dgeams, there was a request right from the beginning for coaches to confirm so teams could be locked before the draft. Just an insurance against ghosts, 'active' just means 'I'm here' pre-season. A handful didn't appear at all or respond - so they're gone.
I ran a private league like this last year (with an iron fist
) and it was a great success, almost everyone came back for this year so it filled quickly. Nothing worse than playing against ghost teams that still have injured and retired players from the beginning of the season. So this is really a second league in the same style but public.
If you're keen, why not join???