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

Updated September 21, 2020 74.5k votes 8.3k voters 58.2k views62 items

List RulesVote 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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  • Derrick Henry1
    1,532
    737

    Derrick Henry

    Tennessee Titans

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceYulee, FL, United States of America

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  • Christian McCaffrey2
    2,340
    1,202

    Christian McCaffrey

    Carolina Panthers

    PositionRunning back, Return specialist

  • Dalvin Cook3
    1,210
    737

    Dalvin Cook

    Minnesota Vikings

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceMiami, Fl, United States of America

  • Nick Chubb4
    1,279
    816

    Nick Chubb

    Cleveland Browns

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceCedartown, GA, United States of America

  • Alvin Kamara5
    2,538
    1,673

    Alvin Kamara

    New Orleans Saints

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceNorcross, GA, United States of America

  • Saquon Barkley6
    2,871
    1,900

    Saquon Barkley

    New York Giants

    PositionRunning back

  • Aaron Jones7
    769
    512

    Aaron Jones

    Green Bay Packers

    PositionRunning back

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    #89 of 286 The Best Green Bay Packers Of All Time#9 of 32 The Best Green Bay Packers Running Backs of All Time

  • Ezekiel Elliott8
    3,274
    2,334

    Ezekiel Elliott

    Dallas Cowboys

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

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    #407 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#47 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

  • Josh Jacobs9
    456
    295

    Josh Jacobs

    Oakland Raiders

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

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    #8 of 32 Every First-Round Pick In The 2019 NFL Draft, Ranked#5 of 41 The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Running Backs of All Time

  • Todd Gurley10
    2,685
    2,094

    Todd Gurley

    Los Angeles Rams

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceTarboro, North Carolina

    Age26

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  • Chris Carson11
    610
    525

    Chris Carson

    Seattle Seahawks

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceBiloxi, MS, United States of America

  • Mark Ingram, Jr.12
    1,023
    915

    Mark Ingram, Jr.

    Baltimore Ravens

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceHackensack, New Jersey

    Age30

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    #40 of 95 The Best Baltimore Ravens of All Time#5 of 59 Short NFL Players Who Show Size Doesn't Matter

  • Joe Mixon13
    684
    615

    Joe Mixon

    Cincinnati Bengals

    PositionRunning Back

    BirthplaceOakley, CA, United States of America

  • Phillip Lindsay14
    354
    310

    Phillip Lindsay

    Denver Broncos

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    Age26

  • Le'Veon Bell15
    1,921
    1,840

    Le'Veon Bell

    New York Jets

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceReynoldsburg, Ohio

    Age23

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  • Leonard Fournette16

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  • Kareem Hunt17
    1,315
    1,259

    Kareem Hunt

    Cleveland Browns

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceElyria, OH, United States of America

    Age25

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  • Melvin Gordon18
    1,117
    1,102

    Melvin Gordon

    Los Angeles Chargers

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceKenosha, Wisconsin

  • James Conner19
    648
    668

    James Conner

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceErie, Pennsylvania

    Age25

  • Adrian Peterson20
    756
    814

    Adrian Peterson

    Washington Redskins

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplacePalestine, Texas, United States of America

    Age35

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  • David Johnson21
    670
    778

    David Johnson

    Arizona Cardinals

    PositionRunning back

  • Devonta Freeman22
    752
    892

    Devonta Freeman

    Atlanta Falcons

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceBaxley, Georgia, United States of America

    Age23

  • LeSean McCoy23
    799
    976

    LeSean McCoy

    Buffalo Bills

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceHarrisburg, Pennsylvania

    Age32

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  • Sony Michel 24
    516
    627

    Sony Michel

    New England Patriots

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida

    Age25

  • James White25
    411
    514

    James White

    New England Patriots

    PositionRunning back