Current Sports 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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Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
SuperUnicorn33 added New York Giants
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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
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1,818 1,120
Todd Gurley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Los Angeles Rams
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1,380 827
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
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667 360
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Carolina Panthers
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1,357 1,083
Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Pittsburgh Steelers
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700 518
Melvin Gordon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
San Diego Chargers
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837 690
Kareem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Kansas City Chiefs
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260 192
James Conner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
ndog added Pittsburg Steelers
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345 285
David Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Arizona Cardinals
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355 297
Nick Chubb is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Cleveland Browns
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285 224
Joe Mixon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Cincinnati Bengals
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698 687
Leonard Fournette is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Jacksonville Jaguars
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260 214
Sony Michel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
hdalessio21 added New England Patriots
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409 380
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Tennessee Titans
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527 533
Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
New Orleans Saints
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424 439
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Washington Redskins
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500 530
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Atlanta Falcons
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223 205
Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Minnesota Vikings
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173 148
Chris Carson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Seattle Seahawks
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207 194
James White is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
GDGD1 added New England Patriots
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580 663
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Buffalo Bills
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407 450
Jordan Howard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Chicago Bears
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147 142
Aaron Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
GDGD1 added Green Bay Packers
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143 146
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Carey Kepler added Oakland Raiders