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Kevin Durant said Anthony Davis is "next in line" to win MVP.

If anyone besides LeBron James is a threat to unseat Durant as MVP, Davis is definitely one of the first players to come to mind. He exploded last season, averaging 20.0 points, 10.0 boards, 2.8 blocks and 1.3 steals in 67 games, but injuries have occurred a little too often. The Pelicans will obviously have to win more games, but fantasy owners don't care about Davis and No. 1 upside in standard leagues.

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Anthony Davis has been hitting the weight room hard this offseason, and he has made it one of his goals to put on some size for the 2014-15 season.

"I knew that I needed to get stronger," said Davis. "So [hitting the weight room] was definitely one of the top priorities on the list... It's given me more ability to attack the basket, finish through contact and make sure guys don't knock me off my line when I'm driving to the basket. Or if I'm posting up or playing post defense. All of that matters, when it comes to strength." Davis had a fantastic sophomore season with the Pelicans, averaging 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game. The sky's the limit for Davis, and he'll be a first round selection for the 2014-15 fantasy season.

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Anthony Davis is excited to play power forward more often in 2014-15, while Omer Asik holds down the center position in the Pelicans' frontcourt.

"My game is really more of a power forward's," Davis said. "This is going to help my game a lot. I like playing the four ... [Asik] is another big body who can defend, rebound, runs the floor, a great passer. It's good for us." Davis has bulked up since the end of the regular season and he's been expanding his shooting range -- as long as he stays healthy, he's a lock for elite fantasy value.

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Anthony Davis is working to improve his offensive arsenal this offseason with a corner 3-point shot, more post moves and a pull-up jumper off the dribble.

Davis has also raised eyebrows by packing on muscle since the end of the Pelicans' season, and he's no longer bothered by the back and ankle injuries which cut short his 2013-14 campaign. "When you see him it's like 'Wow, this kid is growing as we speak,'" said coach Monty Williams. "His shoulders, back, chest [are bigger]." Davis was an elite fantasy player this season with averages of 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.8 blocks per game, but he also missed 15 games due to injury. The optimistic view is that his bulkier physique will help him withstand the rigors of an 82-game season, and he'll be the first big man off the board in fantasy drafts.

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Anthony davis has been hitting the weight room and is up to 237 pounds.

So the "added 15 pounds of muscle" storyline is starting already. Davis listed at 220 pounds and looked strong at a team workout on Monday. He flourished in his second season last year and is almost a lock to be an elite big man in fantasy leagues as long as he can stay healthy.

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Anthony Davis (back) said he wants to be "the best to play the game."

''I know it's not going to come easy," Davis said. "I know I'm not going to wake up and hear everybody say that Anthony Davis is the best to play. So I just want to make sure I keep working because I know that's what it took to get here.'' He spent last offseason working on his offensive game and it showed with plenty of new moves in a breakout 2013-14. Davis' back spasms were expected to keep him sidelined for a couple weeks back on Apr. 10, so he should be ready to get his offseason training going very soon.

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Anthony Davis (back) begged the Pelicans training staff to play against the Rockets on Wednesday, according to the Pelicans broadcast.

Wow. Davis has been a leader for the Pelicans and things like this are a big reason why. Obviously the team held him out because they didn't want him to aggravate his back injury and the team doctors wanted him to be off a basketball court for another week. He'll be a top-end option in drafts next year.

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Anthony Davis (back) and Eric Gordon (knee) will miss the rest of the season.

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Anthony Davis (back spasms) is questionable to play Wednesday, but Pelicans coach Monty Williams intends to start him if he's healthy.

"If a guy says he's OK, but he doesn't look the way I know he's supposed to look, I take him out [of the game]," said Williams, who pulled Davis from Friday's game. "Structurally, everything's fine with his back." The Pelicans aren't worried about Davis doing any serious damage by playing, in other words, but fantasy owners will have to await updates prior to Wednesday's game vs. the Suns.

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Anthony Davis (back) is a game-time decision for Friday's contest vs. the Jazz.

Coach Monty Williams said Davis has been doing "a lot of stuff the past two games" and his star power forward "looked good this morning." Davis had a minor issue with his back on Wednesday morning and the team may have just kept him from returning to Wednesday's game to limit the risk of an aggravation. He does seem a bit closer to probable for tonight, but he there is still a big chance he sits. If he's out, Jeff Withey will likely start, but is not an option in most formats.