NFL 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 that 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 in 2017-2018. Some of whom might even end up among the greatest running backs in football history.

In his rookie year, Dallas Cowboy Ezekiel Elliott is leading the league in yards rushed and first downs rushed. However, New England Patriot LeGarrette Blount, who is in his seventh year, leads other RBs with 18 rushed 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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547 273
Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Le'Veon Bell Pittsburgh Steelers

2
429 215
Todd Gurley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams

3
422 278
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys

4
346 216
David Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
David Johnson Arizona Cardinals

5
292 182
Alvin Kamara is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Alvin Kamara New Orleans Saints: Rookie (2017)

6
268 166
Leonard Fournette is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Leonard Fournette Jacksonville Jaguars - Jacksonville Jaguars: Rookie (2017)

7
288 197
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
LeSean McCoy Buffalo Bills

8
237 158
Kareem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Kareem Hunt Kansas City Chiefs - Kansas City Chiefs: Rookie (2017)

9
212 150
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Devonta Freeman Atlanta Falcons

10
178 146
Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Mark Ingram, Jr. New Orleans Saints

11
182 166
Jay Ajayi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jay Ajayi Miami Dolphins

12
148 145
Melvin Gordon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Melvin Gordon San Diego Chargers

13
148 152
Jordan Howard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jordan Howard Chicago Bears

14
119 121
Christian Mccaffrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Christian Mccaffrey

The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

15
139 160
LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
LeGarrette Blount New England Patriots

16
94 99
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Derrick Henry Tennessee Titans - Tennessee Titans: Rookie (2016)

17
136 173
DeMarco Murray is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
DeMarco Murray Tennessee Titans

18
107 136
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings

19
72 103
Tevin Coleman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Tevin Coleman Atlanta Falcons: Rookie (2015)

20
97 155
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Frank Gore Indianapolis Colts

21
11 19
Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
1526579089152 added Darren Sproles New Orleans Saints - Eagles

Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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67 118
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Carlos Hyde San Francisco 49ers

23
46 85
Alex Collins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Alex Collins Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens: Rookie (2016)

24
60 112
Latavius Murray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Latavius Murray Oakland Raiders

25
57 110
Jonathan Stewart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jonathan Stewart Carolina Panthers

26
69 133
Lamar Miller is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lamar Miller Houston Texans

27
45 99
Ty Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Ty Montgomery

28
44 104
Jeremy Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jeremy Hill Cincinnati Bengals

29
47 111
Matt Forte is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Matt Forte New York Jets

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45 110
Isaiah Crowell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Isaiah Crowell Cleveland Browns

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33 109
Spencer Ware is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Spencer Ware Kansas City Chiefs

32
30 102
Robert Kelley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Robert Kelley Washington Redskins

33
26 101
Bilal Powell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Bilal Powell New York Jets

34
28 108
Ryan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Ryan Matthews Philadelphia Eagles

35
25 104
Terrance West is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Terrance West Baltimore Ravens