Am I correct in understanding that the pagination is giving you problems? The page in its default state only gives you the first page, and the buttons dynamically repopulate the table. I think you probably have two options:
rvest has some functions that allow you to "Navigate around a website as if you're in a browser," though I haven't used them before. If you have a look at the documentation for
html_session() in the rvest reference, you can see how they work. It's possible you can use this to click the pagination buttons.
- Inspecting the page source, it looks like the tables are each accompanied by a
JSON.parse(). For some reason, it looks like the argument of
JSON.parse() is a literal string—I'm not sure if it's there on page load, or if some sort of request afterward populates it (and I don't know why you'd do that either). But either way, it looks like a neat, structured way to get to the data! If you can get to the
<script> tag with rvest and it's populated, you can strip out the function call and parse that string yourself
I hope those ideas help!
EDIT: someone with a stronger webdev background might be able to explain this better, but as far as I can see, no other external script is inserting that player data. I'm not familiar with jTable, but I wonder if they have some page build process that spits out JSON and drops it into the
<script> tag for the plugin to process.
But either way, if that is the case, then using rvest to grab the contents of the
<script> tag and processing the string literal yourself is probably the best way forward I recommend using
jsonlite to do that: it can often boil JSON straight down to a data frame!