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

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Updated October 18, 2019 58.4k votes 7.5k voters 53.2k views 58 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. If you're a fantasy football player, head over and help decide the best fantasy football RBs of 2019.

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Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Christian McCaffrey Carolina Panthers

Position: Running back, Return specialist

Birthplace: Castle Rock, Colorado

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Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Dallas Cowboys

Position: Running back

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

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3
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
SuperUnicorn33 added Saquon Barkley New York Giants

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Bronx, New York

4
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

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Norcross, GA, United States of America

5
Todd Gurley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Los Angeles Rams

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Age: 24

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#25 of 51 The Most Likable Active NFL Players #259 of 1,556 The Best Football Players Ever

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Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Tennessee Titans

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Yulee, FL, United States of America

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#91 of 192 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #731 of 1,556 The Best Football Players Ever

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Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Minnesota Vikings

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Miami, Fl, United States of America

8
Nick Chubb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Cleveland Browns

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Cedartown, GA, United States of America

Age: 24

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Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New York Jets

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Age: 27

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Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Baltimore Ravens

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Hackensack, New Jersey

Age: 29

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Leonard Fournette is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Age: 24

12
Kareem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Cleveland Browns

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Elyria, OH, United States of America

Age: 23

13
Melvin Gordon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Melvin Gordon Los Angeles Chargers

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin

14
Aaron Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
GDGD1 added Green Bay Packers

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia

15
Chris Carson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Seattle Seahawks

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Biloxi, MS, United States of America

16
Joe Mixon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Cincinnati Bengals

Position: Running Back

Birthplace: Oakley, CA, United States of America

17
James Conner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
ndog added Pittsburgh Steelers

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Erie, Pennsylvania

Age: 23

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

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Palestine, Texas, United States of America

Age: 33

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#7 of 192 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #45 of 1,556 The Best Football Players Ever

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David Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Arizona Cardinals

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee

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Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Devonta Freeman Atlanta Falcons

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Baxley, Georgia, United States of America

Age: 26

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Josh Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
LuckyDarth123 added Oakland Raiders

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma

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LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Buffalo Bills

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Age: 30

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#31 of 192 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #20 of 25 The Most Hated Players In The NFL Right Now

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Sony Michel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
135045 added New England Patriots

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Orlando, Florida

Age: 24

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Phillip Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
135045 added Denver Broncos

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

Age: 24

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James White is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
GDGD1 added New England Patriots

Position: Running back

Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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