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Ruckmen will be easier to cover with the change in how Dream Team games are scored during bye rounds

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BYE ROUNDS should create less headaches for AFL Dream Team players next season, thanks to a change in scoring rules during the three-week period.
 
From rounds 11 to 13 of 2013, when six AFL teams will have a bye each week, Dream Team scoring will take into account only the top 18 players' scores from a coach's squad.
 
The change will reduce the likelihood of head-to-head matches being decided solely by who has more players out.
 
Bye rounds were a nightmare in 2012, as Dream Team coaches struggled to fill all 22 places in their line-ups while large chunks of their 30-man squad rested.
 
The Brisbane Lions, Fremantle, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, Richmond and the Western Bulldogs are the first group of teams to have a bye next season, in round 11.
 
In round 12, Geelong, Melbourne, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles players will get a rest.
 
And in round 13, Adelaide, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney will have a week off.
 
The change is one of several to be made for 2013, with more announcements in the coming weeks.