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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. 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

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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?
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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?
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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?
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New Orleans Saints
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Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Minnesota Vikings
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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?
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Tennessee Titans

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Todd Gurley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
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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?
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Aaron Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
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Green Bay Packers
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Josh Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
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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?
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Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
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Leonard Fournette is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
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Chris Carson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Seattle Seahawks
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Melvin Gordon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Melvin Gordon
Los Angeles Chargers
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Kareem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
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Cleveland Browns
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Phillip Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
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Denver Broncos
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Joe Mixon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Cincinnati Bengals
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James Conner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
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Pittsburgh Steelers
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David Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
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Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
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Sony Michel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
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New England Patriots
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Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
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LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
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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?