There is no specific 'best' running back in the NFL. The title of 'best' is designated to one's own personal opinion. Prominent running backs who are often argued as the 'best' include Le'Veon Bell, David Johnson, Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliot, and Alvin Kamara. Retired NFL running backs who are often argued as the best include Barry Sanders, Jim Brown, Walter Payton, and Eric Dickerson.
The title of 'best' running back in the NFL is primarily based on statistics. Each of the players that are in the conversation for best running back in the league post exceptional stats on a yearly basis. The most important statistics for a running back are rushing touchdowns and rushing yards, with the most talented backs generally recording double-digit touchdowns and over 1,000 yards.
|Player||Team||Rushing Yards (2018)||Rushing Touchdowns (2018)|
|Todd Gurley||Los Angeles Rams||1,251||17|
|Saquon Barkley||New York Giants||1,307||11|
|Ezekiel Elliot||Dallas Cowboys||1,434||6|
|Christian McCaffery||Carolina Panthers||1,098||7|
|David Johnson||Arizona Cardinals||940||7|
|NOTE: Le'Veon Bell of the New York Jets is widely regarded as one of the best running backs in the NFL, however he missed the entirety of the 2018 season.|