Our fusion had a supertech combo valve on it when I bought it, the filter is on the bottom of the engine facing up so the filter should always be full of oil I know people here don't like combo valves.
Filters with the base facing up can still let oil leak out of the galleries located above the filter if the ADBV leaks. If a bypass valve is leaky it's also possible for the oil above the filter to leak down.
I have used WIX, NAPA GOLD, M1, BOSCH, and MC on my 4.2 V6 engine, and every one of them has caused some kind of startup noise.
A tire store was having a Thanksgiving sale on conv. OCI's. They were charging $9.95 plus $3 disposal fee. It was VWB and a PRO SELECT oil filter. Upon startup my engine sounded like a woodpecker on a street light!