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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867 453
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
614 349
Alvin Kamara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added New Orleans Saints

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833 535
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Dallas Cowboys

4
917 605
Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Pittsburgh Steelers

5
155 36
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
SuperUnicorn33 added New York Giants

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467 287
Kareem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Kansas City Chiefs

7
458 329
Leonard Fournette is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Jacksonville Jaguars

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316 218
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
451 386
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Buffalo Bills

10
78 15
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Carolina Panthers

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337 288
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Atlanta Falcons

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285 268
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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259 243
Jordan Howard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Chicago Bears

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66 24
David Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
David Johnson Arizona Cardinals

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286 287
Jay Ajayi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Philadelphia Eagles

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60 40
Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings

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198 231
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)

18
41 23
James White is listed (or ranked) 18 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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43 30
Joe Mixon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Joe Mixon Cincinnati Bengals

20
154 196
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Tennessee Titans

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191 272
LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Detroit Lions

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14 7
Sony Michel is listed (or ranked) 22 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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122 183
Tevin Coleman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Atlanta Falcons

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26 28
Nick Chubb is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Nick Chubb Cleveland Browns

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173 272
DeMarco Murray is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Tennessee Titans

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138 229
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Miami Dolphins

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106 178
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Cleveland Browns

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20 30
Dion Lewis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Tennessee Titans

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15 24
Matt Breida is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Matt Breida San Francisco 49ers

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4 5
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Carey Kepler added Seattle Seahawks

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16 27
Chris Carson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Chris Carson Seattle Seahawks

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16 29
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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98 176
Lamar Miller is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Houston Texans

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73 135
Alex Collins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Baltimore Ravens

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12 25
Jerick McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
San Francisco 49ers

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8 19
Isaiah Crowell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Georgia Bulldogs football

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9 21
Aaron Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 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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36 74
Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
1526579089152 added Philadelphia Eagles

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10 28
C. J. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Jonathon Hollis added Carolina Panthers

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79 158
Latavius Murray is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Minnesota Vikings

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73 154
Jonathan Stewart is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New York Giants

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6 25
Alfred Morris is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
N/A (Free Agent)

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61 142
Ty Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Green Bay Packers

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62 145
Jeremy Hill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New England Patriots

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12 49
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
leilamackenzie12 added New England Patriots

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5 28
Ameer Abdullah is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Ameer Abdullah Detroit Lions

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5 28
Orleans Darkwa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
N/A (Free Agent)

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3 24
Mike Gillislee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New England Patriots

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44 140
Bilal Powell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New York Jets

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45 152
Spencer Ware is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Kansas City Chiefs