BRACKET STRATEGY #11: Contrarian Picks

Risk: Radioactive!

Results: 2007 – 12th percentile in ESPN Tourney Challenge; 2008 – 23rd percentile; 2009 – 11th percentile; 2010 - 62nd percentile; 2011 - 12th percentile. OVERALL PERCENTAGE – 24.0 percentile.

Strategy: I indulge my inner darkhorse. Pick pretty much every upset that I think has a fighting chance…with no fear of tourney pool consequences. I make no apologies.

Outlook: I didn't go completely nuts on this one. The 11 upsets is two below the all-time high from four separate years, including 2011. Still, there are some nutty picks.