Who Leads the NFL in Rushing Yards This Year?

While the NFL has become known for its pass-happy nature, the importance of having a solid running game cannot be underestimated. Throughout the season, this space will monitor the league’s rushing leaders. 

Here is how things shake out after Week 10:

Rank Player Team Rushing Yards
1 Saquon Barkley NYG 931
2 Derrick Henry TEN 923
3 Nick Chubb CLE 904
4 Josh Jacobs LV 821
5 Dameon Pierce HOU 772
6 Justin Fields CHI 749
7 Aaron Jones GB 738
8 Dalvin Cook MIN 727
9 Travis Etienne Jr. JAX 725
10 Miles Sanders PHI 710
11 Khalil Herbert CHI 643
12 Jeff Wilson Jr. MIA 638
13 Lamar Jackson BAL 635
14 Tony Pollard DAL 621
15 Rhamondre Stevenson NE 618
16 Jonathan Taylor IND 609
17 Jamaal Williams DET 545
18 Kenneth Walker III SEA 570
19 Joe Mixon CIN 585
20 Christian McCaffrey SF 563
21 Raheem Mostert MIA 478
22 Josh Allen BUF 476 
23 Alvin Kamara NO 443
24 Breece Hall NYJ 463
25 Leonard Fournette TB 443

Star running back Saquon Barkley takes the top of the leaderboard with 931 rushing yards. In the Giants’ Week 10 win over the Texans, he racked up 152 rushing yards for his second-highest single-game total of the season. He’s earned 100+ rushing yards in six games this season, good enough for the league’s second-highest total. Barkley is a cornerstone of the Giants’ offense. If he continues to perform at this caliber, he has a great chance of earning Comeback Player of the Year honors. 

Bears quarterback Justin Fields showed his elite rushing ability in the Bears’ Week 10 loss to the Lions, rushing for 142 yards and totaling four touchdowns. Just a week before, he rushed for 178 yards, the most by a quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Through ten weeks, Fields leads the league in rushing yards by a quarterback and is tied for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. In Week 11, Fields and the Bears take on the Falcons.