To be honest, I am pretty jaded right now. Not because I have an outside chance to make it, but because this league had too many quitters. Too many lineups went without being filled. I feel like the results are very different than they would have been had teams not quit. This goes beyond just those teams at the bottom of the league. Many others have failed to fill out lineups on one or more occasions. Very disappointing. One thing I might do after the playoffs are over is go back and figure out who would have done what if everyone played full lineups every week. I am guessing we would see a very different picture. In any case, it is what it is.
I did a quick check, two teams managers stopped activity in October (early) and two more in November (before T-Giving). Is the answer a more strict selection process? If yes, then what are criteria/requirements. This likely would have kept Crystal Meth (who stuck it out) out while allowing at least one quitter in the league. Just a thought.
As to the missing full lineups, one thing that doesn't help is the waivers locking on the start of the first game that week. When we get to the Thursday games, I bet that created some
(not all) problems, especially for managers that primarily set rosters Fri-Sat-Sun. Changing that to lock only players of games as they begin may help a bit (more chances to do late wire moves).
I imagine your frustration is double, since you already spend alot of time/energy as comish. Unfortunately I feel the obvious solutions entail more work for you. That said, you do have the ability to change lineups before and/or after kickoff (more work for you). Those substitutions ought to come from Yahoo or Fantasy Sharks weekly projections, not after the results are know and the best scorer is inserted. Otherwise managers would be better off to leave the roster blank and let the best player be added in after the fact.
As to a missed deadline, an email to the comish right away (it'll have the time sent), could solve that. This and other provisions could be added to the league rules.
This is getting way too long, I'll stop here for now. You get the idea.