Who is the Best Running Back in the NFL?

Who is the Best Running Back in the NFL?

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.

Using Statistics to Identify the 'Best'

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.

Consensus Top Five RBs

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.


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