Anthony Davis PF/C NO 6 Hrs

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.

Anthony Davis PF/C NO 2 Months

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.

Anthony Davis PF/C NO 2 Months

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.

Anthony Davis PF/C NO 3 Months

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.

Anthony Davis PF/C NO 3 Months

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.

Anthony Davis PF/C NO 3 Months

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

Anthony Davis PF/C NO 4 Months

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.

Anthony Davis PF/C NO 4 Months

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.

Anthony Davis PF/C NO 4 Months

Anthony Davis (back spasms) is being listed as day-to-day by the team.

As it stands right now, he should be considered questionable for Friday's game vs. the Jazz. Davis was dealing with a back issue during Wednesday's shootaround and suffered back spasms in the first half of Wednesday's game vs. the Nuggets. Fantasy owners probably should just sit tight for now to see if Davis can go through shootaround on Friday. For what it's worth, his back issue did not look to be as severe as Blake Griffin's from over the weekend. Jeff Withey started the second half vs. Denver, but is far from a strong pickup.

Anthony Davis PF/C NO 4 Months

Coach Monty Williams revealed Anthony Davis (back spasms) dealt with back issues on Wednesday morning, but was fine to start the game.

He lasted just 11 minutes before tapping out in the second quarter. Davis did not return and he could miss time due to this injury. He's too good to make a hasty cut, so his owners should just keep their eyes peeled for an update before Friday's game vs.t the Jazz. Coach Williams will likely mix and match his way to fill the void, so there really isn't really a pickup to make in most formats.