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

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Updated May 16, 2020 61.9k votes 7.9k voters 55.1k views 61 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

Teams: Carolina Panthers

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

Teams: New York Giants

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Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Running back from Alton, Illinois

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

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Alvin Kamara is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added

Teams: New Orleans Saints

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Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
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Todd Gurley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Running back from Tarboro, North Carolina

Teams: Los Angeles Rams

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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?

Teams: Minnesota Vikings

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

Teams: Cleveland Browns

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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?
Running back from Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Teams: New York Jets

Age: 23

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Aaron Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
GDGD1 added

Teams: Green Bay Packers

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Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Running back from Hackensack, New Jersey

Teams: Baltimore Ravens

Age: 29

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Leonard Fournette is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added
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Kareem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added

Teams: Cleveland Browns

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Melvin Gordon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Melvin Gordon Running back from Kenosha, Wisconsin

Teams: Los Angeles Chargers

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

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

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Josh Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
LuckyDarth123 added Running back from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Teams: Oakland Raiders

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Joe Mixon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?

Teams: Cincinnati Bengals

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James Conner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
ndog added Running back from Erie, Pennsylvania

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

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Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
amjay56 added Running back from Palestine, Texas, United States of America

Teams: Washington Redskins

Age: 30

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Phillip Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
135045 added

Teams: Denver Broncos

Age: 24

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David Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?

Teams: Arizona Cardinals

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Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Devonta Freeman Running back from Baxley, Georgia

Teams: Atlanta Falcons

Age: 26

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LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Running back from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Teams: Buffalo Bills

Age: 27

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Sony Michel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
135045 added Running back from Orlando, Florida

Teams: New England Patriots

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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

Teams: New England Patriots