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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1,696 1,034
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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1,586 962
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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1,174 716
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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505 283
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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1,253 969
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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605 450
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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750 591
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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280 226
Nick Chubb is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Cleveland Browns
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634 615
Leonard Fournette is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Jacksonville Jaguars
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272 234
David Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Arizona Cardinals
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180 135
James Connor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
ndog added James Connor Pittsburg Steelers
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206 168
Joe Mixon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Cincinnati Bengals
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350 335
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Lucinda Gonzalez added Tennessee Titans
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204 167
Sony Michel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
hdalessio21 added New England Patriots
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477 490
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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457 490
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Atlanta Falcons
18
378 396
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
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548 623
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Buffalo Bills
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176 162
James White is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
GDGD1 added New England Patriots
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375 413
Jordan Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Chicago Bears
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180 168
Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Minnesota Vikings
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133 111
Chris Carson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Seattle Seahawks
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366 451
Jay Ajayi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?
Philadelphia Eagles
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108 106
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