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Regardless of the depth of your fantasy baseball league, Tampa Bay's AAA OF/1B Elijah Dukes qualifies as a sleeper for the 2007 season.

When he wasn't being suspended for fighting with a teammate or arguing with the coaching staff, he was dominating AAA as a 22-year-old.  In just 283 ABs, he hit 10 HRs and stole 9 bases with a more-important .401 OBP.

He drew 44 walks in those 283 ABs - just about the same number he drew in 2005 in 446 ABs!

With his combination of power and speed to go with his improving plate discipline, Dukes just needs a major league job to be one of 2007's nicest fantasy sleepers.

From Foxsports' Ken Rosenthal:

Devil Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes is tearing up the Arizona Fall League, and the Rays envision him possibly getting 400 at-bats next season as a fourth outfielder, first baseman and DH. B.J. Upton and Ty Wigginton figure to compete for the Rays' third-base job, but Upton could make his long-anticipated move to the outfield if the team trades left fielder Carl Crawford or center fielder Rocco Baldelli.