Every good team in Madden 21 needs a good running back.
So let's take a look at who the best backs in Madden 21's offline modes are!
How to choose the best running backs (HB) in Madden 21's Franchise Mode
In this article, we are looking for the best running backs in Madden 21's Franchise Mode. We don't care about age, contract status, team, or anything but OVR here. These players are all listed with HB as their position. Let's dive in!
Christian McCaffrey - 99 OVR
Team: Carolina Panthers
The latest member of the 99 Club, Christian McCaffrey is going to be a beast in Madden 21.
ANKLE BREAKER: McCaffrey's X-Factor makes him deadly this year
With 92 speed and 93 acceleration he can break away from defenses, but it's his 98 carrying combined with 97 agility, 96 juke move, and 92 spin move that makes him awesome in the open field.
He's also got a position-best 82 catching and 83 short route running to be an elite receiving threat.
Derrick Henry - 93 OVR
Team: Tennessee Titans
Derrick Henry pounds his way into #2.
The Titans' bruiser of a running back has great 91 speed with 88 acceleration and 87 strength to be a physical beast.
He has a monstrous 93 break tackle and 88 truck, but also a 98 stiff arm and 85 juke move.
Henry isn't much of a receiver, but if you need a yard then he's your guy.
Ezekiel Elliott - 92 OVR
Team: Dallas Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliott is a real do-it-all back.
The Cowboys star has 90 speed, 91 acceleration, and 80 strength. His 87 break tackle is paired with 72 catching to be strong both on the ground and as a receiver.
FEED ME MORE: Zeke will want a lot of the ball in Madden 21
In the open field he might be the best RB, with 91 juke move, 89 stiff arm, 87 spin move, and 85 truck. Basically he's good at whatever move you want to put on a defender!
Nick Chubb - 92 OVR
Team: Cleveland Browns
Cleveland's Nick Chubb is in at #4, somewhat surprisingly.
Another physical back, Chubb has 92 speed, 91 acceleration, and 85 strength. His 97 break tackle is elite and comes with a 90 truck.
Chubb also has 88 stiff arm and 85 juke move.
Dalvin Cook - 91 OVR
Team: Minnesota Vikings
In at #5 is Minnesota's Dalvin Cook.
STIFFED: Bust your way through defenses with Dalvin Cook
Less of a receiver than some may like, Cook is still a very good running back. With 92 speed and 92 acceleration he has the burst to get away from the defense in a hurry.
With 87 carrying he will be a little more fumble-prone than others, but his 88 break tackle comes with 93 juke move and 89 spin move to baffle defenders.
Saquon Barkley - 91 OVR
Team: New York Giants
One of the biggest ratings snubs, Saquon Barkley is just 91 OVR this year.
GOING UP: Barkley has the athleticism to go around or over defenders
He is one of the best athletes in Madden 21 thanks to his 93 speed, 93 acceleration, and 96 agility. In the open field, Barkley has 91 break tackle, 94 juke move, 90 spin move, and 86 stiff arm.
He also has 75 catching and 74 short route running. He is much better than his OVR suggests.
Aaron Jones - 90 OVR
Team: Green Bay Packers
Last on this list is Green Bay's Aaron Jones.
Jones comes in with 91 speed and 93 acceleration, and 94 agility. He has a nice 84 truck along with 92 juke move.
He's a solid receiver, with 71 catching and 68 short route running.
All the best running backs in Madden 21
|Christian McCaffrey||Carolina Panthers||99|
|Derrick Henry||Tennesee Titans||93|
|Ezekiel Elliott||Dallas Cowboys||92|
|Nick Chubb||Cleveland Browns||92|
|Dalvin Cook||Minnesota Vikings||91|
|Saquon Barkley||New York Giants||91|
|Aaron Jones||Green Bay Packers||90|
|Joe Mixon||Cincinnati Bengals||89|
|Alvin Kamara||New Orleans Saints||88|
|Josh Jacobs||Las Vegas Raiders||88|
|Kareem Hunt||Cleveland Browns||87|
|Le'Veon Bell||New York Jets||87|
|Chris Carson||Seattle Seahawks||86|
|Mark Ingram II||Baltimore Ravens||86|
|Todd Gurley II||Atlanta Falcons||86|
|Austin Ekeler||Los Angeles Chargers||85|
|Marlon Mack||Indianapolis Colts||85|
|Phillip Linsay||Denver Broncos||85|
|Melvin Gordon||Denver Broncos||84|
|Raheem Mostert||San Francisco 49ers||84|