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

Ranker Sports
21.9k votes 2.8k voters 19.1k views 62 items

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. 

list ordered by

1
1,040 576
Todd Gurley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Los Angeles Rams

2
386 149
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
SuperUnicorn33 added New York Giants

3
1,028 651
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Dallas Cowboys

4
747 455
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

5
184 49
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Carolina Panthers

6
965 715
Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Pittsburgh Steelers

7
534 358
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

8
385 256
Melvin Gordon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
San Diego Chargers

9
502 387
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
115 64
David Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
David Johnson Arizona Cardinals

11
334 316
Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New Orleans Saints

12
359 348
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Atlanta Falcons

13
463 468
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Buffalo Bills

14
283 291
Jordan Howard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Chicago Bears

15
73 42
Nick Chubb is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Nick Chubb Cleveland Browns

16
242 260
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added N/A (Free agent)

17
80 55
James White is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
GDGD1 added James White New England Patriots

18
92 71
Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings

19
58 28
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

20
77 54
Joe Mixon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Joe Mixon Cincinnati Bengals

21
301 347
Jay Ajayi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Philadelphia Eagles

22
188 224
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

23
43 41
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

24
19 9
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
ndog added

25
18 8
James Connor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
ndog added James Connor

26
203 305
LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Detroit Lions

27
139 208
Tevin Coleman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Atlanta Falcons

28
35 45
Chris Carson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Chris Carson Seattle Seahawks

29
19 22
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Carey Kepler added Seattle Seahawks

30
180 300
DeMarco Murray is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Tennessee Titans

31
149 250
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Miami Dolphins

32
29 45
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

33
109 187
Lamar Miller is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Houston Texans

34
25 39
Matt Breida is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Matt Breida San Francisco 49ers

35
30 50
Dion Lewis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Tennessee Titans

36
4 4
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.

37
111 197
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Cleveland Browns

38
3 4
m'baku is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
27mccaffreyw added m'baku

he my boi so wus up

39
80 151
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

40
44 91
Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
1526579089152 added Philadelphia Eagles

41
18 42
Jerick McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
San Francisco 49ers

42
14 35
Isaiah Crowell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Georgia Bulldogs football

43
85 175
Latavius Murray is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Minnesota Vikings

44
17 45
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

45
2 11
he stinks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
ndog added he stinks

46
76 171
Jonathan Stewart is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New York Giants

47
64 161
Jeremy Hill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New England Patriots

48
62 162
Ty Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Green Bay Packers

49
9 43
Ameer Abdullah is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Ameer Abdullah Detroit Lions

50
16 66
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
leilamackenzie12 added New England Patriots