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

Updated September 21, 2020 77.1k votes 8.1k voters 57.2k 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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  • 1
    Christian McCaffrey
    2,427
    1,220

    Christian McCaffrey

    Carolina Panthers

    PositionRunning back, Return specialist

  • 2
    Derrick Henry
    1,474
    724

    Derrick Henry

    Tennessee Titans

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceYulee, FL, United States of America

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  • 3
    Dalvin Cook
    1,220
    754

    Dalvin Cook

    Minnesota Vikings

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceMiami, Fl, United States of America

  • 4
    Saquon Barkley
    3,033
    1,980

    Saquon Barkley

    New York Giants

    PositionRunning back

  • 5
    Nick Chubb
    1,281
    840

    Nick Chubb

    Cleveland Browns

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceCedartown, GA, United States of America

    Age25

  • 6
    Alvin Kamara
    2,622
    1,769

    Alvin Kamara

    New Orleans Saints

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceNorcross, GA, United States of America

  • 7
    Ezekiel Elliott
    3,465
    2,435

    Ezekiel Elliott

    Dallas Cowboys

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

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  • 8
    Aaron Jones
    769
    517

    Aaron Jones

    Green Bay Packers

    PositionRunning back

  • 9
    Josh Jacobs
    438
    278

    Josh Jacobs

    Oakland Raiders

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

  • 10
    Todd Gurley
    2,841
    2,200

    Todd Gurley

    Los Angeles Rams

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceTarboro, North Carolina

    Age26

  • 11
    Mark Ingram, Jr.
    1,074
    929

    Mark Ingram, Jr.

    Baltimore Ravens

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceHackensack, New Jersey

    Age30

  • 12
    Chris Carson
    626
    533

    Chris Carson

    Seattle Seahawks

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceBiloxi, MS, United States of America

  • 13
    Phillip Lindsay
    354
    294

    Phillip Lindsay

    Denver Broncos

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    Age26

  • 14
    Joe Mixon
    697
    634

    Joe Mixon

    Cincinnati Bengals

    PositionRunning Back

    BirthplaceOakley, CA, United States of America

  • 15
    Leonard Fournette

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  • 16
    Melvin Gordon
    1,190
    1,136

    Melvin Gordon

    Los Angeles Chargers

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceKenosha, Wisconsin

  • 17
    Le'Veon Bell
    1,997
    1,950

    Le'Veon Bell

    New York Jets

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceReynoldsburg, Ohio

    Age28

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  • 18
    Kareem Hunt
    1,358
    1,327

    Kareem Hunt

    Cleveland Browns

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceElyria, OH, United States of America

    Age25

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  • 19
    James Conner
    664
    672

    James Conner

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceErie, Pennsylvania

    Age25

  • 20
    Adrian Peterson
    788
    840

    Adrian Peterson

    Washington Redskins

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplacePalestine, Texas, United States of America

    Age35

  • 21
    David Johnson
    719
    805

    David Johnson

    Arizona Cardinals

    PositionRunning back

  • 22
    Sony Michel
    548
    633

    Sony Michel

    New England Patriots

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida

    Age25

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  • 23
    Devonta Freeman
    778
    941

    Devonta Freeman

    Atlanta Falcons

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceBaxley, Georgia, United States of America

    Age28

  • 24
    James White
    440
    527

    James White

    New England Patriots

    PositionRunning back

  • 25
    LeSean McCoy
    827
    1,032

    LeSean McCoy

    Buffalo Bills

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceHarrisburg, Pennsylvania

    Age32