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About Andrew C. Lovell - RotoBaller

Andrew Lovell has years of sports writing and editing experience, most recently at ESPN in Bristol, Conn. He's written everything from features on NBA and WNBA players to game stories on high school volleyball. Andrew is an avid fantasy sports fan and plays in both season-long and DFS leagues. He once lost a fantasy championship game on a blocked Ryan Longwell extra point. Yes, he's still bitter about it. Connect with Andrew on Twitter at @Andrew_Lovell.

Andrew C. Lovell - RotoBaller has written 328 articles so far, you can find them below.


Matt Duffy Collects Two Hits; Solid Buy-Low Option

San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Duffy went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. It marked Duffy's second straight two-hit outing, after going a combined 0-for-13 over his previous four games. Duffy, the 2015 National League Rookie of the Year runner-up, has gotten off to a slow... Read More

4 years ago

Madison Bumgarner Takes Hard-Luck Loss; Elite Matchups on Horizon

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings pitched in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bumgarner matched a season high with eight strikeouts, walked just one and took the loss to fall to 1-2. Arizona's Zack Greinke was just a bit better, but Bumgarner certainly pitched... Read More

4 years ago

Matt Cain Falls to 0-2; Not Worth Owning in Most Formats

San Francisco Giants veteran right-hander Matt Cain allowed three runs (all earned) on five hits over 4 2/3 innings pitched in Tuesday night's 3-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cain struck out two, walked four and took the loss. It was another uninspiring effort from the three-time All-Star, who now sports a 6.46 ERA through... Read More

4 years ago

Jeff Samardzija Pitches Well in Loss; Promising Matchups Ahead

San Francisco Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits over six innings pitched in Sunday night's 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Samardzija struck out three, walked three and took the loss to fall to 1-1. It was Samardzija's second straight quality start, but it also marked the third... Read More

4 years ago

Santiago Casilla Earns Third Save, Still Reliable Option at Closer

San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla pitched the 9th inning to earn his third save of the season in Saturday's 4-3 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Casilla, who was making his first appearance in nearly a week, gave up a leadoff double to Yasmani Grandal but then set down Kike Hernandez, Joc Pederson and... Read More

4 years ago


Johnny Cueto Improves to 3-0; Borderline Ace Starting Pitcher

San Francisco Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto limited the Los Angeles Dodgers to just one run on three hits over 7 1/3 innings pitched in Saturday's 4-3 win. Cueto struck out seven, walked two and moved into a tie for the MLB lead with his third win. Cueto (3-0) has now pitched at least seven full... Read More

4 years ago

Matt Cain Hit Hard in Second Start, Safe to Avoid in All Formats

San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain allowed six runs (all earned) on six hits in 4 2/3 innings pitched in Thursday's 11-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Cain struck out seven, walked one and took the loss. For the second straight game, a veteran Giants pitcher was hammered in Coors Field (Jake Peavy struggled Wednesday).... Read More

4 years ago

Denard Span Goes 2-For-5; Must-Own Option at Outfielder

San Francisco Giants leadoff hitter Denard Span went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and run scored in Thursday's 11-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Span has now hit safely in four straight games and is a combined 6-for-18 over that same stretch. His nine RBIs are tied with Hunter Pence for the team lead, and... Read More

4 years ago

Hunter Pence Off to Hot Start; Elite Source of RBIs

San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Wednesday's 10-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Over the last three games, Pence has gone 4-for-11 with three runs scored and five RBIs. His nine RBIs lead the Giants and are tied for fourth in the majors. Pence looks healthy and primed... Read More

4 years ago

Jake Peavy Shelled in Second Straight Start, Safe to Avoid in All Formats

San Francisco Giants veteran right-hander Jake Peavy allowed six runs (all earned) on 11 hits over just four innings pitched in Wednesday's 10-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Peavy struck out five, walked one and took the loss. Coors Field is tough on all pitchers, but Peavy struggled mightily in the Denver altitude. What's more... Read More

4 years ago


Trevor Brown Stays Hot, Remains Handcuff For Buster Posey

San Francisco Giants backup catcher Trevor Brown went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs scored in Wednesday's 10-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies. This comes on the heels of Brown's monster two-home run, four-RBI explosion Tuesday. Unfortunately for Brown, he backs up the best catcher in the majors in Buster Posey. Brown has... Read More

4 years ago

Jeff Samardzija Tosses Eight Innings at Coors; Major Positive Sign

San Francisco Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija allowed two earned runs on six hits over eight innings pitched in Tuesday's 7-2 road win against the Colorado Rockies. Samardzija struck out five, walked two and earned the win while tossing 111 pitches. The major headline here, obviously, is that Samardzija lasted eight innings against the Rockies' potent... Read More

4 years ago

Sergio Romo Earns Fourth Hold, Remains Elite Relief Option

San Francisco Giants reliever Sergio Romo picked up his fourth hold in as many appearances in Sunday's 9-6 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Romo faced just two batters, resulting in a fly-ball out and a walk, but the Giants' bullpen made the three-run lead hold up. Fantasy owners should already be familiar with Romo.... Read More

4 years ago

Johnny Cueto Shakes Off Slow Start in Win; Value Still High

San Francisco Giants right-hander allowed six earned runs on 10 hits over seven innings pitched in Sunday's 9-6 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cueto labored through the first inning, allowing five runs on five hits, but settled in after that. He struck out eight, walked two and earned the win to improve to 2-0.... Read More

4 years ago

Brandon Belt Hits First HR of Season; Must-Add at First Base

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and two-run home run in Sunday's 9-6 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Belt also walked in his most productive game of the season. The Giants recently rewarded the 27-year-old with a lucrative five-year extension, a deal that speaks more to Belt's... Read More

4 years ago


Santiago Casilla Blows Save, Still a Viable Fantasy Closer

San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla suffered his first blown save of the season in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 35-year-old veteran allowed a walk, single and hit-by-pitch to load the bases in the 9th inning. Adrian Gonzalez's ensuing RBI groundout tied the game, and the Dodgers went on to win... Read More

4 years ago

Madison Bumgarner Sharp in Second Start of Season

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner allowed just one earned run on six hits over six innings pitched in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 2014 World Series MVP struck out eight, walked one and earned a no-decision. Bumgarner also homered off counterpart Clayton Kershaw at the plate. Bumgarner was shaky in... Read More

4 years ago

Matt Cain Sharp in Debut, Still Safe to Leave on Waivers

San Francisco Giants veteran right-hander Matt Cain allowed two earned runs on six hits over six innings pitched in Friday's 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cain struck out three, walked one and earned a no-decision. Cain was understandably overshadowed by Dodgers rookie Ross Stripling, who carried a no-hitter into the 8th inning, but... Read More

4 years ago

Brandon Belt Agrees to Extension with Giants, Poised For Breakout Season

The San Francisco Giants have agreed on a five-year extension with first baseman Brandon Belt, according to a Comcast SportsNet Bay Area report. Financial terms were unclear, but CSN Bay Area reports the deal will surpass teammate Brandon Crawford's $75 million offseason deal. The 27-year-old Belt has battled injuries and inconsistency in his career, never... Read More

4 years ago

Jake Peavy Struggles in Debut, Safe to Avoid in Most Formats

Veteran right-hander Jake Peavy allowed four earned runs on 10 hits over five innings pitched in the San Francisco Giants' 12-6 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. Peavy struck out three, walked none and earned a no-decision. Peavy's days as a Cy Young Award candidate are long gone. The 34-year-old was bailed out... Read More

4 years ago


Joe Panik (3 RBIs) Emerging as Elite Option at Second Base

San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored in Thursday's 12-6 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Panik's day included an RBI triple in the 5th inning and RBI singles in the 6th and 8th innings. The 25-year-old Panik, a career .308 hitter, raised his season average... Read More

4 years ago

Buster Posey Sparks Giants' Offense, Still Fantasy's Top Catcher

San Francisco Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs in Thursday's 12-6 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Posey had an RBI double, his first of the season, in the 5th inning and added an RBI single in a four-run 6th inning. Posey remains the top option at catcher, both... Read More

4 years ago

Angel Pagan Collects Two Hits, Offers Little Fantasy Upside

Left fielder Angel Pagan doubled, tripled and scored a pair of runs in the San Francisco Giants' 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. Pagan moved into the leadoff spot with an ill Denard Span being held out of the lineup. Pagan previously batted ninth in the Giants' first two games, going a combined... Read More

4 years ago

Jeff Samardzija Strikes Out Six, Remains Fantasy Enigma

Veteran right-hander Jeff Samardzija gave up three earned runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings pitched Wednesday in the San Francisco Giants' 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Samardzija struck out six, walked three and earned a no-decision in his Giants debut. Samardzija's 2015 struggles seemed to carry over into this spring, as he... Read More

4 years ago

Brandon Crawford Homers, Remains Elite Option at Shortstop

San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford went 2-for-4 with a double and solo home run, his first of the season, in Tuesday's 2-1 win against the Milwaukee Brewers. Crawford's 21 home runs in 2015 ranked second among shortstops in the majors, trailing only Carlos Correa (22). He parlayed that career performance into a new six-year,... Read More

4 years ago


Johnny Cueto Shines in Opener, Poised For Strong Season

Veteran right-hander Johnny Cueto allowed just one run on six hits over seven solid innings in his San Francisco Giants debut on Tuesday. Cueto struck out four and walked none in the 2-1 win against the Milwaukee Brewers. Cueto wasn't terrible last season, but he went 4-7 with a 4.76 ERA in 13 starts with... Read More

4 years ago

Matt Duffy Homers in Opener, Offers Upside at Third Base

Second-year infielder Matt Duffy went 2-for-5 with a two-run single and a two-run home run in the San Francisco Giants' season-opening 12-3 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. The 2015 NL Rookie of the Year runner-up hit sixth in the order, following Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt in the 3-4-5 spots. If... Read More

4 years ago

Denard Span Flashes Fantasy Potential Atop Giants' Order

Veteran outfielder Denard Span went 2-for-5 with an RBI single, three-run home run and two runs scored in his San Francisco Giants debut Monday. Span's 8th-inning home run was followed by blasts from Joe Panik and Buster Posey, marking the first time a team went back-to-back-to-back on Opening Day since 1997. The Giants' offense looked... Read More

4 years ago

Madison Bumgarner Shaky in Opener, Remains Elite Option

Left-hander Madison Bumgarner allowed three earned runs on five hits over five innings pitched but still picked up the win as the San Francisco Giants routed the Milwaukee Brewers 12-3 on Monday. Bumgarner struck out six in his third career Opening Day start, but also walked five and surrendered a pair of home runs. It... Read More

4 years ago

From Timeshare to Bona Fide Stud - Devonta Freeman's 2015

Thirty ninth. That's where second-year Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman ranked in RotoBaller's PPR positional rankings for Week 1 of the 2015 season. By Week 7, he was No. 1 on that same list. The former Florida State standout burst onto the fantasy scene with a three-touchdown, 193-yards-from-scrimmage eruption against the Dallas Cowboys in... Read More

4 years ago


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