Tatum has missed the past five games for the Celtics after testing positive for COVID-19, but he has officially cleared the league’s health and safety protocols. There’s no guarantee that he returns to a full workload right away, but expect him to be back in the lineup Monday vs. the Bulls.
Tatum was on pace for a career-year before getting shut down. He averaged 26.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists through his first 10 contests, all of which represent new career-highs. Tatum has also blossomed into one of the best defensive wings in the league, ranking sixth in Defensive Win Shares last season.
His return will harm Jaylen Brown from a fantasy perspective. Brown has carried a massive workload in Tatum’s absence, posting a usage rate of at least 39.4% in each of his past three games. He made history last night, with his 33 points being the most by any player in less than 20 minutes during the shot-clock era.
The Celtics are currently listed as four-point road favorites vs. the Bulls on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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