817

    Saquon Barkley

    New York Giants

    PositionRunning back

  • 7
    785
    516

    Aaron Jones

    Green Bay Packers

    PositionRunning back

  • 8
    3,125
    2,243

    Ezekiel Elliott

    Dallas Cowboys

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

  • 9
    484
    312

    Josh Jacobs

    Oakland Raiders

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

  • 10
    2,544
    2,018

    Todd Gurley

    Los Angeles Rams

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceTarboro, North Carolina

    Age26

  • 11
    992
    884

    Mark Ingram, Jr.

    Houston Texans

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceHackensack, New Jersey

    Age30

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    #33 of 83 The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time#43 of 95 The Best Baltimore Ravens of All Time

  • 12
    601
    531

    Chris Carson

    Seattle Seahawks

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceBiloxi, MS, United States of America

  • 13
  • 14
    666
    607

    Joe Mixon

    Cincinnati Bengals

    PositionRunning Back

    BirthplaceOakley, CA, United States of America

  • 15
    365
    321

    Phillip Lindsay

    Houston Texans

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    Age26

  • 16
    1,266
    1,196

    Kareem Hunt

    Cleveland Browns

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceElyria, OH, United States of America

    Age25

  • 17
    1,825
    1,767

    Le'Veon Bell

    New York Jets

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceReynoldsburg, Ohio

    Age28

  • 18
    1,067
    1,060

    Melvin Gordon

    Los Angeles Chargers

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceKenosha, Wisconsin

  • 19
    738
    780

    Adrian Peterson

    Washington Redskins

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplacePalestine, Texas, United States of America

    Age35

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    #1048 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#317 of 325 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

  • 20
    618
    650

    James Conner

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceErie, Pennsylvania

    Age25

  • 21
    634
    765

    David Johnson

    Houston Texans

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

  • 22
    711
    871

    Devonta Freeman

    Atlanta Falcons

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceBaxley, Georgia, United States of America

    Age28

  • 23
    52
    52

    Ronald Jones

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    PositionRunning Back

    BirthplaceFort Stewart, Georgia

  • 24
    755
    945

    LeSean McCoy

    Buffalo Bills

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceHarrisburg, Pennsylvania

    Age32

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    #44 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time#256 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

  • 25
    489
    612

    Sony Michel

    New England Patriots

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida

    Age25