Anthony Davis PF/C NO 8 Days

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 14 Days

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

Anthony Davis PF/C NO 16 Days

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 20 Days

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 21 Days

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 22 Days

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.

Anthony Davis PF/C NO 22 Days

Anthony Davis suffered back spasms on Wednesday night and is doubtful to return.

Ouch. Davis has been bitten by the injury bug a couple times in the past week and this is his first noteworthy bout with back spasms. Hopefully he can make it back for the weekend, but the Pelicans have little incentive to play him at less than 100 percent. Al-Farouq Aminu and Alexis Ajinca would benefit.

Anthony Davis PF/C NO 24 Days

Anthony Davis (ankle) returned to action in the Pelicans' 102-97 loss to the Kings on Monday, scoring 22 points on 5-of-13 shooting (12-of-14 FTs) with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and four blocks in 38 minutes.

Davis took a shot to the head from Reggie Evans but stayed in the game and so far there's no red flags on that front. As an aside, this may have been the quietest line of this type that we've seen in some time. When Davis is given the keys to the car in New Orleans, watch out.

Anthony Davis PF/C NO 24 Days

Anthony Davis (ankle) will play against the Kings on Monday.

He has a soft tissue injury to his ankle and only needed one game on the sidelines to recover. Davis has been magnificent in his second season and his fantasy owners are going to be very pleased to plug him into their lineups. Al-Farouq Aminu takes a hit as does Alexis Ajinca.

Anthony Davis PF/C NO 24 Days

Anthony Davis (ankle) is listed as day-to-day in advance of Monday's game vs. the Kings.

The Pelicans should provide an update during coach Monty Williams' pre-game availability, but in the meantime fantasy owners should prepare as though Davis will not play. He left the arena on crutches and New Orleans has little incentive to play him at less than 100 percent, especially since GM Dell Demps said the injury was caused by "wear and tear."